Beach Weekend and Beach Themed Gift Set

Good Tuesday morning, all!  I’m here today, as promised, with photos from our beach weekend and a fun beach themed gift set. I love making these note card sets with decorative boxes .  They are perfect for gift giving, fairly quick to make and really beautiful:

This hand crafted gift box contains 4 matching beach themed note cards and envelopes.

This hand crafted gift box contains 4 matching beach themed note cards and envelopes.

I use my The Enveloper Tool from Crafters Companion to make the boxes.  The instructions come with the tool and make it so quick and easy to design matching boxes for your cards.  The stamped image is from Red Lead Studio.  I created a custom stamp pad for this project to make the stamping quick and easy.  This is a technique I learned in Creative Chemistry 101.

To make the custom stamp pad, you will need a piece of cut and dry felt pad cut to the size of your stamp.  I use the one from Ranger Industries.  You will use a permanent, waterproof ink to stamp your image.  I use Ranger Archival Ink in Jet black. Draw around the stamp pad with permanent marker before you lift it off the felt.   Now the fun starts!  Use your Distress Re-Inkers in the colors of your choice to color in the image. Yes, the ink will go outside the lines, and you will end up with something that looks sort of like a blobby mess.  Trust me.  It’s going to be fantastic! 

Once your image is colored in, tap your stamp onto the felt pad (that’s why we drew the lines around the stamp…to help us know where to place the stamp) and then stamp onto paper.  Voila!  Instant stamped and colored image.  You can repeat this over and over again, and as long as you keep that stamp pad tightly wrapped and inside a zippered plastic bag, you can use it again.  I like to tape an image of the original stamp onto the outside of the bag because it’s kind of difficult to tell what the image is once you finish coloring in. 

You can use a water brush to further blend the colors if you’d like.  I stamped 25 of these star fish images and could have kept on going…the ink was still nice and juicy.  Isn’t that cool?  Talk about a time saver!   I tore out my image and mounted it on paper, then onto a note card:

026 (2) I also inked around the edges.  No two are exactly the same…just like real starfish and shells.  027 (2)

025 (2) I’ve given sets like this as gifts numerous times, and they are always received with great excitement.  Hand made gifts are the best, don’t you think? And everyone needs a note card from time to time.  Even in this day and age of e-mail, twitter, face book and texting, nothing beats a hand written note!

And, speaking of beach themed gift sets….here are a few photos from our super fun beach weekend.  This was such a good time…and I think having the grandgirls there made it extra special.  Sophie (almost 4) is an old hand at the beach now, but this is really the first time Julia (13 months) was old enough to know what was going on.  I carried her down the walkway over the dunes and her eyes got big as saucers.  She pointed out at the waves coming into shore and said “oooooooooooo.”  Then she pointed up the beach and down the beach and just took it all in.  She loved the shore birds, and she got pretty good at imitating the gulls!  She also loved the sand. Truth be told, we all loved the sand!

Julia with her bucket.  She loved putting shells and pebbles into that little red bucket!

Julia with her bucket. She loved putting shells and pebbles into that little red bucket!

Sophie and Peter working on the sand castle while Mindy and Julia supervise.

Sophie and Peter working on the sand castle while Mindy and Julia supervise.

"See how deep the moat is Nan?"

“See how deep the moat is Nan?”

Peter, in sandcastle engineer mode.

Peter, in sandcastle engineer mode.

Julia, trying to get out of the wind.

Julia, trying to get out of the wind.

Sophie, posing with the finished sand castle.

Sophie, posing with the finished sand castle.

Somehow, I failed to get photos of Joel, Melody, Liz, Kimberly and Dale…but they were there!  We all had a great time on our first beach weekend of 2013.  I’m hoping for a few more before the year is over!  Until then, I’ll have to content myself with making beach themed cards and gift sets!


I like this beach themed gift set so much, that I’m going to link it to the Card Set Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  There’s time for you to play along, too!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed the things I had to share with you.  I also hope you’ll take a moment and share a comment with me.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,







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11 thoughts on “Beach Weekend and Beach Themed Gift Set

  1. Cath

    Hey Kathy! Thanks for linking this up to the Card Set Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I’m so glad you joined in on all the fun! 🙂

  2. Lisa

    What a pretty pretty card set! I love the watery colors you used and the beach theme. Makes me want to dip my toes in the ocean. Cute photos too!

  3. Nikki

    Ahhh this is a lovely gift set and a great tutorial….beautiful project x
    And everyone looks like they had fun at he beach….. Your grand children are adorable:) x
    Hugs Nikki x

  4. Broni

    Wow! Those notecards are just awesome! I haven’t created my own ink pad in such a long time.

    Your beach pictures are wonderful! And that’s one of the best sand castles I’ve ever seen!

  5. Marjie Kemper

    I’m a beach girl at heart, too. Love the pics…. your grands are SO stinking cute! Your cards are fab too and surely a well received gift. Love the coloring. Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Anita Houston

    Homemade is best! I love your starfish notecard set…so wonderful to see a whole set! I love all the techniques and how each one is slightly different! The box is wonderful too…WOW!!! Awesome idea! Very inspirational!

  7. Ann Schach

    Your gift set is awesome, Kathy…as is all of your work. You know I am a big fan of yours! BUT…this time around the adorable pictures of the grandgirls steal the show!

  8. Tanya

    What cheerful cards these are! Doesn’t every shape, curve and line from a shell evoke some lovely memory?
    These are treasures for the uncovering ….

  9. ncguygirl

    Love the beachy cards and gift box – they’ll be so fun to write a note on! Great pictures of the beach weekend, too. The little girls were soooo cute! That’s a colossal sand castle – definitely can tell “Engineer” Peter was in charge of it. Fabulous!

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