Friday, February 14, 2014

Fishy Birthday - Fab Friday 35

  We can add 2 more snow days to our school calendar for this year.  School was cancelled due to the snow yesterday and today.  We at least got a little bit more with this storm so it doesn't seem quite as ridiculous.  The boys had fun playing outside yesterday.  I think we were outside for about 4 hours total so we got plenty of fresh air!  We even built a little launch ramp for sledding in our front yard.  The slope is so gradual it's hard to get up any speed while sledding so we helped it out a bit.  Hopefully the ramp will last a few more days!

  Between all the snow fun I had some time to make my design team card for Fab Friday.  We're back with a sketch challenge this week.  I have to admit I was really stumped with this one.  I tried a bunch of different ideas and this card is what came out of the giant mess on my stamping desk.  Seriously, the papers and inks were just stacked up and sliding all over the place!

 Check out the sketch:

  And my card:

 I need a birthday card for my brother in law at the end of the month and I thought these colors were perfect for a guy card.  I stamped the main panel with several stamps from the By the Tide set using Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana and Midnight Muse ink.  I went back and stamped over the fish with the retired white Shimmer paint.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it all up. 


  For the half doily element of the sketch I decided to emboss the coral with Pool Party embossing powder.  It's a close enough match to Soft Sky.  The Soft Sky panel is embossed with the Stripes e.f. on a diagonal and then layered with a piece of 1/8" Bermuda Bay taffeta ribbon.

  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and punch out with circle punches.  I added a rhinestone and also a little scrap piece of Midnight Muse stitched ribbon.

  Head over to Fab Friday and check out all the fun Design Team samples and then play along with us.  Be sure to give a warm welcome to the newest Fab Friday Design Team member, Brian King!  Are we stacked with stamping all stars or what?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: By the Tide, Petite Pairs

Ink: Midnight Muse, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky

Paper: Midnight Muse, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: Shimmer Paint (retired), Stripes e.f., taffeta ribbon, stitched ribbon, Pool Party e.p., circle punches, rhinestone, dimensionals


  1. Gorgeous card. Love your interpretation of the doily with the coral sprig stamp.

  2. Amanda - what a super way to turn this doily sketch into a masculine beauty! I love the use of the coral on the card, and your heat embossing is perfect.

  3. Very cool card!! Kind of "fishy", ha ha ha!! Love the shimmery fish and the collage stamping behind them!!

  4. Your take on the sketch is pure genius, Amanda! Great card, and he's going to love it! Happy Valentines Day!

  5. Loving this stamp set. Gorgeous card. Mighty lucky brother-in-law!

  6. Am so in love with this card...I love that stamp set and marvel at how you decided to pop both the coral and the single fish....great for guy or gal...but especially for a guy! I have a few guys cards coming up in April and may borrow elements of your card!

  7. This is definetly a WOW's pinning like crazy on Pinterest!

  8. Hi Amanda,

    Your fish card is... so totally cool! I will be pulling on inspiration from your unique card.

    I must say, I also truly appreciated your watercolor card - in the posts above, and funny enough ( or NOT funny, really ) I've been making sympathy cards of late too.


  9. This is such a neat card! The shimmer paint and embossing add great details to the card. Thank you for visiting my blog for the challenge. I enjoyed working with this sketch.


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