Umbrella Trio

Hello friends,

A new challenge starts today at Double D Challenges. Team Darlene is hosting this with the theme “Showers and Flowers”. You can use anything in the picture as inspiration for DD_Showers&Flowersyour creation – we would love to see what you come up with. The team have created beautiful cards to inspire you – a visit to the Double D Challenge blog will be worthwhile. The prize to win for this challenge is a beautiful umbrella die!

I was inspired by the bright colours, flowers and umbrellas in the photo. I used a floral designer paper which I layered onto vibrant yellow card-stock for my background. I die cut three umbrellas in colours to match the background paper and then embellished them with die cuts, wax cord bows and roses. The umbrellas were then added with mirror tape for dimension on a oval border for interest. I finished off with a stamped sentiment a few raindrop shaped gem stones.

I entered my card in the following challenges:


The umbrella trio


A close-up of the flowers and bow


The sentiment


A peep at the inside


Project details

White, yellow, purple and pink card-stock — Prima designer paper “Meadow  Lark” — Spellbinders “In’spire” die “Umbrella Trio” (IN035) — Nellie Snellen filling die “Eastern Oval Border” (QD008) — KaiserCraft clear stamp “Antiquities” (CS352) — Roses — Wax cord for bows — Raindrop shaped gemstones — Tim Holtz distress inks “Mustard Seed”, “Victoria Velvet” and “Milled Lavender” — Glitter glue.

I hope you get inspired to create something beautiful today and you enjoy today’s post. Take care and thank you for stopping by!



Chloe Stems and More …

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing my first CAS card for 2015 – yeah, hold on to your chairs as this is not usually my style! Sometimes it is good for me to just try something different from time to time. I decided to dig out my watercolor set and to create a clean and simple card. The chloe stems reminds me of fireworks going up in the air , so I layered them on the watercolor background of orange and yellow. For a bit of sparkle I added orange gemstones. Maybe I need much more practice with the watercolor effect – I tried a few more cards with different die cut and colors which I am also sharing. I always admire all the lovely CAS  cards and hopefully I can gain more confidence in creating them in future.

I would also like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Project details:

  • White cardstock and Amedeo watercolor paper
  • Reeves watercolor paint
  • Memory Box die “Chloe Stem”  No 98321
  • JustRite sentiment stamp set “All Occasion Nested Sentiments”
  • Orange gemstones
  • VersaMagic Archival ink pad “Midnight Black”

Here are a couple more cards I tried with my watercolors. I love the shades of blue on this one. The butterfly die cut is from Cheery Lynn.


The muted autumn colors are great for a “sunset” feel for the silhouette birds. The “Birds on a Wire” die is from Spellbinders In’Spire.


For this card I used splashes of pink and a Marianne Design Creatables flower die cut.


Thank you for visiting and looking at my cards. I hope next time I show more improvement on the clean and simple style of card making! Have a wonderful day.




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