Thursday, 30 August 2018


A step back in time on my blog today to a very old set from Stampin Up called Summer by the Sea - one of my favourites and one that hasn't been used in a long long time.  I think it dates back to 2005!!  As you may know if your read my blog regularly I am all about retired sets - that's why I started my Facebook Group The Joy of Sets - to celebrate stamps old and new - particularly Stampin' Up as they change so often.  It's such a shame I think for demos to buy the stamps and not always get a long time to use them - on my Group you can still share your products made with retired stamps!

I was inspired by Dawn Griffith to do a step card.

I wanted to keep my card with the muted colours of sand and so used Very Vanilla for my cardstock base.  I then used some SU  DSP Wood Textures for my backings and some of the papers from Kaisercraft Beach Shack which has the lovely sand on the boardwalk paper.  

I stamped both the image of the boy playing in the sand and the little girl looking out to sea possibly and kept the colours muted.  I used some old SU inks here including More Mustard, Daffodil Delight and Creamy Caramel for the sand, together with Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Soft Suede.  There is also a touch of Flirty Flamingo inked off to make it very pale for the skin.  All the edges were sponged with More Mustard.  

The sentiments are from a small little set I have from Papermania and I thought they went perfectly with the imagery.  The little butterfly just finishes off the card as well as a touch of Wink of Stella on the sand to make it glisten.

I loved doing this card - it really took me back to when my children were young and a particular holiday we spent in Mexico when we lived in Houston.

I'm putting this card into the following challenges:

TIME Out Challenge - and their word prompt of Sand 
SUO Challenge - Babies and Kids 
Global Design Project - #gdp153 - Colour challenge 
Retro Rubber #rrcb94- Anything Goes



Debbie Mageed said...

Fiona, this side step card is fantastic! I love this beautiful nautical card. Your color choices are perfect. Thank you for playing with our Anything Goes challenge at Retro Rubber and hope you can join us again very soon.

LeAnne said...

I remember this set, too....what lovely images it had! You've highlighted them beautifully with the steps! I will have to check out your FB page, I love all my old stamps! Thanks for playing with Retro Rubber this week!

Fiona said...

Thanks Leanne yes come and join us it’s a great opportunity to show again all those much loved favourites

Fiona said...

Thank you Debbie

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Love this fun fold side step card and the images you created for it.
A beautifully colored and sweet scene on the beach with these soft colors and details.
Thank you for playing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

Shona Chambers said...

I think these folded cards are so clever. And I absolutely love the scenes you used for this card, they fit the challenge perfectly. The 'sandy' colouring is also so soft and pretty, just a gorgeous card. I'm so glad you joined us at TIME OUT!

Anita in France said...

Absolutely charming, Fiona ... such sweet scenes that I guess could take us all back to childhood ... each one so beautifully detailed and coloured! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

creative lady said...

Love your step card, love the soft colors and the images you used on your card. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber!

Cindy Coutts @ Cindy B Designs said...

Hey Fiona! I love this! I follow you on FB JOS! Small world! Stunning card and use of that fantastic older stamp set never goes out of style. Thank you so much for participating in our Babies & Kids Challenge at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges (SUOC). We have a new challenge up today of Celebrations and hope to see your lovely project!