Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birthday Seashells

Hello Everyone! 

Today's card uses a gorgeous stamp set and brand new matching dies, Beauty By the Sea

It is hard to believe it is back to school time already; before you know it we will be stamping pumpkins, fall leaves and Christmas Trees!  I just had to use this set one more time while  I was still in the summer mood!
Have you ever sat down to make a card and been inspired by so many different things that you did not know where to start??  That was me with this card!  I tried so many different things and just kept combining what I tried 'til I liked what I came up with!  True confessions right here! 
I was initially inspired by the gold on vellum trend and stamped and die cut the smaller shell images on vellum.  Not sure how I got around to turning each of them into little charms, but I die cut the same shells from coral paper, then stamped the shell images in Versamark on these die cut shells, matched the cs shell to the vellum shell, punched a small hole near the top and fastened them with a small loop of craft wire.

I was also inspired by a recent purchase I made when I was visiting Design Team member and friend, Ceal- I finally found a craft iron after looking for about two years!  I really wanted to try the iron-off embossing technique and used an image from the Leafy Flourish Background and More  set to try it out.  I stamped the image in Versamark, clear embossed it, colored it with Pan Pastels, and then ironed off the embossing. 
I threaded my shell charms on some Hemptique Cord and added some ribbon and linen bows in between charms. 
The sentiment is also from the Beauty By the Sea Stamp Set and is stamped on a piece of Studio Calico dp.  A couple of vintage faceted buttons finish off the card! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a Blessed week! 

Lee Ann  :)


Joyce Casaldi said...


Gracie CH said...

Just beautiful!!!

Gloria Stengel said...

Love the knots and shells garland!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic card Lee Ann. Love the shell charms... such pretty colors. Love the gold with pink.