Saturday, 25 April 2020

Wanna share my umbrella?

Hello crafty friends. I hope your are all still keeping safe and healthy. We are very fortunate to be living on an island with only 15 cases across the island and only one active case on the other side. What's more, I can continue working from home as always.

I have hardly seen my craftroom these past few weeks, preferring to be out in the sun when we had some during the weekends, but I finally managed to create/finish a few cards today.

This month's Twofer Card Challenge was calling for cards featuring rain and/or an umbrella and I just happened to have ordered a copy of the Papercraft Essentials magazine earlier this month, featuring a fabulous April showers-inspired stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted.

For my first card, I used one of the solid stamps to create a border around my card panel using Melon ice CP ink, and rotating the stamp 180 degrees to stamp again using Bellini CP ink. The sentiment is from an older stamp set by Concord and 9th. The black frame was drawn by hand, using a ruler and a Micron pen.

For my second card, I did some ink smooshing using the same colours of ink, and then stamped and die cut 3 umbrellas. The sentiment is from a free downloadable PDF that is available in Catherine Pooler's shop. I printed the page at 50%, fussy cut one of the sentiments and popped it up using foam tape, along with the 3 umbrellas.

I'm entering my twofer cards at:

Twofer Card Challenge - #26 Rain/Umbrella

My Fabulous card is also playing at:

ATSM - #386 Anything goes

STAMPlorations - April anything CAS goes

Penny Black and More - April Anything goes


  1. I love the melon and green colors of your ingenious umbrella border design, Marianne! I'm smacking my lips thinking of a juicy bite of melon. I had to look twice to see that the green is actually another line of umbrellas all around! Seriously, so inventive! And your second design is wonderfully smooched, has lots of movement, and is perfect for these crazy times! I'm so glad to hear that your island has not been hit too hard and you've been having gorgeous weather. I hope it stays that way! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #26! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Such a pretty soft and delicate choice of colours Marianne, a perfect Springtime creation, many thanks for sharing and joining in with our April theme at Penny Black and More challenge.

    Thanks for you lovely message, I am so pleased to know you are safe and well. We should have been visiting your island in June and maybe we would have met up, but sadly that is now all cancelled.

    B x

  3. What a very inventive way to use the umbrella stamp, Marianne! Love the colours you chose too and this is indeed a 'fabulous' card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hope you are keeping well.
    Carol x

  4. I love the cards - the color palette, the sentiments, everything! The umbrellas seem a bit unreal for us here, though, as we haven't seen a drop of rain (or any amount of clouds to speak of) for six or more weeks. Hopefully, that will change tomorrow. Stay safe!

  5. Oh lieve Mar, wat een mooie en fleurige kaarten.
    Wat heb je dat weer leuk uitgedacht met die parasolletjes langs de rand.
    Liefs, Ineke😘

  6. Such fun, colourful and creative cards! Thank you so much for playing along with the Penny Black and More Challenge.

  7. Beautiful cards and what an awesome sentiment "We are all in this together" perfect for these difficult times. Thanks so much for joining us at the STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge!

  8. Beautiful cards. I love the way you have used the stamps to create a border on the first card. Great to see you in our gallery and hope you will join us again soon at the ATSM Challenges!! Please do visit my blog Paint Paper Scissors for more inspiration.
    Nandini – Design Team member, ATSM Challenges

  9. What a creative use of umbrellas for the first card. Didn't really notice them until you mentioned it. The colours are very spring-like. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations CAS.

    sue n.