April Showers Bring May Flowers

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Shari is the host for this months challenge at Our Creative Corner. This is her fun theme……

April Showers bring May Flowers

…Or so the proverb goes.  Spring comes late in my neck of the world, in the mountains of Northern Idaho.  In the month of May (with Summer just weeks away), our Spring flowers are still, usually, under a thin blanket of snow, until those Spring rains wash it all away.

This month, the challenge is to create something, a mixed-media project, a journal page, a scrapbook page, a card or tag…Anything, that reflects the Spring rains and/or Spring flowers in your part of the world.Now, I’m not going to nit-pic your choices of Spring flowers, as the growing season here where I live is short and our Spring flowers don’t last very long before the blooms of Summer start budding.  So, if you throw in flowers of Summer into your creation, that’s OK, too.

The DT have come up with some inspiring creations for you! Check them out at Our Creative Corner.

imageI decided to “Have a go” at my Art Journal! It has been gathering dust on the shelf, so I bit the bullet and started to first page. I enjoyed myself with Dylusions sprays, stamps and inks, a very messy affair indeed. I used Tim’s spritz and flick technique to get the raindrops and blue shades for the May skies.

I rescued an old book and tore up some pages to stick on before spraying and inking the page. I wanted a spring like feel rather than a grey rainy day.


I stamped generic flowers shapes on top, a JOFY set and some unbranded from my stash. I stamped the JOFY flowers on a piece of watercolour paper then coloured them with Distress Markers. I fussy cut the flower heads and stuck them over the stamped images. I added a few silver skeleton leaves for texture.




I love the JOFY stamp, “Don’t eat the daisies” because last Spring my baby Granddaughter always ate the daisies in the lawn. I stamped the sentiment as a border and heat embossed with white opaque powder. I like the contrast with the blue background.

Now for the zany Dylusions character! I stamped and coloured her, plus her umbrella with Distress Markers. I am not a fan of colouring in but it was quite therapeutic.

I added Ryn’s water drips at the top, they are just so detailed and as she is our sponsor this month it seemed fitting. The title was hand written on shiny paper and then positioned onto the sky. Phew! Finished!

My first step into Art Journalling was not as scary as I had thought! I hope it inspires you to have a go. There are some great prizes on offer from Ryn too!

Designs by Ryn



I hope you have fun with the challenge and enjoy yourself! Please leave me a comment, I like to know what you think about my creations.

Hugs Jan x



12 thoughts on “April Showers Bring May Flowers

  1. Hi There Jan!! I can’t tell you how honored I am that you chose this month’s challenge theme to create your first art journal page!! You’ve brought the theme to life for sure!! I also love how you used Ryn’s water droplets, too!! 🙂 🙂 Just a Fabulous inspiration piece!! Thank You for your support!! XOXO-Shari

  2. Hi Jan, I adore the whimsical look to the little girl and flowers on this journal page and the water droplets stamp from Ryn was just the right touch!!! XOXO Laurie Moore

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  4. A great take on a great theme, Jan!

    Love your vibrant colours and the whimsical feel to your lovely journal page. Makes me smile a lot when I look at it. The writing adds a great deal of depth and interest too! Beautiful!
    Claudia x

  5. Jan – this is such a bright and happy creation. Too adorable. I laughed at your comment on my blog – if you think that one is weird – you should see the other tripping canvases I have – there is one where I literally poured layers of paint all over it and then rolled around in it cos I wanted to feel what it was like to be paint swirling on canvas. You dont even know the half of my weirdness yet!

  6. Jan – this is sooooooooooo fun. It’s bright and intriguing and it makes me smile BIG. Congratulations on a VERY SUCCESSFUL journal page. But hey – take that with a grain of salt… because I too am new to the concept. I have just recently proudly finished my 4th page – NONE of which have yet to see the outside world… and GUESS WHAT? I did it upside down. Are you laughing? Dear me – I wasn’t – I cried!!! NOW though – I am laughing. I thought it had such hope – and maybe it still does but psychologically… well HELLO – it’s UPSIDE DOWN??!!!! WHEW! Soooooooooo saying all that to say – your journal page looks COMPLETELY successful to this novice here because HEY – it is RIGHT SIDE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!! Seriously though – it’s adorable! j.

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