Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Pink And Oh So Moddy!

So I've received my new Paptertrey order including my friend, Dawn McVey's new set Mod Squad. This set is so cool and is going to be so fun to play with.

I was inspired by Dawn's pink series she's been showing on her blog to make this card. Using hibiscus burst ink and paper combined with raspberry fizz, created a really bright and cheery pick-me-up card. Adding a prima, ribbon and a gem sticker were just the final touches needed.
Stamps: Mod Squad
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prima, Gem Sticker, Ribbon, Glue Dots

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Christmas One Sheet Wonder

It's week 5 of Cornish Heritage Farms Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge - One Sheet Wonder. Now I've never done a one sheet wonder before so while I thought about this I kind of psyched myself out and gave me a one sheet headache for a bit. Aye vey! It was actually easier than I was making it once I got going.

I decided that since I'm behind in the Christmas card challenge, why not get caught up and make some Christmas cards. I started by printing out one of PTI's My Timeless Templates I had already purchased and not done yet called Captured Card Case. After printing out my template on Stampin Up! bashful blue cardstock, cutting it out, and assembling, I was ready to stamp my one sheet wonder.

I decided to stamp my 12x12 One Sheet Wonder (OSW) using Cornish Heritage Farms Joyeux Noel set in Stampin Up's pacific pointe and bashful blue dye ink before stippling bashful blue in between the snowflakes as seen below.

I then cut my backgrounds for three cards and the lid of my Captured Card Case from the One Sheet Wonder cardstock as seen below.

I then stamped my sayings and punched them out with the Marvy Mega and Giga scalloped punches, added snowflake bobbin ribbon from Joann's, bulk snowflake brads and then gem stickers from the Michaels $1 spot.

To finish using up my One Sheet Wonder cardstock, I pulled out a Target notepad I've had in my stash for years and have just never altered like planned. Once it was covered with my template sheet, I added some primas I've had forever with dew drop centers, then added a saying and a Martha Stewart ribbon bow to finish it off.
I then finished off my Captured Card Case box by stamping some Kim Hughes images in memento tuxedo black on white cardstock and coloring them with prismacolor markers, cutting out and adhering to the box top with glue dots. Then I added the rest of the snowflake bobbin ribbon from Joann's also with glue dots to finish everything off.

Here's what my Captured Card Case looks like filled up with my Christmas cards. It'll make a great Christmas gift later when I fill it with something else besides cards and then the notebook later. So what do you think?

Stamps: CHF Forest Friendzy, Christmas Critters, Christmas Cheer, Joyeux Noel, Christmas Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Pacific Pointe, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Pacific Pointe, Bashful Blue
Accessories: White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Brads, Bobbin Ribbon, Marvy Mega & Giga Scallop Punches, Silver Brad Trees, Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brush, Gem Stickers, Sponge

Monday, July 27, 2009

Bathtime With Flopsy

It's week 9 of the My Favorite Challenge over at Splitcoast. This week we're supposed finish our card both inside and out. I usually don't finish the inside of my cards, so this is a bit of a challenge this week for me.

I've been just dying to ink up my new Flopsy set and figured this was a great time to do so. I pulled out some Prima Nursery Rhyme designer paper I found on clearance at Michaels and let the paper choose my colors for the challenge - lots of cool purple.

I started out by stamping Flopsy and all of the accessories he would need for a relaxing bath in memento tuxedo black in on MFT Perfect Panels and colored them with prismacolor markers. I then sponged Stampin Up! almost amethyst dye ink around the edges of the card and the main image, stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around Flopsy to fill in the white areas, then cut out all of his accessories, before punching out the saying. After layering, I added the prima flower & gems, also found on clearance, popped up the saying; then as a last minute addition doodled around Flopsy to "set him off" from the rest of the card.

Here's a close up of Flopsy and the gem additions:

Now for the inside of the card I used some scrap Prima Nursery Rhyme paper on white cardstock and sponged around both before adding the accessories & a layered saying. Again I added more doodling as a last minute addition on the inside as well.

