A Free St. Patrick’s Day Digital Stamp, Adult Coloring Page for You!

For You, Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

Spring is here!

So let’s all cheer!

Let’s all say Hurray!

‘Cause it’s a happy Springy Day!

I’m not quite sure what it is with my fascination with bunnies, bees and clover recently. It must be a Spring Thing after being cooped up inside the house all winter. We’ve had an awful lot of snow and some sub-zero temps.

This cute little bunny is sharing a big bouquet of spring’s first batch of tender green clover with a little fairy friend. She looks rather hesitant, as if she’s uncertain as to whether he would like for her to eat it or use it as a bouquet. It might be a bit of both, since you’d share your food with someone you care about, right?

I’ve included two images, one that can be used as a digital download or coloring page, and the second can be used as the same, but includes spaces for addressing it to Someone Special from You!

For You From, Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

This image has an area for you to write in the name of Someone Special you’d like to give your colored image to.

We all love freebies! Me, included. Here’s a FREE adorable digitally downloadable printable jpg file (300 dpi) for you to use in your St. Patrick’s Day and Spring crafting projects – scrapbooking, digital stamping, cardmaking, papercrafting, journaling, albums, gift tags, adult coloring, stickers, and more!

For You!

From Me!

For You, From Me, Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019
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Hoppy St. Paddy’s to SomeBunny Special!

Hoppy St. Paddy’s Day to SomeBunny Special! Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

It’s that time of year

For stripey bees and clover…

Those tiny leafy plants –

White and green all over.

St. Paddy’s Day is here,

’Cause it’s that time of year!

I’m working on this digital greeting card design in Procreate. It’s a lot easier, faster, and less troublesome to create a practice greeting card on the iPad than it is to break out the paper, coloring supplies, glue sticks, buttons, scissors, embellishments, ribbon, etc. (It’s not that I don’t have piles and piles of 6×6, 8.5 x 11, 12 x 12 cardstock and scrapbooking paper in many different shades, prints, textures and surfaces, ribbon of all kinds – satin, grosgrain, sheer, wired, buttons in every shape, size, and subject matter, low temp glue guns, glue sticks, archival glue sticks, jewelry glue, stickers from various sticker companies across the globe, and other necessities. It’s definitely not that…or maybe it is. ) And when I break it out, I “break.it.out.” You know what I mean. And, my husband is MUCH happier if I don’t.

Designing attractive greeting cards is not easy, as I’m discovering. Making them look half-way decent is one thing. Making them look GOOD is another. But, making them look good enough for people to want to purchase is another kettle of fish entirely.

And that would be why companies spend millions on research into the psychological aspects of colors, shape, design, marketing trends and whatnot. It’s also why companies have a huge staff of folks who handle completely separate parts of the design process: linework, coloring, character design, lettering, page design, etc.

So, I’m going to keep practicing in Procreate until my craft room(s) is/are slightly more orderly, and try to keep hubby fairly happy (since he’s the one who pays for all the craft supplies).

Hoppy St. Paddy’s to Ya!

Hoppy St. Paddy’s Day to SomeBunny Special! Sherry West, SherryWestArt, 2019

Hop on over to my Etsy shop SherryWestArt for this cute image to make your own adorable card for SomeBunny Special! https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt

Ladybirds and Ladybugs

Bunnies, Bees & Guineas

In my first blog post, I mentioned how much the white cotton tail bunnies love the clover that grows wild all over our yard

What I didn’t mention is that guinea pigs love it, too. We’ve had 30 over the last many years, and we quickly learned what their favorite food is. Yep, clover. Tender, fresh, succulent, leafy, sweet green clover. The newer, the better….as in, popped up fresh for breakfast that very morning. The same goes for dandelion greens, too.

Bees. Bees and white clover flowers go together like bees and honey. They are always busily buzzing around the little white multi-petaled flowers tucked into the large green clover patches. Bees are the main pollinators of clover.

Do you know about clover honey? I keep raw clover honey on hand and put a tablespoon in a glass of lemon and water each day to help counteract allergies. The honey needs to be from bees in your local area to combat the local allergens.

You can also eat raw and cooked clover. Dandelions, too! The bunnies, bees and guineas know.

Bumble Bea, Itty Bitty Bugz, Sherry West, SherryWestArt

Lucky Little Clover

In the wild, carefree psychedelic 70s, I was in elementary school. Most of the kids ran around the playground at recess playing tag, baseball, tetherball or other games requiring decent coordination (and I wasn’t very coordinated), I sat with a friend in the deep green grass looking for four-leaf clovers. She seemed to always find them, but I never did. I surely needed lots of luck just to be able to find the lucky little clovers!

We spent countless sunshine and sweet-leafy-green days sitting in that grass looking for four-leaf clovers. I may not have ever found any of the four-leaf variety, but what I was lucky enough to find were Ladybugs! Fat, round, perfectly symmetrical, and bright glossy red with black spots They were beautiful!

We held them in our hands and watched them crawl up and down our fingers. Upon reaching the end of a finger, the ladybug always seemed to know it was time to go. She would lift up the two top red casings, and out unfolded delicate deep brown sheer wings which had been ingeniously hidden and protected beneath. After they unfurled to their full shape, she gently and effortlessly rose unto the unseen currents of air, floating quietly away until I could no longer see her.

Ladybugs and Ladybirds

As a child, since ladybugs were called “lady-bugs,” I always thought they were female (as opposed to “gentleman” bugs). In the United States, this is what we we call them.

In England, however, they are called “ladybirds.” What a lovely name for a lovely bug! “Ladybug” is very nice term, but “ladybird” is better!

Leia Ladybug, Itty Bitty Bugz, Sherry West, SherryWestArt

The following lyrics are from “Ladybug Ladybird,” of Helen Ferris’s “Favorite Poems Old and New, Selected for boys and girls,” 1957.

Ladybug Ladybird

Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home
the field mouse is gone to her nest
the daisies have shut up their sleepy red eyes
and the birds and the bees are at rest
Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home
the glow worm is lighting her lamp
the dew’s falling fast, and your fine speckled wings
will flag with the close clinging damp
Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home
the fairy bells tinkle afar
make haste or they’ll catch you and harness you fast
with a cobweb to Oberon’s star.

Ladybird Ladybird, the modern children’s rhyme

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children are gone,
All except one,
And her name is Ann,
And she hid under the baking pan

Bumble Bea, Itty Bitty Bugz, Sherry West, SherryWestArt

*These adorable images – Itty Bitty Bugz, Bumble Bea – & Leia Ladybug – are available in b&w and color as digital downloads in my Etsy shop SherryWestArt https://www.etsy.com/shop/SherryWestArt for all of your spring scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

Further interesting reading on the subject of Ladybugs:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybird_Ladybird

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014/06/24/ladybirds-ladybugs-cows/

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150610-the-dark-side-of-nursery-rhymes

https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=esu0026p=1345

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccinellidae

Leia Ladybug, Itty Bitty Bugz, Sherry West, SherryWestArt