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Monday, August 13, 2012


Challenge #134
The current challenge at My Grafico Crafts is:
 Beach Time! 
You have until August 17th to enter.Just click HERE when you are ready to enter.

Here are the images we used this week:

I love all of these pictures. Being born and raised in Rhode Island only a block from the ocean, I LOVE the ocean, rocks, shells, everything about the East Coast of the US!!
A shadow box was used for the current challenge. 
First. I will show you a close up of the beach scene.

Notice the cute little cottage nestled in the woods. Wouldn't you just love to be there now?
Here is the seascape in a shadow box. It was the perfect place to add our treasured shells collected from past vacations.

I used copic markers for most of the coloring but did use some prisma pencils near the bird's feet.
The sand is salt! that was glued on after coloring.
I purchased this shadow box at our local Veteran's of America Store for only $3!! Quite a bargain. I covered the two inside mats with some designer paper.  As you can see, I popped up the wooden posts as well as the birds.

 This is the first time I have designed a scene and found it quite relaxing...almost as much as reading. Thank your for stopping to visit. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog. I hope that I have inspired you, in some small way. Have a wonderful week: Hugs

I am sharing this project with:
crafts and me challenges: Use a digi stamp
belli challenge: Vacation/travel
4 crafty chicks: Up,up and away
digi doodle: Things with wings
moving along with the times: Summer
my heart pieces digital stamp challenge: Use DP(Used on the two mats)
paper-crafting journey: Anything Goes
scrap it with a song: John Denver's "I'm Leavin on a Jet Plane"I'm so lonesome I could die! 
southern girls challenge" Water Play
clearly i stamp: Things with wings
joyful stamper: Anything Goes
totally paper crafts: Add a Frame
simply create too: Anything Goes
pan pastel uk: Create a Scene
challenge up your life: Everything Goes
craft a scene: The Great Outdoors
kennyks krafty krew: Sun, sea and sand
the crafty pad: All About Summer Vacation
diekreativenstempelfreunde: Create a scene


  1. what great ideas...I really like the sadow box ...using the salt as sand really made a difference...well done!!!

  2. Barbara love the shadow box and you are such a sweet heart and so kind to offer to exchange crafty stuff but I could not take up the offer as it would be frightfully expensive for both of us and I would feel too guilty!!Maybe one day if I come over to the US we will exchange crafty stuff!! Ha Ha and you are always welcome to drop by my home if ever you come to India...we will take you sight seeing and shopping!

  3. WOW, what gorgeous scene you've created in the shadow box. Beautifully colored with great detail. Thank you so much for joining us at the Belli Challenge. Pat K.x

  4. what a stunning shadow box,love the scene and the addition of pebbles
    thanks for joining us at digi doodle shop and good luck
    tracey x

  5. O yes you inspire me, this is so beautiful.Thank You so much for joining with us at My Heart Pieces,hope to see you again next week and don't forget to check back if you are the winner.

  6. This is beautiful thanks for playing with us at PCJ this time
    Jacki xx

  7. Oh Wow! this is wonderful Barbara! what a beautiful scene you've created… Love the shells and how you've used salt for the sand… it looks very tranquil… wish I was there!! :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for my 'Summer' theme and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  8. Oh this is super, What a brilliant idea, I just want to travel there now to visit the wee house. Thanks for playing along on MAWTT this fortnight, Hazel xx

  9. Your shadow box is awesome and the scene you put in it is even better! Wonderfully talented. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  10. What a wonderful scene you have created, and the shadow box around it is fabulous, such a bargain. Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts.
    Hugs Sue W.

  11. This is such a lovely scene! If you hadn't already enframed this that would have been my suggestion, as it is a little piece of art!

  12. Barbara: So glad you joined us at Simply Create Too for Challenge #19 - "Anything Goes". Your card is wonderful! Our new challenge starts this coming Friday--hope to see your entries.

    Simply Create Too Team Member

  13. A fabulous scene, I love the beach too and your shells add such a wonderful touch.
    Thanks for sharing with us at PanPastel UK this week.
    Hugs Brenda xox


  14. Good morning Barbara,

    What a delightful beach scene, I can almost hear those gulls flying overhead.

    It is lovely to see you at Craft a Scene challenge this month, thanks so much joining in.

    B x

  15. What a beautiful tranquil scene, its gorgeous! Thanks for joininig us at PanPastel UK this time
    Claire xx

  16. This is a gorgeous shadow box and your scene is perfect.
    Thank you for joining us at Whoopsi Daisy this week.

  17. This is adorable Barbara, I so love the peaceful scene. I live by the sea and beach and love the ever changing scene.
    I have used Salt when painting watercolours for adding texture. Thanks for taking part in the challenge at MAWTT
    Hugs Mau xx

  18. Beautiful Scene and is perfect in the shadow box~Great Idea! Lovely colors too!

  19. Gorgeous card Barbara. Love the sea scene and birds. Thanks for joining in this weeks Challenge at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges. Jenny x

  20. You have created a beautiful scene, love it! Thanks for joining this weeks Digi Doodle Shop Challenge.
    Lorraine x

  21. Love, love your project! You have created a beautiful scene! Neat idea how you did the sand. Thanks for joining us at Craft a Scene!

  22. Such a serenely beautiful creation! Great way to showcase those shells we all pick up at the beach! Thank you for playing with us at Kenny K's Krafty Krew.

  23. Super card! I love the scene!
    Thanks so much for playing at The Crafty Pad this week in our Summer Vacation Challenge!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  24. This is a great idea! Nice thrift store find! Thanks for joining us at Scrap it With a Song!

  25. Very creative project.
    Thanks for joining in a Scrap it with a Song!

  26. Great scene! Love the shells too. Thank you for joining us this month at Craft a Scene!

  27. This is gorgeous, and hard to believe that it's a digi kit. It looks so good in the shadow box with the shells.

    Sue x

  28. What a lovely idea to make a shadow box! Very pretty! Cindy :)

  29. A totally gorgeous project! I am so pleased you linked up with us at THE CRAFTY PAD this week.

    Hugs, Ali x

  30. What a beautiful project :) Thanks for joining us at Kenny K hugs Rebecca

  31. What a beautiful project :) Thanks for joining us at Kenny K hugs Rebecca

  32. Wonderful scene and Card! Your details and coloring are great.

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Stamp Friends.

    nice greeting from Andrea

  33. Eine wunderschöne Karte,gefällt mir sehr gut.

    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei Kreative Stempelfreunde.

    LG Bruni

  34. Barbara, this is exquisite! Just love this digi set for scene making. You have done a marvelous job on your picture! Thank you for joining us this month at Craft a Scene. NancyD

  35. Very pretty! Gorgeous colouring! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap it with a Song!

  36. WOW, what gorgeous scene you've created!
    Thanks so much joining in at Craft a Scene.

  37. Wow!!! Cool card! Thanks for participating in MY HEART PIECES challenge this week!!

  38. This box is fabulous! I love the scene and the place to store shells and rocks! What a great idea. =) Thanks for playing along at Scrap it with a Song!

  39. lovely shadowbox, your coloring is gorgeous! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Scrap It With a Song=) Tiffany