Here's a close up of the inside accessories:

Stamps: MFT Bubble Bunny, Time For The Bubbly, Putting On The Glitz
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Prima Nursery Rhyme DP
Accessories: Sponge, Gems, Glue Dots, Prismacolor Markers, Prima Flowers, Dimensionals, Black Markers, Micro Pop Dots, Martha Stewart 2-Way Glue Pen

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome! It's hard to believe it's already time for another blog hop. This month's challenge is to use text, and since I don't own any of Papertrey's text sets, I figured I would go through my patterned paper and see what I could come up with. Bingo!!

I found this awesome vintage text background paper from Paper Pizazz that's been in my stash for who's knows how long. It's amazing what kind of goodies are hiding in that stash!

So I started off first by stamping on of the flowers in Enchanted Evening ink around the edge of my card before adding the kraft layer and text designer layer. I then stamped my leaves and flowers twice on white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored them with Prismacolor markers, blended and then cut out.

Once I had the flowers cut out, I decided to sponge some Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel ink around the edges before adding them to the card and then pinching the edges up. The centers of the flowers are popped up on dimensionals as well. Here's a close up of the finished flowers:

Close up of stamped card.

Text designer paper from Paper Pizazz.

Once I was done stamping the outside of my card, since I was still having so much fun with the set, I decided to stamp the inside of my card too. Now this is something I don't normally do. I then stamped the images again in Memento Tuxedo Black onto the designer paper and cut them out to adhere onto the kraft cardstock inside.

Here's the finished inside of the card:

Thank you for stopping by. I hope I've been able to provide some inspiration to you today.
Stamps: PTI In Bloom
Cardstock: PTI Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Paper Pizazz Designer Paper
Ink: PTI Enchanted Evening, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel & Night of Navy
Accessories: Sponges, Prismacolor Markers, Mini Glue Dots, Brads, Dimensionals

Christmas In July Part II

Sleigh bells ring, Are you listening?

In the lane, snow is glistening.

It's a beautiful sight, We're happy tonight,

Walkin in a winter wonderland.

I love the Charles Schultz Peanuts characters and decided they would be part of my Christmas cards again this year. I colored these images while my husband was in the hospital in May as well, but once again, took forever to put them together. The images are stamped in black and colored with Stampin Up! and Close To My Heart markers. I have faux brad stickers from Joanns around the edges. Stampin Up! bashful blue is stippled for the sky with real red sponged around the edges.

I hope you have found some inspiration for your Christmas cards here today.

Stamps: Stampendous, PTI Holiday Wishes, Rollergraph Wheel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Glorious Green, Real Red, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: White, Glorious Green, Real Red
Accessories: Ribbon, Faux Brad Stickers, Markers, Stipple Brushes

Friday, July 24, 2009

Christmas In July!

"It's beginning to look like Christmas, Everywhere you go....."

Can you just hear the music? Can you just feel the chill in the air? Ok, so we have to wait a few more months for the chill in the air, however, it's never too early to get started on Christmas cards.

I've joined the SCS Christmas Card challenges every year, but this year I'm about three months behind. So these cards are technically my cards for the April Challenge. I colored these images while my husband was in the hospital in late May from a broken ankle and just took forever to assemble the cards. The images are from Stampendous, markers from Stampin Up! and Close To My Heart.
For the penguin card, I also used some Queen & Company Felt Fusion I found in my stash that's been buried for a long while as well as the snowflake brads. It's amazing what I find when I start digging around in that stash from time to time.

For my kitty card (I so love this image), the designer paper is from the Michaels $1 bins! Can you believe it? A pack of yummy paper for $1!!! It's so rich looking and definitely well worth the price especially since it's Karen Foster paper too. I also wrapped some gold cord around the image before adding the brads and popping it up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Stampendous, Rubber Stampede

Cardstock: White, Elegant Eggplant, Handsome Hunter, Bashful Blue, Karen Foster Designer Paper, Stampin Up Designer Paper

Ink: Black

Accessories: Felt Fusion, Brads, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Markers, Cord, Brads

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Organic Friendship!

