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—
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 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–
Thanks so much for joining me today! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- #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)