Happy Release Day!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Ahoy There Me Mateys!!

I've been hanging out all WEEK just to say that! Haha Today I'm showcasing the third set Hanna Stamps is releasing later on tonight - 'Ahoy Hanna'. If you look really hard (I'm sorry the background is a little faint!) you may be able to spot the 4 stamps I've used from this set. There are 8 stamps total in the set.

Where is the patterned paper Sandra?? I know that's what some of you are thinking and I don't blame you. But I decided to change my MO for this card so I could use some of the accessories in this set and make my own (be it subtle) patterned paper. Baby steps, right? LOL

I kept the colors very traditional and nautical and went with Very Vanilla cardstock instead of Whisper White. It creates a very vintage feel to the card don't you think? Wanna guess what influenced that decision? That polka dot ribbon! It's sooooo delicious! It was from that 99 cents rack of ribbon at Michaels. And it was on sale for 49 cents! BARGAIN! I faux stitched around the edges of the card to imitate stitching you find on the leather seating on a power boat like Hannas.

My second card today uses the lighthouse and flying seagull images from the set. This scene popped into my head when I saw the lighthouse image and my initial reaction was "I can't paint that!" My art background lent more towards the 'technical' side of art, like graphic design, technical drawing and product design....fine art and painting scared the bee-geezes out of me! So I temporarily pushed this idea out of my head and sketched out other ideas. But as I started running out of time to create my cards, I threw caution to the wind and painted the scene. And you know what? I think it turned out ok! I found this patterned paper in my stash that looked weathered and paired it with some shiny, sparkly ribbon and voila - a card!

Definitely feel like I challenged myself on both these cards today. So I'm challenging you, my lovely readers, to do something that challenges you this week. Create something that is outside the box or use a product that you normally wouldn't reach for. I double dare you! hahaha

Hope to see some of you at the release party tonight! Pop in HERE starting at 9PM EST and say hi. I'll be in my PJ's and sipping on a glass of wine. :D

Card 1
Stamps: Hanna Stamps! 'Ahoy Hanna', sentiment by Studio G Mini Alphabet set
Inks: Staz On 'Jet Black', Cool Caribbean, Buckaroo Blue, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen'
Paper: Bazzil cs and Very Vanilla
Access: Ribbon, dimensionals, paper piercer, Zig pen

Card 2
Hanna Stamps! 'Ahoy Hanna',
sentiment by PaperTrey Ink
Inks: Staz On 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Buckaroo Blue, Morning Marigold, Real Red
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Bazzil cs, PP - DaisyD's 'Robin's Egg Kids Stripe'
Access: Ribbon, circle punches, dimensionals


Anonymous said...

ooooo - wine. I have to get a bottle for tonight LOL... Talk about enabling!

I love your cards and the fact that you didn't use patterned paper. It really highlights the images and makes the pop!

Tracey said...

These are beautiful cards!!

Carolyn Bounds said...

WOW!!!! Both of your cards are superiffic!!!!! I love the way you create!!! Everything is always Tee-totally perfect!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra! I'll be hanging out at the release party. Sure am tempted by all the sneak peaks to buy, buy, buy! I love these sets and particularly love your creations with them.

Catherine said...

Ahoy, Sandra! LOL :D
These cards are great! I just love how perfect your layers are, and the coloring is spectacular! It takes real talent to color white - and you did a superfantastic job on both the boat and the lighthouse! WOWZERS!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

These are both great images. I like the dimension and whimsy of the first card and the serene feel of the second. Looks like this will be a popular new set.

Vicki G said...

You are SO talented!!! Your blog is as good as chocolate!


MiamiKel said...

Oh so serene and beautiful - what an inviting card! Your talent is beyond amazIng.

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