Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stamping at the Beach

My stamping buddy Rosemary and I take an annual trip to the beach each year right before Christmas. Her daughter has a 4th floor condo in Satellite Beach, FL which looks right out at the ocean. We pile all our stamping supplies into her SUV, take off for the beach, and then spend the week making our Christmas cards. Last week was our third trip – nothing to do but stamp, eat, and look at the ocean! These are some of the cards I made this week.

I am loving this Flourishes set – Doves and Holly. I made two cards using it. The first one is 5 x 6 ½ inches. The base and background panel for the doves are Ivory Cream Super Smooth. I cut the frame from Spring Leaf using the Spellbinders Foliage Frame die. I must confess I do not know where the DP came from – it was in my stash. The doves are colored using Copic markers, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals in the center of the frame. I added some paper piercing around the inside of the frame, and I was done.

The smaller card is a standard A2 size. I thought the smaller doves would fit well using the double embossing technique, and I liked the way it turned out. Paper is Ripened Tomato and Snow Storm Smooth. This one is pretty simple – just the embossing, some ribbon, and a fancy tag.

The cardstock and Doves and Holly set are available at Mark’s Finest Papers.

The tree on these two cards is part of a two-stamp swing card set from Repeat Impressions. The larger card is a gatefold card on which I glued DP from a big Christmas stack of paper from DCWV all the way to the edges of the “gate.” The tree is colored using Copic markers and some Spica glitter pens. I added a sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly and some ribbon.

The smaller card has a little more bling. All the decorations on the tree are rhinestones from Michaels. The card base is Bravo Burgundy with a couple of stripes of DP added for interest. The little circular sentiment is from a clear dollar set.

To say that my week at the beach was productive is probably an understatement. I wound up making around 35 Christmas cards. And we had a ball! We even had time to go see “New Moon” again for the third time!


Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful cards and sounds like a fun trip! I wish I was at the beach in Dec. Its COLD here. hee hee
Fabulous win today, I am so glad the Dolphins beat those pats. Whohoooo!!!!

Anonymous said...

Both cards with the Holly and Ivy set are lovely. I esp. like the big one with the flourished frame. Awesome design.

vdutchr said...

OMGosh Lois - your trip sounds like heaven! How fun to have a buddy like Rosemary! I wish I had a stampin buddy.. just you online ladies~not quite the same! LOL I can't believe how many cards you made! It looks like the retreat we were on! You do such an awesome job with those Doves! You are an inspiration to me!!