You can see below what it looked like at my house here in Idaho last week. We had 2-1/2 inches of snow on May 16! I don't care what hemisphere you live in.......that is just WRONG!!!!
Here is my apple tree all in bloom with the snow covering the blossoms. Fortunately, the flowers did not seem to have been harmed. It's a little early to say, but I think they were able to set fruit and will be fine. And even if we have a smaller harvest of fruit, that will just give the tree a little bit of a rest and make for a larger harvest next year. Time will tell....
Here is a lone, shivering hummingbird bravely guarding "his" feeder. Chilly temps and snow were not going to deter this courageous little guy. He perched there on the wire hook ready to take on all comers!!! It's difficult to tell from the photo, but this is a male Rufous Hummingbird....the fiercely territorial bully of the feeders!
We have 4 species of hummingbirds in my part of Idaho: Rufous, Broad-Tailed (with their zing-zing metallic wing sounds), Black-Chinned, and the tiny Calliope. They all visit my feeders, competing for that sweet nectar and gobbling up mosquitoes and other small flying insects. They put on quite the show in the early evenings!!
So, with this spring snow.......
Was I in the mood for making Christmas cards????? Oh, yes!!!!
Besides, I knew ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days - Anything Goes Christmas Challenge was coming up. I had a bunch of layered embossed backgrounds I made months ago with leftover scraps of Christmas prints and took this opportunity to make them all into cards. I kept the design simple to show off the fun patterned paper designs. I ended up with 12 matching ones in this set!! YAY!!!
(This helps make up for the Christmas cards I did NOT get made in Feb, March and April!)
Supplies used include:
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Katharine Cutaways die set (for blue outer pierced panel)
Winnie & Walter - Essentials: Audrey Cutaways die set (for inner scalloped panel)
Darice - Swirl Background embossing folder
Simon Says Stamp - Big Holiday Wishes stamp set [discontinued] (sentiment)
Versafine ink in Majestic Blue
Clear Sparkle embossing powder
Distress Ink in Faded Jeans (for inking edges of panels)
Sparkly glitter (on upper and lower edges of layered panel)
I hope you will join us in the Rudolph Days challenge through the end of the month. I might not have been too happy about having snow in May, but I am very glad to have a nice supply of Christmas cards beginning to accumulate. Hey, maybe I will even get them sent out this year!!! Ha!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. May Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's - Anything Goes Christmas
2. ABC Christmas Challenge - J is for Jingle Bells, K is for Keep it Simple (I used a simple design)
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - Anything Goes Christmas w/ optional twist of Candy Canes
4. Christmas Cards All Year Round May Challenge - Precipitation
5. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #344 - Anything Goes
6. Crafting by Designs May Get Ready for Christmas - Anything Goes Christmas