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!