Tuesday 23 July 2013

To the Beach

How exciting that we now have a new King-to-be, born yesterday afternoon on the hottest day since 2006. Many congratulations to Kate and William and welcome to the as yet un named Prince of Cambridge. The world's press had been camped outside the hospital and it was so joyful to see the news announced live on TV last night just before 9pm. It makes the arrival of my darling grandbaby in November feel even closer. I can't wait.

The girls over at the Ribbon girls have even hosted a great blue giveaway for the Royal baby, take a peep here

Unbelievably this is my penultimate card as GD for the ladies of  Loves Rubberstamps. This week the challenge is called "How Charming" in other words you need to use a charm on your project. Do pop over to join the fun. As you all know that is never difficult for me as I have lots and lots of charms as I use them to make my bag charms with. I decided that I wanted to make another of the amazing accordion cards again and inspired by the summer weather and wanting to use some of my pretty holiday shells I set to work on my latest piece.
Here it is;

and here are a couple of close ups

The stamp is a Whimsy Wee stamp called Goldie. She is such a sweet mermaid. I coloured her with my Promarkers and highlighted with Prismacolor pencils.  I fussy cut her out and have used Glossy Accents to make her bubble appear real. The Smile sentiment is from my Lili of the Valley Pretty Vintage sets. You will spot 2 charms here, an anchor and a sweet little sea horse. I have also used for the first time some Stampendous Frantage embossing enamel...OMGoodness I am in love, this is such fun to use. I really thought it worked well as "sand". I made another Craftwork Card Candi flower too and there are more of my sweet holiday shells here.  I had such fun making this card.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Heck of a Challenge The Sea
Country View Crafts Summer sizzler
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge anything goes
Visible Image Inspired by a song my song is that fab summer beach song "Under the boardwalk" by The Drifters...I now can't stop humming it ;0)
Crafting with Dragonflies unusual folds you can see my tutorial  for this on my blog post here entitled Happiness is...
Simon Says Stamp By the Sea
Charizma Cards Girlie
Penny Black and More Dies/punches
Stamping Sensations Summer Colours
Make it Monday Linky challenge #150

Continuing the theme of using charms I thought I would  show you some of my recent bag charm commissions....I have also got a seaside themed bag charm for sale here in my Etsy shop using a mermaid charm.

and here is a whole bunch of others...I thought they looked fun together. If you would like any particular themed bag charm made for yourself or as a pressie do email me, I can cover most requests. The beads I use are one of a kind handmade artisan glass lampwork beads. Each bag charm is totally unique. They cost £6.75 each, postage is extra depending on your location. I post worldwide. 

The sun has continued to shine every day and this is the longest heat wave we have had since 2006. My daughter lives near the sea and I thought I would share a couple of photos from our recent visit.
 She's just like her Mum, fascinated by shells...

There's nothing quite like a visit to the seaside is there ;0)

And if you wondered what Billy is getting up to in this heat

Yes he is "flat out!" ;0)

Do pop back here on Thursday as I have a jewellery giveaway planned...celebrations ahead ;0)

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. A beautiful card Jane, love the frantage, perfect on it. Thanks for sharing your bag charms and gorgeous photos too.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Beautiful card, love the design and layout.
    Caz x

  3. Oh wow, I love your accordion card. The colours are just perfect for the theme and all the little details are wonderful. Love your frantage sand, and the clever use of the glossy accents. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month and hope to see you again. Maddy x

  4. Good morning, Jane! Just love these accordion cards and you've decorated this one beautifully! Fab image, great colouring and such pretty embellishment details! Lovin' the frantage - I haven't tried any of this yet as I'm trying to resist buying anymore stuff until after work is completed :(
    Your bag charms are so pretty and you could be anywhere in the world looking at the blue skies on your seaside photos! Let's hope it continues, though it seems like we could be in for a touch of rain!? Hugs, Lisa x

  5. Fab projects, thanks for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck, Zoe DT xx

  6. Oh wow Jane what an amazing card. The bubble is brilliant!!
    The whole card is a little work of art. :)
    Well you know I love your bag charms, in fact when I'm out walking with my bag over my shoulder, I jingle jangle as I tend to use more than one at a time! :) I hope you're keeping an eye out for a crochet hook charm as I think it's the only one of my hobbies we haven't covered yet! Lyndsey loves her ' just married' bag charm.
    Happy Tuesday my friend, let's see if we're right about the Prince's name. :)
    V xxx

  7. WOW An amazing project shared with us .Beautifully decorated .Love the images and sentiment. Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  8. Fab card, great photos! Thanks for joining at Heck of a Challenge: The Sea

  9. congrat's on a new Prince, that is so exciting! Everyone at work was trying to stay huddled near a TV, lol.

