Swimmingly for Freshly Made Sketches

This week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me the opportunity to use up some of my By the Shore Designer Series Paper and to ink up the sentiment from the Seaside Shore stamp set.  You know I get super-jazzed about amazing color combinations, right?  Well, this paper has hit the jackpot on beautiful colors – Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla.  Hello!  Love it!  Here’s my card:

Seaside Shore, By the Shore Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS243

And here’s the banner for Amy O’Neill’s super-simple and super-versatile sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge that inspired my card:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • I’m Shore You Need This.  The Seaside Shore stamp set has lots of great images and two great sentiments.  It’s a fun set for anyone who lives near water or wants to live near water.  Let me be 100% honest with you, though – this card is all about the paper.  The sentiment might take up 21.348% of the card front, but the two panels of By the Shore Designer Series Paper are what make this simple card shine.  I love, love, love the waves of Dapper Denim on the background page (the collection also has a piece of Calypso Coral waves) and the adorable fish that seem to just be minding their own business.  What a great stack with versatility for almost any occasion.

    By the Shore Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    By the Shore Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Oval vs. Circle.  You know I love circles, right?  Sure, I could have used a circle to crop this sentiment, but I wanted to mix it up a bit and give my Layering Ovals Framelits a go.  Yippee!  I like how much white space (errr….uh….vanilla space) is left on either side of the sentiment when the oval is used.  While I love the fish, there are quite a few of them, so the white/vanilla space helps to separate the sentiment from the busy background a bit.  What a great way to say “hope things calm down for you a bit” – than with a fun card with the right touch of open, clean vanilla space?  If you want to see all the shapes and sizes of the Layering Ovals, Circles and Squares, click here.
  • Nautical Color Combination.  This paper gave me all the colors I needed to make a perfectly balanced card.  While the paper also includes Soft Sky, it’s not prominent on these patterns.  If you like this color combination as much as I do, you’ll want make sure you save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Seaside Shore  Papers:  By the Shore Designer Series Paper, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla  Inks:  Dapper Denim  Accessories:  Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Seaside Shore, By the Shore Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS243

I hope you’ll pop over to the Freshly Made Sketches site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Wonderful how you layered the two patterns. The simple layout is perfect for the sentiment!

  2. Carla Schechner

    Spot on once again, Brian!!!!

  3. Lovely and playful! Makes me feel like I am at the beach.

  4. Totally fun…..and as always you rocked the layers and used the DSP perfectly!

  5. I love it ! I have this dsp and stamp set on my list because they are SUPER cute !! I love that sentiment and want to use it with that adorable Goldfish and jars in the Jars Of Love Bundle also.
    Such a fun card for summer ! So so cute !!

  6. There couldn’t be a better card for summer for sure! That DSP is gorgeous and the Calypso Coral is the perfect backdrop color for it. As always, a fabulous card from a fabulous designer!

  7. Such a cute card today, Brian. I love the two DSPs together. The wavy one is a great background for the fishy one!! lol Great sentiment with it.

  8. What a soothing card…your absolutely right about this color combination! It is so Amazing!!!!

  9. Fun card that is sure to bring a sile. Love the colors and especially the off-set oval sentiment.

  10. My comment should read ‘sure to bring a smile’.

  11. Robbye Hamilton

    Super cute card Brian. It’s so bright and happy it would help your day go well.

  12. I love how you’ve used this sketch to show off this beautiful dsp! The extra vanilla space with the oval really allows the sentiment to stand out. Fabulous card, Brian! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  13. I’ve got to agree with you – that wavy pattern and the ombre colors on the DSP is pretty awesome. I love the whole watery theme you’ve got going on too! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  14. Oh I love this Brian – such clean lines and a wonderful theme. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

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