Monday, March 12, 2012

Colorful Spring Daffodil Card

We had a wonderful weekend with our granddaughter, Keeley, at our house for three days.  There's nothing like the innocence, fun, and spontaneity of a seven year old girl to keep you happy!

The first thing Saturday morning, Keeley asked if we could stamp.  Of course, I said YES!  She went right to her stamping supply box, and I gathered some stamps.  She made me a birthday card, drew me some pictures for my refrigerator, then proceeded to stamp and color some birthday cake stamps to make birthday party invitations for her mom, dad, and sister for the birthday celebration we would have on Sunday when they came to get her.

Penny Black Daffodils stamp colored by Keeley
I decided to show her how to color on the solid-type stamps with markers, spritz, then stamp.  Well, that did it.....she was hooked on that technique for the rest of our stamping time together.  I used a daffodil stamp, and colored it in shades of yellow and green, spritzed it with water, stamped, and she let out a squeal and her eyes were as big as saucers!  She said it was like magic and couldn't wait to try it.  I handed her the markers, and she proceeded to make one just like mine.  Then, she asked if she could use any colors.  Well, of course I encouraged her to use whatever she wanted and to make it look however she liked.  Here is Keeley's interpretation of spring daffodils.

Don't these colors just make you smile and want to sing?  I kept looking at her design, beat down the 'adult' part of me that wanted the daffodils to be yellow, and truly enjoyed her imagination, playful colors, and inspiration.  Isn't it grand what we can learn from children if we just let go of our pre-conceived ideas and 'should be's?'

After card-making and lots of laughs, fun, and smiles and mess, we cleaned up and made cup cakes for the party.  Her mom and dad oooohed and aaahed over her creations on Sunday, and we all enjoyed the cupcakes.  Everyone knew where to sit with their place settings.  We had a great weekend, and although Keeley learned a new stamping technique, I think I learned much more from her.  I truly enjoyed her child-like abandon, and learned to let go and be more open to what I am feeling and not let the should-be's have so much say in my creative time.  Her daffodils are magical and fun....I would love a vase full on my table right now.

Card I made from Keeley's design
Today I made a card from her piece.....Here is the finished card, which I will send to her so that she can see what she taught Nana last weekend!

I have entered it in the following challenges:  Springtime challenge,
Say it with flowers

That's it for today, stampers.  I hope you find some inspiration where you least expect it.  And I encourage you to open your eyes to the possibilities around you, and let your heart lead you in your crafting.....lose your inhibitions, think like a child, and let YOUR inner child out to play.  You'll be glad you did!



  1. Beautiful work Lynda, that brush stroke stamp looks lovely in the variants of colours.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More this month, good luck with all the great prizes on offer and hope you will join us again.

    B x

  2. It's gorgeous! We need to listen to the young and enjoy their innocence and enthusiasm!

    Thank you for sharing Keeley with us!

  3. How sweet! Thank you for sharing Keeley's card with all of us.

  4. An amazingly beautiful Spring card that Keeley made! What a talented little stamper she is! Can you even imagiine her work in years to come, but of course look who her mentor is!! Lucky little girl!

  5. So beautiful! Loving how you stamped it in different colors. Simply stunning!
    Thanks so much for sharing at penny black and more!

  6. A great card, love the choice of colours
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    I have candy if your interested
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  7. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. This is a lovely card, I particularly like your use of the border punch.
    Thanks for joining in again at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts this month.
    Lynn x


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