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Monday 5 September 2011

Challenge #51 - Summer Holiday Memories

Gooooood Afternoon!!  How was your summer break?   We've had a lovely long break over summer and are back with a new challenge!  We're also undergoing some internal changes so please bear with us whilst we implement them which will include a new owner - Lin and just being more consistent for you :)

Some team members have stepped down so its a fond farewell to Gill, Cazro and Jacki who will be missed loads, good luck for the future girls x

Onto our challenge this fortnight - Mandy has chosen the theme for todays challenge and she would like to see your SUMMER HOLIDAY MEMORIES so that could be a card, layout, ATC or other creation, perhaps of beach scenes, partying whatever you got up to over summer.

We are sponsored for this challenge by JOANNA SHEEN who has a huge range of craft goodies including the delightful Faye Whittaker designs which are perfect for this challenge.  Do check Joanna's out, if you've not been before you're really missing out and she has free postage worldwide for many of her items!

So here's our summer holiday memories to welcome you back!

Well I think summer was a few hot days wasn't it? I love visiting the sea and there is nothing nicer than sitting listening to the waves crashing on the rocks and strolling on the beach dipping your toes in the water if it isn't too cold.....  My card was made using wordart from TLC Creations, an image from Happileigh Scrappin', a cardstock sticker and ribbon from DCWV and a couple of little seaside theme beads.


made this card with one of my favourite stamps at the moment dead cute the background was inked with sir tims distressed inks then children coloured with promarkers. matted up on silver mirri embossed with crafters workshop templates and the vagabond. backing paper anna griffin. top edging EK punch with chipboard flower as the sun. the thanks is die cut in mirri card.

For this challenge, I decided to veer away from the standard 'beach/summer holiday' image because I'm really not a beach person! This image reminds me of the coast where I was brought up - stoney rather than sandy - and a view you might see while on a paddle-steamer, and seemed perfect for the challenge. The image is stamped in Versafine ink onto watercolour paper, and then coloured using Aquamarkers.

The background is created using distress and adirondack ink pads, applied using a piece of cut n'dry.

for my card I have gone with a dreamy scene white sand blue see oh I wish I was there an easy card just used a sand image and water image to make the papers and added some shell and sea horse embellies

For my wee card I decided to use up all my scraps I had lying around! I made the beach from ripping sheets of kraft papers with some yellow and white ink highlights plus some wee grasses and the sky is done with distress inks. I made the wee beach hut from white card and strips of blue, added some bunting and some star fish stickers to finish

My card has Edwin and Tilda with their surfboards and the ocean background, coloured with promarkers. The paper is from a digi scrapbook kit, sorry can't remember it's name. The doilies are from my stash as is the ribbon, and the pins, although I added the turquoise beads to the pins. The shells and starfish are real! Found them in a pot in my craft room. No idea where they came from, nor that starfish came that small, but apparently they do.

This is me looking glamorous by the sea (I wish, LOL).  I live about 35 minutes from the coast so I spend a lot of time there.  I've used my Nesties and Tim Holts Retro Circles to make the frame.  The sea is a stamp from Stampscapes coloured with Stampin' Up Inks, the bathing beauty is from Artistic Stamper and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

As I was flipping through my stamps I came across this Sugar Nellie stamp called Country Garden. My birthday is smack bang in the middle of summer and this year my daughter went out and picked me a lovely bunch of flowers for my pressie. When I saw this stamp it just reminded me of this and my summer memories :) The paper I have used is from the Bird Song stack from First Edition, i've used my MS garden trellis punch, coloured the image with ProMarkers and the ribbon ,charm and flowers are all from my stash.

I've just come back from a great holiday on the Lleyn Peninsula and there is beach after beach after beach all with something different to offer, only went to less than half of them so I've got reason to go back!  For this challenge I used one of the fabulous Faye Whittaker stamps from Joanna Sheen coloured with the brand new flexmarkers which are due for release imminently (these really are the dogs doo dahs!) and added some airbrushing with the letrajet around the side.  The shells are real, they're actually from a beach in South Africa!

Over to you!


  1. Beautiful cards for Inspiration!! Thanks DT!!

  2. Gorgeous works by DT!
    Hugs Gisela from germany

  3. Great cards and inspiration from the Design Team! Best wishes Karen x

  4. Gorgeous DT work! Thank you for a great challenge.

    Hugs Hazel xx


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