The lovely Claire, from The Paper Players, is hosting a Summer Fun in the Water challenge this week. Claire stated she loves being by the water in the summer, and I don’t blame her. I would love to live by an ocean, where I could walk barefoot in the sand and collect shells to my heart’s content. My love of shells is probably why the So Many Shells stamp set called my name. I hope you enjoy today’s summer card!
Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ when folded.
Who doesn’t love sparkly shells? The Sea Urchin and the Scallop were kissed with Wink of Stella, while the Large Shell received a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds. And although it may not be a traditional color palette for shells and sea urchins, I love how they look stamped in Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Sahara Sand.
Soft Sky water and Crumb Cake gulls, courtesy of the High Tide stamp set, create a vignette for the fabulous Seas the Day sentiment. In fact, if the shells are not enough to convince you that you need the So Many Shells set, the amazing sentiments should.
A little Copper Trim and a few Pearls accent the oval. Copper Trim is one of my favorite products from the new catalog. It’s so versatile, I find myself using it quite often.
Who’s This Handsome Dog?
American/Canadian Champion You Don’t Know Jack
As many of you noticed, I was missing from the blog most of the month of June. Kim, my husband, and I accompanied Jackie the Boxer on his quest to earn his Canadian Champion title. We were fortunate enough to enlist the aid of one of Canada’s top handlers, Colin Brownlee. If you think Colin looks familiar, you may have seen him on TV if you watch the Westminster Dog Show.
Jackie and Colin hit it off immediately. They made a beautiful team. Not only did Jackie earn his Champion title, he earned multiple working group placements.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to rest on our laurels for long. Upon our return home, Jackie was stung by a bee, and suffered an allergic reaction. We had two emergency trips to the vet, one at 3:00 AM. He was covered in hives, and his eyes and nose were swelling shut. Here he is the morning after, after many of the hives had went down. You can imagine what he looked like when I rushed him to the vet. He was one sick puppy.
Jackie has gained back most of the four pounds he lost, but he still is not 100%. Because the above picture is so sad looking, we’ll leave you with a happy picture. Here he is strutting his stuff in Canada. He definitely loves to run around the show ring!
If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s summer card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. And remember, during the month of July, every $50 you order scores a $5 Off Bonus Coupon from Stampin’ Up! to be used on August orders…as well as a free gift from me! As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…