Monday, 27 June 2011

A trip to the beach with My Partner in Crafting Crime :)


Hello folks!! :)

Well, what a couple of days it’s been with this sudden heat... perfect timing really as we have a new challenge for you over at My Partner in CraftingCrime and this time we’d like to see you create something with a Beach Theme:) :) We're sponsored by the fab Bows & Berries Digital Stamps Shop who have some gorgoeus new releases out this week as well as the lovely sun digi I've used on my card!! :) And here’s what I came up with:


I’ve had this Gorjuss image coloured and just waiting to be used since it arrived on my doormat from a lovely friend a couple of months or so ago and this seemed the perfect opportunity!! :) I’ve seen lots of people using sandpaper to great effect to create beachy scenes and thought I’d have a play myself- originally the scene was going to be the full size of the card but when this idea of a Polaroid style scene popped into my head at the last minute I just had to run with it- the smaller scale meaning less energy needed was actually just a bonus this time!!lol 



I began by getting a rough idea of the size I wanted my ‘Polaroid’ to be and printing out the gorgeous ‘Sun Love’ digi from Bows and Berries, which is just such a happy image :) I then masked the digi, placed clouds cut from my Cricut onto the sky (all attached with 2-way glue) and then inked in a similar way to Bev’s Tutorial with a cheap shaving brush form Wilkos and Tumbled Glass DI- think I went a bit heavier with my ink than you would for the softer look Bev gets but I wanted a real bright summer sky so I’m happy :) Then I crumpled and sanded some Core’dinations Whitewash for the sea and stuck that and the sandpaper onto the inked piece, which I mounted onto another layer of white for the frame :)
 

The sun has a second layer on foam pads and some glitter and glaze to add dimension :)




All the little Sea Life embellishments are cut from white card on my Cricut- they’ve been sitting on my desk since I coloured the image, too!!lol- and coloured with Promarkers. Before I coloured the shells I used several sizes of embossing tool to score and shape the card- a small thing but I’m glad I thought of it on the last minute as I think (in reality at least- not sure it shows too well in my pics) that it makes a big difference. I shaped the starfish and seahorse slightly, too, and they all have Clear Stardust and Clear Glaze for extra pretty-ness!! :)


A little bit of sandpaper and a white doodled border to frame the whole arrangement and I was done :) I know I took too amny photos but I kind of like this one!! ;D

The List:
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  • 6x6” Aqua card blank from stash
  • Images: Gorjuss Girl stamp from Sugar Nellie and ‘Sun Love’ Digi from Bows & BerriesDigital Stamp Shop
  • Promarkers to colour images and embellies – no idea of colours, I’m afraid :(
  • White card, Blue Core’dinations Whitewash card and sandpaper
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and shaving brush for sky
  • Antique Linen DI for 'photo' edges
  • Cricut to cut Sea Life embellies and embossing styluses to shape them
  • Sakura Clear Stardust and Clear Glaze pens
  • Inksentials White pen
  • Brown and Green fineliners for the sentiment and detail on the seahorse
  • Stickles in Frosted Lace, Stardust and Diamond

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Pollycraft – Make a Splash! :) ; Papertake Weekly – Here Comes the Sun :) ; Fab ‘n’ Funky – Summer Loving :) ; I Promarkers – Anything Goes :) ; Sparkles Forum – At the Beach :) ; The Secret Crafter – Embossing (my shells) :) ; Sweet Stampin’ – Something Old, Something New (my new is my digi and sandpaper, my old is the card blank discovered when rooting through a box I thought was all junk!!lol) :)

So, I hope you enjoyed my little trip to the beach as much as I did- I have no idea what I’ll ever be able to do with this card but I so enjoyed making it that I really don’t care!!lol :) I rarely let myself make cards that I don’t think I’ll have any way to use as it just doesn’t seem a justifiable use of my energy but every so often I let myself play and it’s so much fun!! :) Please do pop over to the PCC blog and check out the fab creations from the rest of the DT- we’re all going on a summer holiday of sorts as we’re taking a little DT break after this challenge... but we’ll be back in September with more fun challenges to get stuck into!! :)

Sorry I’m a bit late in the day with this one, by the way, but I spent all the energy I had yesterday on getting my new drawers in situ opposite my desk, and swapping things around between the old set, the new set and my desk drawers etc. in an attempt to make it easier to get hold of what I want while I’m working... I think the new drawers (six shallower ones in the place of three I had to dig through to find things) will help a lot but there’s still more to do as I never have the energy to just keep going ‘til things are all sorted so I’m still not sure quite what’s been left where atm... :S Good job I don’t have anything I need to make in a huge hurry right now, then!!lol Anyway, I didn’t get round to getting my post ready the day before, as I try to do with DT posts in case my brain won’t work on the day... and sure enough, my brain hasn’t wanted to play nice at all today so apologies if this has been even more rambly and incoherent than usual!!lol

I hope you’re all well and had a great weekend enjoying the sun- or found a nice cool place to avoid it if that’s what you prefer!!- it’s cooled off a bit here in the last few hours thankfully as it was pretty unbearable earlier!! :S 
  
  

18 comments:

Sandra said...

This is gorgeous...:) Sandra H

jackiescrafts said...

This is great I love the image and the colours
Thanks for joining in at SFC

Jackie x

Debbie said...

Lovely "Summer" card. The GG is lovely and the starfish, shell and Seahorse are a lovely touch. thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week, good luck. Debbiexx

Carole of Brum said...

Brilliant card, Rachel, I love your polaroid photo idea, it works so well. Great how the tide seems to be coming in, and the scoring on your sea shells does show up and is perfect, they are so much more lifelike than flat card. Love it all! I mostly make cards I'll never use, lol, they are too full of flowers and embellishments to be able to post, but I always think the enjoyment and getting lost in creating something is the important thing. Take care. CoB

Wendy said...

Fantastic card Rachel,gorgeous image and wonderful details.
Wendy xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Now this is gorgeous! :) Brilliant design and so effective. Love it! :)

Thanks so much for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week,

hugs

xxalisonxx

katesacraftybugger said...

OOOH I love this - The layout ,the colours ,the details well evrything really !.Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week-Kate x

coops said...

fantastic card design.your design is brilliant.i love the fab photo idea and the gorjuss girl is so pretty :D

xx coops xx

Intruderlady said...

gorgeous card!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Great idea for the polaroid & it looks fab!

Thank you for sharing with us at SFC, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Thanks for joining our "Embossing" challenge this week on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

downrightcrafty said...

gorgeous creation and great embossing, thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. I have candy if you are interested
Hugs Kate xx

Debs said...

Oh so it was you who bought the shaving brushes was it. I went in this morning and they only had the expensive ones left lol. I love this card Rachel, what a great idea to do the 'polaroid' effect. Love all your embellishments too. Take Care Debs xx

Jennifer said...

So gorgeous. Love your fab summer creation!! Thanks for playing at Fab'n'Funky xx Jenny xx

Anonymous said...

Oh wow Rachel this is fab! Love the polariod picture idea and the little sea shell embellishments are fantastic!!
Rach :) xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Rachel :) Me again - lol!

Love your card, it really is original, and a perfect entry for our challenge this week at Sweet Stampin.
hugs

xxalisonxx

sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous honey, you did really well with the Gorjuss stamp and the polaroid idea is genius! Elaine-xxx-

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A fabulous Summer card Rachel - love the Gorjuss image and the sandy beach! (This would be perfect for the "Here Comes Summer" challenge at Moving Along With The Times.)
Sylvia x

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