Life is better at the Beach


Something very new today: my very first boy card! And what else could it be than my beloved Milk N Coffee’s image: Boy plays with Sand Castle. Please take a look at our Design Team’s wonderful creation for today’s show case at Milk N Coffee.

A little secret: I LOVE the ocean! I can simply go to the beach and all the worries in life stop and if it’s my choice, beach time is in Carmel-by-the-sea and Pacific Grove. So the sweet little boy was really destined to make a nautical card!

How did I create this card? With the idea of wanting to make a nautical card, I was stuck… didn’t really have any nautical themed paper or embellishment… so I made some. First of all, picked out my favorite Neenah Wausau Pearlescent Cardstock in navy blue and some standard white card stock. Once cut these 12×12 sheets into half, I started slicing each by 1/4″ little strips and then placed these little slices on the opposite color to create a white and blue stripes effect. Once the front of the card was half way lined, I cut a large circle out from the middle and outlined the cut line with some hemp twine bead cord from Bead Landing.

On a separate Neenah solar white stock paper, I printed and colored the image with Copic markers and placed under the circle cut. Now the embellishments: created each element in Silhouette Studio and let my Silhouette Portrait make the intricate cuts — photo below — and then assembled everything. I hope you like my card as much as I loved creating it. And my favorite part: tied a sailor knot!

Please remember that I am always happy to personalize the artwork with a name, a quote or a special message, endless options really. Also, colors are always customizable options, after all Copic Markers come in 358 different colors!

Please visit my Etsy Store and  Facebook Page for more ideas and colored images. 

I am also posting more detailed photos below, please check them out too.

hugs, Rita

* artwork is available to purchase at Son of a Bean Coffee House

The Copic markers I used:

Hair: YR20, YR21, YR24
Skin: E00, E11, E13
Sand: E30, E31, E33, E35, E43
Sky: B0000, B000, B00, B01, T0, T2
Outfit: BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG10
Bucket: R22, R29, R46, R59, R89
Flags: YG11, YG61, YG63, Y08, Y17, B16, B26
Anchor and wheel: E71, E77, E79


I’m entering her in the following challenges (not entered to all listed, some challenge I’m just keeping so I can remember to check the wonderful artworks):
– Marker Pop Challenge#37
– The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #63 Love 
– Tiddly Inks Challenge Tags
– Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
– Make It Monday #179 Challenge 
– Stampin for the Weekend Challenge Flower Power
– Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes
– Glitter n Sparkle Challenge# 72
– Alphabet Challenge A for Always and Forever
– Divas By Design Challenge Rubber Stamp Only
– 7 Kids College Funds Challenge# 93 Anything Goes
– Cute Cards #309 Buttons and Bows
– 613 Avenue Create Challenge# 59 Anything Goes
– Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge 
– Crafting When We Can Challenge# 63 Bling
– Love to Scrap #24 Anything Goes
– Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge #73 Textures
– Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
– Card Making Mamas Make it Sparkle
– Brown Sugar Challenge # 81 Use a Die Cut or Punch
– Totally Papercrafts Challenge
– Sweet Stampin’ Challenge
– Crafty Sentiments Challenge Anything Goes
– One Stitch At A Time Challenge# 200


34 thoughts on “Life is better at the Beach

  1. Dear Rita, thank you for taking me to all the fun of the seaside on a beautiful summer’s day ….. those days seem so far off at the moment despite the water wings we need here in a very wet UK. I’m imagining myself building sandcastles with my gorgeous 4 year old nephew in a few months time.

    Oh your clear blue sea looks so enticing and I love your nautical themed embellishments that allow me to share your love of the sea and beach. Wow, the hemp twine and sailor’s knot are inspirational and set me off on a journey down memory lane as my Dad was a seaman. What a totally wonderful card ….your love of creating it shines through and I hope you can see that I totally love it for all the thoughts -past, present and future – that have come to my mind.

    Lots of Love Ingrid xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  2. This is gorgeous Rita, I love the rope and the knots you have made. Such a great idea for this image.

    Thank you so much for joining us over at the OSAAT challenge this week, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT member

  3. Wow…what a lovely and nautical creation. I do love the bright colours and the way you used the rope on your card. Fantastic creation and very cute image too.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week. Good luck.

    Lynn, OSAAT DT

  4. Another creative beautiful card! Love the rope and you even made a great sailor’s knot! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

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