Today has been gray with a bit of snow. Definitely not the spring weather I'm hoping for. I am actually wishing for rain, which I know I will regret later. Just the way I now regret all the snow!
With all my dreams of rain I was overjoyed to find a great tutorial by Lauren Meader on how to make a paper umbrella! She had two gorgeous examples on her page and I just had to test it out. I looked at what I had done when I had just the paper and wasn't as happy as I'd hoped. I really was not liking the line between the panels, but then I remembered something I'd seen on Melanie Muenchinger's blog about using sticky tape to adhere beads to a project. Of course! I could use some beads to cover up what I didn't like. I pulled out my container with all my beads and felt bad for neglecting them. I haven't used beads much for quite a while since I stopped playing around with jewelry much. But now I have a new use for my little beads! And then after I had stuck the rainbow beads on the umbrella I decided the handle would look far too lonely. So I used beading wire to string the same beads randomly.
Now I had to decide how to make the card. Then I remembered Jen Del Muro's sketch that I had wanted to try. So I adjusted it a little bit to work with the umbrella and voila! Although the picture isn't the clearest, it says "rainy day blues?" at the bottom. Good for a get well or even just a cheering up card for someone sometime. And I got to use some of my lovely buttons! All in all a fun card for playing! Now if only it would rain outside and melt the snow and ice that is still holding my car captive!