Wednesday, 29 June 2011

TIO#85 - Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea

I have had such a busy week that I  haven't posted anything on my blog since the last TIO challenge last week. Working, baby sitting, boring housey stuff, etc. etc.  I have nearly finished a card for a swap so will post that in a day or three, once I think it has arrived with the recipient. Other than that, I have a busy time ahead for the next few weeks so will do the best I can. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, what with school holidays, annual holidays, etc.

This week the theme over on Dragon's Dream  TIO challenge is set by Zoe, and she is asking us to come up with a tag to suit the theme "Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea". Well, I got all excited and pulled out some seaside moulds I bought not long ago and my air drying clay and set to work. I have been dying to use them.  As you can see from my tag, I made a selection of shells, a seahorse and a star fish.

Now I can hear you all thinking, this tag is under the sea rather than beside the sea. Quite right! It's just what I decided to do. I suppose you could be sitting by the seaside thinking of all the creatures beneath the surface of the ocean. So I decided to go with it. Hope I haven't confused you?

The stamps I have used are from Crafty Individuals and Artylicious by Chocolate Baroque. The sugar craft moulds used to make the seashells, etc. are from a local store. I used air drying clay which I left to set overnight, then coloured with a combination of acrylic paints and mica powders.

My fish have been coloured with H20's. I have shaded my tag with a selection of blue and green distress inks, and then I have sprayed lightly with Cosmic Shimmer Mists in Meadow Lush and Ocean Sunlight.  I added the bubbles with frosted lace stickles. The fish charm and strands are from my stash. The weeds have been stamped using distress inks and the sentiment with black archival.

Thanks for stopping by. I love to read your comments. Please pop over to the TIO challenge and take a look at all the entries by my very talented design team colleagues, and then give it a go. We are encouraged by the growing interest in the TIO challenge. We love to see your entries and try to comment on every single one.

Bye for now.
Wanda xx


  1. I think you were looking into a rock pool by the sea??!! Whatever, this is a fabulous dream and those clay pieces are so cool!!

  2. Wanda, this is just stunning. Love all those shells - and your fish are so beautifully sparkly!

  3. Wanda this is fantastic the colours are lush and the underwater effect you created magical. Those sugercraft moulds have worked a charm love this tag. XOXO Zoe

  4. Such a wonderful tag love everything about it :)

  5. Gorgeous tag Wanda, right up my street. Love Elizabeth xxx

  6. So pretty. It makes me feel as if I am underwater on the sea bed! Julie

  7. Fab Tag. Great clay pieces and lovely colours.

    Janet xx