Monday, August 29, 2011

Trying to Stay Afloat

I changed grade levels and buildings all within four days before starting school, so needless to say, I've been trying to stay afloat during what is always the hectic back-to-school season. With the idea of me trying to come up for air, the news of Hurricane Irene, and me trying to hang on to summer...seemed only appropriate to do one more summertime aquatic card.

The challenge this week on the Outlines Challenge Blog is "Beautiful Borders". Create a card by adding a decorative border or two, using a border punch or stamp and you could win a $25 gift certificate from Outlines Rubber Stamps. I hope you'll play along!

I immediately thought of incorporating my EKSuccess Bubble Border punch into my design. First, I stamped portions of the Split Layering Collage-Splash (H-796) onto X-Press It cardstock using Marvy black dye ink. I colored the images of the seahorse, oyster and kelp with Copic markers. I did some highlighting of the oyster and the seahorse using Moonlight Smooch. I cut these images with my Cutter-bee scissors.

With a Nestabilities circle die, I cut a circle of patterned paper from The Paper Studio. I also cut a circle of kraft, and tore along a 1/4 of the circle. With the small piece of torn kraft and the cirlcle of patterned paper from The Paper Studio, I formed the underwater scene. Some dots from Copic markers, atyouSpica pens, and a Sakura glitter pen, help make the sand sparkle. I then placed the images into the scene, pop-dotting the seahorse. I took my EKSuccess Bubble Border punch and punched a few bubbles along the edge of the circle. I then place a scalloped circle cut from white cardstock using a Nestabilities die underneath my underwater scene. Then, I took a larger piece of patterned paper, also from The Paper Studio, and created bubbles along the left hand side of the square using the border punch. I placed the scalloped scene onto the layer. A sheer white ribbon completes the card.

Make sure you visit the rest of the design team to see they've incorporated borders into their projects:

Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Lisa Silver
Robin Kirkpatrick
Sandy Hulsart
Sue Kment

Until next time, chances are I'm going "border"line crazy. Things should be slowing down into a routine soon. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!


Silvergirl said...

Oh wow! That's just darling! It's like a little porthole to an undersea world! So fun!

Sue from Oregon said...

Kecia...this is so adorable and the reason I fell in love with your stamping style! You packed a lot into this clean and cute creation.

Bev Gerard said...

Kecia!!! How on earth did you come up with such a delightful "away from the mainland" creation in the midst of such a hurried professional change-over?!?
Please feel welcome to send my comments on to your principal, so he/she may know how much in "awe" I am of your recent moving feat!!! Hoping you will find satisfaction in this grade level beyond your expectations, my dear!!!

Jenny Gropp said...

Kecia, this card is so absolutely NEAT. Love how you changed up the stamp and created a whole new look with the water scene! Fantastic! Hope your school transition is smoothing out soon!

Sandy Hulsart said...

Keica this is just adorable! Very clever and just such a happy card, great work!

Lisa Lara said...

Oh this makes me so happy Kecia! I love the circles you made on the edge.

Robin Kirkpatrick said...

As a SCUBA diver, I am always drawn to underwater images and this little seahorse is one of my favorites. You did a fantastic job of creating a fun underwater scene - makes me want to go diving! Excellent job!


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