Sunday, 30 August 2015

Summer days ...

After an epic journey home which seemed to take forever, we finally arrived and peeled oursleves off the car seats. I think my poor old knees were locked in to a sitting position. Whilst it was great to see mum and spend time in Ireland, the journey gets a little more tiring each time. It must be a sign of age ...

It's a new "anything goes" challenge over at Love to Create Challenges and this week I have been playing with my pan pastels to create a simple beach scene. It was great fun and so much quicker than I envisaged.

I began by splitting up my card in to three pieces: the sky, sea and beach. Creating with the pan pastels makes the picture "come to life" very quickly and using a rubber, adds highlights here and there which is very helpful when creating clouds. I put the picture behind a handcut frame (with acetate) and placed this on to distresed wood papers.

Next I stamped the floral image on to another piece of acetate and cut around it. This was to create a muted shadow effect. I restamped the same image on to card and coloured with my pan pastels, cutting this out too. I layered both stamped images in front of the beach section using 3D foam.

The flag was made using a cocktail stick and a stamped sentiment (magazine freebie) and placed in front of the floral images. My final "fru fru" was some odd bits of seed cases which were from a pot pourri packet I found in the garden shed. A great find which fits perfectly with the scene.

I do rather like this card (which has a recipitant) and might have to make another but this time on a canvas but with crackle glaze and paints to create the background.

Right, going to catch up with my DT duties, a bit of blogging and with my family, so think I need to put the kettle on and make a large mug of coffee to keep me going.

x x  x

Products and links:

Eclectic Ellapu - by the sea
Fashionable stamping - seaside
Robyn's Fetish - square cards
Suzy Bee - create your own background
Wags and Whiskers - frame it


Barbara said...

This is absolutely every bit of it!. I love using PP's they are addictive. x

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Lou
Gr Karin

Lea Brawn said...

Fabulous card. X

Robin Parker said...

Stunning, unbelievable!! I love this creation. So many gorgeous details. Excellent job! Thanks for sharing this beautiful creation on The Robyn's Fetish Challenge #279 - Square Cards Only.

Yvonne Garner said...

Fabulous design work! Great texture too. Thanks for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu!

cass said...

Stunning! Wonderful square card. Thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish this week for our "Square cards" challenge

butterfly said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love how you've created dimension to draw the eye in towards the horizon... so beautifully done. I want to go wandering amongst the dunes.
Alison x

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 95 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

Claire said...

Gorgeous project Lou, beautiful seaside scene! Thanks so much for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
Claire xx