Behold! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11,12
The March Assignments for the ‘Create, Share & Inspire’
site - for which I do those things - were to make the following projects.
I’ll share the two projects I’ve made -
one a Layout - one a Card -
The requirements for the Layout/Mini Group were: Use a Spring theme, journaling, a
picture and a creative title. The
requirements for the Card Making Inspiration Group were: Use a Spring theme, pastel colors of
greens, blues, yellows and include a stickpin or dangle charm. I decided to use the same color scheme
for both projects, with a few changes so that they look quite different.
Here is the Layout - with Comments on what I did to follow:
I used coordinated papers from s.e.i., and although it’s
supposed to be for Babies, I changed it up and by adding a few touches, I made
it ‘more elegant.’
* For the title and journaling I used a
few lines of a very long, well-known poem, “Locksley Hall,” by Alfred, Lord
the Spring a livelier Iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy turns
to thoughts of love.”
* I used the light green as the base
piece, with the light blue and yellow as accents and elements. I used my stitching tool from
WeRMemoryKeepers and faux-stitched
around the edge with gray marker pen.
* I punched around the edge of a piece of
Translucent paper with a Martha Stewart set of lacy punches. I smudged around the edge with light
green chalk ink.
* I cut a circle of the light yellow,
punched around the edge with a Fiskars Circle Border punch, embossed it in my Cuttlebug, then smudged it with
several chalk inks in grey, beige and pearl.
* I used a picture of two young people
which I have in an original copy of a 1901 ‘Delineator’ women’s magazine that I
found in an Antique Store last year.
I’ve made scans of many of the wonderful photos in it and will use them
on future projects! I scanned the
page, then in PSE 8 I changed the color to ‘true’ B/W, then changed the
Saturation and Lightness until I found the shade of blue I wanted to print it
* I cut a circle frame with flourishes
and its shadow in two shades of gray.
I added jewels from Recollections.
I matted these with the light blue shade of paper that I’d ripped the
edge of and smudged with gray chalk ink.
Across the bottom, I put a piece of the light yellow that I’d punched with an
EK Success punch. I then wrinkled
it and smudged it with the gray, beige and pearl chalk inks.
* I cut the leaf flourishes out of
green/white print paper with my Cricut/SCAL2. I made the larger yellow flower from ribbon. I sprayed it and the smaller flowers ($
Store) with Opalescent spritz and added jewels and pearls from Recollections to
them and to the flourishes.
* I used the ‘negative space’ cut from
the circle frame as the journaling piece and printed the poem selection on it.
* I printed the title on the light yellow
paper, cut it with a 2’ circle punch and smudged it with the chalk inks.
Here is the Springtime Card I made, with Comments on it
* I used dark brown cardstock for the
card base, so that the pastels would show and it would coordinate with the nest twigs.
* I used the same punch for the yellow
trim at the bottom. (By the way, I
saved all of the tiny ‘lily-shaped’ pieces from punching and you’ll see them in
future projects…as Easter is coming soon!)
* I used the same punch on the white trim
at the top that I’d used on the Translucent paper for the layout.
* I pleated a strip of the green/white
paper for the middle section.
* I covered the ‘seam’ with green
grosgrain ribbon and added a bow.
* I found the bird’s nest online a long
time ago. I actually changed the
color of the original in my PSE 8 program to be brown twigs and light blue
eggs. I printed it and then
lightly ‘greened’ the leaves with colored pencil. I cut it with an oval template and mounted it on the
blue/white paper frame cut on my Cricut/SCAL2. (I was surprised that my ‘printed blue eggs’ matched the
blue paper so well!!)
* I made a mini-stickpin from a quilting
pin (!) - the head of which I covered with silver glitter glue - then added a
tiny organza yellow rose, spritzed with gold, and a silver butterfly which I
then put in the bow.
* I added a small yellow title tag that I
made with my scalloped circle punch and then trimmed with my scallop
scissors. I added a gem.
* I printed the verse I decided to use
(see above) on the light yellow paper and cut it to fit inside - waiting for a
brief note and signature…
What things and what colors do YOU think of ‘in the
Spring’?? Share with us!