April Showers Bring May Flowers

HELLO & WELCOME!!  I am sooo happy to be here today as your Challenge Host this month at Our Creative Corner!!  I know this is a popular theme this time of year, but the interpretations, medias and artists make it such a fun one to choose!!


….or so the proverb goes.  Spring comes late in my neck of the world-In the month of May (with Summer just weeks away), our Spring flowers are still, usually, under a thin blanket of snow until those Spring rains wash it all away.**

This month, the challenge at Our Creative Corner is to create something, a mixed-media project, a journal page, a scrapbook page, a card or tag….Anything, that reflects the Spring rains and/or Spring flowers in your part of the world.

Now, I’m not going to nit-pic your choices of Spring flowers, as the growing season where I live is short and our Spring flowers don’t last very long before the blooms of Summer start budding.  So, if you throw in flowers of Summer into your creation, that’s OK, too.

Our challenge sponsor this month is—

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Ryn Tanaka, Owner/Designer of Designs by Ryn, is generously donating a prize of one of her best selling Water Effects stamps and 3 stencils–a package worth $50, plus there’s the chance to win a future Our Creative Corner Top Talent Spotlight feature, too!  I sure do hope to see your ‘April Showers Bring May Flowers’ creations over at Our Creative Corner this month!!

Now, let me show you what I made for the challenge–But, first not without the ‘**’ explanation.  You see, I explained in the challenge that this time of year, we usually still have snow?  Well, we haven’t had a blanket of snow covering anything since mid-February.  It’s been a lovely Spring here in the mountains of North Idaho, with not all that much rain, either! 😉 🙂


Spring has definitely come in like a lamb, so I took to gentler colors and simple blooms for my April Showers Bring May Flowers tag.


 I started with staining my #8 manila tag with Broken China DSS.


I secured my teardrop stencil in place…


…and smeared a kind-of thin layer of white embossing paste through the stencil.  There are my raindrops and I just love how the stain wicks into the embossing paste.  🙂


This lovely little bloom is from my Le Jardin set from Oxford Impressions.


I colored the stamp directly with my Distress Markers, spritzed with water, then stamped onto white card stock.  I stamped several flowers this way and fussy cut each one.


I layered my fussy cut blooms and adhered into place with matte multi-medium.  I distressed a few number brads with Picket Fence DP then poked into place as the center for each flower.


I generated the words on my computer and printed out on white card stock.  I fussy cut and mounted onto black card stock and adhered into place on the tag with matte multi-medium.


I stained seam binding with Peeled Paint DS, heat dried then rubbed with Vintage Photo DI.  I formed this messy bow and tied into place, then I stapled the ends of the ribbon into place–you can see the criss cross of the staples in the bottom corner there 🙂


I shadowed and outlined everything with my Pumice Stone DM and a white gel pen then I added my favorite paint splatters, to simulate itty bitty little raindrops, with Picket Fence & Broken China DPs.

There you have my little April Showers Bring May Flowers creation for you this month!  Don’t forget to check out what my Our Creative Corner Teammies have made for you, too–

Jan * Kerstin * AnaLys * Laura * Trish * Julia * Candice * Laurie

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Le Jardin (Oxford Impressions)
  • Distress Markers, Spray Stain, Paint, Ink & Stain (Tim Holtz/Ranger);  White Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Teardrop Stencil (My Favorite Things); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Number Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Cutting Mat; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Water Brush; Mister Bottle; Heat Tool; Stapler & Colored Staples (Memory Box)

30 thoughts on “April Showers Bring May Flowers

  1. Wow Shari, what a beautiful tag! The flower colours are so subtle and springlike, I love the green seam binding creating the impression of leaves. Those raindrops are so pretty. Great work, hugs Jan x

    • Hi Jan!! Thank you sooo much!! There are leaves back there–the ribbon hides them 🙂 Embrace Imperfection–I’m getting a hang of that 🙂 🙂 LOL!! XO-S

  2. Hi Shari! I love your soft colours tag, and the contrast with the big blooming flowers. Your rain drops are just perfect in the background. Does your choice of these numbers mean something, or is it just a mystery…? 😉

