Sunday, July 31, 2022

Combined Challenges for My Favorite Things

For the new color challenge and this week's sketch challenge, I have AGAIN done a beachy theme card. Summer isn't over yet, and it will be time soon enough to begin Halloween and Christmas cards (SHHH! DID I SAY THAT??) and with the triple digit heat, I'm all for the beach as long as I can! 

Here we go. These shells and seaweed images are from the My Favorite Things, MerMazing stamps and dies. And the rock. 

The waves are from the Summer of Stamping release by Ellen Hutson O-Fish-al. 
Sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp, Beachy Keen stamps and dies.

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Mermazing stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, ink cubes Princess Pink, Limelight, Prickly Pear, Jellybean Green, Gravel Gray
Ellen Hutson, O-Fish-al stamp set (waves)
Simon Says Stamp, Beachy Keen stamps and dies (sentiment)
Pinkfresh Studio, gold metallic pearls, Ballet Slipper ink cube
Die Cuts With a View,  6x6 cork paper pad
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Copic, Xpress it blending card
Copic, Sketch Markers RV000  R81  YG01  T2, T5
Quickutz nesting circle dies
Gold embossing powder

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Oceans of Joy shaker card

Today's card is another shaker, and another example of the fantastic summer of stamping set by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson's Summer of Stamping, Seaweeds. I can't get enough of all the beachy/nautical themed goodies released this summer. Ellen Hutson, Honey Bee Stamps, Tim Holtz, Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things, Simple Stories - all had beachy releases this summer; and I'm sure there are many others I haven't even seen yet.

I created a background using the seaweeds stamp set, then added some cut out images over the top of it. I didn't want them to interfere with the shaking motion of the filler, so I adhered a piece of acetate over the top before making the shaker part. This gave a smooth surface for the sequins and shells to glide over without getting stuck on any of the die cuts.

I love the new distress oxide color, Uncharted Mariner, and again, another beachy theme release. The sentiment is from Honey Bee Stamps, from their new release Seas the Day. Hello!! I absolutely love how different company's products can work so well together. 

Product List:
Ellen Hutson, Seaweeds stamps and dies
Honey Bee Stamps, Seas the Day sentiment stamps and dies
Tim Holtz, Uncharted Mariner distress oxide ink
Tim Holtz, Bubble stencil (THS002
My Favorite Things, ink cube Natural (discontinued color)
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Foam tape, acetate, sequins, tiny star glitter, glossy accents, scor-tape

Friday, July 29, 2022

Waving Hello shaker card

Yep. Another beachy sea theme card. :) I love these stamps from Ellen Hutson's Summer of Stamping release and had to copy Julie's shaker idea. Hope you like.

Hot foil stamping is all the rage in crafting at the moment and I used it as the frame on the shaker window, as Julie did. I also gold embossed the waves inside the shaker window to keep the look cohesive. My hot foil frame did not turn out as perfect as I would have liked - I probably could have/should have let the die get a little hotter, but it's ok. 

In addition to the adorable little shells from the stamp set, I added tiny gold star glitter.  
No copics involved with this card, only inks. Super soft colors. Just enough. 

Product List:
Ellen Hutson, Seaweeds stamps and dies
Ellen Hutson, O-fish-al stamps
Ellen Hutson, hot foil circle dies
My Favorite Things, ink cube Natural (discontinued color)
Pinkfresh Studio, ink cube Coral Reef
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Quickutz, Nesting Circle dies
Foam tape, generic star glitter, gold embossing powder, acetate

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Nautical theme continues

It has been so hot here the past week or so, expected to continue, that the only way I can cool off is to continue making beach and water theme cards. LOL As I type this it is 104 degrees here in the high desert of Eastern Washington, expected to reach 109 before the day is over. If it weren't for air conditioning, I'd be dead in a puddle for sure! I do not envy the southern states that typically have it so much hotter than it is here. No thank you! So let's get to the beach, shall we?!

I fell in love with the Simple Stories, Vintage Seas collection. It's been hard to actually cut the paper. LOL If you're a crafter, you know the feeling!! Well, I saved this piece because I just loved it and couldn't bring myself to cut up this peaceful scene. So I decided to make the whole piece into a card front. It really didn't need anything, but I did make a couple of additions, because that's what I do. I embellish! Still, it's just perfectly simple. 

The seaweed, coral, shell, and sand texture stamps are from the new release by Essentials by Ellen, Seaweeds. The little fish and sentiment are from My Favorite Things, Mermazing stamp set.
For the mat, I inked just the edges of a card panel with the newest Distress Oxide color, Uncharted Mariner. It matched the blue in the pattern paper so perfectly. Then I sanded and inked the edges of the pattern paper before adhering to the mat.
Perfectly matching copic and ink colors! 
Oops. Forgot to include the stamp set in the photo. This Seaweeds set by Julie for EBE is so gorgeous!

Product List:
Simple Stories, Vintage Seas 6x8 paper pad
Essentials by Ellen, Seaweeds stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Mermazing stamp set (sentiment, tiny fish)
My Favorite Things, ink cube Natural (discontinued color)
Pinkfresh Studio, ink cubes Berrylicious, Rocky Slope
Distress Oxide ink, Uncharted Mariner
Copic sketch markers, B95 B97, R37 R39, T0 T1
Copic Xpress it blending card 
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Clear dots, glossy accents

Monday, July 25, 2022

Life's a Beach challenge, My Favorite Things

The theme for this month's slimline challenge at My Favorite Things is "life's a beach". I took it quite literally and used that phrase for the sentiment on my mini slimline box card.

