Oceanfront Fathers Day Card PP643

by Joanne James4. June 2023 08:00

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 a fun theme challenge for us to work with:


I decided to use Jen M's layout over at Freshly Made Sketches and was also inspired by the masculine blues and browns of Laurel's Inspired By photo for my Father's Day card this week - take a look:


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

Oceanfront - I haven't used the Oceanfront stamp set in ages, so thought today's card was a good opportunity to rectify this! This is such a great stamp for making beautiful beach scenes and is so easy to use. I stamped my scene with a Boho Blue sky, Misty Moonlight ocean and Crumb Cake sand with Copper Clay grasses - done! I also added some birds in Pebble Path from the 'Beside Me' set that I had out on my desk for my sentiment and some retired pebble enamel shapes to add a little extra detail. I wanted to diecut my scene with a stitched rectangle, but since they are now retired I thought I would consider other current options first and what do you know - one of the scalloped rectangles in the Scalloped Contours Dies was the perfect size!

Fresh As A Daisy - I used two pieces of designer paper for my split panel background - do you recognise them? In addition to all of the lovely floral patterns, the Fresh As A Daisy papers have a beautiful wash reverse in each of the new in-colours. I used the Boho Blue and Copper Clay papers to echo the colours of my oceanfront scene, with the diagonal proving a useful way to combine the two.

A Sketch Liberty - Whilst I think it's clear to see how Jen's FMS sketch inspired my layout this week, you will notice I did take a few liberties with it to suit my finished design (I hope she doesn't mind!). The size of my final card is larger than usual (14.9cm x 21cm) as I wanted to be able to accommodate my scene and still have plenty of background on show. I also re-angled the diagonal of my background layer; I wanted the diagonal to follow the diagonal of the shoreline of my ocean scene, so instead of going corner to corner I cut across the the main panel. This way the design still looks cohesive and the diagonal works with my scene, rather than making everything look slightly out of kilter:

A simple heat-embossed sentiment cut out with the label (shortened to fit) from the Cheerful Daisies Dies and a fancy linen thread bow complete my Father's Day card. This one will be headed to my Dad in a couple of weeks time - hope he likes it!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's 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!

Enjoy your day; after what has been a decidedly chilly week here in the UK, the sun is finally shining and temperatures are on the up - hurrah! I am looking forward to spending some time in the garden today, hopefully with a good book. I'll be back soon 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 (11) -

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/4/2023 12:09:19 PM #

Oooh, you are tempting me with this little scene!  I have not gotten this stamp set because I am "afraid" of scenes, but you make them look so easy! The papers are perfect too...especially with this fun sketch.  I predict a winner for sure!

jaydeeUnited States
6/4/2023 10:41:48 PM #

Joanne, what a gorgeous take on the FMS sketch.   Copper Clay is such a rich and wonderful color and it works beautifully with the blues.  I hadn't noticed this stamp set... mmmm... maybe I need to go and relook at it!  Fabulous card.

Jacquie Southas
Jacquie SouthasUnited States
6/5/2023 5:54:54 PM #

Love the soft, dreamy feel of this design, Joanne! Thanks for playing along with us at FMS this week.

Jen Brum
Jen BrumCanada
6/6/2023 12:37:33 AM #

This is a lovely card!  I just love that seaside scene you've created!  Love the colours too!  A fabulous Father's Day card!  Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
6/6/2023 2:57:06 AM #

Perfect card for Dad! Love the blue/brown color scheme!  Very pretty card!  Glad you joined us at FMS!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
6/7/2023 3:11:28 AM #

Wow! I LOVE the little oceanfront scene you created. What a great color combination, too! This is such a perfect masculine card. You definitely nailed the challenge!

Suzy Hinton
Suzy HintonUnited States
6/7/2023 3:13:25 AM #

Joanne, Your seascape is just beautiful. It is a great way ti incorporate the new colors. I love it!

amy tsuruta
amy tsurutaUnited States
6/7/2023 11:24:08 AM #

Such a wonderful mix of challenges. Your card is beautiful.
Thanks for joining us for the Inspired by Challenge!

Fran Wing
Fran WingUnited States
6/7/2023 11:58:11 PM #

I think I can safely say that your dad is going to love this card, Joanne! Using a watercolor technique for a "beachy" card was a great idea and the colors seem really appropriate. Also, that natural twine bow really works.
Xoxo, Fran

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/8/2023 6:44:04 AM #

Nice colour combination and great use of that paper. The bow is just gorgeous!

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
6/10/2023 6:50:29 AM #

Wonderful card, Joanne! Love he color combo and all of the awesome layers!

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