Monday, March 31, 2008

April Showers....

What do they say, March is in like a lion and out like a lamb? This year- not so much. We had some beautiful Spring-like days in the first part of the month but the end of the month has been chilly with some pretty strong winds. As for April Showers bring May Flowers, well, that remains to be seen as rain has not been too forth coming in the past couple of years. I spent some time this afternoon working on weeding and trimming the landscape bed in the front of the house (bribed my daughter and 2 of her friends to help bag and haul trimmings.) It was so... great to see the new growth on the shrubs. I could even see some new shoots coming up from my peonies- total bliss! I love to get out and work in the beds in front of the house- if I have the right tools. We planted everything about 4 years ago and I am definitely in need in some lawn tool upgrades! My shoulders and back are screaming at me right now! Anyway, Spring is here and that makes me happy! In honor of this season, Spring is the theme for the April Home Page contest for the A Muse Addicts Forum. I love this little Seattle girl stamp by A Muse and wanted to use it in my entry. Granted, she is cute but I think the reason that I like this image is it reminds me of a Colorforms set I had as a very small girl- Wendy the Weather Girl. I can't for the life of me remember what Wendy looked like, but she did have some nifty rain gear for you to cling on to her. I love the saying that was inspiration for the sentiment. To me, it is a promise of better times ahead when life becomes stormy. Since I didn't have room for the entire saying on the front of this darling 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 a muse notecard, I decided to add a little tag to place inside my focal point. I figured the little gal would look funny walking around with that giddup without some form of precipitation so I added some Cloud 9 acrylic drops and splats (the splats are cut in half to try to keep the puddles from looking like they were floating in mid air, not sure it worked but, oh well.) The voting for the Home Page Contest ends today. There were some really awesome cards entered this month so I am not exactly hopeful but your always a winner if you get to do something that you love to do! It's ALWAYS a Stampin' Good Time! Take care!

April Showers card recipe:
Stamps: a muse- Seattle girl, Karen Foster Snap-Stamps (small formal)
Paper: a muse notecard, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, white shimmer from lss
Ink: Brillance Black, Stampin' Write markers in Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Accessories: ribbon- a muse, Copic markers, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, acrylic "splats" and raindrops-Cloud 9 Design

18 comments:

Jill said...

Oh my goodness Beth! How cute is this? I hear ya on the weather girl. I can't believe how cold it's been the last couple of days (well cold for here anyway) but the flowers are out in full force. Just driving to school to pick my kids up about takes my breath away--the dogwoods, the wisteria, the azaleas and red buds--gorgeous! I LOVE Spring. Good luck on the contest.
p.s. Any word from Chris on a challenge for us?

CAKVD said...

Oh, how cute!!! I love the colors and the little pull-out!! Awesome job!
Cheryl

Rose Ann said...

This is darling, Beth...and I love your pull-out tag!

Hulda said...

This card is so cute. It's just perfect! And the tag behind the image is a brilliant idea!

The temp here in Asheville today was 76°F (saw it somewhere while driving).

tracy durcan said...

I love this card! It makes me want to pull my stamp out :)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card! Beautiful little pull out...that finshes everything off so perfectly! TFS: Tinla

Nancy Grant said...

So neat and cute! I love you April Showers creation!

:-)

Debbie Olson said...

Beth, I love this! How very clever to conceal that tag too!

joslyn said...

oh wow. very clever and cute. i love those springy colors.

Doris said...

The little pull out tag is perfect for the new stamp I have: "You weren't born yesterday" with the pull out tag saying "obviously"... Has to go to someone with a good sense of humor! Thanks for the idea!

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

Awww, this is SO CUTE!!!!! LOVE the colors, pull out, *adorable*!

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