Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer by the Sea

Hi everyone!  I'm so pleased to have you drop by today.  This post is very exciting for me because I have been honored as the Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog!   I was chosen as the winner of the "On the Runway" challenge and that is how I became the Guest Designer for this week.  I couldn't be more excited and thrilled!

Not only was it a great honor for me but the theme for this fortnight's challenge is "Summer by the Sea"!  I grew up in a small Southern New Jersey town about 30 miles from Atlantic City.  We spent many lovely days at the beach and many others, in the Fall when the summer crowds were gone, walking on the Boardwalk.  My memories are from the '50's when Atlantic City's Golden Age was on the wane but still lingered in the way people acted and dressed (to the nines!) when they went to "the shore".  For my project I went back even further, to the real era of style and glamour that was AC in it's heyday! 

I created a pop-up card with all the fun of being at the shore in the summer.  I love making pop-up cards.  They are dimensional and can be elegant or playful, or both at the same time! 

I started with the Artistic Outpost stamp set "Boardwalk".  When I first saw this set in the
Funkie Junkie Boutique last summer I ordered it right away!  I couldn't believe that there was a stamp set depicting Atlantic City in all its vintage glory!  It had the Steel Pier, with a decorative structure at the top that was long gone by my day.  Some nasty hurricane probably took it away one year!  This set also has Atlantic City tokens and Steel Pier tickets,  bathing beauties and beach huts.  It was perfect!  I also used some other beach themed stamps on this project.  I started with an embossed card stock and constructed the pop-up.  I stamped the Steel Pier image on striped cardstock and attached it to the back of the card.  I used the new Graphic 45 stamp set to stamp the "By the Sea" sign and attached it to the top edge.  The bathing beauty was stamped with Archival ink on card stock and colored with Distress Markers.  I fussy cut and attached it in front of the Steel Pier image.  I added a post card stamped with Archival ink, Steel Pier tickets and a child playing in the sand.  A little sign tells you that you are at the Boardwalk.  There are sea shells fussy cut from a set of vintage beach images I had in the stash and tucked in.  From that same set of images I cut the two beach balls.  The one flying through the air is attached to a strip of acrylic packaging and the strip is glued to the inside of the card.  That allows the ball to move and appear to have been just tossed in the air.  There were always colorful beach balls flying though the air as families played catch with each other!  Another beach ball is tucked into the front of the card. 

I enclosed the "scene" with a piece of rusty fencing I had in my stash and added a sign saying that you are at the beach!! 

For the flaps I decided to create an awning like the ones on some of the cabanas that lined the beach.  I had this striped paper in my stash and the colors were perfect for this project.  I used a scalloped die from Tim Holtz' on the edge collection and then scored and folded it to look like an awning. 

Here are some details of the project.


So there you have it!  My memories of my summers by the sea!  Once again I want to thank the ladies from the Frilly and Funkie blog for choosing me to be the Guest Designer for this challenge. 
Thank you all for visiting with me today.  Have a wonderful day.


  1. Oh Maryanne, how wonderful!!! Both the card and the fact that you are guest designer at F & F!!! This is such a clever card I love it to bits, all those wonderful nostalgic sea side bits, - just brilliant!!

  2. I'm so proud of you, Mom! Your project is so cute, and I think my favorite thing about it is the beach ball flying through the air :)

  3. Congrats on the Guest Designer gig! This pop-up is fantastic ~ it makes me yearn for an era I never had the opportunity to experience. You pack so much goodness into such small spaces, yet it always looks good, never cluttered. You have a gift, Maryanne :-)

  4. I'm so delighted to have you as our guest designer this week at Frilly and Funkie, Maryanne! You have really done us proud with this beauty! I absolutely love all the wonderful vintage images and ephemera you have included here. And that awning is just too darn cute! Thanks again for providing our visitors with such great eye candy this week. Hope you have a beachy Memorial Day weekend!


  5. Hi Maryanne! I absolutely love your memories by the sea and am so happy that you shared them with all of us! The pop up card you made is so creative and beautiful! You amazing me with your creativity!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day, my friend! ♥

  6. Congrats on being featured! how exciting!! and this card is awesomeness :) I grew up at the beach as well ... only on the other coast (Oregon), but it still reminds me of those great summer days as a kid running around the boardwalk. LOVE it

  7. That's so beautiful! Congratulations on your feature - and thank you for sharing your process of this piece - it is so intricate and so cool, I just love it! xoxo

  8. Congratulations!
    This is utterly fabulous and captures perfectly the feeling of vintage bathing.
    Thank You so much for participating in my fun little Giveaway.
    Lynne (your newest Follower)

  9. Hi Maryanne,
    Congratulation and the designing jig I know you will be great. Beautiful summer card makes me want to go to the beach, even though that is one of my least favorite places to go.

  10. rich, beautiful and oozing with magic .. love this , totally innovative and inspiring x

  11. It's really cold and windy over at my place at the moment but looking at your awesome summer box definitely made me feel a lot warmer! Wonderful colours and I love the good summer vibes it spreads!

    Claudia x


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