Hi Stampers.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  I made an escape from the summer heat by heading to the northern California coast this weekend for a craft fair in the town of Mendocino.  If you have ever seen the TV show “Murder She Wrote” – then you have seen parts of Mendocino.  It’s the backdrop they used for scenes in Cabot Cove.  It’s a really cute little town.  Here is a photo of my booth.  (That’s my hubby in the back.  He came to spend the day with me.)

We had gone to breakfast at Eggheads in Fort Bragg.  If you are ever in Fort Bragg, you should stop by there for breakfast or lunch. It’s a really cute little restaurant all decorated in the Wizard of Oz theme, and they have great food!  While there, I spotted a flyer announcing a Sand Art Contest at Pudding Creek – the judging was happening an hour after the craft fair ended. Talk about perfect timing!  We had to go!  I thought they had done a great job with this Unicorn.

One of the sand artists had her parrot with her. It amazed me that the bird didn’t fly away, so I had to ask about it.  The woman was happy to loan us the bird while she made a mad dash to finish her sand art mermaid before the judging happened.  I think Marc made a friend…
Just to be sure I keep the stamping theme of my blog, here is a beach related card made with the Stampin’ Up! Wetlands stamp set.
This card starts out with a Very Vanilla card base, a 5.25″ x 4″ layer of Night of Navy and a 5″ x 3.75″ layer of Very Vanilla.  On that top layer I sponged on some clouds with Soft Sky ink.  I then stamped the birds in Early Espresso ink and the grass (on the lower left corner) in Soft Suede ink.  I then sponged Soft Sky ink under the smaller birds to look like water and some Crumb Cake ink in the lower left corner to resemble a small hill.  The sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla scrap of cardstock with Early Espresso ink and punched it out with the large oval punch.  I then used the designer label punch to punch out a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to layer behind the sentiment.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out our Tuesday sales and another card idea.

Happy Stamping!

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