By the Seashore as CAS Challenge

By the Seashore

Hello!

By the Seashore was the perfect stamp set for me to use to make a card for three different challenges! That IS a challenge in itself to find a format for a card that works for more than one challenge but I thought it was worth a shot!  Freshly Made Sketches has a sketch by the wonderfully talented Linda Callahan.  The Paper Players has a challenge by Jaydee to make a project with wildlife and I think my crab could qualify, don’t you think?  Pals Paper Arts has a color challenge, using Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit and Crisp Cantaloupe.  So, there you go!  My very first triple challenge!

I love everything about the ocean, just won’t get in it!  My husband needs to see “water” to relax so every vacation we take will involve an ocean, river, lake, etc.  He deserves it though – his career is very demanding and he doesn’t get many chances to “let go.”  Any stamp I can find that is water-related must be bought and will be used repeatedly.  I hadn’t used the crab from this stamp set yet, so it needed its moment in the spotlight, I decided.  The sentiment from Trust God stamp set was one I have always been drawn to but hadn’t used yet either.  I thought it was rather fitting for my little crab!

It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp set:  By the Seashore, Trust God
  • Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: VersaMark, Early Espresso
  • Cool Tools: Square Collection Framelits
  • Finishing Touch:  In Color Boutique Details, Early Espresso Embossing Powder

CAS cards are always fun and, since they don’t need many details, you can whip them up in a jiffy. I hope you liked mine and, if you did, would you please take a moment and leave me a comment?  I am working on a project for Sunday’s post so I hope you will be back to see it!  Until next time,

Keep calm and craft on!

Debbie

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It’s A “Perfect Blend” with Mojo Monday

Perfect Blend

Hello!

Do you have a Perfect Blend?  We all have one, I think.  Of course, I am not just talking about coffee here.  It can be anything really.  I love coffee though and drink probably way too much of it.  I make all kinds of excuses – I do live in Michigan after all!  I tried drinking hot tea for a long time in my younger years but I am not much of a breakfast eater and the tannic acid would make me very nauseous. Then I started working in a hospital where coffee can be found everywhere so my addiction was born!  Now, my favorite non-Stampin’ Up! tool keeps working all day long – my Keurig coffee maker! It really doesn’t matter to me whether it is caffeinated or not, it’s just the fact that it is hot and tasty – it’s the perfect blend!

I enjoy the Mojo Monday challenges and am entering this card into their Mojo Monday 318 Contest – they have a great design team and the challenges are lots of fun.  My Perfect Blend card started out with choosing my colors:  Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive.  I distressed the card layers and added just a little Crumb Cake to the edges.   Gorgeous Grunge was used in all three colors, then a remnant piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon made the banner.  The coffee cups were stamped on both Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry and paper-pieced together, then watercolored with Old Olive.  The tag was stamped and embellished with 7/16″ Ribbon.

Tip of the Day:  I used a die from Apothecary Accents for the tag but didn’t bring it all the way to the end, then used the little hole framelit to thread the ribbon.

It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp sets: Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge
  • Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Old Olive
  • Cool Tools: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Distressing Tool, Blended Pen
  • Finishing Touch: 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, 7/16″ Ribbon, Regals and Brights Candy Dots

This is such a cute stamp set so I hope you get it out and enjoy it soon!  Gorgeous Grunge is one of those stamp sets that is a great assist for adding fun details to any project you make.  It is fun for young and old, male and female.  So, the only question I have for you today is – What is your “Perfect Blend?”  Until next time,

Keep calm and craft on!

Debbie

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