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.

Introducing...

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!

23 comments:

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gorgeous and your tutorial is wonderful! I love the elegance of this and such a cool feeling!
Totally love the picture of you and Christine. I am so glad you girls had a great time! :0)

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Julie, this project is just amazing! Seriously, so intriquite, detailed and lovely!! AND, what a joy getting to hang with Christine! I am jealous -I would love to meet you BOTH!!! What a fantastic picture of you both. Hugs,

Anonymous said...

wow- great ideas loved the info on how to make the card -but loved the card- loved the stamos as well- Kathy s

Littlebear said...

Outstanding - I love everything about it - the sentiment and card are perfect for each other.
Clare x

denise g. said...

Ok, you're scaring me! I go to the library and check out books and this week, besides fiction, I also got one on watercolor textures. May need to see if they've got this Mary Jo McGraw one. LOVE that fold! Beautiful card! Great picture of 2 stamping geniuses, too.

NancyK said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial - and for the tip of checking the local library! Using map paper is a great idea and perfect for this set. Love the coloring of the stamps as well!

Cindy Lawrence said...

What an awesome card, Julie! That dp is PERFECT for this set!!! How beautiful you & Christine both are...so awesome that you got to meet! :)

Dru said...

Wow! Amazing and gorgeous - just love that folded card and the accordion booklet inside, and your coloring along with those beautiful papers are just perfect. What a great project!

Our Little Inspirations said...

What a FABULOUS creation!! TFS the tutorial - I'd never seen this folded card before! The details are all amazing and I love how you've used this new set. Great photo of 2 amazing designers - TFS!!

Jerri Kay said...

Oh my gosh, this is absolutely fabulous Kellie, I love this set! How wonderful that you and Christine got to meet up! A fabulous and fun picture of the two of you!

The Rubber Maid said...

Wonderful treasure of folds and amazing results. How fun to have Christine visit with you. Fond memories to store away for future daydreaming. Mom

Curt in Carmel said...

LOVE this! As usual, your take on this card is just awesome. Love the "map" look, and the unique fold of this. Great job! Best, Curt

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Gorgeous design and tutorial, Julie!!! Beautifully done!!! Great picture of you and Christine!!! Good times I am sure!!!

ChristineCreations said...

What a great tutorial on that cool fold Julie! It look very dreamy...really treasure box feeling.

Thank you friend for a wonderful visit, it really was special to meet you in real life and your beautiful family! You're a gem!

Hope to download the pictures today after unpacking :)

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

This is just the coolest, and how cool that you got to meet up with Christine! I am so jealous!

Stephanie said...

Wow, that is so cool, and you made it look quite "doable"! Thank you for sharing how to make it and your beautiful end product!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, you're both just too cute! And your card is, too! I love the treasure map look and the pretty embossing. Very fun to make and receive!

acreativeneed said...

Great design Julie, thanks for sharing!! And the two of you are gorgeous! Isn't it great when you can actually meet a stamping friend in person!
smiles,Deena

leenda said...

FABULOUS! Really creative! Thanks for the tutorial!

Silke said...

AWWW - look of you two together!!! I bet you enjoyed every minute having Christine over!!!

Your project today is just fabulous - Julie!!! I love the envelope tutorial and the gold embossing - simply fab!!! Hugs ~S~

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Great card design and what a fun picture of you two -- cute as can be!!! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley said...

How creative! I love your fold, the design, the whole card! Another Wow!!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Love your sample -- the gold embossing is so rich with the shell images!