Friday, June 24, 2011

Beach Note Card Set

Hey everyone!!  How the heck are you???  I have been offline for a really long time!  I'm so sorry!!  Anyway, the good news is that I'm back!!  Hope you're ready!

My mom's birthday was earlier this month and I decided to make a notecard set for her gift.  I made the cards during a recent day/evening "crop" at Archivers where I was lucky enough to use my friend Betsy's "Life is a Beach" cart to make them.  Here's a little background on why I chose to make beach themed cards...My parents have a beach house in Delaware where my mom spends the summer.  Their little cottage is where my mom spent her summers as a little girl with her family, and is where she brought my brothers and I to spend a month of each of our summers growing up.  I am now lucky enough to pass on this tradition to my boys.  In fact, we are actually spending 3 weeks here with her NOW!!  Sooo, I wanted to give her a set of cards that she could leave at the cottage to use throughout the summer. 

As I mentioned, the images from each of the cards was cut using the "Life is a Beach" cart.  The cards are all standard A2s.  Unfortunately, I do not know the sizes of the images as I used a Gypsy to size them up.  I used Glossy Accents to make the shells on the three shell card "pop".

The box was made using my Martha Stewart Score board.  The top is a 7 3/4" by 9" sheet of cardstock scored on each side at 1 1/2".  The bottom is a 7 5/8" by 8 7/8" sheet of cardstock scored on each side at   1 1/2". This size was perfect for my 4 A2 size cards and matching handmade envelopes (made using standard instructions included in with the Martha Stewart Score Board).  I also used the MSSB instructions to assemble the box top and bottom.

The sand castle on the front of the box was cut from the "Create a Critter" cart. I cut the background layer once, and the top layer twice.  I then hand cut off the top and sides of one of the top layers.  I used these pieces to create yet another layer on top of the final sandcastle.  Before adhering all of the layers onto one another, I covered them with some 2 way glue using my Zig pen and then covered them with some sand from my kids' sandbox.  The effect was really good, however the sand made adhering the layers a little difficult.  I ended up using some pop dots and Glossy Accents to hold it all together. 

My mom loved the gift, and I really hope she uses the cards instead of saving them for a special occasion and then never using them! 

As always, thanks for looking!  Check back again tomorrow for another project!



  1. Your note cards are fabulous.....My favourite is the sand castle! What a great idea......enjoy your summer!

  2. I love these! They are perfect for the beach and I love the colors you chose. The box is awesome as well! :)Amy

  3. Oh Kate, I love it!!! Great colors, and PERFECT for the beach! Hopefully she will use them and not "save" them, I know how that goes! Great job!