A Fond Farewell to The Open Sea

One of my long time favorites, The Open Sea is on the Retirement List. I love anything nautical and this set provides a lot of versatility and creates wonderful graduation and masculine cards.

Check out these wonderful cards made with this set.

The Open Sea (1)

I’ve included a supply list for this card below. And here are some fantastic swaps I’ve received in the past.

Open Sea TEAM June 2012 JoAnn Laforce (1) The Open Sea swap Bonnie

The Open Sea Sinks swap June 2011The Open Sea Leadership swap

And how about this one – it uses a photo stamped with our image as it’s focal point?

The Open Sea (2)

And here are a couple more for you.

The Open Sea (4) The Open Sea (3)

And finally some note pad sets that I made with the Open Sea and Sea Street sets (133985/133988) that is also on the retirement list. Cute right? I’m going to miss that Scallop Circle Punch!

Open Sea Memo Pad Holder


Stamp Set: The Open Sea (128454/123032) and Fabulous Four (134171/134174)

Inks: Night of Navy (126970), Rich Razzleberry (126950), and Delightful Dijon Classic Inks 138326)

Paper: Night of Navy (115316), Rich Razzleberry (115316),  and Very Vanilla card stock (101650)

Accessories: Basic Silver Metal Buttons (133319), Linen Thread (104199) and Stampin’ Sponges (141337)

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2015-2016 Annual Catalog Retirement List

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It’s summer and as it heats up that means the beach and pool time. And since my summer memories always include Lake Michigan, when I ran across these memo pads I couldn’t resist picking up a few to make little gifts for some friends along with one for myself of course.

Red, white and blue – nautical colors and perfect for these little note pads. I let the note pads dictate which stamp sets I used. And the images went perfectly with the Open Sea  and the Sea Street stamp sets.

Open Sea Memo Pad Holder

And check out this one that I made for my friend Janie who deserves a bit of pampering lately. I hope it will remind her of some fond memories from her trip to New England last year.

Sea Street Memo Pad Holder


What do you think? Fun right? I’m hoping my friends will like them.

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Stamp Set: Open Sea (128454/123032) and Sea Street (133985/133988)

Inks: Real Red (126949), Night of Navy (126970) and Marina Mist Classic Ink Pad (126962)

Paper: Subtles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (138437), Real Red (102482), Night of Navy (100867) Marina Mist Card stock (119682), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850), 2″ Circle Punch (133782), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 1″ Square Punch (124094), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) 

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It’s a Perfect Blend!

Here is a card that I thought was very fitting for me this week and I think it is a Perfect Blend of the two stamp sets it uses, Perfect Blend and The Open Sea. I know you’re thinking that is an odd pairing, right? Well look how they coordinate so well together on this card.

Perfect Blend convention swap

Perfect Blend is one of our NEW stamp sets from the 2013-2014 Catalog (page 37) and is a must have for us coffee lovers. I love the sentiments in this set too, they are just fun. And since I’ve been reaching for my coffee a lot this week for a quick boost of energy this sentiment suits me perfectly.


Stamp Set: Perfect Blend (item 130745/131392) and The Open Sea (item 128454/123032)

Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla and Whisper White

Accessories: Artisan Label Punch (item 130920), 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (item 119860), and Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (item 117335)

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The Open Sea

Need a great male card? The Open Sea stamp set is wonderful for making masculine cards and here is a great card that my friend Bonnie gave me recently during one of our demonstrator gatherings. I really like the way she used our Stampin’ Distressing Tool (item 127562) from the Spring Catalog to distress the edges of the card stock.

The Open Sea swap Bonnie

Did you notice that this card was created using our Not Quite Navy Ink and Cardstock that are being retired? Although I’m excited about the upcoming Color Refresh, I’m going to really miss Not Quite Navy. It’s always been one of my go to colors for masculine cards. I’m sure I’ll find myself reaching for our In Color Midnight Muse more and more when Not Quite Navy is no longer available soon.

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Stamp Set: The Open Sea (item 123030/123032)

Inks: Not Quite Navy (retiring item 126971) and Crumb Cake

Paper: Not Quite Navy (retiring item 101722) and Whisper White

Accessories: Stampin’ Distressing Tool (item 127562) and Linen Thread

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The Open Sea

Father’s Day is tomorrow and The Open Sea stamp set is a great one to use when making masculine cards. I love the nautical look and The Open Sea is one of my favorites. Anything water themed is, even though I love living in Georgia I miss Lake Michigan and being able to go to the lake front anytime I want to. I always found watching the waves roll in with my high school friends’ fun and it is one of the things I miss most about Milwaukee.

I recently had my TEAM meeting and this is one of the cards we made during the event. I love the way Joann used The Open Sea stamp set and all of the texture too.

Did you notice the mirror image under the boat? This is an example of one of the techniques you can learn when you’re a Club member with me.

Texture is another way to bump up the impact of your cards and its sooo easy.

Another trick that makes stamping easy is to place your sentiment onto another piece of card stock instead of directly on the inside of your card. That way if you make a mistake, no problem – you can just do it again. And, of course, the framelits make it really easy and decorative too!


Stamp Set: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Blessings from Heaven

Inks: Midnight Muse

Paper: Midnight Muse, Pool Party and Very Vanilla

Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Modern Label and Word Window Punches, Vintage Trinkets and Linen Thread

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