Friday, 7 June 2013

Water themes

I have pulled out baskets of supplies to make a series of water themed cards.
I will be going to visit my Mum and then up to the RV so my crafting needs to be compact and well planned.

Into the box I have placed some ivory and some white card packs, mermaids and other water themed images I have already coloured, pads of matching papers, twine, die cuts of shells, fish, and other sea and water themed elements, jute, string, chalk, hair nets, coarse cheesecloth, and finally card stock  I have even packed in some ribbon of various colours and types, and a couple of charms! .

Hopefully it is enough to keep me busy and allow me to get some cards finished. I have an extra tool tote that I take...just slightly smaller than my big tote. They are the same colour so they don't look so bad when they are stored side by side in my scrap room during the winter...but in the summer the smaller tote lives at the lake. I have duplicates of all my basic tools in it so then can just leave that bag up there all summer.

All my paper supplies and embellies have to fit in an area about the size of a standard box of photocopy paper. There is room just beside that for my cutter and tool tote. All of this slides into a cupboard in the living room of the RV. It must be put away every night and dragged back out if  I wish to create again.

So I have agonized over the contents, put things in and taken them out again and finally I think I am finished with that basic part.. I just have to emboss some card stock sheets and die cut some frames and  borders, stamp my sentiments and then I am done!

Creating this way really hits home the need to have a clear mandate of what you need to accomplish. I need to know if I will be creating Birthday cards or Thank you's, Anniversary or Sympathy all sentiments need to be stamped and die cut before I leave.

I did a trail run this am and made a card up from those supplies...more just to check and see if I had everything I needed. It is a birthday card for my son in law...Hope he likes it! Sorry about the terrible photo...the Happy Birthday is stamped properly...I chalked it and now it seems the camera does not focus on it properly. No time to retake it now!
As you can see,  I tore the Kraft paper for the beach. I see on Pinterest that it is now in style to cut the paper into a series of curves and layer them...but I learned (well over a decade ago) to make sandy beaches and sand dunes by tearing paper and it does not look right to me unless I do it that way!

Card base and envelope from my stash (5 1/2x5 1/2 square)
Cardstock -Kkraft from my stash  (snippet)
DP - cloud paper was a snippet from my stash, ID strip long gone
Die cuts - Palm tree, seagull and shells from my stash (originally K and Co.)
Stamp - Sentiment Inkadinkado 130609
Chalk - Stampin' Up brown  -

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Crafty Sentiments - Something Fishy
3. Papertake Weekly - anything goes
4. Sister Act - always anything goes
5. Gingerloft Challenge - Creatures of the Sea (my starfish)


brenda said...

Oh to be on that desert beach Maureen, lovely work and offers us all some escapism.

Have a good weekend.

B x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mo this is fabulous a lovely Summer scene you have done a super job with the design.
lorraine x

Di said...

A brilliant snippets make Maureen! And the torn sand dunes really do look so good.

I love that you manage to take so much to the RV - and am very impressed about you doing a practice run to make sure you have everything :)

Hugs, Di xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Maureen your card for your SIL is lovely and I think the way you tore your Kraft is perfect! Sounds like you are going to have an idyllic month! Have loads of fun, we are off to Texas in the morning! Hugs Susan x

Redanne said...

Oh I love your card, I cannot imagine doing sand any other way..... hope you have got enough supplies to keep you going! Enjoy your trip. Hugs, Anne x

Pia S said...

This is a really nice card, Maureen! The cloudy paper and the torn kraft paper make a wonderful background for your beach themed elements!

Sassy Raggedy said...

This my dear is lovely. I love the soft look to it and your scene is perfect...Hugz, joann

Elizabeth said...

Great snippet card, Maureen. And how clever of you to try out your card before you take off in your RV ... in fact, you seem to be incredibly well organised. Me, I'm not taking any cardmaking stash with me when I go off on my jolly hols at the end of this week, I just get too stressed thinking what I should take. However, I am taking some crochet with me instead so I won't be completely lazy :)) Have a great time away. Elizabeth xx

happyglitzygirl said...

Lovely card, great elements and colours, thanks for playing with us at Gingerloft, blessings Hilde

Glenda Atkins said...

What a beautiful beach scene, loving the seagull and the sea shells. I want to be there:O)!

Laura Love said...

What a cute scene! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Crafty Sentiments Designs! We hope you will play along with us again soon!

Sue said...

Gorgeous card !!! sounds like your all packed up and ready for fun huggles hun Sue xxxxxxxxxx

Lisa T said...

Ah, very pretty! I wish I were on a beach right now. :) Thanks for joining us at SACC!

Bunny said...

This is lovely...Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Sentiments . And good luck..


MaryH said...

Lovely card, and the torn paper made a perfect beach. Loved the cutouts from the K&Co. Made super embellies. Also wanted to offer big Congrats on your win of the Ryn stamp at Pixie's. So great to see names that I 'know' listed as winners. Have fun with your Mom. I hear you about agonizing over what to drag along as supplies. Hard decisions. Hugs & TFS

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Oh I'm sure your Son-in-law will love this card... It's so inviting to look at, and check out the clouds... Love that and then I see where it's cloud paper, how great is that!! Your sand is perfect, just the same way I do it too...
Does that mean we're getting
old? :( No, I don't think so.

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks so much for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

Tanya said...

great scene Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments

Diane said...

Super fun desert beach with the shells, colors and design.

Regards diane

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

I agree that for sand, tearing the paper works better! That is how I learned to do it, too. And I think yours looks fabulous!

Kristi said...

Love the beach scene,so cute!

Shelby said...

Beautiful summer and beach themed card! I love all of the different elements you've used. Have a great time on your trip.


Ardilla said...

Your sand dunes look perfect! I would love to be in that beach, hahaha...
Thanks for playing with us at Gingerloft this time, hope to see you back soon.
Ardilla :)

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

wow I'm really impressed that you can actually create while on the road... I would go nuts trying to fit everything in such a small space. I would probably end up buying a bunch of stuff on the way lol

Great card. Love the wonderful scene you have created.

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Gingerloft Card Challenge. Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky