clean & simple sunday #44

I just returned from a beautiful, relaxing cruise vacation to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada with my family. We had a wonderful time together and a terrific cruising experience on Carnival Cruise Line, I highly recommend it…  I’m sure that’s what inspired me to use the Life’s A Breeze stamp set from A Muse|Studio this morning for the C&SS card this week.

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I chose wheat card stock for the base card and used a bit of cherry polka dot to embellish. The little scene panel was very simple to create…I stamped the lighthouse on scrap white card stock in Memento black ink and colored it in with my lipstick red Copic marker before cutting it out of the scrap piece. I glued a strip of winter sky (that I’d cut out with my scallop border die to create the waves) to a white base panel. I trimmed out a scrap of wheat with my scissors to create the “beachy knoll” for the lighthouse to sit on and stamped the little crab in cherry ink on the “beach”. I used foam squares to adhere the lighthouse so it would pop off the base panel a bit. I layered the “scene” panel onto a piece of white card stock to create a mat (to define it a bit more, in a subtle way). The final touch was the sentiment stamped in the background.

This is such a cute note card for summer sending… It would be fun to create these or bring them along on a beach vacation and send to family or friends instead of postcards!  If you have the blessing of living at the beach and get visitors in the summer, wouldn’t this be a delightful card to leave on the night table in the guest room to welcome your guests? Or just create the scene panel and make it a tag to tie on a small pail filled with spare soap, a tooth brush and some sample sizes of shampoo or lotion in the guest bath …so many fun ideas!  Enjoy, and have a lovely summer Sunday… back to reality for me!


  1. After the adorable card, then the suggestions for using this design, I feel As Though I did just take a trip to the shore! Thanks Kris!

  2. Michelle Downie says:

    so cute…the gingham really makes it pop!

  3. Jennifer says:

    This is such a cute card for such beautiful scenes! You did an amazing job in capturing the essence of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; I especially love how simplistic, yet effective, this card is. Carnival should hire you! 😀
    (In case you were wondering, this is Jennifer from the Platinum dining room)

  4. Very cute card! TFS

  5. I love how the red pop in this card. I also really like the “sand”. This takes my very Engineering mind to a creative place and forces me to think outside of the box. I love it.

  6. What a cute summer card….for any occasion!!

  7. Helen Moard says:

    This card is adorable! I love the little crab in the sand at the bottom and the whole card is so crisp and clean. Great card!

  8. love this card! the wheat “beach” is so creative! and, the cruise sounds wonderful!