Sailing Home with Fab Friday 169

Sailing Home

Each product in the Sailing Home suite works together to create stunning nautical cards for unisex cards.  I used just a few pieces of the dies, two pieces of DSP, the Crumb Cake and Night of Navy baker’s twine, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake cardstock, some ink, and a Sailing Home trinket for the FabFri169 challenge.  This clean and simple card came together very quickly, and would be easily replicated for mass production.  

Here’s the challenge banner from Fab Friday:

This simple sketch lends itself to a multitude of interpretations.  Here’s the card I created:


A Simple Process

Night of Navy cardstock provides the base, with the first pattern of DSP for the background.  I used the Layering Circle die set to crop the compass from another piece of DSP.  I especially like the size of the DSP compasses, which really worked for this sketch challenge.

Crumb Cake cardstock provided the base of the lighthouse.  I stamped it with Night of Navy ink and cropped using the lighthouse die.  I also used Night of Navy ink for the sentiment.  This sentiment fits perfectly in the banner from Smooth Sailing dies.   In order to add some depth to the sentiment banner, I outlined it using an Early Espressso marker.  I still thought the sentiment needed additional dimension to stand out, so I used a Crumb Cake marker to color in the stitches in the ditch.

After adhering the DSP compass where I wanted it, I wrapped the baker’s twine around the base of the card three times and tied it in a square knot.  Then I pulled a small length of the nylon thread which allowed me to attach the trinket to the square knot in the baker’s twine.  The lighthouse and sentiment are popped up on dimensionals, as is the base to accomodate the baker’s twine.  

Once again, I finished by decorating the envelope by stamping a lighthouse on the front left, and added more of the compass DSP on the flap.

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Supply List:

Sailing Home cling stamp set, item # 149457

Smooth Sailing die set, item # 149576

Baker’s Twine, item # 149483

Sail Away Trinkets, item # 149483

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Crumb Cake carstock, item # 120953

Night of Navy Ink, item # 147110

Neutrals Stampin’ Write markers, item # 147158

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

You Know You Want to …….

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Another Two-fer with Fab Friday 168 and Just Add Ink #467

By Now You Know…..

I love two-fers!  Any time I can combine a color challenge (FabFriday168) and layout challenge (Just Add Ink #467), I am game. 

Here are the banners for both challenges:


The Fab Friday colors are bright and happy and, to me at least, lend themselves to a whimsical card.  Just Add Ink’s layout can be sophisticated, just as easily as it can be fun.  I went with whimiscal and fun.  

Here’s the inside and outside of my card:





Fab Friday Colors 

In keeping with all my other blonde angels, I used the Pineapple Punch marker to color this angel’s hair.  However, with just that one color, her hair looked very flat, so I pulled in Mango Melody to highlight her hair.  I also used the Pineapple Punch DSP for the top 2/3 of the card.

Lovely Lipstick provided the color for the angel’s shoes and the enamel dots on her dress.  I also used  Lovely Lipstick DSP for the bottom third of the card.

I used Bermuda Bay in three somewhat subtle areas.   First, I colored the dress using the blends combo.  Second, I used the marker to color the stitching in the ditch created by the Stitched Shape dies.   Finally, I pulled some retired ribbon to create a border between the two DSP pieces.

The final color, Pacific Point, provides the card base and the rotated mat for the angel.   

Four colors accomplished.  All the pieces were dry-fit and then attached using dimensionals and Tombow liquid glue.  


The four colors are pretty bright, but I really thought it worked all the way around.  My DH and DD did not think so because they both thought the Pineapple Punch DSP on the top of the card was too bright.  Did I mention that I had already adhered all the pieces?

In an effort to appease both of them, I decided that I would use a piece of vellum over the Pineapple Punch DSP to mellow it out.  After some measuring, cropping, and very careful placement, I was able to get the vellum adhered behind the Pacific Point mat.  At that point, I needed to figure out how to adhere at least the top corners of the vellum.  I used the thin line glue to place a dot in each of the top corners and then covered the very small dots of glue with two more enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms dots.  

