Decorate To Celebrate Challenge #74

Good Morning My Friends!

Welcome to another Decorate To Celebrate Challenge #74; Mother's Day or Birthday.   This idea has been floating around in my head for quite some time.  When I saw Graphic 45's "By the Sea" I knew this would be the perfect gift for a beach cottage.

The tray is the KaiserCraft Carry Tray #SB2258.  If you go to their site; they have instructions for  putting it together including the size to cut the paper.    The candles are remote controlled, I really like them; they give the mood of candles without having to worry about fire.  I bought a necklace for $2.99, took it apart and tied pieces of it around the candles with twine to give them a nautical look.

I filled the inside of the tray with rust & white raffia and lots of sea shells.

I added lots of decoration to the outside.  Most of it is from the Graphic 45 "By the Sea" collection; some of it is "fussy cut" from the paper; I also added a Tim Holz bottle of sand, some real seashells, a stickpin, a flair button from ScrappyKDesigns and an anchor and key that I cut out on my Cameo Silhouette.

Here it is all lit up!  whooooo!  Can you tell that I am really having fun making these beach projects?  

I would like to wish all of the mother's out there a wonderful Mother's Day!  If you are making something for your mother, grandmother, sister or daughter. I hope you will share it with us on Decorate To Celebrate.  I can't wait for you to see what the other gals have created!  Wow!

I am entering this project into the following challenges: - Linky Party #30 (Die Cuts Anchor & Key) - Anything Goes - Anything But A Card - #170 Fussy Cutting (fussy cut sea shells)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I appreciate all of your comments!



  1. WOW!! Chris! this is just GORGEOUS!!
    Adore the graphic 45 paper..Perfect choice in paper.
    Awesome job my friend!
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  2. This is absolutely stunning, Chriss!! I want it!! The design and details are fabulous!! You embellished it beautifully!! Now I have to have that Graphic 45 paper!! Love!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Chriss, your tray looks AMAZING!!! LOVE how you have decorated it and the candles are fabulous when lit up. Great project! And thanks for linking up over at Craftin' Desert Divas!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Mollie's Motif

  4. This is beautiful! I really love how you decorated the candles! I love anything sea inspired! That is always where my heart is!

  5. wow this is so beautiful love love it. hugs

  6. This is AWESOME!! Such a GREAT project Chriss!!

  7. I am in love with all things "beach" and I just love what you put together. I would love to receive a gift like that. So pretty and creative. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Oh WOW! this is beautiful Chriss and what mom wouldn't love this lovely gift:) Have a fabulous rest of your week.

  9. Wow! I really love this! This is so super gorgeous, beautiful and pretty! Have a wonderful day, Chriss.

  10. WOW! Chriss, this is FABULOUS!! I love every little details and how beautiful this would be as a centerpiece to a table:) I LOVE it!
    Have a wonderful day my friend,
    Sherrie K

  11. This is SO pretty and functional too! A great project. Thank you for sharing it with us at Craft My Life.

  12. Oh my goodness this is absolutely gorgeous! I love every piece of the creativeness you put into it! Thanks so much for joining us at Through the Craft Room Door.

    Jeannie Thomas
    TTCRD Design Team

  13. How fabulous! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at Craftin Desert Diva. Hope to see you again soon :)

    Purple Monkey Moments

  14. Don't your candles look fab when they are lit up . Gorgeous present to receive. I love Graphic 45 papers. They are so distinctive in their style. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft My Life challenge. Hugs Mrs A. (DT.)

  15. I just had to come back and tell you how gorgeous this is!! Love, love it!! Thanks so much for playing along at Craftin Desert Divas!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts
    Craftin Desert Divas DT


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