25 posts categorized "2022 June Island Vacation"


Wed 10

Sending You Oceans of Love
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this fun slimline "oceans of love" card!
Here's another look at my card:

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Here's how I created my card:

1) Dry emboss the "Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder/die set" on white card stock. I lightly spray both sides of the card stock so I get a deep impression and no cracking on the paper.
2) Using the coordinating dies, cut out each of the fish.
3) With rainbow colored inks and an ink blender, add color to the top portion of each fish.
4) Ink blend some extra turquoise card stock so you can cut the "Kelp Collage" & "Deepwater Collage" foliage from it for the bottom of your card.
5) Take a slimline piece of card stock, I used 3.5" by 8.5" and dry emboss the "Waves" 3D embossing folder on the top half first and then run it through again on the bottom half. Don't worry about the seam you see, you will cover it with the sentiment.
6) Heat emboss the sentiment from the "Deep Blue Ocean" stamp and die set.
7) Add the fish in rainbow order, some with glue some with foam tape, the sentiment in the middle on the seam, and the foliage on the bottom.
8) Lastly add some clear "Fairy Drops" around the front of the card.

Below you can see the fish embossing folder and stamp set I used.

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And one more photo of this colorful fish card!

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I hope you like my card for today! I had so much fun creating it!

Be sure to check out all the great ocean products just released and the ones from last year too. They all work perfectly together!

Thanks for stopping by!


Products used:

94561 Kelp Collage
94563 Deepwater Collage
EF1013 Waves 3D embossing folder
EF1031 Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder & cutting dies
CL5268 Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set
DRP101 Fairy Drops






Mon 08

Paper Bags and Envelopes Junk Journal
by Anne Thompson

And now for something completely different.

I visited Cumston Library in the neighboring town of Monmouth, Maine on Wednesday afternoon and the librarians there showed me the paper bag junk journals they had made with children the week before.  I thought this would make a great project for me, too, as well as one I could easily do with my grandchildren.  I changed mine a bit from what they had done by adding envelopes and used it to document this past weekend as I played tourist in the Midcoast Maine area not far from my home.


to construct the junk journal

  • select an assortment of paper bags and envelopes in several sizes and shapes--I used two brown paper lunch bags as the base for my junk journal; tuck in and glue down the flaps on the envelopes and the flaps on the bottom of the bags


  • fold the bags and long envelopes in half; use one of the brown bags as the outside then tuck in the other bags and envelopes to create the basic journal structure


  • punch three, four, or five holes along the folded edge through all of the layers


  • use thread or ribbon or cord to tie the journal together and create a spine


  • glue cardstock to the front cover and on any of the other surfaces in the journal that you choose
  • add written details and tuck items into the various pockets

For example, I added the cover from Thursday evening's theatre program over two of the pages and tucked the theatre tickets, cast list, and musical numbers list in the first envelope pocket.


There are pages and pockets for a trip to the library, the Sunday crossword puzzles, a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and information about meals out, etc.  I left some space to add photographs from the weekend later and more journaling.


For the cover, I chose a scrap of yellow cardstock 4X4 from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 (after all this month's theme for the blog challenge is YELLOW) and an even smaller scrap of a coral plaid from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013.  Because I spent the weekend in the Midcoast area and quite a lot of time at Ocean Point on Sunday afternoon I chose to add an underwater scene to the front cover using Memory Box dies and papers. 



I think as I add photographs from the weekend into this junk journal I will also tuck in some additional Memory Box die cuts.  I'm already thinking about floral ones that will coordinate with photographs I took at the Botanical Gardens.  I have three more pockets and a couple of pages left for journaling.  I can't wait to show this to my grandchildren and have them create their own junk journals to document their adventures.


Such a fun project!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 07

by Trina Pham

Aloha everyone.  Today I’m sharing a simple summer card with a tropical vibe made with the Tropical Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and matching dies from the June Island Vacation release.

Bristol paper was used for all the white die cuts.  After die cutting the leaves, spritz them with water then embossed them using the EF.  Had planned on playing with alcohol inks (AI) on yup paper to create the background, but couldn’t find my yupo paper, so ended up doing the AI on  acetate technique instead (you may have noticed the reflection from the acetate 😉).  Drops of Pool and Mermaid AIs were applied to an A2 size piece of acetate, then rubbing alcohol and a hand blower were used to move the inks around.


