Sunday, April 7, 2024

Sunshine & Rainbow Skies for PP684

Happy Sunday and Happy April, crafty friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, it’s my pleasure to be hosting our Theme Challenge.

My theme is “Sunshine & Rainbows which I think is so fitting for the season. Here are a couple of ideas for this theme to get your creative mojo working: 

Sunshine & Rainbows - 
Use a sun, rainbow or "rainy day" theme (umbrellas, rain boots, etc) 
on your card

I sure hope you will take this challenge for a spin and join us over at The Paper Players. We’d love to see what YOU create!   

*I’ve shared list of measurements along with a supply list of products used to create this card at the end of this post.

When I came up with the theme for the challenge, I already knew that I would be using the Bright Skies stamp set and coordinating dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. Sunshine and clouds? Check. Now on to that rainbow. I thought it would be fun to do a little “scrappy strip” rainbow on my card front because you can never have too many bright and happy colors on one card. 

I searched and searched for some patterned paper that I liked and I finally settled on the Sunny Days Designer Series Paper. This paper was avaialable to earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration in January and February of this year. I happened to earn a LOT of it, so instead of letting it take up space in my craft room unused, I really wanted to use it for this card. You could even stamp some clouds from the set in the background to create a similar look if you didn’t have the paper. Or add some embossing for texture. 

I also added a little smily face to the sunshine using the Taco Fiesta stamp set, which was designed by my dear friend Erica Cerwin. Adding a little smiley face is a little detail that really adds so much, don’t you think? This is such a happy card, sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. To finish things off I added some Iridescent Foil Gems because you always have to have a little “pop” (wink, wink) of gold at the end of a rainbow. 

Card Measurements:
  • Daffodil Delight Card Base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” 
  • Shaded Spruce Cardstock: 5-1/4” x 4” 
  • Sunny Days Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration, no longer available): 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” 
  • Bubble Bath, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Shaded Spruce, Pool Party, Azure Afternoon & Gorgeous Grape Cardstock: 1/4” x 4-1/4” each
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap for stamping/die-cutting sun and  (3) cloud die-cuts
  • Shaded Spruce Cardstock: 5-1/8” x 3/4”, stamp & heat emboss sentiment, then banner punch each end with Banner’s Pick a Punch
  • Basic White Cardstock (card interior): 5-1/4” x 4” 
  • Sunny Days DSP (card interior): 5-1/4” x 3/4” 

Finally a peek inside the card! I added another strip of that Sunny Days DSP, this time in the rainbow pattern. I also stamped another smiling sunshine to “keep the party going from the front of the card”. I made a bunch of these to have on hand to cheer up a friend when they need a little “happy mail” to brighten their day! 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for this fun ”Sunshine & Rainbows” Theme ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday April 12th, 2024

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:

Thanks for visiting today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You c
an click on any of the photos to go directly to my 
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Thanks for stopping by.
Have a HAPPY day!

BIG Hugs, 
Anne Marie

*In addition to the products listed below, I also used white embossing powder and the Sunny Days Designer Series Paper which was available during Stampin’ Up!® Sale-A-Bration in January & February 2024.

Product List


  1. This is adorable! I like the happy little face on the sun!

  2. This is just one big happy celebration in a card! I love it! The sunshiney face makes me feel sunshiney too and the inside, as always, is just as cute!

  3. How adorable, Anne Marie! Clouds, rainbows and a smiling doesn't get any cuter than this!

  4. Anne Marie this was such a fun challenge this week and I just love your smiley sun and scrappy strip rainbow - so fun! I could have used those cloud dies this week too!!

  5. What a fabulous challenge and this card shouts happy! I love that smiling sun and the beautiful rainbow! This card would make anyone smile!

  6. Lovely card 🤩💐 congrats
    Happy day


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