Seashore Dreams

Thyme and Sedum
It's Friday 10 minute or less challenge time again.  This week is an inspiration challenge from design team member Becky Jensen:
I can feel the wet sea air already!
I chose a palette to match the photo,
and Lil T is ready to go.
Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, and a hint of Blushing Bride.
I wanted to represent the sand in the background piece I spritzed a piece of Crumb Cake
with Blushing Bride and Soft Suede.
Then I used some Gold Smooch Spritz.
Here is what I have found that works best for getting the smooch where I want it:  
I put some dotto on the back of the piece
and adhere it to the back surface of the color catcher,
then tilt the color catcher.
That way I can hold the vial upright and spray directly onto the card stock.
This helps me get the smooch more even.
You can see how it turned out in a later picture.  
Next I wanted shells.
I used this stamp from Nature's Nest,
 stamped it with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink,
then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
Almost 4 minutes, Sage.  
Remember to keep it simple.
Yeah, yeah.
Simple is my middle name! 
Then I spritzed with Blushing Bride Marker 
to get some pink tones on the shells like the one in the photo.
Next I cut them out and shaped them with the Bone Folder.
You just used 2 more minutes.  
You didn't HAVE to cut them.
Why can't you use your punches?
It's all good, T.
This is coming together nicely, you will see.
Next I inked this stamp from Inspired by Nature
with Soft Suede Ink and made some beach grass.
7 minutes and moving right along.
Now it is time for a foreground piece.
I chose this stamp from Define Your Life because it fits the mood of the photo.
I again used Clear Embossing Powder with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink.

Simple, Sage.  Ditch the embossing!
I spritzed this piece to look like more sand,
layered it with Naturals Ivory and Soft Suede, 
adhered it to the image piece with Dimensionals, 
and put it all on the Soft Suede base.
The shells are also adhered with Dimensionals.
Look, T.  Only 13 minutes.
I think that is excellent!
It is better than the 17 minutes last week.
Wait, what are you doing now?
You said it was finished.
No, I decided to add some Hemp Twine.
First I put in some eyelets.
Then threaded the twine through the holes and tied a bow.
First I softened the twine a bit by twisting it the opposite direction of the way it is twisted.
Does that make sense?
I untwisted it enough to break down the stiffness a little.
 Only 16 minutes altogether with the extra touch of eyelets and twine.
That still beats last week's time.
Here is a close up (before I added the twine):
Can you see the shimmery Gold Smooch?
Double click on the image for a better view.
You should have stopped before the twine.
It was a perfectly good card at 13 minutes.
You don't always have to keep adding more junk!
If you are finally finished, I am going to go meet with the other timers
so we can compare notes.
I made a second card after T left.
I wanted to do the twine a little differently so it would show better.
I like the shimmery sand effect on the background.
That Smooch Spritz is great stuff.
It debuted in our current Summer Mini Catalog,
and has been carried over into the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.
It comes in 4 colors and is oh so much fun to play with.
If you haven't tried it, here is the info for you:
Speaking of the new catalog, I put my order in today for lots of goodies,
and will be showing projects using them as soon as they arrive.
If you need a catalog to drool over,
email me at
That is all for this Friday post.  Now you know the routine:  Go HERE to Carole'Anne's blog to see her card and find links to the other design team members.  And is this the week you are going to get brave and join our challenge.  It is lots of fun, and you will get great comments from us.  Check back in a few days, I will show you some swap cards I made for my Upside Downline meeting.  Meanwhile, Happy Stamping.

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14 Responses to Seashore Dreams

  1. sandi maciver July 2, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    wow, your card turned out just absolutely amazing, I love everything about it, the lay out, the textures, the stamps you used, just beautiful.

  2. Greetings By Chera July 2, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I has another AWWWWW SAGE .. moment.. this is just a beauty!

  3. Kitty A. July 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Super wonderful project. Thanks for the deets. Now I HAVE to get this set so I can make grass.

  4. Debbie DT July 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Beautiful job. I love the grass – very cool idea.

  5. A Touch of SOL July 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    GORGEOUS, Darling….love the shells..

  6. Cynthia July 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    This is just lovely. The spritzing and smooch added just the right touch!Cynthia

  7. Mary Sue July 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    As usual, Sage, you have really put out an awesome design!!

  8. Leigh July 3, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Oh wow, love this card.

  9. delysc July 3, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Amazing card Sage! I love it!

  10. LZ Linda Z. July 3, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    our card is gorgeous!! I love it. You know how they say copying someone is the best form of flattery? Well…. you owned this for sure!!! Really terrific!

  11. Ruthie July 4, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Love this card! and the simple-ness of it! Beautiful!

  12. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) July 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Gorgeous card — I seem to say that a lot about your work, but it is well deserved! I especially like what you did with shells. Does General T ever come back from his meeting with the other timers and congratulate you for finishing so quickly (compared to some others)? Ha.

  13. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway July 5, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    I sure do love your take on this SageI love the colours your chose and the set is divineyou are rightdont add any more junkand you did awesome at 13 minI appologize for my delay in getting my visit!

  14. Tia Hurt July 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Great tutorial, Sage!… and I love the card!Tia

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