Join the Llamas – “April Showers Springtime Hop”



Welcome to our April Showers Springtime Hop!

Spring has sprung my friends.  At least here in Southern Oregon.  While many of the Llamas still have snow on the ground and in the forecast, my little mountain valley is flooded with sun, and warm temperatures abound with only a cloud or two promising the occasional Spring shower. 

I’m the tail end of the line on this hop.  Depending on which direction you are traveling you are either heading to the wonderfully talented Christine who began our hop or moving on from Kath’s Springtime goodness.  Either way…you are in for a Springtime, color filled treat, on these hop pages.  If you get lost, click on the home button or the hop banner to get back to our Llama Hop Homepage and the hop’s participant blog listing.

Does Spring time find you looking for color and possibly a trip to Paris?   Here’s my vision of those wishes as revealed at a recent stamp camp.

Springtime in Paris – Vintage Etchings

Color Scheme: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals

Watercolor Wash - Artistic Etchings Vintage style

Watercolor Wash - Springtime in Paris

Do you see our Spring Catalog peeking through…the new 7/8″ scallop circle punch, Canvas Creations (yes it’s really canvas!)  and the Honeycomb folder just to name a few fresh items.  Don’t forget that catalog retires May 31st.

Created the central mini canvas in each piece with a delicate wash of color using our  retiring Watercolor Wonder Crayons then heat embossed in gold over top.   The crayons may not be available any more but with a blender pen and a light touch with diluted reinkers you can achieve something similar.  It’s hard to see but the canvas I colored on is really canvas!  Have you used our Canvas creations yet?  Lots of fun. Next time I’m planning on ripping the edges so it’s more noticable just what I’ve used and adding another subtle layer of texture.

Should I mention that Artistic Etchings and French Foliage the two sets I made use of are also on the recently released retiring list?  Yep.   Paris and the Eiffel Tower may be eternal (oh wait…maybe that’s Rome :D) but sadly Stampin’ Up stamp designs aren’t.   Hope you’ve gotten your copies of these two lovely sets.  They disappear June 3rd.  Luckily the Very Vintage wheel is continuing.


Stamps: Artistic Etchings, French Foliage

Ink: Crumb Cake,  Soft Suede, Pool Party, Versamark (watermarking/embossing ink)

Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals White, Canvas Creations (Naturals White or Watercolor Paper works too),  Pool Party Core’dinations, Brushed Gold Cardstock

Punches: 7/8” Scallop Circle, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, 1” circle, ¾” circle

Big Shot Embossing Folders:  Chevron or Honeycomb

Other: Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel & Wheel handle, Heat tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow multipurpose glue, Snips, Sanding Block, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Subtles collection) 


 I hope you’ll join me later in the week for a more in depth look at the Watercolor Wash technique and how these were done.    I’ll have a couple more examples that used different sets of stamps and color palettes. 

Hoping that Spring is filling your skies with sun, your yard with color and just the right amount of April Showers.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean




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12 Responses

  1. Jean, those are both beautiful! I especially love your color-washed and gold-embossed canvas pieces; I will surely be needing some canvas, now.

  2. Love the color wash! Two of my favorite sets which (as always) didn’t see enough ink. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. So very pretty. Love the color wash. I have some canvas and just haven’t used it yet. Now, I’m inspired. Hugs right back.

  4. Love them Jean!

  5. Jean, love the card and the way you used the wheel as a background.

  6. I can not get over how cute the hop graphic is that you are using 🙂 I came from Kath’s blog hop! I love the color combination. As a new demo, I truly appreciate the card recipe.

  7. Hi Jean, your card is beautiful! Plus, nope I havent tried the new canvas. Looks awesome and what a cool idea to emboss gold on it. Nice! I realized today almost 3 yrs ago you left me a comment on my first post. Thanks for that! Im following u by email now. Big hug my sister!
    Jessica U

  8. I just hopped through the blog hop and enjoyed to see everyone’s new creations. Lots of inspiration for sure! 🙂

  9. As I just love Paris, I adore your card!
    Greetings from Austria, Fanny

  10. Love that card and what you did with the canvas!

  11. Ooh, so lovely and cool and springy! It was 90 here today, and those cards are like a breath of fresh air!

  12. Love what you did with the color wash and gold embossing on the canvas. Lovely card!

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