Sunday, February 22, 2015

Come on Spring!!!

I've decided all of my posts and crafting from now until April shall hereby deemed "Come on Spring!". Ick. We were skating by (no pun intended) here in Middle TN unscathed until just this last week. And then wow. We got it. And we got it. And we got it. Below freezing temps all week and tons of ice. What a mess. What started out at the beginning of the week as "Yay, we're going to actually get snow!" quickly turned into "OMG. No one can go anywhere." We were ICED in, not SNOWED in. The Hubs was leaving for work around 4am every morning, city governments were closing their offices, the local news reported constantly with updates on road conditions, wrecks, and closures. One day of it was kind of "exciting", if I'm being perfectly honest. By Friday, I wanted to lay down in the floor and moan and groan. Even the cats (who were stuck inside with us and driving me MAD) were at each other's throats! Ha! we are! The following Sunday night, one week after it all got started and the kids still aren't going to school tomorrow. At this point, one more day won't kill us and I already dreaded trying to spend a frantic Sunday night trying to get it in gear, after a weekend of houseguests and a sleepy, sleepy Sunday afternoon.

Enough about that! On to share some cards...I had a few crafty sessions last week, but as you can imagine crafty time and bloggy time were harder to come by than usual. I'm so looking forward to getting some semblance of a routine back this week. ? Dare I hope???

For this card, I used MFT's Donuts & Sprinkles stamp and die set and patterned papers from my CTMH Skylark paper pack. Super fun to play with. I admit this one took me a lot longer than I anticipated because I started with my original idea (sprinkles only in the shaker) and it just didn't look right. It was way too plain -- something was missing. I kinda tore it apart, able to save my top layer and foam backing and put a donut into my shaker circle and added the twine and sprinkles. Much better and I was so much happier. I can hardly stand to leave one unhappy. It bothers me even later. Ha! 8-)
I used the MFT Card Challenge - Sketch # 216 and Curtain Call's Donut Delight challenges for my inspiration.

I am also playing along with 613 Avenue Create, Anything Goes Challenge this week.

My next card is truly "Spring Hopeful" and I enjoyed making it for that reason!

I used WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals stamp set, a Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp, and MFT's Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Flags die. It came together quickly. I used the Runway Inspired Challenge for inspiration, as well as the sketch over at Freshly Made.

I am also playing along with Just Us Girls Color Challenge this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! I hope everyone is surviving the winter and staying sane until spring! :)

God Bless,

1 Corinthians 10:13    New International Version (NIV)
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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  1. Sweet sweet cards! Lovin' the spring colors! Glad you shared one at FMS!

  2. Lovely use of the negative space. Thanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.

  3. WOW - your Be Happy card made me so HAPPY - it is so gorgeous and just brilliantly designed!!! Wonderful colors and just a breath of fresh air!!! Your donut shaker card totally looks great and yummy enough to eat and then nibble on some more!!! So great the things you added to it - so awesome!!!

  4. Mandy, your donut card is fantastic! Love it. Thank you for playing along with us at MFT Challenge. :)

  5. The donut card is just awesome! And i really love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at 613 Avenue Create this week!

  6. Super cute cards! Love the mix of patterns! I'm thinking everyone's challenge should be "come on spring" from now on!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  7. Your cards are so cute!! Completely in love with your donut card.

  8. (Not sure if my dirt comment was submitted, so trying again.) LOVE that you made a shaker with the donut and sprinkles! What a GREAT idea, and awesome use of the sketch!

  9. I'd take snow over ice any day, at least you can drive on it. Hoping you get a warm spell soon! Both cards are wonderful! The doughnut added to the first really finishes the card, and your second one is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  10. Nice card! I love that all over stamping! Great use of the colors!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  11. Pretty cards Mandy. Love the shaker. Good save! Although it must have looked pretty good before. Love the dark brown on the donut. Looks so real. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

  12. Love your cards! That donut card is so fun and I love what you did with the JUGs colors on the second one. Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  13. Your donut looks super delicious, Mandy! xoxo

  14. Loving your stamped blooms and that sentiment banner. Thanks so much for joining us on the Runway!

  15. Wow! The use of color and texture is just amazing!! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Runway Inspired Challenge - we're so glad you did!!


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