Saturday, May 22, 2021

Life Is Better in Flip Flops

Update on 05/26/2021: Top Three Winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #421. 

I grew up at the beach. From the time I could walk I have loved the sea. I have been fortunate to have lived near the sea much of my life. It's no wonder I have been wanting to create a beachy card for a while so using the weekly sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #421 provided the opportunity.

I assembled the card using patterned paper on a Kraft card base without regard to directional patterns because I wanted the card to look casual and weathered. I stamped the flip flops, starfish, and shell, colored them with markers and fussy cut them. I hand drew the sand dollar because I don't have a stamp or die of one, sponging on a little ink for color. I matted the sand dollar image with fussy-cut Kraft cardstock and added it to the card with thin foam tape.

Next, I added the flip-flops using thin foam tape onto the sand dollar and then the starfish directly to the paper. The sentiment was stamped and die-cut then added with regular size foam tape. The tiny shell was added and a few clear droplets were adhered, in keeping with the sketch. The inside was lined with white cardstock and decorated with stamped flip flops and coordinating paper.

The challenge at AHSC421 will end on Sunday evening, May 23, 2021, so there is still sufficient time to add your project.

Stamps: Stampendous "Ocean Frames"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Alcohol Markers, DOx Picked Raspberry, Tea Dye & Pumice Stone
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White & Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: CTMH "Seaside" Collection
Dies: Whimsy "Wavy Frames" 
Misc.: Clear droplets & foam tape (thin & regular) from stash


  1. I remember this paper from WAY back... the flip flops are so cute. This is a great interpretation of the sketch. Thanks for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts :)

  2. So cute! Love the colors and sentiment! :)

  3. Timeless is what I think when I see this paper used! You did a great joy capturing all of the sketch elements.
    Thanks for sharing with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
    Patty S - Design Team

  4. Wonderful summery card that rocks the sketch! Thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  5. Love the fun beach vibes of your card! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  6. Such a fun card that I can almost feel the sun and sand! Thanks for sharing at Atlantic Hearts.

  7. Such a fun card! Thank you for joining our challenge 421 this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  8. Love the flip flops, so cute! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  9. too cute! I love the way you always finish the inside. thank you for sharing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.


  10. Oh this is so summery Melanie! I used to live in flip flops when I was young but now that I walk dogs all day, it's not very practical!! Really love that striped paper. Vicky x