Thursday, 7 May 2015

Life's a beach...

Happy Thursday everyone. The new challenge is starting at

today and our theme this time is LAND or SEA - remember to tell us why when you link up.

It may surprise you that on this occasion I have chosen sea and the reason is that when my Sister and I were growing up we were lucky enough to have a static caravan at West Bay on the Dorset coast so almost every weekend and school holiday after Easter was spent there with Dad and Mum. It was called Bon Terra (Goodland which was my maiden name). I have happy memories of seagulls tippy tapping around on the roof early in the morning, being fascinated watching Mum or Dad trying to ignite the funny little calor gas mantles that gave us light. Of course the sea was the best bit and we spent happy hours on the pebble beaches. 

Anyway here is my card not quite a six berth caravan but beachy nonetheless!! 

The image and sentiment  is a set from Digistamp Boutique that I coloured with Promarkers.

The stepper is a new, and very much loved, die (so be prepared to see lots of it in the coming weeks!!), even the scalloped panel dies came with it too and I used kraft and a freebie paper for those. 

The sun was cut using a Lil' Inker die and I popped a candy dot on the top.

I've found some challenges to play

Crafty Time #1 - Anything New (My new stepper die)
Crafting Musketeers #25 - Use a die cut (My new stepper die)
Sweet Stampin' - Inspired by a Book or Film - Beaches
Be crafty and craft #1 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers #295 - Keep Calm and Chill Out
 (perfect at the beach!!)
I Love Promarkers #268 - Anything Goes
Digistamp Boutique - May Customer Competition

That's all for now folks, see you soon, until then take care xx


Patricia said...

Brilliant image which really bring the sea prominent in the mind, love it.
Have a great day
Patricia x

Veerle said...

I love your sweet card Sarah and i love that beach cabin. I hope i can join in the challenge. It will depend on my zillion things still to do list LOL
Hugs Veerle x x x

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous card Sarah - it makes me think of holidays when my children were younger and funnily enough I was looking for holiday cottages in Dorset only yesterday!
I love this stepper design and I didn't know you could get a die for them. You have put it together perfectly and I think you have a winner here!
Carol x

Julie B said...

Gosh a stepper card die, that makes life a whole lot easier!
Gorgeous card, reminds me of last years holiday cottage in Wales which came with a beach hut on Nefyn beach. Only useful if the tides matched the time you wanted to use it though :( .
We were on the east coast for holidays when little, so it was fun to see the Tour de Yorkshire streaming past where we used to stay in Scarborough. :)

Whisper said...

Oooo absolutely fabby and i'm loving your new stepper die too - i keep eyeing it up, but the problem is, i have also got to purchase the extendable plates !!, looking forward to seeing what else you make with it, Luv Sam x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sarah,
what a really super creation.
Love that beach image and your wonderful stepper design.
Papers are super too.
Makes me want to go to the beach.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sue Nicholson said...

Lovely card, like the soft colours. have a great weekend cheers Sue N x

Jane Savage said...

Lovely card, Sarah! Now I’m in the market for a stepper die (bet you’re shocked)! I can feel another purchase coming on!
I love the fact that this card has evoked such wonderful memories for you! My family always used to caravan in Wales and I just remember trying to find things to do when it rained (which it always did). Not too much fun when there are 6 of you crammed into something the size of a garden shed!! xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous step card, lovely hut/beachy image and colours here.xx

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Sue said...

This is gorgeous Sarah, I love the image, beautiful colouring and fabulous stepper design.
Sue xx

Lisa xx said...

Oh this is gorgeous and, like Jane said, how lovely that it brings back such fond memories. When I was a little girl we would have two weeks holiday, every year, on the Isle of Wight. We would stay in different places but every year, without fair, we would rent the exact same beach hut on Ventnor beach....I can still recall the delicious smell of wood/sand/salad cream that it had :-)

Pamellia Johnson said...

Such a fun card Sarah! Bright and cheery colours, perfect for a beach theme and your sentiment is too funny!! hugs :)

Sue said...

