Tuesday 5 July 2016

Summertime Fun at Anything But Cute

Hello Friends!

It is my turn to host the challenge theme at Anything But Cute and I have chosen 'Summertime Fun' !  What does Summertime fun mean to you?  Spending time by the seaside, foreign travel,
camping in the great outdoors or simply enjoying time in your garden.  Create a MIXED
MEDIA project focusing on how you like to spend your Summertime.  Don't forget
to tell us how your project relates to the theme!

Here is my project....

Those who know me, know how much I love the seaside and anything to do with the sea.  My
dream has always been to own a beach hut, so it seemed natural to create my ideal beach scene....

I gathered together the items I wanted to use.
I used:  Tim Holtz Vignette Box - Medium
DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
DecoArt Media Texture Paste
PaperArtsy Beach Hut stamp
DecoArt Media Fluid Paint (Pyrole Red, Phthalo Blue, Primary Cyan, Cobalt Teal Hue,
and Titanium White)
Tim Holtz Letterpress letters
Extras:  card, chit chat stickers, Embossing Powder, wire mesh, kebab sticks,
hand drawn seagulls

I painted the box with a mix of Cobalt Teal Hue and Titanium White.  I did not apply
any base coat.
Once dry I applied a coat of Crackle Paint to the outside of the box and when
dry, a thin coat to three of the sides on the inner part.
DecoArt Crackle Paint dries quickly, this was the outside of the box before I even 
started on the inside.

The beach hut was cut out several times and layered up to give it some dimension.  It was painted  with a mix of Primary Cyan,Titanium White and Distress Markers.  The lifebuoy ring
 was cut with two hole punches and painted in Pyrole Red, as was the heart for the door.
The bunting was painted with Phthalo Blue and Pyrole Red.

The 'net' is a piece of wire jewellery net which I coated with Gesso.
The letterpress was coloured in a mix of Phthalo Blue and Titanium White.  I splattered some white paint on the inside of the box.

The box was a little unsteady on the letterpress alone so I added some bingo chips
to the back to steady it all.
The 'sand' was made with a mix of light coloured embossing powders, set into a base
of Texture Paste.   The surf board was hand, painted and coated with Crackle Accents.  

The board walk is made from kebab sticks and glued in place with Glossy Accents.  The words 
are Tim's Chitchat stickers.

I added a couple of hand drawn seagulls, painted with Distress Markers.

So, what do you like to do in the summer?  I hope you will join us this month at
Anything But Cute with a mixed media project.  In the meantime I hope you can find the
time to pop over there to see what my talented team mates have made.

I would like to enter my project into the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Red White and/or Blue
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes
Southern Ridge Trading Co - Anything Summer

As always, thanks so much for looking and even bigger thanks if you leave me
a comment, I do love to read them!

Take care.  Hugs,  Anne xxx


  1. This is a really super beach scene! Anne full of character and charm. I can hear those seagulls and the waves of the sea as I sit typing wishing I could be sat sharing a cuppa with you in your wonderful beach hut.
    As always fabulous in design and execution with some wonderful attention to detail.
    Thanks for taking me to the seaside today and for sharing your creative talent and inspiration .
    Really love this !
    hugs x

  2. Anne, your seaside beach hut had me grinning from ear to ear with each step and detail! How fun this all is! I can't believe you even drew your own seagulls! the surfboard is my favorite part now that I see closeups of the details--it looks like it's waxed and ready to take someone on a wild ride! Big applause and bravo on this wonderful, fun shadow box! Big hugs!

  3. I just had to pop in and say this is adorable! Hope you are having a fabulous summer!! :)

  4. Me too! What a lovely little tribute to a favorite place, Anne.

  5. OMG, Anne, your seaside 3d scene is absolutely brilliant! You really nailed this challenge theme and I can't believe you drew those amazing seagulls! I adore every single detail here and I am so impressed by your unlimited creativity! Bravo, my friend! Big hugs! Branka xx

  6. Wow, this is fabulous Anne.
    Oh how I would love a beach hut at the seaside.
    Toni xx

  7. WOW WOW WOW!! Oh boy Anne, I am so in love with your beach hut scene!! Those colours are incredible! All the cool refreshing blue tones of the sea, and then those pops of red, wowzers I'm loving that! Your little birds with the sand around their feet is just brilliant, no beach would complete without the birdies, that's for sure. What a treat to watch your process as this amazing project came together, I am so in awe of your talent and creativity! Thank you so much Anne for always blowing my socks off with your creations!! big hugs :)

