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I'm a part-time primary school teacher, who started papercrafting 8 years ago, when I had a fancy to make my own Christmas cards. Since then, I have tried all sorts of techniques and styles - and I kind of like them all. So my work is very varied, which keeps me interested - and my crafty stash growing!! As well as cards, I love working with boxes and canvases - and I'm always seeking inspiration for new projects.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #73 - Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside!!

This week's challenge is set by the lovely Yvonne!! She would like to see postcards (6"x4") showing a beach scene. There must be some beach and sea in the background to the focal image.

We are sponsored this week by Digi Doodle Shop, who are offering a $10 gift certificate for their shop, and by One Stop Card Crafts who have a £10 gift voucher for their store.

So, I decided to do something completely different this week, and go completely digital using Serif Craft Artist. I've had a very limited play before, but I couldn't remember a whole lot so had to play around quite a bit before I finally achieved what I wanted

The sandy background is from the free Daisy Trail Holiday Photobook digikit. The other digikits I used elements from were Swirling MemoriesPlayground and British Street Party. I took the photos a while ago - this is them in their original state:


I knew that the software would fit my photos to the size of the frame - but I have to admit that it took me a while to realise I had to add the photos to the list at the side in order to do this!! The large frame is from Swirling Memories, and I really like the way that it gives the photo a much more aged look. The frame for the smaller three photos is from British Street Party. I sized the frame first and copy and pasted it, then dropped the photos in. The little group of buttons is from Swirling Memories, and the large button at the bottom is from Playground.

I created the caption using the Swirling Memories alphabet, and decided to make it a question - as while this is my idea of a great place to be - it may not be everyone's. So, do you "Wish you were here?"

Remember we are still looking for Design Team members, so pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers Blog to check out what the other DT members have been up to, then get your entry in, putting DT after your name if you would like to be considered.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - The Sea
Crafts 4 Eternity - Splish, Splash, Splosh
SJ Crafts - Summer Time

See you soon!!


  1. Hiya ! What a great postcard, I love how you have made this and have to say that I struggled on this one but you have created a little masterpiece. Such a beautiful postcard and I do really wish I was there !


  2. This is fabulous - love how you've combined the photos to make a single artwork.

  3. Love it. Thanks for joining us at Crafts4Eternity this week.

  4. This is fabulous, love the way you used the photographs in the design, it definitely makes you want to be there.
    Yvonne x

  5. Oh, Carole! This is gorgeous! The distressed colors and the amazing digi elements are so fabulous! LOVE it! :)

  6. fabby card - looks amazing.
    Doreen xx

  7. Great card !!! Thanks for playing at C4E this week.

  8. Hi, your postcard is stunning!! the photos are great too & look very familiar!! Were they taken on Bournemouth beach by any chance??!! Thanks for joining in with the S J Crafts Challenge x

  9. Thanks Sarah. Yes, you're right. It's Bournemouth! Took the photos while my sister was running the Race for Life back in June. Was such a beautiful day and couldn't resist taking photos of the view too. Cxxx

  10. Just lovely Carole, all of you have been so clever with your postcards this time.
    hugs Kimx

  11. Thank-you so much for sharing your fabulous postcard with us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  12. I have a thing for beach huts.......these are lovely as is your postcard. Thanks for joining in with SJ Crafts challenge

  13. Great images! We hope you had fun joining in with the Summer challenge at S J Crafts!


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