All the Good Things DistINKtive Stamp

ALL THE GOOD THINGS DISTINKTIVE STAMP

You may remember me posting a while ago about all of the new DistINKtive Stamps in the new catalogue. If you missed it, you can READ IT HERE. I showed pictures of each of the different stamps. You’ll notice that they have a unique name ‘DistINKtive’ – that’s because they are made in a unique, distinctive design. This type of stamp picks up & lays down the ink in different gradations, allowing for a photo-like quality to the image. Today I’m sharing with you the All the Good Things DistINKtive stamp – with the gorgeous Koi fish image.

ALL THE GOOD THINGS

This is my first try with this stamp, so I only used 1 colour ink for the koi fish. Next time, I’m going to try 2 colours!

All the Good Things Distinktive Stamp

Keeping the embellishments to a minimum lets the image take centre stage!

DETAILS

Cut a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Use an Aqua Painter to pick up ink from the lid of the Pool Party ink pad, and add a wash of ink to the cardstock. To add more depth, repeat with the Balmy Blue ink.

Once the cardstock is dry, you’re ready to stamp your image. Mask off the sentiment portion of the large koi image stamp from the All the Good Things stamp set. Ink up the fish with Mango Melody ink, and stamp onto your watercolour wash panel. Stamp the separate sentiment from the same set, with Cajun Craze ink.

This picture below shows the detail of the image.

All the Good Things Distinktive Stamp

With the Big Shot, emboss a panel of Pool Party and another panel of Cajun Craze cardstock with the Seaside Embossing Folder. Attach the Pool Party panel to the Mango Melody card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Next, attach the Cajun Craze and stamped panels on top, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finish off your card front by adding a couple of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls in the upper left corner of the Cajun Craze panel.

All the Good Things Distinktive Stamp

You can see in the picture above that I alternated the embossed panels; the Pool Party shows the debossed side; the Cajun Craze shows the embossed (raised) side.

MAKE YOUR PROJECTS DISTINKTIVE!

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Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes

BOKEH DOTS WITH DANDELION WISHES

Okay – here are 2 of my new favourite stamp set! I’ve paired Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes, and I love it! The Bokeh Dots stamp creates such a soft looking background, which lets the Dandelion Wishes show off it’s beauty.

DANDELION WISHES

Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes

I’m sure you, like me, loved blowing away the dandelion ‘fluff’ when you were a kid! Of course, my dad always complained, because the ‘fluff’ I loved is actually the seeds! Remembering how much I loved it, I didn’t discourage my own boys from doing it, when they were little 馃檪

DETAILS

For stamping the Bokeh background, I used my Stamparatus, which is Stampin’ Up!’s version of the stamp positioner. I just love it, because if I don’t get enough ink on my stamp the first time, I can add more and re-stamp, and it’s always in perfect placement!

Ink up the Bokeh Dots stamp with Sahara Sand ink, and stamp in the middle of a Whisper White panel. Next, ink the single dandelion image stamp from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set in Merry Merlot. This is one of the new colours introduced in June, which I love. Even better than Cherry Cobbler, and I didn’t think that was possible!

Stamp the sentiment, also from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, in Merry Merlot ink towards the bottom right corner of the Bokeh background.

THE BEST LAID PLANS

Okay – what came next wasn’t *exactly* as I had planned – but it still worked out! LOL. The plan was this; to use my Versamark Pen (like the Versamark pad, but in pen form) and apply it to the ‘fluff’ parts of each of the seed stems. Then, I was going to cover them with White Embossing Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool.

What actually happened was that I instead of the Versamark Pen, I grabbed a White Paint Pen, and applied that! Not realizing what I had done, I went ahead & added the embossing powder, and heat set it. Yes, I did wonder why the Versamark looked white….but I didn’t look at the actual pen until after I had heat embossed, and wondered why it was still a bit tacky!

Oh well – as I said, it still worked out! Here’s a close up so you can see the dandelion fluff.

Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes

PUT IT TOGETHER

Once finished with the front panel, attach it to a panel of Merry Merlot cardstock, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.聽 Cut 2 lengths of Nature’s Twine in Crumb Cake, and twist them together. Place them down the left hand side of the panels, attaching them at the back with Tear & Tape.

Now attach the front panels to your Sahara Sand cardstock base.

Attach a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card base. I didn’t stamp a sentiment inside, but I did stamp the dandelion fluff image, from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set, in Merry Merlot ink down the side.

Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes

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Bokeh Dots with Dandelion Wishes

 

What Helps You Get Through the Day?

WHAT HELPS YOU GET THROUGH THE DAY?

Short answer for me? Coffee! Yup – coffee! Hot, iced, at home, take out or anywhere else; the answer is coffee. What helps you get through the day? Do you prefer tea, or fruit smoothies? Maybe one of those horrible looking/smelling ‘protein drinks’? I hope not those store-bought ‘energy’ drinks; that stuff is just bad for you!

WARNING – NON STAMPIN’ UP! CONTENT AHEAD!

I did it again; I ordered a stamp set that is NOT from Stampin’ Up! Full disclosure; it was out of my control! Along with coffee being my life blood, Sloths are one of my favourite animals. Yes, they are on my bucket list of animals to see, possibly touch, before I shuffle off this mortal coil! Besides, my youngest son (now 20) also loves sloths, so I thought I could justify it – you know, so I could make special cards for him! 馃槈

I’ve lived in Africa, so I’ve seen lions, giraffes, wildebeest, all kinds of antelope, elephants, hyena and more, in person. All at a safe distance; well, there were the herd of zebra that stood in front of our vehicle for about a half hour before they would move, and they hyena that chased our car down a road outside of the game preserve…. But I’ve never seen a sloth in person.

Have you ever seen the clip from the Ellen show, where she introduces Kristen Bell (also a mega sloth lover) to a real sloth?聽 That would be me – total meltdown! If you have 3 minutes – watch the whole thing – please! You won’t regret it (unless you don’t like sloths; that’s not possible, is it?!)

What did I tell you? Complete meltdown! I’d like to think I’d be a bit more in control – but I’ll have to wait until I meet a sloth, to know for sure! (I’ll have someone video tape it, so you can find out, too!)

COFFEE + SLOTH = SLOFFEE

What Helps You Get Through the Day?

SQUEE!! Isn’t he adorable?! As sloth, in a coffee cup – telling me to have a ‘sloffee’ break! How could I resist? Yes, I’m weak….

DETAILS

There are several very cute sloth images in this stamp set, but I started with this one. My son, being part of me, after all, also lives for coffee. So I thought this would be a good card for him 馃檪

While the stamp is not SU!, everything else I used are SU! products. First, stamp the image with Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Next, use the Light Pool Party Blends Marker and colour the entire coffee (sloffee?) cup. Then, use the Dark Pool Party Blends to add shading the one side of the cup, as shown above. After adding the shading, go back with the Light Pool Party Blends and do some blending.

To colour the sloth, I blended a combination of colours until I was happy that he was appropriately sloth looking. Use the Light and Dark Crumb Cake, along with the Bronze, Stampin’ Blends Markers. Add shading to create shadow on the sloth, and darker shadows on those incredible long nails.

Once your happy with your colouring, take the Light Smoky Slate Blends, and add some shadowing around the right side & bottom of the sloffee er, coffee cup.

CREATE THE CARD FRONT

What Helps You Get Through the Day?

I had some Coffee Break DSP left over from the last annual catalogue, so I thought it was perfect to use on this card.

DETAILS

Create a card base from Soft Suede cardstock. Next, attach a layer of the coffee cup rings pattern from the Coffee Break DSP. On top of that, layer a panel of a different pattern from the same DSP vertically down the middle, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Cut a panel of Whisper White to the same width as the main image panel, and stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede ink. Cut 2 panels of Pool Party cardstock, for behind both the sentiment and main image panel. Attach them with more Dimensionals.

Now attach the 2 panels to the card front, again with Dimensionals.

What Helps You Get Through The Day?

Isn’t this just so cute?!

