When I saw the theme 'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside' of  That Craft Place  I first thought that would be really easy. That day I had read several challenge blogs, and had gone through my stash and put stuff ready around various themes that appealed to me. I am used to taking one card at the time, and so after I had finished the first card, I was totally overwhelmed at the thought of all these other ones, I had complete crafter's block. It was clear I was going to use the boat - a base card from HunkyDory, but I started to think a boat is quite different from the seaside as such, and doubt crept in.

The same happened for the other cards I had planned, and I was really dissatisfied as I went into the night. I lay awake pondering, and by morning this card was designed. It still took a while to get around to actually making it, but here it is.

Since over at Quirky Crafts  the theme is to build a scene, I thought this would fit perfectly as well, so I am entering their challenge too.

I find these challenges really do stretch me, and make me learn at a much faster pace than I otherwise would.

Some of you know how scared I was of using my Promarkers. Well, here's my second try. I particularly like the way I have been able to put in the textures of the rocks underneath the lighthouse. I wish I had taken a close-up of it now, might still add one later.

I did post a close-up of the name of the boat: Happy Birthday, and for good reason. PanPastels have Happy Birthday as their theme. On the paper I cut the beach gear out of there was this tiny lettering with almost each picture, and this happy birthday one on its own. It is so small it could only be used as detail, and I pondered how I could do it to fit the scene. Using it like this on the boat seemed just perfect. If I would have any chance at all of winning this one, the prize of  a PanPastel trial pack would be the perfect addition to my still tiny, but gradually growing, stash.

One thing that was completely new to me was working outside of the base card. The boat is the only card that opens up, it is stuck on single card as background. It is a sign of slowly growing confidence that I have ventured into doing this. When I saw the 'Alter It' challenge at Lisa Somerville's  I thought I would leave that one for what it was. And then I found myself making this card and thinking: 'Hey, that's altered.' So I went back to her blog to see if it would fit, and I feel I can safely say Icreated the card for the Bloggers Challenge Alter It Challenge.

The Drunken Stampers  are looking for new in a different way, using something that is new to your stash. Well, as I said the Promarkers are, but I did use them once before, just a teeny weeny bit. But the beach gear is from a 12X12 I was sent by a friend when I was recently in hospital. I did have some of those as backing paper, just floral or abstract. A lot of the ones she sent me were much more specific, and this is one of those. So I looked for different ways of using those as well. That should qualify this card for that challenge too.

You know what I said about the anything goes theme, it being so broad I would not know where to start. Well, there is another one on the go at Poodles Parlour. It looks as if there is an unwritten rule to use a digi stamp. That would be another first for me, I am building up to it, but nowhere on their site can I find any rule or information that says you have to, and I thought this card has brought so many different elements together it would suit the anything goes very well. So I hope this entry will be accepted.

It is probably needless to say by now, but this card too is going to Jackie Newport's fund for Charmaine and Maddie, who live with cystic fibrosis. A facebook page will be set up soon to support this fund. I will pass on the link as soon as I have got it.



05/02/2012 12:21pm

Love how you have bought all these elemets together for your seaside card Anneke. To be eligible for the PanPastels challenge you must link this post to our challenge blog (details of how to do can be found on our site).
Thanks for sharing.
hugs {brenda} xox

05/02/2012 12:37pm

Dear Brenda

You have no idea how grateful I am that you taught me that! I have been asking around for months how to do this simply as I have another, more personal blog too where that could be handy sometimes. The only solution I had was always to add the full web address between brackets.

I had read your stipulation about linking correctly, and did wonder if I would be struck off. Thank you so much for advising me, rather than doing that.

I shall now proceed through the whole blog to correct all the other links as well, but I felt yours was urgent and deserved the respect to be out there immediately.



07/02/2012 8:04am

Lovely seaside scene! Thank you so much for joining Quirky Crafts Challenge this time round, hope to see you next time too!

05/02/2012 12:44pm

Thanks so much for entering this week at PanPastel UK with your Seaside themed card.I am really pleased to see the linking tutorial has helped you ,Make sure you tell all your craft buddy's about us

Kerry DT Leader

05/02/2012 1:25pm

Thank you for entering the latest challenge at the <a href='http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com'>Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog</a>

05/02/2012 1:38pm

Fabulous project, I love the ship. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

05/02/2012 3:05pm

Fab card, thanks for joining us at that craft place challenge this week xxxx

07/02/2012 11:11am

What a wonderful nautical scene! Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at <a href='http://quirkycrafts.blogspot.com'>Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog</a>


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