The Beach House

Hello – so nice of you to drop in today 🙂

No question that summer has hit – here in Denmark we have the warmest and driest in like forever, so lots of folks are headed to the beach as soon as they get the chance. Well….I’m not really into the beach. I mean it’s beautiful and all but I pass at the chance of getting sand in every crack and I like to swim without any crabs or fish in the water. Yes I am a pool person. I do enjoy going to the beach to take pictures and the view of the water has always had a calming effect on me. Maybe because I was born close the sea? I don’t know. Now I live somewhat far from it (can’t get that far from the ocean here in Denmark 😀 )

Ok – get to the point Helle!

When I saw the new cute bundle Nautical Nights from Dreaming Tree, I totally fell in love with the adorable Beach House. And I had just the paper for it – Seashore from Prima Marketing Inc.

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I used AC Cardstock in White and Dark Kraft to make the house, roof and dock and decorated with the patterned paper and some small fun trinkets from my stash.

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I did make a few changes as I wasn’t too fond of the big anchors, so I switched them out with the Shell from the Scalloped Shells Tea Light Holder freebie and the Shell from the Nautilus Luminary (on the back – sigh! ) I also downscaled the entire house to 75%

I tried getting a few night shots – not easy as it doesn’t get dark until pretty late in the summertime but here are a few so you can see (or just imagine) the light switched on inside 😉

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I also played a bit with the darling Fish Scales Lantern Freebie.

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I used AC Cardstock in Shamrock along with patterned paper from Graphic 45 – Voyage Beneath the Sea, striped peach colored vellum and gold vellum.

I changed out two sides of the lantern with the adorable seahorse from the Seahorse Box and added black enamels dots as eyes and some bubbles dots here and there. Finally I tied some raffia onto it as a handle. Cute right? Oh and this one is also downscaled to 75%

And a “night” shot: 😉

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Here is a better one from inside my room – you can really see the light shining through.

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Thanks for joining me today. I hope you liked the Beach House and the Lantern. I’m going to enjoy the rest of evening in my craft room, with two fans and an aircon turned on, trying to see if my melted brain can come up with new projects. 😉

Tiki Party Fun

Slowly but sure…..Spring is turning into Summer and before we know it, we’ll be having BBQ’s, Pool Parties or Beach fun again….YAY! Can’t wait. Long for that hot summer sun, blue skies and cool breeze while I sip my Mojito on the porch 😛

I really need to have a Summer Party and especially a Tiki Party and even though I haven’t planned one yet, I made decorations 😀 That is so me! Maybe I have to settle with having these to decorate my house instead 😉

To start with I made the cute and fun Tropical Banner from SVGCut’s Tiki Party kit:

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I made it out of AC Cardstock in Oregano, Olive, Key Lime, Scarlet and Melon. The ink I used is Ingvild Bolme from Prima and the small dots are from Doodlebug Design.

This one is downsized by 50% to match the size ratio of the rest of the things I made 🙂

Next is the Tiki Bar from Simply Crafty SVGs:

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This fun and very cool bar is made from AC Cardstock in Chestnut, Brown Sugar, Melon, Scarlet, Rouge, Oregano, Peacock, Vanilla, Rain, and Coffee along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Safari Adventure”

I inked all the edges with Ingvild Bolme Ink pads and used a couple of Palm Leaves (Design ID #1696) and Hibiscus (Design ID #62344) from the Silhouette Design Store to decorate the Tiki Bar Sign.

Then I added a LED Color shifting Tea Light inside but that is not that visible in daylight.

Then I made a couple of 3D Tiki Torches from SnapDragon Snippets:

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These I downsized by 50% but they are still rather large compared to the bar 😀

They are made from AC Cardstock in Black and Brown Sugar along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Safari Adventure” and some gold Pearl Paper. I made both sizes that comes with the file.

And there is more……

Here it’s the Palm Tree 3d Nut Cup Place Card also from SnapDragon Snippets:

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This one is made from AC Cardstock in Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Chestnut, Oregano and Keylime along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Safari Adventure”. I also used Ingvild Bolme Ink pads on this one.

I made it as large as possible on the mat but kept the size of the hole for the treat cup.

To make it look like a pool, I made some Blue Jell-o in the treat cup and added a little ….Ehm….surprise….

Finally I made a Tiki Shaker Bag from the Tiki Card and Hibiscus Gift Bag from Bird’s Club Tropicana Collection:

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I adore this Tiki ❤

The bag is made from patterned paper by Graphic 45 “Safari Adventure” and the flower and Tiki are made from AC Cardstock in Chestnut, Rouge, Scarlet and Melon.

