Monday, April 5, 2021

Fish and whales and sea turtles, oh, my!

Double Trouble Challenge #81 is up on the blog beginning Monday, April 5, and ending Sunday evening, April 18, 2021. This is a biweekly challenge with a prize for a random winner. There are always three "Things" with Double Trouble challenges:
Thing 1 (required): Trouble Maker has asked to see your favorite summer getaway spot or vacation destination.
Thing 2 (optional): Double Dare is challenging you to create a project that will also fit the requirements for Challenge #516 at Cupcake Inspirations, Dreaming of Summer.
Thing 3 (optional): Twisted Sister has added her twist by suggesting you place your sentiment in a cloud or speech bubble and earn another chance at the random draw prize.

My favorite place is the seashore. I love everything about it. I grew up in a military family and we lived on the Florida coast plus a few occasions living in the New England and the Mid-Atlantic states but always near the water. I have been enjoying water activities much of my life. While living in Kansas, we retired and my husband wanted to give desert living a try. So we landed in Phoenix, AZ, rather than returning to Florida. While the desert climate is much to my liking, I still miss the beaches. Vacations see me on my way to Florida to visit family and friends and take in the seascapes.

I was inspired to make my vacation destination card for a family member who also loves the sea. I have made this fun fold design in a portrait orientation before but never landscape. I followed a newly posted tutorial for a tri-fold card but as I cut out my pieces, I realized the tutorial had an error in the measurements. After checking measurements several times, the final product is slightly larger than A2 and the tutorial is incorrect. As card makers and paper crafters, we just roll with it, right? I used patterned papers and cardstock as listed below and assembled the card. The intended greeting from my stamp set was too large for the card so I created a smaller computer-generated sentiment using the same message as the stamp set. The speech bubble was simply hand-cut. Wink of Stella was added to the sea turtles. The inside of my card was decorated with another whale image and another sentiment from the set.

I hope you will view the Design Team cards at both the DTC81 Blog and the Cupcake Inspirations #516 Blog and join our challenges.

Stamp set: Stampin' Up! "Whale Done"
Inks: Stampin' Up! Pacific Point
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Pacific Point
DSP: Stampin' Up! "Whale of a Time"
Punch: Stampin' Up! (whale punched from DSP)
Dies: Mama Elephant (zigzag border), Lawn Fawn (zigzag rectangle)
Misc.: Foam tape


  1. How cute with the whale as the focal image. I love the different opening as well. The seashore definitely is an interesting place to explore :)

  2. What a cute card! Love the designer paper, fun die cut edging too! :)

  3. Super cute! Thank you for playing along.
    Sandy, Cupcake Inspirations

  4. What a great fun fold, love the variety of papers used, and great sentiment for the whale... adorable and fun card.

  5. Great fancy fold card! Very summery with the sealife! Thanks for dreaming of summer at Cupcake Inspirations!

  6. That's my fave vacay spot too!! Your card is adorable and screams for me to get back to the beach :)