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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hug In a Mug

Hi again,

One more quick post this afternoon. This card was made last night after dinner and is for another challenge. This time it's the Retro Rubber Challenge, where they have a fun sketch this week. Luckily again, like the previous card, this also works for the Paper Players tic-tac-toe challenge. This time it fits the bottom row of die cut/orange or rust/glitter or sequins.

I started with a card base of Pumpkin Pie card stock and layered some Lawn Fawn fall plaid patterned papers per the sketch. The mug is stamped onto X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. It' s cut with a Die-namics cross-stitched circle die and layered with a Spellbinders circle die cut from Pumpkin Pie. I used yellow Stickles to add sparkle to the mug and three shinny gold hearts as the "steam."

The stamp set is from Concord & 9th and is their free gift for ordering the entire monthly collection, which was September 2017, I'm pretty sure.

The inside is another free gift from Concord & 9th from 2017. This one is a little later, I think from October 2017 when I ordered a several holiday sets.

I love the orange and teal together. Very bright and retro.
Again, thanks for looking in.

Stamps: Cup of Cozy and Heartfelt Smile sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie and X-Press It Blending card stock and Lawn Fawn Fall plaid patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Pumpkin Pie, Distress Peacock Feathers
Other: Die-namics Cross Stitched circle and Spellbinder Circle bestie dies, gold enamel hearts, yellow Stickles, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Happy Fall

Hello all,

It's a beautiful SoCal fall day. Sunny, clear and in the low 70s. I hope it's a fine day where you are.

I've been making a few challenge cards this morning. I started with a card for this week's Freshly Made Sketch since the challenge ends tomorrow. Lucky for me, this card will also work for LeAnne's tic-tac-toe challenge at the Paper Players. Without actually planning it, I can use the left side of leaves, ribbon, die cut.

I started by embossing the card base with a TE Fall Leaves embossing folder. The three sketch elements are cut from rust and ivory card stock with a Die-namics Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. Those sweet little foxes are a sticker pack from Paper Source. The greeting is from Lawn Fawn.

The inside is simple. I just stamped another Lawn Fawn greeting that says "Jump for Joy!"

I'm enjoying watching & listening to the final regular season baseball game for 2018. I'll watch the post-season (even though my team won't be playing), then I'll look forward to spring training 2019.

Have a nice afternoon and evening, and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Jump For Joy set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Naturals Ivory and Soft Suede card stock, Taylored Expressions textured rust card stock
Ink: SU Soft Suede
Other: Paper Source fox stickers, Doodlebug leaf stickers, SU ribbon, Taylored Expressions Fall Leaf embossing folder, Die-namics Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX dies, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Saturday, September 29, 2018

You're My Cup of Tea

Hi all,

How about a tea themed card on National Coffee Day, LOL. This card just kind of came together pretty easily using the new CAS(E) this Sketch. The stamp set is from Verve and I think it's the very first coffee and tea themed set that I bought.

The images are stamped onto some fall patterned papers from American Crafts call Pumpkin Patch. I stamped the cup using Memento tuxedo black, then masked it with a post-it to stamp the tea stains.  The tea cup is paper pieced instead of colored to coordinate with paper at the top of the card. I added some black crocheted ribbon from SU and some black rhinestones for embellishment and rounded the top corners with a corner punch.

The inside sentiment is Mama Elephant.

A quick post this afternoon. Have a great Saturday evening and rest of the weekend.
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Better With You set by Verv and Scripty Notes set by Mama Elephant
Paper: SU Naturals card stock and American Crafts Pumpkin Patch patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Baked Brown Sugar and Hello Honey, Copics
Other: Fiskars corner punch, SU black crochet ribbon, black rhinestones

Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Birthday

Happy Friday!

Yay, it's Friday and the weekend is here. It's just too bad that they go by so quickly.

I have two close friends who both have birthdays at the beginning of October. One is on Oct. 1 and the other is on Oct. 2, so I've been working on their birthday cards. Since they are Fall birthdays, I decided on Fall flowers.

The first card uses the current Sunday Stamps Sketch and an older MFT Fall set.

