Monday, 29 July 2013

Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside

I most certainly do! Where has July gone? I can't believe it's August on Thursday. This month's Clarity Challenge is certainly one I relate to, as I really love being by the coast. It is my place to rejuvenate myself and find peace. My card tries to reflect this.

I first lightly brayed a Whisper White, from Stampin' Up! circle using Soft Sky ink (from Stampin' Up!, as are all the other inks). I sponged Island Indigo ink from the horizon down to deepen the colour of the sea, and then made it look more watery by running an inked brayer over scrunched up A4 copy paper.

I added sponged an island to the horizon using a little mask I made and Soft Suede and Gumball Green ink. The sand was created, using a brayer and Crumb Cake ink, and the little hillocks were added using a mask and sponging extra Crumb Cake ink, to give some depth. I used Clarity's Oats stamp to create the sea oats, which were stamped in Gumball Green and Certainly Celery. I used Clarity's cloud mask to add some dimension to the sky. The completed scene was layered onto Pool Party paper from Stampin' Up! and adhered to a card base. I used a scalloped square from my stash.

I love looking for sea shells when strolling along the beach and thought Clarity's Large Shell Corner was a great way to finish the card as well as represent this idea. I stamped the shells in Soft Suede, fussy cut them and used a selection of Promarkers to colour them in.

As well as a close up of the shells you can see the clouds a little more clearly.

Thank you for stopping by today.



Stamps: Clarity Oats, Clarity Large Shell Corner
Card: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Poole Party, Card base from stash
Ink: Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery
Other: Clarity Cloud mask, Promarkers

Saturday, 6 July 2013

She'll Thank You

Hello everyone I hope you are well. I'm posting the last of the batch of thank you cards I've made recently. From the title of this post can you guess what I've used? Yes one of the beautiful new shell stamps from Clarity.

These shells remind of ones my sister and I saw on the beach in Florida, the day after Tropical Storm Andrea hit the area! Which is probably why I decided to use it.

I've used the Shell Cluster stamp, and stamped it onto Clarity Theuva card in Stampin' Up! Early Espresso ink. Using the Clarity mask to protect the shells, I gently sponged Stampin' Up! So Saffron ink to give the feeling the shells are on the sand. I then coloured the shells using a selection of Promarkers.

I stamped the large Thank You sentiment from Clarity, in Early Espresso and layered the completed image onto Stampin' Up! so saffron card, which was layered onto a card base from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by.



Stamps: Clarity Shell Cluster, Large Thank You
Ink: Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, So Saffron
Card: Clarity Theuva card, Stampin' Up! So Saffron
Other: Promarkers, card base

Friday, 5 July 2013

Marry Me!

Not literally you understand..... Hello today's card uses stamps from Stampin' Up's Marry Me set and I couldn't think of a title other than Wedding! This card was made for a friend of mine in Florida, who got married earlier this year. I was unable to make the wedding but luckily I did get to see the happy couple when visiting my sister recently.

The main image was stamped onto Stampin' Up! Whisper White card in Versamark and then covered in sticky stuff embossing powder and set with a heat gun. I then covered the image in Frosted Leaves gilding flakes and die cut it using Spellbinders Nestabilities Blossom Three.

This was then layered onto a card base from my stash, on which I placed a strip of Stampin' Up! Whisper White Organza ribbon, trimmed to the shape of the card.

I decorated the top left and bottom right corner of the card with a flourish cut from Whisper White card using Spellbinders Die D-Lites Fantastic Flourish One.

I added a couple of Stampin' Up! Pearl Basic Jewels. The sentiment also comes from the Marry Me set and was heat embossed in silver, and die cut using one of the tags from Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two, and topped of with two more Pearl Basic Jewels.
I placed the sentiment to the bottom left of the card, and added a few more pearls to the top right to balance the look.
I finished the card by stamping in Stampin' Up Basic Gray a quote from William Shakespeare, also from the Marry Me set, on the inside of the card, along with the flowers from the same set.
Tip: When heat embossing first cover your card with talcum powder as this will help prevent stray bits of embossing powder sticking to your card.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Marry Me (retired)
Ink: VersaMark, Stampin' Up! Baisc Gray
Card: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, card base
Other: Spellbinders dies, Stampin' Up! Pearl Basic Jewels, embossing powder-Sticky Stuff, Frosted Leaves gilding flakes

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Fishes and Coral

Hello everyone I hope you are enjoying the tennis, even if you are not a fan you have to agree that this year's Wimbledon has thrown up all sorts of surprises.

I have another thank you card to show you today, I really do make other cards as well, and will be show casing more of them very soon. Here is today's card:

I've used Clarity Tropical Fish 3 and Clarity Coral. Using Clarity's Theuva card I stamped the fish in Adirondack Black, masked it with a post-it note and then stamped the coral in Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral. I then coloured the image using a selection of Stampin' Up! marker pens.
I used the large Thank You stamp from Clarity and stamped it in Adirondack Black. Theuva card was then layered onto Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral card before being mounted on a card base from my stash.
I have a number of ideas for these stamps which I hope to be able to show at some point. I don't seem to have a great deal of time for stamping at the moment and with a stack of ideas to get through it is quite frustrating. I hope to be able to remedy the situation somewhat this weekend.
Thank you for stopping by
Stamps: Clarity Tropical Fish 3, Coral, Large Thank You
Ink: Adirondack Black, Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral
Card: Clarity Theuva Card, Stampin' Up! Calypso Coral
Other: Selection of Stampin' Up! Markers, card base

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A Boating Thank You

Hello and welcome to today's blog. A couple of posts back I mentioned I had been busy making thank you cards. Today I'm showing you the one I made for my brother-in-law - Brad. His first love (next to my sister!) is the water and in particular being on his boat on the Gulf. I have to say that it's great fun and one of the things I look forward to doing whenever I visit my sister in Florida. As well as seeing her of course!

 So what better image to use than that of a boat:

The main image is Clarity's Boat stamp, which has been stamped onto Stampin' Up! whisper white card using Stampin' Up! pool party ink. The sea was added using one of the stamps from the Clarity Remountable Texture stamp set, again in pool party. The completed image was layered onto Stampin' Up! pool party card. You can see the sea a little clearer on this image.

I added a banner to the left of a larger piece of whisper white card made using paper from Stampin' Up! DSP In color 2012/2014 for the base which has been topped by paper from docrafts Papermania Ahoy There! paper pad.

The sentiment is the Clarity large Thank You stamp, stamped in pool party, before the smaller image was added to the larger white card which was then layered onto a card base in pool party.

Pool Party is a lovely colour and always reminds me of water.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Stamps: Clarity Boat ( BOAT-F), Remountable Texture stamp set ( REMTEX-J), Large Thank You ( MG019-D)
Card: Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Whisper White, In Color 2012/2014 Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Pool Party
Other: docrafts Papermania Ahoy There! paper (6 x 6)