May's card swap challenge doobery with Liz & Terri, was the choice of yours truly & as I live at the seaside, I decided to choose nautical as my theme.
Because I am sadly lacking in imagination & inspiration, I was only able to make 3 cards from Liz's parcel. I'm sure I'll manage a couple more later, but for now, three it is.
One of the cards was supposed to be an easel card, but I think both Liz & Terri FORGOT that bit !! :o) Still, they both made some lovely cards, so I will forgive them :o)
I opened Liz's parcel first this month & here are my efforts.
First, an easel card. The only things from my stash were the star shaped buttons, Everything else was from Liz's parcel. I THINK she made the paper herself, but I'll have to ask. Using that paper as a background, I just cut it to size, stuck it on a card & then used 2 different coloured blue cards, each cut to the same size as the boat topper Liz had included. I staggered them & stuck them together, then attached them to the easel part of the card. I added the sentiment & 2 star buttons & that was it.
The 2nd card is a Father's Day card for my Dad - DON'T LOOK, DAD !!!
The only thing from Liz's parcel that I used was the blue card with the sail boat stamped on it & the background paper, which I loved as soon as I saw it. It looked just like the sea & sky, with that lighter in-between bit that said *beach* to me. With that in mind, I knew I had the perfect stamp for it, so I inked it up, stamped it right in the middle of the paper & then die cut it with a circular die. I had an off cut of seashell cardstock so I die cut a scallioped edged circle, larger than the stamped image one & matt & layered them. I stuck the blue & white paper onto a card, covered up the hole that I'd made - when I die cut the stamped image - with the now matt & layered image & I then stamped a sail boat on plain blue card & die cut it with a smaller scalloped edged die. I stamped a shell on to the seashell cardstock, inked the edges of that & the sail boat die cut, stamped the sentiment on to some pale blue card, matt & layered it onto the seashell card & stuck it on the card. Just to finish off, I stamped a small bird in flight in the top left corner.
I think the stamp is just perfect for Father's Day & I really like how this card turned out :o)
The third card is also one I really like. I used the papers & the green card from Liz's parcel & I used my stamp, glitter strip & *happy birthday* stickers.
I stamped the boat, coloured it in with pro-markers & then cut it out. I stuck it on paper that looked like sea & sky again, even though the colours were different & to give the impression of waves - I hope :o) - I used my Divine Swirls folder to emboss the bottom of the sea/sky paper & the bottom of the background paper. I added a glittery blue ribbon, cut the green flag/bunting/whatever they're called & added the *happy birthday* stickers & then stamped a few small birds.
I'm not sure where the person in the boat has got to, though. Maybe he's gone for a swim or a lie down in the bottom of the boat & that's why we can't see him :o)
And now it's onto Terri's parcel. I have a couple of ideas, but nothing is really shouting at me yet. Let's hope I can come up with something :o)