Crocus Vernus

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. 
                               ~Gertrude S. Wister



I love this image from Cathy St. Clair at Paper Garden Projects. It's part of the Spring Blooms Digital Stamp set you can get for free here.

I did my research before coloring this flower and learned crocus blossoms can bloom as early as February. I've never planted them (not sure how they'd do in our Texas heat), but I can remember them pushing up even through the late snows in Mom's backyard garden back in Indiana.

Paper Garden Projects just invited me to be a part of her Paper Garden Projects design team – and I'm so incredibly, unbelievably, ridiculously excited. I love everything her store carries. Just follow the link on my side bar to see what Cathy and her team are up to and to visit the other incredibly talented Paper Gardeners.

I'm very picky about participating in design teams. I don't do many because my job is so demanding that, when I get a chance to play, I want to play with images I absolutely adore. I turned down an invitation from a different company to join Paper Garden Projects because I'm so enthusiastic not only for what Cathy offers (stamps, etc., from a variety of high quality manufacturers like Penny Black, Mo's Digital Pencil, Eat Cake; Copic markers; Neenah and Prism, Nestabilities . . . ) but also because of Cathy's great customer service.  I hope I do PGP justice!



For inspiration I turned to always reliable Mojo Monday Sketch challenge (MoJo133).


Since I haven't colored many (any?) flowers before with Copic markers, I turned to the Copic Creations challenge this week, CCC25, Flowers! The challenge runs through April 15 and it's sponsored by Paper Garden Project. It's not too late to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

And, finally, Our Creative Corner is challenging us to use bows. Well, snap! You know I love the bows.

Here are the Copic markers I used and the rest of the recipe.

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  • Embellishments – Dew Drops
  • Fibers – Stampin' Up! 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Ink – Copic Markers (see above)
  • Paper – Neenah, Stampin' Up! Barely Banana, Basic Grey Urban Couture
  • Stamp: Spring Blooms Digital Stamp
  • Tools: Nestabilities, Martha Stewart border punch
  • Misc.: Tim Holz Crackle Paint (peeled paint), Tim Holz Distress Stickles (Rock Candy), Flower Soft






Sweet Comments

  1. Wow, this is completely gorgeous. Beautiful coloring and image, and love what you did with the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with the OCC!

  2. Gorgeous card, love thecoloursand your crocus are stunning……….fabulous details.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Copic Creations,
    hugs Heather xx

  3. This is just lovely Linda.  Perfect spring card.

  4. WoW!  That might be my favorite one yet.  Beautius Maximus!

  5. Totally gorgeous! Thanks for playing along at Our Creative Corner this week!

  6. This is just gorgeous.  Love the spring colors.  Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!  :)

  7. This is gorgeous, you did this challenge beautifully.

  8. this is stunning!  wow wow wow! glad u joined us at Copic Creations!

  9. Stunning card!  I love your details.  I saw this on the Mojo Monday blog and had to stop by.  Congrats on your win!

  10. Gorgeous card! Congrats on your Mojo win!!

  11. Drop dead gorgeous, Linda!  I can see why it was picked in the Mojo Contest.  What a great job you did coloring those flowers:))

  12. Linda, this is so beautiful!! Congrats on your Mojo win!!

  13. Linda! Congrats on winning the Mojo Monday Sketch… Your card is so Beautiful….. I love that you took a picture of the Copic you used.. I am just getting into Copic's and I love to see the visual off all the colors people used… Any suggestion on colors you go to all the time… 
    Hope you are doing well.. Have a Beautiful Day!

    Such a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner.


  1. […] Linda used the free Spring Flowers digital stamp set from Paper Garden Projects for her crocus images.  Then she layered it up with all kinds of luscious papers and embellishments.  You can get all the details on this creation on her blog post here. […]

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