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Monday, 29 April 2013

#90 April Showers Bring May Flowers …….

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Tracey, who has chosen the theme 'April Showers bring May Flowers'

Tracey said 'Hello friends. When I think of April, I am always reminded of the saying "April showers bring May flowers". For this challenge, I would like to see cards that include an image of something rain related and are embellished with at least2 flowers. Your image could be a child splashing in puddles, a person walking in the rain, ducks waddling through puddles, an umbrella, etc.'

Please ensure your creation has both something rain related, and a minimum of two flowers to qualify for a winner or Top 5 slot. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE RULES BEFORE ADDING YOUR CREATION AND CHECK IT MEETS THE CRITERIA AS LAID OUT ABOVE - ANY ENTRY NOT COMPLYING WILL UNFORTUNATELY BE REMOVED 

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$10 GIFT VOUCHER

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with likeminded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art.

Long may it continue! 

and

THE STAMPMAN
 We are kindly sponsored for this challenge by The Stampman (and Lady of course!) who are ofering the winner a £10 voucher for their store, you can spend this online, in the shop or if you're lucky enough to see them at a show!  They have a ton of items in store, enough to tickle any crafty taste bud.

Here is how the team interpreted the challenge:-

Tracey
For this card I decided to avoid patterned paper in order to focus on the paper piecing I did. I cut my girl out 3 times in 3 different colours and then pieced various items to the brown base. The whole image was cut on my Cricut using "A Child's Year" cartridge.

Viv
I made  an umbrella shaped card from a template - the finished card measures 5" high. Was a bit fiddly as I cut out all the shapes by hand - but quite enjoyed making it!

Sharon
I have used a clear stamp from Pink Gem Designs coloured with Promarkers. The background paper is made using a mask and Distress Ink. I have used Marianne and Spellbinders dies for the doily, oval and flowers. A pretty ribbon, bow and pearls complete my girlie card.

Betty
I've used the stamp image from Inky Antics, and the flower doily used Memory Box.  The background used Martha Stewart Punch

 Lin
I used an image from Sassy Cheryl used my Happy Cut to cut out the outside frame and inside mat behind the image, also the frame on the inside of the card. I then ran all three through the Happy Cut using an 8" embossing folder with flowers on. I inked the embossed frames and mat with Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade DIs
  
I used an image from the Graphics Shoppe for the girl in the umbrella and coloured with Promarkers. The super sized umbrella and raindrop paper are by Lana Koopman.  I added the sentiment (which I saw in a garden centre) in word then cut out the umbrella and attached to the card with a lolly stick.

I've used an image from Reece's Scrap Pieces (via the Stitchy Bear Digital shop) and coloured with Promarkers, adding a background in Distress Ink. I finished with some embossing, die cuts and punched flowers.


Fiona
For my card I have used a digi stamp from a cd that came free with a magazine a while ago. My sentiment is computer generated and my papers are from the Dovecraft Back to Basics IV pack.

This is a 4 x 4 inch fat page. I used an image from the Mabel Lucy Attwell CD, die cuts and a stamped background.

I've made a tag featuring Tim Holtz Umbrella Man, a rainbow of flowers and a quote from Dolly Parton!

I've built a little scene using a whole collection of different, little stamps. I've also add glitter glue to the clouds to give a "silver lining" effect.

This time I have done a "Magnolia card", have used a bunch of Magnolia stamps here; like the post stamps and of course the main image which has been in my "yet to be used" box with Magnolia stamps. The designer papers are an old pad from Kaiser Kraft called the Daisy Pad. Flowers are from Magnolia, Ribbon girls and Wild Orchid Craft. Some glossy accent is used on the rain and some crackle paint on the umbrella to make it look a bit wet.

I struggled a bit with the colouring on this one - and I'm still not completely happy with it.. I used a SWALK stamp, a die'sire embossing folder and promarkers to colour the image, the backing paper and the ribbon bow and prima flowers from my stash.

All links will now be moderated, please be patient whilst I get the chance to check that your link meets the requirements before adding it to the blog. You will add your link as normal, it just won’t appear immediately. Sorry to have to do this to all our entrants who do take the time to read the rules/requirements before entering. If you are having issues with any other linking matter please mail me at the address in the side bar >>>>>>>>>> 

PLEASE READ THE PARA BELOW BEFORE ENTERING. WE ARE RECEIVING LOTS OF ENTRIES WITH EITHER FLOWERS AND NO RAIN RELATED IMAGE, OR IT MATCHES THE RAIN ELEMENT AND THERE ARE NO FLOWERS. YOU NEED BOTH TO QUALIFY.
Butterfly 2 Signature Lin

10 comments:

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  2. Hello
    not sure how to link my card
    http://colledgeangel.blogspot.com
    great cards from the team
    hugs Sylvie x

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  3. I love the DT cards! I wanted to participate but don't see the linky tool. Here's my post http://crafting-vicky.blogspot.ca/2013/04/little-hummingbird.html

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    1. Vicky, your card doesn't qualify I'm afraid. There is meant to be a rain related image, and you don't have one.

      Lin xx
      Crafty Cardmakers.

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  4. I am new to this and must be doing something wrong. It won't let me add a link to my blog. This is my blog post I wish to enter. http://oldredshed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/spring-is-in-air.html

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  5. Fab inspiration and thanks for a great challenge hugs Karen

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  6. I am not sure my link is right. This is the link http://cre-aartje.blogspot.nl/2013/05/hollandse-kleuren.html
    Hugs Aartje

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  7. Hi,
    Fab creations everyone!

    My link/entry is here... can't seem to link up..
    Hugs,
    K.xx

    http://kraftykarensblogspot.co.uk/wordpress/friends/

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  8. Hope a digi based card is OK, couldn't see anything otherwise in the rules. Have double checked there is rain AND flowers on my entry LOL. Cindy x

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  9. I can't link my card either... so here is my link http://happycraftytimes5.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/happy-birthday-craft-challenges.html

    great projects from the team

    Sylvia x

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