Thursday, April 9, 2020

Seize the Birthday: Spring Fling


Hey, it's Thursday! Reminders like that can be helpful these days. :D Thursday also means it's time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge. It is my turn to pick the optional "topping", and it seemed like a good time for a Spring Fling - depending on where you live, it may have already sprung, you may still be waiting for it... or you may be into fall weather instead. But some spring colours or flowers or similar will maybe help brighten these strange times. 
My card was going to have daffodils on it. But as my teammate and friend Glenda said the other day on Instagram, our current times are mucking with my brain a bit. So while I could get my daffodils to layer properly, I was having little luck getting the stems and leaves to look right - and really regretting not having bought the matching dies for the set. :D Hence, my simpler card: 


Pussy willows totally qualify for a spring theme. Before I stamped and embossed the branch, I blended a little pale blue background for it. Using a warm grey Copic, I added a bit of colour to the bud scales at the base of each catkin, then coloured the catkins with a white glaze pen, both to cover the blue ink and to add a little texture to them. The sentiment (at least that worked form the daffodil set!) is embossed in a darker blue, and I added a trio of Studio Katia confetti sequins. There's also a little bit of patterned paper and a mat of warm grey cardstock to keep things from being too boring. ;) 


Inkspirational also says it's a perfect time to think spring, so I'll link my card there. Addicted to CAS is looking for texture; I have a little bit of texture (and possibly too many layers for their CAS definition?), but I'll try my luck there as well. 
Our surprise party guest Stef and the usual partygoers at Seize the Birthday have lots of springtime inspiration for you - hope you'll visit and join us! 


Supplies: Neenah white, Papertrey Ink smoky shadow & Hoo Arts blue layering cardstock, Memory Box Brioche patterned paper, Sunshine Designs Pussy Willow & Sunny Studio Stamps Daffodil Dreams stamps, Memento Luxe espresso truffle & Danube blue & tumbled glass distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic marker, Sakura Gelly Roll white glaze pen, Studio Katia sparkling sea confetti

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15 comments:

Nora Noll said...

This is STUNNING!! I LOVE the blending behind that pussy willow!!

Dotty Jo said...

This is lovely, Lindsey! Jo x

JoAnn said...

Simple and lovely. The blending makes the pussy willow pop. Great job.

Chris Dring said...

So pretty!

Barbara said...

I have not thought of these lovely spring blooms for a long time. They are certainly Spring. This was a fun challenge. Sure hope that you feel better.

Lisa Arana said...

So love that bit of pattern to the side. LOVE the simple beauty of this card.

Lynda said...

This is just gorgeous Lindsey - gorgeous. xx Lynda

Stef Perry said...

Pussy willows are some of my favorites so I am swooning over your gorgeous CAS card! The pale blue ink blended background makes them pop. Love your gorgeous card!

Unknown said...

The buds work perfectly for the Spring theme in its calm way, Lindsey! Love your CAS card!

Nancy said...

Pussy Willows remind me of my mom and times with her in Ohio. Your card is lovely Lindsey! The soft background and the mix of papers down the side are really such a nice balance! HUGS my friend!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous CAS card Lindsey, love the dp border, it brings out the soft blue in the background, stay safe, Cathy x

Ashwini Rao said...

Oh, it looks gorgeous, Lindsey!! How did you manage to include so many elements in you simple CAS card?!?! There's embossing, ink blending, pattern paper.. wow!! I absolutely love this card!!

cm said...

Echoing the others: your pussy willows are lovely; the blending, beautiful; the patterned border, *the* perfect touch! Spring happening all over this card!
hugs~c

Nonni said...

Beautiful CAS card, yet with lots of pretty detail. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational!

Glenda J said...

This is so pretty - I love the pussy willows and blue was the perfect colour choice. Your colouring & blended background are fantastic. Thanks for teaching me a new word - catkin. Thanks for the challenge... hope your brain is feeling a little less mucky.