Saturday, April 16, 2016

April Showers

Welcome to our Fun Stampers Journey "April Showers" Blog Hop! I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Vicki's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!
So - how do you come up with a card that fits the theme if you have NO stamps that come even close? I decided to see what I could do with my Journey Ovals dies. I started with a large Journey Oval, then used the small piercing oval to form the bottom scallops of the umbrella.

After cutting the oval in half and trimming away the outside of the scallops, I turned the piece over and scored lines to simulate the ribs of the umbrella.

To create the umbrella's handle, I soaked some Journey Twine in white glue, then formed the desired shape on a no-stick mat (or wax paper). Attach the handle to the back side of the umbrella with glue dots and foam squares, and it's ready to use as an embellishment on the card.

After embossing the background clouds with the Above the Clouds embossing folder, I daubed on clear pigment ink and heat embossed with some white embossing powder.
And the rainbow was easy - pick an oval, the next smaller piercing die, and the next smaller oval...cut from scraps of different colored papers...overlap the edges and glue...then trim to size. I printed the sentiment on my computer and cut it out by hand.

This was a fun card, and one that really stretched my creative thinking!
Thanks so much for hopping to my blog. Now, please head over to Ruth Cooper's blog to see what she has to share.

And, just in case you get lost along the way, here's the whole list:
1. Janice Whiting
2. Wilma Payne  <-- You are HERE!
3. Ruth Cooper
4. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
5. Sharon Venclauskas
6. Sandra Kay Tate
7. Crissy Salima Rivas
8. Rosemary Roca
9. Carol Moffet Norby
10. Susan Berg

  • Journey Ovals DI-0042
  • Cool Pool Silk IP-0105
  • Silver Silk IP-0090
  • Above the Clouds EF-0006
  • Clear Pigment Ink Pad IP-0102
  • Journey Heat Gun TO-0083
  • Journey Glue Dots (Small) AD-0083
  • Journey Foam Squares (Small) AD-0084
  • Bubble Gum Card Stock CS-0099
  • Pool Play Card Stock CS-0092
  • Grape Fusion Card Stock CS-0012
  • Yummy Prints 12x12 Paper Pack PP-0007


  1. Oh my gosh! How clever the way you made your umbrellas!! Love it! Great card!!!

  2. Love how you created the umbrellas, brilliant! Beautiful Card!

  3. I love all the colorfulness in this card. Very cute.

  4. Ingenious!!! Great card, The rainbow really stands out.

  5. Love the umbrellas. Love the card.

  6. So fun! Love the pleated umbrellas, the genius rainbow and the clever handle. Lots of fun techniques there! :) Kerry, Coach #401

  7. Wilma! This is pure genius! I was trying to figure out a way to participate without any rain or showers related items in my FSJ stash -- maybe, I thought, I could draw a big umbrella and fill it up with die cut flowers but then I took one look at my supposed work table and realized there was no way I was going to find enough space to lay out the flower dies, and even less chance of find a space for the die cutter machine LOL! I LOVE your umbrellas! and how you used the twine to make the handles. This a real "keeper" in my set of links for projects that I can learn from :D!
    Thanks for joining the Hop! This is fantastic!

  8. Thanks, everyone - it's really nice to have your comments. This is my first blog hop, but won't be my last!!!

  9. Wilma, I just LOVE your creativity!!! Just love it!!! Way to go on a really ingenious way of using our oval dies!!! :) So, impressive! The card is so beautiful and fit the theme so well!! :)

  10. Very Clever! Thank you for sharing!