Monday, August 14, 2023


Do you like to walk the beach and look for seashells -- or maybe pretty rocks?   The lakes and beaches where I grew up in Northern Michigan didn't have a lot of seashells, but we had "pretty rocks" -- so when I was a kid, I was a "pretty stone" collector.  We had Petosky Stones and those were always treasured finds!

This week I will be featuring the Season of Chic Stamp Set and the Chic Dies.  This stamp set is truly a stamp set for all seasons.  It has flowers, shells, leaves and snowflakes.  

Even though we are in the dog days of summer, the temperatures the last couple of weeks have already started to drop, so before it gets too cold, I'm going to walk the beach and search for Seashells.

I chose the beachy colors of Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon and Pretty Peacock for today's Simply Monday card, and then gave it a pop of color using three of the colors from the Soft Shimmer Specialty Paper.  This paper is so sparkly and pretty!  If you are not a glitter fan, you will still love this paper.  Most people who say they "don't like glitter", don't like it because it can tend to spread all over the place--most of all our faces, right?  This paper does not shed!

I first stamped the swoosh three times and then gave each swoosh a different sparkling seashell.  From top to bottom my seashells are Berry Bursh, Bubble Bath and Pretty Peacock.  This beautiful Shimmer Paper collection also includes Lost Lagoon and Night of Navy.  Check it out in my product list below.

To finish the card front I added the "Thinking of You" sentiment from Season of Chic stamped with Pretty Peacock and matted with another piece of the Pretty Peacock Shimmer Paper.

Three Pretty Peacock Adhesive Sequins from the Sequins Trio add a bit more sparkle to the card front.

As I was making seashells for the card front, I was having a bit of difficulty deciding which colors of the Shimmer Paper I wanted to use for each shell, so I ended up with a couple of extras.  I also found that if I saved the cut-out pieces and left them in the center of the shells, I got a fresh look, and I liked the little conch shell with the pieces left in the cut-out areas.  In fact, I even played with mixing and matching colors!  Some days I spend more time playing than I do actually "producing".  But never to be one who lets "leftovers" go to waste, I used two of the extra shells to add a bit of sparkle to the inside of my card.

If you would like a detailed tutorial for today's card, you can download a copy at this link.  All products I used are shown below.

Product List

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