Monday, 19 June 2017

Designer Spotlight - Simon Says Stamp Week 3

Hello Friends!
It is hard to believe that this is my third week in the 

at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  Each time I sit down to do a post, I have to pinch myself, I feel so very lucky!  It is time ....

and this week the Challenge is 'Let's Take A Vacation'.  I love this theme and for me a vacation/holiday has to include a trip to the seaside - any sea / ocean will do!!

Many of you know already how much I love crafting in 3D and this challenge gave me the opportunity to make a pair of beach huts which can be found at many seaside resorts in the UK.

 I don't have the Tim Holtz Tiny Houses Bigz die (yet) but my dear friend Kath kindly sent me the die cuts.  I used the two largest of the tiny houses.
To start off, for my base I used one of Tim's Vignette trays, the smaller of the two.  I made a little banner using off-cuts of card and some kebab sticks.
I turned the tray over and gave it a good coat of Dina Wakley's Gesso and then a good coat of Dina Wakley's Gel Medium to stick my florist's sand to the whole of the base.
I coloured cardstock with Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints and then cut them into strips.  I cut the roof tiles and the ridge pieces from the Tim Holtz Rooftops die, the roof tiles from grey cardstock and the ridge pieces from coloured blue or red cardstock.
I applied the strips to the die cut house and roof with Gel Medium.  The doors were made from one half of the roof piece each and I covered both with cardstock to match the strips.
I needed a 'doorstep' so I used the step from the Tim Holtz Village Surf Shack die and I covered each step with popsicle/lolly sticks, painted over with a light coat of Gesso, adding some 'nail' holes at each end to give the look of wooden boards.
After placing the huts and the doorsteps onto the sand platform, I added some florist's greenery and I made a fence from Tim's Idea-ology Memo Pins and Ball chain.
Here is a view from the back of the piece.
To finish off I added the words using Tim's Typography Findings, a couple of surf boards and Lifebuoy ring from the Surf Shack die set.  The starfish is from Tim's Sand and Sea die, cut from shrink plastic.  David thought it would look more realistic by having a Seagull, so I drew one, coloured it and fussy cut it.

So, how about joining in the
Where each week there is a fabulous $50 voucher for one lucky winner!

I have listed below all of the items I used that are available for you at Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my beach huts and I look forward to seeing
you again soon!

Hugs,  Anne  xxx

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  1. oh my goodness Anne! I absolutely LOVE these little beach huts! I always wanted to live in one when I was a kid, they always looked so cute, like real life dolls houses! :-) the red and blue stripes are perfect and I love how you made the little wooden steps and garden! BRILLIANT!!! :-)

    Lols x x x
    I don't have those little houses 'yet' either but they are definitely way at the top of my wish list, along with the journal folder die you used last week! ;-)

  2. Brilliant Anne !!! Such a you project. The beach huts look absolutely fabulous on the sand and the seagull is just wonderful. Fabulous, it really brightened my day and made me smile xxx

  3. I am impressed with all the small details you used. You thought about everything to make this houses live. Great design! Hugs, Marzena

  4. Wow, Anne, this is absolutely awesome! You've created an amazing beach scene. I love everything about this, the beach houses, the sand, banner, seagull.....everything!! You haven't missed a thing. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  5. I would so love one of the beach huts that you see around our coastline but the cost is so high. I adore what you have made - your seaside scene is fabulous.
    Toni xx

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Anne, love your sand base and your little hugs are just gorgeous. Love how you added a touch of greenery too and the little step is perfect, a wonderful scene and perfect for the weather we are having at the moment. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  7. Disappointed you didn't get a seahorse in there too!! Seriously it's a fab project and I love all the details - the roof tiles, the surf boards etc. The seagull just finishes it off nicely!! Elaine xx

  8. What a fabulous little scene this is - I'll get my flip flops! Hugs, Chrisx

  9. You know I love houses and these are adorable. They really make you want to go to the beach. Wonderful inspiration.

  10. Oh Anne - I think this theme was made for you - and your make is stunning - those beach huts look brilliant and the whole scene is just perfect! Oh you clever lady! Hugs rachel x

  11. Hi Anne, Thank you for the lovely comments you left for me x x I adore your seafront scene with the beach huts we have these here on my seafront and I have always loved taking a peek inside in the summer... Your creation is stunning Love how you put it all together... even down to the wee seagull... we have lots of them too... Have a safe & happy rest of the week... Hugs May x

  12. Oh, wow, Anne! A work of creative genius 3D artwork! I love all of the details, especially the sandy (of course!) beach, but your huts are put together so perfectly! I'm sure they could weather any storm or years of hot sun! You have done SSS proud with another one of your amazing creations, my friend! Bravo!

