Monday, 1 July 2013

Sand & Seashells

Hi, I've used some new things and some old things to create this card.

 I coveted the Impression Obsession Gradation stamp from the moment I saw it, and recently acquired it. I love the butterflies in the Hero Arts Antique Engravings set which I've had for ages. I've never inked up the seashells though!

I'm entering the challenge at Less is More. Hannelie is the guest designer and as her blog name is Desert Diva,  the theme is sand. (Hope there is enough white space here to meet the challenge rules!)

I stamped the sand with Memento desert sand. The seashells are stamped with chalk inks and embossed for some shine. 

I added some seaweed using the Memory Box Twigs & Berries die. I cut it from a few olive card scraps and tucked them behind the shells, so I can also enter the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop

 The Kaisercraft sentiment is embossed with bronze powder, and sponged with Versacolor sand beige ink.

I'm also entering the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Addicted to Stamps & More.

Thanks for visiting :)


  1. Fabulous background paper for your fun shells. Makes a wonderful design.

    Regards diane

  2. such a clever take on the theme Cathy - wonderful x

  3. Love your card. The background is really pretty.

  4. A beautiful card Cathy, your background is amazing and such fun shells.

  5. Oooh that background stamp is fab - I can see it used onto of open stencil of a pear - that's just how I roll.... LOL... The shells look fab!! Mxx

  6. Last time I looked I saw butterflies for a spring feeling......I guess we're feeling very summery with the can't wait for the beach and summer, especially as I sit here and listen to the rain on the roof........hmmm.....and it's the holidays......good crafting weather though hey Cathy??? I love the shells especially on the clever pebbly background.......autumn leaves tomorrow????

    1. Hi Sandy, It's great crafting weather, too wet to do much outside! Hope you're getting lots done too.We'll see what tomorrow brings LOL Cathy x

  7. WOW! A fabulous background! Simply enormous with the shells.
    Rosi x

  8. Totally brilliant - LOVE the background, it's perfect! As is the rest of your lovely card.

    Hugs, Di xx

  9. Wow that background looks perfect for the theme :) great card

  10. This looks beautiful!
    I guess we can say that we have plenty of 'Gradation' space.
    Super card.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Very beautiful card Cathy!

    Warm hugs

  12. I see why you wanted this stamp, Cathy. It makes a wonderful background. Great job on the shells and adding the seaweed kicks it up another notch!

  13. Just love this one! I am working on a series of beachy cards too...Yours is fabulous! Love the way you used the differing inks!

  14. This is lovely, Cathy! I like how you made the shells, they look amazing on that fabulous background, great layout too. Thank you for joining us at ATSM. Apologies for my late visit to your blog. Sue x

  15. cathy this is just fabulous

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

  16. Beautiful sand & shells design ! Great texture on the background. Have a great day, Shirleyx

  17. oooh...

    ...Lovely snippetty card Cathy, well done, Shaz in Oz.x

  18. I love this stamp set from Hero arts too and I love how you put these all together and fab background Cathy, I just walk around on your blog and find you have a lovely this card...

  19. Wow, Cathy ... I love that background ... the shells are so perfect! Anita :)

  20. Hey - CONGRATS on your win over at the playground you lucky girl... Mxx

  21. Stunning card - I love the background, it really does give the impression of grains of sand. Elizabeth xx


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