Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Keep Calm...

...and hit the beach!  If I had my way, I'd live closer to the ocean so I could have my toes in the sand every day!  Nothing beats the sights and sounds of the ocean...it's my calm place :)  Growing up, my parents took me to the Washington and Oregon coast every year for vacation.  Now that I have kids of my own, we take our annual family vacations along the Oregon coast too!  In just a few short weeks we will be spending a little over a week in Pacific City, OR....just can't wait!! 
This weeks Inspiration Challenge at HandStamped Sentiments is Beach/Pacific Coast HWY...the best beaches are found along this coast line!!  Sadly, I do not have any current beach related stamp sets, but I do have one of my favorites from a few years ago...Do the Hula.  I love the surfboard stamp in this set!  I have never surfed, but it is something that is on my bucket list.  Maybe I can check that off this year...maybe!!
I've been on a edgelit and punch kick these past few weeks.  There are so many fun things you can do with them.  Here's what I had fun creating today:
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green
Ink ~ Stampin' Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Gumball Green & Midnight Muse.  Crumb Cake was sponged around the sand castle and sand.
Stamp Set ~ Do the Hula (retired)
Other Supplies ~ Adorning Accent Edgelits (ocean waves), Finishing Touches Edgelits (top of sand castle), Bitty Banners Framelits (flag on top of sand castle), 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Word Window Punch (sand castle)

Can't wait to get my toes in the sand!  Looking forward to a week of family fun, relaxation and of course some stamping!

Happy Stamping Friends!


  1. Very Cute!!! Love all the layers- so cute!!!
    Great use of the punches!!! Love the color combo and the pop of melon mambo!!! Thanks for playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments, Diane

  2. All I have to say is wow!! This card makes me feel like I'm right there at the beach. The colors of the ocean, the sand, sandcastle, beach ball and surf boards. I just got back from Hawaii and I'd say you nailed this "aloha" card!! Thanks for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!!

  3. Fun in the sun! That card is total eye candy! I love the sand castle, and all your scalloped layers, and that beach ball, too! Have a wonderful time on the coast with your family, and thanks for playing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments! Erika

  4. Oh my gosh, I immediately thought, "How did she make those waves?" Great idea! I really need to use my edgelits more. You did a great job and the colors and effects are outstanding! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week.

  5. I love that..."keep calm and hit the beach." I also am lovin' your beach inspired card. There are so many great details. I love the sand castle and the waves. I am so glad you joined along in this week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Smiles, Elizabeth

  6. Cute, cute! i think I've seen that castle somewhere before! ;-) So glad you came up with a reason to use it as well! Thanks so much for playing at HSS!

  7. Totally cute and I love all the elements! There's the surfboard and the sand castle and the waves! Love it! Thanks for playing at HSS!

  8. Erica! I could not for the life of me remember where I spotted that cute little castle so I could give credit where credit was due! Thank YOU! And thank you to everyone else for the kind comments. I really had a lot of fun with this card!