Aug 12, 2012



Wow, another FUN challenge at FSC! 
Especially as ice cream comes in so many colours these days.
(and I hear the sun came out in England)
Summer holidays are the best fun, especially for me as I live by the sea.
Where I live winter is drawing to an end,
the nights are just beginning to draw out a little
 and summer is on the way!

This fortnight I am inspired by Terry, Yvonne and Silvia who have been dabbling in dylusional inks lately
and decided to have a play too.

One of the things that I did with the inks was to dip a paintbrush straight into the bottles of ink and use this to touch up the main image
(yellow on the girls clothing and blue in the sea)
(and a little extra yellow on the banners just to lighten things up).

It turns out that I am not all that good at using paper towels to lighten things and my excuse is....
that it is due to the printed patterns on it 
(I keep forgetting to buy plain stuff)
~ so I have devised some other, trickier ways of toning things down.
I have white embossed the shells and just added a hint of colour,
added white netting,
put in some seagulls (I just took them off a Kaisercraft stamp and 3D'd them),
dry embossed and sanded the background - then flattened it again
(thanks Terry for that idea)
and finally adding some watered down gesso around the edge to look a little like melting ice-cream
(no - it has nothing to do with the seagulls!)

Check out the awesomeness of the DT's, be inspired and
join in the summer fun at FSC,
be in with a chance for a voucher at Marina's Cottage Craft on-line store

A huge thankyou to the people who have chosen to follow me recently, I will be by to see your wonderful creations too and to return the favour shortly if I haven't already!


I am entering this card into the following challenges...
~ No Matter Which Challenges - Anything Goes!


FiLoMa said...

This is a beautiful card. The girls on the beach look like they are having fun. I love the seagulls in the corners. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

Netty said...

Loving your pretty card with its fab colours Dot, x

Terry said...

Dot, don't you find those sprays addicting? I would like to have a week of just playing with them! Beautiful Summer feel to your "ice cream" special. I think it was brilliant to paint on color over that fun image! Very nice!

Cheryl said...

oh this is one brilliant card just love that image,and the colours are just perfect bless you for playing at anything goes,this week hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Brenda Brown said...

This is gorgeous Dot and fabulous use of the sprays, the colours are gorgeous and look superb with the images and techniques you have used.
Sounds like warmer weather is on its way for you then.
Hugs Brenda xox

maria's knutselplezier said...

Love this card, lovely colours, very unexpected for the image , but I like this , it makes your card very speciall, and besutifull!!!


Ephemera said...

Hi Dot, you always create such beautiful cards, so vivid and mouthwatering, I'm imagining mint choc chip or pistacio. You have such an eye for colour and design. Have great day. XX

Thrifty Finn said...

Beautiful card! Your combination of layers and textures are really good. Good luck on Craft Your Passion!

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Dot, love the colours makes me think of mint choc chip ice cream! Love the stamps you've used too, so perfect for a summery theme. Sue C x

Alie said...

Lovely holiday feeling...the stamp is so great for the challenge at FSC! Gorgeous card Dot!

greetings, Alie :-)

Esther said...

Fab bright carefree card Dot, love the hints of colour you've added and that's a great idea with the dry embossing, Thank you for making me feels so welcome...Esther xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous card, I can imagine a day at the beach with a mint ice-cream to hand. Gorgeous colours and backgrounds.
Yvonne x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great card Dot and beautiful colors.
Love it

Greetings Janny

Tracey T said...

Gorgeous! Love the technique you've used and the colours work so well together. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Redanne said...

A truly beautiful card Dot, loving the colours.

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous card, the background is so vibrant. Love the image with the painted colours.
Avril xx

lynne said...

Hi Dot
This image makes me smile as it is just filled with joy.
Great use of the spray ink to add colour to the girls.
You use bright colours to the highest of levels, I love the way that you are just so brave with colour, unlike moi!!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Such a refreshing card. The colors are just like the sea. I can almost smell the salt water.
Its so strange to think that your summer is just beginning and ours is almost over. Makes me want to move during the winter months. LOL
Hugs Lynn

Claire said...

Wow Dot, this is stunning! The colours are amazing and I love all the techniques you've used. BEautiful stamping. Thanks for joining us at NMW Challenges too
Claire xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful seaside scene Dot, it's got summer written all over it! Love it, my friend! xx

Niknak said...

Awesome card! Thanks for joining us a Southern Girls Challenges!!

Angela said...

This is really the colors and your embellishing...beautifully done! Thank you for joining us at Creative Card Crew!

Sarah said...

Hi Dot, what a wonderful creation! Great technique and the image is such fun.

Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.


Sonia said...

Beautiful Creation. Great JOB!~
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
-Sony LC-DT

Tabitha Davis said...

Adorable! I am now following your blog:)
Tabitha's Designs

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Gorgeous card!
greetings from Finland!
Your new follower;-))m

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I really love this card. Fabulous colors and wonderful seaside feeling.

2amscrapper said...

melted ice cream vs sea gulls--made me giggle!

Paper Sewn Visions said...

Nice technique. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing and joining in at NMWC. Hugs, Velma

Christine L said...

Fabulous card with a real summery feel! I can feel their excitement at running to the sea!

Thankyou for joining in the challenge at Anything Goes... good luck and hope to see you again soon!

Christine x

xxxtglxxx said...

gorgeous summery card - this looks fabulous! :)

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



Janneke said...

What a great card ;o)
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stmpin' this week.

Andrea said...

Very nice card - wonderful details. Thanks for joining stamp with fun.
Big hug

Tammy (LaDiva) said...

Stunning Dot!!!! Thanks for sharing in No Matter Which’s *Anything Goes* challenge and good luck !

Hugzzz my friend

Tammy, NMWC DT at Créations LaDiva :) xx

♥ Mys ♥ said...

Your card is absolutely stunning - love everything about it:)
Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog, I´m glad you enjoyed my card:)
I have become a new follower, I think I´ll love it here, lots of inspiration:)
*Hugs, Inger*

Maria said...

Hi Dot, this is absolutely gorgeous, and one of my favourite CI images. I love how each of the colours pop out on their own, yet blend together beautifully, and the white shells look fabulous against the image and background.

Sorry I haven't visited as much lately - being a nanna is mighty hard work,as gorgeous and adorable he is, lol.

Maria x