Linsey and Barb have been having so much fun making shaped cards lately, I decided to be like them and make one, too. :) An unexpected fold or shape always makes a big impact!
To make the umbrella, I scored and folded my Cameo Coral CS to A2 size, and glued a piece of white CS inside (to have a nice contrast after I did my umbrella cutaway). Next I took a thick, black marker and sketched out an umbrella (look at the stamped image as a guide) with the top left side going along the fold and the handle extending down to the lower left corner. I trimmed out two pieces of Cool Caribbean CS for the contrasting sections, (they're not a perfect match, that's okay!;). I cut through both layers around the top side of the umbrella, then just through the top layer around the underside of the umbrella and the handle. Now the handle and umbrella top will rest on the table when your card is standing up. Isn't that cute? Inside I added the two flamingos I'd colored with Copics (Light Prawn (perfect with Cameo Coral!)and Blush for the flamingos, and Pale Aqua for the water and umbrella) and cut out, then popped up on dimensionals. The umbrella top and puddle are from Just So Hoppy. I thought I should accentuate the unique arc inside by curving my greeting, which I did by cutting my greetings apart, laying the block on top of the card, and placing them in a curve to match.
Hope you're inspired to go make up a shaped card of your own, I'd love to see what you do, so if you come up with something I hope you'll share by linking it here!