I really like how this sketch looks with my completed card. The sunflowers and birdie are stamped with permanent black ink onto water color paper and colored with Zig Real Brush Water color markers and an aqua painter. The papers are from an older Pebbles 6 x 6 pad called Woodland Forrest. I didn't want to cover too much of the flowers so I used the twine as the horizontal element.

Here's a look at the inside. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled and the die is TE.

For the second birthday card, I've used a new set from the Simon Says Stamp October Card kit. I heat embossed the image in gold EP on SU Heavy Very Vanilla card stock and colored it with Copics. For the splatters, I just used some gold craft ink on an acrylic block mixed with water with a paint brush and flicked it across the image panel. The card base is SSS card stock from the October kit. I used a recent sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, #355.

The inside is super simple. I used VersaMark ink and my Misti to stamp the image several times to get this dark watermark look. The sentiment is part of the stamp set.

It's a really dreary day here on the SoCal coast, but I'm not complaining as yesterday I was back in Palm Springs where it is still 107 degrees! I'll take the cool and foggy weather over that any time!

Have a great afternoon and a great weekend.

Card 1:
Stamps: Fall Friends by My Favorite Things and Celebrate You by Neat & Tangled
Paper: SU More Mustard card stock, SU water color paper and Pebbles Woodland Forrest patterned paper
Ink: SU Black Archival, Zig Real Brush Markers, SU Early Expresso
Other: MFT Fall Friends dies, Fiskars Corner punch, TE Scalloped Border die, Avery Elle twine, Gemini Jr, Misti, dimensionals

Card 2:
Stamps: Sketched Flowers by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SSS orange card stock, SU heavy Very Vanilla and SU So Saffron card stocks
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo black, Copics, craft gold ink pad
Other: Twinery Gold Baker's twine, SSS gold sequins, SU gold EP, heat tool, Misti Stamping Tool

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Happy Hump Day,

I'm "working" in my home office today. Working in quotes because I'm really pretty caught up on all my projects etc until the next one starts next week. I have a few little tasks to get done, but other than that, I have time to do some other fun things.

Fun things like get my card for this week's Paper Players Challenge posted. I made this last night while watching baseball. Jaydee has a sketch for us that is very versatile, and this card took no time to make using it.

I decided to use the same patterned papers for both the top and bottom sections, but I trimmed a quarter inch from the bottom and layered a coordinating paper underneath. These papers are from a fall 6x6 pad that I picked up at Target last week. I stopped in for a particular item and wondered over to the section just inside the doors where they have all the fun, cheap stuff. I found these fall papers and also a pad of glitter papers too. Not to mention some halloween note pads and pencils and some really fun wine glasses.

The stamps are from last September's Hero Arts monthly kit. I hadn't used this particular one yet. Each letter has two stamps. One with the outlines and one that is solid to add the color. Easy to do with my Misti Stamping tool.

Because I love them, I added some embellishments. I like the gold accents with this paper.

I used more of the set and some Hero dies on the inside, along with more of the patterned papers.

That's all for this post. I see more stamping in my future for this afternoon.

Have a great Wednesday all and thanks,

Stamps: Color Layering Thanksgiving set by Hero Arts
Paper: SU Night of Navy and Whisper White card stock, Horizon Group (Target) patterned fall papers
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Garden Green
Other: Die-namics Stitched Rectangle border die, Hero Arts Autumn Icons Fancy dies, SU Sequin ribbon and twine, Lawn Fawn wooden leaf, SSS gold sequin disks, glue gun, foam tape, Gemini Jr, Misti

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sweater Weather

Hello, and Happy Sunday to all.

I hope your weekend is going well. Mine has been pretty typical so far. Saturday morning chores and errands that needed to be done after being gone for the previous five days, then a little stamping in the afternoon and hanging with friends in the evening. We went to our local theatre, the North Coast Repertory Theatre to see Blithe Spirit.  It's a comedy written by Noel Coward in 1941 after his office and flat in London were destroyed during the Blitz.  Apparently, he wrote it in just six days and it became the longest running play in the West End, eventually topped by Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. It was funny, and made for a fun evening.

