Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pilin' On the Outdoor Fun

This week at the Pile It On Challenge our theme is Outdoor Fun and we're sponsored by Inky Impressions. They have so many adorable digi stamps, but I was really drawn to their Best Wishes Banner.
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This lovely lady on a pier with her parasol is one of my favorite rubber stamps; I got it as part of a "grab-bag" I won some years back. I actually ended up fussy-cutting each piece separately: the figure & umbrella were stamped on coated Hammermill cardstock and colored with Copics; and the pier was stamped on a beige cardstock, embossed with an SU! embossing folder (which I just won from Words to Scrap By; thank you Bernadette!), and inked with Vintage Photo & Antique Linen distress inks.

If you follow this blog, the wave background might look familiar... I used the same technique just last week for the Crafting with Dragonflies' Artist Trading Card Challenge. What can I say, I still had the supplies out on my table! This time, I used two sizes of the wave border cut file from SVG Attic's Just Beachy set (I have a photo and description of how I did this here).

I added some sandy texture with a Versamark watermark pen and ZING Brown Sugar embossing powder. The house brads & metal charm were gifts from my mom (thanks Mom!) and I added a bit of Pink Paislee twine to the boat for good measure. The corner seaweed embellishment was made by gluing green tulle onto a green cardstock and cutting with a Spellbinders die.

This design really came together for me when I realized how much it reminded me of Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth... I'm sure that was my subconscious speaking, as I have a very personal connection to that particular painting. So the balance achieved with the two houses was inspired directly by the painting, and I ended up using their bright colors as my main colors.

  1. Crafting Musketeers #14: Stamped Image
  2. Cuttlebug Mania: Use a charm + Manual die-cutting machine (I used a SU! embossing folder and a Spellbinders die on my BigShot)
  3. Graph'It Colour Challenge #26: Anything Goes with Alcohol Markers (I used Copics for the image and shading on the banner)
  4. Inky Impressions Challenge #165: Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Product or Technique you wish you used more often (making my own background, especially with stencils & ink)
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything goes
  7. Sparkles Forum Challenges #57: At the Beach/ Summer Fun
  8. The Crazy Challenge #174: By the Sea
  9. WordArt Wednesdays: Anything Uplifting Goes
Update: This was  selected as one of the Top 3 projects for Inky Impressions Challenge #165. Thank you!

Thank you for visiting, and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. A wonderful scene and I love the vintage feel.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. This is such a beautiful creation! Love the delightful colors and pretty images. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  3. Such a fun summer scene! Thanks so much for playing along with the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  4. I so love this card - like a little piece of art - it is fabulous CG!

  5. Beautiful Card, thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) x

  6. Great card. Thanks for joining us in our Anything goes with a marker challenge at Graph’It Markers Colouring Challenge
    Anjie (DT)

  7. lovely card; thanks for joining us at the crazy challenge. Regards

  8. So lovely to see your crafting for the Crazy challenge 174 - Hazel, GDT x

  9. Hi fab card! Thanks for sharing with us at Sparkles!

    Love from Rebecca xx


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