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Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs April Release! Don’t you just love the umbrella & cloud dies and the fun sets to go with them? Seems like I’ve been using them non-stop since they first arrived! For my card today, I wanted to use bright, happy colors to go with these fun dies & images. I just had it in my head that little polka dots are happy so I went searching my stash for them.

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I came up with some bright pink, blue & lime green dotty paper so that’s what I used. I die cut the white front, then die cut the clouds out of it to use as a negative. The positive clouds were die cut out of the blue dotty paper and added behind.  The greeting was stamped first using the 3 colors of neon ink then overstamped with the black. I think the hint of color really adds a nice touch. The umbrella was cut once out of pink, once in white and the inserts were also cut out of pink. I attached the inserts on top of the white version then rounded it and attached it to the pink version. The grass was cut from the lime green and I added a few tiny punched flowers. After die cutting the gate out of white, I trimmed the top off to make it even and attached it over the grass. The umbrella and a few raindrops were added on top.

Here’s a look at the inside using some leftovers.

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Please be sure to visit all of the team blogs for more inspiration!
Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Lori * Dawn * Wanda * 

Sabrina * Lisa

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Stamps: Our Daily Bread –April ShowersShowers of Blessings (inside)
Paper: Neenah white, polka dot dp (Making Memories, Recollections)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, HA pink, blue, green neon inks
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, Clouds & RaindropsUmbrellas , Grass Border, Gilded Gate diesSpellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, tiny flower punch 

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Welcome to the April Challenge for Serendipity Stamps! This month the challenge is Monograms & Verse! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Jar Label.  Be sure to check out the 50% off select wood stamps, too. And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.

Seems I’ve been returning to my roots and working with a lot of water colors lately. But they really are fun and pretty easy..especially if you’re just making backgrounds to use for die cuts.. I tried to use a different coloring medium, but this beautiful country scene just begged to be water colored.

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Since it’s pretty detailed, I pulled out my long neglected water color pencils. They are a good way to add color just where you want it. In conjunction with a few water brushes, coloring a scene like this is fairly quick and painless. And if you get a bit too much color in places, just wet it and dab with a paper towel. Instantly lighter (did this on the trees and roof)! After I was finished I did go back & add just a touch more color here & there with my Tombow markers (water based).

It’s a big scene and I didn’t feel it needed any embellishment, so I used another piece of water color paper to die cut a frame. The bottom is a little wider to accommodate the greeting. I added a die cut C and T to add over the coordinating areas of the greeting. The greeting is pretty easy to read in person, but if you’re having trouble here, it says “One day in the country is worth a month in town”.

Here’s a look at the simple inside. I used the piece of w/c paper I cut out of the frame on front and stamped another country scene w/ the pumice ink, softened it a bit w/ a water brush & added the greeting & a die cut kraft layer.

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Stamps: Serendipity StampsSummer Barn,  One Day in the Country – Barn & WindmillThinking of You( on inside)
Paper:  water color, kraft (on inside)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx, Distress Ink pumice stone (on inside image)
Accessories:  Serendipity Sweet die (for the T) & Celebrate die (for the C),  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies,  water color pencils (Koh-I-Noor), water brushes, Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle dies, Tombow markers

This is another “Monogram/Verse” card I posted a few days ago. Just click the picture to take you to all the details. 
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Please be sure to visit all of the Design Team blogs to increase your chance to win! 

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The Technique Challenge on Splitcoast (TLC529) today is all about using the negative part of a die cut and lots of glitter in different colors. Immediately, I thought of doing this umbrella in a rainbow of colors and adding silver glitter to the bottom of the clouds.

It took me way longer than it should have. Oh well…live & learn. The reason it took longer is…the first time I die cut the pieces, one of cloud dies slipped & made a mess, so I had to do it over. Which was a little tricky…I had to die cut the whole layer first, then arrange all the pieces, leaving room for the greeting.
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Ok, so that was done. Then I had a brilliant (IMHO) idea to use a sheet of one sided sticky label paper instead of tape. I die cut all the images again…but I die cut them from the wrong side. So I did it over. Sigh…I’m sensing a pattern here. I also die cut the umbrella inserts out of the sticker paper because I wanted the masks of release paper. Once again, wrong see where this is going. 

So I place the release paper masks on the areas of the umbrella then use navy glitter on the frame & handle. I pull one mask off at a time and add the other colors. I peel the mask partly back from the bottom of the clouds, add silver glitter, then clear glitter on the tops. Those little raindrops almost made me lose it completely, lol. But I prevailed. Then I temporarily stuck all the glittered images in place from the back side, put permanent adhesive on their back sides and pressed them to the card front. That part actually worked fairly well (yay!!). Then I took the miscut front, trimmed it to match the good one and edged it w/ pink markers before attaching it behind the real front because I wanted a little more dimension. Greeting stamped & I added a glitter button thingie in the upper right. 

Whew! And it sounded so simple! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Showers of Blessings
Paper: Recollections heavy white, sticky label sheet
Ink:  Versafine onyx
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, Clouds & RaindropsUmbrellas dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A dies, extra fine glitter in various colors, pink Copics, silver glitter button