Cape Cod Escape (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello Everyone
When I became a DT member for Darkroom Door I received various Montage sheets.  I had an idea mulling around my head to create a collection of cards to submit to Take Ten but the idea was always on the back-burner until I received some wonderful sentiment stamps from Redlead Paperworks with a theme relating to the ocean.  The idea of pairing up the Redlead stamps with Seaside Montage images came together and I set about gathering little scraps of this and that to bring texture to the cards.  The Redlead stamps were a trio of sentiments but I really wanted a collection of four cards so for the final card I dipped into Oxford Impressions’ The Deep for the final sea related sentiment.
I was overjoyed to discover that not only was this collection published in The Stampers’ Sampler but one of the cards was selected to make me Cover Girl!  With an issue jam packed full of incredible artwork by so many artists who I admire, this was such an honour.
1SAM-1502-The-Stampers-Sampler-Spring-2015-300x300For each card I selected a Darkroom Door Seaside Montage image in two sizes which I distressed and clipped together with a mini wooden clothes peg which I had painted. happinesslikewaveslynnemI knew from the outset I would use Kraft cardbase but I also knew this would me a stark background so I went to town splattering paint and Gesso to bring texture and a hint of colour but I also wanted a sense of energy as though it was water spray from the waves crashing against the rocks.secretsofthesealynnemHeavily distressed edges to the images with touches of paint swiped on with my fingertips.secrestofthesea.3All of the sentiments, this happens to be the Oxford Impressions’ one, were stamped onto painted balsa wood.  I like this as a surface, so light which is perfect for cards and a breeze to paint and stain and perfect for stamping onto.  More fragments with a length of painted muslin tucked behind the sentiment and images.secretsofthesea.1It is so clever of Darkroom Door to provide varying sizes of the same image.songoftheseashelllynnemThis is one of the Redlead sentiments taken from this stamp HERE.  As written in the introduction to the Cape Cod Escape feature in The Stampers’ Sampler, they noted that by stamping the sentiments onto bits of wood, it compliments the beachy theme, creating an effect comparable to driftwood found as the tide comes in from the ocean.  This was exactly the effect I wanted to achieve so I was more than happy that they picked up on this.
sonofthesea.1The final card.alongthesealynnemThe blue paint splatters pick up the blue in the Darkroom Door image.  I kept to a minimum of colours:- pastel shades of blue, green, pink with white.alongthesea.1Thank You to Stampington & co for publishing this collection and a thank you to Redlead and Darkroom Door (and not forgetting Oxford Impressions) because it is always fun to create with their products.
Now I know that Rachel Greig’s images will not be from Cape Cod but it was lovely that The Stampers’ Sampler selected this location for the feature’s title as it is a place my Mum has always said she would have liked to visit, Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard.  However, I am unlike my Mum when it comes to her desire to view the sea and walk along a sandy shore as I do not like the feel of sand between my toes and I have a definite sense of unease at the thought of what lies beneath the ocean! Although I do share the same desire to visit Martha’s Vineyard as it looks so beautifully picture perfect.
I wonder, are you yearning to spend time at the seaside, dipping your toes into the ocean or submerging yourself to be carried along by the waves, floating in happiness!


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne R
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 23:25:46

    Congratulations on being a cover girl again Lynne! All of the cards are beautiful, I love the wonderful images and also your paint splatting, it gives the Kraft card such a lift. I also love the idea of using balsa wood, something I really must try. I agree that it does give a wonderful ‘beachy’ feel to the cards.

    I love the sea and what lies beneath too (well maybe not sharks), I went to Cape Cod a few years back, it is quite beautiful, as is Martha’s Vineyard although perhaps slightly a bit too commercial for my liking, but definitely worth a visit. I hope you have a lovely weekend! Hugs, Anne xxx


  2. Seth
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 01:28:34

    A big congrats Lynne on the publication and the cover. Beautiful work! I couldn’t seem to dig up your email but I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and joining the giveaway. And thank you for sharing what you did about your post on PaperArtsy. That definitely brought a smile to my face!


