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May 21, 2009

It's A Summer, Summer, Summer Challenge

Here in North Carolina we are having a cold spell and Summer really isn't here yet.  It's more like Spring and I can take that too!  Well, it's a Summer challenge and as you can see, my card is right there on the edge of a wonderful ocean or lake.

Night Pier

The stamp is Night Pier by Leigh Hannan.  It was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and painted with Twinkling H2O's.  I highlighted the waves with ClearSnap's new product Smooch and this color is Moonlight.  The sand on the beach is Mica Gold Flakes from USArt Quest.  The rope at the end of the pier is embroidery floss. The pier and the conch shell were mounted with 3D Pop Dots at the top of the images.  The bottom portions were mounted with tape direct to the cardstock underneath, to give more depth.

The punched frame was done using the Fiskars Effervescence Border Punch on separate Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock.  The technique is explained below in a video.  I couldn't see re-inventing the wheel.  I do explain marking the punches because of how hard it is to see in the video.

After I threaded the frame with the ribbon from Michaels, I mounted it on Bazzill Bling Blank Check using 3D Pop Dots.  I left the greeting off so I could use it for any occasion, including Father's Day, which is coming up very fast!


  • Stamp: Night Pier - J2322
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Bazzill Bling Blank Check
  • Ink: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's
  • Accessories: 3D Pop Up Dots, Fiskars Effervescence Border Punch

I first saw the video on You Tube and saved it so I could save myself some time in figuring out the corners.  I have to say what the instructor says works like a charm.  I am going to clarify a couple of things for you though.  When she talks about marking her punches to line up her paper here is what she means on each punch (it is not the same for all three).

I. Threading Waters and Apron Lace Punches (Also the Scallop Punch) not shown here-


II. Effervescence- In the photo below I have colored the line that was white for the Threading Waters blue so you would have something to compare with for your new line, which is pink here. I have marked each of my punches with a white line and I save a punched corner with notes on what I want to line up with on the back. Yes, the punch is usually turned over to track progress and next punched area.


Don't forget to stop by the Design Team members to see their beautiful eye candy and remember that Tina Werner still has blog candy to give away too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share everyone!





Love this card Shirley...it makes me want to head to a beach. Super!

WOW, Shirley - you created a very soothing scene here, great framing and beautiful colors blended nicely!

Brilliant! Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial. I've always wanted to be able to create my own frame with these punches. TFS!

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