Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flip Flops

My latest creation is for this week's Splitcoast Stampers Technique Challenge TLC386 "Let's Make a Beach" designed by Joan Ervin, who is a Dirty Dozen Alumni.  We could use any technique to make a beach from a wave die to real sand.  I decided on the simple way of creating waves and sand...tearing and sponging.  I used 3 layer for the sand and 2 for the waves then sponged the edges.  It's hard to see but I sponged clouds and also distressed the edges of the card.

Believe it or not, I don't have an umbrella stamp or die so I made one from a small oval punch and the top is a small round punch.  I love to see the colorful umbrellas at the beach so I decided on bright card stock.  I sponged the edges to make it look weathered.  The pole is brushed silver card stock.

I found this stamp set back in April at a little shop on our way to a stamping event in Buffalo, NY.  It couldn't have been more  perfect for this challenge.  I stamped and colored the flip flops then cut them out.  The stamped sentiment was torn and sponged.  I was going to put it on the inside of the card but the front just needed something.  The little star fish & shells are part of the flip flop stamp.  I used a marker and randomly stamped them on the sand.  By the way, I've worn flip flops since I was 4...even when they weren't in fashion!

I had to highlight the birds.  This stamp is by Denamidesign and is reversible (?).  Stamped this way it looks like birds but flip it over and it becomes waves.  Cool, huh?

I have to add my partner in crime and fellow enabler, Runs with Scissors AKA Lisa will be so proud that I did another challenge.  Yes, she's got me hooked!

Supplies:  Stamps - Great Impressions, Denamidesign; Card stock - SU Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Brushed Sliver, Cherry Cobbler, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow, Green Galore, Brushed Silver; Ink - SU Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Other - Copics, Distresser


  1. You nailed it. Why would you even think of using an umbrella stamp when you made such a fabulous shade maker. And the flip flops. You didn't wear them when they weren't in style. You started the style. LOL The sentiment is so perfect. The whole thing is great! I am SO GLAD that you are a challenge junkie. Your creative juices need to be shared. Thanks!