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To Find a Seashell in the Summer

It’s not Friday and it’s Sabrina here, popping by with an extra post;  to mark the start of the traditional holiday season here in Europe I am using the “To find a seashell” stamp from Art Neko to create a Seashells and Summer project.

To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko

I’m sure I mentioned when I first uploaded a project using this stamp that I grew up within earshot of the sea – and we also spent most summer holidays somewhere within walking distance of the sea too – or at least a lake. Isn’t there something so relaxing about being beside water? And even on a lake beach you can find shells to add to the magic of the day. Something my husband and I bring along with us on most holidays is a couple of origami books and a small supply of paper – a great rainy-day activity. So I have combined summer shells and origami for this little shadow box.

There are some great shell collage papers in the Art Neko store – my finished project uses the Printed Collage Seashells on Sand , which has a great sandy colour, but I confess that originally I wanted to use the Printed Collage Seashells on White version, but I got a couple of blue splashes on it and I am too much of a perfectionist.  As you can see, I stamped my sentiment directly on the collage paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder for a little extra definition.  WIth a curved die, I cut a shoreline edge, and layered it on top of a piece of card which I had coloured by smooshing it in a couple of distress oxide inks (I used salty ocean and faded jeans), and I also added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder for some salt spray.  I trimmed this to 4″ by 6″ to fit in my shadow box frame.


To find a seashell text stamp, framed piece with origami shell

My origami shell was folded from some old paper I found on my shelves, using a design by Tomoko Fuse. I have a couple of her books, but not this particular one. I found a great video on YouTube which she had authorised, you can find it here. Luckily I had made two shells, because this one looks better with the sand-coloured collage sheet, whereas the other one looked great on the white shell background. My first trial version I folded from thin copy paper, and it too is lovely enough to use on a project some time,  and is almost flat. This one is quite dimensional, which I hope you can see a little in the final photo.


To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko, stamped on collage paper

Thanks for coming by this week. Enjoy what’s left of the summer, and capture some memories of it for the winter.

p.s. – did you check out the lovely Mermaid release from Art Neko? I think this sentiment goes well with mermaids, once you have a seashell in there somwhere!





Swimming Goldfish

Good morning ~ Kia here with you today to share my “Swimming Goldfish” card with you.

This is a quick and easy clean and simple card which I think could be used for almost any occasion.

To start my card today I stamped the wonderful Seashell Corner on the stitched rectangle card stock with black ink. I then stamped the Goldfish stamp using black ink on watercolour paper, and painted with Daniel Smith watercolours. One dry I attached the panel to the card base using foam strips and added a few raindrops to finish.

Thanks for having a look today, I look forward to seeing you next time.


Father’s Day

When i was looking through my stamps to find something appropriate for Father’s Day, I came up with this idea to use the shells as decoration on  a man’s shirt. You find these stamps on the Japanese Marine Sheet2. I made a detailed picture tutorial on my Craftchaos Blog if you want to make one too. Here are a few more pictures:

This is a origami tie made out of a stamped piece of copy paper of 3 x 3 inch. The template for folding is also on my Craftchaos Blog.

Here you see the tie added to the shirt and orange brads used to hold the color of the shirt in place. You can add any sentiment that fits for Father’s Day of your choice. Hope this is a quick card idea for you in time to make for Sunday.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!


Five Sea Shells

Hi, it’s Chrissy D posting today.  I was playing with my gelatos today and I wanted to see how it looked in shades of yellows, oranges and reds as opposed to the normalblues and purples.  I stamped this summery Five Sea Shells with some Brown Staz On ink onto watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out my Gelatos and started coloring with the yellow, orange and red  gelatos.  So vibrant and cheerful!

I love the beachy feel of the sea shells, it makes me long for warmer, sunnier days than the ones we are having here in Wisconsin.  I adhered the watercolor paper to red cardstock and white card base.  Three gold sequins were affixed to the lower left corner of the card, and then I added a strip of tacky tape across the middle section of the card.  My final touch was to sprinkle the white sanitized sand across the strip of tape.

This Five Sea Shells is so versatile. I love how you could color it, or even use a multicolored ink pad to get a variety of colors.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thank you for stopping by!



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