What a FUN challenge we have today over at HSS– Hand Stamped Sentiments, and Inspiration Challenge… Sea Shells!!! What does that make you think of? It makes me think of beaches, sands, ocean water, warm air, hammocks, tropical flowers, and maybe a virgin tropical drink. 😉 So here is what I have created…

I have been planning a Luau themed neighborhood cookout party and thought that instead of sending out an electronic invite that I would use this weeks challenge to create a handmade personal invite for them all! I used the stamp set Embrace Life to create this lei for the front of the card. I have to say that this idea is not mine originally, not many are in some way I have usually been inspired by something I have seen in the past… I had gotten a swap years ago at an event (can’t remember which one :( my memory stinks!) with this idea of the lei using a large flower image.
This card was somewhat time consuming however, I hand cut each flower- luckily they are fairly large flowers and I didn’t need a million of them. I used my Crop-A-Dile to create the hole in the center of the flower for my 1/4″ white Grosgrain Ribbon. Once I had all the flowers threaded through their centers I used dimensionals to secure them in a particular spot on the card front, so that they would all be displayed nicely.

I used Glossy White Card Stock for the flowers, which gave the flowers a really nice sheen to them and allows them to catch the light in an almost patten leather effect. I used some contraband on this card as well… gasp! I had found some really cute scrapbooking paper with a pretty floral design and I used a retired SAB stamp set for the sentiment “Party Time” stamped on the base of the card.

Here is a better view of how I threaded the ribbon through the flowers. I used my stampin‘ write markers to give that water color effect on the flowers for some color. The colors I used for the flowers were Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery/Old Olive.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today, come on over to HSS and share with us your projects that you create with our inspiration. Summer is just around the corner, at least here in TX and the beach is where I LOVE to be!!! Come play along… until next time~ TTFN

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