You’re a Treasure: Beautiful Beach Card

I created this card for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge #56: Beautiful Beaches. I tried to use the colors from the inspiration photo and created the card using Ahoy Matey stamp set. I decided to add a dolphin and make it for my younger Mexican Sponsor child since she told me dolphins were her favorite animal.

Cut out layers of watercolor paper and paint with distress ink.
Cut out and paint layers of watercolor paper

I started by cutting Strathmore Watercolor paper into two A2 size rectangles with Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles. One rectangle I cut into two pieces using Lawn Fawn stitched hillside borders. Then I embossed clouds on the top of the rectangle with Versa Mark ink, white embossing powder, and cloud stamps from Lawn Fawn Yay, Kites. Then, I painted the sky with Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon distress ink. I painted the ocean waves with Peacock Feathers and Mermaid lagoon and then stamped waves with Peacock Feathers. The larger piece I painted with Tea Dye distress Ink and splattered on Vintage Photo to look more like sand.

You’re a treasure card, Copic markers, and stamps

     The next step was too make the sentiment. I cut out a banner with the watercolor paper using a Lawn Fawn banner die. Then I embossed the sentiment with Versa Mark ink and black embossing powder. You can bend the stamps to get the words to follow the curves of the banner. Then I painted the banner using Tea Dye distress ink to coordinate with the beach.  

      Then I stamped and colored the images. The dolphin came from the Critters in the Sea Collection and the rest came from the Ahoy Matey collection. I stamped them with Lawn Fawn jet black ink on white card stock.  (You have to use alcohol friendly ink and paper so that the colors won’t bleed.) I used Copic markers in colors that coordinated with the card background. I colored the girl to look like the child that will be receiving the card. Finally, I cut out the images and attached them to the card with foam squares and Tombow Mono glue. I just started using alcohol markers last year, so I’m still learning. But as you can tell, it turned out cute, so don’t be afraid to try new things.


Grilled Pork Burger Dinner

Time to get the grill on now that I can get fresh tomatoes and corn at a local farmer’s market. I purchased two small cast iron frying pans from the Lodge outlet in Tennessee on a previous road trip. They work great for side items liked caramelized onions.

Baked with Love card

Baked with Love Card

I made this card to enter Lawnfawnatics challenge #48. You were supposed to design a card based upon a movie, TV show, or book. I chose to do the Great British Bake Off.

Red Panda Chai

I have been running a small family owned tea business called Trail Lodge Tea since 2011. I sell the teas online and at farmers markets in the St. Louis area. As you can guess I have a fondness for Red Pandas. When I was doing research for my daytime job at the zoo I discovered that Red Pandas were found in several provinces that are known for their tea