Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blog Hop: Brentwood Owl's Summertime Fun!

Hello friends,

I am very excited to announce that I'm a new member of the creative Design Team from June 2015-January 2016.  We're kicking off the festivities with the "Start of the Summer" Design Team Showcase Blog Hop. Are you ready for summer?  I know I am!  Today we are featuring projects using the Brentwood Owl's Summertime Fun digital stamp to showcase and introduce all the DT members. BONUS: for today only, this digital stamp is available for FREE!

This fun stamp captures the essence of summer vacation and beach side adventures.  You can use this digital stamp in all sorts of ways.  Relax, soak up the sun and hop along with us.  If you're coming from JENNIFER'S blog then you're in the right place!

I was inspired by my favorite beach vacation destination: Hawaii! Granted, I live in Southern California and our beaches here are quite nice, but there's something special about Hawaii.  Life is more relaxed, peaceful and the water is gorgeous.  Oh, and don't get me started on the food... yum!  But I digress... back to the hop!  Here's my card:

  • Card base: 4.25"W x 11"H, scored at 5.5" mark
  • Patterned paper cut to 4.25"W x 5.5"H (Carta Bella Summer Lovin' collection)
  • Brentwood Owl's Summertime Fun digital stamp
  • Aqua ribbon
  • Simon Says Stamp stitched circle dies
  • Acetate for the shaker window
  • Assorted Sequins
  • Copic Markers (colors listed below)
  • Foam sheets and adhesive
  • Print out the digital stamp on Copic-friendly paper
  • Using Copic markers, color in the Brentwood Owl and fussy cut him out.  I used a variety of colors for my image:
    • Body: E13, E15, E17, E18, E30, E42
    • Beak and Feet: YR21, YR15
    • Coconut: E13, E15, E18
    • Starfish: R20, R22
    • Glasses: YG13, YG25
    • Sand: E30
  • I chose pink for the starfish because I kept thinking about SpongeBob's buddy, Patrick.  

  • Die cut the largest circle from the printed Summer Words patterned paper and tie the aqua ribbon across the front.
  • Die cut the second largest circle from the green paper.  Attach the owl image through the opening and then glue the acetate sheet behind him.
  • For the blue bubble paper, add foam adhesive or cut a circle out of craft foam to add dimension to the shaker card.  Add an assortment of sequins in beach friendly colors
  • Here are the three layers of the card before I glued them together:
  • Here's another look at the finished card:

Now for the fun part... PRIZES!

Did I say Prizes?  Yes, indeed!  You could win a prize! Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Comment on each of the blogs in the hop and you'll be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate towards anything at!  After the hop, Jessica will randomly select a winner and announce the lucky person on her blog on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Next on the hop is the talented SHARON where she has a not one, but two amazing projects showcasing all the summer fun! Thanks for stopping by and keep hopping!

Note: if you get lost along the way, or a link doesn't work, click here to see a list of the blogs!

Happy Summer!



  1. Such a fun card and I love how the circle even looks like a porthole! Thank you for sharing what colors you used and how you put the card together.

    1. Thanks! Glad you liked the porthole thing... that's the idea I had in mind, but wasn't sure if it was going to work.

  2. Soooo cute! I love the shaker idea and those cool dies. Beautifully colored, loving all these great summer projects!
    Jennifer, DT sis

    1. Thank you! Your card is "wicked awesome" as well... uh oh, some of my east coast vernacular is creeping in...

  3. What a FUN shaker card! Hugs, DT Sis Vickie

    1. Thanks, Vickie! Shake off spring and head into summer... :-)

  4. Congrats on being a new member. I love that you did this as a shaker card. The colors are lovely and the paper is, too.

    1. Thanks, Bunny! I'm excited to be joining this talented team!

  5. I love shaker cards.. thank you for sharing it with us!!!

    1. Thank YOU for creating a fun stamp for us all to work with, Jessica!

  6. Your Card is so cute. I love shaker cards !

    1. Thanks, Jessica! Glad you stopped by. Really appreciate it!

  7. I love the background of your card, it's just so playful! And you're the only one that had the idea of coloring Brentwoods pants with patterns, haha very cool!
    Happy to be with you in this team of amazing ladies :)

    1. Me too, Wiebke! I love your designs too. Very very creative.

  8. I love this card - it is so cool!! Love the wording background paper and cool shaker element!! Welcome to the JLO DT - look forward to "creating" with you!!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I look forward to crafting & creating with you as well!


Look forward to your feedback and any fun ideas I should incorporate into my card designs. Or just say hello!