Friends Are Like Seashells PP530

by Joanne James28. February 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Ann to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge for you to work with:


So many options for today's sketch! The weather is slowly warming up as Spring approaches and whilst we may not be experiencing beach vacations for some time to come still, I decided to break out my Sand and Sea Suite and recreate that feeling with a card or two instead. So this is the first card I came up with:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Sand and Sea - So much to love about the Sand & Sea Suite! One of the most unique aspects is the way that the dies contain a whole joined sheet of shells and sea fronds that can be both stamped and embossed then either used as a single piece or the individual pieces can be cut away as I've done on my card. I stamped, embossed and diecut the panel in both pink, yellow and pearlescent cardstock and mixed the various elements on my card, with that large, pink circular shell as the centrepiece. I gave it a pearlescent finish by sponging with frost white shimmer paint before adding to my card - just check out the amazing texture and detail:


I added some pearls and braided trim to finish. This stamp really does have the most lovely sentiments too; one the front of my card I used the one that forms the basis of the name for this stamp set - here's a peek at the inside of my card with the second part of my greeting:


This card is headed to one of my oldest and most dear friends for her birthday - I know she will love it! I'm also linking it up with the team over at Time Out Challenges, who are also celebrating their 7th birthday this week and challenging us to make birthday cards too - way to go Time Out!

A Pearlescent Alternative - I had another piece of the Sand & Sea DSP left after making the above card, so I decided to flip it and make another card using the reverse pattern, with the same layout but changing out some of the elements and colours and going for a slightly softer look:


I actually had something of a happy accident with this pearlescent shell. I had intended to simply emboss it, but having embossed the pink shell on the card above first, I hadn't realised that some of the pink ink had rubbed off onto the embossing folder so when I removed my pearly shell from the embossing folder, it had traces of pink ink on the indents. I wiped some of it away but then decided to go with it and instead rubbed the raised areas with Blushing Bride ink to accentuate them. I decided I actually quite liked the detail so no harm done - what do you think?


So which of these cards do you prefer? This one: 


Or this one:


Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts. I am using this suite for my next monthly online stamp class and am looking forward to creating more fabulous cards with it - get in touch if you'd like more information.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's main project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; the weather has been unseasonally mild here this week, so I will be spending some time in the garden today and probably heading out on my bike for a long cycle ride with the other members of the James household to take advantage of the warmer temparatures in case winter decides to make a return! I will also be placing my last Sale-A-Bration order as the current Sale-A-Bration promotion ends today - last call for orders if you would like to earn one of the amazing free gifts that are available as part of the promotion. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (15) -

VickyUnited Kingdom
2/28/2021 5:38:09 PM #

These are both really lovely Joanne and what a happy accident that the embossing folder retained some of the pink. I think I like the pink shell best - it really does look dimensional. I didn't realise the shells come as one die - it's so good to  see the products in action like this. Hope you enjoyed the warm day, gardening and cycling. But oh my, those temperatures drop rapidly at night though don't they! Vicky x

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
2/28/2021 9:25:59 PM #

These are so beautiful - really looking forward to your class with this set next month xx

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
2/28/2021 10:52:29 PM #

Wow, Joanne!  Both of these cards are amazing! If I had to pick a favorite, I LOVE the pearlescent shell card the most. But, they are both stunning!  Thank you for creating these beauties for my sketch challenge this week!

Kim Heggins
Kim HegginsUnited States
3/1/2021 1:24:33 AM #

What a wonderful card, just love all your gorgreous shells, stunning birthday card.

Kim Heggins
Kim HegginsUnited States
3/1/2021 1:25:00 AM #

oops....forgot to thank you for playing along with us at Time Out.

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
3/1/2021 4:59:54 PM #

Such pretty cards!  Love the pink/yellow combo and how you gave so much depth on the shells with the embossing and shimmer paint!  I can't wait for beachy trips again too!  Have a great week!

NancyUnited States
3/1/2021 10:42:59 PM #

WOW!  I am totally going to have to CASE one of these fabulous sea cards! I can't get over how much I love the colors that you combined and it's nothing I would have dreamt of in a zillion years!  What a super inspirational stop for me today and I am sure others too! Well done and have a great week!

LaurieUnited States
3/2/2021 12:04:36 AM #

SOO gorgeous!! Love the pink, just beautiful!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/2/2021 1:19:59 AM #

You cannot go wrong with ANYTHING in this bundle...both cards are stunning!  Gorgeous colors and elements.  I am t-r-y-i-n-g to resist buying it, but it's getting harder and harder!!!

Celeste Goff
Celeste GoffUnited States
3/2/2021 2:42:10 AM #

Such a stunning card! Love that gorgeous seashell and the beautiful colors you used!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
3/2/2021 3:21:02 AM #

BRAVO! This is fabulous! I love the way you've pulled the colours from the DSP and given us a masterclass in how to use them to build up the card from there. My favourite mini set shown to great advantage!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
3/2/2021 3:48:38 AM #

Joanne, this card really stands above the crowd.  I've seen many seashells but the detail you added is stunning.  I love the Braided Trim behind the shell and your shimmer sponging is perfect, not to mention the colors you chose.  Beautiful.  Have a wonderful week.

Shona Chambers
Shona ChambersNew Zealand
3/3/2021 8:04:11 AM #

Wow, those shells look absolutely stunning!! They have so much dimension and the way you did the pearly finish is genius. Really like the colour combo on the card you shared with us, the pink and yellow is gorgeous together. And that background paper is so beautiful, I want it for myself!! The rope and pearls are the perfect embellishment and I bet your friend loved it. I'm over the moon you joined us at TIME OUT!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
3/6/2021 6:19:07 AM #

Both cards are stunning, Joanne! I love the "happy accident" on the pearlescent shell , too. The added detail looks gorgeous. Such wonderful for this beautiful stamp set. Wow!

3/9/2021 5:43:49 AM #

These are absolutely stunning! I love your color scheme. The dies you used are super pretty, all the details in these are so so pretty! Thank you for joining us at Time Out!

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