Ya, so I have been feeling a little funky for a couple of days. The stampin' suffered because of it. I am feeling more myself today and just in time. Amy did a sketch challenge for us today and I had to play! ;) You can find the challenge here: http://atsblog.typepad.com/ats/2008/02/amys-friday-ske.html (the devil made me do it!) I haven't had a chance to use this C.C.Designs bug set called Summer until today. The sun is trying to shine, it is melting snow so much we have a lake in our driveway and well, I am sick of it. (It as in snow!) Since I have a lake I might as well do beach cards right? I started with a sahara sand base. This card measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I used my sweet polka dot embossing folder. After running it through my cuttlebug I sponged it with chocolate chip ink to help the dots stand out. I am a texture and detail girl! The next layer is buckaroo blue with a chocolate chip mat. I stamped my paisley bg stamp in buckaroo blue on it and sponged chocolate chip around the edges, finishing it with paper piercing. The next layer is Stampin'Up! designer paper from last year with a chocolate chip mat behind it. I sewed around the edges, distressed the chocolate with scissors and scalloped the bottom with my create-a-cut. Now to the fun stuff! I used a piece of sahara sand cs and stamped my cute lil bug and her sand and bucket with basic black. I colored her with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I don't do this enough and need to practice some more. I still think it turned out kinda cute. After the coloring, I used my signo white gel pen to do dots on her little swim cap. I put bling in the middle of her flower (so cute), and used stickles in the sand. The chipboard is from my Stampin'Up! chipboard stash. I inked it with brocade blue craft ink and then stamped my cheesecloth bg stamp in white craft. I used a rhinestone brad to hook it on my piece. The adorable bow is a 4 hound ribbon blossom and it's stinking cute! I used various ribbons from my stash and trimmed the edges when it was done. I hope you like my creation. It was good to play!
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