Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SSCB#32 - Long The Summer

We're at the half way point of challenge#32 at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.  A new Challenge begins on the first Wednesday of every month.  At the half way point - the third Wednesday of the month - the design team posts a second project for the challenge to remind you that there is still time to play along and hopefully inspire you to join us.  The challenge this month is to make a card with a die cut window.  You can make a frame, or even lay a die inside the opening you create.  I always joke that Mary tries to keep us on our toes because she always keeps it interesting for the design team by adding a little twist to the challenge.  This time she has asked the design team to make an accordion card for their samples today. 
I'm usually inspired by things I see - or the time of year.  We were in Hilton Head Island, SC about a month ago.  We try to go every year around the same time, and usually it's my first taste of summer.   It's coastal living at it's best and we've made lots of good memories there.   WIth so many images fresh in my mind a nautical card was fun and easy. 
The accordion card base I made consists of three 4.25 x 5.5" cards all taped together to create a zig zag / accordion shape.  You can find a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers.  I used the same method as in the video to connect my cards, I just changed the shape from the one shown in the tutorial.
Since it's a window challenge I started with the cover of my card - cutting an oval shape window, and inserting a piece of transparency that I stamped with a seahorse.  I used Staz On Ink in White.  To give it a more finished look I created a frame by cutting the same oval from a larger scalloped oval shaped die cut. 
Here's the finished card 
And a few close ups so you can get a better look at the inside.    The star fish is embossed in gold.  I left the page behind the open window clean so that the pattern paper creates a background for the stamped seahorse.
I stamped the sailboat to look like a watermark stamp so you could hand write a message over it.   The lighthouse die is new from Serendipity and  most of the other dies - the Seahorse, foliage, oval and scallop oval are from Cheery Lynn.  Did you know Serendipity now carries Cheery Lynn dies in their inventory?  
Would you like to see more cards from the design team?  Just click on their names below to jump to their blogs.

I hope you'll join us at Serendipity for this month's challenge.  One random winner will receive a $20 gift code off their next order.  Everyone is a winner though because the sale this week is 40% off the highest priced item in your cart.  Use code “40fromhigh614”  Good through 6/24.   You'll also receive a free cling stamp with each die you purchase while supplies last.  

Lighthouse DieHaiku-Long The SummerSail BoatScallop ShellStarfishSea HorseThinking of You LgFrench Flair Silver Nesting Dies - LargeFrench Flair Purple Nesting Dies - LargeOval Purple Nesting Dies - Small

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps:  Sea Horse, Star Fish, Scallop Shell, Sail Boat, Thinking of You Large, Long the Summer Haiku
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Lighthouse, Cheery Lynn B118 Pair of Ferns, B267 Seahorse Family, XL12 French Flair Stackers, L12 Silver Stacker French Flair Classic,  L7 Oval Classic, XL8 Oval Scallop Stacker, Buckle RETIRED Spellbinders
Pattern Paper Mambi Me & My Big Ideas Ocean Collection
Card Stock:  SU! Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango,  PTI Aqua Mist, White, Kraft, Enchanted Evening, Silver Foil American Crafts
Twinery Twine Gold Shimmer
Button:  Basic Grey
Border Punch:  EK Success Double Embossed Dotted Lace 
Ink: Versamark, Memento Nautical Blue, Staz On White, Fresh Ink Birch
Gold Embossing Powder ZING!


Pauline said...

Gorgeous card Jeanne, love this nautical theme!

Diane Jaquay said...

I adore the colors on this, so pretty!!

Leah said...

WOW! This is beautiful. I love your colors and each detail is amazing. You captured the feeling of the sea so well. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :) Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Love your card - as usual!! Love the paper and all the elements you have used!! So creative!!

Joyce said...

Jeanne--this is so fabulous. I love all the different panels, and all your sea-themed stamps.

Mary Dew Lee said...

Jeanne - you and I know that I am NOT a blue person, but your cards make me LOVE blue! I esp love the Haiku poem - just a few words, the perfect combination of color and images and I'm at the ocean's edge - quite a feat considering I'm in Missouri!

Deepti said...

wow that's lovely!

Betty Wright said...

Jeanne, this is so amazing! Stunning details and design!

JD/ Jill said...

So beautiful. That Lighthouse die is DEFINITLY on my wish list now. It looks so nice in whatever color you use. I really like the soft green color you used soothing.

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my goodness Jeanne..this is one amazing little project and you really showcased all your new goodies just beautifully.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Beautiful, Jeanne! Love all the images and dies and the colors are perfect. I love Hilton Head and the lighthouse die fits right in there.

Jill Norwood said...

Amazing card! I love the nautical theme!

Marybeth said...

Jeanne this is absolutely amazing! What a gorgeous beach memory project! I love the starfish and all the sea stamps your used to remember your beautiful vacation with! Wow!