Friday, January 29, 2021

Sand & Sea Revisited

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 I think you've probably figured out what my favourite stamp set and suite from the 2021 Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue is by now haven't you?  Yes, it's the Sand & Sea Suite and I couldn't resist one more kick at the sand pail, so to speak.

I admit that I was heavily influenced by some gorgeous creations by Narelle Farugia from last year's Artisan Design Team (aren't those artists inspiring?), but I took an admiring browse through her blog and then set out to make my own in the same fashion. Casing Narelle. I hope I didn't come too close to her designs, but it's so hard when you see something you like so much.

Instead of using that one big piece that works all together, I wanted to show you what you can do with the various individual elements of the Sand & Sea set:

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  • I stamped a number of the elements of the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set on Basic White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • I used a variety of Stampin' Blends Combos to colour them in, as well as the Blending Brushes to add some colour. I included Bermuda Bay Blends, Pool Party Blends, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Petal Pink blends plus the Colour Lifter. With the Blending Brushes I used Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake and some petal Pink.
  • I die cut most of the elements, although the shaded shells I had to cut roughly out the cardstock and then use that large composite die to die cut them. Even then, I had to trim away the bits of sea weed left on by that die.
  • I used the Lighthouse from the Sailing Home stamp set and the corresponding Smooth Sailing Dies to die cut the lighthouse and the large seaweed from a piece of Fine Art Floral DSP.
  • I distressed, sponged and used the sprinkle stamp from Friends are Like Seashells to add speckles to the background papers.
  • Braided Linen Trim frays and knots easily to make an interesting embellishment for each card, in a different way for each one.
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I really enjoyed creating these and will be using them as samples for my Catalogue Launch this weekend.

Have you heard about the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Promotion? Well, Stampin' Up! is bringing back the stamp set, Hey Chick, to go along with the new Hey Birthday Chick and, in this new promotion, they will have dies to go with each set. And you, the customer will be able to purchase them starting Feb. 1! They are adorable and with the extra dies, you can create little barn yard scenes!

Check the possibilities out on Pinterest to see what you can do! Then let me know what you want!

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