Hello All – I’m back with another fun theme for you at Sparkles Monthly Challenge.  I’ve been a bit under the weather for a few days, hence my little break from blogging last week.  Plus we’ve had trouble with thunderstorms, power cuts, a leak in the basement wall and disturbed sleep due to overnight storms!  It’s been a rough few days, lol!

I picked the theme for this months challenge.  June is the “official” start of Summer on the 20th and of course, we have the Summer Solstice on the 21st of the month too, plus it won’t be long before the kiddos are off school and everyone heads to the beach for a holiday, so I picked the theme of At The Beach/Summer Fun.

We’re sponsored by a new to us sponsor this month, who are offering a ten pound voucher to their shop:


For my project I used sandy coloured kraft card, striped glittery paper that reminds me of deckchairs on the beach and a cute House Mouse and Friends image called Bunny Cruise.  I think this little chap really has got his priorities straight!

The front is very plain, with some WordArt generated on the net for free at CoolText and some of the stripy, glittered paper with a plain blue backing.

I cut it out with a Go Create Frilly Squares #2 die, edged it with some Tumbled Glass DI and stamped the little grasses along the bottom edge.  Open it up though and you find this..

The image is coloured with Prisma pencils and edged with the DI Tumbled Glass ink.  The sentiment and the seagull are from a clear set free with a UK card magazine.  The “Smile” sentiment is from a The Paper Company Studio clear set and the compass and little flying birds are from a Kanban set.  The backing card is all The Paper Company and all are offcuts.  The striped paper is DCWV Citrus Pack.

After I took these photos I put some Glossy Accents on his drink and a little Crystal Stickles on the water, I’d meant to do this before I called the card finished but completely forgot!

We’d love to have you join us this month, you have until the 12th July.  And please pop over to the main Sparkles blog to see the wonderful inspiration for you from my teamies, they’re such an eclectic bunch and all their projects are diverse and beautiful.




House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge ~ Die Cuts or Punches (I have a die cut on the front)

Gruffies & Guests ~ Anything Goes w/the option of Patchwork

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper Challenge ~ Use DP

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes

My Mum’s Craft Shop ~ Ink It Up (Use rubber stamps on your creation)