Tuesday, February 12, 2013

By the Tide

Fun fact about me:  I'm not really a beach baby.  Sure, the ocean is nice and all, but I don't like to go swimming out there where there are sharks and jellyfish and all kinds of other things that can kill you painfully in under a minute.  My husband, on the other hand, is an avid scuba diver.  I do like to go to aquariums though, I like to look at the pretty fishies where I'm in no danger of drowning.  And so I almost always buy any marine stamp sets that SU puts out.  Meet the brand-new set By the Tide:

It's a little difficult to see unless you click on the photo to enlarge it, but the fish and seahorse have the coral stamp in the background in stamped-off Crumb Cake.  I think I used every stamp in the set except one.  I wonder if it's weird to have a fish staring at you from a card, but is it any more arbitrary than all the cards with flowers or whatnot on them?  Things that make you go hmm.

Another fun fact:  when I was in 7th grade, I wanted to be a marine biologist.  Then I found out in high school that biology was pretty much my worst subject ever, and then there was the whole fear of drowning thing.  So I'll stick to visiting aquariums.  And rubber stamps.  Maybe the occasional educational program on TV.

Anyway, today's card is another combination of sketch and color challenges, there are just so MANY to choose from and I love them.  First up is the sketch from Sketch Frenzy Friday:

I stuck pretty close to it, didn't I?  The color combo is courtesy of Inkspirational, I couldn't wait to give this on a try especially since there was no pink involved.  I love pink, and I'm not one of those Valentine's Day haters, but it was nice to get away from pink for a bit since it's everywhere this time of year.

I used Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, and Perfect Plum and even managed to stick to just those three colors and nothing else.  I don't think we see NQN or Perfect Plum on enough color challenges, I love those colors.  Oh, let's be real--I just love color in general.  The more the better :)

Thanks for stopping by today, happy stampin'!

Supplies (all SU!):
Stamps:  By the Tide, You Are Loved (sentiment)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  1 3/8" square punch, Crumb Cake taffeta


sandie said...

Source adorable, I love how you have stamped the coral in the background and your post made me giggle! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational

Ruth M said...

This is a wonderful card Christy, a great masculine design! I love the background stamping behind the marine images and you did a fab job with both the sketch and colour challenges!
Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Inkspirational & I really hope to see you playing along with us again soon! Ruth x

creatingwithpaper said...

So cute! Great stamping job and wonderful use of the colors! So glad to have you at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Giffysk8s said...

Super nice! That would be another great set to have for making some manly cards. Onto my list it goes!

Mynnette said...

LOL, I'm a little sick of pink and red myself lately! LOVE the way you used your stamps and the fabulous nautical theme! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational! :)

Yvonne Garner said...

Oh, I love this! Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational.

SeeJulieStamp said...

Great card for this set!

Deb said...

Love what you did with this set! I love the look of layered stamping and you perfected it here! Just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Sketch Frenzy Friday!

Tanya said...

This whole post cracked me up! I too have a weird fascination with the beachy/nautical stamp sets having hardly spent time on a beach and having very little interest in ever returning. :)

Tammy said...

Love this card!! Great use of this wonderful stamp set--may have pushed me over the fence to get it!! :-) Thanks for joining us at SFF this week!

Patrice Herrera said...

Wow! You really did do a great job on this sketch and showcased this stamp set perfectly. It does look like and aquarium scene. Thanks for playing along with us over at SFF. Hope to see what you create for next week too.

inkedx2 said...

So cute! Love how you used this set! Thanks for playing with us this week at SFF.