Thursday 28 August 2014

Sea Street - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Today is a fabulous day for THREE reasons!
1. You can now start ordering from the brand new Stampin' Up autumn/winter 2014 catalogue - woohooo! And it's my favourite catty ever with some exciting new styles!
2. You've still got time to join Stampin' Up and get £150 worth of products for just £99 (it's the last day of the offer today though, so don't miss out!)
3. It's time for another fabulous Artisan Design Team blog hop - yay!

The team have got some fantastic inspiration for you this week so are you ready to hop?! My own project demonstrates that Sea Street isn't just for children's cards but can work well for anyone - including those tricky-to-make-for teens and males in our lives! Come and see:

If you've ever visited one of those wonderful Sealife Centres you'll know where the inspiration for this card came from! I sponged the scene using inks and a mask made from torn scrap paper, then stamped and heat embossed the creatures. Don't you think the octopus from the set makes excellent seaweed?!

The scene and the porthole were cut out with Stampin' Up's useful Circles framelits. I love how shiny the Silver Foil Sheet I used for the porthole is and you can see I've studded it with some of the Mini Brads for that nautical vibe! The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners, stamped twice, snipped and layered.

While I was making this card I suddenly had an idea which sent me hopping about the Craft Square Metre like a loon - this kind of scene would make a great shaker card! Naturally I had to try it out:

Stampin' Up's shaker frames and window sheets make shaker cards a doddle and a little gold Stampin' Glitter created the perfect sand. Give the card a shake and you have a magical underwater sand storm going on - maybe a shark turned up aaaaargh!

It was a whole lot harder getting a photo of this card than it was making I can tell you! Anyway, my teenage boys told me they love 'cards that work' and this one certainly went down well in our household!

I  know you'll be dying to see what the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team have been up to! Allison Okamitsu is next up, so click the button below and prepare to be wowed:

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my online shop) 
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

My eldest son was always a gentle, cuddly boy as a tot (and still is!) I remember when he started school and the children were welcomed with a teddy bears' picnic. They were told they could bring any little animal, not just a teddy, so my son decided to bring his bathtime shark along.

I suggested that some of the children might not feel quite comfortable eating their picnic with a shark, but he looked at me with his clear blue eyes and told me that 'Sharky would never hurt anyone'. Hmm, I suppose Sharky has his mouth open like that to show everyone how white his teeth are!

See you tomorrow,


  1. Love these - especially the silver fish!

  2. Great underwater scene Vicky love the 'looking through the porthole' and your little silver fish are fabulous...


  3. Fantastic cards Vicky - no wonder you are in the Artisan Design Team!

  4. What a fun porthole! Great cards!

  5. Wow! Just love these! I've been enjoying your August projects and looking forward to seeing everything this year!

  6. Pure genius Vicky, love the porthole and the whole sea theme :-)
    Val x

  7. Creative Vicky should be your blog name LOL. These are fabulous.

  8. Vicky, these cards are so fun! I love that your boys call them 'cards that work' :) Creating the portholes out of the silver foil paper is such a great idea!

  9. Both of your cards are wonderful!

  10. Fantastic idea and a very great card!

  11. this is such a funny idea :-) really great!

  12. that port window is to die for! so creative!!!

  13. Love your two cards Vicki. Great work- they are a bit fishy though...ho ..ho...ho! Merry Christmas..


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