Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sandcastles in the sand

Now that it's summer, my schedule on weekdays changes.  Some days, I'll be in and out of work all day, only taking breaks to run home and let Sophie outside to do her business.  Others, I'll be totally off work.  This poses a slight challenge in my quest to not be constantly stuffing my face with boredom snacks.  However, last week I tried my hand at a paper crafts challenge, and I found out I really liked it.  I like having some guidelines for creations, and I've been following more and more blogs that host challenges.  I've also found that I really like seeing which challenges I can combine to come up with a project.  So, I will probably be spending a lot of time this summer posting about challenges, because it's fun creatively and it keeps me busy upstairs, away from the fridge.  :)

Anyway, here is the first of three cards I made on my day off today for challenges.  It was the most challenging for me, for some reason, and I'm not sure I'm 100% happy with it, but that's ok.

I used the Pack Your Bags cartridge to cut out this sandcastle (3 inches).  When I was done, it looked too- clean, maybe?  Not nearly dirty enough for a sandcastle.  I don't have any distress tools or inks, so I improvised.  I rubbed zig pen all over it, and then rubbed my fingers on it, and then took my adhesive eraser to parts of it.  That is what gives it the kind of wet-ish look on the sand.

I have had this blue tissue papery 12x12 sheet of paper ever since I began buying scrapbook supplies at the Dollar Tree.  I always thought it looked like water, and I wanted my sandcastle to look like it was on the edge of the water.  The other patterened papers are from my stash.  I believe they're from Provo Craft.  The little crab is a leftover from a Jolee's pack that I bought for a themed scrapbook page before I had my Cricut.

I'm going to enter this in the following challenges:

Bitten by the Bug 2- Water Challenge
Paper Playtime- Vacation Challenge
Tuesday Alchemy- Sand, Surf & Sea

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  1. What a cute card! I love your castle and bucket. The tissue paper water looks fabulous and looks just like the sand castle is on the water's edge. I love how you improvised to "grunge" up your sand castle, well done!! Thanks for joining the water challenge at BBTB2 ;-)

  2. That's very cute. Love your cricut cuts. Love how you did the water. thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  3. cute card, thanks for joining us at BBTB2, hugs

  4. Cute card.... a great idea using the tissue paper. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  5. Very cute and creative use of the tissue and your distressing method for the sand. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. xxD

  6. Really cute design. Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2.

  7. Your idea to use the tissue really does give the layers depth. Great sandcastle! Thanks for joining us for the BBTB2 water challenge.

  8. Love your card the Sandcastle is perfect and that little crab adds a cute touch....Thanks for sharing.


  9. Love the tissue paper! Great I want to go to the beach! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  10. Cute card,an inspired idea to use the tissue paper!Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.
    Jayne x

  11. Cute, cute card and fabulous use of tissue paper!!! Great idea. Thanks for sharing your work with us at BBTB2.

  12. Hi, you made such a lovely card! We have an ocean theme challenge at Tuesday Alchemy this week and your card would fit into it perfectly! I hope you will join us! :)


  13. Your card is so cute, Becky! Great job!
    Thanks for join us at Tuesday Alchemy!


  14. So funny card! Nice with sandcastles and crab!
    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!

  15. { Psst . . . Don't forget to link up to Tuesday Alchemy in your post if you want to qualify for prizes }

    Your creation is very cute & that paper definitely looks like water :)


    1. Thanks for the reminder! Its been updated. :)

  16. How cute.....So glad it is Summer..Thanks for joining us at BBTB2..Krista

  17. Super cute! I lcve how you created such a fun picture. Thas for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2!


  18. So glad you could join us with your cute card at Tuesday Alchemy! Thanks for playing! :)


  19. So cute!

    Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!
    Katya x