Saturday, 29 June 2013

A Happy Day at the beach

Crafting Clare Towers looked like a junk yard this morning and, since we're expecting visitors, it couldn't be ignored! I didn't mind as I'd had a peek at the Less is More challenge earlier and was stumped at the theme of Sand. But it's amazing how a little elbow grease and hoovering can focus the mind - perhaps I should try it more often! Come and see:


I used sandy-looking Naturals White card stock for my base and topped it with a Whisper White panel with an aperture cut into it with my favourite 2 1/2" circle punch.


Before adding the panel, I sponged a sea and sky-scape through a mask and added a sandcastle nestling in sand made of torn textured card stock. The flags are from Make a Cake, the gulls from the retiring Up, Up and Away set and I embellished with a Real Red button tied up with white bakers twine.


And what about the sentiment?  You only have to look at it to feel happy! It's from a new set called Happy Day which will be available when the brand new catalogue goes live on Tuesday - YAY!!

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Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Happy Day (available 2nd July), Make a Cake, Up, Up and Away (retiring)
Ink: Pool Party, Basic Grey, Real Red
Card stock: Naturals White, Whisper White
Other: Markers, 2 1/2" circle punch, Real Red button (retiring) white bakers twine, stamp-a-majig
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The Sand theme today reminded me of being on holiday in Devon two years ago. We'd spent one afternoon at a local sheepdog trials where a very talented shepherd named Bobby Watson walked off with pretty much all the prizes, impressing everyone with his calm and gentle style. It gave us a new catch phrase too. For the rest of the holiday, any question from "Shall we go for a walk after dinner?" to "Would you like chocolate or strawberry ice cream?" was answered with "What would Bobby Watson do?"


It was even inscribed in the sand at the beach!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I'll be back soon.

23 comments:

  1. And WHAT could be sandy-er than a sandcastle!! FAB card

    Kathyk

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  2. Great card! And the pic of the quote on the beach is fun!

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  3. Living the card Vicky! Simply fab;)
    I've no idea what to do at the mo,I'm toying with a couple of ideas,if only I knew Bobby Watson,I could ask home for advice :-D
    Have a great weekend x

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  4. Well this card is just stunning Vicky, the background sky and sea are perfect, lovely card

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  5. What a great card. I love how you used different stamp sets.
    Eveline.

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  6. Looks fab Vicky!
    I can't wait to see the new catalogue!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  7. Brilliant card Vicky - looked like real sand in a shaker at first. Genius use of the cake flags.
    Tara
    x

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  8. Fabulous card Vicky, great take on the challenge :) Cathy x

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  9. Terrific seaside card. Just right for the current weather! xxx

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  10. Great card Vicky, love your interpretion of "sand." Think I'd struggle with this one even if I did have time.

    Kat xx

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  11. Love the sandcastle Vicky and all the flags, very evocative of holidays as a child, I'm surprised I can remember that far back!!
    Val x

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  12. Wonderful card it looks so real,
    Shirley x

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  13. This has to be a winner Vicky ! How clever and totally gorgeous!
    Nessa xxx

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  14. Love this card, it's great!
    Helen

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  15. Oh how I'd love one hour inside the craft room in your brain!! To be followed, of course, by an hour IRL just yakking and laughing!! I adore your sand interpretation, Vicky!!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous card Vicky, lovely textures!

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  17. A terrific cards. Very clever and original idea.

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  18. vicky i love your scene.. fabulous

    Thanks for joining us this week x
    Jen
    "Less Is More"

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  19. Great card and scene Vicky, very inventive too. When you made this card did you first ask......"What would Bobby Watson do"?....sorry couldn't resist lol! :) Viv xx

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  20. Wow! This is just.....WOW!! So inventive Vicky! Love it! :))
    Lizy xx

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  21. A perfect summery scene and i love the perspective with the background so soft just like a photograph :0)
    Jenny x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x