Sunday, April 18, 2010

"By the Sea" ........MMSC Sketch Challenge #49

Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a relaxing weekend.... This weeks "Midnight Madness" sketch challenge featured a "puzzle piece" element. At first I set out to use the pieces themselves but ended up using the "frame" instead. I scanned the image into my KNK die cutter software and traced the outline and puzzle pieces. I next resized the image and cut it out. I actually made two of the pieces really small and covered with glitter they made a nice embellishment for the card. The original sketch and challenge details can me found HERE.  The fame is actually 2 frames glued together. I painted it with Distress crackle paint and when dry distress the edges. Next I sponged on "Faded Jeans" and "Antique Linen " Distress Ink with my Inkssentials blending foam tool. I tried other sponges but this system worked best for adding ink to the crackle surface. To add some sparkle I applied some stardust stickles around the edge of the burlap layer and then covered it with glitter. Its hard to see in the pic. The sky and sand were airbrushed and Antique Linen distress stickles were rubbed into the sand for a beachy textured look. Some hemp sring was colored with a copic marker and glued to the pier.

 The Details:

Stamps:        Inkadinkadoo, There She Goes

Paper:          Neenah Solar Crest 120# (base), Chipboard from AC Moore, Neenah 80# (bird/background)

Ink:              Momento tuxedo black, Distress ink ( Faded Jeans and Antique Lined) Copics (pic below)

Other:          Distress Crackle Paint(picket fence), Shells, MS glitter(smokey quartz), MS branch punch,
                    Shells, Hydrangea petals( from a silk flower AC Moore), hemp twine, Stickles (Antique Linen 
                    and Stardust)

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!



  1. Holly ~ WOWZER!! INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL! Love all your wonderful details and embellishments!! This is just AWESOME!! Colors are right on!! I can smell the sea air and hear the gulls crying!! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing in our challenge this week.

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  2. Hi Holly - this is just gorgeous! I love the scene you have set and the gorgrous sharing you have done! Gorgeous amount of sparkle and a AWESOME take on the sketch - your cards just get better and better - love it! Thanks for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to see your cards and would love to see you next week again!
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  3. WOW Holly, week after week, you blow my mind with your creations.. Just FANTASTIC my friend..outstanding and over the top..I can not get enough of this card. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  4. Holly, this is stunning! You are such an inspiration! I have yet to try Tim's distress crackle paint. You might want to stop by my main blog I have just started using my Sweet Pea Stamps.

  5. Holly, this is beyond beautiful....I say you past go at least 3 times with this, so collect your $600 dollars...and buy that house at Park Place.LOL I bet you even dream in 3-D and vivid colors. Holy guacamole is this charming and exquisite filled with imaginative brilliant detail. Thank you for playing along with us this week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. It is always a treat to visit and see your fabulous creations.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}
    Midnight Madness Design Team detail.

  6. This is Gorgeous Holly!!! Very creative indeed with the seashells and flowers, that 3D bird is Fabulous! I'm so glad you had a chance to give this distressing a try and I sure hope to see more of your cards :) Thanks for playing this week, xox ~Jeni

  7. Holly, you have me speechless...this is such a beautiful piece of artwork! You have outdone yourself this week. Every detail is amazing and now I see shells in a new light! Absolutely stunning!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us again this week.

  8. Oh how clever and beautiful Holly!! I just love how you shaped you panel like the four puzzle pieces and put the image inside it. Gorgeous details. Awesome take on the sketch! Thanks for joining us at MMSC this week!

  9. Oooi, so much beautiful and nice creating paperwork!! I just happend to run over your interesting blog, when I was surfing around:) I love them all, and thank you so much for all the tutorials.

    I want to follow your blog, if its okey? And you are velcome to visit mine if you want to. (i started blogging and making card, for 4 mnd ago, so its a looong way left;D)

    Wish you a beautiful and creativ day!:)