The die cut Vintage Varsity letters were ombré colored next using turquoise dye ink and a blender brush before heat embossing them with clear glitter embossing powder.  Die cut the letters from black cardstock as well to offset for a drop shadow.  The periwinkle blooms were then colored with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey distress inks using a finger blender brush.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added clear shimmer to the flowers to finish.


Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Thank you for joining me today.





Fri 05

Shimmery, Shiny Girlie Fish by Jean Okimoto

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Fish cards - logically - are usually guy-cards in bold greens, teals and blues.  Maybe it's time for a fish card in soft, pretty peachy-pinks - with a lot of shimmery sparkle, of course!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a sweet girlie fish card for you today.

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I found an ink-blended piece of cardstock in just the right mix of pink and peach, then spritzed and splattered it with Imagine's Gold Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it, then cut it with the 2.5" wide Nested Globes die.  

Cut three fish from the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set from the gold 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Pressure-emboss the fish - one at a time - in the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach them to the globe with foam tape.

Attach the Birch Press Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to pale peach cardstock and cut it with Curling Waves dies .

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Add the gold jewels from the Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized sheet of cardstock to cover and protect the card front for mailing.

Combine your favorite dies and embossing folders with your favorite colors and see the designs acquire a whole new look...like a peach-colored underwater scene!

Thanks for visiting!










Thu 04

Adventure Awaits
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have another summer themed card for you.  

I started by stamping the tiny fish on a white cardstock panel.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with black ink under the blue fish.

I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a white card base.


I used white cardstock and dry embossed the fish using the new Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder and coordinating die to cut the fish. I colored the fish using the coordinating stencil and Distress Inks.  The ink colors I used were Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed.  I used a black marker for the fish eye and a white pen for around the eye then used foam tape to glue it to the card.

To finish the card, I glued some Clear Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.


That's it for today!  Have a great week!






EF1031 Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Matching Dies

88623 Ocean Fish Stencil



Wed 27

Mixed Media Encouragement Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a  quick mixed media background card today using the new Curling Waves stencil. 3D embossing folder, and matching dies.



Clear heat emboss the bubble stamp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set on Memory Box watercolor paper.  Smoosh some Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on a glass mat.  Spritz with water and dap the watercolor paper into each color, covering most of the paper.  Take a wet, square paint brush and apply more ink in waving motion randomly across the paper.  Heat set dry.  Use a water brush and add water inside the bubbles and then take a paper towel to dab up the water.  2nd generation stamp the schools of fish from the Blue Ocean stamp set with Blue Bell VersaFine Clair ink randomly in the background.  Take some white gesso and thin down with water the splatter on the background.  Let dry. Cut down to 4'X5 1/4" panel.



Die cut the Ocean Porthole 3 times from black card stock and adhere together.  Rub in Distress Crayon Tarnished Brass all over the front of the die cut.  Die cut the kelp from the Kelp Collage die set from the green Festive Glitter paper pad. Trim the longer kelp into 1 short piece leaving a longer piece.  Stencil the Curling Waves with Distress Oxide Ink Blue Print Sketch and Salvaged Patina.  Die cut with matching dies and then embossing with the matching Curling Waves 3D embossing folder.  Add some white texture paste and then Distress Grit paste to the top of the waves.


White heat emboss the Refuse to Sink sentiment from the You Anchor Me stamp set on black paper.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.  I am horrible at fussy cutting and already on my 2nd sentiment when I decided to use sandpaper to even out the sides.  This worked perfectly.  This might be an old trick I never learned but it really does help even out the sharp points are uneven cuts.


Adhere the background to a A2 size black card.  Adhere the waves to the lower right hand side, weaving them around the portal.  Adhere to the center of the card.  Add the kelp die cuts to the inside right of the portal.  Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.  





Tue 26

Seagrass Underwater Scene by Jean Okimoto


Create a seagrass background for some Ocean Fish with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Just rotate the embossed cardstock for a swirly, grassy underwater scene, then highlight the details with heat embossing.  Freestyle Hello from Poppystamps is perfect for a quick greeting. It looks like the small fish is the spokesperson leading the group today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer slimline design for you.

