Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Waltzingmouse blog party - New Beginnings

Next Blog Party on the 17th


Today is the monthly Waltzingmouse blog party, and the theme is New Beginnings, I have chosen to make a baby shower card for my sister in law who is due in just a couple of weeks (so exciting!).
Baby showers are not that common in the UK, but we just have a little get together and give gifts.
My card was meant to represent a rain shower, and the main image is a mixture of an umbrella and a baby mobile.
I started off by stamping Offbeat background polka dots in lilac ink, then made a background piece using the Offbeat Background tartan/plaid in lilac. I don't have an umbrella stamp, so once I'd done my polka dots I used 2 different sizes of circle nestabilities to cut the umbrella shape and used a fine line marker to draw out the umbrella and then its handle. 
The next step was the little birds and stars which are hanging from the umbrella, these are stamped in various shades of pinks/purples and are images from the Teeny trees set. Because I was worried about them turning around I actually stamped on both sides, which is pretty handy that you have the birds facing both ways! I threaded them onto some white thread and stuck them to the back of the umbrella.
Hopefully you can see in this image that the umbrella is sat on an embossed matt (CB swiss dots) which is meant to represent the rain, and the little cloud is punched and I hand wrote the sentiment.
Finally I layered it all up, added some dimension to the umbrella with some foam pads and then did a faux stitch around the outside of the kraft card base.

I hope you like my card, and if you want to look at the other cards for the Waltz head over to the waltzingmouse blog.

25 comments:

  1. That's so pretty. I love the little birds and stars hanging down from the umbrells.

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  2. This is sooo sweet - LOVE how you used the teeny trees stamps for the umbrella - so creative and cute -LOVE it! Hugs, Karin

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  3. Super cute card! Love the mobile filled with dancing WM images :)

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  4. This is gorgeous!Love your custom made umbrella, and the sweet polka dots.

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  5. You hand drew that umbrella? Impressive. Love your sweet little mobile!! Charming!

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  6. Such a sweet card,the umbrella mobile is gorgeous.

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  7. Such a sweet card and I love how you made a mobile out of the umbrella. Adorable shower card!

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  8. I love how you turned the umbrella into a mobile :-)

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  9. This is so creative. Love how you used those little birds and bits to make this adorable mobile. I'm glad you were able to "party" with us today!

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  10. Very clever! Love your ingenuity.

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  11. Love how you used those patterns, so sweet! The little images hanging on the umbrella are adorable, such a creative idea! Congrats on being an (almost) new auntie :)!

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  12. Clever clever you--to make that umbrella and all those sweet dangly things. This is such a cute card, and congratulations on the new arrival your family is expecting.

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  13. So creative to use Teeny Trees as a mobile...
    I would have never thought of it!
    And that stamped plaid background is fabulous for this!
    Such an adorable card...
    your SIL will love it!

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  14. How creative you were to draw what you didn't have in a stamp! The fussy cutting on the stars and birds is amazing! what a sweet baby shower card!

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  15. This is so cute! I can't believe you made that umbrella all by yourself with no stamps! I was trying to think which WM set it was from and how I missed it! Love the plaid on this card, so cute.

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  16. Your card is SO sweet! Love the plaid and how clever to use the Teeny Trees images on the mobile!

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  17. What a clever way to make an umbrella!! Love the sweet images hanging from it too...perfect card for a baby shower :0)
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog, I see you make all your crafty stash work hard for you :0)
    Jenny x

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  18. How fun to turn an already adorable umbrella into a mobile. Love all of the sweet images hanging off. And your plaid, so perfect, fabulous card.

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  19. What a sweet card! I love the umbrella and all the charms hanging from it!

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  20. Such a cute card, I love the plaid!!! thank you so much for playing along with us!!

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  21. oh this card is darling. i love how you made a baby shower (w/ the umbrella) but also a little baby mobile! i love your background too. Can't believe that 'brella is handmade from scratch! amazing!

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  22. How creative you are! I think your approach to making the umbrella was inspired, and I love the baby mobile theme. Well done!

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  23. what a lovely baby card, how creative to make a mobile out of the umbrella!

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