Summer comes early to the South; we have a tremendously long growing season, but also put up with a lot of humidity. One of my favorite quotes comes from Albert Camus–
“In the depths of winter
I finally learned
that there was within me
an invincible summer.”
Today’s project shows the changes coming to my scene. Apples are forming, the Blue Birds are visiting, and two of our cats, Harper and Clara, are hiding among the terra cotta pots of red Geraniums and Shasta Daisies in hopes of “playing” with the birds.
I love Spring! New life, new beginnings, and especially for those who experience long, cold winters, a welcome sign that warm weather is on its way. I’m seeing signs here in my yard; Robins, daffodils popping up, and even some flowering trees in bloom. Yep, there are always sure to be more springs!
Today’s project is somewhat whimsical with Violets (Pansies) in an egg, but, for me, it’s also memorable. One Easter, my Dad gave my mother a “sugared egg” with a lovely bouquet inside and I couldn’t resist replicating this starting with Joset Designs Easter Egg done in Silk Microfine Glitter (not sugar:-D) and my Garden Notes Pansy. I encompassed the egg with my Round Grapevine Wreath, Leafy Branches, White Lilacs, and some colorful branches, covered with Plum Crazy Prills. The bouquet is set on Graphic 45’s “Children’s Hour” collection and ECD’s Soft Finish Duo Cardstock in Dusky Lavender and could easily stay as a card or the recipient could frame it in a shadow box for a true keepsake.
I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.
In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!) I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is. The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.