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I am a 37 year old nurse who is currently not working due to medical issues. I have chosen to pass my time crafting, but because I am not working, I have little money to spend on supplies. I have a small stash from while  I was still working but am now using what I have access to around the house. I also use things I can find cheaply at the dollar store, in the dollar bins, on clearance, or buy with coupons at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I also like to shop thrift stores and garage sales for things to use in my crafting. You would be surprised with what you can find if you aren't afraid to prowl a little.

Monday, April 8, 2013

April Showers

Today hasn't been the best day for me. I am so very tired. I had a good couple of days and think I may have over done it a bit. So, this will be a short post.

April showers is the challenge at Little Scrap Pieces. The challenge is to use anything that makes you think of rain. Of course, an umbrella came to mind, then puddles, rain boots, rain coats, and the list goes on. The DT ad CARDZ TV challenged us to use 3 patterned papers. The girls at BBB2 have challenged us to use any umbrella cut and at Die Cuttin Divas the challenge was to use pastels.  So, I just decided to sit down and begin and see where my thoughts led me. This is what I ended up with:

The base is just generic white card stock. The next layers is a blue shimmer paper from DCWV. The next layer is a piece from a recollections Christmas stack which I have had for at least 4 years. The puddle is from my scrap box and was hand cut free form. The bling is from the Michael's dollar isle. The green doodles are Certainly Celery from Stampin' Up. I don't have a cartridge for rain boots, so I took the cow boy boots from 3 Birds on Parade, enlarged them, then adhered them to some white card stock and trimmed around to make a white sole. The green polka dot paper is from the DCWV Nanna's Kids stack. The paper from the legs are also from my scrap box. The are just 2 rectangles  that have been rounded at the "knees." Next, the rain coat. The paper, again, is from Nanna's Kids. I have a pattern for a dress which is fan folded. I used that pattern but only used one of "pleats" and trimmed it up so it didn't look so flared. The papers used on the umbrella are also from Nanna's Kids and the cut is from the Pooh and Friends cartridge. I cut off the handle, and paper pieced in the green panel.

I still want to add a sentiment, but it will probably take me a while to figure out how to do it. I want to add it along the curve of the umbrella.

I think this just may be one of the cuter cards I have made. Let me know what you think.

Have a great evening!



  1. This is just adorable. I love how you used a pair of cowboy boots and turned them into rainboots. You can do so much without having to have every single cartridge, if you just think outside the box a little. Well done! Thanks for playing along at Cardz TV.

  2. Hang in there....super cute card. I like how the focal imnage goes up over the top of the card!!

  3. Hope you feel better soon! Love what you did with the boots-very creative with thinking outside the box! Glad you came to play with us at BBTB2!

  4. Fabulous!!! Love the cowboy boots turned into rain boots! Great idea!! Love the umbrella and all the bling. Thank you so very much for joining our 'April Shower's Umbrella' challenge at BBTB2 and for joining our 'Mix It Up' challenge at CTVS!!!! :)

  5. Great card..... love those boots. thanks for sharing this with BBTB2.

  6. Live those boots. Great card. Terrific pattern papers. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  7. What a great card. I love how the design goes off of the card front with that wonderful umbrella and raincoat. Like everyone else, I too am impressed with your boot modification! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2 this week!

  8. OMGosh! This card is amazing!! I love how you took bits and pieces and threw this card together! It's so cute and clever!! Love the fabulous papers you have used as well! I hope you are feeling better soon, health issues are the pits, I know because I have them too. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2;-)

  9. I hope you are feeling better. A day in my craft room certainly helps. Great job on your card. I like how you modified to make the card. Thanks for sharing at bbtb2.

  10. Great card.Love the off the page design. Hope you are feeling better and thanks for joining us at BBTB2 and LSP.
    Jayne x

  11. omg what a clever design great blending of the papers and colors. Hope you are on the mend. thanks so much for joining the lsp challenge. Karen

  12. oh forgot to thank you for also joining the cards tv stamp mix it up challenge Karen

  13. Love the design of this!! What a great card! Thanks for playing with us at BBTB2!

  14. Love how her coat peeks out under this with the folds super sweet.
    Thanks for joining us at DCD!

  15. Love it!!! Thank you for linking up with us for the linky party at http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/

    I am a new follower. Would love to have you come visit me. :)


  16. This card is so adorable!! Love it! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week!

  17. super duper cute card thanks for sharing with us at bbtb2 :)

  18. This is so adorable. Great job. Thanks for joining us at CardzTV.
    DT Susan