Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Sun Twofer

With summer still in full swing here in Crete, I had to create at least one beach card this summer.

For this one, I used my W&N watercolour paints to create my background and used old and NBUS stamp sets and the accompanying dies to create my sun (old Lawn Fawn set) and my umbrella and flamingo swimming band (new Crafter's Companion set). The sentiment is from an old SSS stamp set. I trimmed down my panel and mounted it to my card front.

As always, I was determined to play in this month's Twofer challenge, but I was running out of time fast. Therefore, I made a very quick and CAS second card, turning the sun stamp into artsy sunflowers. I stamped three sunflowers onto my kraft panel and did some very quick colouring using coloured pencils and odourless mineral spirits. I die cut my panel using a SSS stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a dark yellow card base. To create my sentiment strip, I grabbed a yellow Copic marker and a scrap of white cardstock and then stamped the sentiment (Concord & 9th).

So here is a picture of both my cards:

I'm linking up my beach card at:

NBUS #17 - Anything goes with NBUS

SSS Wednesday - Oh so cute

Allsorts - #585/6 Summer fun

Time Out - #168 Photo inspiration
I went with the beach theme and a touch of pink

Art Impressions #289 Tropical treat

And my twofer is playing at:

Twofer Card Challenge - #30 Sun/Moon

And last but not least, my birthday card is playing at:

They are throwing a big celebration party 
this fortnight to celebrate their 500th challenge. 
There's fresh inspiration each day 
and lots of prizes to be won from 
many generous sponsors.


  1. What a pretty beach scene, Marianne! Love that happy sun and the pretty flamingo and matching umbrella! Great second card using the sunshine too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Did you just look out your window and paint your beach scene, Marianne? Because your watercoloring makes it look real and really relaxing! Love that contented sun and the fun flamingo! And your QACAS "sun"flower in triplicate is great for a Happy Birthday card! Thank you for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #30 and for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Keep well! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Sweet beach scene Marianne!! LOVE the flamingo! :) Great twofer using your sun. Those flowers are beautiful done in shades of brown / bronze. Thanks for sharing your beach card with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  4. wonderful beach scene and love the soft colours for the background. And then the dies are all placed perfectly to give us that lovely feeling of pure relaxation! Thanks for joining Time Out x

  5. Two beautiful cards. The beach scene is so fun and perfect for our challenge!Thanks for sharing at CAS Mix Up:)

  6. Two very beautiful tropical cards. I love your clean and simple designs! Thank you for joining us on the Art Impressions blog for the challenge #289 Tropical Treat. ❤

  7. Summer is in full swing here in the States, too! And I'll admit, I'm ready for cooler weather, lol. Your sweet beach scene is delightful! The watercoloring is gorgeous, and I love that little smiling sun. Turning that sun into sunflowers for your birthday card was a clever idea! Two wonderful CAS, and sunny cards! Thank you for joining us at The Twofer Challenge. Bev

  8. Darling Twofer, Marianne - just love both cards! The watercolored sun looks great smiling down on the beach and the stamped suns make cute flowers!!

  9. A real lovely beach inspired creation Marianne, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Summer Fun' theme at Allsorts challenge.

    Please feel free to send some of that sunshine and summer weather this way, we've not had too much this last few weeks.

    B x

  10. fabulous summer card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

  11. Gorgeous projects! Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our summer fun challenge.

  12. I love that wonderful beach scene and the soft watercoloring is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us at Time Out.

  13. WOW!! I bet the beach is way better in Crete than the beaches of New Jersey!! Love your cards!! Thanks for joining our 500th celebration at Cupcake Inspirations!

  14. Lovely birthday card! Thanks for celebrating Cupcake Inspirations 500th challenge with us!

  15. Wonderful summery birthday cards! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  16. Weird... I didn't feel I was missing out on anything (not traveling this year), but seeing that beach card makes me want to go. It's an adorable card. And the bronze feeling of your artsy sun flowers is really quite spectacular.