Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sparkle Creations Challenge #5: Embossing

Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's time for a brand new challenge at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, and today we are challenging you to use embossing:

I have used the awesome Surfing Oliver for my challenge creation today and have gone the whole hog with the surfy vibe.  The paper is a 12x12 sheet from the 'Island' collection by 'Three Bugs in a Rug' (I've just found out that they do a 6x6 paper pad, but unfortunately I can't find it anywhere in the UK!). This particular piece is called 'Reef' and I have used both sides of the paper to create my card.  The paper worked brilliantly with the sketch I followed (Card Patterns sketch #76), as instead of punching a border in the blue paper to create the scallop, I simply cut around the circles of the patterned paper and voila!  I tried to create a beach background for Oliver and using one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders to give texture to the sand!  I didn't follow the sketch to the letter, as once the card was assembled I didn't have enough room to add the sentiment where is should go, and felt that the blue was a bit naked.  So I added the "surf dude" sentiment right at the end - the second 'd' of 'dude' hasn't stamped very clearly, but I think this adds to the whole shabby, surfy vibe of the card! 

Do hop on over to the SCRS blog and see what the rest of the DT have made!  We'd love you to join us, so if you don't have a SCRS stamp, pop to the store and buy one (or more, LOL!).  Sparkle is releasing 3 new stamps this coming Saturday, and we are starting previews of them on Thursday, so be sure to stop by then, as they are FANTASTIC!!!!

Finally, I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
1. Card Patterns Sketch #76
2. Pollycraft Monday Challenge #56 - Photo Inspiration (I have taken inspiration from the circles)
3. The Pink Elephant - Summer Fun
4. ABC Challenge - A is for August
5. Simon Says Challenge - Sing it Baby ...pretty obvious really - "Surfin' USA" by The Beach Boys!
6. Crafty Catz Weekly #44 - Buttons and Bows (I've added 3 buttons, and tied a bow in the linen thread)
7. Saturday Challenge #95 - It's a Man's World
8. Our Creative Corner - Embossing
9. One Stop Craft Challenge #92 - Summer Fun

Thanks for popping by today!

STAMP: Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps 'Surfing Oliver'; Your Next Stamp  'Surfer Fhinn' (sentiment)
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Versamagic Dew Drop 'Jumbo Java'
PAPER: Three Bugs in a Rug - 12x12 double-sided - Island 'Reef' (isl-495)
CARDSTOCK: Core'dinations 12x12 ColorCore 'French Roast'; SU Summer Sun
EMBELLISMENTS: Cream buttons from stash, SU Linen Thread
TOOLS: Paper Trimmer, SU Paper Snips Scissors, 3D foam pads, PVA glue, Large Circle and Scallop Circle Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder 'Tiny Bubbles'


  1. This is so adorable! I love your sand!

  2. Another brilliant card. It is fab to see a boy card for a change.

  3. What a fantastic card Sem ! Love the DP, the embossed effect for the sand and your colouring is stunning ! Smiles from Catherine

  4. Oh Sem! I so love your surfer Dude!! Gorgeous coloring and layout!! The embossing makes a perfect beach. You are incredibly talented girl!
    Have a great day!

  5. Sem this is CUUUUTTEE!!!!!! I am lovin this surfer dude....I LOVE how you did the embossing gf....EEEK and the dp is just PERFECT and fabulous colors...!!!!! LOVE THIS, you rock sweetie!!! Big Hugs!

  6. Great card

    Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

    Hugs Jane x

  7. So cute, love how you did the sand!

  8. Your cards are always so impressive! I love the colors you used. Fab coloring as usual :)

  9. Stunning card! amazing colouring and a fabulous take on the challenge! thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp! hugs, Jane xxx

  10. Oh my this is adorable..love those papers and that image is just perfect!!

    Thanks for playing at one stop xx

  11. A fabulous card, the image is gorgeous and I love the colours.
    Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft and good luck.
    Hugs Emma x

  12. What a FANTASTIC card!! Love your embossed sand! Thanks for playing along with 'Our Creative Corner' this week!

  13. This is a wonderful card. I really love that paper you used and how you made the beach! Beautiful work on the image too. Great job on the embossing challenge. So happy you could join in the fun this week with Our Creative Corner.

  14. Wow this is a fabulous summer card!
    Thanks for joining in our challenge at OSCC this week!

  15. Fabulous man's card. Thank you for joining in the SCSC this time.
    Cathy xx

  16. wow Sem this is gorgeous, beautiful colourchoice.Thanks for joining us at pollycraft. Joey.x

  17. This is too cute!! He's adorable!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at TPE!!
    Sheri-TPE DT

  18. Beautiful card! Love the layout and the texture on it. Thanks for joining us at TPE!


Thank you so very much for taking the time to pop by and for leaving me a comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Sem x