Tuesday 7 February 2023

Day of the Month Card Club Challenge #48 GDT - National Umbrella Day ☂️

Hi everyone,

I'm delighted to have been asked to be Guest Designer again for the Day of the Month Card Club February Challenge as a result of being voted the winner in December.

This month our theme is

☂️☂️☂️ National Umbrella Day ☂️☂️☂️

February 10th is National Umbrella Day, which honours one of the world’s most useful inventions, the umbrella! Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, but it also protects us from the heat of the sun and can be used as a fashion accessory. While the umbrella is primarily practical, it can also be decorative…  think cocktails!!  🍹 Umbrellas have also found their way into the worlds of art and music - Rihanna’s single “Umbrella” was one of the most played singles in the UK in the 2000’s; and they play a vital role in some movies too, e.g. Singing in the Rain in 1952 and Mary Poppins in 1964. 

Interesting Umbrella Facts:

The word umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra, meaning shade or shadow. Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, often used in Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Bumbershoot is a fanciful Americanism for an umbrella from the late 19th century.

The basic umbrella was invented over four thousand years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China.

One of the first umbrella shops opened in 1830 at 53 New Oxford Street in London, England. The shop, operated by James Smith and Sons, still operates regular hours at the same location today. 

In 1928, Hans Haupt’s pocket umbrellas appeared. Then, in 1969, Bradford E. Phillips, the owner of the American brand Totes, obtained a patent for the first “working folding umbrella.”

So now you know … here’s my GDT card.☔️

To fulfil this challenge I dug out a really old wooden Me to You "Tatty Teddy" stamp which I think is really cute, and which features the all-important umbrella!. I stamped it onto a square of stamping card using Memento ink, then masked it so I could create a green landscape and cloudy sky by blending Distress Oxide inks using hill and cloud stencils. I then removed the mask and coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, and added a computer generated sentiment. I thought the landscape looked a little bare so I added a few Lavinia flowers in the corner with second generation stamping plus a little bird. I die cut the image panel and a linen card stock mat using my stitched square dies, then matted everything onto my base card. To finish I created some "falling rain" using a ruler and Sakura Stardust pen - here's an angled picture to show the sparkle a bit better.

Stamps: Me to You "Tatty Teddy" - "A Gift Inside";  Lavinia Wild Poppies, Field Grass, Bird Collection;
Media: background - Distress Oxide inks (Bundled Sage, Rustic Wilderness, Stormy Sky); teddy - Promarkers and Flexmarkers; Memento ink (black); Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Charming Pink, Shady Lane); Sakura Stardust pen (clear);
Tools: Lavinia hill masks; home-made cloud stencil.

Challenges I would like to enter: 

Crafty Animals #69 - Anything Goes With an Animal - TOP PICK
Krafty Chicks #649 - Stamp Act
Let’s Craft and Create #192 - Anything Goes with option Use a Sentiment
We Love Stamping (February) - Anything Goes with option Add a Stencil
Word Art Wednesday #581/582 - Anything Goes (3rd entry)

I hope you can play along with the challenge this month - please link up your entries here.

Don't forget to visit the Day of the Month Card Club February Challenge to see more fab inspiration from the Design Team, who I would like to thank for asking me to be Guest Designer again this month.

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


crafty-stamper said...

Congrats on your win and GDT spot.I love the cute image and great scene you created
Carol x

Diane said...

Adorably cute cute card and beautifully designed scene! Love the stamp and the puffy fun clouds!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Stencil Fun!
Diane SF Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Stencil Fun}

Izzy Scrap said...

Adorable card Pauline. Love the beautiful scene you've created to highlight this cute teddy bear and its umbrella. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer this month !

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Well deserved GDT role, Pauline, I love this darling card, with its springlike colours and Teddy image. A beautiful sky too.
Faith x

Sarn said...

Congrats on your GD spot.

Love this really cute card and what a fab theme. Fascinating to read all about umbrellas.
Might have a go at joining in with this challenge as I have a couple of stamps that feature umbrellas!!!! Xxx

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Gorgeous card Pauline. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
Wendy DT

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is gorgeous Pauline, such a cute stamp and your lovely background really sets the scene.

KraftyKoolKat said...

So cute Pauline and an awesome background little scene. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at We Love Stamping.

Ellibelle said...

Such a cute card and adorable rainy day scene! Really enjoyed reading the facts/history about umbrellas too! They are so useful but somehow never handy when I need one LOL. Thank goodness for hooded jackets :)
Congrats on your guest DT spot, so well deserved!

brenda said...

All the elements came together so well for a pretty card, many thanks for sharing with us at We Love Stamping challenge.

B x

Rosmarie said...

Awww, what a delightful and cute scene you have created Pauline. I love the soft colors of the flowers and the black bird in the corner. Thank you so much for your support as a guest designer this month at DotMCC. Rosi x

Ilonka said...

So beautiful your card. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog.
Big hugs Ilonka DT

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

What a gorgeous card Pauline, I love it! x

papierelle said...

THis is a very cute card and I especially love how you designed the rain.
Thank you for being our guest designer this month!! Gundi

Savyakala by Asha said...

Hello, I just want to let you know that the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge has a new name and blog address. You can find it here. Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge.
We hope to see you there.
~ Asha DT

Hard Shell Suitcase said...

You are the best card designer.
What a gorgeous card Pauline.
I really like these cards.
Best Hard Shell Suitcase

wannabcre8tive said...

This card is super cute. The recipient is sure to smile when they see it.