January 3, 2013

Not Just Another Fish In The Sea

It's a whole new year, and one of my crafty goals is to do more challenges, both online and in print.  Participating in challenges can help stretch creativity and provide a great jumping-off point when one feels "stuck", though that sometimes means the results stray from the original inspiration.

This project is a great example of how far I tend to stray during the creation process; take a look at my inspiration {Freshly Made Sketches (#67), Stampin' Royalty (#157)} and the results...


I used fun new products from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog, and now you can get your hands on them too!  Check out all the new goodies HERE, including the ones I used today: By The Tide stamp set, Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, and Silver Basics Designer buttons.

Here's a close-up of my millions of fishies (before I touched 'em up with a white gel pen)...

...and a peek inside, too.  I thought the two-part saying from the set One in a Million, was a perfect complement to my school of fish, so I continued the fish on the inside of the card.


Now it's your turn to stand out from the school by leaving me a comment.  Go ahead.  Make my day!

Happy Stamping!
Cristy Butzen
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

6 comments:

Lori B said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! This is AMAZING! The colors are excellent for a MANLY card, but you took it a whole step farther! I love the subtle stamping on the outside and then you continued it inside! It really looks like a school of fish swimming in a pack! Excellent natural embellishments and the surprise pop of the seashell accent! You have always done great work but this is a whole other step up! One more to make a 10 point exclamation!

Jen said...

What a fantastic card! All those fishy details are amazing and your embellishments add lovely texture! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko said...

How wonderful, Cristy! Such a clever use of this stamp set with that sentiment! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

Rita said...

What a fun card! The fish along with that sentiment are awessome! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Linda Suarez said...

Wow! I love this! Now I know I need this stamp set! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Kristina Collett said...

Hi Cristy. I absolutely love this card. I hope you don't mind that I'v CASEd it. You can see my version here http://www.stampinup.net/blog/4004754/entry/by_the_tide_masculine_birthday
Thanks so much for sharing

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