Amanda has given us an interesting challenge at As You See It this week. It's to use our first ever stamp set or craft tool.
I had to do a bit of thinking about this as I got two stamp sets at the same time. The first two sets I ever bought were By the Seashore (this one) and Aviary. Soon afterwards, I got my first set of sentiment stamps - Say it in Style from Clearly Besotted. While I'm doing firsts, then Hardwood was the first background stamp I got (I think).
I have mixed in some new stuff as well. When I first got By the Seashore, I certainly didn't have Stampin' Blends to colour them with! The abstract beach and sky behind the sea creatures, I created using Kim Jolley's Not Your Mother's Shaving Foam method. I've posted a link to this wonderful tutorial before but if you google her or the method, you'll find it easily.
We'd love to have you join us and show us what your first stamp or tool was. As You See It lets you play along in whatever style you like - as you see it. Link up with us by Wednesday 21 February.
If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Sale-a-bration is on and there's a new Special Occasion Catalogue out. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below.
And, of course, you can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand.
For further inspiration in this card, I used the sketch challenge at Inspire. Create.
I'm entering this card there and you can join them up until 20 February.
Ingredients - all products Stampin' Up unless otherwise stated
Card: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamps: By the Seashore, Wetlands, Hardwood, Say it in Style (Clearly Besotted)
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
Other: Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party, Layering Circle framelits, linen twine, shaving foam, sponges, dimensionals