Monday, August 1, 2011

August challenge at BTC&G - The Sea

1st August has arrived!  Its a Bank Holiday here in Ireland and also time for a new challenge at By the Cute and Girly challenge blog. This month's challenge, chosen by the ever-creative Kate, is The Sea.  So we would like to see (sorry!) your creations inspired by sea, shore, sand and beach.  Great prizes on offer from our sponsors:

Prize 1- $20 Gift Certificate from Simon Say's Stamp

Prize 2- £10 Gift Certificate from Joanna Sheen

Prize 3- 2 cling cushion rubber stamps OR 3 digital stamps from       2 Cute Rubber Stamps

A little reminder of the rules:
You may enter the challenge as many times as you like, but each entry must be with a different craft. eg 1 card, 1 layout, 1 altered item, 1 item of jewelry etc.

You may combine with other challenges.

Your entry must be a new never blogged before creation - no backlinking please!

You must leave a direct link to your creation, not just to your blog.

My 1st creation for this month is a Sea-themed mini-album. I used one of the Crafty Queens kits which featured Graphic 45 "On the Boardwalk" papers. The kit came with a Maya Road canvas covered mini-album but I decided to replace the canvas and made a cover out of striped fabric with the help of my sewing machine. I was trying to get a sort of Deck Chair look...

 Close-up of crochet flower, beaded crochet edging, beady pins and  applique leaves - all made by myself.   Trinket pin and lace came in kit.  I added the buttons and made the charm from a broken-up bracelet.
 Close-up of album's spine...
 Back of front cover....
 Inside of front cover showing slip-on fabric cover with details from "On the Boardwalk" papers.  I added some turquoise netting and 2 tiny shells to cover/decorate the inside of the spine.
 Inside of  back cover..
This was great fun to make and I'm going to continue making fabric covers for albums and journals in the future.
Suitable for the following challenges:
So dont forget to visit the challenge blog, see the DT's creations and enter your makes for this challenge.
Ger x


  1. Wow Geraldine, stunning album cover. love the crochet edging and great piccies. Carolxx

  2. wow its fab Geraldine and i love that stripey deckchair fabric! A wonderful idea .. and the little starfish charm is delightful
    Lisa x

  3. Amazing Geraldine!!! Fantastic work and soooooo inpiring :)))))))) Love those papers I have them too but never even thought of them for this challenge ughhhhh great job xox


  4. Love what you have done with this. Making a cloth slip cover for an album - I will have to stash that idea away in the memory banks!

    ** kate **

  5. Hi Geraldine... wonderful job... I just love this collection of G45 papers... I have never tried to make a cover like that for one of my photo albums... Kind of intimates me. but yours is beautiful.... Here is my entry for the "Sea"

  6. Awesome. Fresh and retro. (:o) Elly

  7. what a beautiful project! real feel of the seaside. Sorry it took so long for me to comment. the linky forgot to email me.

    thank you so much for joining in with alter it monthly :)

  8. Gorgeous creation i love the crocheted flowers and edging. Thanks for joining us at One Stop Crafts this week. luv gina xx

  9. Love the vintage! How fun.

    Sandy - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps Design Team Member

  10. Fantastic album, I love the book's spine, with the little red anchor buttons. So cute! x


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