Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer Classics-- day 2!

As a kid, my family would pack up the car each spring and hit the road. It was Florida or bust! I think I actually made a sign that said that one year! The destination was always Orlando. We have wonderful memories of walking on sandy beaches and taking in the sea and sand. When I first saw this new set from Flourishes, I was flooded with all of those fun memories.


This is another big winner from Marcella Hawley. She sure has the magic touch when it comes to creating stamp sets! So when I inked up my stamps, I knew that I wanted to take the treasure trove of images and make my own kind of treasure map!

I made this fast and fun fold card using some fun K and Company decorative paper that is just that... a map!

Want to see how I did it? I'll start by saying this is from a book by Mary Jo McGraw called Creative Card Making. FYI: I didn't buy this book! I checked it out from my local library! Have you checked yours? Might want to! :-)

For this card, you start with an 11 by 11" piece of light card stock or text weight paper. Fold it on the diagonal. (After I realized you might like to see this -- I grabbed a spare piece of decorative paper to show you all)
Then from each corner - score at the point that is 5" from the point on both sides and fold in - like this! See the top point that is laying off to the left? You are going to fold this back toward the right and line up your fold with the natural "v" that is created by folding over your flaps in the first place. Like this....
Now, a tricky part that is hard to explain. You will fold the point of this up toward the "v" I mentioned before. When you fold this - it will create a new kind of pocket fold that will form a square. This is what it looks like...
This is how it works....
I just love the seashells in this set! I embossed them with detail gold and colored them up with some of the lighter shades of Copic in the Tigerlily and Water collections along with the W1 marker in the Warm Neutrals set.

This is what the card looks like when you unfold it! Just so you know, I did clip my corners that should have been between all of the flaps.
And, you can see.... this card features a fun accordion fold! Each panel features another seashell! Here's a close up of the seashells...

I masked the clam shell so that I could make the seaweed behind it. After I masked, I also used a texture stamp (tiny dots) to create "sand" underneath all of my shells.

Here's what it looks when you unfold the accordion center! And here is the priceless sentiment... Whew! That was a lot to digest, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will try to answer them in tomorrow's post!

Speaking of friends you treasure.... I had the pleasure of meeting one of my Flourishes team mates the night before we started our sneak peeks!Christine Okken was passing through and her family was able to set up camp here at the Koerber house for the night. I was giddy! I have to tell you too -- her coloring -- is even more beautiful in person! Her family is charming... to say the least!

Here's a pic of us hanging out! It was so fun meeting her!

Back to the stamps! Want to see what the rest of the design team cooked up? Hop on over and see....

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Sharon Doolittle
Jan Marie Caruso
Nancy Kirk

And, if you'd like a chance to win this set, Simply leave a comment over on the Seaside Life post on the Flourishes Newsletter! The winner will be announced tomorrow! While you are there, check out the rest of the fun happenings going on over at Flourishes!

See you tomorrow!

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