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Thanks for spending some time with me today! No matter what helps you get through the day – coffee, or sloffee – I hope it’s a good one!! 馃檪

 

Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Birthday

PAPER PUMPKIN BROADWAY STAR BIRTHDAY

The June Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star birthday kit is such fun! It’s really fun alone, but you can also combine it with the Broadway Birthday stamp set & Framelits in the catalogue. If you’re a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, but missed this kit for some reason, the refill kits are available to order! (item #148926).

BROADWAY STAR BIRTHDAY CARD

Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Birthday

The bright Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick colours make this a bright, cheerful card!

DETAILS

All of the products used on this card, are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit. Even the Lovely Lipstick ink – it’s a cute little ink spot – perfect for on-the-go crafting! The card base is patterned on the outside, but plain white on the inside.

The Lovely Lipstick panel is a large adhesive backed panel; same with the white banner shape. Stamp the star pattern from the included stamp set all over with the included Lovely Lipstick ink spot. Once you’ve attached those to the card front, attach the 2 balloon stickers.

Attach the black panel with the included Stampin’ Dimensionals, then apply the Hooray adhesive sticker on top. The sentiment, also in the included stamp set, is inked with Lovely Lipstick ink, and stamped onto the die cut panel (included). I cut it down to size with my Paper Snips, then attached it with the included Mini Glue Dots.

A few of the included adhesive-backed sequins are scattered on the front, and voila! A quick, easy, but brilliant looking card! 馃檪

Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Birthday

With all the layers and extras, no one would guess that this card took only a matter of minutes to put together!

ADD TO THE INSIDE

There’s more than enough extras in this kit to allow聽 you to glam up the inside!

Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Birthday

I added one of the birthday cake stickers, with 3 of the candle stickers, next to the sentiment (non SU!).聽 I always like to add something extra to the inside, when I can.

MAKE YOUR OWN BROADWAY BIRTHDAY CARD

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PAPER CRAFT CREW SKETCH CHALLENGE MONDRIAN INSPIRED

PAPER CRAFT CREW SKETCH CHALLENGE MONDRIAN INSPIRED

Welcome back, stamping friend! It’s another Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge for you – PCC298. Have a look at the sketch, and get your crafty mojo flowing!

PCC298

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge Mondrian Inspired

I was a little stumped myself, at first. But then – an idea happened! I can’t wait to see what idea blooms for聽 you. Here’s what I came up with.

MONDRIAN INSPIRED聽

As soon as I saw the black lines with squares and rectangles in some of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum papers, I was reminded of the work of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. I love his use of the abstract, with the heavy black lines, and bright primary colours. (If you’re interested in seeing his work & reading about him, click on his name in the above sentence). When I was in Liverpool, England 2 years ago, I got to see some of his work at the Tate Gallery. This is the painting that inspired me for this challenge:

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937-42 Piet Mondrian 1872-1944 Purchased 1964 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00648

Here is my card for this challenge:

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

I stayed with the primary colours used by Mondrian, and created the square by cutting down a piece of the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum paper.

DETAILS

After cutting the piece of Graceful Glass Vellum, I used my Stampin’ Write Markers in Blueberry Bushel, Real Red and Pineapple Punch to colour the 3 areas. I used the Pineapple Punch over the Daffodil Delight, as I wanted the yellow to be very vibrant, as in Mondrian’s paintings.

To keep the colours true, I backed the vellum piece with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut to the same size. This prevented any dulling of the colours from the next panel underneath, which is Basic Black cardstock.

Under the Basic Black is a banner shape created from Pineapple Punch cardstock. The tails at each end were cut with Paper Snips, and the banner attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next is a panel of Real Red cardstock, backed by another panel of Basic Black. These squares were then layered onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock, then Basic Black, then Whisper White, then finally a Basic Black cardstock base.

I was very tempted to leave it as is, but decided I would go along with the sketch, and add the clear Faceted Gems.

 

 

Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge Mondrian Inspired

I left the rest of the card front blank. Unlike most of my cards, I only added a white panel on the inside, but didn’t add any other stamping or sentiment.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Did I accomplish a ‘Mondrian inspired’ piece? Did I stay too much with the sketch? Leave me a comment – I’d love to hear what you think!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE – BE INSPIRED!

