It’s so busy around here now that summer has arrived in St. John’s.   Not only is it our busiest season at work but we have some gardening projects planned at home that are really sucking up our time. (We don’t garden so it is probably more time consuming than strictly necessary!)

The good news is that all the hustle and bustle of every day life is giving me a burst of creativity.  How ironic that I am more creative when I have less time to create!

Today’s project is a baby shower card and I tweaked a layout I saw on Stamping Bella’s blog.  I don’t have any cute Bella images (I like the bugs rather than the Bella people images but they have some wonderful things for sale) but I adored the layout I saw using a baby bella and I just simplified the layers and moved things around a smidge to make it my own.

I used some Making Memories paper that I’ve had for a little while – I have used it before but it got buried under my collection of Basic Grey 6X6 pads and I found it while looking for something cheerful enough to use on this card.

I think this is the perfect blend of tailored, yet cute!  I used a Whipper Snapper stamp (actually called “Bella” – a coincidence believe it or not!) and some of the Prima flowers I got in a Dave’s Deals order from eP.  The colours are a little muted as I tend to go for more subtle colours (I’m not a fan of brights but am learning that they have their uses).  I think it turned out well and I’m looking forward to the recipient’s reaction.

I have a few more projects to share from the weekend, including a cute summer-themed card and a card I’m absolutely thrilled with using one of my latest Whipper Snapper stamps and some amazing patterned paper by the talented Carolyn Gavin (who makes those funky ecojot notepads I’ve seen at Chapters – would love to own one but they are trés expensive!).