My daughter called me from Boston yesterday to say, “It’s SOOOOO C-O-L-D!”. I said, “I bet! It’s cold here too.” She replied, “No. You don’t understand. It’s 16 degree cold. It’s like minus 2 degrees with the wind chill!” “Uh, yeah,” I said. “It’s definitely not that cold here. I bet you can’t wait for spring!”
It seems like it’s been an unusually cold winter this year, even in the south, and I know lots of us are craving a little spring at this point. Well, I can’t really do anything about the weather, but I figured I’d send my daughter a card to assure her spring will come;) (The warm weather is just going to take a bit longer to reach her in Boston than to reach us in Atlanta.)
So, I broke out the new Fishers X-Large Fern punch I bought at Joann’s last week (They were 50% off- $7.99) and some chartreuse and green paper I bought to try with it.
I love the way the ferns come out with this punch. Really nice quality! It takes a little effort, but if you’ve used a punch before, you’re ready for that. Still, it totally beats trying to cut out the little suckers!
I cut a few pieces of 5X7 card stock and then punched randomly. Once I had punched a few pieces I decided to see what they would look like if I put another color underneath the cuts-and used them as a kind of “relief”. And you know what? I liked it. I mean, I liked it with just the plain white underneath. I even liked the one I did that had some of the punches going off the side of the page. Nothing I ever do seems to be simple, but this was so simple.
I used an Elmer’s extra strength glue stick and mounted the green paper to some white card stock I had. I like the clean modern look these have. I used both colors and punched just the bottom of one and then all around the sides of the other. I think I spent 15 minutes total on these cards. I realize I could have made them a little more perfect…but honestly I kind of like that they are imperfect. Handmade is imperfect;).
Well, it’s a balmy 27 degrees in Boston today…but whoa…only 9 in Oklahoma at OU! (I can’t even think about that wind chill.) I think I’ll send one of these to each of my kids with a Starbucks gift card. Which, (how lucky am I?) will coordinate with the colors. That way they can stop on their way to class and grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee to warm themselves up – a hug in a cup;)
Above are the four cards I made today. I hope you’ll find a minute to break out a punch you might already have and make some spring cards. I’d love to see what you make! So, please feel free to share your creation here:)
If you like the punch I used you can order through Joann’s here .
Stay warm everyone! Think spring!