Memories Of The Beach

card with beach scene and sea shells in burgundy on a beige mesh ribbon with water and sky in the background
before i get to my card, i want to thank those of you who left kind and comforting words on my last post of the card i made in memory of my son. pushing myself to create keeps me going and i appreciate your taking the time to offer your compassion and support.

the ranger ink seasonal colour palette challenge looked so challenging that i just had to play along. my fondest summer memories are going to the beach and cottage when i was much much younger. i coloured the shells with a brush and distress ink pads in aged mahogany and pumice stone, but stamped the starfish with aged mahogany and cut them all out; i popped them on foam tape on a piece of mesh ribbon. i used a paper towel for the water and sky by soaking up adirondack stonewashed and denim blue inks and i used walnut stain and antique linen DI to create the frame, which i brushed and used direct to paper technique. thanks for popping by.

Dogwood Blossoms

card with bird in a blooming dogwood shrub with a birdcage accent and pink ribbon bow
i’ve had this stamp for quite some time, but just inked it up to make another spring card. i coloured with twinkling H2Os, used the memory box bird cage die and a MS punch around the page; of course i added stickles to the flower centres and the edge of the sentiment circle. i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:
make my monday – anything that flies ends may 11
moxie fab world – the wonder of watercolor ends may 13
crazy amigo – birds ends may 13
simon says stamp  – things with wings ends may 14
no matter which – things with wings ends may 30
crafty calendar – blooms and blossoms ends may 31

thanks for popping by.

Guest Designer At Scrapbooker’s Paradise

i’m excited to be the guest designer this week at the playing in paradise challenge, which is to take your inspiration from this photo:

under the sea photo
card with an under the sea theme
i used the colours and theme to create this card for my husband for father’s day. the shells were stamped, coloured with distress inks, cut and popped on foam tape. the sea is painted with distress inks, which was covered on the bottom with embossing powder and enamel. finally, i added some cheesecloth, twine and a flourishes sentiment and tag. you’ll want to check out the inspiring DT creations at the scrapbooker’s paradise blog and i hope you can play along. thanks for popping by.