One Layer Simplicity #4 (Road Trip), The Card Concept #8 (Use An Umbrella), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

Most unexpectedly, Monsieur Mojo made another appearance tonight … look …

OLS 4, TCC 8, SSSW 23-4I’m squeezing in almost at the last minute at One Layer Simplicity, where the always awesome Ardyth is the host and we’re taking a road trip … either destination based or journey-based.  I went with both … really!  The Alley Way Stamps had a fabulous inspiration picture for their Be Inspired challenge in March … I didn’t get to play along and can’t say where the photo was taken, but it reminded me of oriental lanterns …

Umbrellas… so I used this picture as the inspiration for my destination … Hong Kong.  Now, I know you’re wondering about the journey bit … ’cause you’ve already guessed I didn’t travel by umbrella.  However … I’m thinking you’ve heard of Mary Poppins … practically perfect in every way?  Her preferred mode of transport was the umbrella … and if she happened to being going on a trip, she’d go by brolly!  Stretching the point just a smidge, perhaps?  Mmmm, thought so.  The link for the next challenge isn’t tenuous at all … at The Card Concept, we’ve to use an umbrella … I used five (they’re moustaches, actually, but I’ll come to that later) for this Clean and Simple card.  Finally, I’m joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday‘s theme this week, Keep It Clean & Simple.

I don’t have any brolly images, but as I was seeking inspiration this evening, Monsieur Mojo directed me to a stamp set I won a few months ago … TAWS’ Moustache Mania.  Seems one of the moustaches (with a few doodly additions) would make a perfect brolly!  So I chose a few jolly colours, stamped them across the card, doodled in the ribs, handles and finials, and added some Wink of Stella (to give the sheen of tropical rain!).  The PTI ‘Smile’ was stamped in the same colours as the brollies, and I added the byline and stripes (also PTI) in grey.  It was finished off with a scattering of bling (for raindrops).  Why that sentiment?  Well first, I’d be smiling if I was exploring the world (even if it was raining) … and second, have you ever watched a little child playing in the rain?  ‘Nuff said then!

I’m delighted to say hello to some more following friends this week … non blogging card makers Isla, Marylou and Bahb … and Margaret from Island Scraps.  Margaret’s new to our lovely blogging world although there’s already deliciousness on her blog to wander through … have a visit and you’ll see what I mean!  You’re all very welcome ladies, and thank you 🙂

I’m off for a very quick meander round the blogosphere before bed (it’s a bit late … actually, it’s already Thursday!).  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

OLS                    Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

37 thoughts on “One Layer Simplicity #4 (Road Trip), The Card Concept #8 (Use An Umbrella), SSS Wednesday 23/4 (Keep It Clean & Simple)

  1. Brenda

    Wow Anita! This card is fabulous, but it became amazing when I read that you drew the parts to make a mustache look like umbrella! I had to keep going back and looking and reading and looking….lol Love the grey lines at the bottom, love the rain drop bling-heck I love this card!!! What did you say about mojo???? lol Hugs

  2. djkardkreations

    Oh, my word, girl, this is my new favorite card of yours! The fact that you saw that mustache stamp and turned it into an umbrella? Holy cow creative! I am calling this a winner all the way around Blogland and back again! I bow in awe!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Geri G

    SERIOUSLY???? A mustache stamp???

    Okay…you have got to post a picture tutorial of how you created an umbrella with a ‘stache’ stamp! And…um… the ‘doodled in ribs, handles & finials’…..a fine example of your ca-razy amazing talent!!!
    This card truly is spectacular and has rocketed to the top of my “Fav Anita Cards” list. Stamping the sentiment in colors that match the umbrellas – another fine example of creative genius!

    One heck of a journey dear friend! WINNER, WINNER, WINNER, WINNER……

  4. Bev

    I’m echoing everything Darnell and Geri said. And adding my own “hodee sh*t!” Blown completely away by this. You so rock girlfriend. Mustache????? Dang… And Geri’s right; a tutorial is definitely in order. Sleep well dear friend. Bev

  5. kimheggins

    Anita…this is one fabulous card! I love, love your umbrella’s. So bright and colorful, sure to put a smile on the face of whoever you send this too. But really a mustache…you are a genius my friend, a shear genius.

  6. Cathy R

    Fantastic card Anita, love the translucent colours. You are so clever converting a moustache to an umbrella, amazing! Cathy x

  7. karen b

    Isn’t it amazing the way a crafter’s brain works??? Turning a moustache into an umbrella……who’d have thought!!! lol This is brilliant Anita – just makes you smile when you see it. Love it.

    Karen x

  8. Shirley-bee

    Anita, this is off the planet! An umbrella from a moustache? (I had to go check out the stamp set to see what you saw – and I would never have seen it!). Fabulous card, and I love the multicoloured sentiment. Winner on two counts: beautiful card, and sheer ingenuity! M. Mojo is well and truly back!

  9. Rosemary D

    dang… you are way too clever, anita!! love your little “umbrella” (i have that TAWS set and that mustache is perfect for an umbrella!)! you have become the master of creating one card for multiple challenges!!

  10. Ardyth

    As always, a beautiful card (love the overlaps) and a back-story that makes me smile! So glad you joined us at OLS, Anita!

  11. cmaynec

    A mustache-turned-umbrella is extraordinary out-of-the-box creative thinking, and with a result that is pure brilliant fun! LOVE this card; love the way your mind works. Apparently, Mr. Mojo has returned in full force! Hugs`c

  12. Kelly Griglione

    You had me at “mustaches” … not because I like them, but because I saw a picture of your umbrella card. What a fun surprise!! I really didn’t get that they did not start life as umbrellas. Great idea, Anita in France : )

  13. Kay Miller

    What a darling card! Your colorful umbrellas are so cute!! So happy you joined us at The Card Concept! 🙂

  14. BarbGhig

    Oh, I just love how you placed your umbrellas on this card! Such a beautiful CAS design and the colors are really pretty! Thank you so much for your ‘entertaining’ post…you are too funny!!!

  15. Alrik

    Wow! This is awesome! Love the coloring and the beautiful details.
    What a wonderful project, all of the details are stunning!It’s very inspiring.

  16. Jingle

    This is very pretty! I like how you overlapped the colors! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  17. Shona Chambers

    Well, aren’t you a clever little sausage! I would NEVER have looked at a moustache and seen an umbrella, you certainly have the mind for design. This card is colourful and gorgeous and with all the rain we have had here lately, I personally know how fun it is to get the kids (and me) into our gumboots and splash to our hearts content. Heaven!


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