  8. I feel I can smell and hear the sea looking at this gorgeous project. Your attention to all the little details is superb.
    Julie x

  9. Oh I love your summery scene Anne! Great composition and design and love the combination of so many techniques and your super hand drawn seagulls xxxx

  10. Love your beach scene Anne. The little birds standing on top are adorable and I love how your shadow box stands on the lettering. Your little surf board is so cute . Lovely scene. Tracy x

  11. It's very easy to see you love the sea, with all these wonderful projects you share. I can see myself relaxing in the sand in front of this little hut, even down to the requisite seagulls. So much hot color, even the sand looks hot! TFS & Hugs

  12. Oh Anne, I want to live in your beach hut by the sea!! This just makes me happy to look at!! I love the details you added...the surfboard, the banners, the seagulls!! So fabulous!! The letters on the bottom are a perfect touch!! It's going to take me a while to leave your may have to just kick me off!! I want to stare at this all day!! Spectacular my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Fabulous project - love all the details and great seagulls too! I'm with you wanting to live by the sea - we've just come back from a weekend in Falmouth where we could see the harbour from our bedroom. Very relaxing watching the boats and listening to the water! Elaine x

  14. oh my gosh Anne, this is so wonderful I can hardly stand it! Those seagulls totally make the project too. =)

  15. Another one of your awesomely wonderful projects! Loving the whole thing! The letters are a cool touch and your hand drawn seagulls are so gorgeous! xxx

  16. oh this is wonderful - I really adore your theme and your piece too! Gorgeous! the seagulls are amazing - beautiful xx

  17. What a fabulous Summertime make Anne x love your gorgeous beach hut and amazing additions/embellishments, which make this so special.
    Hope those seagulls behave themselves !!

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  18. And you can draw, too?! You are so remarkable, Annie! I'm sorry (and I hope this doesn't get you in trouble), but I think this is so cute! It's absolutely adorable, whimsical, and very, very inviting!! I love it!! Love and hugs, Darnell xxoo See you soon!! I'm in the 10-day countdown!!

  19. Your summertime box is utterly delightful Anne full of those wonderful seaside images and reminders of wonderful holidays on the beach. Love how you mounted the box on the letterpress and your seagulls are a fabulous addition. Off to pin this xxx

  20. Another amazing assemblage from you Anne, LOVE this!! The colours are perfect, fabulous details and your seagulls are soooo're so talented! Hugs Ruth xx

  21. This is fabulous .... I love it!! Your little beach hut looks so inviting and those seagulls are just too cute!! xx

  22. You might hate me, but I think this is totally 'cute'!!! LOL!!! I LOVE the colors, the seagull, the whole scene. Makes me want to go so bad! Wonderful project Anne!

  23. Meine Güte, Anne...
    ich liebe deine zauberhafte Arbeit.
    Das ist Sommer pur...wundervoll. Ich würde am liebsten selbst in diese Szene steigen :-)
    Ich kann mich garnicht satt sehen an deiner schönen Arbeit.
    Da hast du dir was ganz Besonderes ausgedacht, ich bin sehr beeindruckt.
    Es sieht einfach entzückend aus und richtig einladend :-)

    Viele Grüße von Sophie

  24. Well, I just can't decide which third of this scene do I love the most!! Those fantastic seagulls (nand drawn no less!) are FABULOUS with sand between their 'toes', then, the middle is a wonderfully detailed delight, but then to stand on those BRILLIANT letters, the whole thing is pure creative genius!! You reign the sea and seaside Anne! For heavens sake would David not go and treat you to a beach hut!! Terrifically well done as always. Nicola x

  25. Ann, I love the way you made these paper elements so 3D! Quite impressive! What a beautiful seaside assemblage and perfect essence of our theme. The painted layers are all wonderful! Thanks so much for another great challenge. Hugs, Autumn

    1. I am thrilled to see this amazing project win at Craft Stamper! So well deserved! Biggest congrats. Hugs, Autumn

  26. Oh, how gorgeous this is!!! I do love the seaside too :) I love the bright blues and the little details you so carefully chose to put this work of art together!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  27. Oh, how gorgeous this is!!! I do love the seaside too :) I love the bright blues and the little details you so carefully chose to put this work of art together!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  28. Hi Anne. It has been such a joy to watch your grow as an artist over the years. This project is darling. Love the bright color scheme and how you've used the various objects to create such an adorable seaside scene. Having just returned from a vacation to the beach, I am in love with anything having to do with it! I also wanted to thank you for your always positive comments. I have been terrible at leaving comments and I hope to get better about that as school starts up again in a month and things hopefully will slow down a bit!