For more inspiration, check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, on the Paper Craft Crew challenge page. Then find your muse, and create your own card to link up. I can’t wait to see what inspires you!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEST FRIEND!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEST FRIEND!

Today, July 9th, is the birthday of my best friend, Susan L.! I think it’s worth mentioning that she & I have been friends since high school – which was some time ago (no, I won’t give away her age! and if I give away my age, that gives away hers – she’s 1 year older than me – something I delight in pointing out! LOL). Seriously though, we’ve been through everything together, and I’m very fortunate to have such a kind, giving and wonderful friend!

Susan, I know you’re reading this (because you’re such a good friend, that you follow my blog); I don’t know how you’ve put up with me all these years, but I sure am glad you have! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEST FRIEND!

NO SPOILERS!

Now, because I know that she’s reading this, I won’t be showing you Susan’s birthday card I made for her! We did go out to celebrate, to dinner & a movie on the weekend, but I haven’t given Susan her card and gift yet. So instead, I’ll share a different birthday card.

BROADWAY BIRTHDAY FUN FOLD

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This card is created using the Broadway Birthday stamp set and coordinating Broadway Lights Framelits. As with any new Bundle, you can get it at a 10% savings! I highly recommend it, because you know you’re going to want both.

Happy Birthday, Best Friend!

There’s a whole suite of products that coordinate with the Bundle; it’s called the Broadway Bound Suite, on pages 68-69 of the Annual catalogue.

PRODUCTS USED

As well as the Broadway Birthday Bundle – which is the stamp set & framelits – I used the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock from the Broadway Bound Cardstock Pack.

I also used Gold Foil paper, and Gold Embossing Powder. I love the fun dots that you can stamp inside the words ‘wish’ and ‘hooray’ from the stamp set, so it looks like marquee lights! I used the Gold Embossing Powder to emphasize these dots, and the harlequin shaped stars.

FUN FOLD OPENING

I like this unique opening to the card – it opens in 2 parts. First, you open the front ‘flap’. Unlike a belly band, this one is attached to the base of the card. I added a sentiment to the back of it.

Happy Birthday, Best Friend!

2nd Opening

Happy Birthday, Best Friend!

The 2nd opening is when you lift the large front flap up, and reveal the inside sentiment of the card. For the ‘wish’, I stamped the word in Lemon Lime Twist ink, and then stamped the dots inside in Tranquil Tide ink.

I stamped the cute little birthday hats in Lovely Lipstick ink, to tie in the birthday hats on the DSP.

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To subscribe to my newsletter is easy – just fill out your email info in the area at the top right sidebar on this page, or CLICK HERE to fill it out. Then you’ll receive a confirmation email, and a link to my super-exclusive, newsletter subscriber only tutorial on how to make this fancy fold card! It uses different colours, papers and stamp sets, so you’ll have a 2nd card idea!

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In the meantime – raise your favourite beverage, and join me in wishing my bestie Susan L., a Very Happy Birthday! 馃檪

 

LOSING MY MARBLES

LOSING MY MARBLES

Okay, maybe I’m not completely losing my marbles – but some days it feels like it! 馃檪 But at least I can laugh at myself while it’s happening. I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets distracted by funny posts on the internet, not to mention all those cute animal videos! It was ages ago that I saw this funny meme with Grumpy Cat (a.k.a. Tardar Sauce).

Losing My Marbles

I’m easily amused (most of the time) so I had a good laugh at this! So good that I kept a copy of it, obviously!

So yesterday, when I had out my Bokeh Dots stamp set and was using the star/fireworks image stamp (you can see that post HERE), the dots reminded me of marbles, which reminded me of Grumpy Cat!

BOKEH MARBLES

You’ve probably already noticed that, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I rarely, if ever, use non-Stampin’ Up! products. This is one of those RARE occasions when I just had to! Because as my thought marbles were rolling around (a few probably slipping out of the bag) I remembered this funny stamp set that I ordered from a non-SU! source. All聽 because of this saying!

Losing My Marbles

The stars just aligned, don’t you agree?! I mean, the marbles, Grumpy Cat, the saying, bokeh dots/marbles…. I couldn’t resist!

MULTI COLOURED BOKEH DOTS

I may have slipped a little off the SU! wagon – but I did use the Bokeh Dots stamp set, and can tell聽 you how to get the multi coloured effect with this stamp! It’s very easy to do. First, take out your Granny Apple Green and Grapefruit Grove ink pads. Next, take out 1 Sponge Dauber per colour. Because I love sponging colours, I have 1 Sponge Dauber per colour that I use. Really, they’re not that expensive, and it beats trying to clean them in between!

With your Bokeh Dots stamp on your clear block, facing up, pick up ink with the Grapefruit Grove dauber, and randomly add the colour to the stamp. Repeat with the Granny Apple Green. Remember that this is one of the new DistINKtive style stamps, so do not over ink the image. Too much ink will obliterate the subtle effect that allows the stamp to pick up/lay day the ink at different gradations, creating the effect.

After you’ve daubed on the inks to your satisfaction (I find that looking at the stamp from an angle allows you to see where the ink has been applied), stamp firmly in the middle of your Whisper White cardstock panel.

Next, stamp the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink on top of the middle of the dots image.

ADD MORE MARBLES (er, dots)

To give the allusion (and illusion) of marbles slipping out of the bag, I picked up ink with the Grapefruit Grove and Granny Apple Green daubers, and stamped a few marbles/dots randomly about the sentiment. I also added some Gorgeous Grape marbles, with another Sponge Dauber.

Once your happy with your marbles, attach the stamped panel on an angle, onto a panel of Grapefruit Grove cardstock.聽 I didn’t have any Gorgeous Grape ribbon or trim, so I used my Sponge Dauber to colour a length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine! I wrapped it twice around the panels, then attached it in place on the back, with Tear & Tape.

Finally, I added my front panels to a Granny Apple Green cardstock base.

Losing My Marbles

GET SILLY INSIDE

Since the outside sentiment is kinda goofy,聽 I kept it up for the inside sentiment using the same non-SU! set.

Losing My Marbles

After adding my Whisper White panel inside, I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink, and again added a few dauber marbles. I like to carry over something from the card front the inside, for continuity.

GRAB YOUR MARBLES & HAVE FUN!

Or your Bokeh Dots! Whatever you do – have fun stamping! That’s why we do it, right? Because we have fun; it brings joy to us and those who receive our cards. Whether the cards are goofy like this one, or a tranquil sympathy card, or a cheerful thank you card – it’s why we make them.

So thanks for letting me play outside my usual sandbox today 馃檪 Let me know what you think of this card -funny, or just silly? And if you do place and order with me – I thank聽 you very much! And if I brought a smile to your face -that made my day.

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BOKEH STARS BACKGROUND

BOKEH STARS BACKGROUND

The stamp set is called Bokeh Dots, but there’s actually 2 different stamps in the set. One creates the bokeh dots; the other looks kind of like fireworks, or stars. That’s the one I used today to create the background behind the leaves.

BOKEH STAR BACKGROUND

Bokeh Stars Background

I pulled my colour palette, as usual, from the designer series paper.

DETAILS

First, create the 3 squares using Whisper White cardstock, the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Next, stamp bokeh stars from the Bokeh Dots stamp onto each square in Powder Pink ink.聽 Use the small leaf image from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, and stamp onto each square in Cajun Craze ink.

Cut a panel from the Nature’s Poem DSP, and attach a length of (retired) Tranquil Tide ribbon across the middle, horizontally.聽 Use Tear & Tape to attach at the back. Next, attach each of the squares on top of the ribbon, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment from the Colorful Season stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink onto a scrap of Whisper White. Attach it on top of a strip of Tranquil Tide cardstock with Dimensionals. Use your Paper Snips to create banner tails in each end of each piece of cardstock. Attach it to the bottom of the DSP panel with more Dimensionals.

