Wednesday, May 25, 2016

~April Showers bring May Flowers~

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog. It's Wednesday and halfway through the final week of May.
The first holiday weekend of summer is coming up. We will be having some appropriate weather for the kickoff here in Pittsburgh. It's also my middle grandson's prom on Friday and my brother is having a barbecue at his home on Saturday. Trout is on his menu-yum! so glad we were invited.
Onto my card for today. this one I created for my DT post on the CottageCutz blog. Today for your viewing pleasure, I am featuring a new die set from the May release. This one is the Spring Stamps die. It's an 8 piece die set with just the cutest images for your card making. Joanne has made it so easy to make a really cute card with this new set.  In fact, I think this die set almost makes the card for you (lol)!!!

So lets get started with how I put this card together. How I started my design process this week was with my papers and colors. I came across this patterned paper in my stash the other day and decided I was going to use it sooner than later.

Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" - using Stampin'-Up coastal cabana cardstock
Designer Paper Layer: 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"- using Stampin'-Up "Eastern Elegance"

Then I decided on my layout and found this older MojoMonday sketch. It's a good one to use all 4 of the squares from this new Spring Stamps set. Sketches are such a good way to get your card design going.
I thought the die cut squares would look good in a darker shade as a backdrop for the images. I chose Stampin'-Up basic gray and cut 4 of them. Each square die in this set has a different edge and is a 1 1/2" square. There is a scallop, a postage stamp edge, a pierced square and a stitched square. I used all 4 patterns.
Cut the images next and adhered them to the squares. The bird image is cut in coastal cabana and then I pieced old olive cardstock for the branch and leaf. On the cloud image I sponged some lovely lilac and night of navy inks to represent a rain cloud. I arranged them according to my sentiment the rain and sun brings the flowers and birds in spring.
I cut a 1" x 4 1/8" panel of the coastal cabana cardstock and used a Cuttlebug "just my type" embossing folder for background texture. Attached the panel right below the squares.
My sentiment is computer generated in Word 2016. It reads "April sun and showers bring May flowers". I used word art to put in a circular fashion. I won't give instructions here but if you want to know how I did this just leave a comment and I will get back to you. Cut with the stitched circles die using the 4th largest die. 
My butterfly is cut from another new die, the Fancy Pocket Plus. I will have a sample using the complete die in the coming weeks. Scattered a few centers that were left from the flowers I cut to complete my card.
Well, friends that's it for me for today. Just a little reminder that you still have 6 days to get your card completed for our 2nd challenge. This one is spring themed. Get more info here. These new dies would be perfect for the challenge.
So until next time........God bless.
I am also entering:
1.  Crafty Gals Challenge #73 is anything goes.
2.  Inspiration Destination has an anything goes challenge #87.
3.  Mod Squad Challenge is use it or lose it. I used some never used 2 yr old dsp. 
4.  Simon Says Stamp has an anything goes challenge.


  1. Oh, Mary ... I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your card!! I especially appreciate the details you provide in creating it!!

    I would love to know how you created the sentiment using word art. I can never figure out what size to make it. Any help you can provide would be appreciated!!

    Love this new Cottage Cutz die set ... your inspiration for using it is PERFECT!!


  2. Very beautiful card. I love the colors and die cuts. Thank you for sharing your process of making it. Your link to our blog, Inspiration Destination, is not correct. In order to qualify for the prize you should link properly. I hope you can do it. Thanks for sharing. Patricia

  3. hello Mary! sweet card, luv the spring fun in each square! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

  4. These are the cutest dies! They make such a wonderful card! And the colors you chose are gorgeous.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes challenge.

  5. Such a cute and awesome card. Love the Thanks for joining in the challenge at Mod Squad Challenge.

    Peggy T.
    DT Member dies in each frame.



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