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life is better at the beach

I’ve seen so many wonderful handmade ornaments on the internet and thought I would try one with a beach theme.  I thought this one would be easy but it proved to be a bit more time consuming!

 beach ornament

It’s a “floating” ornament – meaning the sentiment inside looks like it is floating.  In reality it is vinyl lettering on a piece of transparency.  It is hard to tell from the photo but there is sand and some shells inside the ornament as well.  I tried to get a good photo but the glare from the lights and window made it difficult.  The shells are from our local beach here in Pensacola.  The grosgrain ribbon and blue/white twine wrapped around the top were things I had in my craft room.  I also found that wonderful sand dollar charm as well – thought it went perfectly with the ornament.

For those of you interested in working with vinyl – the sentiment used here is from the Silhouette online store – it is not easy to work with, especially when you are dealing with very small letters.  But – this was my very first attempt with vinyl and I hope it gets easier the more I use it.  For this ornament I printed the sentiment first on transparency sheets.  I then cut the words out on blue vinyl using the silhouette cameo.  By printing the sentiment on the transparency it was easy to line up the vinyl.  Once the vinyl was on I trimmed the transparency into a shape that would fit inside the ornament – you gently roll the transparency and place it inside – it  will unroll once it is in.  Then I added the sand and small shells.

beach ornament close up


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sentiment stamps

Today’s card uses a sentiment stamp as the focal point.


I made the front cover using patterned paper from the K & Company Tim Coffey Travel line.    This pack has some great travel, beachy, map type paper and living in Florida I know I will make great use of it!

Once I made the front I cut a circle off center using nestabilities dies and stamped the sentiment – from Impression Obsession.   A few small shells were glued onto the lower right corner.

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bleach it out

It’s been awhile since I did a bleach technique on a card,  so while the laundry is going today this was the perfect time to “bleach it out”!  Here is the card:

I stamped the rose with versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder.  Then I applied bleach with a small brush within the embossed lines.   Once dry, the bleach had removed most of the color of the cardstock – leaving a white base on which to apply color.   I used water based markers in green and peach to add the color.

On the base of the card is designer paper from Basic Grey’s Ambrosia line.  I also stamped a leaf image with versamark ink in the background.  

The cardstock is from Mark’s Finest Papers and is called Florida Peach and works well with the bleach technique.  Some cardstocks do not so you will want to test a small sample first if you want to try this.

The images are from Mark’s Finest Papers as well – from the Love Remains set.

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clean and simple monday

Today’s clean and simple challenge at SCS is to “do over”  one of your previous cards.  A while back I made a card with a cherry blossom stamp and bleached out the petals.  The card {shown here} came out nice, but I’m happy to “re-do” in a clean and simple version.

The sketch was taken from the CAS Fall to Layout Sketch #79. 

I started by stamping and embossing the image, from Rubber Stampede on a piece of paper from The Paper Company.  It was just the right shade to go with the textured cardstock from Bazzill.

I bleached out the blosssoms and branches then used prisma pencils in pink to lightly add color.  The panel was mounted on a piece of chocolate.  The pink strip (from SU) was stamped with a PTI sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa.

A thing about bleaching.  If you are using bleach in this manner you must emboss the image first, otherwise the bleach will run all over.  The embossing acts as little walls to contain the bleach.

Also, test out your paper first.  I was going to use another color for this card – one more brown than green and when I tested a piece, the bleached areas came out pale yellow, not white.    It still looked good and I will most likely use that test piece for another project, it  just was  not the look I wanted today.

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red hot chili peppers

I’m an HGTV junkie.  I love this channel and watch  it every chance I get.  Each year HGTV has a contest where they build a dream home and give it away, fully furnished down to the pots, pans and towels.  They usually include  a car and money as part of the total prize package.

This years HGTV dream home was built on the Turquoise Trail, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe  – an area that happens to be one of my favorite places to visit.  My card was inspired by my memories of those trips, along with one of the rooms in the dream home that had one wall painted chili pepper red and decorated with  turquoise blue accents.

The chili peppers were stamped in Palette Noir and colored with  copics – R29 and R39 with a little colorless blender for highlights.  The blue background was airbushed with copics B00 and B04.  This panel was mounted on red and black.

The three red panels were created by using a distressed stamp (Stampabilities) with bleach – I like the textured effect with the bleach.  Black ink was sponged on the edges to give a more worn look.

The turquoise panel was stamped with a few southwest images using turquoise ink. Punched photo corners in black were added behind the blue to pop it out a bit.   Everything was then mounted on a red card.

The chili pepper stamps (The Artist Stamps) and the two southwest images (Judikins for the sun, Our Lady of  Rubber for the panel) were purchased at a small stamp store in Santa Fe called Guadalupe’s.  If you are ever in Santa Fe you will find yourself on San Francisco Street and this stamp store is on the second floor in one of the buildings so don’t miss it.

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