Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Oh I do like to be ....

My lovely adorable husband (he does occasionally read my blog) treated me to a huge amount of stash for my birthday.  I grant you he did give me a bit of a Paddington Bear stare as the total came up and I may have to repay some of it as it was a bit more than I thought it would be as well.

But what he did ask for as an interim payment was and I quote "something nice for my desk for me to look at" 

Well obviously a picture of me wasn't going to be enough (I asked I got the Paddington Bear stare again), so I set my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with.

We both love being by the sea, to hear and smell the crashing waves, to view the sheer expanse of water relaxes us both.  In fact we need a fill up of ozone soon.  Southwold is one of our favourite locations so that meant incorporating the lighthouse and beach huts.  Both were cut from scrap of grunge paper and painted in a soft grey and and blue with bits of white smudges on to distress a bit. 

The fencing is a Tim die. I stuck some new Crowded Attic paper on some grunge board and one cut out swiped some white acrylic to tone it down and hopefully make it look like a weathered fence.

Inside the frame I covered the top half of some white card with tissue tape and added loads of layers of Tumbled Glass DI at the top and Broken China at the bottom to represent sea and sky.  The top half was then also stamped with a Tim background stamp just to break up the colour.

The "sand" was a piece of ripped corrugated packaging (thank you Amazon) coated in sand and yellow ochre acrylic.  Over the top of this is the Paperartsy grass and bird stamp, using a brown ink pad.

The frame was lightly washed in the watered down grey acrylic a couple of time and then watered down white acrylic over the top and wiped back.  I sanded it to age a bit more a light touch up with walnut DI.

The frame at the top was a spare piece of mount board cut with a Tim die and coloured with the watered down blue acrylic.  The edges were a combination of stormy sky and walnut DI.  I stamped i want to be here in stormy sky and added a little swirl to fill in the top bit.

The bunting was a scrap bit of 12x12 cut, stitched and then walnut DI over the top to tone it down and finally the feet are some wooden beads.

I'll let you know what he thinks.



  1. if he doesn't like it, i would love it on my desk... it realy give's a sea-feeling!

  2. It really does remind me of the seaside, looks so calming and relaxing......I so need to go to the sea now, lol fab work

  3. I love it - I'm looking at the real thing right now and dreaming of a pint of Adnams in the Admiral Nelson... I'm the adorable husband, by the way!


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