Welcome to our April Friends of Unity Blog Hop! It's Spring and I couldn't be happier! Which is why I love this months cue of "Rainy Days". The ol saying that April showers bring May flowers has me looking forward to the rainy days ahead.
This post is a bit lengthy, friends. But I'd love for you to read through as my hope is that you're inspired both creatively and sentimentally!
The tag below may not look like it has anything to do with rainy days, but read on. :) You'll love the connection!
On most rainy days (especially early rainy mornings) you will find me in my recliner, lights down low, coffee in hand, bible in lap and my favorite southern Gospel playing softly in the background. This is how I love Rainy Days. How amazing does this sound!? Come have coffee with me sometime!
As a matter of fact, this tag will be given to a neighbor I've grown close to, as an invite to have coffee with me the next rainy day.
Check out the third photo where I tucked in the note inviting her.
I attached a premade envelope to the back so I could tuck in a little note inviting her over. I'm really loving this!
Details on this tag:
Angie Blom's coffee cup from "Flutters to Go" is one of my absolute favorites! The background music note set called "Worn Music" was stamped over the masked off coffee cup. I loosely applied VersaFine Clair in Pinecone to the background stamp to give it an even more vintage appearance. The tag base is watercolor paper attached to a piece of cardstock to help give it weight.
The beautiful blue paper that decorates the top and bottom have become some of my favorite primary color papers to use. They are a heavy cardstock with a beautiful canvas texture and glimmer to them! I bought the 18 sheet set from Tuesday Morning, but it is the My Colors set from My Minds Eye. You can purchase these per color single sheet at Scrapbook.com. I used border dies (aka edge dies) from MFT to cut the top and bottom blue decorative pieces. There are so many things you can do with border dies. I have 3 different sets that MFT sells and love each one of them! Great variety and good number of dies in each set. The blue pieces are popped up with foam tape.
I wish you could see it better here, but after I watercolored the coffee cups butterflies I filled them in with Nuvo Crystal Drops. After it dried I took my white gel pen and added the pretty white you see. White gel pen marks over crystal drops on a dark image looks beautiful!
I absolutely love the butterflies from Angie's "3 Little Butterflies" set. I stamped them out 2x. Watercolored one set and let my Scan N Cut do the fussy cutting for me. After the paint dried I brushed my Wink of Stella over them followed by random marks of my white gel pen. So pretty!!
As always, I love adding lots of trim/ribbon to my tags. I wish I had added a charm. Which I still may. You all know I love my ribbons and charms! :)
Here is a card I made with this precious Phyllis Harris set called "All things New". Can't believe I took so long inking up this set. I absolutely love it!
This card was very sentimental for me to create as it took me back to my childhood days reminding me of daddy. When we were growing up we played in the rain every chance we got. Growing up without running water, it was also our favorite way to shower as the rain fell over the edge of the tin roof of the shack daddy built us! Ahhhh precious and fun memories... Thanks daddy for such amazing learning experiences.
As the sentiment implies; there is such a sweet musical sound the rain gives if we will only be still long enough to listen.
Here are the details in creating this card.
I wanted to use the beautiful Blue Belle from VersaFine for the raindrops and puddle so I masked off the little girl.
Here I stamped her in VersaFine's Pinecone rubbing away where the ink had gotten on the rain drops.
This is my set up every time I watercolor.
I simply popped her up with foam tape onto a lovely gradient green piece of DSP and added these beautiful "rain drop" flat back bubbles I buy from Ink Road Stamps. The sunburst is from Picket Fence Studios. They have really awesome and very affordable products!
I love the slight wave in the puddle I created under her foot. :) She's so so sweet!
While coloring this little beauty, I felt she took on my persona of the little girl still inside of me. I still find joy in stomping a rain puddle. Especially with my grandbabies! Do you still relate to the little inside of you? I pray that the memories are sweet for you as they are for me. If they aren't. I'm sorry... Message me here if you'd like. I'd love to pray for you.
The sun often shines beautifully on calm rainy days. It puts the sweetest smell in the air.
I hope you enjoy these creations as much as I enjoyed creating them!
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There is a "follow" button up a bit and to the right. --->
Not the follow by email, it's up just a bit from it. Thank you so much!
It brings me so much joy sharing my thoughts and creations with all of you!
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Thanks for spending time with me today!
Until next time~
Be blessed, friends!
I hope you have a chance to visit each blog. I know they are all equally as wonderful and unique! If you've not, please see the blog hop list at the bottom of this post and prepare to be inspired!
There are some pretty awesome giveaways with this hop! Including one from myself! Be sure you comment on EACH blog post to be entered in the drawing.
This months winners will be announced during next months blog hop!
(I have a feeling you will comment anyway as a way of support and admiration to the artists.)
Friends, please know that our hops are not sponsored. (Although, I know Unity Stamp Co. lovingly approves) Because your support is so valuable and so appreciated, prizes are given from the creators own private stash of Unity stamps.
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