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Thursday 4 January 2018

Take me to the Ocean by Brenda

Good morning and Happy New Year to you all.

Today I am sharing some of my creations made for Lesley's recent Hochanda show which showcases some lovely sea and beach inspired stamps.

Although it didn't occur to me when I made the card at the top, when Lesley mentioned on the show that it reminded her of the postcards which were always on sale in seaside resorts I could see the resemblance. I used various elements from Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes stamped in Versfine black coloured with pencils and the backgrounds added with Pan Pastels. 

This litter box had been sitting in my crafts room for a few weeks since one of my daughters in law 'donated' it to me and I thought the Kraft colour lent itself to the beach inspired stamps. All were stamped using elements from  Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes stamped onto card which I had colooured with Mica sprays, then cut round to add to all four sides of the box and a further panel on the top. I stamped the lighthouse several times onto shrink plastic, cut out and punched a hole in to top of each remember to do this before shrinking as once shrunk it's impossible to punch and cut through, then tied the pieces to the box with twine.

The top of the box

For this one I stamped the main image from Seashore Scenes again using Versafine Black and coloured with pencils and Pan Pastels and fixed behind a circle aperture, added a border round the aperture and a die cut anchor.

This one is a fairly quick and easy card, stamping the image from Seashore Dreams with Distress Ink and dragging out some of the colour, then added some tiny shells collected from a beach in Majorca a year or two ago. The sentiment is from the same stamp sheet.

As always my thanks for popping in today and I hope I have given a little inspiration to get you stamping and thinking ahead to warmer days by the beach.


  1. Beautiful projects Brenda and I especially like the last one with the sepia tones. Seaside cards just never go out of fashion and looking at these has just reminded me of Summer sunshine on this cold winter’s day, thank you. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. You always think up such great designs Brenda and love the vignettes on the first card, and what a wonderful idea to add real shells on the other card, and how bright and pretty is the box, and the colours you have used go beautifully with the kraft colour. x

  3. These are all gorgeous Brenda!
    Linda xxx

  4. Hi Brenda, so nice read your post! Happy New year!
    Your creations are always very inspiring, and these aren't exceptions!! That corrugate cardboard has inspired you so well, such fabulous box you made!!Great decorations! And the cards too, how lovely! All your works make me think to the summer (my favourite season with spring!) :) Love the addition of the tiny true seashelles, it's a fabulous detail.
    Spero che tutto stia andando bene per te! :) Take care and enjoy your craft time!

  5. All lovely cards and a beautiful box.
    Love these seaside stamp sets by Chocolate Baroque.

  6. Lovely beach scenes - makes me long for summer ;)


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