Friday, April 13, 2012

April Showers, Full of Flowers Blog Hop


Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's April SHowers, Full of Flowers blog hop


  

If you arrived here from Ashley's blog, then you are in the right spot. If you just happened upon my post, you will want to start at My Cricut Craft Room as she is giving away a Cricut Mini.

On the first day we will show you a project with the theme, April Showers, then on Sunday we will either transform our project into a "Full of Flowers" project, or we made a matching item with the theme of Flowers....

Erica's Craft Room is sponsoring this blog hop with ONE of the prizes being a Cricut Mini machine. Be sure to comment on ALL of the blogs both days to be entered to win the Cricut Mini Machine! 

Yes, you read that right Erica's Craft Room is giving away an actual Cricut Mini Machine. This isn't small candy you guys. This is super generous of her, so spread the word and invite your friends to the hop.

Here is my project for today. I made a card featuring rain.
 I wanted the card to have that rainy day blues feeling. That is how I feel when I miss my sister, so I think this is going to her. I started with a plain white piece of cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Stormy Sky distress ink with a felt pad. I used felt instead of a foam pad, because I didn't want the color too dark. I have a lighter touch with the felt. Once I had the blue down, I came back in with wild Honey distress ink on a foam blending pad. The little girl with the umbrella was cut from A Child's Year using Cricut Craft room. I simply dropped her on the mat and then enlarged her until I felt like she would fit well on my standard sized card. She ended up with a height of 3.944 and a width of 2.292. On a side note, if you are cutting silhouetted figures like these you want to make sure you have smooth edges, so keep some extra blades on hand. I hate when I need a new blade and don't have one of hand. Add an extra pack of blades to your cart while you are shopping with Erica this weekend
 I wanted a rainy finish on the umbrella, so I used my glossy accents to make rain drops above the umbrella and splatters on the umbrella. I actually glued the little girls down with glossy accents too. It makes a great adhesive too. You can also get your Glossy Accents from Erica's Store
 To carry the rainy feel through the card, I wanted a splattered feel to the background too. Tim Holtz's distress inks are formulated to react with water. Once I had the inks on the paper, I dipped my fingers in water and flicked the water at the card front. You can see where the ink reacted and the splatter marks it left.
 Although I wanted rainy day blues, I didn't want depressing, so I added a playful splash of the puddles. I know I tend to stomp my feet or kick at puddles when I am not getting my way, so I created the splashy puddles using Ice Stickles. The ice stickles are a little different from the regular stickles. I used the Artic Ice Stickles which you can order from Erica's store HERE.

I used the Artic Ice stickles again to create a rain cloud feel at the top of the card. I really like the way the card turned out and hope you enjoy it too.  Come back tomorrow to see the companion project. Remember to visit all the blogs in the hop and comment on each one to be eligible for the Cricut Mini.

Next you should head over to see Haidee. You will love her blog  created2bunique.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the complete line up. 

Erica's Room Erica- http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com/
Claire- http://www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com/
Tanya-http://litle/-scrapper.blogspot.com
Janet- http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/
Lisa Peters http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/
Jessica Bashaw - http://thecrafterscottage.blogspot.com/
Doris Parker - http://mybugandmecreate.blogspot.com/
Ashley http://especiallymade.blogspot.com/
Kathy Jo Page Ritchie http://skrappindiva.blogspot.com/
Haidee Shableau http://created2bunique.blogspot.com


Thanks for stopping by and I will see you tomorrow.
KathyJo
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team Member

51 comments:

Susie Craft Happy! said...

This card gives me that rainy feeling. You did a great job. I love rainy days...they remind me to slow down. Your sister is going to LOVE this card!

jennyplace2 said...

OMG! I love your card and the instructions you have given on all the details were super great. I am going to give this a try, as soon as I get my Ink pads. Super cool! TFS!

Janet's Planet said...

love it! the techniqes are awesome! Janet Royer

Liz said...

this is so cute, love all the stickles

http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com

CLM-cindylu2u said...

What an awesome job, love how the silhouette looks on your background and your wet raindrops. The glossy accents &stickles was the perfect touch!!
Cindylu

Ava Fernandez said...

Kathy you projects are always beautiful
Ava F
DT Sister

Tonya said...

Great card! The inking, stickles and "rain drops" are perfect touches!

azivy said...

Your card is.beautiful love all your techniques
TFS
Amy

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

This is great, she reminds me of the old Morton Salt girl! Love the way the glossy accents make it look like rain on the umbrella!

TeresaK said...

I forgot about this cute cut on A Child's Year! Your card is just beautiful! I LOVE the glossy accents on the umbrella! Gotta keep that in mind!
LOVE THIS!
Thanks so much for being in Erica's hop!
Teresa
happiqueen at aol dot com

ScrapMyWay said...

