Friday, June 22, 2018

High Tide Beach Scene for Global Design Project #GDPWinner

Hi Stampers,

This week's Theme Challenge at Global Design Project is Live It, Love It, Share It.  Such a perfect theme for the card I've created here!  I just love being able to create unique, personalized cards for friends and family to celebrate the special events in their lives.  My friends Cindy & Ken recently moved their home lock, stock & barrel from Pittsburgh to Florida and I can't wait to send this card to them!

Update 6/25/18

I'm pleased to announce that this card was chosen as a winner for #GDP143!  My sincere thanks to everyone at Global Design Project who made this possible! 

This Eclipse card looks complicated, but it's really not when you break it down step by step.  I love the vibrant colors that perfectly capture a Florida beach sunset!  Follow along as I explain how it's done.

Begin with a piece of Whisper White a little larger than needed so you can trim the edges when you finish sponging.  This gives your card a clean, professional look.  I wanted my finished panel to be 3-5/8" x 7-7/8", so I started with a piece of cardstock 4-1/8" x 8-3/8".  This gives me an extra 1/4" to trim from each side.  I chose this size to fit "FLORIDA" across the card front.

The first step is to stamp the seat of the chair (High Tide stamp set) in Flirty Flamingo.  Stamp it again on a Post-It note and fussy-cut around it to create a mask.  Place the mask on the card over the stamped image.

Take a piece of scrap paper and tape it down covering the bottom half of the card.  Tape the card along the edges, too.  Remember, you're trimming this down when you finish so tape marks won't matter.  Sponge on Daffodil Delight ink.

Add the setting sun (High Tide stamp set) using Grapefruit Grove ink.

Add some streaks of color to your sunset using this image from the Waterfront stamp set and Flirty Flamingo ink.

Add a few more streaks of color using the same image with Daffodil Delight ink.

Use a sponge dauber with Flirty Flamingo ink to create a halo around the sun and sponge some more Flirty Flamingo throughout your sunset.  Sponge Pacific Point on the rest of the sky.

Remove the scrap paper from the bottom of the card - here's what you have so far.

Tear the edge of a piece of scrap paper.  This will be the edge of your sandy beach.  Tape it down again as you see here.

Now cover the top half of your card with scrap paper to protect your sunset.  Only the ocean section of your card should be exposed.  Using sponge daubers, randomly add some Pacific Point and Pool Party inks.

Stamp the waves (High Tide stamp set) using Pacific Point ink.

Remove both pieces of scrap paper - here's what you have so far.  Looking good!  Don't remove the mask from the chair yet.

Using a sponge dauber, add some Sahara Sand ink to create your beach.

High Tide has 2 sand images.  Using Sahara Sand ink, I stamped the larger one several times and used the smaller one to fill in empty spots.  

The seagulls are stamped with Night of Navy ink.

It's time to remove the mask from the seat of the chair and stamp the chair frame in Pacific Point ink.  I used the Stamparatus to line it up perfectly.

"Welcome to" is stamped in Night of Navy.  I pulled these words from 2 different retired stamp sets that I own, Places You'll Go and Crazy About You.  I lined up the Large Letters Framelits carefully across the card front (before assembling the card) and die-cut them all at once using the Big Shot.  

The card base is Grapefruit Grove cardstock, cut 8-1/4" x 8-3/8" and scored at 4-1/8".  The mat is Pacific Point, 3-7/8" x 8-1/8".  Assemble the stamped card front to the mat & the card base before adding the letters, which are adhered with Mini-Dimensionals.  The centers of the "O", "R", "D" & "A" are adhered with Liquid Glue.  The starfish are die-cuts from the Under the Sea Framelits.  They are actually the centers of the sand dollars!  I sprinkled a few Irridescent Sequins across the beach and attached them with glue dots.

Because this is a non-standard sized card, I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a colorful matching envelope.  I've been making a lot of envelopes lately to use my retired designer papers!

Did you know?

I'm celebrating my 3 Year Anniversary with Stampin' Up by giving away the Sea of Textures Bundle which includes the Sea of Textures stamp set AND the Under the Sea Framelits!  On July 1 I'll randomly choose one person from my blog followers to receive the bundle as a thank-you for your support.  Enter your email on the left side of this page right below the catalog image for a chance to win!

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Thanks for visiting today!

Creating fun,


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Simply Shammy Product Review

Hi Stampers,

I rarely write product reviews (as in never), but this is a product definitely worth writing about.

You may not have noticed the "Simply Shammy" on page 206 of the new Stampin' Up catalog - it's not had much fanfare.  I bought one with my last order and I'm so glad I did!

The Shammy is so simple - just dampen with water and it's ready to use.  After stamping on your project, simply stamp a couple of times on the Shammy.  The ink instantly comes out of all the little nooks and crannies and your stamp is clean, dry and ready for the next use.  No scrubbing needed and absolutely no lint or any residue left behind like with baby wipes!  The ink will stain the Shammy, but it won't transfer to your fingers or other stamps.  I was "Simply" amazed!

The Shammy is a must-have to use with the Stamparatus.  When your stamps are positioned and you need to clean them before changing colors, you need to clean them in place.  Without the Shammy, your only other option is a baby wipe, which almost always leaves lint that transfers to your stamped image.

Because you can rinse it with water and use it over and over again, it's environmentally friendly.  Even as the Shammy gets stained, it continues to work great.  At just $8, it's friendly to your wallet, too!

I keep mine in a standard sized stamp case, which helps keep my work area clean & dry.  I'm planning to order several more of these to give as small gifts to my stamping friends.

Does this replace the Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist Cleaner?  I don't think so.  Stampin' Mist contains conditioners to help maintain your red rubber stamps, and I will continue to use it on them when I finish a project.  But for quick cleaning as I work, the Simply Shammy is my new favorite tool!

Such a simple idea that works great!

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Happy stamping,


Friday, June 15, 2018

Varied Vases & Beautiful Bouquet for Global Design Project

Hello Everyone,

I'm playing along with the Global Design Project 142 Sketch Challenge this week.  Here's my entry:

And here's the sketch this challenge is based on:

My card uses 3 colors, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo & Gold.  I'm not gonna kid you, there's a lot going on here in addition to the stamping!  Embossing paste, heat embossing, die-cutting & fussy-cutting.  I started out to make a card using the simple & elegant Varied Vases stamp set & may have gotten a bit carried away :).  The larger flowers are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set, stamped in Powder Pink and Melon Mambo (full strength & stamped off once).  The gold embossed centers make them pop, don't you think?

The flowers in the vase are stamped with Memento Black & Powder Pink.  I used a Melon Mambo Stampin' Write marker to add a second color to the centers.  They are then fussy-cut & popped up with Mini-Dimensionals.  The Powder Pink on the bottom of the card is cut at a slight angle, 1-3/4" on the left side and 1-1/2" on the right side.

Did you know?

When you stamp a color and want to emboss on top of it like I've done in the center of these flowers, it's absolutely essential to rub an Embossing Buddy over the stamped image before using Versamark and embossing powder.  If you forget this step, the powder will stick in all the places you don't want it.

Thanks for visiting today!