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Torn Paper Challenge



Lynn is up this week with a challenge for the Card-a-Day Blog Group, Torn Paper.  First, I have to tell you how much I LOVE this group!  They are such a talented group of women and so encouraging and supportive, I feel so fortunate to be a part of this group!  And now for my challenge card:

Torn Paper Beach

I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the sand.  I tore the strips, sponged with Creamy Caramel and layered on the aqua card base.  I added the AMuse Clouds cardstock (thanks Kay!) for the sky.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the beach umbrella from Summer Set by Jamie Koay in Basic Black and Stampin’ Up! Polka Dot Parade Real Red Designer Series Paper.

Materials List 

Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla and Basic Black Cardstock

Unknown Aqua Card Base

Stampin’ Up! Polka Dot Parade Real Red Designer Series Paper

AMuse Clouds Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel and Basic Black Ink

Summer Set Cut File by Jamie Koay

Studio G Glitter Glue

Stampin’ Up! Small Oval Punch

Stampin’ Up! Pendant Park




Beach House Row


Beach House Row

I haven’t had much time for crafting the past few weeks, but I had a couple of challenges I wanted to enter, so I made some time today to finish this card.  I designed the cut file for the beach cabanas and cut them in Peach Parfait, Green Galore and Calypso Coral.  I used a post-it note to mask the clapboards and sponged with Creamy Caramel.  I used Stampin’ Up Naturals Ivory Cardstock for the base and this fun Amuse Cloud cardstock for the sky.  I think this card is really cute, I love these colors!

Challenges Entered





Materials List

Stampin’ Up Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Peach Parfait, Green Galore and Calypso Coral Cardstock

AMuse Studio Clouds Cardstock

Stampin’ Up Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue and Basic Black Ink

Stampin’ Up Fabulous Phrases, More Bitty Banners Stamp Set

Color Challenge Cameo Silhouette Card Coral Framed Sand Dollar


Coral Framed Sand Dollar

This week’s Card-a-Day Blog Group Challenge is a Color Challenge:  Inspired by Fabric.  Here is the inspiration fabric:

Fabric Inspiration Color Challenge

I chose Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla for my colors and created this beach inspired card.  This card is one of four designs that I am doing for a gift set.  I used the Branches cut file, which I manipulated to make the frame and cut the tag off of the sand dollar from the Ocean Charms cut file.

Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla Cardstock

Ocean Charms cut file from the Silhouette Online Store

Branches cut file from the Silhouette Online Store

Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral Ink

Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel Ink

Extremely Hot Birthday! Apron Strings & Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Card #2


Extremely Hot Birthday!

I snuck another card in today between laundry and watching the Olympics.  This was a fun one to make, but a bear to photograph! Sorry for the glare, but I used Glossy cardstock and it was too dark to photograph without the flash.  This one was for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge #2 and Apron Strings Pinterest Challenge #19.  Here is the Apron Strings Inspiration Photo:

Pinterest Challenge #19


Materials List

Stampin’ Up! Glossy Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Textured Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Whisper White

Stampin’ Up! Peach Parfait Ink

Stampin’ Up! Only Orange Ink

Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango Ink

Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink

Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Ink

Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray Ink

Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surf

Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners

Stampin’ Up! Sponges

Sizzix Texture fades Rays Embossing Folder

Nestabilities Circle Die for Masking

Painters Tape for Masking




Beach Bum Silhouette Cameo Card


Beach Bum

I am so excited, my Silhouette Cameo arrived on Tuesday!  This is the first chance I have had to play with it and I gotta tell you, I am loving this thing!  It is everything I have been looking for in an electronic cutter and more.  It cuts very small, intricate designs beautifully and the Silhouette Studio software is intuitive and easy to use.  The first thing I wanted to try with my Cameo was to import a digital stamp and use the Print and Cut feature to create a die cut effect.  Today’s challenge on Splitcoaststampers is the Ways to Use It Challenge WT384 ~ Hit the Beach, so I did a quick Google Image search for beach digi and found this cute Beach Butt Digi on Leigh’s Paper Creations.  Isn’t it a hoot!

For my card, I started with a Green Galore card base and a yellow polka dot background paper from DCWV.  I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils and mounted it with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.  I printed the computer generated sentiment and triple matted it in Basic Black and the yellow background paper.  I cut the Memory Box Clouds in Whisper White and sponged the edges with Pool Party for this quick and easy card.  This was my first time using a digi stamp, I definitely see more digis in my future!


Blossom Punch Hibiscus Challenge Card




Here is my entry for this week’s challenge at The Paper Players,  Challenge #103 – Colors from Anne Marie.  I love this summery color combo and my first thought when I saw it was flowers.


Calypso Hibiscus Thank You

I made the Hibiscus flowers using the Stampin’ Up! Blossom Punch.  I punched three flowers in Calypso Coral and cut the petals apart.  I sponged the edges and centers with Calypso Coral and added a few lines with the Calypso Coral Marker.  I glued five petals to a 1/2 inch circle base and added a flower from the Stampin’ Up! Spring Bouquet Punch.  I punched the centers in Daffodil Delight and sponged with Daffodil Delight to add a little definition.  For the leaves, I used the brand new Bigz Die Autumn Accents from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I cut the leaves in Lucky Limeade, used a bone folder to create the veins and sponged with Lucky Limeade.  For the background panel, I embossed a piece of Daffodil Delight with the Stampin’ Up! Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I mounted the background panel on a Calypso Coral card base.  I adhered the leaves and flowers and then added the sentiment.  I stamped the Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Banners sentiment in Lucky Limeade on Whisper White, cut it out by hand and layered on the mat I cut with the new Stampin’ Up! Framelits Bitty Banners in Calypso Coral.  I must say, I am really pleased with how this turned out!