This week's sketch challenge I had a blast with! This card was made with a specific friend in mind and with a long storey behind it and she is going to kick my booty when she receives the card too. ;)

When MFT came out with the set I just had to get this set just for the cherries.

I stamped the cherries in memento black on MFT perfect panels & cut them out. The ribbon I got from Jody and is just yummy!! Now the saying I stamped everything in black except the word "organically": that is stamped in memento brown ink for obvious reasons. The cherries are adhered to the card with mini glue dots and the leaves are Michaels confetti flowers dyed by prismacolor markers then cut out to look like leaves. I found some "faux brad" stickers in my stash from Joann's to finish the cherries off. Background paper is from a Basic Grey Phoebe pack I've had for awhile.

Here's the close up of the detail of the cherries and leaves.

Stamps: MFT Feelin Fruity?
Cardstock: Celery, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey Phoebe
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Riding Hood Red, Green Galore
Accessories: Stipple Brush, Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Prismacolor Markers, Confetti Flowers, Brad Stickers

My Favorite Challenge - Week 8

Hello and welcome to week 8 of the My Favorite Challenges. This week we were supposed to de-stress! Oh, excuse me...distress, texture, emboss, whatever, our cards, scrapbook pages, projects, etc, etc. I'd rather do the de-stressing end of it personally. ;)

Seriously though I had found this really cool paper at Costco from My Minds Eye and wanted to use it somehow so I let the paper choose the colors & my stamp set for me. Since the background paper sort of looked like there were sunflowers in it and looked like fall stuff, I pulled out a set that sorely needed to see some ink, Stephanie Fizer's We're Not Scared. Gotta love those cute little owls!

I started by stamping everything in memento ink on MFT's perfect panels and coloring with prismacolor markers and then cutting the owls out. After layering the image on a dusty durango panel, I took my distressing tool and ran it along the sides to "rough it up" a bit and then popped it up on dimensionals. Then I decided to stipple some Tim Holtz distress inks (old paper & tea stain) to age the paper a few years before adding some twill ribbon that Kim has just got to keep in stock across the middle of the card. After adding some brads to hold it in place, I pulled out the edges of the twill to "rough" that up a bit too.

Here's the close up of the scare crow and the owls.

Stamps: MFT We're Not Scared, Essential Sentiments
Cardstock: Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, MFT Perfect Panels, My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Old Paper & Tea Stain Distress Inks, Dusty Durango Dye Ink
Accessories: Twill Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Brads, Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Distressing Tool, Mini Glue Dots

Corset Birthday

Totally fun post today. Found this corset template at for one of their design calls and thought I would just have fun with it since I would miss the design call.

After downloading the template on white cardstock, I stamped a retired Stampin Up! filigree background in real red classic ink. Keeping it simple, and in a old west theme, I added just black primas, black ribbon and pearls to finish it off. Inside is stamped "Of corset's your birthday".

Simple and took only about 10 minutes to make once I got myself in gear.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Filigree Background (retired), Art Impressions (inside saying)
Ink: Real Red
Cardstock: White
Accessories: Ribbon, Primas, Mini Glue Dots, Pearl Stickers

Monday, July 20, 2009

How Suite It Is

Third Post Today!!!

This week's colors for the Raspberry Suite color challenge are right up my alley - funky! So I decided to pull out a My Favorite Things set that needed some love, Sara Williams Funky Flowers and got to work.

Stamped the vase in memento black on MFT Perfect Panels, love that paper!! It's so perfect for prismacolor markers and doesn't bleed through so is I mess up something I can just flip it over and start new again. The little squiggly lines around the edges are a stamp included in the set, that I'm not sure what it's for, I turned into a border around my vase & flowers. My flowers were stamped on scratch MFT Perfect Panels with memento ink and then both the flowers & vase were colored with prismacolor markers. The background on the card is stamped in Stampin Up! certainly celery dye ink.

After I was done coloring, I cut all of the flowers out and popped them up on dimensionals and mini pop dots. Then the center smaller flower was popped up one more layer as well as the larger daisies in the back. Gem stickers were added to the centers to finish everything off.