Sarah, this is gorgeous, such a fabulous stepper card, all beautifully coloured and put together with pretty papers. I am with you, I love the seaside, we still have our long term plan to move to our beloved Dorset as soon as our big blokes are settled...

Lucy Woods said...

Such a beautiful card and story!! Brings backs memories of my wonderful childhood holidays too! N'aaw!
Lucy x

Laine said...

Fabulous post Sarah and a stunning card. Love the colours you have used and the wonderful image and papers. Also have my eye on that cutting die.

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Sarah and you have brought back so many memories of me and my family in our caravan when we were youngsters :) Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week huggles Sue xxxx

Debs said...

This is so gorgeous Sarah - love the image and fabulous card shape.
Your childhood memories sound idyllic :o)
Debs xx

Chrissy said...

Oh! I love the Sea Sarah...and I love your beachy card..fabulous colouring and design.


Hazel said...

Brilliant Sarah, you can eel you are at the seaside. Hazel x

Annette said...

It's lovely Sarah. I love the image.

Samantha said...

Oh what a fun card and a stepper die wow!
hugs me xx

Judith said...

This is fab Sarah, lovely image and I love your stepper too - I just love the sea! if I had time (which as you know I haven't!!) I'd love to make a seaside card and enter - I've always lived by the sea and can't imagine not being able to walk along the sand - my favourite place : )

Carol S. said...

I love beach huts and this card is gorgeous. I had a holiday near West Bay 3years ago and loved it. We stayed in an apartment in Bridport. Loved the area. hugs, Carol S.xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely fabulous Sarah, love the image and gorgeous colours and design...Think I need one of those stepper dies now, looks brilliant!
Wendy xx

Pollard Carole said...

Brilliant I just love beach huts and your cards so lovely it brought back happy memories for me as well as I lived at the seaside as a child A stunning card love and hugs Carole x

coops said...

so stunning sarah.the beach hut is fabulous and i love your nautical colours and brilliant stepper shape ;D

xx coops xx

Julieanne..aka pinkjools said...

Beautiful card Sarah...Great image and colours....went to the coast over here this week and boy was it hot....Joolsx

Chris said...

Such a lovely image, fabulous design and colours, love the stepper die.
I'm so looking forward to my 'seaside' holiday - only 3 weeks to go!
Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

Kat W said...

I like looking at the sea...just don't make me go in it - lol!
Your beach hut is so cute and the colours are really pretty :-)

Big hugs, Kat xx

Little K Smith said...

A lovely card, a great design and fab image and colours too!
Thank you for joining us with my theme 'Keep Calm & Chill Out' at Passion For Promarkers :)

Zw@@n said...

Stunning card, Sarah. Great image and beautifully coloured. Luv, Wilma

The Crafty Den said...

Beautiful card Sarah. Such a perfect image to go with our theme this week. Thanks for joining us at PFP. Hugs, Denise x

*Vicki* said...

Such a sunny and fun stair step card Sarah!! I adore that fun sun embellishment and the gingham pattern!! ;) TFS!

nnalorac said...

Lovely ca rd Sarah, never see beach houses up these parts. Good luck on the retirement sea home, I've lost that one. I always feel so at home when I get the chance to stroll along a beach. Carol xx

Nat said...

This is just adorable, love the fabulous image and shape.Thank you for joining us at PFP this week

Huny said...

What really is wonderful about this card is it's RELAXING, the colours are calm - would call it holistic on the senses.

Wendy Fraser said...

A lovely breath of fresh sea air! Super image and fab colours too, thanks for joining us at I Love Promarkers xx

cotnob said...

A fabulous summery card Sarah, I can't wait to be spending days at the beach - not long now hopefully!

Lori Thomas said...

Thank you for joining us this week at
Crafty Time Challenge's
Hugggs Lori X x X

Carrie said...

Thanks for joining in over at Crafting Musketeers. this is so effective love it. Carrie DT

Crafting Musketeers said...

Fabulous, thank you for entering this months challenge over at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog xx