Sunday, 12 August 2012

Relax...it's Summertime

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I'm here today is to share a summery card inspired by this week's colour challenge over at The Play Date Cafe and Sketch 110 from the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog.  It doesn't come much more summery than these colours does it!



and here's that wonderful sketch created this week by the lovely Laurie Scmidlin,  I actually decided to turn the sketch on it's side so that it's horizontal.


and finally, onto my card...the main image is from the fabulous 'North Shore' stamp set by Waltzingmouse Stamps which I've coloured using Copic Markers and then sponged some Tea Dye Distress ink around the edge with the oval die still in place. The little tiny flowers under the 'North Shore' banner match the flowers from another Waltzingmouse set - 'Free Sprit Boy' exactly, so I stamped and coloured those too using shades of pink, yellow and orange Copics and added them to the top right of the North Shore image.

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I used Sizzix Framelits to create some labels from cardstock and some corrugated card.  I used a grungy background, again from Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Free Sprit Boy' set and inked it up with orange, pink and yellow inks, stamped off onto some scratch paper and then stamped again onto my die cut label to give a more subtle, washed out effect.  I sponged on some orange coloured acrylic paint onto the other corrugated label and when dry I went back in and distressed using some Tea Dye ink by Tim Holtz.

The background is simply some yellow paper onto which I stamped one of the little scrolls from the North Shore set repeatedly along the bottom to create a border. They remind me of waves a little bit, so I thought that would tie in quite nicely with the rest of the card.  I finished with some gorgeous pink stripe cotton twill tied in a bow along the bottom.

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend! We've had a scorcher here in the UK, so Jon and I took the boys and the puppy down to the Ford in the little Cotswold village of Shilton for a splash around. They had the best time even though the water was freezing! Sometimes the simplest things are what our kids seem to love doing the most!  We're relaxing tonight though and looking forward to watching the London Olympics closing ceremony.

Thanks for visiting!

Helen x

22 comments:

Pauline said...

Absolutely stunning Helen! I love this colour scheme, it goes so well with this stamp set, just screams summer! Love it!

Kate said...

Beautiful card. Love the colours and the layout - especially the border you created using that little scroll from North Shore!

Kelly S. said...

EEEK, HELEN!!! LOVE North Shore all girlied up! Like a warm sunset kind of card. EXCELLENT use of the sketch with those shapes, and I love how you incorporated the color scheme!

Shannon White said...

Wowie Helen! this is Awesome! so Bright and Sunny! 8-) LOVE the Beachy WM images And your Super take on the sketch too! Just Fabulous Lady! Love this! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

NanaConnie said...

What a wonderful job using those colors, Helen! Love that surfer and the hibiscus.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Holy smokes Helen! What a stunner! Surely captures the vibe of summer! Thanks for joining along with the WMSC :)

Cathy Weber said...

Love this card Helen... especially the colors you used and the neat hibiscus flowers. They go perfectly with the surfer image.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Amazing, Helen. Those colors are just divine and really showcase this image so well. Mahalo!

Janetcraft said...

wow, this is exotic! Great colors and the big badge looks marvellous!
Thanks for visiting my blog and glad you felt the Victorian feel!

~amy~ said...

wonderful tropical card...love it! Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Sue Lelli said...

Helen, I am in LOVE with these bold bright summer colors! FAB design and I love the washed out colorful background! Just WONDERFUL!

anya said...

Oh this is fantastic!! Glad to have you join us for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge!

Vickie Z said...

The colors are fabulous...love the sentiment on the side...hibiscus flowers are perfect.....ohhh..just makes me smile!

Lynn said...

I really love this!! great use of dimension and layers! Thanks for playing along in The Play Date Cafe challenge!

kingstonmama said...

Gorgeous. Your card has a wonderful tropical feel to it. Ann

Jocelyn Olson said...

Oooo...the card is stunning! All the dimension is fantastic. Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

Jeanne J said...

Wow Helen - love the bright colors and the special effects on this. The washed out distressed look is amazing because instead of sanding off color you added more color. So bright and fun - just like you! Hugs!

-Aneta- said...

Helen.... amazing fresh, tropical, summertime, candy sweet card :)Love it !

Jean Martin said...

This is absolutely delightful Helen! It just makes me want to head on over to the beach!...or maybe Hawaii...lol! :) Thanks for sharing this with us at WMSC! :)

Renee said...

Helen this is stunning!!
Love the colors...
so perfect for these images!!
And all the little touches...
it's so incredibly gorgeous!!
Love it! :)

Edna Morrisedie said...

Awesome use of the stamps and the colours are gorgeous .... Tks for playing along with us again this week!

Anne-Elise said...

Gorgeous card, Helen! Love the colors you used and the flowers! Great work!