Today I have a card made using two challenges. I love the color combo this week on the As You See It Challenge. My mind first went to using leaves, then to using one of my mermaid sets. But, as you can see, I ended up in a totally different direction. The sketch is this week's Freshly Made Sketch by Kim.

My different direction came when I was flipping though my stamp sets and came across my Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sweater background stamp. Also, I had received an order from SSS while gone last week that included the uber cute Right Meow set with this kitty in a sweater and a sentiment, both perfect to pair with the Christmas Sweater background stamp. I thought that the blues would work for a Christmas sweater, so I got to work putting it all together.

I put the background stamp into my Misti with a 6 x 6" piece of Whisper White paper and pulled out the three ink pads in the challenge colors. Using blue painter's tape, I taped off the the sections I didn't want inked with the first color, then inked the stamp. I pulled off the tape and stamped the first go-round, cleaned off the stamp, and repeated the process twice more with the other two colors. Originally, I thought to just use the SU markers, but a) that would take forever and b) it wrecks the tip of the marker to run it over roughish stamps. Using Kim's sketch layout, I trimmed the stamped panel to fit the card. This gave me a piece to use on the inside as well.

The kitty with scarf is another image in the SSS set. The sentiment stamp is from a super old SU set called Warm Wishes, circa 1998.

Both kitties are colored with Copics to match the SU colors, however, the scarf is colored with the Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist markers. On the front, the circle die is from Die-namics and the enamel snowflakes are SU.

Today, I get to stamp the day away, and watch baseball in the afternoon. A perfect day for me, LOL. I hope you have a great Sunday too, and thanks for looking in.

Stamps: Christmas Sweater Background stamp and Right Meow set both by Simon Says Stamp, Warm Wishes set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, SU Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist markers, SU Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist
Other: Misti, painter's tape, Die-namics circle die, SSS Right Meow set dies, SU enamel snowflakes, foam tape, Gemini Jr

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sending You Sunshine

Happy Friday evening to all,

I'm glad to be home from the desert. It's still hot, hot out there and on Thursday it turned humid as well. Very sticky. Luckily, I'm finished with the project there for now, so I won't have to go back next week.

Today's card is one that I made last weekend for a co-worker who lost her father recently. These sunflowers are from a Hero Arts set from last fall called Color Layering Fall.

No challenge with this one, just a fairly simple design. The flowers are stamped with various SU gold and yellow inks and the stems with various greens, then cut out with the set dies. The background is made with embossing paste and a brick wall stencil. The circle is vellum. The card base is kraft.

I didn't take a picture of the inside, but it was a typical sympathy sentiment.

We're having dinner with our neighbors tonight, which will be fun. Tomorrow I'll be back in my craft room. Yippee!

Thanks for looking in and Happy Weekend!

Stamps: Color Layering Fall set by Hero Arts
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm, SU Whisper White, kraft vellum
Ink: Various SU yellows, golds, greens and Crumb Cake
Other: Hero Arts set dies, Die-namics Pierced Circle die and Brick wall stencil, SU embossing paste, Gemini jr, Misti, dimensionals

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Walk It Off

Hi all,

Sadly, the weekend is basically over and I need to get busy packing for another work trip. I'll be back in Palm Springs to start a new project at a different hospital than where I've been working the past month. Hopefully, the weather is a little cooler, since it's fall.

Since I will be there until Friday afternoon, I wanted to get my Paper Players Challenge card done and posted today. Claire has a CAS Sports challenge this week. I had tons of options and pulled out several stamp sets, but I couldn't resist using one of my favorite Fred Bear sets.

The colors come from this week's Color Throwdown Challenge. The colors this week are red, orange, green, and kraft.

I decided to use my Polychromos colored pencils to color today so I stamped the image on 64lb Neenah Solar white card stock. This lighter weight is a little "rougher" and I think it works well for colored pencils. After stamping Fred and coloring him, I made a mask of him and a negative space circle mask so I could stamp the forrest behind the focal image. The trees are from the Winter Woods SU Holiday set. It is stamped using SU Crumb Cake ink. To anchor the bottom, I used a Lawn Fawn grass die to cut a small section of grass for Fred to hike on. Finally, I used a yellow Zig Real Brush yellow marker to create the sunshine through the forrest.

