Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Believe In Yourself" card -- Believe in Spring!! Day #2 of the April Showers/May Flowers Blog Hop

It's Easter .... Is there a more glorious time to honor God's precious gifts to us: His flowers?

Here is southeastern Pennsylvania -- among many other portions of the country -- we have been blessed with unseasonably warm temperatures so far in 2012. Our winter was very mild, and as a result, our growing season has already begun. Magnolia trees are in bloom, azaleas are coming, daffodils are up, as are tulips and hyacinth. My lilac bush has budded, and trees are verdant!

First, let me share two beautiful Easter pictures I saw today on Facebook:

Can you imagine how long it took the Easter Bunny to Egg this tree??!

He is Risen.  Isn't this an amazing homage?

Now, on to the "April Showers Bring May Flowers" Blog Hop ... I found this picture on Photobucket, and though I'd share it to get you in the mood for what's about to come in gardens everywhere  ...

I have to laugh, because around these parts, "April Showers bring MUD!" first. Oh well, with "black thumbs" (I have "WANTED" posters with my picture up in many plant stores!), I'm better off creating my own flowers, like this one, below...

Here is the card I made for Day #2 of this hop:

The flower itself was cut using a new Spellbinders die that has the crafter "cut, fold and tuck" the petals to give it a bit more interest. I laid the flower atop a Cheery Lynn Designs die called "Flourish".  I inked a fussy-cut banner that I stamped with the Believe in Yourself sentiment.  The papers are from the Petite Paper Pack from Lawn Fawn.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog posting today. I do have a wee bit of BLOG CANDY available, and it's just in time for spring:

This sweet Sizzix die is one of my favorites.
I use it several times a year -- "Bee Mine" at
Valentine's Day, or a general "You're Bee-Ootiful" card.
I attach it to an Action Wobble for extra fun!

To be eligible to win it, there are two steps:
1. You must be a follower of the CardMonkey blog.
2. Leave a comment on this blog about the card shown above.

Now, zip on over to the next stop on the April Showers Bring May Flowers Blog Hop, which belongs to ZENITA ("Z").

Happy Spring!


K Clark said...

love your card... the flowers are gorgeous!!! love the pattern papers you used as well - tfs :)

Nancy Almquist said...

I really like the spring color combination you have used. The sparkles are just perfect to add a little pizzazz!


Heather said...

gorgeous card, love all the photos of the flowers too!

Unknown said...

Really, Really love this card. so pretty!

Bhawana said...

wow this card is superb. Love those flower and swirl is awesome. sentiment is truly beautiful and I needed that today. already a follower.

rlovew said...

Love the pictures you shared- they are wonderful. Your card is precious- I love that spellbinders die! I am one of your followers and I enjoy seeing what you share when my email arrives.

Star said...

Your card is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Karenladd said...

Wow, I love your card. The sparkle gives it just the right extra touch! So pretty!
Already a follower by email

Pink Dalmatians said...

very pretty card! Love the papers you chose too!

Anonymous said...

such a lovely card... Thank you for the th chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card as always. I tried to comment last night but it wouldn't go through. I apreciate you being a part of the hop and I hope to hop with you many times more.. we will have to mix up a brew that everyone will want to view!

Wandy said...

Oh em geee! Thosr pics on fb r amazing! Your card is so sweet! Love that flower!!! :) I enjoyed this blog hop very much!!!
Hugs, Wandy

Beckie said...

Awesome cards! Love 'em both.

Be blessed, Beckie

Unknown said...

you have a beautiful blog! I'm a new follower. that Easter Egg tree was pretty amazing. Did you actually see it or found it online. I love the sand sculpture. I have seen things like that done in Virginia Beach several times and absolutely love it. I love to try and tie a trip in to their during the Neptune festival when they are usually doing the sculptures.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card as always!! Thanks for sharing.