FYI – Birthday Shells

It is time for another For Your Inspiration challenge. Check out the latest challenge -> FYI37.


This is a cool photo. I loved the white clouds on the blue sky. And the photo theme allowed me to make a birthday card for my beach-loving mom.


I embossed the shells with white powder. Since the shells have a text background to them, I added a strip of text paper and wrapped it up with some string.

One note, my embossing has never been this good. I had been blaming old powder, but even after a fresh batch I had issues. Why it took me so long, I don’t know – but I finally re-inked my Versamark pad. And now I have perfect embossing! I need to get better at re-inking everything!

A final note, my card is a bit shorter than normal (5 1/4 x 4 1/4). The reason is that I did not stamp my sentiment straight. I straightened it up by trimming the panel, then just trimmed my card base to match. Just another way to save a card.

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A Little About the Challenge: The For Your Inspiration challenge is posted the first and third Thursday of every month; each challenge is open for two weeks. To play, use the photo to inspire you and create a card – very simple! Make sure you tell us in your blog post how you were inspired!

Birthday Wishes
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: By the Sea Shore, Bring on the Cake;
Colors: Marina Mist;
Other: White EP, First Edition DSP, Espresso twine; Versamark ink (Tsukineko);

8 thoughts on “FYI – Birthday Shells

  1. I love these shells and such a good idea to add the text paper. And I am always having to save cards in this way and others-mistakes make us human. I am off to check out this challenge.
    I follow your blog by e-mail but I can’t see where I sign up as a follower?

  2. Hi, Karen! GORGEOUS card–LOVE the fabulous white embossing on the blue! The sea theme is fabulous, too! So excited to be working with you!!!

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