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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If I may, I'd love to invite you to follow my blog.
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!
(Unfortunately, I don't think you have access to the follow button from your phone. Please, correct me if I am mistaken.)
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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I am having coffee with you right now since I have a cup as I am reading your post. What a beautiful tag you made! You always create such masterpieces with your tags. All things New was one of my first Phyllis Harris purchases. I love this set too as it brings back memories of my childhood when it rained. To this day I love to sit in peace and listen to the rain. :)ReplyDelete
Oh Meg I love it… Thank you so much for your words.Delete
I had a friend in my studio yesterday and, in between pulling supplies and showing her how to use them, I was able to stamp out the images from my March KOTM to be colored and made into cards later. While doing that I was reminded of your post and I decided to pull out a Phyllis Harris and an Angie Girl that I have not inked up in awhile. All things New and Rebecca Girl were my choices. Thanks again for the inspiration!Delete
I love your stories behind these. Such a great way to be inspired and it shows in your work. Love the envelope connected to the tag. Love the thoughts of playing in the rain! Your writing is as good as your amazing projects!ReplyDelete
I love that you do, Jeanie. Thank you so much. So humbled!Delete
I have really enjoyed reading your blog today. I get a sense of such a sweet spirit from your words. I love 💕 that you offer to pray with your readers. I pray that God blesses your blog. Both of your creations are awesome but my favorite is the little girl. My growing up was not very nice but the little girl just seems sweet and innocent playing in the rain. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
Dawn, it makes my heart happy to know my writings touch you. Bless you. Peace to your heart...Delete
Love these, Bobbie Sue! Such a gorgeous and thoughtful tag for a friend! And your second card brings back childhood memories so effectively!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Joyce!!Delete
A perfectly lovely invitation to give your neighbor. It's so pretty! The little girl playing in the rain is so charming and sweet. Reminds me of my daughter when she was young... Thank you for sharing your work. 🙂ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Gina! Sweet sweet memories...Delete
Oh I love both cards. The coffee card is such a great idea. It is raining now as I hop with coffee right next to me. I love "All Things New" and your card is inspiring. The sun rays and water drops are perfect!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!!Who is this, btw. :)Delete
Thank you, Karen! :)Delete
I so look forward to your post each month, Bobbie Sue! You inspire me, not only creatively, but also personally... just to be a more caring and kind person. Thank you for sharing a little bit of you each month! Now... your tag is absolutely stunning! I love the Flutter to Go stamp... it's a favorite of mine! Such a gorgeous design and that pocket on the back is perfect! Love it! And your sweet card... oh, I love it! As a teenager, I loved to go for a run whenever it rained. I've always had a love of rain! This stamp makes me think of those times whenever I see it.ReplyDelete
Cute cards and techniques shared, so nice to be inspired by everyone’s creativity.ReplyDelete
This post touched my heart. How sweet to have these memories come to the surface while creating. It makes it so much more meaningful. Phyllis Harris images are so special and always bring out my inner child. I grew up alone and was very imaginative. Her images show my the childhood I wanted. I have a ton of her images just because of that. ❤️ReplyDelete
I’d love to have coffee and visit with you anytime!
I love both of your creations for the hop this month, my sweet Bobbie Sue!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your memories...when I was a child, I had older and younger siblings. My parents didn't stress over us kids, so we were allowed to play in the rain, (and snow so deep it swallowed us up!) thanks for reminding me of those precious memories!!
Beautiful tag and card!! really love the tag with the invitation!ReplyDelete
Amazing! Fabulous card and tag. I LOVE the idea of presenting an invitation with the lovely tag.ReplyDelete
Your gorgeous tag has many of my favorite things: butterflies, coffee cup, a scripty BG; it's quite stunning really. And all of PH designs are so sweet; plus, I love it when it rains. So the card speaks to me as well.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards, I really love the first oneReplyDelete
I love the tag, but oh my goodness that little girl is adorable. Thank you for sharing. Loved the cards and the stories!ReplyDelete
Just beautiful projects Bobbie Sue. I love your cards. They are so kind, spiritual, thoughtful, and meaningful. I love your designs and your stories. I too loved stomping in the puddles as a kid. Thanks for the memories and the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Such beautiful projects Bobbie Sue. I love the contrast of the blue and white on the tag and matching the butterfly with your blue top and bottom. The little envelope is a nice touch I'll have to use our idea someday! The card is adorable also as well as your sweet childhood memories! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Beautiful cards andReplyDelete
how thoughtful of
you to invite your
neighbor for coffee!
Love that second card.
Carla from Utah
Beautiful coffee-themed tag and a pretty card too! Love the stenciled sun rays with that sweet image!ReplyDelete
Loving that coffee themed card with the cute envelope on the back and the Phyllis Harris design is always so charming!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful invitation to receive! Wish I could join you! Thank you for sharing the sites! Love discovering what they have to offer!ReplyDelete
Love love love.. . No really really love all the projects!!! Here's to the little joyful girl in all of us!ReplyDelete
Oh wow! Both your projects are so beautiful!!! Colouring and all the details are pretty amazing!!!ReplyDelete
Love them both. But... I might be a little biased. I love you because your my friend from days long ago, an inspiration to my daughter and myself, and I'm in love with all things Unity. Your creations are always amazing. Thank you, Bobbie Sue❤❤❤ReplyDelete
As a small girl in the south, I enjoyed playing in many rainstorms. The only rule (besides coming in when the sun went down) was if there is lightening, we would have to come back in. We had the most marvelous times playing outside. By the time I had kids (in mid-state NY), we could not let them outside to play without supervision at our house. When we would go camping up in the Adirondacks, we could let them go out further without as much supervision. We would whistle, and they'd whistle back to let us know where they were. We'd ring the bell when they were to come back from wherever they were playing, whether in the woods or on the water. Your card does bring these good memories back!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful way to invite a friend over for coffee!ReplyDelete
I love both but that girl dancing in the rain is FABULOUS!ReplyDelete
Yes! Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a rainy day! Both your card & tag are just lovely... but, oh, I absolutely LOVE that tag!ReplyDelete
Simply darling cards!ReplyDelete
Wiping my feet dry now from jumping in the puddles. Had rain and a touch of hail today! Lots of worms on the driveway for the robins. I so love this time of year when the birds are starting to come back from the south! Oh, I also love the coffee card- and the nice invite for your neighbor to come over on the next rainy day. How cool is that! Beautiful work!!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful projects. I love the little goodie pocket on the back. A very thoughtful gift for your friend. Your PH card is adorable!ReplyDelete
That tag is awesome! Like the card tooReplyDelete
it sounds a wonderful way to spend a rainy die. your little girl in the raindrops is cute.ReplyDelete
These are beautiful creations! I love everything you make! Thanks for sharing your stories - I loved playing in the rain when I was child too!ReplyDelete
These are really cute! :) Awesome job.ReplyDelete
Lovely cards. I do like the shimmer cardstock, but only have a few sheets, so I tend to hoard it. I also like how you stamped the girl in brown instead of black to give it a softer look. I don't think to do that very often.ReplyDelete
Beautiful creations! Love the tag and your sweet rain card!ReplyDelete
Sweet little girl in the rain and love the tag invite.ReplyDelete
I very much enjoyed your beautiful creations and your thoughtful and moving narrative!ReplyDelete
Love both cards! Flutters to go with the music background is spiritual journey in itself... love it...ReplyDelete
Beautiful creations Bobbie Sue!ReplyDelete
found your blog today and looking forward to seeing more of your inspiration/encouragement.ReplyDelete
Love the tips shared in this post. So many ways to use my stamps.ReplyDelete