Mar 2, 2014

Vintage Babe at the Beach

"In The Holiday Spirit"
is the theme this month at Fashionable Stamping Challenges...
due to xmas being so close, this challenge will run for a whole month
without the pressure of xmas being in the way.
Remember, if you have a crafting moment or two...
and need to just unwind...
you can enter up to 3 times.

My piece this time around made me think of my holidays that 
start in a couple of weeks (6 weeks off woooohoooo).
As it is Summer here, the natural choice was to 
create a beach scene. 
I only live one block from the sea so a lot of my
holidays are spent sun baking and walking at the beach
~ and coffee-ing with friends at the beach-side cafes.

Picking the scene was the easy bit...with summer and holidays nearly here...
and this gorgeous stamp that I bought recently.
Then I came across a brilliant tutorial here by Leandra at PaperArtsy!
The rest just fell into place as I went along.

I have all these Fresco Finish paints, but haven't really used them all that much
~ so it was a great opportunity to just have a play.
And I absolutely love the vintage feel that the crackle background gives.

I still struggle with the embellishment side of things.
And admire those that use them so skillfully!
I went with adding more seagulls that extend the edges
 and just a little frantage (something else that I don't use all that much)
to add a pop of white to blend in the white seagulls.
I know what you are thinking...and I thought the same afterwards...
but the frantage does remind me of something else.
That's just part of summer too I guess!

Thanks Kaye for passing on the shells to me rather than throwing them out.
They finished this off so well.

There you have it...a relaxed beach scene, Dot's style!

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
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 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
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Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous summer scene Dot, I love how you have made this lovely lady stand in the rock pools with the gulls and the crackle background is brilliant.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Buttons said...

A beautiful seaside creation Dot. It always feels alien seeing beach scenes here in the Northern Hemisphere near Christmas but of course you are always bathed in wonderful sunshine! Jenny x

Meggymay said...

Loving your summer scene,especially when we are having frosty mornings.
Its a fantastic vintage beach scene.

Shirley Chillman said...

Relaxed beach scene Dot style does it for me babe. You are the absolute best when it comes to making anything different. Your imagination when it comes to designing is second to none.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Sue said...

Fabulous holiday card and I love the vintage look. The added seagulls and little shells are lovely touches. Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

Terry said...

Wonderful card for the holidays! We also have the sunshine, but not so warm! Love the added seashells and crackling, so perfect for the sea goer! Happy Sunday!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous card, great summer feeling.

Gemma said...

Beautiful creation and thank you for stopping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card...
hugs and xxx

Ellie Knol said...

I envy you for having warmer weather than us, ENJOY. LOVE your card, and your use of embellishments is very nice.... I also struggle to heve the embellishments to fit in with the creation most of the times

Nonni said...

That really is a fabulous stamp and I love your colors! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

cardsbyleona said...

What a lovely vintage card! Thanks for entering at Creative moments. Leona (DT) x

Brenda Morgan said...

Wow I adore the vintage print, and those colours work so nicely together. Thanks for sharing with us at Southern Girls Challenge

Yvonne Garner said...

One of my favorite CI images. Love the scene you've created! Thanks for joining in at Inkspirational!

butterfly said...

Completely gorgeous, Dot - the colours are right up my street, and I love the frame and the weathered crackle - brilliant!
Alison xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Dot, just catching up - Love this summer scene with its vintage/crackle background.Love how you've brought the scene out onto the card.
Avril xx