Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Introducing Whale Wishes

Land Ho Land Lubbers!Tonight's the kick off of the May 2011 Countdown and I'm here to introduce you to my little friend from Whale Wishes, designed by Dawn McVey. He's got me smiling every time I use him. Hope to make you smile as well.

First up, we're going all preppy, all the way. Whale Motifs are quite popular with the country club set. Or so I'm guessing. Not exactly the country club type over here, unless I'm part of the gang raiding the pool like in Caddy Shack.

 I used the little whale to make green and navy background paper. If you notice, the green whales are right side up and the navy whales are upside down. Helps to make the design tighter on my available real estate.

I thought the sentiment was appropriate for a casual beach wedding. It's framed nicely with the Places Please stamp set and die. And my favorite element for this card--the Faux Ribbon stamp set teamed up with Double Ended Banner die. Why didn't I think of this before? Going to wear this idea out.

Next up, we're taking it in a whole different direction with a kid's birthday card. The negative piece left over from using the medium scalloped border die makes brilliant waves.

Whales are mottled in real life. Add some barnacles and sun spots with Copics to our die cut friend. Oh yes, there's a whale die. Of course there is:). Makes me happy. Googly eyes are practically a requirement for kid's cards, don't you agree?

And lastly, we're going to focus on one of the sentiments from this set. Two curved rectangles in Maile's Modern Basics have always reminded me of stylishly rendered whale tails. A very sophisticated birthday card.

A little heart matches the sentiment and helps to add that "one special" touch to the card.

So, we've got three totally different looks for $5. Moby Dick would be proud.

Check out some of the other countdown posts tonight:

Betsy's focusing on Wonderful Words.
Nichole works her magic.
Dawn's going to be featuring WhaleWishes too.
Heather's going to be very busy this month with three new sets.
Melisssa's got the latest in her Floral Fusion series.

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back in a few days with some group posts. You're going to love it!


Preppy Wedding
Stamps: Whale Wishes, Places Please, Faux Ribbon
Dies: Places Please, Edgers #3, Double Ended Banner
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Stamper's Select White, Linen Vellum
PTI Ink: Enchanted Evening.
Other: Close to My Heart Citrus Ink

Birthday Whale
Stamps: Whale Wishes, Big and Bold Birthday Sentiments, Framed
Dies: Medium Scalloped Border, Whatle, Banner Basics
Patterned Paper: 2010 Bitty Dot Paper
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides
Copics Smokey Shadow Trio

Modern Whale Birthday Card
Stamps: Whale Wishes, Modern Basics
Ink: Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening
Paper: Stamper's Select White
Other: Colorbox Epoxy Heart


  1. Wauw, Erin! Love your cards!! The kids card with the cute eye is so much fun! Made me smile instantly and what smart thinking to use the modern basics set as a whale tail, yes, it really does like that this way!!! Love, love, love it!!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  2. Darling whale card...love the googlie eye and the party hat...cute~cute!!

  3. Erin you have made all of these cards come to life, love them all and cannot wait to see what else you create...so going to have to get this whale! Hugs!

  4. Wow !! I didn't think I was going to need this set until I saw your samples love the background you have made:-)

  5. Adorable! Love Big Birthday Wishes!

  6. Cute cards. Love your scalloped waves. Where else can you get a whale for $5?

  7. You'd better believe that I'm using lime/navy in my next card. Would have never guessed how nicely that looks together.

  8. Love you, Erin Lincoln. Love, love, love. These are too cute. Using the frame around the whale on the second one was a great idea. And I think I'm going to steal your banner die/Faux Ribbon mashup and run with it, too! Two of my favorite products. Brilliant.

  9. Your cards are SO cute! I love them!

  10. These are incredible samples, Erin!! I especially love the last one with the Modern Basics tails.

  11. GREAT cards, Erin! Love, love, love how you colored the 2nd one and his cute little googly eye!

  12. Wow, all your cards are awesome!! Can't wait to try some of these out.

  13. Love your cards but I'm really trying to contact you. I just added a card to this week's Make it Monday and then I realized it was the wrong week and then I realized the challenge closed on the 9th. Can you please delete my card. Sorry. I'll load it in PTI gallery. Thank you. SueB

  14. I totally made that whale (BIG birthday wishes) for my nephew's 2nd birthday card... so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!