    This is so adorable, I love the fabulous seashells and the great design.

    cute charms!!!

    Love the beach pic's, your beaches are so nice.

  10. wow this is a fabulous card- i love the design .. so unusual
    Thanks for joining us at HOAC this month

  11. This card is beautiful!!! Love the details!

  12. Hello Jane! Congratulations on the birth of the newest little member of the royal family! Upon hearing yesterday's big news from the UK, my thoughts meandered over to you- I just caught up on 3 weeks' worth if your blog posts...WOW, you've been a busy lady! LOVE all your seashore themed pieces (mermaids! seahorses! colors!) and the pics from the Coronation festival, Wimbledon, your vacay...I would be thrilled to stay and watch those sea turtles up close, too! And in my book, you are the queen of Christmas in July and beyond...(Christmas has not yet ended for me and it continues...which is the reason I've been away, but that is another story.) Will wait along with the rest of the world to get the scoop on the latest developing baby news from the UK...including that of your own grandbaby to be! Take care, my friend- I will try to get over to visit more frequently! :o)

  13. Beautiful card and pics! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  14. Amazing card and photos, Jane. Best wishes for the new Prince!! We've been watching the news closely.

    Miss Goldie is stunning. The best summery image----I'm a big fan of your bag charms, too.

    I hope your weather cools down a bit.
    Best wishes and congratulations,
    Anne x

  15. You card is lovely Jane, as are your bag charms. I look at the seaside photos with sticky, hot envy and imagine how pleasant it would be to dip my toes in the water! Looks lovely :) Bethx

  16. I love your charm too...and your card is funtastic...really love all the element on it and you have share great Photo....nice Blog too...

    I am joining again the MIM and my card is number 73..if you could pop up to my Blog and leave me some love, I would be so glad...big hugs, Monika

  17. Such a fabulous card. Thanks for playing with Charisma
    xx Vee

  18. Really pretty card, truly it is gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
    Joanne x

  19. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Charisma! xxx

  20. Gorgeous card! Fabulous design! Great nautical elements! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  21. Hello dear Jane,

    Ooh - lovely card with some lovely prince-news, congratulations to you all for new king-to-be! You must be guessing the name already...?

    Happy beach-images, and lovely weather seems to continue? Billy fir sure seems perfectly happy :)

    Lovely Wednesday, dear friend!


  22. Congrats on the new royal baby and I'm so excited about YOUR grandbaby! I get so many compliments on the bag charm you made me. A giveaway? YAY! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  23. Loving your card,it is well thought out with such a lovely theme.

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd & Rosie's.
    Sandie x (Owner & head Dt)

  24. Hello Jane,

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational work with us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  25. Hi Jane
    Your projects give so much inspiration and they are all
    beautiful. Your card entry for our "die cuts/punches"challenge at Penny Black and More is amazing. So soft and delicate looking with so much interest and detail.
    Thank you for sharing with us and we hope to see more of your lovely work soon.


  26. Amazing card, Jane! You have captured that beachy feeling so well :) I love collecting shells too...just can't stop as soon as I step onto a beach! It's lovely news about our new baby prince, isn't it? Such a happy time when a new baby arrives {in any family ;)}!
    Have a great week!
    Helen x

  27. Fabulous card! HOW DO YOU DO THAT?! lol
    Love it love it love it!
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Rhedd & Rosies.
    Fiona x

  28. A stunning creation. Great details and images. Love your charms and photos too.

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and good luck.


  29. Sweet image, Gorgeous colours and a fabulous take on our theme! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month and Good Luck!

  30. Amazing card! Love the frantage effect on this, spotted it on MIM xx

  31. Just popped back to say thanks for sharing your fabulous card at Country View Crafts Summer Sizzler Challenge this month.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  32. What a stunning creation! Love the card style!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at penny black and more! Good luck!

  33. Fabulous creation, love the coloring job and all the details!

  34. This is a beautiful card, love the shape and pretty elements. Thanks for playing along at HOAC this month. Hugs, Claire x


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