It is a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner and this month our wonderful Shari is leading the way....
April Showers bring May flowers
Spring comes late in my neck of the world, in the mountains of Northern Idaho. 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 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 here 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.
I really wanted to focus on both rain and flowers for my creation and this is what I made...
I chose buttercups and daisies because they are some of my favourite flowers - I suppose to many they are weeds, but I always thought they were lovely. I think the love of them began with making daisy chains at primary school - in the school field there were white and yellow blankets of these pretty little flowers and we would sit for ages making necklaces....
Just a quick note here about making flowers - if you want any info about how to make some flowers check out a tutorial here I did...
I began with a thick card tag base. I chose to work with a patterned paper - basically because I have so much and it is about time I used some of them! I chose a sheet from the Docrafts Papermania Persimmon collection. I stuck it to the tag and dabbed around the edges with Walnut Stain DI.
I stuck a layer of burlap onto the tag and then added a layer of corrugated card that had been painted with gesso and Frayed Burlap DP.
A strip of crochet lace was painted with Frayed Burlap DP. I then added a piece of hemp string that had been tied into a bow.
The quote was stamped onto ivory card with Potting Soil Archival ink and then all the words cut out separately. They were glued onto the tag after being dabbed with Frayed Burlap DI.
I made the flowers using parts of the Tattered Florals Die cut.
The daisies were cut out of white card - I used two for each flower, edged with Frayed Burlap DI to give a vintage look. The center of the flowers were silver brads painted with gesso and then painted with yellow acrylic paint.
The leaves were die cut leaves dabbed with Peeled Paint DI
I made the buttercups with the blossom shapes from the die cut set. I dabbed them with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then cut a strip of paper and applied Wild Honey ink over it and then cut the strip into a fringe. I rolled up the fringe and then used that as the center to the flower.
I applied Decoart liquid glass as raindrops all over the flowers and leaves.
At the top of the tag I attached a metal corner embellishment and added a metal button that had been brushed with White Fire Treasure Gold
And there is my finished April Showers/May Flowers tag....
It would be lovely to see you play along with us this month...
.....as well as having our wonderful sponsor Designs by Ryn joining us this month to give a lucky winner a wonderful prize, there is also the chance you could be picked as the winner and find yourself here in the Spotlight as our Top Talent.....you could also be one of our Top 3's and be featured in the OCC Pinterest Gallery!
Hope to see you soon!