It’s been a long time since we’ve had rain ’round these parts. But today and yesterday have been rainy and cool. We’re talkin’ upper 70s and low 80s for the high. Yay! The respite won’t last long, however, as we get back up to our average mid to upper 90s in the next couple days. But I tell ya, it’s been glorious and I’m enjoying the heck out of it for as long as it lasts.
And it couldn’t have been better timing for showing of this darling April Showers page by Paige! Here she is to tell ya all about it.
I was browsing through Kerri’s newest cut files and came across the April Showers set and fell in love with the umbrella with the cute phrase on it that we know so well: April showers bring May flowers! In Germany it rains a lot. Like, a lot a lot. But that means there are TONS of flowers all throughout the spring and summer and even into early fall!
To make this layout, I traced the PNG of the umbrella and erased some of the tiny brush strokes that got traced inside the letters. Then I die cut it from smooth white cardstock. You all know the next step: backing the cut file with patterned papers! It’s a tried and true technique that ALWAYS looks awesome. Then I hand-stitched around the umbrella using white floss and covered the handle with colorful stripey paper.
On an aqua paper background (thanks to my mom for helping me choose which paper to use!) with the pattern going vertical to resemble rain drops, I spread some gesso and then used the packaging technique to apply blue watercolors.
I punched a bunch of raindrops from the signature patterned paper I always include in my collections with all the squares of different patterns – SO perfect for punching! I also punched more raindrops from the mini 2″ square pattern swatchbook – my favorite new product! Next I stitched all the raindrops below the umbrella and tucked a photo under the edge. I embellished minimally with a few floral bits here and there and topped the umbrella with a couple butterflies. To finish I wrote the journaling next to the handle.
I hope you check out the April Showers cut file by Kerri Bradford – it includes cute flowers and leaves too!
Just so amazing right? No way you can be gloomy on a rainy day with such a cheerful page as this! All those details? Love how she stitched through the raindrops. And all her pages look so beautiful in her paper line with Pink Paislee.
Now I’m off to work sitting next to my open window where I can smell the rain and feel the cool breeze. My kind of working conditions. ;)