Sunday 4 April 2021

Signs of Spring


I love to take part in many challenges and have been very fortunate to have been included in a list over at 613 Avenue Create of some amazing crafters who have had so many featured projects last year that we are 2020 Master Rockers. I am truly honoured to have been included in such a talented bunch and we have been invited to be Guest Designer during the course of this year.

The challenge theme is always Anything Goes and the 
Optional Twist for April is: In The Garden, Create A Card for Spring

I have used some fabulous digital stamps from Kate Hadfield Designs to make a scene as the main focus of this card.

In this digital pack Signs of Spring there are lots of images that can be used on their own or combined to make a scene like this. I started off with the welly boot and puddle. I added daffodils, snowdrops, birds bees and a cute little smily worm. Finally as the weather constantly changes there is sunshine, clouds and rain as we never know what to wear for the best this time of year!

The image panel has been coloured with Twinkling H20's for the sky, Promarkers, metallic gel pens and clear glitter pen accents on the snowdrops and raindrops. This panel was then added to some plain yellow cardstock.

The paper are from the Spring Drop First Edition pad from Dovecraft. I used the patterned green on the cream cardstock base. A strip of the pastel stripe/dotty paper has been trimmed with some lilac and I added faux stitching with a gel pen. The pink is also from this paper and that was why I coloured the welly boot in pink (and added spots because all the best wellies have spots)

The flower trim is a pre-cut vinyl border that came on a roll from a poundshop long ago. I added some pearls and gems to the centres.

The glittery bees are stickers from the paper pad. The butterfly is a die from a set of 4 small ones from Marianne Creatables. It is such a pretty shape and you get a nice crisp cut. Finally the digital sentiment is from Daisy Doodles who used to make some lovely images and sentiments but are now retired.

In the last month or so in the UK we have had so many signs of Spring and on my walks I have really enjoyed seeing so many pretty flowers popping up and hearing the birds tweeting. We have even seen rabbits in the local park. I have always loved nature but this year it seems especially poignant to see this new life and re-birth to get rid of the sadness and anxiety that the last year has entailed. I hope the signs of Spring everywhere herald happier times for all.

I am truly honoured to be a Guest Designer this month at 613 Avenue Create
Thank you so much for asking me. 

Card Details -

Size - A5

Digital Images - Signs of Spring (Kate Hadfield Designs)

Digital Sentiment - Spring Has Sprung (Daisy Doodles Now Retired)

Die - 4 Butterfly set LR0158 (Marianne Creatables)

Papers - Spring Drop (Dovecraft First Edition)

Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Twinkling H20’s

Embellishments - Gems, pearls, Vinyl Die Cut Border, bee stickers from paper pad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Hi Mandy congrats on your GDT spot for 613.Love your beautiful card especially the little posing worm lol
    Carol x

  2. Very pretty colours. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

  3. That's very spring like and pretty.
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

  4. love all the elements on your card that represent spring! Thank you for joining us at MMM for this challenge

  5. Another fab card, Mandy! Pretty pastel colour tones and lots of lovely Spring themed images...
    Thanks again for playing along with my challenge this week at Passion for Markers! Lisa x

  6. A lovely card Mandy - as always - but I am taking your word about Spring arriving as I have had put the heating on this morning.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  7. Great card, Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Challenge.

  8. This is a lovely card with so much to see.

    I'm loving watching the birds on the feeders in my garden and we have a couple of squirrels visiting us regularly and even a hedgehog.

    Thanks for joining us again.

    CD Sunday Plus DT

  9. Lovely creation with lovely colours and details. Thanks for playing along with us over at Passion for Markers.
    Love n hugs

  10. A lovely card, thank you for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

  11. Lovely colours! Thank you for joining us at Allsorts Challenge

  12. Cute card. Fun images. So glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments, Alphabet challenge, Catch the bug, Colour Crazy, Crafty Catz, Crafty Sentiments, Make my Monday.. (you almost entered all the dt's I am on.. lol) enjoyed your card.

  13. This is so pretty!! Love all the bright, happy colors and patterns you used! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  14. A pretty card. Thank you for joining in the Aud Sentiments animal challenge.

