Monday, April 7, 2014

Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella

Today's card is centered around a die that was purchased a long time ago, but was never used--an umbrella. I didn't want to make a card that was negative, like saying, "into every life a little rain must fall," or something of that nature that would imply that the recipient was having a hard time in life. And a card that said, "April showers bring May flowers" would have only been good if it were sent this month. That would have been too restrictive; so, "Let a SMILE be your umbrella" was maybe a better choice.

Like most of my cards, there were lots of detours and changes in the original plans. There is a really cute gingham ribbon in pastel spring colors that was supposed to be used on the card, but in the end, there was no place to put it, so that idea got scrapped. And other ideas that did not really work out got laid to one side. Does that ever happen to anyone else?????

A grey background paper was used for a "rainy sky," and it was embossed with a diagonal striped EF (something else that had been purchased but never used!) to help with the effect of falling rain coming down in a slanted direction. Glitter was also applied in a slanted pattern to resemble rain in the sky and on the flowers in front of the picket fence. Grass and greenery were also placed in front of the fence, and in the middle of the punched flowers a drop of pink glitter glue was added. The sentiment is printed from my computer and punched out with a frame punch; the same frame punch was used to cut out two yellow pieces that were joined together to make a backing for the white sentiment frame; they are attached with pop dots. Butterflies were put on the left side of the card to balance out the colors and layout.

Here is the card:

Another view showing more of the glitter rain:

These tools were used:

Darice Diagonal Stripe EF
Memory Box Petite Umbrella
Cheery Lynn Grass Border; B151 Cuties 3 Flower Die
Poppy Stamps Picket Fence
Paper Studio Small Flower Punch
Fiskars Small Butterfly Punch
Punch Bunch Small Flower Punch
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Stampin' Up Frame Punch
Pink Glitter Glue for Center of Punched Flowers
Pop Dots

I am entering this card in the following challenges ending:

Apr 08 Word Art Wednesday  - AG 5E #3
Apr 10 Sister Act Card Challenge - AG UE
Apr 11 Jo's Scrap Shack - AG 3E #2
Apr 12 613 Avenue Create - AG UE
Apr 12 Inky Chics - Butterflies 3E #2
Apr 29 Crafter's Corner - 3D 3E #2
Apr 30 DL_Art - AG 1E per Day
Apr 30 Just Be Creative Crazy AG 1E per Day
Apr 30 Mema's Crafts - AG 3E #2
Apr 30 Imagine, Create, Express - AG UE

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate your visits. As always, God's highest and best to you today and every day.

Many rich blessings,
Ginny B. 

Romans 10:9-11
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. NLT


  1. Your card is beautiful as well as the greeting. Rain is a blessing in so many ways but we must first seek the good before we can receive it. Love the spring colors and the glitter give it a happy feel. Thanks for playing with us at Mema's Crafts. We hope you will play often and visit even more.

  2. Hi Ginny,
    This card is absolutely gorgeous. I love the dimension in the scene you have created.
    The link up is still on Just keep on creating. where you have added this card is for the people entering the giveaway on my personal blog. I will fix it up so that the entry is on the Just keep on creating April linkup. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card :)

  3. A very pretty and colorful card. Thank you for joining us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

  4. You've created a wonderful scene here. I love the glitter on the umbrella - it glistens like it truely is wet! Thanks for dropping this by 613 Avenue Create! We look forward to seeing you again!


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