The card not only fits the Raspberry Suite color challenge, but is also great for Celebrate MFT as well! The 20th of every month is Celebrate MFT when the MFT Junkies pull out our stamps and get them inky and just have fun with them. Here's the SCS gallery for your viewing pleasure: Celebrate MFT 0709.

Stamps: MFT Funky Flowers
Ink: Stampin Up! Certainly Celery, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink, Riding Hood Red, White
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Gem Stickers

Have You Scene The Ocean At Night?

It's week 4 of Cornish Heritage Farms Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge; this week Make A Scene. I used two stamp sets from the Scene It! series: Beacon of Hope and By The Seashore. With the hot temps around here all I could think about was getting to the beach and in a hurry! Anyone who really knows me, knows I have a love of lighthouses and I really wanted to use a lighthouse for this challenge as well.

I first stamped everything in memento tuxedo black and then stamped my lady with the basket, another set of palm trees, crab, and shells on scrap paper in memento black as well. Taking my prismacolor markers, I colored everything in the darker shades since I was making a night scene so the lighthouse "beacon" would show. Since the actual lighthouse stamp doesn't have a "shadow" beacon, I hand drew in my own and then colored in the darker sky around it. After the coloring on my main image was done, I colored and cut out the pieces on the scrap papers, then popped them up on dimensionals and mini pop dots. I kept embellishments simple except for ice stickles to highlight the waves.

Stamps: CHF Scene It! Beacon of Hope, By The Seashore
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Ice Stickles, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots

Celebrate With MFT!!

Hi and welcome to MFT’s first Celebrate MFT Customer Blog Hop!! You should have just come from Melody's blog. If not, you should start at Joanne's blog so you don’t miss any of the fantastic creations the bloggers have created for today. I am totally thrilled and humbled to be invited as part of the first blog hop. Thank you so much Joanne and MFT; and now onto my project.

I decided to do something that would also be part of my Devine Secret Sister reveal gift. I started out by using MFT'S Perfect Packaging and filling it with 3 bags orchid bath salts I found in the Michaels $1 bins. I then stamped my label, topper, & card image on MFT Perfect Panels in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with Prismacolor markers. Then I punched out my jar topper with the Marvy giga & extra giga scalloped punches and layered it on Stampin Up! rose red cardstock before adding diamond ice stickles allowing those to dry. I stamped my card layers using the bubbles as my background, and then tied some ribbon from MFT's Soft Spring Ribbon Nest and MFT's Royalty Ribbon around the jar & around my card. Once the stickles were dry, I added my embellies; primas I found on clearance at Michaels, dots with a white gel pen around the jar topper, gem stickers, and then popped up my image on the card with pop dots.

Here are close up's of my card, jar and topper.

I hope you found some inspiration with my project. Now onto Jaimie's blog to see what she’s cooked up for you today.
Stamps: MFT Essential Sentiments, Time For The Bubbly, Time For The Bubbly Label, Girls Day In
Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Rose Red, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Giga & Jumbo Giga Scallop Punches, Prismacolor Markers, Ice Stickles, Ribbon, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, MFT Perfect Packaging, Primas, Gem Stickers, White Gel Pen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Rose Red, Creamy Caramel

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Make A Wish

Happy Sunday to you all. Thought I would post a cool card since it's so hot here in Central California - 106 again today and we're looking at another 10 days of this kind of weather. Yuck!

Doesn't this card look like a cooler climate to you? To me it does. I had submitted this to Paper Crafts coloring contest back in April, and of course, it wasn't one of their winners. This is Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kincade's Make A Wish Cottage; from Thom's cottage series paintings.

I had stamped the image in memento tuxedo black in and then colored with prismacolor markers. Keeping the embellishments simple, the only things I used were vintage brads in the corners and just a hint of ice stickles on the stream behind the wishing well.

So, what do you wish for today? Me, cooler temperatures!

Stamps: CHF Thomas Kincade Make A Wish Cottage
Cardstock: White, Stampin Up! Glorious Green, Gable Green, Black
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Brads, Ice Stickles

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monsters and Mermaids!