This card was meant to be a single layer card. Unfortunately, when I stamped the greeting, I totally messed it up and there was no way to fix it. I didn't want to start over from scratch, so I used a circle die and cut it out, hence, the layers. It's still fairly CAS though. The only embellishment is the pine tree corner punch. It's one of the first punches I bought, probably about 25 years ago.

That's all from me until next weekend. I hope you all have a great week.
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Fred Bear Takes A Hike set by My Favorite Things and Winter Woods set by Stampin' Up
Paper: 64lb Neenah Solar white and Desert Storm card stock, SU Garden Green card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and SU Real Red
Other: Spellbinders circle die, Marvy Uchid corner punch, Polychromos colored pencils, Gemini Jr, Misti Stamping Tool

Monday, September 10, 2018

I'm So Thankful and Hugged You In My Thoughts

Hello and happy Monday afternoon,

It is a happy Monday for me, as I happen to have a light week for work all week. Just a few customer visits, but mostly I'll be in my home office doing some required web based training modules. I'm not even going to complain about the added training, because next week I'm back on the road.

Mr. Personal Chef and I are watching our neighbor's dog, Sadie, again as Sadie's dad is having a medical procedure that requires a couple days in the hospital, and we thought we'd give her mom one less thing to deal with during this stressful time. Here's Sadie hanging out with me in my craft room last night.

She's a sweet pup!

On to today's card post. The As You See It Challenge has a fun Back to Basics theme this week. Creating the "old" way with limited tools. I remember when I first started stamping, it was just card stock, a little patterned paper that came in books with certain themes, markers or colored pencils and ribbon. I remember using lots of raffia. (I don't even have any of that now.) I also remember layering card stock colors to make the images stand out more. So, for these cards, I did go back to basics. Stamping, coloring, layering and twine.

I made two card using two different Fall themed Pure Innocence stamps. They are each stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics. I trimmed the panel to layer, and added the twine. No additional embellishments, dies, punches etc. Not even dimensionals or foam tape. These took no time at all to color and layer, so I made two.

Hope your evening is restful and Tuesday is a good day.
Thanks all,

Stamps: Pure Innocence sets Jumping For Joy and Thankful Friend by My Favorite Things
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Hello Honey, Cajun Craze and Concord Crush card stock, MFT Gingham patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Metallic and Red Baker's twine

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Peace & Joy

Hi again,

I intended to post a couple of cards that I made last night for another challenge, but instead, I'm posting what I just made for this week's Paper Players Challenge. Anne Marie has a color challenge for us this week, and my first thought, when I saw the colors was "YIKES!" I went looking though my patterned papers to see what I had that would work and found the Tranquil Textures DSP with two of the colors. So, OK, I can probably build on these and figure something out. Also, I still wanted to do a Holiday card for my upcoming craft group.

For the card layout, I ended up CASE-ing a card on page 44 of the annual catalog. Once finished, I thought it looked kind of blah. I ended up making another card, kicking things up a little. In the end, with some embellishments, I actually like them both.

Here's the second, kicked up version card.

As you can see from the challenge banner, Anne Marie's colors are Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, and Crumb Cake with a fourth color of our choice. I choose to use Tranquil Tide, another color in the Tranquil Textures DSP. I did use white too, but I'm considering that a "neutral."

The background stamps are from the Winter Woods set. The bare trees are stamped using Crumb Cake ink. The evergreen trees are stamped with Tranquil Tide. I glued the strips of DSP in place after stamping and then cut the panel down using a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle die. It's backed with a mat of Mint Macaron card stock and glued to the Blackberry Bliss card base. The greeting element is made using the SU Christmas Traditions Punch Pack, backed with a Die-namics Stitched Square border die. For embellishment, SU has a twine pack called Natures Twine that includes three of the colors, so that was perfect for the sketch that I CASE'd. I added three sparkly SU enamel dots in white for additional embellishments.

