Welcome to the Sense of Whimsy blog. I have something a little bit special for you today. I am participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlight for July and this month’s theme is …
“Gratitude Inspired By Thailand”
Kylie and Bruno are in Thailand on the annual Stampin’ Up! incentive trip at the moment, so it is a bit of fun to have a theme to suit. You can vote for your favourites here (I am sitting at spot #25 in the gallery – wink!), and here is my entry!
Cocktails on the beach in Thailand, watching a pretty sunset (or sunrise I guess, depending on how hard you party and where you are in Thailand)!
It would probably be easier to tell you what I DIDN’T use on this particular card. It is one of those “one off” projects that you would never re-create in a classroom situation! I did have a clear image in my head of how I wanted it to look, and I just fiddled until I was happy with the finished product.
The background is on Watercolour Paper. I punched a circle out of a post it note to use as a mask for the sun. I sponged all the colour on to start with (Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum), ensuring I left some white underneath the sun for the reflection. Then I blended it all with an Aquapainter.
Once I removed the mask, I stamped the “clouds” with some of the stamps out of the Tranquil Tulips Hostess Stamp Set. I also stamped some ripples with White Craft Ink and the water stamp from the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set. My Basic Black stamped palm fronds are also from Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and the Christmas Pines stamp set. Yep, those pine branches make great palm fronds. I added a lick of Clear Wink of Stella over the white areas in the water for a little bit of reflective shimmer.
The “thanks” comes from Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and is white embossed on vellum, with some Gold Metallic Thread wrapped around it.
And then of course, there is the cocktail….. I think it is a Blue Lagoon (now I am showing my age). Of course, these days it would come in a jar. Isn’t that the latest trend (or am I still showing my age?). Anyway, lack of a cocktail glass stamp means that my Blue Lagoon Cocktail is in a jam jar from the Jar of Love stamp set! It has been stamped and coloured on Water colour paper, then I die cut a matching jar from vellum, sponged the back of it with Pool Party ink and adhered it over the straw and bits of obligatory green decoration. The straw was created with the stripes out of the Playful backgrounds stamp set, trimmed into a straw shape. The lemon is from Lemon Zest stamp set (Wood Mount | Clear Mount).
And voila! My card is done ….
Oh except for the inside …
So there you go! My little nod to Kylie and Bruno drinking cocktails in Thailand! 🙂
I can’t wait to see what everyone else creates for this theme … why don’t you pop over and have a look here.
And while you are there, if you think my entry stacks up, maybe you could vote for my card? Pretty please with a hiccup on top! You can vote for five cards actually, and I know that everyone appreciates a vote.
The top ten projects with the most number of votes get to participate in a special blog hop with Kylie!
If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of these great Stampin’ Up! products, I would love to be your demonstrator. Shop with me online, use the Rewards Code for July and share in the gifts at the end of the month.
I have included a list of just some of the products used in this project, but really it was a matter of gathering together whatever I had to hand. Please leave a comment if you would like more information on this card.