Fun, Sun and Sand

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Wow!  It’s been two months since I’ve posted last.  They say time flies when you’re having fun, but that excuse is only for the first week that I was away.  My family and I went on a wonderful vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was oodles of fun.  I especially had fun with my daughter jumping waves for hours each day.  We had taken her to the beach when was very young and she *hated* the waves!  This trip I could barely drag her out of the waves and it gave me the warm fuzzies to see how much joy she found on the beach.

Unfortunately, that wonderful family time was followed up by a long bout of a yet-to-be officially diagnosed nerve issues that are cause me to lose feeling in my left hand.  No fun.

But, fortunately, I am not left-hand dominant, so I am still able to color and create.  Here’s my tribute to our happy little vacation.  And if you take a fancy to it and must have one of your own, just “Click to Shop” on the sidebar and pick it up in my brand spanking new Handmade by Amazon shop.

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Image: Newton’s Nook Designs “Beach Bum” (Digital Freebie!)

Die Cuts: Lawn Fawn “Stitched Hills” and “Ocean Waves”

Copic Markers: E31, E33, E34, E35, RV21, RV14, G02, G05, G09

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Homegrown Summer

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy participating in challenges.  This weekend, Passionate Paper Creations posted a Power Poppy challenge using the Sunflower Power digital stamp set.  I don’t color a lot of flowers, but sunflowers are one of favorite flowers, so I wanted to give it a go.  When planning the layout, I wanted to accomplish two things; 1. to only use materials I already had and 2. to try a layout I’ve never used before.  So I dug through my recently organized supplies and pulled out a paper pad that had the rich, complementary colors I was looking for and used a ribbon ‘rescued’ from a birthday gift, so a big ‘check!’ for number one.  To accomplish my second goal, I decided to try an easel card.  I tend not to make specialty fold cards, because although I think of my cards as art, I also like them to be practical- to fit in a standard envelope and be easy to mail and that can sometimes be a challenge with specialty folds.  Using this twisted easel fold, I was able to use a fancy fold and make it practical. Another ‘check!”  I’m really happy with how this card turned out and so glad I gave the flowers a chance.  (Now I’ve got my eye on a few other Power Poppy flower stamps.)

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Moonlight Greetings~ Homegrown Summer

Image: Power Poppy “Sunflower Power Set”

Pattern Paper: K & Company “Fall Collection by Tim Coffey”, Recollections “Parchment”

Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities “Label Twenty-Two”

Copic Sketch Markers: E41, E42, Y15, Y19, YR04, YR09, G24, G94, G99, E23, E25, E27, E27, E39, E49

Entered into Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Notes for a Friend

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On a visit to our local and wonderful art shoppe, The Queen’s Ink, my daughter picked up this adorable House Mouse Stamp. These little meeses are so cute and I love how they’ve worked together to share the blueberries. After she colored it a few times, I decided to give it a go and this all-occasion card was born.

Moonlight Greetings~Notes for a Friend

Ink: Tsukineko Momento “Tuxedo Black”, “Paris Dusk”

Images: Stampendous House Mouse “Berry Sharing”, Stampin’ Up “Thinking of You”

Pattern Paper: K & Company “Poppy Seeds”

Copic Sketch Markers: W1, W3, W5, T1, T3, T5, E00, E11, E21, E31, E41, E42, E43, E44, E50, E51, RV34, B0000, YG03, YG17, YG67 G94, BV000, BV02, BV13, BV17, BV20

Entered in House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge #199- House Mouse and a Friends