  3. barnie
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 06:02:20

    Congrats on being published again. That’s a beautiful layout.


  4. craftytrog
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 08:22:25

    Another deserved triumph Lynne, these cards are wonderful! I love those splatters of soft colour on the Kraft!
    Alison xx


  5. Julie Lee
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 11:34:20

    Lynne, another triumph! I absolutely adore what you have done with these cards! They are each one a little treasure. They remind me of the wonders we can find on the sea shore. Red Lead sentiments are so lovely, aren’t they? I’ve been tempted by these ones for a little while. I really like how the Kraft card base becomes integral to the design of the card. And – Lynne – once again, you have selected and arranged to perfection the most wonderful elements. They look serendipitous yet perfectly composed. Wonderful work! Well done and well deserved publication! xxx


  6. Annie G
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 11:36:42

    Absolutely beautiful cards Lynne…love the details and having been fortunate to have stayed In Cape Cod and visited Martha’s Vineyard I can tell you that it is beautiful…..xx
    Inn Southampton this weekend so not too much time for catching up with everyone. Take care and hugs Annie xx


  7. gio
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 12:20:36

    Oh wow, these cards are pure genius, such gorgeous design, they deserve the cover ( wonder by the way) . Congratulations, Lynne! Brava!!

    ps: love the sea, but I prefer sunbathing than put my feet on the water 😉


  8. paper profusion
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 13:03:23

    Huge congrats on being cover girl again for Stampington Lynne! Such a fab accomplishment. This really is a wonderful set, fabulously designed. Nicola x


  9. Dorthe
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 15:35:14

    Dear Lynne, your cards are so very lovely, -beautiful stories about the sea, and what to find there!! CONGRATULATIONS with being on the cover , and having this adorable collection of cards in the Stampers Sampler. I so love how you built up the cards, with the sky over the beautiful beach ,the sand and lovely views from there. The fabric and wonderful sayings makes them so special, dear friend. I wish I could buy RedLead in UK, as they charge 14 dollars in postage from USA , and that is far too much,I think!!
    So happy for you, you also being spoken of on RedLead`s page, where to buy the stamps !!
    Dorthe, xxxx


  10. Meggymay
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 18:12:53

    Congratulations Lynne on being the cover girl. It is a stunning piece.
    Yvonne xx


  11. Corrie
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 19:19:23

    I already saw these in the magazine and thought they were amazing !
    Corrie x


  12. coco
    Jul 04, 2015 @ 22:11:10

    Oh wow Lynne, so proud for you to see one of these cards on the cover of this magazine!!! That’s such an honour indeed, you’re right. Your project is fabulous and certainly deserves this!!! Hugs and good night (no no, not at the seaside at all lol). and thanks so much for your lovely message the day before, so happy to ready that you have started to play with my gift stamp by Carabelle! I will look with a great interest what you will do with it! 🙂 Hugs xxx


  13. Tina zappone
    Jul 05, 2015 @ 00:47:39

    I am not really into card making but these are stunning! Timeless, elegant, beautiful. I might have to give this a try.


  14. Shari T.
    Jul 05, 2015 @ 22:48:22

    YAY LYNNE!! I completely adore these seaside, beachy themed cards! Seeing one of your cards on the cover of SS, could only mean that I’d be in for a treat when I delved into the pages and found the entire collection!! They are like treasures washed ashore!! Congratulations on the wonderful feature, Lynne!! So well deserved!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari


  15. Frances Peets
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 10:16:52

    Lynne so incredibly inspiring! Such lovely work and congrats again on your cover feature.


  16. marjiekemper
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 11:42:11

    How beautiful! Love the signature lace and the sweet little clip. I’m a huge fan of the ocean but am glad to not be near North Carolina this year with all the shark attacks. Very scary.


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