The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bazzill Beach House Giveaway

Happy Friday! Can you believe it's already November? I must admit that I've really let the time get away from me. Over the summer, Bazzill Basics Paper asked if I would like to try their new Beach House patterned paper collection and offered to send me two Beach House collection 6x6 pads, one for me to keep and use for myself and one to give away to one of my blog readers. Of course, I said I'd love to!! But the new papers arrived while I was away on our month-long vacation in August, and once we returned I was too overwhelmed to even crack open the new papers. But I'm finally caught up and was able to take time this week to play with them, and I loved what I saw!!

The 6x6 sheets in this mini pack are double-sided. There are a total of 12 different prints, with four sheets of each double-sided combo, for a total of 24 sheets in the pack. And guess what? These sheets are textured!! I LOVE that!! They have a lovely pebbly feel to them and add wonderfully subtle dimension to a card. I also love that the colors used in these patterned papers coordinate with the cardstock colors in Bazzill's Card Shoppe collection.

The prints in the Beach House collection are rather eclectic, I think. And that's a good thing!! They have a fun nautical feel to them, especially color-wise, but aren't overly beachy. There are some nice classics small-scale prints that would be perfect for paper-piecing, as well as some collage-type prints incorporating both ocean-life motifs (think whale, crab, coral, shells) and less obvious ones (such as bicycles, playing cards, cafe receipts, alphabet typography, manilla tags, vintage card game score sheets). I happened to use some sea shell stamps in the card I made with my Beach House papers, but you could easily use them with so many other themes!!

The card I made today is an anniversary card for my in-laws:



I used four different prints from the Beach House collection (House Tags, Weathered Wood, Receipt Dots, and Nautical Stripes), plus two coordinating cardstocks from the Card Shoppe collection: Whirlypop and Peanut Clusters. The shell images are stamps in the Beach Cottage Collection from Unity Stamp Co., and the sentiment is from another Unity set, It's All About Love.

 
My card design was inspired by one of the two sketches featured over at Chick Challenges with Ippity this week.






I'm also linking this up with my friend Jessi's challenge over at Playing in Paradise to make an anniversary project. 

OK, now for the fun part--the part you've all been waiting for: the GIVEAWAY!! Bazzill Basics sent not only a Beach House Collection 6x6 paper pack



but also a 56-sheet multipack of their Card Shoppe cardstock



to give away to one of my readers. Want a chance to win? All you need to do to be in the running is leave me a comment on this post using the word "OCEAN" before 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 8, 2012. I'll draw one "ocean"-using commenter at random to win  both the patterned paper and cardstock, then post the winner here on my blog on November 9. If I can find the winner's email address, I'll email her as well!

Questions? Feel free to ask! You don't need to be a follower of my blog to enter the giveaway, but I'd love it if you do become one!


A huge thanks goes to Bazzill Basics for letting me try out their amazing patterned papers and cardstocks! And thanks so much for dropping by.

May you find a little slice of bliss in your day today!
Emily

27 comments:

Susan Martin said...

Your card is gorgeous!! I love those papers. Love your layout!! The stitching, distressing! Just amazing!!! Makes me feel like I'm at the OCEAN!!

Pam said...

Oh my, there is an ocean of words to describe these papers! I love the eclectic mix of patterns! And the colors can be used for any occasion! Love your anniversary card, with the matching stamps! Thanks to you and Bazzill for the giveaway!!!

~amy~ said...

Oh I love your card...the woodgrain, the polkas...the nautical goodness...I love going to the OCEAN...especially when we were in North Carolina...the outer banks...gorgeous area!

Benzi said...

This is simple and true: I WANT TO BE AT THE OCEAN RIGHT NOW. LOL
Beautiful papers and the anniverary card is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Well I'm glad the ocean hasn't swept away all your crafty supplies this week... love that you're just now getting to this project (sounds like me), love the stitched details.

jennyplace2 said...

What a beautiful car makes me what to pack my bag and head to the airport for the winter...destination...would be the ocean! Sun, sand surf and the wonderful ocean waves!
jennyplace26@gmail.com

Annette said...

I live by the OCEAN and love it...your card is totally awesome.. Love the seashells and your stitching is awesome..

Marisa said...

Way to work the papers, Emily :) Love the beach theme and card!

Lisa said...

Love the weathered look of this Emily and the red polka dot paper is yummy! I can just here the "ocean" whispering about in your seashell!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Nice card design and layout. Papers worked great.

Susie said...

Your OCEAN inspired card is awesome!!

JPScraps said...

Fabulous card! I love the nautical theme.

Auntie Em said...

Oh Emily, I love your card!!! The weathered wood and the deep reds and blues against the ocean weathered wood is so pretty. The tag and cut out images are perfect to go with it. I am sure your in-laws must have been so pleased with it.
Thank you for sharing! :)

Moira said...

love your card as it reminds me of special memories! You see I was born in Beverly (north of Boston) and we summered in Chatham (on the Cape) every year until I was 12 when we moved there permanently. I now live in Western, MA so miss living near the ocean but visit family on the Cape every chance I get!

Ruza Rebel said...

What an awesome Anniversary card! The shells remind me of a time while walking along the Ocean in Hawaii on our Honeymoon 28-yrs ago. I actually picked up some shells that looks just like these, and still have them. ;o)

Adrienne Crist said...

My, oh my! I just adore that Anniversary card. Such beautiful images of the Ocean's own embellishments! I live very close to the ocean and have for over 20+ years. I consider myself very fortunate and blessed! In fact, it's so warm today here n California, a dip in the ocean would be very nice indeed!

Thanks for the opportunity to win those pretty papers!

Blessings,
Adrienne

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness. I love this card. The beachy feel is wonderful.

Hugs~

Amy McCue said...

What a great card. I love how the ocean themed images all come together.

Jessi Fogan said...

Can I just say, I love how you include a little test for your comments...such a clever idea :) Love this card for an anniversary, too! Perfect stitching & distressing. Collage prints are some of my favourite patterns, too - they make easy cards SO FAST.
So, my ocean comment? I grew up by the Pacific Ocean and now live by the Atlantic. It's a very different thing to go to the beach here - there's always something living to explore :)

Katie Lund said...

I Love this post! Having friends and family on the east coast, I love making cards and pages with an OCEAN theme! This warms my creative heart!

Colleen Dietrich said...

O is for 'Oh, what a neat card!'
C is for 'Cool elements'
E is for 'Everything looks terrific here!'
A is for 'Adorable Anniversary'
N is for 'Nifty give away, too!'

Your in-laws will love this. I like those shells!

SHartl said...

You always give me OCEANs of inspiration!!! Absolutely love your card (especially the gorgeous shell stamp images) and would love to get my hands on some Beach House of my own!

Barb said...

This is gorgeous Emily! I've lived on Canada's East coast all my life and I know I could never be far from the ocean...it's part of who I am :) If this isn't open to Canadians, no worries...I still love your card!

Karenladd said...

Oh, I just love these papers and your projects! I can almost hear the ocean looking at these!

Notes by Nina said...

Wonderful anniversary card Emily, I love the nautical theme with treasures from the Ocean :). These papers are fantastic. Thank you for Playing in Paradise this week.

Allison said...

This is just lovely! A great masculine take on the theme! Thanks for playing at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

Reflections from the lake said...

Great card. Thanks for sharing!