Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Focus on the Sun

While looking at digi-stamps for an idea using umbrellas, I found this image and thought the flower looked as if it were an umbrella. I thought it represented spring showers and the freshness of spring quite well.

I was inspired by several challenges this week:
1. Inkspirational #105 Photo Challenge

2. Tag You're It! #44 Photo Challenge

3. Just Us Girls #337 Word Challenge

I have never before participated in the Tag Challenge, but have been following the blog. With this card, I decided to take the plunge. I rarely use "critters" on my cards other than birds, butterflies and bees, but this little caterpillar made me smile as he sat out the spring shower using the flower as his umbrella. And I knew the digi-stamp could be sized to fit a tag.

The tops of the tags were punched, then the lower edges were die cut. The clouds, sun and sentiment mat were die cut. In the end I covered the fancy tag tops in order to use the rainclouds. The digital image was resized and colored. The raindrops were stamped onto the tags. The sentiment was computer generated. All of the elements
were backed with foam and popped up for dimension. The dimension does not photograph well because the shadows are not visible on the black card base. The inside was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with stamped tiny flowers.

Please visit the Inkspirational105TYI44 and JUGS337 challenge blogs and enjoy the fun!

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, punch cutting, computer generated sentiment
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stamps; CTMH Rain or Shine (raindrops); A Day for Daisies (digital image); sentiment computer generated
Inks: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Calypso Coral; Memento Tuxedo Black; Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Basic Black
Dies:  Crafter's Companion Scalloped Rectangles, Reverse Confetti Sun & Clouds, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Borders
Punch: SU! Scalloped Tag Topper
Misc.: SU! Dimensionals foam


  1. Fabulous design. Love the layering and sweet little image-great colouring. Thanks for joining Ink

  2. Great layering here and such a cute card. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week. Hope you will join us again.

  3. What a cute image! Love how you created a scene around it! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  4. Love it! Great sentiment and perfect design. the little caterpillar under the "umbrella" is too cute! Great job incorporating three challenges too! :)

  5. Melanie, what a great take on the tag challenge at Tag You're It! Adore your sweet image, triple tag, and turning a rainy day into sunshine! Bravo! So glad to see you in the lineup at TYI!

  6. Cute! Thanks for joining us at Tag You're It Challenge.

  7. What a cute card! I like all the layers and the cute image! The color looks great against the black background. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  8. What? Another whimsical and digital image...loving that you are getting into digitals. You are so creative, and your card is adorable and full of color. Love it.

  9. Cute tag! Such a fun design. Thanks for sharing at Tag You're It!

  10. This is so cute! Adorable image. Thank you for joining the Tag You're It! Challenge.

  11. Another great take on the challenge so adorable. Thank you for joining us over at tag You're it.

  12. Awww... that stamped image is adorable... that little caterpillar wrapped in the leaf! Your coloring is great and I'm smiling huge here!