Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Good Old Summertime

It's the good old summertime and over the last couple weeks there's been lots of challenges with summer themes.  Well, I'm happy to see them, I love the summer images and colors.  You wouldn't believe how many stamps I have that have beach chairs on them.  Well, if you visit here often you'll be able to see them all sooner or later.
One of my favorite designers is Joanne B, she's on the design teams for My Favorite Things and The Cat's Pajamas.  Over on her blog Just a Little Something she's having an inspiration challenge which will last for another week.  She's offered this photograph for our inspiration.
It's a lovely looking spot.  I would love to climb into that hot tub with a refreshing drink.  But for me this is just inspiration and imagination.  I don't think I've ever been to any place so quite so quiet and secluded, not sure I really want to be in that quiet a place.  I like a little noise around me.  Whenever I get away to the country I get antsy after a couple days and start thinking about going shopping or for a ride into town or to some place touristy.
I realize my card doesn't look much like this photo but the photo inspired me to think of the beach, which made me think of this stamp which hasn't been inky probably since last summer. 
I used the sketch from Crazy for Challenges.  I moved the ribbon element to the bottom of the card so that you could see the punched border on the card stock.  When it was in its proper spot you could only see a pail on each side, kind of a waste of cute border.  I adhered some gathered ribbon to it and tied some of twine around that.  Of course I had to hang a charm on it, the sun brad might be bit much but it's so cute I threw it on anyway.
After coloring the stamped image, I restamped the sunglasses, pail and flip flop.  Colored them, cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals over the original image.  There's lots of stickles for shimmer and some Ranger Glossy Accents for shine, and a few pearls and rhinestones cause let's face it, every card can use a little bling.
So here's all the deets:
Stamp - Outlines rubber Stamp Co 1795
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - card stock from Urban Oasis pad; dp Me and My Big Ideas "Ellen - Starfish"
Miscellaneous - Sun brad from Spare Parts; twine from the Cat's Pajamas; flip flop brad from; stickles; Recollections Pearl stickers; ZVA self adhesive crystals; stickles; copics;  EK Success border punch; ribbon from Stamp and Create
Here's the challenges:
Just a Little Something - inspiration photo
Crazy for Challenges C4C43 - Sketch
Stampin' B's #64 - Summer fun (I hope they don't mind a second entry)
Paper Cutz #47 - use circles, stars or squares (I think all those shapes appear in the image)
Crafty Creations #73 - We want to see you shine
Oh Alice Chapter 19 - Twinkle, Twinkle
CCEE - Summer Card include flowers or floral ribbon (another second entry, ditto the hope they don't mind)
PaperPlay Week 25 - It's Sunny Here - use sun or sunglasses on your project (there's both here)
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  1. I think this card is amazing! A real piece of artwork. i love the busy-ness of much detail and so much to look at!
    Alicia xx

  2. Love your second entry. I see 'summer fun' all over it. Thanks for joining in again with the StampinB.

  3. WOW!!! Beautifully done!!! I love it!
    Thanks for playing along with the Stampin' B's

  4. awww you can't beat summer!! Your card is full of detail and fun colours! Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations! bx

  5. So beautiful! Love all the details & the ribbon is terrific!

  6. Thanks for playing along with Oh, Alice! What a charming card with so many wonderful little details to absorb! Love the sandcastle border punch and the dimension you have added to the main image! Lovely!

  7. wOWZA!!! Go Chris!!! Love that flipflop charm!! What a great card!!

  8. beautiful card! Thanks for playing along on PCC this week.

  9. well girly...tell me u r gonna be my dt sis will ya??? LOVE LOVE LOVE when you comment on my blog! You crack me up and I think I wana have coffee with you! :) BTW...the card is awesome too! hugs, jane

  10. this is really beautiful project love all images you put together very clever....would you mind to see my Blog, I am joining the Paperplay challenge too, my card is number 43, many thanks before, hugs, Monika

  11. Great summer card! Thanks for playing with the B's~


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