Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Seagull's Sanctuary...


I bought this beautiful stamp because it reminds me so much of my parent's vacation property and where we go to relax :) The property is waterfront and located about 3 hours from where I live. After a long drive it is lovely to pull up a lawn chair and look out at the view. Ahh, just looking at the picture below makes me wish that I was there right now....wait...maybe not (there aren't any stamps on my holidays...aack!) lol - Doesn't this just bring out the calm in you? :)


I saw this stamp come up one eBay and bought it because it reminds me of the garden path guides that my dad created. My dad likes to beach comb, and these were some of his finds that line the path headed towards the water.


Because of the beautiful details on this stamp, it was very easy to determine where to add the extra layers to create the paper tole. The life preserver has 3 layers and the starfish has 2. These both have been heat embossed to create the "wet" look via clear embossing power.



This image went particularly well with some left over Christmas Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding) designer paper - the rich colours really lent itself towards a masculine card. I added eyelets to the corners and some of my well loved twine. It's all in the details for me :)


Just before I finish off this post, I thought that I would leave you with another of my favourite vacation photos. Meet Bill (my husband )and Taiton my 3 year old little boy at the time. This photo was taken after an evening of throwing rocks in the water for the neighbours dog to catch. Dirty, wet and smelly....meet the men in my life! lol


Card Recipe:

Stamps: PSX
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Basic Grey DP, K&Co DP, Papertrey White, Watercolour
Ink: Basic Black, Versa Mark, Bravo Burgundy, SU Markers
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Eyelets, Cropadile, Twine, Sewing Machine, Brads, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Embossing Powder, Craft Knife, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities and Dimensionals

7 comments:

Renée said...

This is an absolutely fabulous card. I love all your details in each and every one of your cards, truly a work of art. Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

MJ said...

Another absolutely fabulous card. Your attention to detail is like no other!

SmilynStef said...

Love your great pictures and fabulous details ... the twine is the perfect touch.

Michelle (MilwaukeeMommy) said...

Hey Kim!!! Another beautiful card!!!! Love all the details ~~ the eyelets and the twine, it came out GAWJUS!!! Cute boys, too :)

Gemma said...

Stunning card, such amazing detail.

Jennifer Ofiana said...

OMGosh.. this might be my new favorite blog!!! I love love love all your artwork! It's amazing in detail and the colors are fab!!! Congrats on the DT.. I am excited we will be working together.. hoping some of what you got will rub off on me!!

emma said...

hi, i carnt belive ive found you. i was looking on splitcoast and there i saw it........the most amazing card ive ever seen, well thats a lie, all your cards are the most amazing ive ever seen. i first saw one of your cards on a well known auction site and that was it, i was hooked on your talent and the inspiration i get from you i cannot begin to tell you. you are AMAZINGLY TALENTED to say the least. would you please consider posting a tutorial of how to use stampin up colour wonder crayons and the aqua painter ? i would like to buy them after seeing your cards but i javent a clue of how to use them. its alot to ask but i would be so gratfull.... please. i normally use gasmol and prisma but the crayons look so much fun to use.
this is a long post i know but im so glad i found your blog
its just brilliant, thank you so much for sharing your works of art with us all
kindest wishes
emma x