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Monday, May 15, 2017

Life's A Beach

Hi all,

We made it through another Monday. Yay! I hope your's was a good one.

After doing some weekend chores yesterday morning, I made this card for Claire's color challenge at the Paper Players. The colors are red, orange, turquoise and green. The obvious direction was to do flowers, but I recently received my new Avery Elle order and decided to see what I could do with one of the new sets. Take a look.

I started with some watercolor paper and using an ink blending tool, blended Distress Oxide Broken China ink over the entire surface. I then spritzed it with some water to make the chalky look that the oxide inks do. While that was drying I stamped the beach shacks onto X-Press It white card stock and colored them with Copics, trimming them with the challenge colors. The houses are colored in a very light blue-gray shade, then shaded with gray W2. I cut out the image using the corresponding Avery Elle Beside the Sea die. The little grass clumps, life preserver, and seagull are stamps in the set with their own dies as well.

After stamping and cutting out all of the images, I cut the watercolored panel with another new Avery Elle die called Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments. The inside rectangle is cut with the new Waves Elle-ments die. The card base is SU Crumb Cake.

Here's what I did with the inside:

The "sand dune" is made with a Die-namics Stitched Hill die. The houses are cut from Sahara Sand and I colored the doors and trim with colored pencils in the challenge colors. The sand bucket/shovel and kite are part of the Beside the Sea set. So are both outside and inside greetings.

I'm home one more day then on Wednesday I fly to Colorado for the rest of the work week for meetings. I'm hoping to get in a couple more challenges this evening after dinner.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Beside the Sea set by Avery Elle
Paper: Strathmore watercolor paper, X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Distress Oxide Broken China, SU Pear Pizzazz, Prismacolor colored pencils
Other: Avery Elle Beside the Sea, Diagonal Stripes, Waves dies, Die-namics Stitched Hill die, foam tape, the Big Shot, Misti Stamping tool


  1. Love it Colleen - your trio of beach huts is adorable! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. How CUTE!! I love the beachy theme, perfect for these fun bright hues! Thanks for playing with our color challenge this week!

  3. Colleen, this is fantastic! I love that you went a different direction. What better thought than the beach!?!?! The little houses make me smile! SO happy you joined my color challenge at The Paper Players this week! XX


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