Sunday, 14 January 2018

Let's Have A Little Summer Sunshine In January!

Good morning,

I hope that this day will be a good one for you filled with lots of things that make you smile:)

I entered a couple of card challenges last week for the first time in ages and was lucky enough to have my card chosen in the DT's Top 5 picks at Allsorts.  I was so thrilled that I've decided to enter this week's challenge too and the theme at Allsorts this week is: 'No Patterned Papers.'

Making my own backgrounds is one of my favourite crafting things to do as the possibilities are just endless.

Here's the card that I've made:

Now I don't know about you but I'm getting just a little fed up of seeing grey skies and rain recently, so I thought that I would cheer up proceedings by opting for some summer sunshine.  The main focal image of my card is one of my favourite stamps by Crafty Individuals.  Don't those girlfriends look like they're having the time of their lives just splashing carelessly! 

I started my background by blending various Distress Inks and some Memento Teal Zeal, and using just a touch of blue Brushos to give that underwater effect.  I used a stencil to add some depth and then I used various stamps including Seahorses and shells by 'Sweet Dixie' stamps to continue the seaside theme.  The sentiment and seagulls are also by Crafty Individuals.

I hope that this little bit of sunshine will brighten you day x

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make It January (Anything Goes)
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - My Favourite Things (Making my own backgrounds)


  1. So pleased you decided to join in again Sandra and with a super creation which does indeed remind one that Summer will come eventually, with all these dull January days we all need to think of warmer day's.

    Love all the background stamping and those little one dancing off to the sea, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts.

    B x

  2. Thanks bunches for sharing your beautiful card with us at Try it on Tuesday this time. Your background is great and I love the stamp too. Hugs!

  3. I am in LOVE with this wonderful card! A pleasure for us to see it linked to Try It On Tuesday dear Sandra!
    Happy Sunday!
    oxo Susi

  4. Lovely card Sandra and makes me think of those warm days at the seaside...your background is stunning


  5. Fun card, the image is darling and radiates Summer fun, I love the background and the black mat really makes it pop x

  6. A fabulous card Sandra, I can just imagine the sun shinning down on this beach and the children running into the sea. OK Dream over and back to reality, no sun and not very warm out. I love the colours you've used for the background on this card.

    Sue xx

  7. Beautiful card, Sandra. Great image and the background is stunning, I love the colours you've used. xx

  8. Beautiful card and I love the background that you created 😁. Thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday with your favourite things! J 😊

  9. This is gorgeous Sandra using this really pretty CI image and I love that colourful and really interesting stamped and stencilled backgound. I'm not surprised that Allsorts picked out your card as one of tbe highlights as it is yet another beauty, and I picked that as a winner straight away. x

  10. Wonderful card Sandra and you've created such a super background for the lovely summer image xx

  11. A wonderful card.

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

  12. It's our pleasure to see your cards in the challenge! This is gorgeous one too, love the colours.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  13. Hi Sandra,
    this is so colourful and very uplifting in this drab weahter we are having.
    Your work and inking are always excellently created.
    Beautiful image as well, and a super design as always.
    I think we have all got cheered up by this.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  14. This is so gorgeous!! I love the pretty colors and the beautiful image!! So sweet!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  15. Hi Sandra, beautifully designed card,your background is amazingly and what wonderful colours, love it, Kate x

  16. A fabulous card Sandra, such a lovely seaside scene and beautiful background.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  17. Really lovely card Sandra, gorgeous backgrounds, with the subtle seahorses. Super image and they certainly do look to be having fun, reminds me of my childhood.
    Thank you for joining our 'No Patterned Papers' challenge this week at Allsorts.


  18. Your background is gorgeous, Sandra - you have created real depth with the stencil and stamping. It sets the fabulous focal image off perfectly. Thank you for linking up at Craft Stampers Take It, Make It challenge!

  19. It is a fabulous colourful background. Thank you for sharing this happy card and your favourite things with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  20. A challenge that real stampers like so much... The card shows that you enjoyed yourself by making it; it sparkles! Beautiful! Hugs, Gerrina

  21. This is such a cheerful card, it definitely brightened my day x


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