Wednesday, August 6, 2008

By The Seashore...

Good Wednesday Evening everyone! I am doing a double post because I'm so excited to have finished this card that I couldn't wait to share it. My card that I posted earlier was not up to my own usual standards--not that I think its bad, just average for me.

My mojo was not flowing this morning because I did not get any sleep last night. After having dinner with my girlfriends last night, I returned home around 11 pm to find my husband having chest pains. So off he went to the emergency room, white as a ghost and in pain--I couldn't go because we couldn't leave the kids alone. So I sat up until 4 am when he came home--apparently he is just under too much work stress and that's what they think it was--whoosh, I finally exhaled. Unfortunately, my hubby's family has major heart health issues that run in the fam and his Dad died 2 years ago of congestive heart failure--so we were scared! Thankfully all his tests came back fine, so he just needs to de-stress a little. We're going away for the week w/o the kids so we'll have some relaxing time to de-stress ourselves. So...anyways I'm sure you've heard enough of all of that, but I just wanted to explain my "stressed-out" mojo issues!

This card was an idea I've had for about a week and I finally found all my supplies to complete it. I keep a notepad in my room of layout ideas and card ideas--let me tell ya', that notepad is packed. My brain works overtime, but my body does not--lol! I love this dainty Tilda in her sundress wading in the ocean--just so summery and melancholy to me. I do love the ocean and the beach! I wanted to keep the colors soft, so I watercolored her and the sandcastle with my SU inkpads and Twinkling H2O's (and some soft sponging on the sky). The soft and lovely dp is from Crate Paper's "Blue Hill" line--love it, been hoarding it!!

My card base is made w/ PTI's kraft cs and then I cut out ovals from my 2 dp's to create a double frame for her. This was double--mounted (2 stacks of dimensionals on top of each other) to my card base, so it could act as a frame with my image underneath. I then used one of my Fiskars border punches to cut a strip of dp and mount that on top of the frame to create a topper for the card. The fisherman netting I found at AC Moore along with all of the shells. I just wrapped the netting around the frame and attached w/ glue dots--the shells were attached w/ glue dots too. The sandcastle image is from Gina K's "Just Be-Claws" set--I added some stickles and popped it up w/ dimensionals. The sentiment "cherish" is from SU's "Warm Words" set and I stamped it on vellum with SU's sage shadow ink. I backed it w/ white cs so that the words stood out and bent the vellum slightly so that it kinda bubbles out a little.

For final touches I added stickles around the oval frame, bottom of her dress and the bottom of the sentiment. I also added one more pearlized shell to the very top of the oval frame. I am so pleased that it actually turned out like I had envisioned in my head. You know how sometimes you have the greatest idea, but the interpretation does not always turned out the way you planned. Hate that :) I hope you like it as much as I do!

PS--This card is 5x6" and if you were to mail something like this, I would mail it in those clear boxes you can buy from ClearBags (love them) so it wouldn't get smooshed or damaged.
Have a great evening! I'm off to the MFT release party from 9-11 EST pm to buy more goodies!!


Edit--Thanks to all who asked about my hubby--he is good and has an appt w/ a good cardiologist after we get back just for another checkup. thanx


  1. I love it. You are very talented. I am glad your husband feels better

  2. WOW! This card is so pretty... I just completely adore it. Love the shells, the netting, the colouring it's just beautiful! And as for your husband... I completely understand your worries. Enjoy your time away and relax. I hope he's feeling better soon and both of you can de-stress. Take care!

  3. Oh MY Gosh Suzanne! I have no idea how old your dh is but has he been to a cardioligist to determine that things are good? Nothing to mess with my dear, as I am sure you know. On a different note: I love your blog and your art! Very creative and inspiring! Thank you!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS... THIS IS GORGEOUS!!!! I can see the time and work you put into this one. It really shows.
    Glad your dh is doing better. Yes... I think a week away is good medicine! Try to relax.....
    Hugs... Peggy

  5. Suzanne- this card is amazing, it is just beautiful. I can't say how much I love it. This is one of my fav Tilda's b/c she is dainty and summery. You did a FAB job.
    How did you do the oval on the front- did you have a punch?
    I am glad to hear your DH is ok, that would be so scary!

  6. So glad to hear your husband is fine. That's first and foremost important. I'm speechless over this card! It's just beautiful! Fell in love with her when I saw her and you made me love her all over again! Love the colors. Just stunning!

  7. Your Card is so beautiful! Great work! I love it!


    Hugs Tanja

  8. oh my word!
    This is stunningly beautiful,so much detailing....everything just fits perfectly...very clever and creative.
    Glad to hear that your DH is fine and that you both are going to be getting some well earned de stress time on your own. Hugs RAchxx

  9. Suzanne:
    First I am so glad to hear that your husband is okay. That can be so scarey.
    Regarding your card....It is just Gorgeous!! I love the softness of it, heck I love every thing about it! Very beautiful...
    I hope you and your husband have a lovely, relaxing, weekend away together.

  10. Suzanne, your card is beautiful, as always. Prayers to you and your family, I'm so glad your hubby is feeling better.

  11. Fabulous card - I fell in love with it instantly!!

    Glad hubby is ok!!!

  12. I love everythign about this card! All the details... Just perfect.

    Glad your husband is okay and hopefully you can have a get away together to destress!

  13. Oh my... This is so Pretty!! Love it.

  14. This card is absolutely precious! I love the colors and the design - everything!

  15. WOW!! This is one amazing and beautiful card!! I love the ocean/beach too.

    You have an amazing blog, I saw your cute Boo to You Treat Set on SCS and had to check your blog out, glad I did! :)


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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