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Hello Spring! March 29, 2009

Let me set the scene:  Spring day, slight breeze, local historic park (Fort Hunter) along the Susquehanna River, playground, walking trails, picnic basket in one hand, and Ethan holding my other hand.    Just need the rain to stop!


I sketched out the shape of a strawberry onto grid paper, cut out, traced the outline of the shape onto Riding hood Red cardstock, covered with Clear Embossing Powder and set with heat tool, punched out Basic Black cardstock circles using my Crop-a-Dile tool, attached to strawberry with Mini Glue Dots, covered black circles with Crystal Effects.  I wanted a subtle woven basket cardbase resembling the whole picnic theme. 


Again, I sketched on grid paper how I wanted the stem and leaves to look, cut out, traced the outline of the shapes onto Textured Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss cardstock, sponged and distressed edges, adhered to the top of my strawberry.  That is one big yummy strawberry!!!


To create my tag/sentiment, I used Stampin’ Up! stamp sets ABC Alphabet Lower and Many Happy Returns (good times wording) onto Whisper White pieces of cardstock.  To create the details to the left of the tag: I used my 3/4″ Circle Punch to the Whisper White piece, my 1/2″ Circle Punch to Textured Riding Hood Red, added a black Mini Library Clip, Linen Thread with a few Green Bead Duo beads.  Finished off with a piece of 5/8″ Striped Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon.  

Below is a picture of where I’m referring to.  It’s just a pretty view, and so close to home.   


Thanks for stopping by.  Again, Happy Spring!

STAMPS:  ABC Alphabet Lower and Many Happy Returns

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Textured Kiwi Kiss, Textured Old Olive, and Textured Riding Hood Red cardstock.

INK:  Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Riding Hood Red.

ACCESSORIES:  Crop-a-Dile tool; Clear Emboss Powder; Crystal Effects; 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch; 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circle Punches; Mini Library Clips; Linen Thread; Green Bead Duo; 5/8″ Striped Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Mini Glue Dots; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Vintage Brads Assortment.



8 Responses to “Hello Spring!”

  1. Karen Little Says:

    Spring is here and summer! Prepare all your picnic baskets and foods. Let’s go out and have some fun under the sun. Picnic is really exciting and it won’t cost that much.

  2. Terri Z. from Dillsburg Says:

    MJ, I know just where you were at Fort Hunter! I have a very similar, if not the same, photo. We moved to the Dillsburg area, Roundtop really, from Susquehanna Twp ten years ago but we spent so much time at Fort Hunter Park when the kids were small, me pushing strollers and holding small hands along the paths. Wow. Thanks for the terrific memories! enjoy the day~terri

  3. Conniecrafter Says:

    so cute, like the woven background, neat idea!

  4. *Sigh* – yummy goodness! thanks for the inspo!

  5. Carolyn Okum Says:

    MJ, I just love how you started your blog. It makes me miss having a little man to hold my hand.

    You tugged on my heartstrings….and I like the card. 🙂

  6. Debbie Says:

    Wow! This is STELLAR! Your woven background is amazing. Such a beautiful scene you dipicted…..spring may come to ND sometime…..then we will have a picnic too! 🙂

  7. Stephanie C. Says:

    Your artwork is truly art! Love the strawberry card and Your layer cake cards are so cute, I am going to have to get the dies! The Susquehanna! I know it well. Your picture is the view I also see on my frequent travels on the PA Turnpike, going over that same river, on my way to our heavenly retreat at Raystown Lake, Huntingdon County, PA.

  8. shila Says:

    I love strawberries! This is so cute! Want to post a temp.? Those layer cake ideas are amazing! Love the castle.


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