Then I filled some glitter and confetti into the shaker in green and gold colors and used some raffia as handles.

The bag and Tiki are sized down by 50%

Isn’t he fun?

Here is the whole lot together:

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Thanks for joining me today – I really hope you’re as excited for Summer as I am and maybe you want to have a go at some of these cuties for your Tiki/Summer/Pool/Beach party this year 😀 Let me know in a comment!

Oh…..the surprise?…..Here it is:

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Don’t want to find that guy in my pool!!!!

Tiny Freebies 2.0

I am amazed of how many cute freebies are out there – just for the taking. I mean – the designer put in a lot of effort in it, just to give it away. If that isn’t generosity, I don’t know what is.

Now go grab a cuppa – this is a bit long 😀

Today I want to show some more tiny and not so tiny freebies I found and made and I want to start off with the not so tiny freebies 😀

This one has a bit of a story to it as my neighbors – the kindest, nicest people ever – has a bit funny last name and going through an add for a supermarket yesterday, I found a red wine with …. well their last name on it. So I just had to buy it and give it to them….because of the name 😀

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Their last name is Barfod (Barefoot) and it means the same – naked foot 🙂 So it couldn’t be anymore perfect 🙂

So here is where the freebie comes into the picture; I made the Elegant Grapes Gift Tag freebie from SVGCuts to tie onto the bottle. The tag is enlarged somewhat to fit the bottle.

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I made it from AC Cardstock in Leaf, Olive, Wine, Eggplant, Pansy and Plum and I doodled some reflections onto the grapes with a white Sharpie. Then I tied it onto the bottle with some raffia and it’s ready to go next door 🙂

Next I made a Spring Picture using the Tulip with Frame freebie (found under square frames) and Label 8 freebie (found under Labels) from Bird’s Cards:

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This made from AC Cardstock in Banana, Spinach, Peacock and Turf along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Fairie Dust” collection and some purple pearl paper.

I made the Tulip frame larger to fit into the shadow box (from IKEA) and enlarged the label as well to fix the scale.

I added pop dots to the tulips flower head for dimension and to the top layer of the tag as well.

The quote is written with a Silhouette Sketch pen – the text is tripled and placed side to side very close to make it more visible.

Finally I added a small bird into the shadowbox frame along with the picture and it is so cute.

And now to the tiny freebies 🙂

Let’s start of with the Cozy Socks Gift Box freebie from SVGCuts

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I downsized it by 50% and since socks doesn’t fit into a box this small, I used some Werther’s Original candies instead. After I had put in the acetate window, I realized it could also be used for small paper tissues 😀

I used AC Cardstock in Black along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Artisan Style” collection and a small piece of acetate for the window.

A cute, simple and very easy box to make – especially if you’re making lots.

Then I made the very cute Tote Bag freebie from Bird’s Cards:

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This one is downsized by 25% and is made of AC Cardstock in Wave along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “Sun Kissed” collection.

I chose to make panels for the inside of the bag too and tied two small sea shell charms onto the bag with a ball chain.

Just perfect for a gift card or maybe for the kids’ beach keepsakes 😉

I also made the same bag downsized by 50%:

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This one is pretty small and I thought it would be awesome as a place card for the Summer party or Confirmation.

It’s made of AC Cardstock in Wave and patterned paper also from Graphic 45’s “Sun Kissed” collection.

I fussy cut the sea turtle and pop dotted him onto the bag.

The tag is actually also a freebie from Bird and I used a sketch pen to write the name onto it and some twine to tie it to the bag handle with a pop dot on the back 😉

The next freebie has kinda the same theme going on:

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This is the Clamshell Box freebie from Simply Crafty Svgs and this is the original size!

I used AC Cardstock in Grape Fruit along with patterned paper from Graphic 45’s “By the Sea” collection. The small gem is from Prima.

A very cute and useful freebie that can also be used for sea shells or maybe some other beach treasures.

Finally I made the gorgeous Night & Day Trinket Box freebie from Dreaming Tree:

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This was the perfect design to used with the Graphic 45 “Midnight Masquerade” collection paper along with glitter paper in Teal and Gold.

The box is downsized to 75% of the original size

A very easy box to make and what a cutie!!!

Well….that was it for today.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the freebies or actually….. I hope you WILL enjoy the freebies as I have and please don’t forget to leave me a small comment when you leave ❤