I stamped the inside, decorated the front and flap of the envelope andshowed the new version of the card to my DH (dear husband) and DD (dear daughter).  They both thought it looked “better”.  I have to say, I agree that the more muted Pineapple Punch DSP helps to tone down all the bright colors. 

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Fab Friday 167, but First a Follow-up

Just Add Ink Follow-up

Last week I played along with Just Add Ink’s color challenge #464 of Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, and Flirty Flamingo.  You can see my card here.  Imagine my complete surprise when, sitting at the airport, I saw the email update that I had won the challenge!  I am so incredibly honored and, now that I am home, have added the widget to my blog.   

Fab Friday 167

Before I left for NY, I created a card for this challenge, but was not happy with it.  After getting home, I needed to create thank you cards for some cousins we visited. Therefore, I decided to try creating a card for this challenge again.   However, I had been looking at this newly created card since yesterday afternoon when I “finished” it.  After trying a couple of additions, unsuccessfully I might add, I finally (!!) stumbled across an idea:  black enamel dots leftover from Halloween.  Finally, I feel finished!

Here’s the FabFriday167 sketch:

Here’s my card:


All the Elements

The border element should have been easy to figure out, but I had a difficult time deciding on it.  I’d completely forgotten about the scalloped die in the Seasonal Layers die set.  Therefore, I wound up using the Decorative Ribbon Punch (item 143721).  This SAB DSP has really gotten a work out and I have one full sheet and then pieces left.  There are multiple reasons I love this DSP.   One of which is the ability  to punch the large (inside) and small (outside) butterflies at once using the Butterfly Duet punch (item 148523).

The stamp from the recently retired All Things Thanks stamp set, fits perfectly when stamped vertically on the Everyday Label punch (item 144668).  I like to mat this sentiment punch so, I punched a black one, cut it in half, and attached it so just a thin border shows on the top and bottom.  Then, I used the Stamping Write marker to outline the sides of the Whisper White punch, and, ta-da, I’d completed the sentiment element, and finishing the card soon followed.

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In Colors 2019-2021 for Fab Friday 166

Fab Friday 166 Card Challenge

Fab Friday for this 2 week period is to use all 5 of the new In Colors for 2019 – 2021.  Since I am off for the summer, I have been organizing and purging and came across painter’s tape.  The tape reminded me of a technique I used a few years ago, and I thought it would work pretty darn well.  The background mat for the card had to be Purple Posy since the ink and markers are not available yet.  

Here’s my card and the challenge banner:



After that easy mat decision was made, I had to organize the remaining colors into the order of my stripes.  I  tried to get the colors a sunset kind of order, so the darkest is on the bottom and the lightest on the top.  The order from bottom up is Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, and Rococo Rose.  

If at First You Don’t Succeed,

Try, try, and try again.   The first time I tried “stamping” with the painter’s tape, it turned out way too dark.  The stripes are very simple to create;  simply take a length of painter’s tape and place it on the ink pad.  At first, my result was too dark, as pictured below.  

My second attempt was to not press the tape on the ink pad as hard as I had done the first time.  However, that was still too dark.  I finally wound up stamping off the tape before lining it up on the card.  I really like the distressed look of the stripes, and can believe I got the stripes straight.  Success!

Free as a Bird

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use the birds on a branch for this card.  Therefore, I stamped the birds, sentiment, and leave all in Tuxedo Black.  

When I put the card together, including popping up the top layer on dimensionals, I decided that it needed “something”.  I still have some of the retired black dots from the holiday catalog, and put one in the center of the flowers below the branch and one on the leaves.  

When I came back to the card the next day, I decided that it still needed something to make the stamped images really stand out.  I grabbed my clear Wink of Stella and applied a couple of layers to the stamped images.  It’s not easy to get pictures of Wink of Stella on cards, so I hope you can see the sparkles on the birds in the picture below:

I finally feel like the card is done.  Since everything was pretty easy, and since I only used Tuxedo Black ink, the Free as a Bird stamp set, and the Wink of Stella, I think I created a #simplestamping card.  

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Petal Promenade for Fab Friday and the Library Challenge

Many Thanks to the Librarian!

