The Spring is here

A closer look on two cards with flower baskets

I made Spring cards more than I had planned to make. Well, these first six cards I sent to the cancer association of Satakunta in Pori. Like the Christmas cards they will be handed out to strangers. I hope the recipients will like them. I'm not entirely satisfied with all of them but I do like them.

I had ordered quite a few new diecutting sets. They are all by Marianne Design. The Oval shape set I had bought second hand but all the rest are new. The embossing folder is the Regal checkerboard by Creative expressions. I tried to use up my cardstock and scrapbook paper stashes but obviously I could never find the right shade I needed so I was forced to get some new ones. I used Distress inks to give some shading to the flowers and the greens.

It took me a few weeks to plan, make prototypes and finally actually make the cards. But once I got a couple of the cards almost ready the rest were easier to make. The twig wreath was a disappointment because the willow cats didn't pop-up so nicely from the background. I had already glued one wreath along with the bird's nest so I was sort of stuck with it.

The cards with butterflies and flower baskets

The cards with a bird's nest and birds above the flowers

The inside of the cards

A close-up on the yellow tulip basket

A close up on the crocus and grape hyacinth basket

The following cards I made to my friends and family members. The card below is much like the previous cards because it was the first one I assembled. I was going to tie a ribbon to all the other baskets, too but I forgot and didn't remember until I had already glued down every piece. I could have added the ribbons afterwards but I didn't want to mess with more glue.

A close up on the narcissus basket

The images of the nesting birds and and the girl with a giant Easter egg I got from the Graphics fairy website. Oh and, the butterflies and the swallows are also from that site. There are a lot of pretty pictures. Since these cards were made for my own use and not for selling I didn't check if the images were allowed for commercials use. Although I think it said in the bottom of the page that the images on the website are royalty free and public domain. The bunny images are from a card toppers sheet by Marianne Design.

The birds and their nest

The girl with a giant Easter egg

The bunny in a tea cup

The bunny with a wheel barrow

The backside of the cards