Island In the Sun

Good morning! Emily Midgett here with you today to share some super summery projects with you. I went to Cancun with my best friend from high school two weeks after we graduated, and it was seriously one of the coolest experiences of my life. Granted, I was 18, thin (so wearing a bikini was seriously no big deal), and had seen exactly nothing of the world, but it was one of those experiences from your youth that sears itself into your memory. The sights, the sounds, the smells… We laid by the pool (which was right next to the ocean…. couldn’t go in the ocean water because ew haha) for hours and hours, getting the perfect tan, listening to the music du jour… in my case, Weezer. Every time I hear the song Island In the Sun, I am transported back to that beach chair in the shallow part of the pool, drinking my first strawberry daiquiri, feeling the ocean breezes that made the Mexican heat palatable. The new Palm Trees and Wave sets that we’ve been showcasing do that for me now, too. This first project is an homage to my memories of that marvelous trip to Cancun.

I started by stamping the beautiful turquoise waters from Wave onto an A2 card base using  Hot Tourmaline, Caribbean Turquoise, and Cobalt Breeze inks. I then used my Clarity Stencil Brushes to add some Azurite ink around the edges to create that beautiful summer sky. I also cut a curved hill shape from some kraft card stock, then used the spray stamps from Wave and Aspen Cocoa ink to create a sandy beach.

I die cut the large palm trees from Palm Tree twice using the coordinating dies, as well as the hammock. I then stamped the palm leaves with the Crystal Garden collection and the trunks with Found Topaz and Aspen Cocoa inks. The hammock was stamped with Caviar Hybrid ink. I popped up the trees and sand dune using dimensional adhesive, then added a sentiment from Wave on a strip of card stock using Caviar ink. All in all, a super quick and easy card that I finished in less than an hour, and it invokes some fabulous memories for me. Love it.

While I was in a summery, beachy mood, I thought I would create a project using the absolutely adorable Sunnies stamps and dies. I started by stamping and die cutting all three (adorable) pairs of sunglasses onto some watercolor paper, then heat embossing them with sparkly gold embossing powder. I used my Zig markers and a damp paintbrush to color them. I wanted the lenses to be a bit more realistic looking, but they ended up being more “artistic” than I had envisioned. Oh well.

After finishing my watercoloring, I decided to create a subtle pattern for the card base using the smaller palm tree from the Palm Tree stamp set, the pineapple from Stand Tall, Be a Pineapple, and one of the little hearts from Darling Flamingo. I stamped all of these images in a semi-consistent pattern across the card front using Crystal Pewter ink. I then heat embossed the cheeky sentiment from Sunnies using  the same sparkly gold embossing powder at the bottom of the card base. The final step was to adhere the sunglasses using some dimensional adhesive on the card front.

Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you enjoyed my little trip down the coconut scented memory lane. 🙂 Don’t forget, our monthly challenge at The Ton’s Challenge Blog is still open! Enter your project using products from The Ton and inspired by our Mood Board for this month to be entered to win a $50 shopping spree to The Ton’s store!

Have a marvelous weekend, friends!

Sunnies Times Three

Hello everyone! It’s LauraJane sharing three fun cards using the new SUNNIES stamp set and coordinating dies.  How Cute are these?! Surely you can understand how I got carried away with ideas for this set. I checked out a Board on Pinterest and then began creating.

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Starting with the first pair of SUNNIES at the top of the set, I stamped a rainbow background using Soft Garnet, Peach Blossom, Vanilla Frosted Cupcake, Soft Garden, Cali Blue, and Soft Amethyst Couture inks. Then I embossed each one with Clear EP and trimmed the panel down with the 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″ die from the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Small) I then quickly used Copic N1 to add a hint of shadowing.IMG_9391bNext I heat embossed the sentiment onto black CS with White EP . Created a nest of DMC Metallic Thread – Light Silver and popped it into place with Foam tape. I think this kind of card  is perfect for anyone needing encouragement in our lives. IMG_9394

This next pair is my FAVORITE!IMG_9425

These SWEET SUNNIES embellished with pretty blooms, is Embossed with the gorgeous Rose Gold Embossing Powder and cut with matching the coordinating die.  Flesh color, Blush and Light Pink Zigs are what I used to color in the flowers. Olive green for the leaves. Then I shaded in the lens with Flesh color ZIG and added Glossy Accents for a bit of shine!

IMG_9424On a white piece of CS trimmed with the 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″ die from the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Small) , I heat embossed Brushed YOU with Rose Gold Embossing Powder. Then,cut it out with the Coordinating Die and In-Laid it back into place.

Layered the YOU panel onto a piece of CS stamped with Sunflower Garden Cling Background  with only the leaves colored in. This panel was trimmed with the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Large). The BG was stamped with Rose Gold Bangle Pigment Ink Set

In order to make that FUN sentiment work , I carefully cut the word you from the stamp in the SUNNIES set and inked it with Caviar onto white CS. Then colored it with the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide. Cut it down to make a small banner and glued it into place. Finished the card by embellishing with SUMMER SOIREE Couture mix which is the incentive mix from the SUMMER RELEASE. IMG_9410

I couldn’t leave the SUNNIES without playing with the Third pair!

So I quickly heat embossed them with Black Sparkle EP. I just love that kiss of glitter in this powder! The Coordinating Die made easy trimming out. Then I colored the open spaces and lens with Copic B000 and B02.IMG_9402

Going for a cool summer poolside look, I Heat embossed Haute Stripes with White EP and drew a shadow of color with Copic B000 under each stripe. Trimmed the panel with 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″ die from Double Stitched Rectangle Dies (Large).  I stamped the sentiment with Noir. Layered that onto a panel inked with the Rose Terrace Cling Background and  Couture Color – Blue Minis.IMG_9407

There you go! Three very different Sunnies. Hope you enjoyed seeing how I created with this set.


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