Thursday, August 16, 2012

Life's a Beach!

Okay, so I've been a really bad blogger this summer...  For a while I didn't even feel like creating, but now that summer is starting to wind down, I've found my crafty mojo again and have a stack of creations that need to be photographed and posted.  Bad squirrel...bad!  The good news is that I have lots of new things to share with you!

To start back on the right blogging track, here's a tribute to summer featuring bright fun colors and a vintage bathing beauty poster.  This is a study in ink.

Some Details:
  • To create my colorful, watery background, I used the basics of a Tim Holtz technique...pressing my Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat, misting with water, then setting my paper on top.  I must note, however, that I used GLOSSY paper.  LOVE the effect.  The glossy paper allows for the wonderful runs of color and adds so much depth. Tissue tape borders the top and bottom edges.
  • The flowers were colored in much the same way as the background, however, I made sure to mist the paper flower first, and then drag it through the watered-down ink on my craft mat.

  • Next up for inking was my ivory seam binding.  I wanted a space-dyed/variegated effect to keep my colors pure.  To do this, I pressed each color onto the craft mat at approximately 1/2-inch intervals, then misted both the inks and the seam binding.  I then laid the seam binding on top of the ink, pressing the binding down into the ink as necessary.  I repeated this along the length of my binding and then dried with my heat gun.
  • Just about any day at the beach is a happy day!

Thanks for stopping by today and I promise more good stuff is on the way soon!


Ranger Gloss Paper; Stampin’ Up! ‘Not Quite Navy’; watercolor paper
Distress Ink ‘Barn Door’, ‘Peeled Paint’, ‘Wild Honey’, ‘Stormy Sky’
Bazzill Basics 1.5” Primula flower ‘French Vanilla’, 1” Primula flower ‘French Vanilla’, Half the Edge ‘White’; Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type ‘Storytime’; My Mind’s Eye Stella and Rose label sticker Gertie ‘Little One’; Tim Holtz tissue tape ‘Journeyman’; Papertrey Ink baker’s twine; jump ring; mini safety pin; leaf ribbon; SU! eyelets; Hug Snug seam binding ‘ivory’; The Girls Paperie brads
Zots; Zig 2-way glue pen; Making Memories ribbon glue; TH tiny attacher; 3M foam tape; mini mister; Glue dot ‘Pop Up’; wave edge scissors; heat gun; spray adhesive; cardboard; tweezers


  1. Oh wow! I love your bright colors and technique for your background. Such a great idea! Super summery and beautiful. Great job and thanks for playing at the Unstampabelles Challenge!

  2. This is the colours and the way you have added them. I will have to try this way day soon. Thanks for joining in our paper flower challenge at Unstampabelles.

  3. this is absolutely stunning, really like your colours, thanks for joining our challenge at Anything goes, Gaynor x

  4. How wonderful - those colours are so evocative of summer. GOOD Squirrel! Great flowers. Thanks for joining in the fun at Unstampabelles again.

  5. I love the colors and texture you've developed here! It's so nice to see a vintage image that isn't choking on sepia.

  6. Lovely! All the distress ink looks wonderful. Thanks for joining us at UnstampaBelles.

  7. such wonderful bright summer colours! Thank you for joining in our Paper Flowers Challenge at UnstampaBelles.

  8. Love the bright's so cheerful and fun!

  9. gorgeous use of colours! so bright, cheerful and full of summer sunshine! love it. Thanks for joining us at Unstampabelles for this months challenge.

  10. Fabulous card! Love your inky and glossy background. Glossy cardstock is so much fun. The inked flowers and the varied crinkle ribbon look wonderful too. Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  11. What a beautiful creation! You've captured summer wonderfully! Love that image! Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes, hope to see you again soon! x

  12. This is fab thanks for playing along at CFAS xx Jan


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