March 18, 2014


We have had a looooong and miserable winter. And, according to the weather forecast for tomorrow, it is certainly not over yet. The forecaster noted, "I think Mother Nature is trying to squeeze out every possible flake of snow before spring arrives on Thursday." Oh, great. Snow, rain, sleet, more snow. I can hardly wait to drive to work tomorrow.

Without even knowing the forecast for tomorrow, on Sunday, when the Paper Players announced their current challenge, #187, Clean and Simple "Spring", I wanted in. Mostly, I wanted the chance to make a STATEMENT.

The card I came up with is full of innuendos and symbolism.

Granted, it's not the most <traditionally> beautiful card I've ever created. But, then, neither is our pathetic wait for spring to show its face.

Putting a BLACK spray of flowers from Springtime Hello (page 21 of the Occasions Mini) behind the screen of Off the Grid (page 108 of the big catalog) starts out my statement. Making the grid glimmer a bit with Pewter Embossing Powder gives us a "glimmer" of hope of spring. 

The sentiment, also from Springtime Hello, actually comes with an exclamation point at the end. I omitted that cheery feel and replaced it with a plaintive question mark. 

I mounted the torn-edged card onto Elegant Eggplant. You know, purple, the traditional color of mourning?? But . . . I added it to a card base of Wisteria Wonder, a more springy, hopeful color. 

I distressed all the edges to evoke OUR feelings of distress. But, by adding the glimmer to the edges of the focal image as well as the sentiment, I once again introduced that "glimmer" of hope for better -- brighter -- days.

Thanks, Paper Players, for another inspirational challenge!

Hello Spring? Are you there????



  1. I love your card. The description you gave is so funny. I'm tired of Winter too and they say more cold temps ahead.

  2. Wow! I love, love, love the screen! How clever! I do have one question...what's "spring"? I think I heard of it once upon a time. lol What a winter this has been! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

  3. Linda, I love the embossed detail and the torn edges! Hope you get some spring weather soon. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

  4. Love it! I need to use my embosser more often! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat!!

  5. yes we have had a peek at spring and it was beautiful like your card
    come see me angie at annies home ( )

  6. Love this!
    We would love for you to come and link up at Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00am EST.

  7. I love this, it is beautiful and so interesting.

  8. Замечательная открытка! Спасибо за участие в проекте Рукодельное кафе!