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May 24, 2019

Summer By The Sea // A Flashback Friday Post

Happy Friday! It's been a few weeks since I was able to share a "Flashback Friday" creation. I've been busy working ahead on some posts for June and into July so I can enjoy some time with family from overseas next month, and then there was some gardening that needed to get done. But yesterday as I was working on some more upcoming posts, I came across the beautiful retired Stampin Up set Summer by the Sea, and decided to make two cards with the set, one I am sharing today for a Flashback Friday post, and then I will have another one coming up in July using another stamp from this set ...yes, I'm working waaaaay ahead - not what I usually do!

I did use some newer stamps on my card as well, but the focal point is the wonderful stamp of the little boy building a sand castle. This stamp set was released many years ago, but I was not able to afford it back then, and only purchased it a few years ago from ebay when I found it at a great price.

I started out by stamping the boy on watercolor paper using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink, then stamped him again on a post it note, this I fussy cut to use as a mask. With the mask in place (and some painter's tape at the top of the card to mask off the sky) I inked up the ocean using Hero Arts reactive ink "blue water" which was part of a past Hero Arts Monthly stamp kit. Then, using this same ink again I stamped one of the waves from the Hero Arts stamp set Color Layering Waves. The sentiment is part of this stamp set, and the other stamps I used (ball, rock, palm tree, birds and footprints) are part of the Hero Arts set Color Layering Sea and Sky.  I'm sure you're thinking the footprints should be pointing the opposite way ... didn't even realize that until I uploaded the card.

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The boy has been colored with distress markers for the clothes and hair (Candied Apple, Gathered Twigs and Faded Jeans) and the skin has been colored with Zig Clean Color markers (pale pink and flesh tone). The sandy part has been inked with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide, and after removing the painter's tape I inked the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide. I also used Stampin Up's old and retired set Itty Bitty Backgrounds for a little bit of a sandy texture.

Stampin Up Summer By the Sea // Stampin Up Itty Bitty Backgrounds (both retired - but most likely availabe on ebay or etsy)

The seaside theme and colors of this card were inspired by this week's Color Throwdown challenge:

I am also joining these challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - Beside the Seaside // The Male Room - Masculine Cards // C.R.A.F.T. - Male Cards or Father's Day //  Send a Smile for Kids - For Dad From Kids // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Summer and a Sentiment // Through the Purple Haze - Blues // A Place To Start - Tempting Technique (my current favorite is creating scenes with stamps and inks) // Crafter's Castle - Coloring (I used Distress and Zig Clean Color markers)

There were many Anything Goes themes and I am sharing with several of them too:

Thanks so much for visiting!! I hope you liked this week's Flashback Friday post and that I inspired you to get out some of your old and maybe even forgotten stamps. You know there is a reason why you are hanging on to those retired stamps!

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kiwimeskreations said...

Oh what a lovely wee scene you have created Ellie - love the sentiment!!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful! Love the scene!
Have a great day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS! I love that scene and the sentiment!!!!!!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Maxine!

Ellibelle said...

Same to you, Marilyn. And thank you for visiting!!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Julie!

Jane Willis said...

A lovely card with a beautifully put together scene. Thank you for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous, love the design. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Creations this Month.
Linda xxx
Crafty Creations DT

Mia said...

Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
TTCRD DT {My Blog}

Ellibelle said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jane!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Linda!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks for visiting!

Rachelle Oltean said...

This is a great mix of different stamp sets and they all work so perfectly together! I have been struggling with the Color Throwdown palette this week and I think you have captured it 100%! Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start Challenge Blog!
Rachelle - DT

Chana Malkah said...

Fabulous techniques! I think you combined so many wonderful crafting techniques in this project that is is difficult to single out one. The composition and color integration is great and your masking so perfect. Very nicely crafted and a beautiful presentation. Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
Chana Malkah, Owner
A Place To Start Challenge Blog
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

Furrbster said...

This is gorgeous - love the slightly distressed look.

Thanks for playing along with our summer theme at Aud Sentiments,

Hugz Tinz

Jean said...

What a perfect creation ! Wonderful scene with fab colouring and i adore the sentiment. Thank you for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Rachelle. I loved that color palette this week - perfect for summer cards! Wish I had a coral marker, I think that would have been perfect!
Glad I was able to join in at A Place to Start!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Tinz!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Jean!

Wanda Cullen said...

What a beautiful beach scene! Thanks so much for joining us at Color Throwdown!

Megan J said...

Hi Ellie, a sweet little card with the scene you created. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends... good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I can see why you had to have the stamp, it's an adorable image, a sense of Summer goes with everything you have done. Thank you so much for joining us in our Anything Goes/ Origami challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Faith The Male Room DT
Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

The Male Room

Amy Johnson said...

Absolutely gorgeous and one of my favorite SU! sets. I used to own it, but I think I sold it. It's so hard to remember now what SU! sets I still own and which ones have sold.1

~ginny said...

Ellie, thank you so much for sharing your project with us! This is delightful combo of techniques with inks... nicely done! You have achieved a very soft sky and wonderful blending of the sand and water's edge!

~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
RubberMAD (

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Lovely summery scene, so sweet and peaceful!!

crafty said...

A lovely peaceful scene. Thank you fou joining in the Crafting From the Heart challenge.

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice card thanks for sharing!!!

Esther Asbury said...

Awww.....what a sweet beach scene! Thanks for linking this lovely card up to the "Anything Goes" challenge over at THTSB.

KandA said...

Fabulous card and such a lovely beach scene xx

Marjeta said...

Great scene and colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments.

Mike DezinesbyEM said...

Love this! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month!
Hugs... Mike
Crafter's Castle

Broni said...

What a precious beach scene! Great way to use the colors! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown this week!

Diane Louise J said...

Hello... Thanks for entering your lovely card into our ‘anything goes’ Challenge. Beautiful colouring and fab sentiment. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

The Red Mullet Band said...

Such a cute card!!!
I love it!
Thanks for joining us at Corrosive Challenge blog.
Ana Isabel DT Coordinator.

Lise Mariann said...

Very cute! I love the MMH stamp set you have used. It's so versatile. The boy matches the rest perfectly! Thank you for joining us in The Male Room Challenge.

- Lise Mariann, DT at The Male Room -

Helen said...

Beautiful card - you've created a fabulous scene.

Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz.

Helen x

Suze said...

I have to agree with that sentiment. You have created a beautiful scene. Thank you for joining in the Admiration Challenge at Path Of Positivity.

Heather said...

Beautiful!!! All the elements work together perfectly to create this fabulous scene! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.