Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Collecting Seashells

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! I haven't had much time for stampy things lately -- I'm getting ready to leave Thursday for CHA! I am SO excited to see many of my stamping friends and to meet others for the first time! These last few days have been spent preparing myself and my family for my absence -- laundry, schedules, post-it notes everywhere -- I'm sure you know what I mean!

Anyway, here is a project I've been wanting to do since we returned from vacation. My youngest, Caroline, loves to collect seashells. What I love about her is that the shells she thinks are beautiful are not always the ones I would choose. While we're at the beach she hands me her treasures -- imperfect and broken -- so I can keep them in a bucket for her. I brought many of them home and placed them in this basket, then I made a tag for it.

I used one of the Curved Rectangle Nestabilites to cut the tag from a piece of Fly a Kite paper. I hand-cut the mat from Kraft cardstock, then I sponged the edges with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Inks. The images are from Beach Day by Penny Black, available at Stamper's Dream. I stamped the shell border across the bottom, then I stamped and cut out two extra shell images and popped them up on dimensionals. I added some Stickles to the bubbles and ground, and I stitched the edge of the sentiment. then I tied the tag onto the basket with some Ivory Burlap String.

That's all for today! I'm off to do a little more laundry -- gotta get packing! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a great day! 


Susie said...

Love this. Wish I were going to CHA and could meet you - hopefully another year.

Lorene said...

....not only do I admire the artwork but believe I recognize the the basket as being a Longaberger...extra nice gift!!

Kathy Martin said...

Total cuteness! LOVE this! :)

Jackie Pedro said...

This is so darling, Christina! I bet your daughter felt so special!!

I SO WISH I was going to CHA!! You're at the top of my "want to meet IRL" list!! Have fun and safe travels!!

Tori Wild said...

Adorable Christina!! I'm still trying to convince my husband that we need a quick trip to Chicago this weekend for CHA-- I'm only about 4 hours away, but we have a baby shower for his brother and his fiance on Saturday-- I'll keep working on convincing him that we can still SEND a present!! :) HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!

Kelli said...

awww.... I LOVE the imperfect shells, Hailey picks those up too... and ROCKS... TONS AND TONS OF ROCKS... they help MAKE the broken shells at the end of the bucket hauling! LOL

LOVE the project, Longaberger basket too? WOWZERS GF!!!! :)

Have a BLAST at CHA and SAFE TRAVELS!!!!!! Dont worry when you come home... you will see how much they missed you, not a darn thing will be done while you are gone!!!! LMAO!

Dawn Easton said...

Christina, this is so sweet! Chloe loves to collect shells too! She thinks EACH and every shell is a treasure too....lol

Have fun at CHA! Wish I was going and could give you a big old hug!! Safe travels girl!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Hey, Christina! I'm leaving for CHA on Thursday too. I really hope I get to meet you!! :)

This tag is absolutely ADORABLE!!

Leslie Miller said...

What a great project! The tag is just adorable, and what a nice way for your daughter to store her treasures!