Monday, 1 July 2013

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

It's time for Challenge Number 5 on the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog. This month's theme is "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside". Can you say that without singing? I can't!

I decided to make a decorative box. It started off life as a box of M&S Marc de Champagne truffles (they were really good!). I thought the box was pretty nice too so I kept it for a suitable project. 

This seaside theme seemed ideal. I thought it would look great with a row of beach huts going around it.

Sandpaper makes a great beach (the clue's in the name), so I went to my local hardware shop to buy some. I must have looked confused as one of the assistants came up to ask if I needed any help. I told her I was trying to choose which colour I liked the best. I got a very strange look, so I had to explain what I wanted it for. She then said "I've not had anyone say that before". They obviously don't get many crafters in there!!!!

I started off by stamping all of the beach huts on some card, then I stuck the sandpaper on. As I was going to decoupage the huts this meant that I didn't have to worry about the gaps between them.

I coloured all of the images in with my ProMarkers, trying to be bright and random with the beach huts, then I cut them out and stuck them on. I also used a ProMarker to add a bit of shadow to ground everything.

My original idea for the top was to use the shell stamps and verse, but once I coloured the sides in it looked far too busy for my liking.

So I kept it really simple by just continuing the sky and adding some seagulls and an appropriate verse. The "rope" is piping cord. It was 10p for a metre in Dunelm Mill. I felt like a really big spender when I got to the checkout!

That's my project, I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with. It's a great theme to have fun with. The rest of the DT certainly have. Their projects are stunning this month.

Congratulations to the winner and the Top 5 from the Mr & Mrs challenge. As always the entries were fab. It's my 24th wedding anniversary this month and they've certainly given me some ideas.

Stamps Used
Remountable Harbour Set



  1. Stunning! Worth eating all those calories too!!

  2. Fantastic project Lynne and so much love and care has gone into this. Stunning xxxx

  3. Stunning work as always Lynne and what a clever transformation.
    Snap we too have our Wedding Anniversary this month,, it's our 25th so I have also been and borrowed some inspiration. Jo. X

  4. Such a great idea Lynne and beautifully done - love the sand paper effect! x

  5. Beautiful and clever, I love this and the lid is just perfect. Lovely project Lynne.

  6. What a trooper you are Lynne forcing yourself to consume such horrible chocolates for your art ;-) he he!! The end product though is more than worthwhile!! full of life and texture :-) Great work as always! xx

  7. Wonder what you're planning to keep in this lovely little box? Possibly something craft?
    What a labour of love Lynne putting all the little beach huts on individually too.
    The lid sets it off perfectly with the seagulls and the clouds.
    Love it all xx

  8. Love it Lynne and had to laugh at you in the DIY store choosing the colour of sandpaper :-)

    Great way to re-use an old container and your second lid looks just right for this project!

    Hope you have a great anniversary later in the month and I'm sure Jason's (hope that's right???) anniversary card will be just stunning!

    xx Sazzle xx

  9. What a wonderful project Lynne. I did laugh at you buying your sandpaper. The box is beautiful x

  10. Hello Lynne, I hope you don't mind me making a comment. I do love your cards and this box is stunning. It encourages me to think that you changed your mind part way through the project as I'm continually doing this. Thank you for sharing your cards and ideas.

  11. Love the beach huts Lynne, shame you had to eat all the chocs yourself, bet Maya helped! No I can't say it without singing either.
    Chris x

  12. This is fab Lynne! Love the sandpaper beach, it all works so well and makes a great keepsake xxx

  13. Lynne this is brilliant! Love the whole lot of it! The second version of the lid is just right! You have such a great imagination Lynne... I love seeing what you will do next! xx


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