Thursday, January 28, 2021

Sunshine and Good Times


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog.  Lynn McAuley our challenge hostess for the month, finishes off the month with one last challenge. 

Lynn tells us that ... Many of us are experiencing very cold days during late January. Feature on your design something that makes you feel warm and cozy even on the coldest of winter days

It doesn't snow where I live in Australia, so I don't often make winter themed cards. The exception to this is when I am making Christmas cards which I did for 2 to 3 months prior to Christmas, so making a winter card wasn't really something I wanted to do, and I certainly don't want to make a Christmas card until at least July/August of this year.

So when it came to this challenge I had to come up with a creative idea! I figured one way to keep warm even on the coldest winter day, was to do what ducks do ... fly south for the winter LOL! There is also some place to go where it is warmer and you don't have to worry about snow etc ... whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or Australia. So if you want to be warmer ... go visit a beach where the weather is warmer. It works for me!

To create my card I used Hello Bluebird's Ocean Waves Scene Horizontal die which I have been wanting to use since I got it in September/October, but was too busy making Christmas Cards.

I also used Hello Bluebird's Beach Play stamp set to decorate my card.

For the inside of the card I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Mini Pops Pop-up die set. I used Heffy Doodles Stitched Slimline Trio die set to cut the panels for the inside layers. For the top layer I added sand and clouds to the panel using Honey Bee Stamps Horizon Slimline Borders die set.

I added the bears, sandcastle and a couple of other elements to the card using the Beach Play stamp set.

I added the birthday sentiment to the card using a sentiment from MFT Stamps Drink Up The Sunshine stamp set. This was layered onto a rectangle die cut using Karen Burniston's Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set. The rectangle was a little longer than I wanted it to be, so I die cut it twice so it could be cut smaller.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


MiamiKel said...

This is just as precious as can be! What a happy beach day!

Lynn McAuley said...

Here in the US we call people who fly south for the winter "Snow Birds!" They are all over the beaches of Texas and Florida this time of year! So, of course, I love your delightful beach scene!! I'd be there everyday, if I could!! Awesome card, Frances!!

Lois said...

This is adorable, Frances! Such cute critters! I don't know about flying south for the winter. It's been pretty cold this winter. We had a record-breaking cold Christmas this year. But it did warm up this week -- up in the 80's!

Liz Williams said...

I get to share the climate of mild winters here in my part of Texas, but wish I could spend some of the pretty days of winter at the beach. If only it were a little closer. My favorite place to be!!

Karen Aicken said...

What a fun beach themed Slimline card. Ahhhhhhhhh.