Friday, June 9, 2017

Just Breathe

Just breathe...that's what I've been telling myself all week as the craziness of the last month of school reaches its peak. "Deep breath...almost there". I have to tell you that as draining as the final weeks of the semester are for students, they are even moreso for their teachers, as our energy level, patience and reserves are spent. It has been a very long year and July 1st can't get here soon enough! The only thing that keeps me getting out of bed in the morning some days is the thought of warm summer breezes by the lake, listening to the loons calling through the mist. Today's project, while a CASE of demonstrator Lyssa Zwolanek, pretty accurately sums up my mindset these days...

When I spotted Lyssa's card online I knew I had to recreate it. Not only because it spoke to my soul, but also because it showcases the new Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Colour Theory DSP beautifully. To create the seascape, I began with a piece of the ombre patterned DSP. I tore it and then layered it, creating the sky, horizon, crest of waves and water. Not bad for a single piece of paper, huh? The shore is more torn paper...this time Sahara Sand card stock. To add depth and interest I stamped some of the images from the High Tide stamp set in Sahara Sand and Old Olive ink. I stamped the birds in the sky using Marina Mist ink (ask when the last time was that I cracked THAT colour open!). The sentiment is from the Colourful Season stamp set and is stamped in Dapper Denim ink. That fabulous Muskoka Chair is die-cut using the Season Layers thinlits from a piece of Wood Textures DSP. I love the way the chair looks worn and aged by the elements.

On the inside I added a panel of Whisper White card stock on which I stamped more sand dunes, grass and birds. I also added another sentiment from the Colourful Seasons stamp set in Dapper Denim.

These products are fast-becoming my favourites in this new catalogue. If you haven't yet ordered your Colourful Season bundle you don't know what you're missing!

If you are local to Cambridge, be sure to stop by my HUGE retired product sale tomorrow from 8:00 am - Noon. There are massive deals to be had on hundreds of products (that truly is no exaggeration!). I'll also have a display of new product and project ideas from the new catalogue to inspire you. Lots of fun, for sure! Hope to see you there!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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  1. I feel like I'm looking at a photo, Leena! This is a stunning beach scene with that worn chair and the sediment flowing right across the card like the birds!! And the inside could be its own beautiful card! It's a pleasure to meet you and become your newest follower!! Hugs, Darnell

    1. You are too kind, Darnell! Thanks so much for your sweet birds and for the follow. Welcome to my little corner of cyberspace :)

  2. Wow, this is beautiful, Leena! I too will have to recreate this. I love the idea of the woodgrain paper for the chair.

    1. That Wood Textures DSP is fast-becoming my go-to for everything! So many fantastic options in that pack. You will love it!

  3. Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous card! I love all the details on it, without the card becoming too busy! Love the inside as well as the outside. Great card. And, yes, a perfect sentiment for the end of school! Hang in there--the end is near!

    1. Ahhhh...thanks Susan. The end can't come fast enough for this tired teacher! July 1st will be one heck of a fabulous day!



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