Friday, 1 May 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers. . . . .

There is nothing I like more than making a few flowers, not always true to real life but always fun and in your face somewhat. I like them bold, usually colourful and often with patterns and highlights of various types. Good job really because the challenge this month at Our Creative Corner is to share your flowers borne out of April Showers and here's what our wonderful host Shari has to say:

'April Showers Bring May Flowers.......Or so the proverb goes.  Spring comes late in my neck of the world, in the mountains of Northern Idaho.  In the month of May (with Summer just weeks away), our Spring flowers are still, usually, under a thin blanket of snow, until those Spring rains wash it all away. 
This month, the challenge is to create something, a mixed-media project, a journal page, a scrapbook page, a card or tag...Anything, that reflects the Spring rains and/or Spring flowers in your part of the world.   
Now, I'm not going to nit-pic your choices of Spring flowers, as the growing season here where I live is short and our Spring flowers don't last very long before the blooms of Summer start budding.  So, if you throw in flowers of Summer into your creation, that's OK, too.'  

Remember to pop over to Our Creative Corner to see what the rest of the hugely talented DT have come up with for your inspiration! Please find time to pop to their blogs and see all the details too.

Here's what I made this time:

I decided to make a booklet out of a large size tag and some old sheet music. My 'May Flower' is very visible but my 'April Showers' are well hidden but they are there!
I coloured some die cut flower shapes (the very large Tim Holtz ones) with the ink sprays shown and a good spritz of Perfect Pearls.
The flowers are stencilled with some clear matte texture paste and an Andy Skinner stencil. The paste dries clear but will take on the colour of the inks as they are water reactive. I'm keeping my fingers crossed at this stage that it turns out to be a good idea!

Once dry, some of the areas of texture paste are coloured with some DecoArt Fluid Metallic Acrylic in silver. The flowers are shaped using fingers and a paintbrush handle.
Small punched flowers are used for the centre. They are cut from scraps of card coloured with inks in coordinating shades. The centres are tiny black gems - just about the only bling I allow myself!
The manilla tag is used as a template for the outside tag and the 'lining' tag for inside the little booklet. I prefer to use white card as a starting point not manilla.
The paper I used for the outside of the booklet. This is not my cup of tea but I always think that things will be useful and keep them! Anyway, I said I had some hidden 'April Showers' and here they are!
The cover of the booklet is toned down with some DecoArt Translucent White acrylic. I rubbed off some of the paint with a baby white just to allow the resist sections to show through. 
The same stencil is used to add interest to the cover. The paint colours are chosen to match the inks used earlier. You wouldn't think so to look at the photo but I couldn't get a better representation of the colours! After this step the colours are toned down with another coat of the translucent white but I forgot to take the photo!
The inside cover is coloured with the same inks and layers are then built up using the stencil and a baby wipe, a stamp and some chalky paint.
Further layers are built up with the silver paint and the top from a tin. The edges have been inked to give a frame.
Some old music sheets are cut to size and stitched together along with the lining of the booklet. After this the ribbon is sandwiched between the two covers and everything is glued together. The ribbon threads through an eyelet on the front of the booklet.
Seam binding is coloured with the inks used previously. The pinks are much more vibrant than this picture shows but again, the light seems to change them!
Love that shimmer!
Some extra punched flowers are added to the cover. You can just see the eyelet which the ribbon is threaded through here.
I do hope you've enjoyed seeing what I've made. Remember to pop over to Our Creative Corner to see the inspiration from my teamies.

We are honoured this month to be sponsored by the wonderful Ryn of Designs by Ryn. She produces some amazing stamps - I'm only lucky enough to own two at the moment. . . . . . .

Unique rubber stamps by Ryn.

Come back later in the month and see some amazing projects made with Ryn's stamps by some of the DT Ladies. One lucky person will be randomly drawn to win some goodies from Ryn!

You could also be chosen as our winner and go on to be a Top Talent Spotlight on the blog. Three lucky people will also be selected for their amazing work and be able to proudly display our winners badge on their blog. 

It's up to you now - can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for popping by.


  1. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful blooming tag booklet, Julia!! Just WOW!! I love all of the colors you're using, I LOVE that great big bloom on the outside--Stunning!! The stenciling WAS a good idea :) I love the tags and your hidden rain showers in the inside--Just Everything!! I keep going back to WOW!! :) :) Every detail is wonderful! I could keep going and going!! Thank you for such an amazing creation for my challenge theme this month!! XOXO-Shari

  2. A fabulous project Julia - the flower is Blooming Gorgeous.
    xxx Hazel.

  3. WOW WOW WOW Julia, how glorious is your bloom, i would love to have flowers of that colour and size in my garden. THANK YOU for the step by step tutorial, i might have a play at making one as you have definitely inspired me to try :-) xxx

  4. Wow! Julia what a radiate flower for the front of you tag book! It left me speechless the first time I saw it! Brilliant idea to make this project into a tag book using music paper. XOXO Laurie

  5. Great colors! My local Michael's has FINALLY started carrying Dylusions sprays so I picked up a few more. I love the concept. Thanks!

  6. Oh Julia I love, love, love those flowers! I never thought of filling the middle with tiny dies, inspiration šŸ˜„ Hugs Jan x

  7. Your flower looks stunning Julia, love the project you made.
    Yvonne xx

  8. And it is another wow from me to Julia, your flower is absolutely stunningly gorgeous - bold and beautiful! I love the stenciling too, it looks amazing! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Uber gorgeous and artsy flower...just love it!

  10. The background in itself is already a masterpiece, Julia,

    but the idea of using Andy's stencil on the die cut flowers is just genius! A stunning project with plenty of texture goodness on it. Wow!

    Triceratops Claudiensis xxx

  11. OMGorgeousness Julia!!!
    This flower is amazing!! What a lovely little book you have created and such a gorgeous adornment for it! xx

  12. LOVE that vibrant flower for the great tag book Julia. Jenny x

  13. Such a gorgeous big showy bloom, so vibrant, love it on the tag book. Ruth x

  14. Love your flower and booklet. Gorgeous colors!

  15. LOVE the colour palette on your tag book Julia - I am drooling over those mini- flowers in the middle of the big flower. Each tag in the book is interesting and vibrant and yet calming at the same time. Great project for this month's challenge - Candice-

  16. I can't believe this is a book too.... what a fantastic project. Your flower is stunning.... wow. Sooooooooooooo wonderful. j.

  17. Oh my word - you could just dive in to the heart of that flower - the vivid colours are almost dizzying - wow!
    Alison xx


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