Create a card base from Tranquil Tide cardstock. Attach the DSP panel to it, with Dimensionals. Finish off the front panel by attaching 2 of the Leaves Trinkets to the upper left, and bottom right corners.

Bokeh Stars Background

STAMP INSIDE

I added a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the inside, and stamped another sentiment from the Colorful Season set, in Tranquil Tide ink. I also added the leaf image, repeated from the front, down the right hand side, for extra interest. You can see the leaves, in the picture above. Because apparently I forgot to take a picture of the inside!

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By The Sea Theme Challenge

BY THE SEA THEME CHALLENGE

Welcome to this week’s theme challenge, with the Paper Craft Crew! I hope you enjoyed the last challenge, which was extended to 2 weeks. This time you only have 1 week though, so you’ll want to get to work right away. This week, we have a By The Sea theme challenge!

PCC297 BY THE SEA THEME CHALLENGE

By the Sea Theme Challenge

It’s a perfect time of year for this theme, don’t you think? Maybe it’s not quite hot enough yet in some areas (or some days!) to be sitting by the sea, but we can dream!

WATERFRONT

I couldn’t resist pulling out my favourite stamp set from the last catalogue- Waterfront. This time, I used the palm trees and beach hut image, which I hadn’t really used in the past. Let me know how you like it!

By The Sea Theme Challenge

I wish I were getting ready to lay out my beach towel under those palm trees, right now!

DETAILS

I definitely wanted to keep the colours light & bright, but decided to add a little ‘drama’ by making the scene during sunset.

Start with a panel of Shimmery White cardstock. To set your horizon, stamp the sand in Crumb Cake ink, using the long single strip image in the Waterfront stamp set. To create the sky, use the same stamp, and the double ‘swoosh’ stamp with Flirty Flamingo (stamped off once), Grapefruit Grove (stamped off once) and Pineapple Punch (stamped off once).聽 To add the blue above the sunset colours, pick up some Pool Party ink with an Aqua Painter, and lightly brush it across the top, and in between the colours. Once your happy with your sunset, stamp the sun in Grapefruit Grove ink, full strength. The water is a combination of Coastal Cabana and Balmy Blue ink. I used both the largest image stamp, and the one used for the sand, to create the water. I also used my Aqua Painter to spread the inks together.

Stamp the palm tree trunks in Soft Suede ink, then add the fronds in Call Me Clover ink. Add the beach hut in Merry Merlot ink.

The sentiment, also from the Waterfront stamp set, is in Coastal Cabana ink, on Whisper White cardstock. Create the tag like shape by punching out each corner with the 1/2″ Circle Punch. Do the same with a small piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, and layer it behind the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

THE LAYERS

Take a length of Burlap Ribbon, and remove a few of the strands, to create a looser weave look. Attach it underneath the sentiment panel, and to the back of the stamped聽 panel, with Tear & Tape. Attach the sentiment to the stamped panel with Dimensionals.

Create a 1/4″ larger panel of Grapefruit Grove cardstock, and attach the stamped panel to it with Dimensionals. Now complete the card front by attaching the panels to a Coastal Cabana cardstock base.

By The Sea Theme Challenge

STAMP ON THE INSIDE

It always bears repeating – stamp on the inside! This time I added a sentiment from the Waterfront stamp set, in Coastal Cabana ink. I also added the palm trees in the bottom right corner. I used the same colours as on the card front; Soft Suede and Call Me Clover.

By The Sea Theme Challenge

I think this fun card can be used for a number of different occasions, including just a ‘thinking of you’ card.

JOIN THE BY THE SEA SKETCH CHALLENGE!

I can’t wait to see all the sea themed projects! I hope yours will be one of them 馃檪聽 Check out all the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, then link up your card. The design is completely your choice – just stick with the ‘By The Sea’ theme!

ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES ONLINE!

Ordering online is super easy, with my online store that’s open all day, every day! Click on the product images below, or my signature. Browse about, add what you need to your cart, and you’ll have your order within 5-7 business days, at your door. It’s that easy.

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I’d love to hear what you think of my ‘By The Sea’ card – leave a comment on this post!