Trendy Trees Squares Card

Trendy Trees Squares - vertical (2)   Trendy Trees Squares - horizontal (2)

I love Spring!  All this warm weather and rain is certainly making the trees come alive again with beautiful shades of green!  It inspired me to celebrate by making a card with the Trendy Trees set!  The best part is that you can currently purchase this set at 20% off with the Two-Step Into Spring promotion for April! 

Card Details

I've been hoarding my 1/4" Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads ever since the Mini Occasions Catalog came out, but I guess it's finally time to use them up.  I love how the flower brad mimics the shape of the tree below it!  The sentiments are from the Tiny Tags set from the Mini and they work great on small spaces like these 1-1/4" squares

To make the squares look more leaf-like, I rounded opposite corners with the Corner Rounder Punch.  The Funky Forest Stampin' Around Wheel adds a nice coordinating background accent. 

With so many colors retiring in a few short months, I thought it'd be appropriate to start focusing on some of these colors before they are gone for good.  In this card, along with So Saffron, Garden Green, and Certainly Celery which are staying, I've used Close To Cocoa, Handsome Hunter and Dusty Durango…all retiring June 30.

Whimsical Words Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog last week to enter my contest!  The winner of the Whimsical Words stamp set is Carmen DeBruce! 

Two Cool Cards Contest

When I'm making cards I try to always make two versions.  Two reasons: 1) So my workshop attendees can see how to use the same ingredients to create two different cards, and 2) To give one, and keep one!  Brilliant, I know.  But, it gives me an idea…

Welcome Neighbor Pack Have you ever seen the Parade Magazine column (or Highlights Magazine if you're old enough) with two different versions of the same photo and you have to pick out all the differences?  Wanna play?  Can you find at least 6 ways that version 2 is different than version 1?  If so, email your answers to me at and you will be entered to win the 6×6" Welcome Neighbor Paper Pack (which has 72 double-sided sheets and, coincidentally, conveniently coordinates with the Trendy Trees set!).  Deadline to enter is April 15, and the winner will be announced April 16.  US Residents only.

Looking forward to receiving your emails…send a photo of your current stamping project while you're at it!

Congratulations:…And the winner is…Melissa Rose!  Thanks so much for all of you who participated in my game!  I came up with the following ways that card #2 was different than card #1:

  1. Horizontal
  2. Garden Green piece overlaps Close To Cocoa piece
  3. Ribbon tied around length-wise
  4. Garden Green tree and So Saffron Sentiment squares swapped
  5. Different greeting
  6. Flower brad, not stripes
  7. Celery leaves turned upside down
  8. Funky Forest wheeled higher on card
  9. Brad is top right of square


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