    • Thank You, Lys!! 🙂 🙂 Oh, no, the numbers are strictly random 🙂 They just happened to be the three that I picked out first 🙂 Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Love that rain drop stamp! I have not seen that one before and of course was the perfect background for your sweet tag. Great detail on the flowers with the stamping and layering. Thank you for the wonderful challenge theme. It gave me a changes to use the water-can I’ve had for awhile and was looking for the right inspiration for decorating it. XOXO Laurie

  4. Oh so beautiful dear Shari, I love the layered flowers, and the teardrop-rain !
    The colours are lovely, and the typewriter button in the middle, is great effect with the black framed words !

    • Thank You, Dorthe!! This was my third try at attempting to make something for my own challenge, when I told myself to ‘take it easy 🙂 Then the raindrop background developed, then the happy little blooms developed 🙂 Easy Peasy 🙂 Thank you for coming by, Dorthe!! XOXO-Shari

  5. The flowers are so pretty Shari and I really love how you did the raindrops too! So pleased that you are enjoying a proper Spring too! Hugs, Anne x

    • Thank You, Anne!! It’s been a glorious Spring! My peonies are over 2ft tall and filled with buds! I can’t wait for more Spring color 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Jenny! Thank you sooo much! 🙂 I feel like I cheated with making another flowery tag for my challenge, but, it’s the season! It’s blooming every where now 🙂 Thank you for coming by, Jenny!! XOXO-Shari

  6. This is such soft, feminine and gorgeous tag Shari. I loved the watercolour flowers – I have to try that sometime. I like how the background offsets the flowers and I think it is really effective how you traced around the petals of the lower blooms – definitely adds some interesting detail that I was drawn to – I think it makes the flowers really pop. The ribbon pulls everything together into perfection. Thanks for a great challenge for this month.

    • Thank You soooo much Candice!! I was having a mojo-less period when I needed to make this tag (for my own challenge no less!), so I decided to go gentle on myself and let the theme of the challenge take over. Gentle raindrops, gentle colors, gentle little blooms…I’m feeling a bit more vibrancy happening for May 🙂 Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

  7. Beautiful Shari! Love the stenciled raindrops and will have to try your Distress marker/water technique for stamping, those flowers are just gorgeous. The splatters add the perfect rainy feel to your lovely tag, thanks so much for sharing (great choice of theme by the way!)

    • Hi Deb!! Thank you sooo much for coming by to see what I’ve been up to 🙂 Oh, I hope to see you at my challenge at Our Creative Corner this month 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  8. My fav part of this is that you fussy cut the flowers and they are absolutely perfect. And I love how you gave them so many layers – so much dimension. It’s really lovely. jj.

    • Thank You, Joi!! I love fussy cutting–I can’t seem to make anything lately that doesn’t involve me fussy cutting something 🙂 Just as it’s not my fingers 😉 🙂 Thank you for coming by!! 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  9. This is a delightful take on your first challenge Shari, I LOVE this exquisite tag!!!! sorry to have not left a comment on the OCC blog (at least so far), I didn’t see that you were hosting it for the first time! 😀 Great challenge theme (not sure I will have enough time to play however… despite very tempting!! 🙂 Also the sponsor is great!!! 😀 Love love your blog flowers and the ribbon, everything delicately colored well done. 🙂 Hugs & Bises, Coco Xx

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  11. I have to confess, I’d never heard this saying before I started hanging out in Craftyblogland, but it certainly produces some wonderful creations at this time of year. Love your floral tag, especially those wonderful raindrops showering down!
    Alison xx

    • Isn’t that amazing the things that we learn about out in crafty blogland! 🙂 Just the things I’ve learned from you alone, Alison–Priceless!! (whenever I use my rusting powder, I think of you!) 🙂 🙂 I had so many false starts with this poor tag, but then, I stopped over thinking it, and came out with this 🙂 It could be one of my favorite things I’ve made during a loss of mojo…go figure! 🙂 Thank You for your stroll through my blog!! Time for you to put those feet up!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

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