Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"At da Beach"

It seems, in the paper world that is, that the theme is "Beachy", nautical, or at the "Seashore."  I love the beautiful colors of a sandy beach, an aqua ocean, and the peachy sea shells.

Several years ago, we were blessed enough to go to Gulf Shores in Alabama, and then we took our boys back several years later.  There is nothing like the breeze and smell coming off the ocean air or the Gulf.  The sand between your toes has an instant spa-like effect and all your cares seem to melt into the sandy tide.  If I could, I would go back there every year.

When Prima came out with their new line called "Seashore", I had to make some projects.
I decided on some tags.   I had some shell trim that I've had for years, so it went perfectly on the lower border and it adds some movement to the tag.  Fraying some burlap, I kept the scraps and used them in the upper left corner.   I sprayed some shells and flowers, and added some moss and a seahorse.

The second tag has a lot the same elements as the first, but using a starfish and some clear pebbles.

The third tag, I added a small glass vial and added some sand and aqua glitter.

I'm sure I'll be making many more projects with paper line, the colors are so soothing to me.

Next, I used a digital line from "Kitty Scrap Post", called "Es Nautico,"  (Nautical)  (at   Luisa creates the most beautiful papers and I love that you just pay, download and have immediate access to her designs.  Unlike physical paper pads you buy , with the downloads, you can print as many as you want, forever!

This particular design paper attracted me because of the crab cage.   My brother-in-law ,who lives in Delaware, is an avid "crabber" and his birthday is this week.   I found some resin crab pieces, netting and personalized him a "crab card."

Last, along with the same color scheme, is a necklace that I made for someone very special.  Spellbinders came out with blank metal pieces that you can paint, fill and add whatever you want to the piece.

Our  weekly bible study ,, is on summer break.   We had our last Wednesday study for the semester last week.   We have an amazing teacher, Kathy Patton.  We have been studying Exodus and I have learned so much.   Kathy is on a mission for God and touches so many women.   The gift is such a small token of how much we appreciate her.

I painted the piece, and added a cross charm, rhinestones and some glitter.  I rubbed some gold rub and buff randomly over the metal.  I glued on the clear piece to hold in all the embellishments.  I placed it on a rhinestone chain to make a vintage-like necklace.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Memorial weekend.  I guess the sand colored carpet between my toes in my craft room will be my beach for the weekend.
Happy crafting,