Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In Memory of my Vacation

The first (and only!) card I've made since returning from vacation was inspired by that vacation, which was to northern Minnesota. A resort on Lake Vermilion, to be precise.

Before I show the card, however, take a look at my order from Creative Play. I ordered on Monday, and it arrived today, with a bit of Flowersoft Silk Ribbon thrown in gratis. How fun! Quick service and a little pressie!

It seemed appropriate to use one of the stamps for my vacation card. Obviously the Christmas set wouldn't quite work, so I used the woodgrain background (Hero Arts) to simulate...


Yep. Have you ever noticed that woodgrain looks like ripples on a pond or lake? Mother Nature is amazing, isn't she? And I saw first-hand this effect while kayaking early one morning as escort to my insane husband who swam across the bay, around an island, and back to the resort...about 1.5 miles. In a wetsuit. He could have been run over by a boat, hence the kayak escort.

I definitely had the better gig.

Anyway, back to the card. The water is represented by the woodgrain stamp, the relaxation of the vacation by the flip-flops, and the sentiment because it's true. The punched label is curvy and reminds me of hearts for some reason, and I hearted my vacation.

As for the woodgrain stamp, it works like a dream. I tried it on my stamp pad (sort of like a giant, extra-thick mouse pad) and it worked great with just pressure! Most big backgrounds require me to stand on them to get a good image. Have I ever showed you how I do that? Basically, I have a 1-foot square piece of good-one-side plywood, protected by copy paper. Ugly, but useful. And cheap. It slides under the baker's rack next to my desk so I can pull it out as needed.

But I didn't need it this time because that woodgrain background stamps beautifully!

Remember to check the For Sale Tab to see what stamps I have for sale.

stamps: Hero Arts (background), Papertrey (Day at the Beach)
ink: Memento
paper: PTI kraft, SU bashful blue, MFP white
accessories: dimensionals, label punch, rhinestones


  1. I LOVE this, Susan and never would have thought to use woodgrain for water but it so works...did you know an old phone book (or a new one!) works for getting a good impression from large stamps, too. 'Course it's probably not as much fun.

  2. And of course there's bling on the flip-flops! The colours are perfect for representing a relaxing, lakeside vacation.

  3. I have never though of using the wood grain as water - brilliant :) Love the flip flops you added to the card. Too darn cute.

  4. Beautiful! And no, I've never compared woodgrain to water ripples, but you are so right! Now, I can't wait to see what you do with the other new stamp - it's on my wishlist!

  5. What a perfectly inspired card from vacation! I really love how you used the Woodgrain--too clever!

  6. Susan, next time I have a stamp that needs that extra bit of pressure, it is going on the floor, under my foot! What a great idea!
    Gorgeous card, I love that blue.

  7. Lovely representation of your vacation!

  8. Well, well, well. Woodgrain looks like water! I'd never have thought of that. What a watershed (hah!) moment! I've by-passed getting that woodgrain stamp, but knowing it can do double duty now, I'll have to reconsider. Lovely card!

  9. I too have stood on stamps to get a good impression before !! LOL YOu will not regret buying that woodgrain stamp! I love it so much and use it soooo often that I have totally gotten my money's worth already ... too bad I can't say that for all of the other stamps I have purchased!! Great card! Greater story!!

  10. LOVE this! Every detail is perfect!

  11. Ooh, I'm in love with those Christmas stamps... Can you please tell me who the manufacturer is? Thanks x


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