  29. Hi Anne!
    Wow! You have totally outdone yourself with this dreamy seaside escape!! I feel like I can smell the ocean breeze. It makes me want to crawl right in and splash my feet around in the surf. Thanks so much for the 'mini vacation' and the fabulous inspiration!!

  30. Hi Anne!
    So happy to visit you (btw I will try to do more in the future, no promise as I'm very busy... But really want to do it. For two (at least) reasons: 1) you're a very kind lady I know 2) all your artworks are gorgeous!!!! :D), and especially this one, so lovely!!!! Wonderful mixed-media projects in all parts and every detail...
    Thank you for the fantastic challenge too Anne, LOVING the theme :-)
    Have a wonderful week-end, Hugs Coco xxx

  31. Redanne I love you shadow box! It's absolutely amazing and all the elements you added in are wonderful! Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge

  32. Hi Anne, this box is wonderfully thought out. I love the colours and textures in this. What a gorgeous wee beach hut, and I love all the details and thought that you've put into this. The sand is so cleverly constructed, I wondered at first glance if it was real, the fishing net is brilliant, your hand drawn seagulls are too cute, and the little life ring, bunting and surf board, just complete a happy seaside holiday scene.
    I'm itching to go to the seaside now... Where's my bucket and spade? hugs Alexandra x

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  34. LOVE this! What a great project!

  35. totally love this project and theme!!! i am working on a project now!

  36. What a perfect memento. LOVE how you mixed the letterpress letters and the constructed elements are excellent. The only thing better would be a day at the beach!

  37. WOW! This is one of the most stunning pieces of beach art I've seen! I adore the sentiment and how you captured everything magical about the ocean without being over-the-top or cheesy with it. Everything is just perfect from the beach shack to those incredible hand-drawn seagulls! And I have to say GENIUS about the sand, too! Thanks, also, for the wonderful process pics. I thoroughly enjoyed your post and am so glad you shared such a creative piece with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  38. Just adorable, Anne - the weathered crackle is fab and the beach huts look great. Your sand is absolutely stunning - what an inspired way to create it - and just that lovely off-white colour of the perfect beach (so much better than boring yellow sand!). And bravo on your cute seagulls too!
    Alison x

  39. Fantastic Anne, such gorgeous detail and love the little birds. Happy crafting Angela x

  40. This is wonderful... your use of the letterpress letters (that ampersand for the e!) is the best use I've seen! What a happy little simple scene!

  41. Gorgeous entry for the Craft Stamper challenge this month; thanks for joining!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  42. I adore it, Redanne, so many lovely details. Thank you so much for joining us at TIMI challenge :-)

  43. I'm in love with this little box! Love everything about it! fantastic! barbara

  44. So glad to see this in the Craft Stamper challenge line up ..... thanks for playing along xx

  45. I am blown away by this!
    There is something so wonderfully whimsical about this scene, especially the addition of those seagulls - I wish the seagulls that we have around here were as cute - the ones here as though they are on steroids, monsters with immense wing spans!!!
    The use of the letterpress is genius.
    Lynne x

  46. Anne, I adore every single thing about your wonderful project, it is so perfectly summer! Love the colours and beautiful textures and the letterpress word is so perfect. The seagulls are too adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  47. What a beautiful vignette you created! Love everything including your sweet sea-gulls on top with a touch of sand around their feet! Lovely!

  48. I cannot believe I missed this. Wow Anne - so fantastic and really reflects your love of the beach. If I had seen this before I sent you pocket card - I would not have sent it to you. You are the best kid especially when it comes to 3D!
    Sandy xx

  49. This is fabulous Anne, I love it. Thanks for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge, Elizabeth xxx

  50. Congratulations on your win at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It with this gorgeous scene! It was lovely to meet you and all those other lovely crafty ladies at Darnell's lunch on Wednesday :)

  51. Thrilled to bits on your win at Craft Stamper! Thoroughly deserved Anne xx

  52. Mega huge congratulations! Anne on being chosen as the Winner over at Craft Stamper . Thrilled to bits for you . hugs x

  53. Adorable! Love your hand drawn seagulls - great job! Thank you for joining in on the fun on the Southern Ridge July Challenge!

  54. Hi Anne, I am playing catch up visiting blogs and I must say I adore this Beach Hut scene it is so you. I love every little inch about it and have also just noticed you won the Craft Stamper challenge with this beauty. So so pleased for you my talented friend can't wait to see your double page spread.
    Mo xx


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