Before I jump into my blog for these two challenges, let me say how honored I was to be chosen as one of the Librarian’s Choices for The Library Challenge # 9 with a Where the Wild Things Are theme.  You can see my z-fold card I created here.    I didn’t even know I was chosen until I went in to make sure I didn’t miss the deadline for the current challenge. While I enjoy participating in challenges, I’ve missed more deadlines by just a few hours for a variety of challenges.  Can you imagine my surprise?!? 

Current Challenges

Fab Friday 114 sketch challenge for this week is simple, which I love.  However, when combined with the Library Challenge # 10, it becomes very elegant.  I chose to use the cover of  the Rose Garden, written by Susanna Kearsley,  as my inspiration.  The gorgeous photographic Petal Promenade DSP is perfect, and I am very thankful for the DSP share in which I participated for this paper.  More about DSP shares later.

Here’s my card:

Here are the posts for the challenges:


Petal Promenade is Beautiful!

When I first saw the DSP options in the 2018 – 2019 catalog, not all of them Wow’d me, including Petal Promenade.  Therefore, I did what I always do when there are new DSP sets:  participate in a paper share with my upline, Brian King.  A paper share includes patterns from each of the DSP 12 x 12 (cut to 6 x 12) and 6 x 6 stacks.  The shares allow me to hold in my hot little hands to see if I want to order ALL of it.  This set of papers is gorgeous!!!!  I didn’t think I would order it, but now it tops my list for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free shopping list.  

Blushing Bride cardstock provides the bottom base, and I also used the Wood Textures DSP for the middle mat.  I punched out the circle to go under the Share What You Love doille for some contrast.  This suite also provided, the pearlized enamel dots, the metal flower, and the sentiment.   After choosing my DSP from Wood Textures, I decided on Soft Suede ink.  I thought the Whisper White label needed a little something – something.  Therefore, I chose a flower stamp and stamped it off in Blushing Bride.  The retired Crumb Cake ribbon seemed to fit this card, and the Fab Friday challenge, perfectly.

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Yet Another Two-fer for FabFriday 140 and CTS#277

Fab Friday 140

Fab Friday bi-weekly challenges are always fun.  The current challenge is to use all five new In-Colors 2018 – 2020.   Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch are all brightly saturated and pure colors.  At first I wasn’t sold on these new colors.   However, since I now have them in my hot little hands, I am in love with them.  The DSP is so much fun and is reminiscent of the In-Color DSP stacks of the past.  LOVE!

CAS(E) This Sketch #277

This weekly challenge always provides an interesting sketch from which inspiration can be drawn.  Sketch # 277 is very clean and simple with just a sentiment and one horizontal element below the sentiment.  Even though both of these challenges were rolling through my head for a few days, I did not necessarily try combine the two.  Since I wanted my Fab Friday card to be clean while incorporating the 5 colors, I figured out that I wanted to use the “celebrate” die.  That’s when I matched up the two challenges, which allowed me to use all the colors but still have a somewhat clean layout.  I hope you will see the CAS(E) inspiration in my card.

The Result

Here’s my card:

Here are the challenge links:


The first thing I figured out was the pattern for the “celebrate” die cut.  It was relatively easy to accomplish this look.  I cropped it out of three of the In-Color DSP papers, stacked them on top of each other, and cut the letters apart.  This allowed me to line up the letters exactly no matter the color.  It also left me with letter for two additional cards.  <Happy Dance>  

In order to be able to line up all the letters again, I knew I would need a complete base on which to place the letters.  Therefore, I cropped out the sentiment from Basic Black cardstock.  I also used Basic Black as one of the mat layers to ground and unify all of the five other colors.  Even though the blue “YOU” part of the sentiment is all one piece, I also layered it on top of a black base.  Another product that allowed this piecing process to be relatively easy was my Xyron Sticker Maker.  When using this sticker maker, I use the wrong end of the SU piercing tool to rub, rub, rub before taking off the cover layer of the Xyron sandwich.

Don’t even ask about the black base layer because I cropped both pieces of the sentiment out of it.  Ugly part won’t show because with everything else layered on it.

In order to incorporate the horizontal element I simply used a knotted piece of Lovely Lipstick ribbon.  

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