  15. Awesome and so happy that you came back sharing another wonderful card. Like this stamping...way to go!

    Leanne DT/KCC

  16. Sweet çolorful design with plenty of spring feel. Thanks for joining our challenge at Catch the Bug!

  17. Fabulous card, love all the layers and bright happy colours.
    Thanks for playing at Polkadoodles, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  18. What a beautiful spring card, I'm amazed by how many signs of spring you managed to squeeze on your project without creating an overload of everything. The garden scene is really lovely and so are the colourful papers, and I love the cute bees you've added. Thanks for joining the Alphabet challenge.

    Hugs, Veronika

  19. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Penny's Challenges.

  20. Very pretty card! I love the scene you created! Thanks for joining our challenge this week!  I hope to see you in the next one! 
    Hugs, Joy
    Digi Choosday DT

  21. Very pretty spring card, if only the weather was like
    Thank you for joining us
    CD Sunday plus DT

  22. Adorably cute card Mandy! Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood!
    Diane TSH DT {Nellies Nest}

  23. such a beautiful card and thanks for sharing at crafty catz dont forget our Dt/ GDt call is still running.

  24. A pretty card for spring and the sun is shining here this morning. Thank you for sharing your lovely design with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

  25. Pretty spring themed card! ... Thanks for sharing with Polkadoodles this week, Nelly dt x

  26. Awesome scene Mandy! Love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  27. Great card with wonderful details. Thanks for joining us at SFC.

  28. Gorgeous Mandy. Such a cheerful card. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  29. Your card really reflects the bright cheerful feel of Spring Mandy. I love it.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at I Love Promarkers looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  30. That´s a beautiful spring card.
    Thank you for linking up at Friendship Challenge!
    Good luck and all the best!
    Ilse (thera)

  31. I agree, there is something so exhilarating about Spring, and I love all the colourful flowers and birdsong. Your card is so sweet. Gorgeous papers (I have this paper pack and you've inspired me to use it) Such a beautiful row of flowers and a wonderful image! Thanks for sharing this with us at Digi Doodle Studios!

  32. Mandy you have created such a lovely spring card. Brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing over at Penny's Challenge. Best of luck, Jana DT@Penny's

  33. Spring yes great time of the year! Happy card.

  34. What a wonderful fun card with all the critters and the fabulous fall colours. Thanks for sharing your adorable card with us at Colour Crazy.

  35. This is so beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  36. This is just so beautiful. Love it. Nice work here.

    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic

    Design Challenge
    we really appreciate you joining in.



  37. It's a beautiful card.
    Big Hug Bianca
    DT Scrapping4funChallenges Blog.

  38. Lovely project Mandy. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  39. Wonderful spring card! I like your colouring and your design as well. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Scribbles Design. Best of luck! Nick

  40. Such a pretty card!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  41. A pretty spring themed card. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz x

  42. Beautiful designed creative project. Love your images and colours used.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgans Art World Challenges Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Annie CT -{My Blog}

  43. Spring is in the air with this card! Thanks so much for playing along in the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Good luck with your entry and hope to see you again.
    ~ Donna (DT for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends)

  44. This is really nice! Pretty colours, nice image and lovely details!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *Owner* Easter-Fun Challenge Blog
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *DT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

  45. This has come together beautifully!
    Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious.
    Good luck, we all hope to see you and your wonderful creations again!
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie DT member.

  46. I just love the Spring scene! Lovely!
    Thank you for joining Catch the Bug!
    Hugs from Africa!

  47. Cute spring card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka CT -

  48. Such a nice spring coloured card

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Simply Create Too' this month
    Stay Safe
    Hugs Shell xx

  49. What a pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dream. DT Stacey

  50. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Animals, butterflies and/or Insects" Challenge.

  51. Lovely card with so much detail!

    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  52. Hi Mandy,
    what a gorgeous design and such beautifully created elements in this design too.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  53. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining our "Include an Animal" Challenge at Digi Doodle Studios!

  54. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  55. Pretty card! Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge. Good luck!

  56. Thank you for sharing your card in the Uniko Spring Challenge #64.
    Creative greetings from Wiebke (Uniko Brand Ambassador)

  57. What a fun, Spring themed card. Thank you for joining in the LeAnn's World 101 Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    DT Vannessa


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