Live in the Sunshine


Live in the Sunshine

This is a card I made for today’s Technique Lovers Challenge TLC384 ~ Let the Sunburst Shine on Splitcoaststampers.  I have paired it with the Silhouette technique for this fun Sunburst card.  There are several ways to do the sunburst, you can even purchase dies, but the technique I use is pretty easy and foolproof.  I cut my designer paper into rectangles, usually 1 1/2 inches wide.  For the length, I measure from the center of the bottom to the upper corner and add a little bit extra.  I then cut the rectangles lengthwise, lining up the upper left corner with the bottom right corner on the cutting edge.  For this card, I sponged the edges of the designer papers, a 10+ year old mat stack from DCWV, with Tangerine Tango.  I marked the center bottom of the background panel, centered the first piece and glued it down.  I continued gluing the pieces down, adjusting as necessary to cover the panel completely.  When the panel was covered, I trimmed the excess paper and inked the outside edges.  For the sun, I cut a little more than half of a Nestabilities circle, inked the edges and mounted on the background panel.  I used a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position the Stampin’ Up! Extreme Surfboard image and stamped in Basic Black.  I used a Sharpie Marker to color in the surfer and board and mounted on a Basic Black card base.  I computer generated the sentient for the inside, “Live in the Sunshine”.


Fun on the 4th Layout



Here is a layout I made for today’s Free for All Challenge F4A121 Red, White & Blue. Confession, all the elements were cut for this layout. I was going to do a class with this layout 3 years ago, but my dad got sick and I never did the class. I sold the original sample, but I had another kit ready to be assembled. When I saw this challenge, I dug out the kit and finally put it together!  The title was cut with the Cricut and Uncle Sam was made with Stampin’ Up! punches.  I think the stars are a Sizzix die, been so long I can’t remember!


By the Sea… The Paper Players Challenge PP98 Submission


Well, this is a first for me!  I am going to submit this card to The Paper Players Challenge #98:  Jaydee’s Summertime Theme Challenge.  I have done lots of challenges on Splitcoaststampers, but I have never played in any of the blog challenges.  I am also using this card for today’s Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers,  WT378 – Return of the Banner.   Wish me luck!

This card was inspired by my Inspirational Quote Challenge # 5:

“for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)

it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

~ E.E. Cummings

I grew up in South Florida and spent lots of time at the beach as a child.  When I saw this stamp from the Galerie Vermissage by Inkadinkado, I was immediately drawn to it because it reminded me of those lazy summer days of my youth spent hanging out at the beach.  While my friends tanned, a habit I never really developed, I sat in the cabana or under an umbrella, drinking sun brewed sweet tea and reading anything I could get my hands on.  Those were the days my friend!

I love square cards and make them quite often.  Whenever I go to a craft store, I always check the clearance area for card and envelope packs.  A couple of years ago, I bought 6 packages of 10 count 6 x 6 vellum envelopes for 50 cents each!  I still have some and love to mail cards in them.  My mail lady loves them too!  Anyway, back to the card, which started with a Real Red 5.5 x 5.5 card base.  I stamped my image on Whisper White and colored with Stampin’ Up! markers.  I used Nestabilites circle and scallop circle dies to cut the image and mats in Real Red and Buckaroo Blue.  For the background, I stamped the Canvas background stamp from Stampin’ Up! on Kraft with Creamy Caramel ink.  For the clouds, I punched a Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle mask and sponged Soft Sky on Whisper White.  I used Stampin’ Up! 1/4 Grosgrain in Real Red at the seam and matted the background in Buckaroo Blue.  The sentiment was computer generated and the banner was cut by hand, using a Stampin’ Up! Square punch for the points.  And there you have it!


I made this card last summer and it is one of my favorite cards that I have made.  When I first saw the Stampin’ Up! Set Inspired by Nature, it immediately reminded me of beach grass on sand dunes.  When I was a young adult, I lived in the Florida Panhandle and the sunsets there were magnificent. I loved to go down to the beach with a picnic dinner and watch the sun set over the bay and this card was inspired by that time in my life.

To make this card, I chose Kraft for the card base and Bermuda Bay for the mat.  Using Whisper White for the image panel, I masked the sun with a circle punch and sponged the sunset sky with Summer Sun and Pumpkin Pie.  I used Bermuda Bay and Baja Breeze for the water and Creamy Caramel for the sand.  I stamped the grass first in VersaMark and then in Creamy Caramel and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped one of my favorite sentiments on a Stampin’ Up! Labels die cut in Creamy Caramel and sponged the edges.  I wrapped the twine around the bottom and mounted the sentiment label on the twine.


Dunes at Sunset, Revisiting a Personal Favorite