Thursday, May 21, 2015


Ocean breezes, beaches, and sailing into the sunset! Join in and play along with Impression Obsessions new challenge. Use IO stamps and/or dies to create a fun beach theme design and play along for a chance to win a $25 IO Gift Certificate. You can find all the guidelines on the IO Blog.

Here's a look at what the DT came up with

Joanne Fink, one of the artists with IO, has designed a fun cling set full of "beachy" stuff! 
I've made a pop-up box using several dies and have added a few of Joanne's sayings from her, "Sailing into the Sunset" collection.

You can see here the side view of my beach in a box! I have used four inserts (layers) for the beach and water to get the dimension and depth. The lifeguard stand was made from the Single Beach Chair and the Beach FenceAll of the dies that I've used are listed and linked below. 

And now for a birds eye view of the beach and water!
You can go here to see another nautical box using IO dies and also here for more fun in the sun!

 Ahhh, "Livin the Salt Life"! 

I love making these boxes from scratch but, I must confess for this one... I tried something NEW!
 Mitra at IO and the Paper Cut have come out with 2 different sizes of the pre made Pop-Up Box cards that come in white and cream.
Oh my, this made it so easy! They have the Square Box card which is the one I used here and also the A-2. The package includes 5 boxes, inserts and envelopes. 
I tried to link this up for you but could not find them on their website...maybe to new!
Impressive Ideas carries them if you are in or near the Atlanta area. If not, they are more than happy to mail them to you!

Thanks for looking!


  1. Phenomenal box card Karen! Wow! You knocked this out of the park!!

  2. This is so darn creative! I love this card! Awesome job! Joleen

  3. OH! MY! when I saw this I wanted to walk right into sand an have fun. such a clever idea with bringing you into the sand, sun, and surf....thanks for sharing, ......have a good day.

  4. What a wonderful, unique card.

  5. Oh my, such a great design! I love your sand layers with the shells! Awesome work, total perfection! :) And 'livin the salt life' made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

    Katie B.

  6. Karen, this is absolutely adorable and so creative. What a clever idea to transform the chair into a lifeguard stand. Love it!

  7. OMG WOW Your box card is amazing WOW I definitely was totally awestruck when I saw it!!
    You so spent tons of time creating in the are you ever going to be able to part with it????
    I so hope you made 2 one to keep and one to give away....OMG what a Funtabulous decoration this
    would make to any home or cottage. WOW you really did an outstanding creative job!! WOW!!
    YOU so ROCK!!

  8. This box is just way too cute! I can't believe the darling details you added to your scene. You are very creative.