Monday, 29 April 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #90 - April Showers bring May Flowers

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Tracey, who has chosen the theme 'April Showers bring May Flowers'

Tracey said 'Hello friends. When I think of April, I am always reminded of the saying "April showers bring May flowers". For this challenge, I would like to see cards that include an image of something rain related and are embellished with at least 2 flowers. Your image could be a child splashing in puddles, a person walking in the rain, ducks waddling through puddles, an umbrella, etc.'

I had a really clear idea in my head for this challenge, but as is quite usual with me, it ended up being something completely different!

Early on I decided I wanted a giant umbrella on my project and after a lot of searching on the internet, I came across a set of april showers clip art by Lana Koopman.  I wasn't entirely sure how I wanted to use the umbrella, except to know I wanted it BIG, but after a lot of paper shuffling I decided to cut diagonally across the front of the card and attach the umbrella with a lolly stick so you could see the paper inside.

I used Lana's raindrop border to create the paper I have used inside the card and outside I used some blue card stock and some white pearlescent card embossed with a cuttlebug folder and then inked with blue, purple and pink.

The image of the little girl is from the Graphics Shoppe and I merged her with a puddle from the april showers clip art, then coloured her with Promarkers.

I have seen the sentiment I added several times, but most recently on a trip to the Garden Centre and thought it would be perfect, so I added it to my umbrella then sprayed it with irridescent sparkle spray.

The gems and flowers are from my craft stash.

Hop along to the challenge and check out what my team mates have created and why not join in too.

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Please ensure your creation has both something rain related, and a minimum of two flowers to qualify for a winner or Top 5 slot.

Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Cute Card Thursday  - Can't stop the rain
Paper Take Weekly - Take the weather with you

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Fabulous card - love how you've used the shape of the front to show that gorgeous umbrella off!

  2. Love your wonderful card with the smashing sentiment. It's so lovely.
    Love n hugs
    Marie / CCM teamie

  3. Fantastic card and design, great words as well.
    Yvonne x

  4. oh wonderful card, lovely sentiment too, thanks so much for joining us at PTW, hugs, Karenx

  5. Hi Jules, just wanted to pop over and say thank you for the lovely comment you left on my CCM entry it means a lot to me - so thank you very much!
    A fabulous sparkly umbrella and beautifully coloured digi. Love your Lavinia landscape and your brayering, for a beginner, is blooming awesome! Barbara Gray, of Claritystamps, is on Create and Craft this weekend and, in my opinion, she's the best person to learn from and great to watch hugs Karen

  6. So sweet, I love the cute image and the umbrella and the rain drops are beautiful
    Lindsay xx


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