It's week 7 of the My Favorite Sketch and Challenge. This week the challenge was to make something with a child theme. That was soooooo easy. There are a lot of MFT sets geared towards kids and I have a few of them that haven't seen ink yet. (shame on me)

My kids, including my husband, loved the movie Monsters Inc, so I went with that theme. Unfortunately, I ran out of room so, little Boo didn't make it on the card. Anyhoo, I started out by stamping that mean ol Rodney character and masked him. Then I stamped the fella with the briefcase, then the girlie Rodney is trying to slither around. After that, using a ruler, I hand drew (be gentle) the sidewalk, and the building then highlighted them both with an artist pen. Once that was done, I colored everything with prismacolor markers.

Now, I felt the card was still missing something so I stamped the briefcase, bow-tie, purse, and the girlie-girl separately on MFT perfect panels, colored where necessary and cut them all out. My little girlie monster is popped up on dimensionals and her purse is popped up again over her shoulder on mini pop dots. I then added MFT's new polka dot summer ribbon at the top, hand drew some birds in the distance & brads to finish it off.

For this weeks sketch challenge, I decided to keep the same kids theme only use the sketch we were given. I printed off Stephanie Fizer summer digital papers and stamped my images on MFT's perfect panels then colored with prismacolor markers and cut out.

Using the starfish like brads, I adhered them using mini glue dots to three corners and then the saying to the fourth corner with a small fish underneath. I then stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue and creamy caramel ink around the edges of the card and lightly over it to give an "ocean-y" feel before adding my mermaid and some ice stickles to her tail.

Stamps: MFT Monsters Ink, Hooga Booga, Stephanie Fizer Paper Dolls, Paper Doll Sayings

Cardstock: MFT Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Making Memories Spring DP

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Mini Glue Dots, Ribbon, Googlie Eyes, Brads, Ice Stickles, Dimensionals, Mini Pop Dots, Stipple Brushes, Artist Pen, Ruler, Circle Punch

Can You Resist Crayons?

It's week 3 of Cornish Heritage Farms Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge Contest - Resist. I chose to do a crayon resist technique. I love this technique because I get to be a little kid again. So pull out those crayons! If you don't have any of your own, borrow from the kiddos, or go get some from the back to school sales going on now. Yikes!!

I stamped my image in memento tuxedo black on glossy cardstock and allowed the image to dry completely. Once that was done, then I got to work coloring with my crayons. When I was done coloring, I pulled out a retired Stampin Up! fall kalidacolor ink pad and inked up my brayer. I then rolled my brayer over the glossy cardstock, and image, several times; allowing the ink layers to overlap and blend. As I did this, the areas that were colored with the crayons began to show through, resisting the ink. When the ink dries, the card looks like a fall sunset in the background with the colored sections sitting in a foreground. Too much ink? No sweat, just wipe it off with a Kleenex or paper towel before the ink dries to lighten it up over the crayon areas.

Cool huh?

Stamps: CHF SEP Fall Harvest, Stampin Up Autumn Days
Cardstock: Garden Green, Glossy, Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin UP! Retired Kalidacolor
Accessories: Brayer, Brads, Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cutie Pie

Third post for me today! I'm on a roll here. Here's my take on this week's MFT Sketch challenge. I decided to ink up my new Rainy Day Friends set by Stephanie Fizer. This set is just too stinkin cute and so much fun to play with. While photographing it, I decided to take the pics under one of our birch trees while the breeze was blowing and the shadows that were caught kind of look like the rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds just after a rain shower don't you think?

I let the Stephanie Fizer designer papers choose my colors for me. So I went with Stampin Up riding hood red and baja breeze and paired them with MFT's perfect panels. After stamping my images in memento tuxedo black, I colored everything with prismacolor markers, then cut out the frog and one umbrella layer to pop up with a dimensional later.

Once my card was assembled, I then "doodled" the dots-n-dashes around my cute little girl and added my frog and umbrella. Then stamped my saying, punched it out, layered, and "doodled" around it as well. Primas and bling were added last after lightly stippling Stampin Up! soft sky lightly over everything to soften up the images and outstanding white areas.

