"The Open Sea" and a 10k

Hey there, Stampin' Friends!

I know it's been a few weeks since I've posted and for good reason.  I've been working hard on some new ideas for you and really getting things accomplished.  I also just returned from Stampin' Up's North American Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Whew!  What a fun and busy time!  While I was there I managed to squeeze in a local 10k race too.  LOL  I know....CRAZY, right??  Here's a photo of me and my friend, Linda, after the "Deseret News Classic 10k" race.  It was rough getting to that finish line but we did it!

Convention was incredible as always.  SO many terrific presentations, new products and project ideas and seeing SU friends was simply the icing on the cake.  We were treated to the debut of the brand new "Holiday Catalog" and all I can say is, "WOW!".  You will be blown away.  I've arranged for a direct mailing of the catalogs to all of my regular customers and I'd love to send one to you.  Please email me at shellsuit@verizon.net to get your very own copy.  The catalog goes "LIVE" to the public the first week of September.  I will be sharing projects made using products from it very soon so be sure to stay tuned.

Now for today's card share.... I absolutely LOVE "The Open Sea" stamp set.  It was one that really caught my eye right away.  Here's the card I designed with it this week...

Somehow I always forget how much I love "collage" stamping.  I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and added a layer of Island Indigo measuring 5 1/4" x 4".  The stamped layer is a piece of Naturals Ivory measuring 5" x 3 3/4".  I then randomly stamped all of the images in various colors including Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Tip Top Taupe and Early Espresso.  I love the way it looks.  The focal point (circle) with the ship and greeting were stamped on Naturals Ivory in Island Indigo and Tip Top Taupe.  I backed it with a circle that's just a tad larger in Early Espresso.  The embellishments include some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and a button from the Neutrals Button Collection.  It's hard to tell from the photo but the circle with the ship etc. is popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals to give it some texture and the button is adhered using a Mini Glue Dot.
It really is a quick and easy card that gives you lots of "bang for your buck".

Since masculine cards are not as "easy" for me, I'm always SO happy to have this versatile stamp set in my collection to use.  A complete list of products used is below for your easy ordering convenience.  Just click on the items you need and they will be added right to your Shopping Cart.  You'll be redirected to my Online Store where you can shop for any other supplies you may need.  Be sure to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack while you're there.

First...here are the Weekly Deals....

And now for the supply list....
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Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope to see you again soon!

Stamped Blessings,