It’s been 5 weeks since the birth of my third child, Claire. It’s about this stage when you are craving some of your old routines. For me, that’s crafting. It can be incredibly hard to find that inspiration and get back into your creative self especially with limited time. It’s always nice to be pushed by challenges or to be inspired by someone else’s work. Keeping it simple has always been a great way for me to get my juices flowing.
For this month’s project, I have used the By the Dock Bundle by Stampin’ Up!. You can find this bundle in their Occasions Catalogue. Living on the East Coast of Canada means that I am always pulled towards anything nautical so this stamp set and coordinating framelits are a must-have item. The first step I did was to water colour several images from this stamp set. This time I water coloured using my Stampin’ Write markers and an aqua painter on water colour paper.
To create this simple card, I kept it clean and well, white! The embossing folder High Seas coordinates perfectly with this stamp set and therefore I used this as the background. I cut out the coloured images and set it onto the background using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It didn’t take long to finish this card once I pulled it together. It really left me feeling like I wanted to create more… mission accomplished.
Last year, Stampin’ Up! released the Come Sail With Me Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalogue. I stopped in my tracks when I saw all the perfectly suited patterns that I could pair with the By the Dock stamp set. While there were many patterns I landed on the navy stripes. I can’t help myself… I just love stripes and “B side patterns”.
On the inside of the card, the sentiment continued from the sentence on the front of the card. In addition, I added some Designer Series Paper to keep the theme flowing. You may wonder how I stamp only one half of the sentiment when a stamp has the two sentences combined like this one. Often, I actually cut the stamp. But this time I inked the stamp then put the washi tape across the words I didn’t want to show up. Really technical stuff – just another use for washi tape! Ta-Da!
I hope you enjoyed my projects – Thanks for dropping by!
Until next time,
Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
2013-14, 2017, 2018 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Member
St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador
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Supplies and images used are © 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: By the Dock Bundle, Whisper White Paper, watercolour paper, aqua painter, Stampin’ Write Markers, Nautical Designer Series Paper, Momento Ink, Linen Thread, Stitched Shapes Framelits, High Seas 3D Embossing Folder, Soft Suede Cardstock, Basic Black Cardstock, White embossing powder, Versamark, Night of Navy Cardstock, Soft Suede Ink, Come Sail With Me Designer Series Paper