A Day at the Beach for Freshly Made Sketches

I’m a day late and a dollar short for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The challenge ended yesterday at noon (the challenge showcases a simple banner with a cluster of shapes on the right hand side), but I’m sharing my card anyway.  🙂  While many used circles and flowers and balloons, I thought the images from Stampin’ Up!’s Day at the Beach would be perfect for this element of the sketch.  I chose a mix of soft and bright colors and warmed up my paper snips to make this fun card.  Here’s my card:

Day at the Beach, Greatest Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS272

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

FMS272Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Day at the Beach.  We aren’t EXACTLY ready for beach weather here in Atlanta, but I couldn’t keep these fun images hidden away – they needed to see the light of day.  🙂  What a fun set with modern lines and outlines.  Each of these beach-themed images is perfect for summertime.  I stamped the dolphin, sun, umbrella and hat with Archival Basic Black ink on Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Pear Pizzazz, respectively.  They were easy to snip out because the lines are bold and doubled (don’t stare too long, or you might feel dizzy) – anyway, if your snipping isn’t perfect, no one will know.  #oursecret

    Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

    Day at the Beach, Stampin’ Up!

  • Squinting for Balance.  It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my Patented Squinting Technique for making sure that everything everything is balanced on a card.  I use it all the time, but I feel bad about requiring you to send me a nickel when you use my patented technique – my home is filled with buckets of nickels that have arrived over the years (that’s an extreme version of the truth – I have received 15 cents to date.)  Anyway…once I positioned my images from Day at the Beach on my card, I squinted at my card and realized that I needed one more item to balance things out.  I needed a pink and a small object between the umbrella and hat.  I reached for Grateful Bunch and the coordinating Blossom Bunch punch.  I decided to snip close to the flower edge so that the flower would coordinate better with the other images I had snipped.  Then, I dropped a nickel in a bucket.
  • A Mix of Color Choices.  As I mentioned above, the Day at the Beach images are stamped on cardstock from the Bright and Subtles color families (with two In Colors that fall into these groups, too).  There’s yellow, purple, orange, green and pink in these images.  All five colors are soothed and balanced by all the Soft Sky I used in the base of the card and banner.  What fun to play with Stampin’ Up! colors!

Stamp Sets:  Day at the Beach, Greatest Greetings, Grateful Bunch  Papers:  Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Thick Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Soft Sky)  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like this card, and 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. I love how you used the images. This stamp set has been quietly getting my attention, and you have made it speak loudly! LOL. Beautiful card – great images and lovely sentiment.

  2. I feel the sun and the summer fun immediately. The colors are perfect. Snow is predicted later . . . I may have to come back and look at this card again and again!

  3. Well this cost me a nickel! You know how you can go through the catalog so many times that the edges of the page get “dog ear’d” and just not see a cute stamp until Brian shines with a card like this? You’ve done it again Brian with a great card that opened my eyes to a new stamp!

  4. AWESOME card Brian, I love the fussy cut stamped shapes!

  5. Ditto from me! I had to scroll down before I read about the card to see if there was a framelits to go with the stamp set?
    Only 15 cents, Brian???

  6. I love the sketch ! So many ideas popped in my head when I saw it . This stamp set has nagged at me ,but I really do not need any more beach or summer scene stamps BUT it is sooooo cute ! I really like what you did with it plus that umbrella pole that you have masterfully put coming out of the sentiment ….clever you !

  7. Great project Brian. When it comes to layering you are the King. I love the colors you chose they really take me to the beach.

  8. Cute card and thanks for the fun memory…my mom used to say “a day late and a dollar short!” : )

  9. Adorable!!! Love the happy color combination and the beachy feel!

  10. Love the way you used these cute, fun images!

  11. I was the same with this challenge. As I looked to add my card I realized I was 3 hours too late. I still published it in our blog anyway. Love your interpretation with the polka dots and fun Wisteria Wonder color.

  12. You may be a day late and a dollar short getting your card entered into the challenge but you knocked this card sketch out of the park!! I LOVE IT!!

  13. You are right… Squinting works. I owe you a nickel

  14. I adore everything about this card…..including the artist!

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