Monday, July 20

A Day at the Beach

Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - A Day at the Beach. I love when I get to go to the beach...I explore, I wade, I wonder, I soak, I renew, and I imagine. I imagine what life is like under those waves, I imagine the stories and myths about the ocean...are there mermaids swimming under those waves? are they coming out to sun themselves on the beach when we aren't there? Is there a kraken lurking in the deeps? How long has that beautifully polished rock been rolling back and forth in the waves? ...and so my imagination goes.

I've included tiny polished pebbles from the beach at Cape May, New Jersey that I picked up a few years back. There are also some tiny Cape May Diamonds in there - polished bits of quartz. I was with a bus group and apparently I got so caught up in finding these beautiful beach stones, they almost left me there...made it back just in time, thanks to my sisters making them wait!


I started out with some wonderful new stencils from Simon's Send Happiness release, and texture paste on a large chipboard tag. Here's the thing about summer, you need lots more drying time when it is humid.

So in the meantime, I stamped my images in gold ink on black and black ink on watercolor paper.  I planned to use that cool gold seahorse, until the end when I changed my mind. Oh, well, he is ready for another project. I added watercolor to my images stamped in white, and once dry, went over the mermaids and seahorse with gold ink to give them a shimmer. 

By the next day, the texture paste was dry, so I blended in my colors, working from darker at the bottom to lighter at the top. I love adding touches of purple and green to my water. 


I rubbed a bit of Gold Bullion Squid ink over the texture.


Then, I remembered I had these chipboard shapes from Dina Wakley. I thought it would be fun to do them in bright gloss sprays. 

At this point, I've laid everything out, glued and popped up each piece. I wanted to be sure I had some dimension. 

Here's a tip I have to pass along to you: In art, repetition is a good thing - repeat colors, shapes,  and use an odd number of objects. Also, many artists use a visual triangle to draw the eye to certain elements. Here, the bright yellows and oranges catch the eye against the darker background, and when choosing to place items, think about a triangle shape and put these at each corner. It makes for a pleasing composition. Try it out and let me know how it worked for you! 

Then, I added tiny glue blobs and adhered these gorgeous mica flakes from Emerald Creek. They remind me of mermaid scales. 

...a fun play on words...

Here you can see the some of the sea creatures, and the tiny pebbles I added.

Head to the beach and be a mermaid for the day!

I hope you are inspired to join us "at the beach" this week! I am looking forward to seeing your creative take on our challenge. One lucky participant will be drawn for a $25 shopping voucher from our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp! 

 A GREAT place to shop!!

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I do believe the design team would love to go to the beach for a day! Be sure to see their wonderful creations while we all dream of a day at the beach!!


  1. Such a beautiful tag! The composition is perfect, I love the mermaid tails and the textured background shimmer and shine is amazing - gorgeous 😁. Take care and wishing you a lovely week! Hugs, Jo x

  2. Gosh I love your tag and all the wonderful texture you created. The colours are so bold and adventurous this is a fabulous piece. x

  3. Mixed media has always scared me as I prefer a controlled look. But... your work is beautiful and intriguing. I just joined so that I can learn more (like the triangle tip you provided here.) Who knows.... I might just get my hands dirty in the near future!! TFS Kathy A at


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