Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cheer Up ... It can't rain forever, can it?

Today my mother, my daughter, my granddaughter, my great granddaughter and I went for a High Victorian Tea at a beautiful Tea Room in Reading, PA, about 20 miles from where we live.
 Parlour Dining Room
I enjoyed a lovely mango tea blend, delicious scones, wonderful soup and salad, divine tea sandwiches (the apricot cream cheese on raisin bread  and cucumber sandwiches were especially fabulous) and decadent desserts.  They had a grand gift shop where I treated myself to a colorful new scarf.  Little Laila behaved as a proper 10 week old should.  The only thing to dampen our spirits was the RAIN!

Unfortunately, it poured all the way there and downpoured all the way home.  Forget the umbrella.  It was one of those rains that comes sideways in sheets.  Lucky me, I was driving, with the wipers on high speed the whole time.  Why in the world did we go today in such a torrent of precipitation? you might be asking.  Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday and the calendar just didn't have room in it tomorrow.  So we went today.   No one drowned.   All is well.

In the spirit of today's weather, I am posting the second card I made with the remaining umbrella pieces from my 'It's a Boy' card I shared with you on Saturday.  This umbrella is a Great Impressions stamp, which I stamped 4 times on different colored papers and then did a lot of paper piecing.  The sentiment is a CTMH stamp.

I am entering this in:
Divas by Design Challenge - April Showers
Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenge - Water Everywhere
Inky Impressions Challenge #157 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #130 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #170 - Fussy Cutting
Cards in Envy Challenge - A2 April Showers Cards
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #16 - Always Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #40 - Anything Goes + option- use a sentiment

Don't forget....
I'll be doing Make and Takes this week-end, May 3rd and 4th, at the Stamp, Scrap Art Tour Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  Look for me at the Close to My Heart booth.


  1. What a lovely thing to do for her birthday, despite the rain - it all sounded wonderful, Debi!! Thanks for sharing your experience and your card with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. Four generations - wow! Hope you got a group photo! Sounds like you had a fun time despite the rain! Yummy food too! Cute umbrella card!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday and not let the rain get in your way. Love your umbrella card with all the paper piecing and the embossed background. Thanks for playing along with us at Cards in Envy.

  4. Love the embossed background and the bright pink! Makes the umbrella really stand out! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  5. what a wonderful card Debi.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


    1. and
      Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

      Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  6. Hi! What a sweet card. I know that umbrella was tough fussy cutting!!

    I know you had a fabulous time with your family! What wonderful memories.

    Thanks for playing with us @ Party Time Tuesday. I hope you'll come back often!

    Have a blessed day!

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  7. Fabulous card!
    Thank you for participating ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

  8. Thanks for sharing with us at Inky Impressions! This is beautiful!

    Hugs, Adina

  9. This is just gorgeous work....thank you so much for sharing with us at Scrapbook Stamp Society in our current challenge....cheers,Annie {DT}

  10. Those vivid colors would brighten up any rainy day! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Cards in Envy.

  11. A great card with bright colours love the embossing background. Would brighten up a rainy day.
    Thankyou for joining our challenge at Crafting from the heart.
    Fiona dt/blog co-owner x

  12. So bright and happy, I am just loving the beautiful umbrella. This card is sure to cheer up anyone on a rainy April Day. Thanks so much joining us at Cards in Envy this fortnight. Good Luck! Danie xx

  13. Cute card Debi! I love that umbrella with all those colors and the embellishment is great. Love the embossing too.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy!! Hope to see you again for the next challenge. Have a fantastic week!! Hugs, Gloria DT

  14. Love the card, Debi! If you have too much rain out your way, send a couple hundred barrels out here to California. We still need it! Your description of the tea you enjoyed took me right back to England where I had the joy of being an exchange student at Cambridge University for a term. While there, we went into London several times for High Tea at the Savoy Hotel. Scones and Clotted Cream -- yum, yum. I miss them. I've never found a scone in the US that had the lovely taste and texture of those in England. :-D

  15. ohhhh love the embossing on the card!!!! thanks sooo much for playing along with Cards In Envy!!!!

  16. HI Debi,
    What a fab card, with a lovely sentiment. Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon tea, apart from the rain! Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week.
    Andie xx

  17. Hello, Debi - Looks like you won a fab prize over at Divas by Design! Woohoo - Congratulations!!!

  18. Sorry to be so late to stop by! LOVE this fun bright card, Patti! Thanks for linking it up with us in our Customer Gallery at Great Impressions! :) HUGS! Mynn xx

  19. Such pretty colors! Thank you for joining us for our "Water Everywhere" challenge at Digistamps4Joy.

  20. Very cute! Love the Umbrella! Thank you so much for joining us at Great Impressions! Merry Christmas! :)


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