“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.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~