Thursday, 16 August 2018


It will be my 33rd Wedding Anniversary in September and I have been thinking of a card for hubby. One of my favourite retired sets from Stampin Up is called Summer by the Sea and stupidly I got rid of it when it retired all those years ago - 2006 I think!  Browsing ebay (shh) I spotted one which didn't cost the earth and was lucky enough to win the bid.  It was just the image I wanted for my Anniversary card as hubby and I are going to Wales (our home) for the weekend to celebrate and spend some time on the quiet beaches.

So I dug out my sponges and some inks and created a sunset theme - inspired by the wonderful Dawn Griffith.

I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody and Rich Razzleberry to create the sunset scene.  The water was a piece of whisper white inked with Pacific Point and torn.  The sand scene is some crumb cake inked with a non SU dotty stamp I have and then some images of grasses from the Autumn Days set.  I then stamped the image of the pair onto the Crumb Cake in Early Espresso and coloured them in with watercolour pencils and the ink using a blender pen.

The birds image is a Tim Holtz one.  The Hugs was a RAK to me from one of my members of my Facebook Group Joy of Sets and I'd been looking for a great project to add it to.  I love how this card turned out and hope hubby likes it too!

I am going to add this into the following challenges:

As You See It #182- loosely following their Divided challenge
Cards in Envy - New Product - the cut out wording and the stamps are new to me
Global Design Project - #GDP151 - Take Me To The Sea
The Paper Players #405- Colour Challenge ( I have added the touch of blue which may not be allowed )
Sunday Stamps - Colour Challenge #SSC185 - Summer Splash
Watercooler Wednesday #WWC183- Masculine Challenge - this is for hubby!
TGIF - #tgifc173 - Beach scene

Thanks for looking and leaving a comment - I love to hear from you.


LeAnne said...

Very pretty...I am sure DH will love it and I hope you have a lovely time in Wales! Thanks for sharing this with the Players this week and playing with my colors!

Toni said...

Fiona! this is amazing--love it! hope you play again at CIE!

Sherri Thacker said...

What a beautiful card. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

Heather said...

So pretty - wish I was headed to Wales for my anniversary, lol. Love that graceful sparkly "hugs." Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

Heidi Weaver said...

Oh my, Fiona, now I want that gorgeous stamp! What a lovely image, showing the couple's closeness! You've done amazing work, making that seaside scene come to life. The colours, the layout---all work so beautifully together. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jan Clothier said...

Happy Anniversary, Fiona! How could your husband not love this card as it's both beautiful and crafted with love. The warm vibrant colours enhance the warm feelings generated by the canoodling couple. Thanks for joining in with us at As You See It Challenge this week.

Heidi Baks said...

Very lovely, and perfect for the color challenge this week. I can hear the birds and feel the wind. Thank you for joining Sunday Stamps this week.

laurie said...

He will love it! What an awesome card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

Claire Broadwater said...

What a special card for your DH! He will cherish it! SO happy you were able to find the stamp! Your sunset is gorgeous and love the sparkly hugs sentiment! Enjoy your anniversary! Thank you for joining us at Sunday Stamps! XX

Heather Cooper said...

Fiona, from your card, I can just imagine you and your hubby relaxing together on a beach, romantically watching the sunset! Well done! Congrats on your 33rd anniversary! I love your sponging and that "hugs" die is perfect! Thanks for joining us at As You See It!

Created by Kath said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Beautifully made! Thanks for joining at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Lady Joyful said...

Really lovely card. Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT