By your side…

CCREW817INSPHere is my inspiration card.  We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images.  I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago.  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use.  High Tide.  This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes.  The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given.  Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!!  It’s fantastic!!

final-product-mood-board-3-638So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper.  I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment.  On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images.  I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp.  I think this came out great!

Some of the products I used are:  Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

Wherever you go…

CCREW817SKThis month, we (The Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers) were asked to create a “Blank slate” meaning a no layer card.  This is usually a challenge I have a hard time with but I thought, “if I could sponge a great background, it will be ok.”  I used a LOT of different colors.  Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry (for the sun), Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise.  I wanted a sunset scheme to go with the all (Archival) Basic Black Bridge, Birds, and Sentiment. I think this card came out pretty nicely. What do you think?

The stamp set is called Wherever You Go.  It fits in very well with the travel/staycation theme we were given.  I really love the sun stamp and I was determined to use more of the set for this card.

Last month of Creative Crew

CCREW817SIPThis was the last month of my term in the Creative Crew on splitcoaststampers.  It’s bittersweet! I really enjoy challenges!  This month wasn’t too much of challenge for me. It was all about Vacations or Stay-cations.  My July was PACKED full of vacations.  The last one that I took was to England. My niece and I went for a week and had such an incredible time!  Our last night, we stayed at the Tower Hotel, which was right next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.  I knew I was going to England when the “Chase Your Dreams” stamp set came out in the Occasions Catalog. I know it’s retired now but I needed it!  I plan on making a scrapbook of my trip.  And this stamp set is perfect for it.  I plan on doing something on the cover of the album and of course, adding it inside the album!

CCREW817SIP-steppedupThe challenge is called SIP…. Step It Up. We have to create 2 cards.  One, simple.  One, stepped up.  Here are both cards.  You can see that they are both great cards.  The stepped up version is colored with ink pads and blender pen, has a glitter border, pearls and I used, Oh My Stars embossing folder on the banners.  While the layout of the card kind of reminds me of the French flag, the same colors are in the British Union Jack.

Marbleized Background

CRREW717SKSo Here is my sketch card for the month.  We were given a sketch and told to run with it.  Summer Lovin’ was this month’s theme.  So I found a photo on pinterest of the ocean during sunset.  It had these gorgeous summer colors in and I tried to recreate that color scheme here.  I used Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red and Daffodil Delight with Whisper White.  It does have a Summer-y feel doesn’t it?  The Marbled background stamped on each of the panels reminds me of water.  On the star, kind of reminds me of a shooting star…  The sentiment came from Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  I also used the Glitter Enamel Dots for little pops of color.

ccrewsketch-001Anyway, here’s what the sketch looks like.  I like the way the card turned out though.  Oh! I forgot to mention where the star came from…. We used to have star shaped thinlits  (Well I still have mine… LOL) but they retired.  So, I pulled out the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits!  Yay!!

Card Sketches

Card sketches are probably my favorite types of challenges. I like seeing someone’s sketch and making a card with it.  As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what stamp set I would use immediately!  “Just add text” has a couple of different longer text blocks.  It was perfect for this card.  I used the Eastern Palace DSP, the Glittery Acrylic Shapes and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  I pulled one of the fibers out of the ribbon, rolled it up and used a dimensional to keep it place.  I used the new Very Vanilla Thick card stock.

I would love to see a card YOU make with this sketch!  Like me on Facebook and post your card on my page!  https://www.facebook.com/swaltitude/

While I’m at the craft fair…

foxychristmas… I thought I would wow you with a card.  This is probably the second card I made all year.  YIKES!  Don’t worry.  This won’t happen again.  I intend to keep stamping!  At any rate, I got a phone call from a customer.  “I need a Christmas card with a fox on it.”  This is the result!

The customer calls me every year for a Christmas card for her dad.  She makes the cards for him and gets some product to boot!  This adorable fox came out of the Holiday Catalog.  It is the hostess set called, “Cozy Critters.” I’ll have another project for you using the same set later.  I am hoping to take better pictures of it with my new light box that can’t get here fast enough! I will just have to apologize for the poor lighting on the photos for just a little while longer. Sorry! hehe.

I used markers on the Fox because I thought his tail band and scarf should stand out.  I also thought that his eyes and nose should be different too.  I think it turned out really well!  Don’t you?  Below are a list of the supplies that I used to make the card.  It’s a pretty intense list but when you have been in this business as long as I have, you accumulate… horde a lot of stuff!

List of supplies: (each link opens a new window)