I used several different stamp sets to create my beachy theme....
.....including the MFT mini slimline level up box card die set and coordinating waves dies. 
Don't you love it when you can find so many sets that work so well together on one project? That's what is so great about My Favorite Things stamps, and in particular, these adorable images by Birdie Brown. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Polynesian Paradise (plumeria)
My Favorite Things, Mermazing (shells, tiny fish)
My Favorite Things, Friends with Fins (dolphins, splash)
My Favorite Things, Sno Cone cardstock
My Favorite Things, Tropical Teal cardstock
My Favorite Things, ink cubes Summer Splash, Caribbean Sea
My Favorite Things, Mini Slimline Level Up Box card dies; mini slimline waves dies
Paper Smooches, Summer Lovin (flip flops)
Simon Says Stamp, Beachy Keen stamps and dies (sentiment)
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Copic Xpress it blending card
Copic sketch markers
Die Cuts With a View, cork paper
Clear drops, glossy accents

Saturday, July 23, 2022


I absolutely love this card. Other than the colors, it's a total copy of Angela Simpson's version from the Ellen Hutson Summer of Stamping release. 

The stamp set is Float Your Boat, by Catherine Pooler for her collaboration with Ellen Hutson. It immediately became my favorite stamp set (as you know from previous cards, if you follow this blog!) and when I saw Angela's card there was no way I wasn't going to make one. So thanks, Angela, for the great inspiration! ;) 

This alphabet die set is perfect. It's one of my all time favorites from years back, called Diesel, from Quickutz. I used graduated yellow shades of copic markers on 110# white cardstock from Papertrey Ink to create the ombre look, then die cut the letters. 
Clear dots for the perfect accent, and a little glossy accents to the windows on the ship. 
For the inside message, I added a couple more of the smaller images from the set, along with this sentiment. The confetti stamp is also part of the Float Your Boat stamp set.
Just a few copics used for this card. 

Product List:
Essentials by Ellen, Float Your Boat stamps and dies by Catherine Pooler
Pinkfresh Studio, Ocean Breeze ink
Copic Xpress it blending card (for images)
Copic Sketch Markers (see colors above)
Blending brush, foam tape, clear dots, glossy accents

Slimline Challenge, MFT

For this challenge I used the mini slimline size. Theme this month is Life's A Beach. Here we go.

To create the ombre look for the letters, I used copic markers in graduating colors on plain white cardstock before cutting the letters. This letter style is Diesel, an old die set from Quickutz that has been in my stash since the dinosaur days of paper crafting. 

I think using a coordinating image in place of a letter is always a cute touch. The surfboard makes the perfect "I" in this case, don't you agree. I borrowed the wave die from another set to tuck the letters into and I love how it looks. 
From the Island Shell-ebration stamp set by My Favorite Things. The shell is from the Sunny Vibes set.

As I'm posting the photos, I realize I've used the color challenge pallet (again) for this card. Cool beans. I can enter this card in both challenges. :)

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Island Shell-abration stamps and dies (island, surfboard)
My Favorite Things, Sunny Vibes stamps and dies (shell)
My Favorite Things, Friends with Fins dies (waves)
My Favorite Things, ink cubes Natural (discontinued color) Summer Splash
Pinkfresh Studio, scallop frame die
Quickutz, Diesel alphabet die set 
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Copic Xpress it blending card
Copic Sketch markers 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Let Your Troubles Float Away

Here's another card with the Float Your Boat stamp set from the Ellen Hutson/Catherine Pooler collaboration for Essentials by Ellen, Summer of Stamping. This one is for the My Favorite Things, Sketch #603. 

After struggling to find the perfect pattern paper, (as you can imagine, I have tons of nautical in my stash) everything seemed to fight with the images, I decided to make a "stencil" instead of cutting the triangles for the challenge design. It turned out cute, I think. 

I added a little glossy accents for a bit more fun.
This playful little dolphin is the cutest. He's from the Friends with Fins stamp set.  I felt it needed just the teensiest touch of color between the front panel and the mat so I ran the R46 copic around the edges. Just right! 
Lots of dimension with foam tape and clear dots. 

Homemade 'stencil' for the sketch design. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Friends With Fins (dolphin)
My Favorite Things, Sunshine and Friendship (sentiment)
Pinkfresh Studio, ink cube Slumber
Tim Holtz, Stencil THS080, Splash
Essentials by Ellen, Summer of Stamping Collab with Catherine Pooler, Float Your Boat stamps and dies
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock
Copic Xpress it blending card
Copic Sketch Markers, R14  R46  C0  C1  C4
Foam tape, clear drops, glossy accents

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Life's a Beach

For today's card I used the super cute stamp set from Simon Says Stamps, called Beachy Keen. The images are really cute but the sentiments steal the show with this one. Nice, big, chunky sentiments with great little sub-titles you can mix and match. Here's my card. 

Isn't this a great sentiment. I love how big it is and the font is perfect. 

Here's a first .... NO FOAM TAPE! This entire card is a flat, one panel design. I'm not usually a fan of this style, but it worked out so great with this set. I love it! And guess what. No markers either. Gasp!
Just a few products for this one. It was a super quick and easy card design. I may have to make more in this style just to say I really can work without foam tape. LOL  

Product List:
Simon Says Stamp, Beachy Keen stamp set
My Favorite Things, Jumbo Abstract Art stamps *retired
My Favorite Things, ink cube natural *discontinued color 
Pinkfresh Studio, ink cubes fresh pear, sky blue
Papertrey Ink, white cardstock