Thursday, April 30, 2009

April Showers

When I saw the Scattered Showers stamp set on Nicole's blog during sneak peek week, I knew I had to have it. I started an umbrella collection when I was 16 years old and I still love them. Remember when the fragrance companies in the big department stores would offer an umbrella as a gift with purchase?-I am probably dating myself here-anyway, any time an umbrella was offered I got one. I think at one time I had amassed 30 or so umbrellas. I had them in stands, hanging on door knobs and over the doors, too. My collection was not just for show. I used them. My umbrellas were accessories to my wardrobe. Let me clarify here, I'm not talking about those cute-sy smallish things that fold up and fit in your purse. Nope. I'm talking about the full on, crook in the handle, point on the tip, room for two, lots of fabric umbrellas. Any time we had rain, I chose an umbrella and I carried it with me...all through high school, college, corporate world, now. In high school I was called everything from Mary Poppins,to Mother Goose,to Old Mother Hubbard , to the Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe. LOL! It did not bother me at all. Over the years, my collection has been downsized dramatically, I have only 10 now. And you can bet, if we get rain, I'm going to my cloak closet and pulling out an old-fashioned umbrella!

This stamp set was a joy to work with. My mind was racing, thinking of all the color combos and patterned papers I could put to use with it. Putting together these few simple cards really made my day. I'm playing with the set again today, but for now, why don't I share with you, what I came up with yesterday?

The Cards...

I had a lot of fun with this one. Click on the image to get close in, to see the texture on the blue paper. It's raindrops and I got them on there by using my Fiskars Texture Plates in my Cuttlebug! I had never tried that, but had heard that it was possible. So, I pulled out my big ol' box of texture plates and viola' worked! Now I know all of you are very card saavy, but remember this is just my second year as a card-maker and I am still learning new things. So I was more than excited to be able to do this. I wanted to put jewels in each of the flower centers, but the ones I had were too big, so I went with a marker dot instead and put the jewels on the scallop humps. LOVE that sentiment. I have a cousin who always calls me dearie, so guess who gets that card?

Supplies-All PTI. cardstock:Raspberry Fizz, Spring Rain, Stampers Select White. stamp:Scattered Showers. inks:Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz. Chocolate(CTMH). marker:Watermelon(CTMH). ribbon:Spring Rain. other:scallop edge punch and slot punch(SU!). Raindrops Texture Plate(Fiskars).little jewels from my stash. Cuttlebug(Provo Craft) Scor-Pal.

I used my square Nesties on this one. I really like stamping the umbrella tops, cutting them out, and popping them up on foam tape. The button you see, is from my grandmother's sewing basket. I think it's Bakelite or abalone, not your usual run of the mill plastic button. The thread was already in it too, so instead of changing it, I just went with it.

Supplies-All PTI. cardstock:Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Kraft. inks:Summer Sunrise. Chocolate(CTMH). ribbon:chocolate grosgrain(Offray).Cuttlebug(Provo Craft) Swiss Dots embossing folder(Provo Craft). Scor-Pal.

And the last one...

Isn't this one sweet? I LOVE it! It's that yummy Porcelain paper from Basic Grey that does it. In the photo it is looking a bit washed out, I will try to adjust that later, but believe me, it is so soft and pretty IRL. I stamped this umbrella image in a soft green, I thought black would be too harsh. I used the same green for the handle and the sentiment to really bring attention to it.

Supplies-cardstock:Stampers White(PTI). Pink Pirouette(SU!) Garden Green(CTMH). paper: Porcelain(Basic Grey). ink:Garden Green(CTMH). other: pearls(Martha Stewart). ribbon from my stash. Scor-Pal.

I really did enjoy playing with this set and I will have a few more cards to share with you in upcoming days.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me today. Thank you for your comments too, I really appreciate them! Until next time...



Ashley Cannon Newell said...

Your cards are great! I didn't think I 'needed' this set until I see all these great creations! TFS

Alanna said...

Barb, these are all great. I loved all the samples the DT came up with at PTI and yours are just as good, if not better. Loved reading your story about all the umbrellas you collected as well.

Jeanne said...

Thanks so much for sharing, Barb, not only the fantastic cards, but the story about collecting umbrellas. Very neat! I did not know you were relatively "new" to card-making. I never would have guessed as your work is akin to that of a professional. Must be all that crafty creative gene in you shining through.

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy upcoming {inter}National Scrapbooking Day. Hugs!

Risa said...

Hi Barb,
I can tell that you really really like this stamp set and I can't say that I blame you one bit. All three of your cards are BEAUTIFUL!
I love the raindrop embossing on the first card, it really brings out the umbrella image! The color combo of the second card is fantastic and I love the 3D effect you gave the umbrella. The third card is BEAUTIFUL....I love everything about it...the soft colors and the gorgeous DP are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing all three cards Barb.

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow, Barb! All of these are so pretty! I can't pick a favorite. Great job!

Kim Burmeister said...

Oh, I forgot to mention....I love your new banner!

Unknown said...

All of your cards are gorgeous! Wow, you tie bows perfectly!

Marjorie said...

These are amazing!! I love what you did with the umbrella set!!

Chrystyna said...

love the bridal shower card! What stamp set did you use for the flowers and on the side white strip? Thanks for sharing the cards they are all beautiful, I just like this one the best!