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Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Bear's back on the beach! Thursday 17th July 2014

Hello Friends, 

Thank you for your comments on my WOYWW post answer to some of your the little 'craft barn' will not remain tidy for long! The main problem is that I am so pleased with the way the top of the desk turned out (all those hours of waxing paid off!) that I'm almost afraid to use it!!!

A few of you asked me about the wooden pencil holders on the desk...well, yes they were custom made by my very handy father-in-law. We picked up the odd cuts of wood at a Tree Festival at our local arboretum. Tom's dad drilled the holes for me and I varnished them and hey presto, customised pencil holders! The paint brush holder at the back was actually made by my dad, many many years ago and gave me the idea for the pencil holders.

Now for today's card...

Remember the bear that surfed? Well he's made a return to the beach on new card...this time the card was made for a guy who's birthday was this week and who loves to surf (well they  do live in Cornwall). He loved it and says he didn't stop chuckling. I am going to have to make one like this just to send to one of my Californian cousins who virtually lives to surf...I think it will appeal to his sense of humour.

I started with a layer of yellow card on an 8x8 blank. The fishy paper is by Pink Petticoat as are the beach huts, which are digi stamps. I block coloured them using Promarkers and made the bunting to match. Although it doesn't show on the photo, the beach huts have all been given a coat of glossy accents.

The bear is a stamp by Sam Poole, which I stamped using vintage sepia versafine ink on to cream card, heat embossed with clear powder and then coloured with Promarkers. The raised embossing gives the image a rough surface and therefore a more textured, less perfect effect when coloured.

The surfboard is a digi stamp from McMahon Five Designs, again coloured with a Promarker and coated with glossy accents. The 'seaside' quote is  by Pink Petticoat and the 'surf Dude' was computer generated.

Inside the card:

For the inside I made another surfboard and cut out two smaller beach huts. The greeting is computer generated.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are all liking the hot weather! It was very hot in the office yesterday, but having the door wide open sent a gentle breeze through from the outer door, so it wasn't too bad really. 

I am blogging very late...highly unusual for me but Tom had to go out with some clients after work, so I'm home all alone, nothing on TV (well I'm watching the Masterchef final in the craft room), so decided to write tomorrow's blog today!

I'd like to enter this card in the Allsorts Challenge week 267 : Splish, Splash, Splosh!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X


  1. Carole, I love your craft barn and your desk looks fab in there. Great pencil holders too. Now as for your card it made me smile it's brilliant.

    Hazel xx

  2. LOVE the pencil holders..they are superb. I also love your card Carole, the bear is as ever awesome and I like the introduction of the pink petticoat beach huts. Cx

  3. Super idea for the pencils Carole, and love the fantastic card. very catchy tune...xx
    The Journey is the Start

  4. Well that card brought a smile early in the morning, I love it.
    The Surf Dude Bear is sooooo!! cool.
    Have a great day

    Patricia x

  5. Morning Carole,
    A fun card, for any surfing fanatic. Love your pencil holders.

  6. Morning Carole, such creative pencil holders, love them! Great card today, such a cute bear.XX

  7. It really is a fun card Carole, I love the beach huts in the background and the bear is delightful, it really made me smile! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on The Artists on the Block, I really appreciate it. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. This is as cute as it can be!! I just love the expression on that bear's face! LOL

    Carole! I received my card alllll the way across the pond! What a blessing and a HUGE surprise!! The same fishy paper you used for your card today was on my card. I giggled as I saw it thinking "Carole needed fishes to swim across the pond to carry her kind and thoughtful greeting!"

    You have made my day friend!! Thank you so very much.

    I wanted to also thank you for all of your comments during my 100 cards in 100 days challenge. I do believe you commented every single day! Wow. You are a blessing to me : )

    Enjoy your weekend!!


  9. Wow Patti, that card took so long to get to you! I posted it just after your birthday...ah well, at least it arrived...visiting your blog is a daily pleasure! Well done on the achievement! X

    1. Really?! those fish needed some HELP! swimming to me. How sad it took so long!? you must have thought I was terribly ungrateful : ( for not thanking you sooner!. The good news is that it arrived in pristine condition! You'd never know it made such a long journey! and it has a place of honor in my crafty space now! : )

      Thank you again so much I have plans for sending you a treat in return. If that post takes as long to et to yu as your card took to get to me - you can look for it around Christmas! hee hee

    2. Patti, I've taken nearly as long to reply to your! I knew something was up with the delivery because I knew you'd say something..I sometimes go spare with the post - I can write to my aunt in San Francisco and she might get in in days...another time weeks...and as for posting to Italy? Don't get me started!! Hugs Carole Z XX

  10. Great to see the surfing bear again! Such a fun idea and I love the colours!