Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers

I'm back!

It’s good to be back. It’s been at least two months since I have gotten crafty! From the hospital stay trying to get my blood pressure under control, to the emergency c-section, to the NICU and finally home with a premie and 7 year old (blog about the experience here)…. All while trying to recover from surgery and get my blood pressure in check.   I so appreciate all my design teams allowing me some time off. I am happy to be back to playing along with Simon Says Stamp! I have missed my Simon family. I will rejoin my other two design teams next month hopefully.

Before I get to my card, I wanted to say thank you to all of those who have reached out to me, whether it be by email, postal mail or commenting on my blog. I have read every single one and appreciate all the kind words and support! And so many of you have even gone as far as to send something to me for Lily! I can’t begin to tell me how blown away I am by all the kindness from you all. Thank you so very much!! Really! THANK YOU!!!!!

On to the card! April Showers or Spring Flowers! I opted to go the flowers route! I wanted to make something fun and happy, and at the same time, something I could work on in shifts! With a newborn, you just never know how much time you are gonna get!


I did some pencil coloring on this one. I stamped the GORGEOUS Flower Table Cloth background stamp by Hero Arts and stamped in with Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow ink and the colored the flowers with Prisma colored pencils! The banner and sentiment are from the fabulous Simon Says Stamp exclusive line. I went around the edges with some Tim Holtz distress ink. I typically stay away from the colored pencils because to me it looks so hand colored, but today, I was feeling the mood. And I like the way it turned out. It’s a different look for me. And if the recipient doesn’t like it, I will tell then my 7 year old did it! He. He.

The wonderfully amazing and sweet Heidi is offering up a $50 gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp online store!!!!!! HELLO!!!!!! That’s awesome!!! I’ve got a wish list a MILE long!

Be sure to head on over the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the design team inspiration. Be prepared to have your socks blown off because they are all amazing! I am so lucky to be a part of this team! Dream come true.


Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! :)

Simon Says Stamp



18 thoughts on “Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers

  1. Fabulous card Laurel 🙂 I love the stamp you used ,,, so pretty and the colouring is fab,,, it really looks almost embroidered ! 🙂

    Lols x x x

  2. Welcome back and congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I clicked over to read the story of her arrival — I’m sorry you had to go through such a difficult time and so glad she is home with you now. Wishing you continued blessings.

  3. Welcome back!!! The blog world had missed you (and your distress inky style!!)! I’m so glad that you and your family are doing better! I have thought about you so often!!! Your card is so pretty!!!! And if I didn’t know any better I would think that Lucas could make a card just like yours (he’s so talented!!) but truth is, the recipient will love the card, is glorious!!!

  4. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous card Laurel!! So happy you are back!! God bless you and your wonderful family!!


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