CraftyCardmakers Challenge 73 Oh I do like to be beside the seaside !

Im just back from holiday , yes no hiccups this time had a wonderful time sea, sun and swimming had the doglets with me too so a good time was had by all As luck would have it over at CraftyCardmakers Yvonne are super talented hostess for this month is asking us to create a postcard here is what she has to say

She would like a post card [6x4inches approx], showing a beach scene, and would like it to include some beach and the sea, for the background to the focal image. So as long as your creation is a postcard, is approx the right size and has a beach and sea background, anything else seaside related will be fine.

Now I had a little trouble with mine as I opted to use a digi image for the first time which has been kindly sponsored by Digi Doodle Shop. Not having used one before and not being able to use Photoshop I really struggled but with a little masking ( at least thirty sheets of paper went in the bin ) and a bit of hit and miss stamping I finally got there in the end, so here is what I came up with

I used the lovely sailing boat digi by Digi Doodle Shop and printed it onto shiny white card, the sentiment and bird stamps are courtesy of Crafty Individuals as is the lovely design paper which was printed onto acetate and laid over the top of the card.

Again I’ve used the sailboat image stamped the Lifes a Beach image by Crafty Individuals onto glossy card and coloured with various Pan Pastels, restamped the same image onto acetate and placed it over the first image to give a bolder impression. Again I used Crafty Individuals design paper printed onto acetate and laid it over the top. Have to say my masking is rubbish here but after at least thirty attempts I kid you not I was losing the will to craft !
Please pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to see the fabulous postcards my fellow team mates have created . We have two fabulous sponsors this month


I see that the lovely ladies over at Artful Times are looking for acetate to be included into our projects and hope these fit the bill, it’s absolutely ages since I joined in their challenges I do hope they forgive me.

Before I go would just like to remind you all that our DT call is still open so for those of you who think they would like to be part of this fabulous group of talented crafters please pop by CraftyCardmakers for more details.

Right that’s all from me will pop by and see you all later I’m off to my Pilates class

Take care


33 thoughts on “CraftyCardmakers Challenge 73 Oh I do like to be beside the seaside !

    • Marie – these postcards are absolutely gorgeous; you’ve definitely nailed it. Rather than using Photoshop (don’t know another living sole who can use it either) you really should invest in CraftArtist which is the easiest and cleverest programme going. You can get a free trial copy by going to – you will be amazed. Anyway I am really glad you had a great holiday without mishap and you had your doglets with you……don’t put anything out at Pilates!!! lol BTW you mentioned printing the CI paper onto acetate – presumably you photocopied it???

  1. Love your postcards Marie, the girls running into the sea and those fabulous beach huts, very nostalgic! I’ve just bought one of those Michael Powell stamps of beach huts which I’ve used for one of our ATS challenges:) Glad you had a lovely break.
    Val x

  2. Well done on perseverance, you have created fabulous pieces, very attractive and gorgeous colours and effects. Well worth the effort Marie.
    Glad you had a wonderful holiday.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  3. Ooh a postcard challenge, now that’s different, don’t really have any beachy stuff though but I’m sure I’ll thinkof something! I love the girls on the beach, such a feelgood image and those beach huts are so bright and cheery! Hope your pilates session was good – you do make me feel like a lazy lump! xx

  4. Ooh a postcard challenge, now that’s different, don’t really have any beachy stuff though but I’m sure I’ll thinkof something! I love the girls on the beach, such a feelgood image and those beach huts are so bright and cheery! Hope your pilates session was good – you do make me feel like a lazy lump! xx

  5. Hi Marie
    Great postcards I particularly like the first one. Glad you had a great break and enjoy the Pilates class. I used to go but just can’t seem to fit it in at the moment. Just plain lazy really lol.
    hugs Kimx

  6. Glad you had a good holiday. Love both your postcards and the sailboat is awesome, so glad you you kept going with the digi stamp. The results are fantastic.
    Yvonne x

  7. hi marie,good to hear you had a good holiday!
    love this challenge.dont think i can join it but i will try,mmm
    the background is amazing together with the digi stamps.

  8. Hi Marie, Glad you had a good holiday, I have been back and forth to Filey so not done too much myself and been very poor at commenting as no internet there. These are fabulous postcards, bright and cheerful and very holidayfied, is that a word?
    Funny tale, the first week we went to Filey it was red hot and my Daughter got a text from her Hubby who was in Greece to say he had seen a fabulous holiday home for them, she replied, don’t bother I can’t stand the heat in Filey never mind Greece.
    Kath x

  9. Well of course I love these cards, they’re yours so I know I’m never going to be disappointed. I particularly love the beach huts on the first and the background on the second, shame you didn’t put the two together hehe 😉
    Seriously they’re both fab x

  10. Hiya Marie, nice to see you back and so glad you had a good time! You have definitely brought the seaside home with you – these are absolutely fabulous postcards, even though a little different for you! I love how you’ve used the acetate, it makes them really stand out :-), and those colourful little beach huts are gorgeous!

    Take care Marie

    Maria xxxxx

  11. Hi, Marie! These are just gorgeous! LOVE the bright colors and the cool mash of them for the backgrounds! What amazing cards! Thanks for stopping by to say hi–I appreciate it! 🙂

  12. oh Hun,these are simply brilliant just love the images,and those backgrounds,and colours are amazing Hun just love those beach huts,hugs Cherylxxxx

  13. Hello – Good to have you back
    You are just too clever with those cards – completely impressed and watch as I bow down to you. Amazing how you achieved this.
    P.S. You made me blush with the comment left for me to read at my Blog 🙂

  14. Wow!! These were definitely worth all the effort Marie – they’re gorgeous!! You always take techniques a step further – brilliant!

    Glad you had a good holiday and hope you feel rested and relaxed now.

  15. Hi Marie,

    So pleased to hear that you had a wonderful holiday, and that everything went well or you.

    Two fabulous postcards! I love your stamping, the digi’s and papers you used. Lovely use of acetate and such great pan pastel work, too. I really like your beach huts and the sail boat on your first postcard, and those little girls running towards the waves has a lovely nostalgic feel to it.

    Hope you enjoyed your Pilates, which is supposed to be very good for arthritis xx

  16. Love these cards, especially the top one! I feel I need to have a “fix” of the sea now after seeing these! Thanks for your visit earlier. xx

  17. Oh my! you never ever fail to amaze – your work is always so very lovely. Really really nice work there Marie and pleased you had a nice holiday – betcha you were really at the van at Clacton were’nt you! Love ya! Cxx

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