Monday, April 24, 2017

Life...Not Perfect, Just Wonderful

Hello again, friends! Today is my second post of the day, and here is another rainy day card. You can see my first one here. As you can see, I've taken a more positive approach to the rain, welcoming it rather than turning it away.


I used my raindrop stencil from Emerald Creek along with Distress Oxides and inks using the monoprint technique to get the more sparse raindrops. This is more of the 'April Showers Bring May Flowers' sort of rain--not at all what we are getting today. We are getting the 'April Monsoons Wash Away Your Garden You Just Planted' type of rains.

But the Bible commands us to praise God through all times-good and bad. Praise will get us through hard times, and reminds us of what God has done and can do in our lives.


"I will bless the Lord at all times" Psalm 34:1 NRSV



I used Walnut Stain DOX to ground my Umbrella Man image (Tim Holtz-'In Dreams'). I smooshed the DOX pad on my acrylic stamping block, spritzed with water and smooshed that onto my card. My sentiment is from Tim's 'Way With Words' set and was stamped and embossed in Watering Can Archival Ink and embossing powder. Hindsight tells me I should have embossed the Umbrella Man, too. My flowers are Tim's Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits and were cut from paper I colored with DOX Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet and a dusting of Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. I added a few tiny blue flowers from my stash and Stickles for the centers. Die cut foliage is cut from a scrap using Tattered Lace Ornate Leaves die.

That's it for today! Tomorrow is another day!

I would like to enter once again into:
Mixed Media World-MMW#24: Anything Mixed Media Goes with a Twist Again, not traditional water colors but using watercolor techniques using Oxides and inks. Some water from the rain, too!

Thank you for your second visit today and for your comment if you have time to leave one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


20 comments:

  1. So stunning, my friend!! I love the muted colors of this one!! The background is so artistic and gorgeous!! And that is such a beautiful sentiment!! The flowers and greenery are perfect touches!! Love, love it, Sara Emily!! Have a great evening, my dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  2. Absolutely perfect for our challenge, Sara, and your sentiment works so well with this beautiful design! Thank you for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  3. This is a delightful card Sara, I love the way the raindrops show on the background with umbrella man standing taking in the fresh air and that little cluster of flowers is the perfect embellishment xxx

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  4. Simply love this Sara. That background is just perfect for your Umbrella Man. Shame you didn't add our badge to your blog post. Hope you will join us with more of your work in May.

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  5. Wow!! I loved your last 'rainy' card Sara, but I think I love this one even more. The more subdued background looks wonderful and I love the sentiment. The little touch of colour from the flowers and bits of greenery is just perfect. hugs x

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  6. I think I like the face that you did not emboss him, he has a lovely ethereal quality to him and your monoprint raindrops look fabulous in the background. The flowers are such a lovely finishing touch too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  7. I made a double take at first, making sure i was not reading the same post! haahaa
    Another cool card, and I love that saying!
    I like to run out in the rain in the summer- do you ever? It's exhilarating!
    Jackie xo

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  8. And His praise shall continually be on my lips! Amen! Thank you for this much needed Word. I love this card and the sentiment with that image - truly a perfect pair. Love the effect with the monoprint and the raindrops stencil - so beautiful! Hope your gardens survive and if no flowers you at least get the best tomatoes you've had in years! :) Big hugs, Autumn

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  9. I really, really love this! The way your umbrella man is standing in a mud puddle...the stormy sky that has just a little light breaking through and the wonderful way you drew my eye to one of my favorite sentiments with your flower cluster really, really works.

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  10. Great card Sara Emily! The soft, water colored background is so cool with the silhouette of the man~ The image really pops and then the soft colored flowers and foliage looks perfect! Such a great sentiment~great job on this!
    Sherrie K

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  11. What wonderful inspiration Sara. Thank you. I am praying that the vast amount of rain you have had will someone produce great fruit in spite of it all. Love this creation and all it's uplifting messages. Xj.

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  12. Beautiful card, love the sentiment! Thank you for joining us at our 'Just For Fun Challenge' at Mix It Up Challenge Blog. We hope to see you again.
    ~DT Sherry x

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  13. Love it - great sentiment! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Mix It Up Challenge Blog's "Just For Fun" challenge! Will be looking forward to seeing you again when our regular challenge line-up begins on May 1st!
    Hugs,
    Leslie, MIUCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

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  14. Great idea to add that floral bouquet to this version Sara. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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  15. Hey you, Autumn just shared that we three are top picks at F&F... amazing... congrats! We *finally* are seeing the sun in California... your card is much more positive than I have managed for a month wth regard to weather!!!

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  16. Awesome card! I absolutely love the silhouette image and your design! Thank you for joining our Great Impressions Challenge this month. I hope you come back next month.
    Ruza
    Ruza's Craft Corner

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  17. Great card! Sara . Umbrella man , or as I call him 'Rain man' is an all time fave of mine and you've given him a perfect backdrop .
    hugs x

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