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Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Surf & Turf Saga (40 to 40 #6)

The Surf & Turf  - Part 1

We are on a change over to feature each of the designers, reduce the overwhelm when it comes to an overloaded blog, and to give you more opportunity to follow and learn from each of the designers when they post.

So the Saga will happen each month with 7 designers (including me) posting through out the month. We will be introducing guest designers periodically and continuing with awesome of contests.

The Surf and Turf  means if it is land or water, we want to feature it.

Show us what you can create for either Surf, Turf or a combination of both


I created a combo card combing the Surf & Turf for a scenescape of fly fishing.

 I cut apart my Gone Fishin' stamp to get the Fisherman By himself. (if you like this, comment below, to see if i should offer him as a separated stamp too)

I played around with the stamp sizes and picked Exstream to create my water. As I sized up the trout, fly, eagle, bear and Big Horn Sheep, I settled on the Eagle, Big Horn Sheep & Happy Father's Day Stamps.

I added all of the images, sketched in some extra shore and hillside, and then began to water colour paint my scene. I use my craft sheet to colour all if ink onto and then I used a wet paint brush to pick up and fill the scene with colour.

I decided that the Big Horn Sheep and Eagle were a tad too big so I stamped them on shrink film and hit them with my heat tool. making them small and easier to place in proper proportion. (I think they were slightly too small but smaller looked better then too large.

When I was done, I cut some 1" cork strips and then folded them to break them giving me a rugged outer edge with a smooth inner frame. and then I rubbed direct to cork, with the Distress Oxide Walnut stain to get the right look.

Next up was the corrugated cardboard sheet. I inked, it, stained it, added water, dried it, stained it, sanded it, tore it, and stained it again. Finally a look a wanted.

Then, I layered all of the layers and placed them on my super stock, to make sure the card was the correct size. Now if you are wonder why I used superstock, when I sell white cardstock, here's the answer...This stuff is amazing! Cathie Allan has been stamping since the before so many of today's companies hit the market. She teamed up with Creative Scrapbooker and they found a 130lb 12x12 cardstock that rocks. I use it for most of my heavy card backers because when adding 10 layers my cards can be too heavy to stay standing. Super Stock does the trick and I added some walnut oxide ink to the front and wet it to maintain the look of the card.

Because I was still unsettled on the balance and streakiness of the water, a painted some watered down Adirondack Pear over the water and achieved a gorgeous effect.

Then I smeared the beacon 3 in 1 on the Shore lines and glued on the Charred Gold Embossing Powder. DO NOT heat! In its raw form, Charred Gold makes for a perfect sandy/dirt look.

Then I glued on a bit of forest foliage, but this one I heated until it just started to melt, giving a rough greenery texture that I just fell in love with.

I still felt something was missing so I stamped onto the think shrink film, Happy Father's Day, added a light smear of Hickory Smoke Paint to the back and slightly wiped it off (this gave a pop to the words), and then attached it with the Lion Crest brads.

Viola, my Surf and Turf card is done!

Follow along, link up your projects and thank you for continuing to support all of us and each other.


Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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Big Horn Sheep
Gone Fishin'
Happy Father's Day

Charred Gold
Forest Foliage

Lion Crest Brad

Arctic White 100lb

Other items used: 
Super Stock by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
Substrate Sheets - Tim Holtz Ideaology from Ranger Ink
Shrink Film - From Ranger Ink
Adirondack Pearl Paint dabber- by Ranger Ink
Ink, Stains, Crayons - Tim Holtz Distress from Ranger Ink
3 in 1 Glue  - by Beacon
StazOn Ink - Picked up at Paper Pastimes
Black Sharpie - Purchased at Staples


Congratulations to Kerstin of Scrapbook Dreams,  winner of the 
Dream a little Dream Dare with her Dreaming of the Sea entry.

Kerstin please email Kim at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

Please email Kim, and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog and a special 20% off discount code.


To enter this month's Surf & Turf Dare, use the InLinkz below. Remember to follow the challenge rules as posted on the right sidebar of the blog, in order to be eligible.

 The winner, as voted upon by our Design Team members, receives a $50 Gift Certificate for the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Shop and the top 3 Special Mentions receive a badge to post on their blog and a 20% off discount code for the shop.

But wait, there is more...
just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!

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  1. Fabulous masculine project, Kim! I love how you can incorporate those stamps to make this scene. Great use of the embossing powders!

    Congratulations to Kerstin, Jannet, Irit, and Carol! Such amazing projects this month!

    1. Thank you Sara! It's fun creating and not just working :) one day I will tape the whole process so everyone can see my crazy process of trial and error. LOL

  2. Outstanding!! I truly love when you get the time to create, it's always inspiring and I learn something new!!
    Congrats to the winners, beautiful projects!!

    1. Awe, thanks so much Cathy. It's fun to be posting again!

  3. Oh thank you so much for including me in your top 3, I am very lucky : ) xxx

  4. Thank you so much, I'm very happy, that makes my day!! Congrats to all the winners! Hugs, Kerstin

  5. Thank you for including me into the top 3 - congratulations Kerstin, Jannet and Irit xx Thank you too Sara for updating me xx Have a lovely weekend everyone xx

  6. Fabulous Card Kim! Love all the details you've added:)

    1. Thanks Katelyn! I wish we could have had more creating time together.

  7. Hi Kim - hopefully I have messaged you :) xx

  8. Great card, nice scene you put together. Very cool brads!!