March DT Challenge: Spring is in the Air

I don't know about many of you, but I am SOOOO ready fro spring to arrive!  We've had a lot of snow down here in Tennessee, very unusual for our area.  I am ready for the warm breezes to arrive and color to return to the great outdoors!  

I challenged the senior design team to embrace what the upcoming season means to them and use their favorite spring color scheme as the basis for a beautiful project that will bring a little sunshine to someone's day!

I had a chance to play along this month and I gained inspiration fro my color scheme from the cover of my latest Sundance catalog.  This is one of my favorite catalogs, always full of beautiful photography and lots of inspiration for projects of all sorts.  What drew me to this particular cover photo was the umbrella.  I loved the unexpected color scheme and how it evoked sunshine and warmth to me.

I decided to interpret those hues into Papertrey colors…

 …and then created a spring project with them.

Celebrate Your Day Card
I pulled out one of my old favorites, Garden of Life by Alli Miles.  I've always loved the layers in this swirly rose image she created along with the dainty shape of the leaves.  I thought that these images would work perfectly with the spring theme I had in mind and I love the way everything came together.

Flowers closeup
I stamped the sold portion of the flowers with Lemon Tart ink, then followed up with the swirl image using Melon Berry ink.  I repeated the process a second time on scrap cardstock and cut out the centers of the flowers.  These centers were adhered on top of the focal point flowers using foam dimensionals.  The leaves were stamped in Spring Moss and the small dots representing berries stamped in Melon Berry.  I applied a bit of Star Dust Stickles to the flowers and berries to add some sparkle.  The sentiment from Signature Greetings is stamped in Dark Chocolate.

Pleated ribbon closeup

The polka dots in the background were added to the Lemon Tart cardstock with Polka Dot Basics II using Summer Sunrise ink.  For the ribbon detail, I adhered a strip of Melon Berry Grosgrain ribbon across the end of the focal point, wrapping the ends underneath.  I then pleated & stitched a strip of Summer Sunrise Twill on top of the the grosgrain using my sewing machine.  I love the way that detail turned out. Frilly and girly without as much bulk as a big bow.

Now, in case you forgot, I challenged the other gals to create a special spring project as well.  Just wait until you see what they cooked up!


CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.


CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.


CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.


CLICK HERE to see more from Lisa Johnson.


CLICK HERE to see more from Michelle Wooderson.

CLICK HERE to see more from Kelly Purkey.

As an added treat today, I thought I would challenge all of YOU to use one of the spring color schemes the design team gals developed.  Here they all are, broken down for you into swatches, the perfect eye candy to get you inspired to create!


And, just in case you wanted to save all of these for later, here is a download with all of them assembled together for you on one page…

Download Spring Schemes download

Now, what are you waiting for!  Now's your chance to go pull out a few of your favorite Papertrey colors and a spring-like stamp set of your choice and create something!  Then send it to a friend who could se a little pick-me-up!  Or heck, you can even leave it on display in your studio space so you can look at it as a daily reminder that spring is in the air!  So, here's a run down of how you can participate!

1. Make a project using your chosen color palette(s). If you do not have a particular Papertrey color on hand, feel free to substitute with something you have in your stash that is a similar color.

2. Upload a photo of your project to you blog or online gallery. If using a blog, feel free to add the appropriate color palette graphic from above to the top of your post.

3.  Add the link for your photo to the Mister Linky box below.

I hope you will play along!  I certainly look forward to seeing all of your creations!  Thank you for stopping by today!  And have a wonderful week!!!!

Celebrate Your Day Card

Stamps: Garden of Life, Signature Greetings, Polka Dot Basics II

Ink: Melon Berry, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate

Paper: Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White, Kraft

Other: Melon Berry Grosgrain, Summer Sunrise Twill, Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), corner rounder punch (EK Success), sewing machine

Finished Size: 4.25" x 5.5"

Nichole Heady

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