Tuesday 23 August 2011

Bird on the rocks!

It's holiday season and I've been making cards for the St Lukes Charity Card Challenge which is asking for cards with a seaside theme. If you love challenges - or even if you've never done one before - DO try this one as your cards are used to raise money for such a great cause.

Come and have a look at my seaside-inspired card:

Can you tell I've been on the rocky Antrim coast lately? I made a frame with the mat pack - it's so easy to pierce a straight line all the way round the card front with the guide in this pack. The edges of the card and the bottom have been inked with Marina Mist ink to create the seaside feel and then I went over the piercing gently with a sharp grey watercolour pencil to make a soft, stitched look.

I made a seagull by stamping the bird from Sweetheart onto the greyish paper from Blueberry Crisp and cutting it out with my trusty paper snips. The rocks are pieces of Crumb Cake card stock sponged with Basic Grey and Marina Mist inks while the legs of the bird are actually the stalks of a flower image in the Just Believe set! It's amazing what you can see in stamps!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Sweetheart, Basic Phrases
Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Grey, Riding Hood Red
Card stock: Confetti White, Crumb Cake
Other: Blueberry Crisp designer paper pack, mat pack, paper piercer, watercolour pencils
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593 and I'll be happy to help.

Call me a heathen but although those wonderful photos of sandy beaches look very appealing I actually prefer rocky beaches. There's so much more to look at and do, and rock hopping keeps you fit too! We were amazed by the amount of huge jelly fish washed up in the rock pools at Portstewart this year and another year we saw dolphins swimming and jumping off the coast between Portstewart and Portrush. Of course this coastline has some beautiful sandy beaches too...

I'll have more seaside fun here tomorrow if you have a minute to pop back.
Hope you're having a good week! 


  1. Eeek, how absolutely adorable! I can smell the ocean air in this card, Vicky. I love the fresh design and you are so clever to create rocks and turn the little bird into a seagull!

  2. Cute card Vicky. I love how you've used different stamps to create this scene!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  3. Great card Vicky, that seagull is really cute! Hope you're having a lovely time
    M x

  4. Hi Vicky
    Some stunning cards you have made the ice cream one how lever is that...your pictures of the ice creams look gorgeous ...
    hugs sylvie

  5. What a fabulous card! That bird is so cute! Loved your ice cream too. Give me rock pools to explore rather than sandy beaches, any day!

  6. This really says seaside Vicky love the way you have made the rocks! Great photo of the footprint in the sand, love it:-)
    Val x

  7. Another terrific seaside themed card. Love the footprint picture on the sand too.

    Hugs, Sandra

  8. Great use of stamps, Vicky! Love your card!

  9. Great design, love that little bird :o) Lisa x

  10. Fab scene Vicky, love your textured rocks and the faux stitched border is great :)
    Hope your enjoying your week away :)
    Jenny x

  11. Great card Vicky Love the rocks. Can almost hear the seagulls

  12. Lovely fresh card. The rocks are amazingly 3d. x

  13. Vicky your St. Lukes cards will sell out very quickly I'm sure as they are so cute!!

    I'd rather have a pebble beach too as I like to find stones of unusual shapes or colourings (and sand always gets into places it shouldn't!!!!)


  14. Love this one, the scene is perfect and the bit of stitching a great finishing touch.

  15. Simple but so lovely....a real seaside card, thanks for your continues support over at St Lukes


  16. Fabulous and very creative. Thanks again for your support at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  17. I hate seagulls - they always pinch your chips ;-) In paper however, they are delightful lol! I love the scene you've created on this one.
    Tara x


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