Waiting for Spring Flowers

After the “atmospheric rivers” and what I’d call the “spring monsoons” here in Northern California, we’re all definitely ready for our spring flowers to start blooming! The daffodils are out in many places, and I saw a flowering fruit tree the other day. However, most of the blooms are yet to come, and we are all anxiously awaiting that show!

I’ve had some great time recently to just “play” in my craft room, which I love. I enjoy preparing cards to sell, cards kits, and classes . . . but I LOVE the time when I can just putter with whatever comes into my head and create papercrafted loveliness.

I read on the Anna Griffin Facebook fan site a couple of weeks ago about a woman who had cut up the decorative box that one of her Anna kits came in. I don’t keep these boxes, beautiful though they are, and have often cut out the flowers to use on cards. I decided to try this new idea and used both the front and back of the box flat, and cut out larger decorative diecuts from them. Then I used more flowers I had to place around the card.

Here are the two cards I made using this box . . . I LOVE them! Nothing like “free cardstock” to make a project extra fun!

These floral layers on the two cards came from the box for my “Thankfulness Floral Stickers”. Most of the added flowers are from that kit, also. I used Anna’s card bases, a pale blue one on the left, and a buttery yellow one on the right. I still haven’t decided if I think the card on the left has too many flowers, or not . . . but after changing my mind 3 or 4 times, I finally left it as is. I used the same die for the first layer on both cards . . . the “Oblong 3D Concentric Die”. It’s one of the first larger Anna dies I got, and still one of my most favorites. I love its shape and size, and you can do so much with it, either left almost plain, or embellished with lots of flowers.

Thanks for looking today! I hope you all have some great crafting time this weekend. After I get my roses pruned, I’ll be back at the crafting desk working on some Easter cards. Those are probably next on the agenda to show you! Happy Crafting . . . and springtime hugs! Janice

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