Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chasing Away the Cloudy Skies

What a rainy, stormy, gloomy week it has been this week in Central Florida. I am feeling absolutely water logged. My grass and flowers are quite happy and I thought to myself well, we don’t get rainbows without this rain. You know what happened next, right? Rainbows, rainbows, rainbows! Off I went to my studio to chase away my gray sky mood.

rainbows and sunshineThis card left me feeling happy! I used a bunch of different products to help this card come to life. But first, let me say that as I was building my rainbow I was having trouble just seeing it on a flat card. That made me question, what would it look better on? You how this works next. Then your brain starts thinking about all the different 3-D cards you have ever made and I  start envisioning my rainbow on each of those. I finally decided the Side Stair Step card would be the winner. Big rainbow on the face, a sun off to the side….winner, winner chicken dinner. Now, could I remember the measurements for creating this card? Of course I couldn’t. I had to go look up the card and find a video that I liked so I could jot down the measurements. At this point I thought to myself, how many times have I made this card? The answer is lots, but I’ll be darned if the measurements ever stick in my head. And when I jot it down I put it on my SU grid paper that I work on. What happens when that piece of grid paper gets too dirty? It gets ripped off and thrown away, and there go my measurements. So back to me looking up the how-to, yet again. This made me decided to stop mid-rainbow card and take the time to make up a set of templates, complete with directions and measurements, for all the fabulous and fun  3-D card bases that I commonly use. Fast forward four hours later and I’m feeling pretty good. I accomplished something like 14 different templates. This is going to be such a time saver in my future.

catAfter a little lunch, an iced coffee and a some attention for my big boy Oliver, who was patiently waiting to have lunch with me, I was ready to work on my blue skies, sunshine and happy rainbow. If you recall I made the rainbow first. This rainbow and cloud die, along with my sentiment, came from The Stamps of Life. The set is called Rainbow2Stamp. I knew I wanted to incorporate the blue I used in my rainbow for the rest of the card but I didn’t want a white background so I made my clouds next. I had recently purchased Stitched Cloud Edges from MFT and thought these would be perfect to create the background. I die cut the edges and used my coordinating blue ink (a retired ink and cardstock from SU called Bashful Blue) to sponge in some soft clouds using the die cut as a mask. I only have one sun die, so that was a no brainer for me. I have had this sun for quite some time and I just don’t recall whose die it is. My gut tells me MFT, but I’m not 100% on that. A little adhesive, a little foam tape and done! I think it turned out fabulous! It was definitely a happy card to cheer up my gray sky week. I hope it brings a little cheer to you too.

Happy Crafting!!

Shan

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome idea! Anything that saves crafters time is great! Love the card too 🌈🌤

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