On the inside of the card I used a sentiment from Timeless Tidings.

Here is the first card I made. It's a small 4.25 x 4.25" square card.

And here are both cards together.

Basically, the same layout, just some additional stamping and a traditional A2 card size.

Thanks much!

Stamps: all SU Timeless Tidings set, Winter Woods set and Christmas Punch Pack set
Paper: SU Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron and Whisper White card stock, SU Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: SU Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake
Other: SU Punch, Die-namics dies, SU enamel shapes, SU twine, Gemini Jr, Misti Stamping Tool, foam tape & dimensionals

'tis the Sweet Season

Hello and Happy Sunday,

It's a very foggy morning here on the SoCal coast. Fall is in the air, finally! So glad our warm and humid weather has gone away and we're back to normal.

I'm still playing with my new SU Holiday sets. Using Jen's Freshly Made Sketch for inspiration, I put this card together yesterday. I've used some of the new Holiday DSP. Some of the designs have a fuzzy layer too. Super cool! The white stripes in this candy cane design are fuzzy and it goes perfectly with this stamp set and my card.

This set comes in a bundle with a punch that works with the candy cane and a bow. I didn't stamp the bow, instead, punched it from some green glitter paper. My HO HO HO! background is a stamp in the set, and yes, I stamped it about 12 times to cover the top layer. Luckily, using a photopolymer stamp and positioning stamping tool, in my case a Misti, made it quite easy to line up. This is a bright and cheery card and other than the time to stamp the background, went together super fast.

The stamp set has a sentiment in the shape of a candy cane that can used to stamp inside one of the candy cane images. Quite a versatile and fun stamp set. Here's the inside with the sentiment candy cane stamp. I found some Doodlebug enamel peppermint candy pieces in red and green. Perfectly sweet embellishments!

I made a few other cards for challenges yesterday too, so you'll probably see at leas one more post from me today. In the meantime, thanks so much for looking in!

Have a great Sunday,

Stamps: Candy Cane Season set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White card stock, Concord & 9th green glitter paper, SU Santa's Workshop DSP
Ink: SU Real Red and Emerald Envy
Other: SU Candy Cane Season punch, Lawn Fawn Banner die, Doodlebug enamel shapes, Gemini Jr, Misti Stamping Tool, foam tape

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hi stampers,

Happy Saturday to all. It's a typical Saturday for me. Some laundry, some errands. Did a little clean up and organizing in my craft room (it seems I'm always tweaking something), and finally some stamping. I'm still working on cards for my craft group meeting next week. The ladies wanted samples, which is what I've been making. I still need to come up with the group project/make & take card too.

This card I made yesterday evening using the current CAS(E) this Sketch. It's one of the samples using a new SU Holiday set. In a recent Simon Says Stamp monthly kit we received some glitter paper in some bright colors. I thought this ornament die would look great cut from it. I remembered this "retro" holiday DSP from years ago, I don't remember what it's called, and thought it would be a good fit with the ornament.

I cut a circle from gold glitter paper, also from SSS, to back the teal ornament. Notice that I matched the patterns in the DSP when I put the teal patterned paper over the white. I thought it looked better not breaking up the pattern. The greeting is from the corresponding stamp set.

For the inside, I used the same piece of DSP and stamped a greeting from another new SU Holiday set, Timeless Tidings.

Have a nice Saturday afternoon and thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Beautiful Baubles set and Timeless Tidings set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Taken With Teal, Whisper White card stock and SU DSP (retired), SSS glitter papers
Ink: SU Taken With Teal
Other: SU Details Baubles Framelit dies, Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle die, Spellbinders Circle die, gold twine, Misti Stamping tool, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Friday, September 7, 2018

Lunchbox Notes Challenge

Happy Friday to all,

Last Sunday when I saw Joanne's challenge for the Paper Players this week, I didn't think I would play along. I'm way past school lunches. But, I then thought of my friend's kids who are 8 and 11 yrs, so I texted their mom to see if they take lunches to school. The reply was yes, so I decided to play along and give these to my friend to put in their lunches.

