The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Well, Ain't I Just Krafty??

Remember my first prize winning set of stamps that I won from GinaK Designs?  I made this from it, and I had some colored shells left over.  I made a medalion with them and some shapes I cut with nestabilities dies on my dear friend the cuttlebug, and I was holding onto that waiting for inspiration to strike.  Oh yeah, and I used some Inkssentials Glossy Effects to make the inside of the conch shiny( like it oughtta be). 

I have not done too much with kraft paper, other than haul groceries home in it.  So, when GinaK Designs did a Kraft challenge a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a great time to jump in with both feet.  Luckily, one of my pathetic little value paper packs had a sheet of Kraft in it, so I was ready to go. 

Here is my offering for that challenge....

I have a pad of paper called The Stack III, from DCWV (Die Cuts with a View).  I get a ton of great ideas from this stack, because it has patterned and photograph pages, and the colors are pretty amazing too.  I picked this up for a song at a local thrift shop, and I am so glad I found it before some other crafter got a chance! 
From this stack, I got this water paper.  I tore it to get the white edges to show, and layered it to make the ocean waves effect.  I used the sand stamp from the GinaK Gifts from the Sea set to stamp the sand, using two brown inks and some white.  I think the white is what really makes it pop. 

The colored cardstock is from my value packs from The Paper Company, and the sentiment is from GinaK Designs, the Enjoy the Sunshine set.  The ribbon is  a $1.00 special from JoAnn's, and I had the jute twine hanging around in my art supplies. 

Oh yeah, about the shell.  I had some shells I used as summer decorations in the past, so I dug this one out and drilled a hole in it so I could tie it on the card.  After ma few moments of sliding the drill bit across the surface of the shell, I figured out that if I drilled from the INSIDE, and started slowly, I could get the job done.  I actually made it work without shattering any shells.  Oh yeah.  It takes me a minute to catch on, but I get up to speed pretty quickly! 

All in all, I think this relatively simple card turned out to be a good one.  I am trying to get a handle on CAS (clean and simple) cards lately.  I have one to show you next time, but I have more to learn in this realm.  Seems negative space is my nemesis at the moment! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I love hearing your comments!

All best-


  1. This is really fantastic! I love it! The sand part looks amazing!

  2. I was going to email you, but I can't find an address. I am curious which salon you work at. You can email me if you prefer! jinglesells at gmail dot com

  3. This is so wave cool! Har,har, on the pun. ;) Really really great card with all the beachy elements. Wish I didn't have to go to work...this makes me want to hit the water instead.

  4. Brilliant idea for your card! Love everything about it... and yes you are indeed very krafty. :)

    By the way... every time I see the title of your blog it makes me smile.

  5. Richard, this card is just amazing! I want to be there feeling the ocean breeze. Love everything about this card. :)

  6. Richard! I can't believe you are NOT a Kraft fan!! I could have sent you some!! OMG. It's my fave! along with white space! ;)
    Fabulous take on the challenge though!! it's awesome!

  7. You guys are so awesome! AJ-I would have to say I am "Kraft ignorant". I just got a pack of GinaK Kraft paper. I have been playing with it a bit. Stay tuned!

  8. Wow! Love your Beachy Card! Great details and Love how you did your Sand too! Just Fabulous! 8-)



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