Posts tagged ‘By the Tide’

July 20, 2014

Masculine birthday, by the tide and a triple stamping technique …

Hi, and welcome to my blog.   

No Christmas card again this week – have you missed seeing them?  The 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown blog hop is still in full swing, and will be for the whole of July, with lots of prizes up for grabs. There is still plenty of time to play along, so why not have a Christmas in July party and join in the fun?! And if you missed my Design Team inspiration card, do pop by for a look. 

I’ll be back with more Christmas creations for you in August, when I’ll have the great honour of being hostess for the month, setting you new challenges each week to prompt your creativity, so I hope you’ll pop by and join me again then. 

In the meantime, I have a masculine card to share with you today.  I used a triple stamping technique and the By the Tide stamp set from Stampin’ Up to create a masculine birthday card …


I initially reached for red, white and blue – colours that remind me of summer time and the seaside – but, for a slightly different look, I used very vanilla and cherry cobbler (even the colours sound delicious!)


If you’d like to give the triple stamping technique a try, you’ll find a great tutorial on the Splitcoast stampers website.


I’ve received a lot of messages recently asking what sizes I use for my cards, as you’ve had a few issues when casing them.  Just like a lot of my cards, this particular one is an A5 size – a very popular size of greetings card in the UK –  and requires a whole sheet of cardstock, scored and folded in half. I measured “by eye” for the mats and layers – I just cut it until it looked pleasing to me, so I don’t have the specific sizes, sorry. Follow your instincts and give it a go – you will love it… 


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All supplies from Stampin’ Up:

cardstock: night of navy, cherry cobbler, very vanilla;

stamp sets: by the tide;

inks: night of navy, cherry cobbler, crumb cake;

punches & dies: circles, word window;

accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, linen thread.

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Thanks for dropping by today.


June 3, 2013

Sun, sea and marry me – part 2 …

They say that time flies when you’re having fun! I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks preparing and making things for my daughter’s wedding.  I have lots to share with you but of course had to wait until after the wedding so as not to spoil the surprise.

I made their wedding card a while ago and am so pleased that I can finally share it …

Laurie and Sean's wedding card

The wedding took place in Malta, at the beautiful Golden Sands Bay, with breath-taking views and beautiful surroundings.  The beach theme was continued throughout from the wedding invitations and stationery, to the wedding cake too – you may remember the invitations I shared a few months ago.

So when it came to their wedding card, I wanted something in keeping with their chosen theme and something a little bit unusual.  I took my inspiration from the theme and added my own little twists…

Laurie and Sean's wedding card 3

They say that when seahorses mate, they mate for life, so I thought the seahorse image from the By the Tide stamp set from Stampin’ Up! would be very appropriate for the newlyweds.  I stamped 2 seahorses in soft suede ink, together with the shell, onto very vanilla cardstock, cut them out with my paper snips, shaped them a little with my bone folder and adhered them to the card with stampin’ dimensionals.

For the watery, sea-inspired background, I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers stamping onto water-colour paper. It’s a technique that has been around for a long time, but it was good to revisit it again, and it gave me an ideal backdrop for the card.

Laurie and Sean's wedding card 2

I added linen thread, adhesive pearls and a few tiny shells, and then created some texture with the colour spritzer, glass glitter and embossing powders, for a sandy look.

The wedding sentiment was stamped onto the bottom of the card so that they can frame the watercolour picture afterwards if they wish to.  Both sentiments are from a retired hostess set, but the words and fonts are so beautiful that I can’t bear to part with them, and couldn’t resist using them on the card – they were just so right.

Laurie and Seans wedding card 4

My daughter and her new husband loved the card – it was unique, made just for them.

I have lots more wedding projects to share with you, so please pop back again soon.


Here’s what I used to make today’s card – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: naturals ivory, very vanilla; stamp sets: by the tide, sentiments (retired hostess set); inks: early espresso, soft suede, so saffron, crumb cake, tempting turquoise, pacific point; accessories: watercolour paper, adhesive pearls, stampin’ dimensionals,  fan fair designer series paper, linen thread, silver and blue glass glitter, silver, gold and clear embossing powders, heat tool, stampamajig, colour spritzer,  early espresso stampin’ write marker pen, mini glue dots.

Thanks for dropping by today


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