Thursday, December 16, 2010

'Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder'

Hello! Today I have a Penny Black card to show you that I made for the Penny Black All Sorts Challenge 'Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder'. They wanted us to create a card that showed what beauty meant to us. Well, that was an easy answer for me: SPRING! I LOVE SPRING! There is nothing more beautiful in the world for me than the fresh, newness of Spring and everything it offers: Gorgeous blooming bulbs and trees, little birds coming home to build their nests, the air filled with the fragrance of lilacs, the grass turning green again, and the longer, and WARMER days. We've had a really rough week here in Wisconsin. We had a blizzard that dropped 24 inch's of snow on us on Saturday, and then on Sunday came the 'FREEZE'. The temperatures dropped many, many degrees below zero. When I came home from work yesterday, my house was only 48 degrees and my pipes were frozen. Why you ask, because my husband turned off the heat since we both work so much and no one is home anyway. Uh duh! you do not turn off the heat when its BELOW ZERO!!!!! I don't think I slept all night. I was so cold. It took FOREVER for the house to heat up with just a wood stove and in-floor heating. I think I've just now thawed out.

Anyway, that's why I love SPRING and find it so beautiful. Onto the details of my card. I used a sketch from Splitcoaststampers (SC 302), the paper is Cosmo Cricket, the bird button is by Heidi Grace, and my Penny Black image is from a spring stamp set I bought last year. I mounted it up on dimensionals and put Stickles on the flowers. The sentiment is chipboard. I thought after hearing my miserable story you'd like to see a picture of 'WHY I HATE WINTER'. This is me standing in my sun room. That is a snow drift outside my window. I'm 5'7. Nice, eh? Spring can't come soon enough for me.

Have a great day! Amy


  1. This is gorgeous Amy!! I just love spring too with the cheery colors and the sunshine. That image is darling and your coloring and colors are beautiful!

  2. Amy thsi is soooo sweet!!! ADORABLE!

  3. Your card is so cute - but holy moly, look at all that SNOW!!!

    We don't have any here Southeastern PA.

  4. Brr, hope you can stay warm and cozy!

    The card is beautiful, love the colours you have used.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny Black @ Allsorts.

    Have a great weekend

  5. Wow Amy .. . tht is one serious amount of snow!!!

    No wonder you like Spring!!

    Love your card. Great image and colour choices and your layout is fab too.

    I hope you are now properly warmed through again.

    Thank you for sharing with Penny Black at Allsorts this month.

    Love Jules xx

  6. Hi Amy!

    Reading your post about why you love spring makes me wish it would come sooner too!
    I remember the big snowstorm you got, we were lucky here the mid/north of IL, we only got a few inches but the winds were horrible too and we also got the freezing weather, though probably not quite as cold as WI.

    Your card is so beautiful. I love that cute image and it looks wonderful with the pretty paper you used!
    Thanks so much for playing at Penny Black @ All Sorts this month!

  7. Hi Amy

    I am totally with you on Spring, I too love it and all the wonderful new growth than Nature brings forth for us.

    We donlt ahve as much snow as you, but it's been pretty cold here lately, -12.

    A really lovely creation and a reminder of Spring in these cold days.

    Thank you for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts Challenge this month and good luck.

    B x

  8. Wow that card should smelt the snow away, such a bright colours, the spring sun is shining in it.

    Thanks for sharing this with us
    at Penny Black @ Allsorts.
    Happy Holidays;-))m

  9. I love your layout and co-ordinated colours Amy. Your Spring theme works so well with this image. I love the way you have tied your ribbon and your colouring is lovely.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts and we hope you will join us next month.


  10. I'm sorry you've suffered so much of winter's wrath already and it's still only December. We haven't had much snow here but it has been very cold. In fact the highest the temperature has been in the last month is 28°. I'm with you... I can't wait for spring.

    This image is absolutely adorable and definitely reminiscent of spring.


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