Friday, April 22, 2011

Raising the Bar Guest Designer

Today I have the privilege of being a Guest Bar Tender for the Raise the Bar Challenge - this is a great source of amusement to those who know me as I do not drink - not that this is about drinking!  LOL!  BUT - I do love to create and have thoroughly enjoyed this weeks challenge where the theme is NAUTICAL using blue, white and stripes.

This appealed to me greatly as we have just come back from an overnight visit to the beach - and it was divine, so how could I NOT reach for the Layers of Colors Under the Sea art stamp set.

The background DP has been embossed with the Divine Swirls Embossing Folder - it created the feeling of movement.    

The shells have been stamped with Tsukineko Versafine, I love the fact that it works so well with detailed stamps and I use it with all of my Layers of Color art stamps, they are a fabulous combination.  I have inked around the edges with Distressing Inks and coloured lightly with SU Chalks, adding some 3D Kindy Glitz to give them that added shimmer and texture.   Bakers Twine and a button from my stash are attached using foam tape to hold the button securely.

I have stamped off some of the images from the Under the Sea art stamp set on the inside of the frame I have created using the Spellbinders Labels 18 Nestibilitie - this is one of my favourite of the Dies - but so will the next one I use - they are like that aren't they!   
I have cute the labels 18 with my Grand Calibur, adding a larger Die in the Dark Blue card stock as a frame and finishing off with some clear Dew Drops to create a porthole.

Finishing off with the Sea Horse stamped onto textured card stock and popped up onto the Labels 18 Die with foam tape to complete this nautical scene.

This card is for the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Glitter and Glitz
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Glitter and Shine
Paper Play - Easter of Spring
Shelly's Images - Show Us What You Got
Stamp Insanity - Use Metal
ABC Challenge - S is for Sparkle
Freshly Brewed - Sparkle and Shine
Paper Shelter Challenge - Nature Inspired
Simon Says Stamp - Embossing

There is so much inspiration over at Raise the Bar this week - we would love you to come and play along, especially with summer and beaches being just around the corner for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere and becoming a warm memory for me 'down under!'

You can see more of my projects in my Layers of Color Gallery, while you are there make sure you check out the other Design Team galleries there is so much inspiration waiting to be discovered, we are thrilled that Layers of Color is a Spellbinders Preferred Stamp Company

You can also check out Layers of Color Art Stamps on our FACEBOOK GROUP  and  have a look at the Layers of Color Art Stamps FLICKR GROUP where you can upload your LOC artwork and be inspired by hundreds of fabulous LOC creations! You are going to LOVE it!!

Making your creative world more colorful with Layers of Color!

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!!  Your encouragement is such a blessing for me  - it makes my day!  God bless you!



  1. Absolutely lovely Linda!! Love the seahorse and those shells. I just recently discovered Versafine and oh my, love that ink. The die you used and the dew drops are just perfect. Fabulous design and love the inspiration from your recent trip to the beach...congrats on your GD spot my friend...it is no surprise as you are extremely talented.

  2. This is wonderful Linda and makes me long to escape for a few hours to the beach.
    Have fun as a guest designer and I am sure you will raise the bar with inspiration.

  3. Beautiful cards...such cute images...thanks for joining us at TPS.....


  4. Oh Linda this is amazing - love all your attention to detail that makes this so beautiful, from the embossing to the 'portholes' :-)
    Easter blessings my friend

  5. Gorgeous card. Love the sparkle and the use of the embossing folder. Thanks for joining us at DDSB, hope to see you soon. Hugs, dj

  6. Oh this is so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  7. Great card! thanks for joining the asylum this week!

  8. Linda this is amazing just love all the detail its just so perfect! Love Chanelle xxx

  9. Gorgeous Linda, thanks for joining us at DDSB.

  10. Linda, I really love this card. It really came together well and fits the nautical theme soooo well. The shells especially look wonderful.

  11. Gorgeous, love the seahorse it's really stunning!

    Thanks for playing along with our All That Glitters Challenge at MMCS and hope to see you again soon!

    Kitty xx

  12. what a gorgeous card, love all the details and sparkle! Thanks for joining the Glitter and Glitz challenge at DDSB
    Debbie DT x

  13. What a beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments and celebrating our 1st Birthday with us.

  14. amazing card! Thanks for playing along with stampinsanity!!

  15. Wow Linda, what a truly gorgeous card. I love your attention to detail. Thank you for joining us in the ABC challenge. Hugs xo Jackie

  16. What a fantastic card! I really like the way you wrapped the baker's twin around the frame, and the dew drops for the prt holes. Very creative!

  17. Very nice! Love the shells. thanks for joining us this week at DDSB.

  18. Beautiful card Linda :-) The seahorse is lovely and the embossing and design are fab ,,, gorgeous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  19. Wow!!! This is gorgeous Linda. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.


  20. Stunning card Linda! We are always glad when you can join us at Freshly Brewed Challenges!

  21. Fabulous card, love the little glass beads they look just like little bubbles. Thanks for joining in the DDSB, hope to see you again. hugs Donna x

  22. Lovely card! I love the color scheme you have used. Lovely! Thanks for playing with us over at TPS Challenges this week.
    Love n hugs

  23. A beautiful card Linda, so much detail and your colour choice is just right for the nautical theme. Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.
    Hugs Shirley x x

  24. Fantastic card. Love a;; your detail and especially the shell border. Thanks for joining us at DDSB this week

  25. Fabulous card.Love the sparkle and border of shells.Thanks for joining us at DDSB :D
    Lisa x

  26. A fantastic piece of art thanks for playing with us at StampinSanity
    Luv Jane xxx

  27. Fantastic card, love the shells!! thanks for joining us at Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

    Sue xx

  28. Gorgeous!!! I love the dew drops and the beautiful seashells.

    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Freshly Brewed Challenges Sparkle and Shine challenge!

    Heather Dennis
    Fresh Brewed Designs
    John 3:16

  29. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

  30. What a wonderful creation! Those blues are so pretty!


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