The Open Sea

For today’s card, I pulled out The Open Sea.  I haven’t used it since last summer.  It wasn’t in the Stampin’ Up!® catalog in 2011, and lots of demonstrators pleaded with Stampin’ Up! not to retire it.  So they brought it back as a write-in (and now it’s in the Annual Catalog).  By then, though, I had so many new stamps that I just put it aside.  Until today.

Today was one of the best days ever!  My group of demos had a team meeting, and Liz showed us how to use a free image coloring program with My Digital Studio.  Then Sandy and I stamped the rest of the day.  It was wonderful, and I got so much done.

When I left the house this morning, I grabbed bags of “extras” from workshops – those little layers and pieces that don’t get used, but you don’t feel like putting them away when you get home, so they pile up.  And up and up.  So I brought them with me as a challenge today.  I could only use the scraps in the bags.  I did get to mix and match from different bags, and I didn’t have to use the card stock or paper in the size it was cut; I could trim it down if I wanted.  (Since I was making the challenge rules for myself, I didn’t want to make it too hard.)  Here’s my Open Sea card.

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Stamps:  The Open Sea; Ink:  Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake classic; Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler card stock; Other:  Big Shot, Designer Frames folders, Delicate Designs folders, Adorning Accents edgelits, Apothecary Accents framelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing pack, paper-piercing tool, Stampin’ Pierce mat, sponge

One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! is that products coordinate.  For example, the apothecary accents framelits have a coordinating template in the paper-piercing pack.  And, of course, the colors all “go together.”  This is a favorite color combination of mine, and it uses the leftovers from a Christmas card we made at a card buffet.  I realized when I was searching for Father’s Day cards yesterday (because I lost the ones I had made earlier) that I really need some “non-flowery” cards.  Out of the seven cards I created today, I managed to make one look masculine.  *sigh*  But guys like flowers, too, right?

Hope you enjoyed the “hop” over the weekend.  If you missed it, you can still catch up here.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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