  13. Anne! This is absolutely adorable! I love how you set the scene for this project! Too cute!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Oh it's adorable Anne! Simply adorable! The sandy "ground" just takes the cake. I am so inspired by this amazing project. Hugs, Autumn

  15. Ooh Anne! Your beach hut scene is just amazing! Your attention to detail is out of these world - the roof tiles, the steps, the seagul, the sand, the bunting, the fence, etc. etc. etc! I have said it before and I will say it again, you are the master of 3D pieces and an awesomely creative and lovely lady! xxx

  16. Oh Anne! these are just beyond sweet! I love them so much. Have a great crafty week, Angela xXx

  17. I can just FEEL how much fun you had making this adorable beach hut scene, Annie! David is right, the seagull is the perfect punctuation!! I loved seeing how you did it and peering at each of the little sweet details, impeccably executed!! Bravo!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  18. Utterly charming, Anne... the whole construction works so well, and the chain fencing is a completely brilliant touch. Wonderful detailing in the lifebelts, foliage and that little seagull. Amazing!
    Alison x

  19. Oh my gosh, this is amazing, Anne!! Wow!! You are the Queen of 3D projects!! I seriously want to live in one of these beach huts!! The sandy beach is so fabulous!! I love, love every single detail!! Wow!! You are so inspiring, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  20. What an absolutely gorgeous seaside vignette. Your beach huts are beautiful, I'd love to spend a week beside these with the sandy beach and dunes and be able to make a coffee and sit and enjoy the scenery that you have so cleverly depicted. Great inspiration, and fabulous finish with the seagull xxx

  21. First of all, big congrats Anne and so very well deserved! Your beach houses are a total delight, and so beautifully finished and decorated. I think I'd love to join Brenda (and you) sitting in front of one of these :o) xxx

  22. I am with you Anne-any ocean/ beach will do:) Your beach hut scene is amazing and utterly charming! Brilliant details.

  23. Anne, your beach huts are adorable - the bold stripes look awesome! I love the little scene you created, and adding the fence and seagull is brilliant! Love your seagull!! hugs, Maura

  24. OH MY!!! This is AMAZING!!!!! I love your beach houses every little detail is so on point!!!
    Well done!! Makes me want to dream of summer time! I can't wait to go to the sea!!
    x zoey

  25. Oh I adore your his and hers huts Anne! What a triump, your guest month with SSSM continues with exceptional creativity. Every single little element is done to perfection, from the little nail marks on the doorsteps, to the genius idea of running ballchain thru memo pins for the fence! I keep seeing more when I look! Please do give me a shout if you need any more fabby seagulls. These darling birds are nesting on my roof and ever so kindly waking me up each morn around 5am. I would gladly attempt to fedex them somewhere! Anywhere in fact! But seriously Anne, this really is BRILLIANT! Standing ovation from me! Nx

    Ps I double dare you and David to don stripey 1920s style swimsuits, take 2 small pics and add to the doors!!!

  26. This is just SO adorable Anne! Love the bright stripes on the beach houses - the wonderful looped fence with their life preservers, the sand and spunky banner!! So creative and SO you!! Julia xx

  27. Ohhhhh! These houses make me long for the beach!! What a creative take on the challenge! I'm especially impressed with the sand texture you created. This is crisp and clean and cozy all at once and I adore it!

  28. This is a super cute 3D project, fabulous!!!!!
    Thank you for the detailed tutorial Anne, very lovely and interesting.
    Sending you hugs and love from (so hot!) France :) xx

  29. Okay....WOW and WOW!What a sweet summer scene! Love those huts and your summer colors are perfect!
    Jackie xx

  30. So it's time for vacation indeed! I would love to rest at your beach corner: every single detail is in its place: a gorgeous scene!


Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x


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