Cut a 5-½" x 2-¾" strip of a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer the raised areas with VersaMark - use a clean, well-inked inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Here's a tip - I usually ink and/or heat-emboss both sides of the 3D-embossed cardstock just to see which side I prefer.  You'll be surprised at the difference!


Diecut the fish - from the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set - on heavy white cardstock.  Lightly spritz the fish, then place them (one at a time) in the folder and pressure-emboss them.  Stencil them with the coordinating Ocean Fish Stencils and Distress Oxides.  Colors used here are wild honey, mowed lawn, dried marigold, iced spruce, twisted citron and salvaged patina.  Dot the eyes with a marker.

Cut the Poppystamps Freestyle Hello from a mustard 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection and heavy white cardstock.  

Another tip...cut the delicate top layer of the greeting - leave the diecut in the die.  Remove the little pieces in the e, l's and o.  Place a piece of lined doublestick tape behind the diecut (still in the die) and run it through the machine again to create a self-adhesive hello.  Keep it in the die - remove the tape liner and little oval offcuts.  Press it onto the mustard background and use a piercing tool to help release it from the die.  


Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber jewels from the Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - have fun picking your favorite colors for the Ocean Fish!










Mon 25

Atlantis? Or in an Aquarium?
by Anne Thompson

I got caught up in the idea of fish swimming in and out of the windows in an underwater castle.  Is this Atlantis?  Or is this in an aquarium?


I started with a piece of cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005, the CURLING WAVES STENCIL 88624, VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze ink, and a fingertip dauber to make some waves for a background which I then splattered with watered down white watercolor paint.


I chose a light brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRALS COLLECTION SP1009 to die cut the STONE KEEP CASTLE COLLAGE 94512 which I then inked with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink using a fingertip dauber.


I cut the castle away from the background and added it to the waves background.


I chose a bright green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION  SP1003 to cut out the SCHOOL OF FISH 94570.


I inked up the fish a bit with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane ink and a fingertip dauber.


I added some of the fish to the panel which I had trimmed to 4 X 5 1/4 and then secured that panel to the front of a top-fold white notecard.


Here are the cardstock paper pads I used...


...and the two dies.


And here's one more card with fewer fish.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Mon 18

Swimming with the Fishes
by Anne Thompson

This month's blog challenge is "Waving" Hello--water-themed cards.  For today's very dimensional shades of aqua card I've got lots of fishes swimming among the waves.


I started with three shades of aqua papers from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION cardstock pad SP1004.


I die cut all of the fishes first from a turquoise paper.  Then using another piece of the turquoise paper in a lighter shade and the  OCEAN FISH 3-D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1031 I made embossed fish and cut them out using the corresponding dies.  For this card I decided to use only the embossed fish and set the other ones aside for another project.

Next I chose n even lighter shade of aqua paper and the CURLING WAVES 3-D EMBOSSING FOLED EF1032 to emboss the waves and then cut them out with the corresponding dies.

I covered the front of a top-fold white notecard with a darker aqua paper.  I added the waves, glueing some on flat and popping up some with dimensional foam dots.  Then I tucked in the fish, some glued on flat and some added with dimensional foam dots.  I had one extra fish which I added to the inside of the notecard.


Think this card will go with an ocean-themed gift for a birthday in August and I'll add an appropriate sentiment and note inside.  I love all of the dimension on this card!

Have you created a card for this month's challenge?  We love to see what you make! For more inspiration, be sure to check out the 2022 June Island Vacation supplies and idea book here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Sat 16

Rainbow of Ocean Fish
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I have a colorful rainbow ocean scene card to share today using the Ocean Fish embossing folder (EF), matching dies and stencils.  All these products together made the process pretty easy.  

Started by die cutting all the fish from Bristol paper.  Spritz them with water then embossed them in the EF.  Let them dry briefly before inking them with distress inks in rainbow colors using finger brushes and the coordinated stencils.


The background is Bristol paper embossed with the Underwater 3D embossing folder.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set with white embossing powder on black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then for fun, added some googlie eyes to finish.


If you know me, I love coloring die cuts with my Copic markers, so I admit I have underestimated how useful stencils are.  They make coloring so much easier and quicker!  Well that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.