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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ev'ry Morning is Easter Morning

"Ev'ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev'ry day's resurrection day, the past is over and gone!
Good-bye guilt, good-bye fear, good riddance! Hello Lord, Hello sun!
I am one of the Easter people! My new life has begun!"

I remember singing this song in church on Easter morning and then for several following Sundays. With the exception of, "Morning Has Broken," it is one of my favorites for springtime! Written by Richard Avery and Donald Marsh in 1967, one cannot help but feel a spirit of hope and renewal when singing this uplifting tune.

Ahhh, Spring must be on its way since today is Easter Sunday. It's a perfectly beautiful, warm Spring day here and the screen door is open. Winter, however, hasn't decided to take her leave just yet - a mix of rain and snow is predicted for tomorrow!

When I saw the stamp set, "Easter Blessings" from The Craft's Meow, I fell in love with the beautiful script fonts, sentiments, and silhouette spring animals. I can imagine using this set for a variety of Spring cards. After I made the first card, I decided to make three more, each one using a different color ribbon and base - I do enjoy changing things up a bit!

I rarely wind up with a card that qualifies for clean and simple (CAS), but I think I managed to stop before it was too late this time - I enjoy adding too many embellishments, and before I know it, CAS has been replaced with all kinds of things! I am still wondering if a sprinkling of gemstones or pearls might have been nice. See, there I go...

Since this week's cue card at Casology is "hope," I am entering this design in their challenge. The message of hope is included on the inside sentiment, and Easter is the representation of hope and renewal, of all things made new.

Here are the pastel creations all lined up in a row. Just looking at these colors together has me thinking about flowers to plant in the baskets next month; the one for the front porch just may have to be entirely pastels with some lacy ferns and baby's breath mixed in! 

Here are some individual photos along with a peek of the inside:

I pray for each of you a holy, blessed Easter, filled with the renewal and hope this day brings. May it be so. Happy Easter!

Materials: Paper: Neenah Solar White, Bazill Basics SeaWater, Hero Arts Carnation Layering Papers, PTI Lemon Tart; Ink: PTI Lemon Tart, Memento Angel Pink,Summer Sky and Dandelion, Versafine Black; Stamps: The Crafts Meow "Easter Blessings"; Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Punch, Ribbon from the stash.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Day in the Attic!

How pleased and surprised I was to open my email and find I had been nominated for a Liebster Award from the kind Cat at Cat Luvs Paper. She paid her award forward to me. I am so honored and humbled, Cat. Thank you for thinking of the Attic.

The Liebster Award was designed to promote blogs which have less than 200 followers. Once the award is accepted, the idea is to pay it forward to five other blogs you enjoy, encouraging others to visit, leave comments, and hopefully follow. 

To accept the award:
Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog. 
Post the award on your blog. 
Give the award to five other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  
Write a comment on their blog letting them know they have been nominated.

This award is a fun way to discover the amazing, creative, and gifted people who have so much to offer. It was difficult to choose only five blogs to receive the award, but I have finally narrowed it down to these. I hope you'll visit their blogs, enjoy their creativity, and perhaps consider following them. And please visit Cat at Cat Luvs Paper - her cards are delightful, and she has quite the talent for creating masculine cards, too!

Paula at Scraps of Me - Paula's blog is delightful. She creates lovely cards, often using scraps (which I so admire!), where her talent for quilting shows through in her wonderful selection of patterns and textures.

Theresa at Stamp and Ink - Theresa creates beautiful works of art with such fine attention to detail. Such beauty upon which to gaze.

Linda at Scrappin', Stampin', & Singin' - Linda's use of bright and happy colors in her creations is amazing. Her cards always make me smile!

Pam at Handmade from the Heart - Pam's cards are bright and cheerful and her love in creating them really shines through. She includes a Bible verse at the end of each of her posts - love that!

Greta at GGCreations - Greta incorporates a variety of techniques and creates beautiful works of art with much attention to detail. She's also quite the pet lover and has an adorable Schnauzer who occasionally makes an appearance on her blog.

Thanks for visiting the Attic today. I pray your day is blessed!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Scramble Time ... with Linda

Linda W. hosted a fun Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr site today. Her challenge was to use either heat embossing or dry embossing. These Scrambles are always a fun 90 minutes, and for me, a definite challenge to design a card based on the hostess' theme for the day, take a few photos, and upload them to the site before time runs out. I certainly let go of my indecisiveness and use whatever is in front of me (mostly!). Otherwise, I have been known to  spend quite a bit of crafty time just trying to decide on which paper, or even what color to use. And there have even been times when I couldn't make a decision and have had to wait for a more artsy, go-with-the-flow kind of day to arrive - does this happen to you, too?

I had fun during the scramble and since embossing is one of my favorite techniques, this card came together quite easily. The umbrella and patterned papers are heat embossed and the background is dry embossed with a Darice Large Petal Embossing Folder. I've had the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Umbrella for a while now (dh purchased it for me when he was traveling near an Archivers) and I've been wanting to use it. Today was the perfect stormy day to make a pink umbrella awaiting spring showers soon on their way. And what's a Spring day without a pink dotty bunny making a surprise appearance? 

I'm entering this in the Hero Arts "Hello Spring" Contest, the Casology challenge with the cue word, "bunny," and the Die Cut Divas challenge to use green and a die cut machine (thanks Arlene for the suggestion!) When I saw this week's cue word at Casology, I knew I had to enter since bunnies are one of my favorite little animals - just love them so! They are everywhere in the attic and scattered throughout the house especially this time of year. And of course, they can be found peeking around the flowers in the beds, too!

Here's to Spring on its way! And maybe a pink dotty bunny, too!

Materials: Paper: Neenah Solar White, MME Collectable "Memorable", Bo Bunny Tutu Dot; Stamps: Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Umbrella DI070; Ink: Hero Hues Black Die Ink; Dies: Cheery Lynn Spring Basket 1, MFT Dienamics Fresh Cut Grass; Embossing Folder: Darice Large Petal; Other: Zing Clear Embossing Powder, Crystal Stickers black gemstones.