Hope your Memorial Weekend was spent just as you planned!  My son and grandson visited for a couple of days so we stayed busy.  The weather was perfect so lots of time was spent outdoors enjoying a variety of activities.  Of course, the highlight for my grandson was the three snakes that decided to slither through the yard!  Fortunately, the snakes decided there was too much to bother them at our house and made their way back to the woods.  Ah, the joys of living in rural Georgia!
Today I am sharing another Father’s Day card and a few more items from last week’s craft marathon.  The “By The Tide” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! was used for the card.  At first, I did not think that  the stamp set would be one that would be utilized often but I am finding that beautiful cards are produced using the set.
Father’s Day Card using “By The Tide” from Stampin’ Up!

The card base is Pool Party CS and the first layer is Very Vanilla CS.  The coral was stamped using Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad and then VersaMark was used to stamp over the coral again.  Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder was applied and heat embossed to add shimmer to the coral.  Pearl Basic Jewels were used to embellish the coral.  The fish were stamped using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad.  You’ll note that the fish in the foreground of the card is darker, it was stamped first. The fish in the upper left corner was stamped without re-inking the stamp to produce a lighter image and stamped so that part of the fish fades into the coral.  Before stamping the lighter image, I “huffed” on the stamp to moisten the remaining ink on the stamp.  The greeting was stamped using Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad and a saying from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.  A Stampin’ Write Marker in Pool Party was used to color the word in the greeting.   

As noted in an earlier post, last week lots of crafting was done by Sharon, Darien and me.  Below are a couple more of the items made.

The cluster of cards were prepared by Darien and though it did not photograph very well, the Swallowtail butterfly card is beautiful.  She stamped it using Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad and then re-stamped with VersaMark to heat emboss with Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder.  

Sharon made the card below using the large flower from Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set and the Blossoms Flower Punch.  The card has a very clean appearance and the overlapping blossoms are attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add depth and dimension.

 There are still more items to come from last week and I hope to complete posting them this week.  Additionally, card kits for purchase are in the planning stages so stay tuned for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact me:   margkni@gmail.com.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in on Thursday for my next post!
Until then, have a great week!