Good Friday morning, all! I am so happy to be able to blog again. I think the issues with my server have been set straight and now I’m finally able to share my Balmy Breeze Beach Banner with you! Last month, I auditioned for the Heartfelt Creations design team. When I made the cut for the Semi-Finals, they sent me a package filled with goodies from their new paper collection Balmy Breeze. Old world vintage has been combined with tranquil seaside scenes (including a rustic compass, beach chair, fantastic surf, and beaming lighthouse. ) The neutral palette of peachy coral and minty green combined with rich browns and tans makes it perfect for masculine or feminine projects. The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted to make this Balmy Breeze Beach Banner: (Click on photo for larger image)
Need a Vacation? Make a Balmy Breeze Beach Banner!
I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had making this banner. It was like a quick trip to the coast! I started the project by cutting out 7 fishtail banners from old cereal boxes. I covered these with scenes from the Balmy Breeze paper collection and then embellished with cut out images, shells, net bags, corrugated cardboard and burlap. But a picture’s worth a thousand words, so let’s take a closer look:
I stitched around the perimeter of each flag, distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then each piece was dry brushed with white acrylic paint, mounted on the recycled chipboard and backed with a piece of dark brown cardstock. The cardstock was dry embossed with a Spellbinder’s embossing folder and highlighted with Perfect Pearls. If you click on the photo, you might be able to pick up the subtle glimmer. I alternated between burlap, corrugated cardboard and shredded brown paper bags to provide texture on each flag. The sentiments are from Heartfelt Creations Melodious Songbird Pre Cut Stamp Set.
All the shells are gathered from our beautiful North Carolina coastline.
Are you feeling the beach breezes ruffling lightly through your hair and hearing the waves whispering their secrets to the sand? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to pack up the car and head east! Even if you can’t get away to drink in the ocean this weekend, I’m hoping you’ll be able to do this:
And that’s it for me today. I hope you were able to take a little break from the hectic pace of life as you looked at today’s project. I’d like to thank the good folks at Heartfelt Creations for giving me the opportunity to work with the gorgeous Balmy Breeze Collection. I have more projects from this audition to share with you next week. In the meantime, thanks for taking the time to read my blog and leave me a comment. You know your comments always make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next week,
Product used in this project: Paper: Heartfelt Creations Balmy Breeze paper collection, brown cardstock, My Favorite Things; Ribbon: Stampin’ Up; jute twine from my stash; Stamps: Melodious Songbird Pre Cut Set; Dies: HCD 733 Decorative Lattice Swirl Die; Ranger: Glossy Accents, Distress Ink: Vintage Photo,Copper Alcohol Ink;