Friday, June 27, 2014

By the Tide and Flamingo Lingo Card

When Stampin' Up! creates new stamp sets that have a nautical or beach theme I have to get it. I believe I have all their current sets with those themes.

My interest in ocean stuff extends to more than just cards. I have bright saltwater fish decorating my bathroom (previously it was decorated with shells). My bedroom is decorated with lighthouses.

I think that my love of the ocean and everything about it probably began when I was very young. My family visited my Aunt, Uncle and cousins who lived right above Agate Beach, Oregon. Today is my Aunt's and Uncle's 70th wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary Doris and Roy! They still live near Newport, OR and I enjoy visiting with them occasionally.

all occasion greeting card
Flamingo Lingo stamp set

 A new stamp set that is in the new catalog is called Flamingo Lingo. It is a stamp set with a 'cause'. A portion of the proceeds from each set sold is given to the Ronald McDonald House. I love this year's set.

I used the flower and the "Happy Day" banner for today's card.
I also used the shell from the "By the Tide" stamp set which is a favorite of mine. It has been in the catalog for a couple of years now.

By the Tide stamp set

I sponged the background with Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sands Classic Stampin' inks. The Shell is stamped in Brown Sugar and sponged with Crisp Cantaloupe.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TBT Sale-A-Bration Gift Card Holder

Here's a card for Throw back Thursday. I made it in March for Sale-A-Bration and then never posted it on the blog.
I used the sun-ray technique. You make a template by cutting sections out of a piece of card stock to use as a mask. Then you put it on your card front and sponge color in the cut out sections.

This is a gift card holder made with the envelope punch board. It is quick and easy to make this gift card holder. You can view a You Tube video on how to make it HERE.

This Stampin' Up! set is no longer available, but a good substitute would be the Ray of Sunshine set.
I used the top of the cupcake builder punch to create the clouds and I used washi tape to create the lower card pocket.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Serene Silhouette Sponged Bookmarks

I decided to play with a stamp set that I haven't had the opportunity to try, because I don't own it yet. My friend Susie came over and brought her Serene Silhouettes stamp set. I wanted to do some sponging to see what would happen, so I pulled out some bookmark size pieces of paper. I like the results of our Scrapping and Stamping time last Tuesday., Stampin' Up! bookmark, Serene Silhouettes, Trust God stamp Stampin' Up! bookmark, Serene Silhouettes, Trust God stamp sets

Since I had my sponges and ink pads all out I did some more
playing with them, but I will wait for another day to do those

  • Ink: Various shades of Classic Stampin' ink pads to create gradients of color.  Jet Black Stazon ink.
  • Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Trust God
  • Punches: 1" circle punch, Angled Tag Topper, 1/8" circle punch
  • Ribbon: Thick Baker's twine- Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Paper I used: Glossy white (Stampin' Up! doesn't have it in the catalog anymore, but it is great for this type of project.) 
  • Other: Sticky notes, Stampin' Sponges
I've been enjoying some sibling time. My sister has been visiting. We went up to see Mt. St. Helens on Saturday. The mountain was clear while we were driving up, but after we stopped to eat lunch and were ready to take a close look and some photos of the volcano, it tried to hide behind a layer of clouds.

Finally when we were heading out the top started to poke out and my nephew grabbed the bottom photo.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Peachy Keen Card

Have you tried using the Stampin' Up! Peachy Keen set yet? I haven't really pulled it out to play with yet, so I thought that it was a good time.
I thought maybe the heart that is in the set could be made into a peach. It worked fairly well. I'm sure I will be able to use the other stamps for various projects, but I need some ideas for the Peachy Keen sentiment! If you have some, please leave a comment! I've kind of used up my ideas on this one!

greeting card
Whisper White card stock
Crisp Cantaloup card stock
Soft Suede card stock
Pink Pirrouette card stock

Peachy Keen
Gorgeous Grunge
Summer Silouette

Soft Suede
Crisp Cantaloup
Coastal Cabana

On film framelits

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Susie's Seaside Banner

Well, it took me a few days but I finally got some photos of Susie's completed banner to post. Her version has a little more "grown-up" feel than mine does. She did a wonderful job.

bitty banner punch and large scallop edgelit

She used some of the same basic items I did but added stamps from the Open Ocean, and Wetlands stamp sets, plus the banners on top with the stamped words. Don't you love this? Doesn't it just inspire you to get out your supplies and create a summer time beach banner for yourself?

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By the Seashore Banner

Hello, I've been distracted lately and haven't posted like I should.
Today I jammed my toe, want to see a photo?

 See that little spot of jam? Guess what kind it its?
That's right! It is strawberry jam making season! This is the BEST kind of toe jam! Susie and I bought some Hood strawberries at a nearby farm stand. Hood berries are wonderful jam berries. When I was younger, much younger, I used to pick Hood strawberries for Smuckers at a farm in Oregon City. Those were the days! I believe we got paid about 75 cents for a crate (flat) and the crates were larger than they are now days.
Susie and I had a counter full of sweet red strawberry jam filled containers by the time we were through.

Yesterday Susie and I finished our summer beach banners. It was well past time, in my opinion, to take down my spring one. The spring banner was lovely, but I love summer best. Here's how mine turned out. I don't have a photo of Susie's. I will have to get her to send me one so that I can post it too. Hers is different than mine.

I love going to the beach and these elements remind me of a wonderful day down on the Oregon Coast.
The pop bottle, pail and shovel are printed from My Digital Studio (©Stampin' Up!). The crab and shells are from the By the Seashore stamp set.

I have a couple more projects to share, so see you back soon!