Hello everyone! How's the weather in your part of the world? We had enjoyed such an early spring here in the south-east of Norway, with spring flowers blooming weeks before usual. All was good, better than good! Until Thursday last week.... Lots and lots of snow in just a few hours. Crazy! I had an appointment at the vet at 8 am (my dog Ulla's annual check-up and shots) and the vet's clinic is at the end of a countryside road so I called first to ask whether they had shovelled her road, which they had not, but several cars had driven on it already, she said, so I took the chance. It went well (our car still had winter tires), but I could feel the snow pushing against the "belly" of the car so if there had been just a few centimetres more snow I'd probably get stuck out there in the boonies. While I was at the vet's, several people called to cancel their appointments. Chickens! Or maybe not .....
|Snowflakes keep falling on my head ...|
On my way back home there was a 3 kilometre long queue over the bridge and it was not moving at all! You'd think Norwegians knew how to drive in these conditions, but it's the same every time the first snow falls - and this IS the first real snowfall we've had since last winter. I decided to take the long route up the river instead (an extra 50 km), just to find it was nearly as bad on that side.... So what do a girl do? Go for a walk with her dog, of course, in the hope that the traffic would be moving faster by the time we came back to the car. Well, it wasn't... but Ulla had a blast, playing in the snow!
|I think I heard a mouse!|
We finally made it home OK, it just took 1.5 hours instead of 15 minutes .... So, I may not be a chicken, but I might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer...
I dug out some of my flowers that had been covered with a 25 cm layer of snow for 3 days. Pansies may look fragile, but don't judge a book by its cover! (Or in this case, don't judge a plant by its flower ...)
When I write this, it's been exactly one week since that very surprising snowfall; the sun has done its job and melted the nasty snow away, and warmer days are here again. Tjoohoo! :-)
Anyway, didn't I say "cards" up there in the headline? I believe I did! With no further fuss about nothing, here they are - all summery and springy.
This card has left the building ... (I made it for Majo on my DT):
|Chipboard swirl from Creative Embellishments|
|I cut the Think Again stamp into sections before stamping on the card's panel.|
|I stamped "Let it be" twice and cut out the extra "E" I needed.|
Flower dies from Elizabeth Craft Design.
|I put crackle medium into some areas of the stenciled honeycomb.|
I had used texture paste coloured with drops of reinkers in brown and yellow.
|Sentiment stamped on acetate|
|The flowers are made out of distressed circles with a ribbon for the stems.|
Birds and flowers stamped with our music notes background stamp.
|Combined stamps from Antique Botanicals, Love Lives Here|
and Happy Birthday. Coloured with Inktence watercolour pencils.
|Curled squares around foam tape in the middle|
The next card is not made by me, but I just have to share it!
As part of an article about dog and cat themed paper from Graphic 45 and Anna Griffin,
my friend Judi Kauffman made this card with my dog's name! How cool is THAT?
You can read the article here: http://scrapbooking.com/article/83043
Judi made this card back in February, and then sent it to me after the photo shooting was over.
It's hanging on the wall in my studio :)
Here's one more photo of my famous dog, this time in sunshine!
|Here comes the sun, little darling!|
And with that, no - wait! While I have your attention, have you joined my giveaway this month?
You have until April 21st, noon central European time:
Thank you for stopping by. I wish you a wonderful day,
and lots of nice weather - wherever you are.
All the stamps used on my cards are from Rubber Dance, and you can find them all here.