Beside the Sea Card

During this hot and humid Iowa summer, I would love to be beside the sea!  Well, technically, I would love to be on a beautiful sandy beach, lounging under a coconut tree, watching a tropical sunset.  It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!

Beside the Sea card

This week, the talented Joanne has a super fun theme challenge for us:  Beside the Seaside!  I am living my tropical dream vacation through my card.  What will YOU create?

Beside the Sea card

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Today’s card features Stampin’ Up!’s Layering Diorama dies.  I used them to frame a tropical sunset created with one of my favorite patterns in the Beauty of the Earth collection.  This blue pattern is perfect for creating both sky and water.  Several stamp sets and dies were used in creating my little scene.  For the sailboat and seaweed, I used the Sailing Home set and Smooth Sailing dies.  For the palm trees and sentiment, the Timeless Tropical set and In the Tropics dies were used.  While I try to avoid using retired products on the cards I post here on The Stampin’ Schach, I did use the retired Textured Essentials set to create the water.  For some strange reason, I had never used this set until the card I created for Festive Friday for their last challenge.  (You can see this card, HERE.)  It’s a keeper, just for “making waves”.

Beside the Sea card

Because every card can use a little sparkle, the seaweed was die cut from the fabulous Be Dazzling 6″ x 6″ Specialty Paper, which is available with a $50 purchase (before tax and shipping) during Sale-A-Bration.  Can you believe the new July – December Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration go live in just a few days? Yep…get ready to order on August 3rd!

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  1. Just gorgeous Ann! Love the shading in the background and of colors. and of course the beautiful detail.

  2. Ann, what a gorgeous scene you have created. your frames remind me of a pool surround – perfect for all of those wonderful elements you have used. Gorgeous

  3. Really nice card. The tropical feel is awesome. Makes me want to be on that sailboat.

  4. Ann, it is absolutely because of you that my Diorama Dies are on their way to me. When I saw this, I had to have them. This is an amazing seaside scene; so peaceful. Your design is perfect in every way and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the “seaside” theme this week. Hope you’re enjoying your week.

  5. That is such a pretty card.
    The Tropical scene looks so relaxing.
    Take care&stay safe

  6. The diorama dies are a perfect choice to frame out your tropical oasis! I love all the details especially the glimmer seaweed diecuts! Everything is better with some gold glimmer! Hope you have a great week!

  7. Your tropical scene is beautiful. Love how you used different sets to created this lovely scene – the palm trees, boat, water, sun and event he seaweed are all perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Awesome card! Love the scene.

  9. Oh Ann, This is so pretty! I am in love with your background and your sun looks incredible! If I was judging I would give this card a 10! Just WOW! Thanks for inspiring me!

  10. I could not figure out what I would do with that Diorama die set, but now that I see it used, it’s quite intriguing! As is the seaweed…again, not sure what I would use that paper for but I am going to have fun trying it out! Anyway, your little scene is delightful and you’ve captured the seaside perfectly!

  11. What an absolutely gorgeous seaside scene you’ve created! I love the wonky frame around it!

  12. What a beautiful ocean scene! I love the sparkle!

  13. Classy for sure on this card. Lots of bright colors and theme is awesome.

  14. BEAUITFUL card , Ann, and what time are we meeting there ♥️♥️♥️
    Hugs Frenchie ♥️

  15. As always your cards are absolutely incredible! You capture a scene as if we could just step right in. Love the sparkle embellishment; just enough to bring all together! Beautifully done as always!

  16. What I would give to dive into that sea right now Ann – your tropical scene with setting sun, palm trees and just the right amount of dazzling sparkle is so inviting! Gorgeous and perfect for my theme this week!

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