DDD ~ April Showers!

Hi friends!

It's the 15th of the month and that means the Dueling Darling Divas (DDD)
 and Dazzlers have our friendly "duel!"
Our hostesses this month are Barb for the Divas
and Tracie for the Dazzlers and they came up with a theme of: April Showers!

Barb sent us on Team Divas an adorable kit with her signature stamp choice,
Whipper Snapper, called "Umbrella and Slicker" 
along with gorgeous paper and embellishments.  
I tried to use at least one of everything in the kit,
sans the twine and clear gems, I did! :)

Here is my card, based on the kit:

I looked all through my files to find a picture of the inside of my card,
but it looks like I didn't take one *gasp!*

But I did one to share on thing about the planning of my card.
One thing I learned is using the 'white space' around your image.
For instance, I was immediately drawn to a circular shape when
I saw this image, probably because of the half moon shape of the umbrella.
That shape, however, really didn't blend with the card design.
Once everything was colored and in place,
I added some wink of Stella for shimmer (rain!) and buttons ♥

Sometimes it's good to look at the image and chose a 'spacial' balance.
In other words, how MUCH white (or empty) space you want.
My original plan to was to have a smaller image for the card base
(so as to not cover up so much of the pretty paper!)
but it looked too constricted ↓
It cuts right up on the lines of the image,
so I went with a larger die for a bigger empty space.

And that's it for this round - Happy April Showers!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Divas and the Dazzler's dueling cards ...
you can find them in my sidebar :)'

Thank you, 
Tracie and Barb,
for your wonderful hostessing and the super fun card kits!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. You choose the right die and your coloring is great. Lovely papers too!
    xxx Margreet

  2. Very sweet card! Love the little dots you added to the umbrella,

  3. very beautiful Kelly

    gr karin

  4. What a sweet card. Love the colors you used.

  5. such a cute card. I love the extra details you added to the umbrella!

  6. Oh my gosh, so sweet!! The image is adorable and colored beautifully!! Love the papers, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Oh my Kelley, your card is awesome. I love the dots lining the bottom of the umbrella. You did a wonderful job with the kit. I love the layout the buttons and the way you used the sequins. Love it.....

  8. Fabulous and cute card Kelly..
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on using white space. I think you did it very well, my eyes were drawn to the umbrella and your special coloring added extra interest. Adorable layout too!

  10. Love your sweet card- and how fun are all of your DP's and embellishments- LOVE the buttons and the pink die you added. I always squish everything in on an A2 card, should think larger to let the design have more room, and thus, more white space available! Thanks for a great tip!

  11. A very cute card and love your design. I try to always make mine with a bigger white space. Just my preference. We all see things different and would be boring if we were all the same. Big hugs and Blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  12. It's adorable!! Love the cutie under the rain with that sweet umbrella! Great design!

  13. Sweet image used, love this card.x 💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

  14. Stunning card Kelly - love how you have used the image, and the fabulous 'rain' effect.

  15. Kelly, this card is awesome... so many details... sparkle/shimmer/shine, white space, perfect placement of embellishments. Gorgeous!

  16. Another terrific card, Kelly!! I love it!

  17. Such a sweet image!! And you give it such life with your awesome color and paper selections, Kelly!!

  18. Great coloring Kelly and I love how you let the designer paper shine in the background. Adorable card!

  19. This is such a sweet card--I love all of the elements that you picked and your coloring is awesome! I am so glad you liked the kit and played along with us for our April Showers!

  20. Adorable! Cute image and I like all the "happy" colors that you chose!