Wednesday 24 August 2011

Sea shells on the sea shore - to sell!

Today I'd like to show you the last in my series of seaside-inspired cards made for the St Lukes Charity Card Challenge. I've so enjoyed making these and it's great to know that when I bundle them up and post them off to the address given on the site, they'll be used for a great cause. All cards sent to the address are sold to raise money for the wonderful St Lukes Hospice in Sheffield that provides such a valuable service to those with incurable diseases and their families. I hear they'll be having another of their sales at the end of August, so do send them any spare cards you might have.

Here's the card I made:

The seaside always reminds me of ice cream colours so the Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla card stock came out again! And what better to make the sand with than the Sandy Speckles wheel?! I used So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette and Basic Grey speckles and I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

The shell image from the Nature's Nest stamp set is so beautiful - I love it! Here, it's stamped in Basic Grey and coloured in with Pink Pirouette using a blender pen - it's not very clear in the photo but looks very delicate in real life. The scallop border punch on the edge of the blue card stock adds a bit of detail and I've used a great sentiment from Thank You Kindly. This would be a good card to give to a neighbour who's looked after a pet while you've been on holiday, or to a holiday home owner who's gone the extra mile to make your stay comfortable.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Nature's Nest, Thank You Kindly, Sandy Speckles wheel
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey
Card stock: Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, 
Other: Scallop border punch, blender pen
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.

My days of lying around on a beach with a good novel belong to my twenties and shell gathering has been a much more likely activity in the many decades that have passed since then! I remember smiling to hear my youngest son as a tiny tot talking about 'olympets' - the word limpet had somehow got mixed up with the olympics games which were going on at the time! He did this a lot - I obviously said "oh dear!" quite a lot when he was two because he said it too - only he said: "oh deed!"

I hope you've enjoyed the seaside fun here for the last couple of days. Do check out the challenge site and join in if you can! See you soon,


  1. I have really enjoyed your seaside collection! I'm sure they will bring lots of donations to your charity!

  2. Marvellous! Your seaside themed cards will be very welcome at the Hospice, I'm sure.

    Hugs, Sandra x

  3. Another gorgeous seaside card. I Love it!That speckled card makes great sand!

  4. Hi Vicky
    Another fabby card my mojo has gone at the moment ......
    Hugs sylvie

  5. This is a pretty layout Vicky, I particularly like the sandy speckled strip of cardstock.

  6. Love how you made the sand Vicky and the pretty colours make a nice change for a seaside card :)
    Jenny x

  7. Wonderful card. The sand looks great. I wish I could find shells like these (perfect) on the beach. A xx

  8. Hi Vicky what a pretty card , such lovel soft pastel colours just perfect for your seaside scene. You really must write a book your children have supplied us all with many happy chuckles, thanks cod sharing


  9. Great colours, gorgeous card.Thanks again Vicky.
    Lynne xxx

  10. This is fabulous - great idea to give it as a pet sitting thank you too. I love the speckled grey paper - it gives it such a beachy texture.
    Thanks for your continued wonderful support of our charity challenge - you're an angel :-D
    Tara x


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