Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ocean Paradise

Hi everyone.  Today I used a sweet digital stamp from Sweet 'n Sassy :)  Love this relaxing and peaceful scene - wish I was there! :)

Actually, I will be there soon as hubby and I are heading off for a few days of R&R (not really sure why we'd need R&R as we are both retired!) :) ... but after this crazy year, we definitely need a peaceful setting to kick back and unwind.   We were hoping the whole family would get away together, but Evan and Nikki have to work, so it will be us and my youngest, Jer.  We are off to Galiano Island soon where there are quite a few artists ... so we'll be checking out their studios - can't wait!

On to the card ...

I'm entering this into the latest challenge at Color Throwdown (CTD250 - bermuda bay, crumb cake, melon mambo, so saffron).  Was so excited when I saw these colors ... LOVE!  Color Throwdown is celebrating it's 5th Birthday - congrats to them!!!

Stamps:  Ocean Paradise (Sweet 'n Sassy); Beach sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  Watercolor (Arches); Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Soft Suede, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), blender pen, sponges, sticky strips, adhesives, and dimensionals

I used the same layout as yesterday's card, just changing the shape and size to a square ... do love the simple framing layout these days :)  I used the marker layering technique (using a blender pen to pick up ink from a stamp pad and blending it onto watercolor paper) to watercolor the sand, ocean, chair and umbrella.  I masked the umbrella and then sponged So Saffron and Bermuda Bay inks for the sky.   I removed the mask and then used my Aqua Painter to blend the sponged ink into the watercolor paper.  Easy, peasy.

As always, I found the perfect sentiment from Amy R (love her sets!).  Hope you like.

Here's a close-up:


Thanks to everyone that commented on my latest Card Candy Giveaway - #5 (Sunflowers).  I used the True Random Number Generator to pick the winner of the Card Candy:

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... and the winner is ...

Congrats Val ... please email your mailing address to me (click on the "Email Me" in the right-hand column near the top), and I'll send you the Card Candy. :)


  1. Mm-mmm, lovely scene, Lolly! I can just picture you sitting there! I'm so glad that you two are getting a few days away ~ enjoy!! (Congrats to Val!) xxoo Dolly

  2. Sweet card Loll,
    Remember those days fondly, lounging on the beach, watch the wares and kids play!!
    Thanks for sharing and the memories.

  3. What a wonderful scene, Loll! I wish I was there too! I'm so glad you will get to go enjoy some R&R. What a perfect sentiment!

  4. This is indeed peaceful AND cool looking. With all the heat everywhere, it's very soothing. Enjoy your R&R; even retirees need a change of pace, and nice you can enjoy one of your children too. Congrats to the candy winner. I can speak true when I say she will just love it!!! TFS

  5. Loll, your coloring is so pretty!!! I wish I were there too! Your sentiment is awesome and I will have to go check out her stamps! Beautiful, relaxing, peaceful card!

  6. Such a relaxing scene, Loll. Your watercolouring is beautiful. Have a great time on your holiday xx

  7. Such a beautiful and peaceful beach scene. I love your marker layering coloring and crumb cake frame too. TFS and have a wonderful and relaxing little vacation my friend.

  8. Another gorgeous card Loll. Love your marker layering technique - so effective. Hope you enjoy your few days R&R...........of course you need it - I have never been as busy since I retired! Val will be stoked to know she's won your candy....I'll send her a quick email to let her know just in case she misses your post.

    Karen x

  9. Love your beach scene card Loll and such a great technique...I wouldn't mind being on that beach either...all I would need is a good book. Enjoy your R&R


  10. Congratulations Valerie~ I know you will love the card candy~ Anothe beautiful card Loll. I sure hope you enjoy your time away. Sending hugs.

  11. Really pretty! I love the coloring!

  12. Just lovely! I'd LOVE to be sitting in that chair right about now. Love your simple frame for you wonderfully colored image. Thanks so much for playing along and helping us celebrate!

  13. Have a great trip to should be lots of fun to check out the various artists there!
    Your card is lovely...nothing like an adorondack chair, a paraso; for the heat and a lovely view!

  14. Beautiful scene Loll, love the framing and I'm over the moon to be picked to receive your card candy, can't wait:)
    Val x

  15. Oh boy! Do I wish I was there. What a great card.
    Best wishes Lea x

  16. I'm so glad that you and the hubby are getting away together for some R&R! Your card makes me want to get away and sit somewhere on a warm beach. Your coloring is fabulous. Have a really fun trip dear Loll.

  17. This is such a summery card! It looks like the kind of place I'd like to be...with a stack of books and a drink with an umbrella in it! Awesome watercoloring too. Enjoy your time away. Bev

  18. Have a fun time on Galiano Island Loll! I have to go look that up to see where it is! Sounds lovely!! just like your wonderful beach card!

  19. Your card is gorgeous Loll - I wish I there too! I hope you enjoy your time away - hugs xx

  20. That's so beautiful, I especially love how you did the sky. Stunning coloring!

  21. LOOOOOOOVE this beautiful beach scene! FABULOUS use of the challenge colors! Thanks for helping us celebrate at The Color Throwdown!

  22. oh yes I could do with a little R&R and this looks perfect.
    great colouring Loll.
    I have just started to try watercolours but oh so rubbish at
    used to do oils many moons ago and it was much more forgiving :(
    Hugs Mau xx


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