However, the real challenge was getting them completed in time to post, which is why I'm kind of squeaking in at the last minute. I didn't get around to actually deciding on stamps and design until Monday afternoon, and then started stamping and die cutting. Next thing I know, Mr. Personal Chef comes into my craft room to say that we were hosting dinner Monday evening for a couple of our neighbors, so needless to say, that put a halt to my stamping. Tuesday morning, I had to head back to my work project in Palm Springs, but I knew I was coming back Thursday instead of Friday, which I did, and I was able to finish the note cards. Pictures were taken this morning, and here we are.

I made two of each design. The image on the left is the outside and the image on the right is the inside (obviously, LOL.) These are 4 x 4" square note cards.

Joanne, I enjoyed this fun and different challenge.

(click on images to make larger)

A quickly written post today, and now it's back to work reports. I'm looking forward to the weekend and not traveling this coming week.

Have a great day all and thanks,

Stamps: Critters in the Jungle, Wild For You, Rawr, Duh-Nuh, Sweet Smiles, Ahoy Matey sets by Lawn Fawn and Sweetest set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Barely Banana, Real Red, Marina Mist, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Gorgeous Grape, Real Red, Granite Gray, Only Orange, Pacific Point
Other: Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle corresponding set dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Border die, Die-namics Stitched Hill, Pierced Circle, Stitched Square, Double-Stitched Square, Pinking Circle dies, SU Hexagon Die, Misti Stamping Tool, Gemini Jr, dimensionals, Nuvo glitter pen

Monday, September 3, 2018

Merry Christmas

Hello all,

So sad that's it the last day of the long weekend. I'm heading back out to Palm Springs tomorrow for work. Today is laundry then packing, with some stamping in-between, of course, LOL.

I've been making some cards for my stamp/craft group that is coming up and the theme is Christmas. Most are using stamp sets and supplies from the SU Holiday catalog. For this card, my inspiration comes from the Freshly Made Sketch, and I'm just squeaking in under the wire.

I love the greens and blue combination in the plaid DSP, so that was the inspiration for my colors on this one. I've combined two of the new SU sets with the new Under the Mistletoe DSP.

Here's the inside:

Now, I'm off to put in a load of clothes. Have a great day all, and thanks,

Timeless Tidings and Winter Woods sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White and Old Olive card stock and Under the Mistletoe DSP
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Spiced Spruce, Old Olive, Memento tuxedo black, Stampin' Blends
Other: Winter Woods Framelits dies, Die-namics Double Stitched Circle dies, Spellbinders Circle die, Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, navy enamel shapes, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Life's A Beach

Happy Sunday all,

I hope you're enjoying this long weekend. I know I am. I've been doing two of my favorite things, stamping and watching tennis. Most of my stamping has been making Christmas cards for my craft group get together in a few weeks. The ladies wanted examples and I've been using new SU sets. I'll share some of them in later posts.

For this post, I have a beach themed card. Even though the calendar is saying it's the end of Summer, here in San Diego, not so much. We're heading to a little afternoon party in a few hours, and this will be a "thank you" card for our hosts. (although you'll notice it doesn't actually have Thank You as a stamped sentiment.)

This is one of my favorite stamp sets. It's called Beside the Sea and it's by Avery Elle. I stamped the beach house image twice onto water color paper using SU black Archival ink and watercolored them with Zig Real Brush markers in a rainbow pattern. The card base is SU Coastal Cabana card stock. I used the SU Seaside embossing folder on the next layer, also Coastal Cabana card stock. The patterned papers are Doodlebug, but I don't remember from what 6 x 6 pad. The sketch inspiration is from the As You See It Challenge. I put the sentiment panel on the bottom, for my card, it looked better there. The little seagull is from the same stamp set.

I kept the inside super simple with the other sentiment and another image from the set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your day,

Stamps: Beside the Sea set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Coastal Cabana and Whisper White card stock, Doodlebug patterned papers
Ink: SU Archival Black, Zig Real Brush markers, SU Coastal Cabana, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Beside the Sea Elements dies, SU Seaside embossing folder, foam tape, Gemini Jr