100% mission accomplished on achieving the effect you wanted! Loved the tutorial and all the hard creative effort that went into this...most meaningful for your sister!
Creative Wishes,
Claire S.
DT MCCR
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

What a creative way to display the theme for the hop today...I love it!
:O)
Jessica S

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

I love your project very cute.

teachdanz said...

love how you use the stickles and glossy accents to make it feel like real water:-)

jacquie said...

i`m hopping love jacquie xxx

Vicky said...

Love the silhouette, and the glitter looks great together

The Crafty Dream said...

LOVE IT!!!

Thank you
I am a follower
Gaby B
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CREATIVE M said...

Lovely and Sweet Card!TFS
http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com

Judy said...

I just love the silhouettes and you did an amazing job on this card! So pretty!
jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com
scrappinana.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Love this card....I have always loved the effect a silhouette has.
Lisa
http://ourcraftingcorner.blogspot.com/

Jenny R said...

Such a wonderful card...love the inking technique and the stickles/glossy accents.

nanapuddin said...

Very nice card! love silhouettes! TFS! great hop!
nanapuddin2u at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

the accents you made o n this card are great such inspiration to show a rainy day between water splatters with the inks and the glossy accents to the stickles just super
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Mary said...

This is wonderful Kathy Jo! I especially love the "rain drops", lol. That is such a great touch. TFS, Mary M

mamawcindy said...

Love your Card! I need some of that Stickles! Thanks for Sharing! :0)

scrapBugz said...

Love your wonderful card.

Mandy
scrapbugzmandy @ gmail dot com

angel4ever said...

This is an awesome card! I love the detail!

Tiffany

silvia said...

Great card! LOVE the silhouette

Cathy said...

wow, very nice it does have the effect you wanted, rainy day blues, love the stickles and the silhouette,
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

Brendanc said...

Too cute! Great inspiration..
Brenda
brndsmth@bellsouth.net

glowegal said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! This is gorgeous!! I love your distressing and the glossy accents touches!! Beautiful!!

missstamper said...

Love the glossy accents!

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Sue D said...

Fabulous--you achieved the rainy day look.

Jodie R said...

That is a beautiful card! Thank you for sharing how you did the background. Now I want to play!

mom2fivekiddos said...

love, love, love this! It looks aged, almost.... :) www dot scrappingmamahen dot blogspot dot com

Michelle said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the effect of this card and all the elements you sued to make the final creation. It is very pretty!! (even if you were depicting rainy day blues) ;)

Hugs,
Michelle

Michelle said...

Oh my word!! I just saw that you and I both have the same background!!! HAHAHA! I thought I accidentally posted on my blog! LOL LOVE your background!

Hugs,
Michelle

rlovew said...

Love your card. Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions.

Josie0602 said...

I love your card and I bet your sister will too!! I really love the rain on the umbrella and the puddles!

Tracy

Miranda said...

Very pretty!
Miranda :)
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Sarah said...

lovin your card. I like the way you used the glossy accents as the rain drops.TFS
Sarah
craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
craftingwithsarah@gmail.com

AmyJRockstar said...

Hi Kathy Jo! I'm Amy Jo and am a new follower/fan of your blog. I absolutely love the techniques you used here and thank you so much for including the details! I have a project due today for our challenge at FCCB http://fantabulouscricut.blogspot.com (be sure to enter your project as well) and I think I'm going to try out your rain technique! It looks so real, especially on the umbrella! I don't think I would have been brave enough to try this on my own so thanks a bunch for the inspiration! I really love your color blending as well. You did an amazingly creative job. Love it!!!

XO ~ Amy Jo (new follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com

Kathy Salido said...

Wow Kathy Jo, your card has to be my favorite!!
It is so simple, yet so detailed. I love your detailed instructions too!!
Kathy
Salido99@msn.com
http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the silhouettes.
http://digipage-blog.everything-digital-scrapbooking.com/

Kristin Stuthard said...

I just found your work/blog today and I am just stunned. Your projects are so lovely. This is the kind of card I wish to make, it is just amazing.

Denise said...

Love the way the colors give you the feeling of missing somebody! Great card! Thanks for sharing! Denise queenbee.speigle@gmail.com

Margi said...

This is such a pretty project. I love the way you did the blue shade of colors. TFS

Janis said...

What a nice card! I love the girl & the edging you did looks great. Nice blues, for a rainy day card. tfs

Janis

Michele from MS said...

I really love the shading technique used on this card. Just perfect for the theme. TFS!! msmith38652@gmail.com
http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

Doris P. said...

precious! love this cartridge - says a lot! love the sparkly!! (sorry late posting had the tornadoes and was crazy) parkernana5@cox.net dt sis Doris

cema1cema said...

I love the glossy accents you used to make it look like water!! Christina ccapps35@gmail.com

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