Stamps: MFT Paper Doll Sentiments, Stephanie Fizer Rainy Day Friends
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, MFT Perfect Panels, Stephanie Fizer
Designer Papers
Accessories: Stipple Brushes, Bling, Primas, Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Soft Sky

CHF Summer Challenge Week 2 - Paper Piecing

The first week of Cornish Heritage Farms' Summer Design challenge is over, the second week is all about paper piecing. It's not one of my favorite techniques, but one I am beginning to like a lot.

For my entry this week, I chose to use a couple of Kim Hughes' sets, Pretty Birds and The Landing Pad and stamped them on different patterned paper scraps before stamping onto white cardstock. The limb, leaves, stems and humming bird are colored and the rest is cut out.

Stampin Up! soft sky is lightly stippled around the birds for a softer sky effect.

Stamps: Kim Hughes Pretty Birds, Landing Pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Accessories: Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Brads, Ribbon Bow
Cardstock: White, Pretty In Pink, Celery, Making Memories Spring DP, Patterned Paper Scraps

My Favorite Challenge Week 6 - Recycle!

Well here we are in week 6 of the My Favorite Challenges and we are trying to recycle something. For me this was not an issue! The issue was trying to finish it because life just kept getting in the way. Smileys I love fireworks, but not the illegal kind, and we had too many of those going off on the 4th of July, so I had no sleep trying to keep terrified animals from running off, even the ones we had given sedatives to with a prescription from the vet. Then the wonderful individuals decided to set them off again Sunday night. So no sleep again. Otherwise I would have been done 2 days ago. Ok, enough venting, back to the project.

I decided to recycle a binder my 12 year old daughter used for 7th grade and wanted to get rid of since it's "not cool to use a binder 2 years in a row mom." Like where have I been? Hello! I am not throwing away a perfectly good binder especially when I can use it for stamping!!! Smileys So I proceeded to confiscate it, grab some Stampin Up! 12x12 paper I had in my stash that hasn't seen the light of day in years and happily head on out to the living room to my little corner of the world.

I started by stippling the "ocean" layers first: Stampin Up's brilliant blue, pacific point, bashful blue, and close to cocoa then creamy caramel for the sand. Then I pulled out my MFT beach sets. I wanted a beachy feel since I love the ocean so much. I started off by stamping the smaller WTG and her dog from By the Seashore and then the larger WTG and a dog from Gone to the Dogs. This gave me some depth to the overall "picture" I wanted to achieve.

On some My Perfect Panels I stamped separately WTG from Can You Dig It, Catch Some Rays, the accessories from Hit the Beach, and seashells from By the Seashore and then began my coloring. I colored everything with prismacolor markers and cut out what I needed to. I cut a slit between the hands of Who's That Girl from Can You Dig It to put a seashell in them to make it look like she was digging up seashells instead of the carrots from the set she's in. Cool huh?

I added my accessories where needed, popping up one of the seagulls, and then added some chipboard letters in the word INSPIRE along the side with some felt flowers as seen below.

Here is a close up of the beach scene itself. You can see the popped up seagull just right in front of the WTG from Can Ya Dig It with the seashell in her hand.

My cut out accessories with my suntanning Catch Some Rays Who's That Girl?

The main reason I had wanted to make a binder like this is because I have so many pictures my grandfather has taken over the years that are so inspiring and I wanted to keep them safe. I have had multiple ideas for making something to put them in, but this challenge just kicked my mojo in gear, not to mention my rear in gear to get it done. Now the pictures will be safe, and I have an inspiration binder of all of his photos, with plenty of room to add my own over the years.

Too bad none of the beach sets have a lighthouse in them. Oh Kim........!!!!
Stamps: MFT Hit The Beach, By The Seashore, Can Ya Dig It, Catch Some Rays, Gone To The Dogs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Brilliant Blue, Pacific Pointe, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky
Cardstock: Stampin Up White 12x12, Green Tea Designer Paper
Accessories: Making Memories Chipboard Letters, Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Prima Flower, Glue Dots, Stampin Up! Felt Flowers, Brads, Recycled Binder, Sticky Tape (Walmart)