Friday, 19 August 2016

Seaside Shore

Hello, Crafters.

I have to share my good news with you! I went to see a new consultant yesterday evening for a second opinion on my back. It's 99% certain that he's going to give me my second Steroid Block Epidural! YAY! He was so positive and said there are several different options open to me, I left the hospital with a skip in my step and a massive light at the end of the tunnel! 

I also had a great day in my studio yesterday! I had my first play with the Seaside Shore Stamp Set. There aren't any coordinating dies but it's no problem because all the images are pretty easy to fussy cut. I think the only two stamps that might be fiddly are the two starfish, which I didn't use!

I started my card with a base of Soft Suede Cardstock , with a layer of Pool Party and a top layer of Dapper Denim. I dry-embossed the top layer using the Seaside Embossing Folder. I used Tombow to adhere the three pieces together. To create the sand, I took a strip of Soft Suede and tore it towards me, about two thirds of the way down. I adhered the larger piece with the torn edge uppermost. I took the thinner piece, turned it over so the torn edge was uppermost and adhered it on top of the first piece.

I stamped the three different fish that are in the stamp set onto Pool Party Cardstock. The three colours I used were Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay - I chose this because I thought tone on tone with Pool Party may have been too light. I stamped two clumps of seaweed onto Wild Wasabi Cardstock using Garden Green Ink.

To colour the sentiment I used three Marker Pens - Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim and Wild Wasabi. I found the Calypso Coral Marker was more or less dried out so I used the brush tip to pick ink up from the Calypso Coral Ink Pad. I also used Dapper Denim to stamp the water bubbles around the sentiment. Then I used the Layering Oval Framelits Dies to die cut the sentiment as well as a Pool Party Scalloped Oval to layer it on.

I used Tombow to glue the seaweed onto the card front. I used my craft knife to gently lift a small bit of the sand so  could slide the base underneath. I put Dimensionals on the back of the fish and adhered them to the card front. I think all the cards I've seen using this stamp set, the fish are swimming in a straight line so I thought I'd buck the trend and have one of mine swimming upwards!

Before I go, a quick funny story about my appointment yesterday evening. We arrived very early, so to kill time, hubby was doing something with the settings on his new TomTom (satnav). All of a suddden, this man's voice boomed through the waiting room "You have reached you desination". Everyone burst out laughing and looked round at hubby, who was hoping the floor would open and swallow him up! LOL! ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting,



  1. What a delightfully appropriate card after the day you have had! Love it! Love your wonderful news that inspired the card!! And the cute story about your husband's playing with his TomTom. Too funny! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. LOL! I didn't see the connection but you're right! The bit about TomTom was hilarious. Everyone looked round laughing - best dose of medicine for us all! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi. I just started following you and love your creativity. Especially Love this card. Enjoying the new stamping up embossing folder that looks like waves. So many neat ideas with that and this stamp set. Hope you get relief from your back real soon. Joy will make you creative.

    1. Hi, Debra and welcome. Many thanks for your support. ☺ This is going to be a great set to use in the winter when the weather is cold and bleak! This set really shouts summer! Many thanks for your kind words about my back. I'm still on cloud 9 since seeing my new specialist on Thursday! I have 100% confidence in him! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.