Friday, April 7, 2023

Suite Showcase no. 7 - Rain or Shine

Hello and Happy Easter!
I'm delighted to introduce you to the Playing in the Rain suite from our January - April 2023 mini catalogue. I absolutely love this suite. The characters are so cute.

For my first card, as always, I have kept it more simple. I made a UK DL sized card base from Thick Basic White. This was cut to 8x8" and score in half at 4". I simply chose the Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I liked the most and for me that was the one with the daisies. This is just so beautiful and easy to make a quick card with. I decided to layer this on Basic Black because it really makes the colours pop. I cut the black layer to 3 3/4" x 7 3/4". And then I cut the DSP a 1/8" smaller on two sides, to give a slim border.

I stamped the tortoise and coloured him in using my Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake and Old Olive (both light and dark) and then die cut him out. I also stamped some flowers and coloured these in using dark Flirty Flamingo and dark Daffodil Delight, and again die cut these out. Although the shapes are easy enough to fussy cut if you don't have the dies. I used a label die from Something Fancy label dies in Basic Black. These are a fabulous addition to your dies. I white heat embossed the sentiment and added a little bow from the Black and White Gingham ribbon.

For my second card, I fussy cut some characters from the DSP, these are so cute! I made a standard card base from Thick Basic White. To build the scene, I cut a layer of Basic White to 10.2cm x 14.6cm and then randomly stamped the rain stamp in Balmy Blue. I also cut a layer of Balmy Blue to the same size. I then die cut an aperture using the third largest die from our Deckled Edge dies. Once I'd done this, I then embossed this layer using the Raindrops Embossing Folder.

On some scrap Basic White, I stamped the flowers twice and coloured these in using my dark Flirty Flamingo and dark Daffodil Delight and light Old Olive for the leaves. Using my blending brush and Old Olive ink, I blended some ink on Basic White and used this to die cut some grass.

For the sentiment, I stamped in Flirty Flamingo and cut a banner end on one side. Instead of using a ribbon or thread to finish the card off, I decided to just add Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

For my third card, how could I resist making an Easter card?! I mean it is Good Friday when this blog is published. 

To make the Easter card, I used Thick Basic White for the standard card base. I chose some DSP from Regency Park for my first layer and to give a pop of colour. On a Basic White layer I blended, Balmy blue for the sky, I stamped some clouds in Memento Tuxedo Black. At the opposite end, I blended old olive for grass and pulled a grass stamp from the Easter Bunny set, in the same colour, as well as the flowers from Playing in the Rain. From the same set, I also stamped some Easter Eggs, both on Basic White and on DSP, so I didn't have to colour them all in.

To create the egg, I used the largest oval die from Framed Florets and then using the zig zag die from Basic Border dies, to create the 'crack'. The bunny was stamped from the Playing in the Rain stamp set and I coloured in using Crumb Cake, light and dark. As well as Flirty Flamingo light and dark, for the jacket. I adhered the bunny flat to the layer and then added the 'egg' on dimensionals on top of the bunny. Then I added the stamped Easter Eggs scattered at the bottom. To finish the card off, I white heat embossed the Happy Easter from the Easter Bunny set, trimmed it down and added a bow using black twine. This suite also includes gorgeous daisy flower embellishments which I randomly placed over the card. 

I hope you love this suite as much as I do. It is only available as a suite until the end of this month (April), when we will lose the papers, but happily, the stamp set and dies are carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue that will be live from May 3rd. Although, they won't be available at the current 10% bundle reduction, so if you want to purchase them, please do so before the end of April to get the discount.

Please head over to see what Alison's been making with the suite, at The Inkspirational Crafter. She's been making some fantastic things. 

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  1. Adorable cards Joanna, love this bundle and I am so happy it is carrying over. x

  2. Such fun cards Joanna. I love your clever use of the Oval Die and zig zag die to create the Easter egg shape in your second card. Fab inspiration here x

  3. Oh thank you so much. That’s so kind of you to say xx


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