Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers



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This week the challenge is


With spring most definitely on the way, despite the snow and ice in some areas, we are celebrating the start of the new season with changes in the weather! Spring showers or flowers, or you can use both on your creations! We will be looking forward to seeing what you make!

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Beulah thinks the new Tim Holtz Sideshow Stamp Set is perfect for a rainy day


This week’s theme gave me the perfect excuse to play with a new stamp set called Sideshow by Tim Holtz. I used a dark blue page from the Dapper Paper Stash as a background then stamped and embossed the main image with ColorBox Frost White Ink and Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder. I stamped additional text and numbers using Ranger Red Geranium and Cobalt archival inks, added a few vintage postage stamps then highlighted some of the text and lines with Gelly Roll Souffle Pens. I used Perfect Paper Adhesive and an Old Paper Distress Marker to create a glaze over the embossed image to tone-down some of the bright whites.

Andrea made a set of “rain cards” to celebrate the theme.


I don’t really know what “rain cards” are either, but I thought it sounded poetic!  I did enjoy using cards from Prima’s Vintage Alpha Card set to make these little gems and was impressed at how well the cards help up to the water I splattered on them.  And the flowers!  I’m loving the Sketched Blooms stamp set from My Favorite Things that I used for my foliage here.   And I thought the nature sentiments from Simon Says Stamps’ One With Nature stamp set added just the right touch to the background.

Anna-Karin made a watercolour art journal page celebrating spring.


I love all the shades of green in nature during spring and painted a page for my art journal using Prima’s new Tropicals watercolour set. The tree was stamped with Darkroom Door’s Gum Trees set, as well as two of the sentiments. Finally, I added a third sentiment using the One with Nature stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

Barbara uses this challenge to experiment  new materials and creates a set of spring tags!


For my inspiration today I tried to use new materials and new techniques! The most innovative for me is Yupo paper, a  true discovery! A wonderful  material that I worked with alcohol inks to create the background of the black tag. Also the technique of the distress crayons along with the stencils  is a real fun! You must try both !

Cathie made a colorful canvas full of the joys of spring.


I love adding layers of paints, stamps and inks to mixed media backgrounds and Dylusions Paints are my favorite because of their bright and bold colors. I used.  Tim Holtz Mixed Media and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets along with Paper Artsy Eclectica 3 EEV06 on my background with several different coordinating colors of Archival Inks.

Cheiron created a tag with painted sunflowers to channel some happy thoughts for spring weather.


I wanted to achieve a painty look with these Winnie and Walter In Bloom Annas Floral stamps.  I painted my tag with a layer of Dylusions paint in Calypso Teal. I then stamped my flower images in white ink, and painted over them with other colors of Dylusions paints. Once the paint was dry, I stamped over the painted images in Archival Black ink.

Emma can’t wait to see the cherry blossom burst into life in her garden during the month of May!


I adore making handmade paper flowers and I had so much fun creating some delicate cherry blossoms using the Tim Holtz Tattered Garland die and adding them as a focal point on my canvas media board panel. Each blossom is die cut and then spritzed, using Spun Sugar and Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stains. I then attached them to my canvas panel, together with a Found Relative image and some vintage ephemera.

Kath was kept indoors by the April Showers and had great fun creating a page for her 2016 Art Journal


I created texture on the pages using Ranger Transparent Matte Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bubble Layering Stencil and stamped the floral image from Stampers Anonymous Wildflowers with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. The pages were coloured with Hickory Smoke and Fossilized Amber Distress Paints. The  images from Tim Holtz Lady Rose stamp set were stamped on Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap with Archival Black Ink…coloured with Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey and Twisted Citron Distress Markers and fixed in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I added Design Tape, Film Strip Ribbon, Small Talk and alphabet stickers to finish.

Lols is very new to art journalling and really enjoyed making a page full of rain and flowers

Showers and Flowers


Spring is definitely in the air and the flowers in my garden are in full bloom! I painted the pages of a Small Creative Journal with Gesso before blending with Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks. I then had a lot of fun creating a background using a Hero Arts Rainy Day and Tim Holtz Wildflowers Stamps. I also used a Dot Fade Stencil and White Embossing Paste, sprinkled with Glitter. I then added a field of beautiful Wildflowers, coloured with Distress Crayons. If you haven’t tried art journalling before I would definitely recommend you give it a try! It really is FUN!

Macarena made an old book bloom!


This is my first ever Art Journal made from an old book! My pages are very flourish today but in a quite different way. All the flowers were cut out from the newest Salvage District paper collection. As the roses are all quite calm and dark grey, I gave them a little bit brightness with White Sharpie Pen. My background is composed with only 2 colors: Dusty Concord and Peacock Feathers distress inks. The inks blended perfectly over the old book pages covered with some Gesso layer. I sprayed the inks with water drops giving a nice wet look as if the April shower reached them. Then I stamped Scrollwork stamp partially and randomly just to give a soft touch. Finally I chose some words from Big Chat Stickers and arranged them as a main sentiment on both pages giving some touches of Gesso to soften the colors.

If you have two file folders, Maura can show you how to make a mini journal for your gardening plans.


Ok, ok, I’ll take rain showers, but no more snow, pretty please. I  am ready for spring and thinking about getting out and working in my gardens. I’ve wanted a place to keep photos, take notes, and sketch out plans for my various gardens, so decided to make my own journal. Stamping Bella’s Uptown Girl Lolly and her Brolly is the perfect image for my cover. I used Wendy Vecchi’s Rainy Day stencil to add the cloud and umbrella images, and had fun pulling out stamps like Simon Says Stamp One with Nature set to add to the outdoor feeling I wanted to create. Let’s get our umbrellas out and play in the rain!

Meihsia was inspired to create a rainy day themed art journal page.

Simply paper Crafts Meihsia Liu Art Journal Mixed Media Tim HOltz observation 600

I really enjoy the rainy days in spring, so on this art journal page, I created the blue and gray color scheme using Distress Paints and Distress Spray. The flowers were die cut with Simon Says Delicate Thistle Die and adhered on the page using Tombow Mono Glue. I added the sentiments with Tim Holtz Rubs and Big Chat Stickers.

Sandra can’t wait till Spring is in full swing

I just love Spring when nature begins to awaken, and when the weather is getting warmer. Somehow for me the color yellow represents the spring, maybe it’s because of Easter or the sun, I’m not sure. So I used it for my background with the Plastic Canvas Stencil and Lemon Zest Dylusions Spray. The Wildflower stampset from Tim Holtz I used with my Misti and Archival Jet Black Ink, but also Galaxy Gold.

Zoey took the theme quiete literally and made a fun Rainy boot with a bunch of flowers



I had so much playing with this theme! I loved making these ‘roses’ from a  Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die and using Distress Ink to color my all time favorite Tissue Wrap Paper – Postale. The stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology small talks are perfect for the sentiment and they match perfectly the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tag!

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. oh cool, i was waiting for the challenge to come online, now i will go to my allotment garden and hopefully get some inspiration ;-) we’ll see
    great dt makes btw ;-)

  2. I am always at awe at the DT creations – such lovely work! Thank you for another challenge – it is a blessing to enter here! Have a fab day!

  3. Love the brilliance of the wonderful creations by the team. Wow….just so amazing!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. My flowers have started to bloom, but I think they need a bit of warmth more than showers, ha! Suzanne

  5. So many inspiration with all these gorgeous creations ! Bright and vibrant colors ! Thanks to the DT and for the challenge.

  6. I am loving this challenge so much, I accidentally entered the same tag twice. Could someone delete #215. Thank you.

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