Post 4: Summer’s can be hot – and I don’t like hot. :) But there’s nothing better than a cool breeze wafting through the leaves on the trees, bringing the smell of fresh cut grass or just the stirring of all that is summer. It makes me so happy.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1059-G Jessica holds a flower
7047-W Tree hill

Kim Klinkovsky Chicks Picnic

Here’s a totally fun card sent in by Kim. Don’t you just love the red and yellow combination!

Here’s what Kim wrote: Hello friends! The red and yellow plaid pattern papers remind me of summer picnics with family and friends. And this chicken wire embossing folder makes the perfect background, with a touch of country using this wagon wheel type border punch. These adorable chicks remind me of me and my friends sitting around catching up on life. I used a mix of watered down gelatos to paint the chicks, watercolor crayons to create the grass and the sky, and cut them out using a stitched frame die cut and border cut. Then I added some festive ribbon, buttons, and a tag to finish it up.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
5044-Q Morning Starbeaks with girls

Here’s a scene from Alex. Helen and Stuart are spending a lazy day looking at all the things in the woods. Alex actually used part of a stamp for the sentiment…The Lazy Days – she took off the word “summer” which means this card could be for any time. As always she does any incredible job putting these together and choosing color.

And if you look just below you can see the detail of the tree’s leaves!! Amazing!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
8109-F Lazy days (text)
5052-C Crumbs away (flying mouse)
1132-I Stuart the bug-ologist
1133-G Helen’s catching fireflies
5008-B Dragonfly
7047-W Tree hill

Even though I want fall to be here, summer just won’t let go. Here’s a wonderful beach inspired card from Kim Klinkovsky. Don’t you just love all those cute little seashells?! Little Mara Mermaid has never looked so in her element.

Kim writes…”I was inspired to make this card by “The Lazy Days of Summer” being at the beach, gathering seashells, and dreaming of mermaids. I received all these precious shells and beads from my Mother-in-law and knew I wanted to use them with this adorable mermaid stamp. I colored her body with green and blue Copic markers and then added some diamond Stickles glitter glue all over her body, in her hair, and on the sun to really make it sparkle. And even though it’s Fall where I am, we are having an Indian Summer with 80 degree weather. So, we can still go and enjoy the beach or lake for a few more days.”

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1060-G Mara Mermaid looks forward
7025-F Mr. Sun in cool pair of shades
8109-F Lazy days (text)

Alex Menzlewski Summer fun

Don’t you just love Alex’s scenes. In this one little Philip wants ice cream too, but I’m wondering if Pearl is going share. :) Alex stamped everything on watercolor paper and did a wonderful job picking oh so cheery colors. She added a little dimension by using 3-D paint for the windows, the ice cream, the pail and shovel and Philip’s accessories. And did you look at the little crab – she actually gave him googly eyes!

Time for the beach! And some ice cream!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1126-G Little Philip’s ready for the water
1128-J Pearl enjoys ice cream
5057-C Crustie crab
6027-P Little beach huts
7024-G Ms. Sunshine
9041-D Pail and shovel

Kim Klinkovsky - Not lostKim Klinkovsky - Not lost details

It’s time for Stuart and Scooter to go on an adventure! Kim did a wonderful job on this oh-so-fun traveling themed card. She said this stamp is versatile for many occasions and that Stuart and Scooter and their paper box airplane remind us to never stop playing, smiling, and dreaming. The postage stamp embossed paper is perfect to document their travels. She colored Stuart and Scooter with Copic markers, Ranger Tim Holtz mini ink and a blender pen, and a little sparkle here and there with glitter pens.

Kim did a fabulous job putting this card together, her coloring, all the dimension and finishing things off with the perfect embellishments.

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1074-G Stuart and puppy Scooter fly

This fabulous summery circle card scene was made by Alex. She used the beach ball in the center and floated everyone around it. These stamps  offer a different point of view – you’re looking at them from the top instead of the usual side view. She’s colored them swimmingly. :) She added Stickles for some sparkle and cleverly stamped the sentiment, which is actually one stamp, all apart between each of the floating kids (and mermaid). I like too that she colored the ball the same color as the border – it really ties everything together.

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1019-J Fannie Floatworth
1055-G Ferguson Floatworth
1056-I Mara Mermaid floats
8109-F Lazy days (text)
9042-D Beach ball

Paula Downs - wonderful adventure

Sorry for the break in posting – it wasn’t because the design team and a great customer weren’t sending things in. Sometimes my other job just takes over! So today I’m doing something a little different in that I’m showing you two cards. Paula (in Scotland) sent these in. I think she likes the Betty & Tigger stamp. :)

In this first one (above) she says: Tigger is taking Betty for a summer stroll. They are passing a beautiful crystal blue lake lined with the reflection of 3 sunlit trees. Betty is all prepared with her backpack “What Adventures” indeed!

And here’s what she did: I stamped Betty & Tigger in black Versafine ink, then masked them in order for me to paint the scene (I used a little box of watercolour paints). The trees were painted with a stippling brush. I used a clear Wink of Stella  brush pen over the lake which gives it a lovely glistening effect.

Paula Downs - adventures are worth taking

And in this second one Tigger is taking Betty for another summer stroll, this time without the lake.  Again, the same method as the first card was applied.  Betty is saying to Tigger “All adventures are worth taking”!

Her painting adds such an artsy, realistic quality to the scenes. I think because she chose not to outline what she painted they really show off the stamped image quite nicely.

Thanks for sharing your work!!

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1163-I Betty and Tigger

Donna West - Happy Birthday Mermaid

This is an under-the-sea little shaker card that Donna said was so fun to make! She thinks Mara Mermaid is just adorable!!! The card itself is just wonderful but add all those little shakeable elements – sparkles with Micro beads and little flowers – wow! Donna said that she added Stickles to the background to add a bit more shimmer. And if that wasn’t enough she added the little other elements as well – the shells, sprig and tying it off with a ribbon.

Here’s a closeup:

Donna West - Happy Birthday Mermaid detail

Eat Cake Graphics stamp used:
1056-I Mara Mermaid floats


Summer at the Lake Lori Barnett

Here’s a fabulous summer scene from Lori. I think it deserves a picture frame with glass, don’t you.

Lori said:
I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day than at the lake. Making this card took me back to my childhood memories of spending summer days swimming, boating, and totally enjoying the “Lazy Days of Summer!”

Here’s what she did:
To create this fun card scene, I stamped the boathouse and pier images on watercolor cardstock, then painted with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers. Ben is stamped and watercolored on a scrap of the watercolor paper, then cut out and popped up with foam tape. How fun is that?! The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on designer patterned cardstock, which I then hand-cut in the shape of a cloud.

Here’s a closeup:

Summer at the Lake Closeup Lori Barnett

Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
1058-E Ben Puddlesworth
6026-H Pier
6030-K Boat house
8109-F Lazy days (text)

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