Monday, 8 October 2012


Hi! Today's post is also for the ABAC Challenge using Bling.
The photo used for this layout was taken one early September morning at Lennox Head, NSW. The waterfall tag completed for the last ABAC challenge was the A-Ha moment for this layout.
First of all, to give a subtle glimmer to the card stock (representing sand) I lightly spritzed with the Tattered Angels range of sprays: Sandy Beach Chalkboard, Suede and Walnut Gold Glimmer Mists. When dry, small puddles of Opals Embossing Enamels (Rosevears, Macquarie and Sandstone) were added to the lower third of the page.

My seaside interpretation

I sewed on a net of variegated wool which had a ceamy bobble edge (foam). Through this I wove in strands of metallic wool, silvery wire threaded with beads and mother-of-pearl shell, and strings of beads. I also added real shells, starfish, die cut shells and seahorses in metallic paper.
A fringed, silvery wool was used to represent sea spray.

   Close up showing some of the netting, starfish, shells, beading.

Seaweed was formed from the metallic wool and finished with some crystal bead drops. Words from Jacques Cousteau were also formed into the shape of seaweed.

             "The sea, once it casts its spells, holds one in its net of wonder forever."

The title was die cut from pale pink photo board, stamped with a swirly stamp design ion versamark and embossed with Opals Zeehan enamelling powder. To give a little more definition on the page, the letters were lightly smooched with Weathered Wood distress ink.

I feel that I have achieved my A-ha moment with my interpretation of what could be found on the seashore.
Hoping you feel also the sense of wonder and peace I had when taking the photo.
Thank you for visiting. Di


  1. No, not an 'aha' moment but a huge 'WOOOOOOOWWWW' moment!! Diane this is absolutely beautiful and if I was to talk about all the parts that I love, I'd be here all day. Suffice to say that I think you have produced an absolute beauty here and the seashore that you've created is stunning. I'm so glad you've shared with us again at ABAC and I can't wait to see what you produce next. Have a great week.

  2. Di this is fabulous. I love how your embellishments echo the fantastic moment you have captured when the spray whips back from the wave. Your bling and pretties is indeed a net full of Treasure.
    Thank you for joining in at ABAC Challenge this time :)

  3. Bang! The sound of my jaw dropping and hitting the floor Diane!! Like Julia I'd be here all day telling what I liked about it (everything) but highlights include the delicate sentiment and the metallic strands. Just awesome and inspired by a place of great beauty methinks. Hugs, Buttons x

  4. Ohhhh this is wonderful Diane! What a great dimensions and such creative it!!!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  5. This is stunning! So much texture and shine! You have recreated the seashore perfectly! Thanks so much for joining us again at ABAC!!

  6. Hello Di, what an amazing piece of art you have created. It is stunning. The embossing on the wording is gorgeous and the pieces of wool and yarn with the shells create such wonderful texture. Brilliant! Thanks for visiting me, I am now following you too, I don't want to miss anything you do. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  7. That is absolutely glorious, Diane - the texture and beauty of your seashore collection is extraordinary! Just lovely... Thanks so much for stopping by at Words and Pictures, and your lovely comment.
    Alison x

  8. wow is this gorgeous! I love all the details- from the embossing and shells to the layout and picture! So pretty. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Anything But a Card!