Beachy Keen

Hello Friends & Welcome Visitors,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  The weather here in Maryland was perfect this weekend.  We are going for boat rides, catching Maryland Blue Crabs off of our pier so all's right with the world!

A design buddy of mine is on a new design team so I recently went to see what this group was all about.  It is called MHK Designs they have the most beautiful vintage digital stamp sets I have ever seen!  Of course I had to get one.  This one is called Beachy Keen stamp set.  It not only came with the image but with many sentiments too!

I have had this Premier Altered Kit from Quick Quotes Club Q for awhile, I was just waiting for the chance to use it.  The two came together to make this frame to give to my sister for her birthday.

Here is a close-up of the digital stamp and sentiment.

I wanted it to look like dusk.  That used to be one of my favorite times to take my children to the beach to burn off that last little bit of steam before I would give them a bath, read them a story and tuck them in bed for the night.  The song I was listening to and inspired by is "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra - How did my children grow up so fast and move away?

Here is a list of products that I used to make this project:

Digital stamp & sentiment - MHK Designs
Quick Quotes Premier Altered Kit - 4 Layer Frame
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk - Coconut White, Caribbean Blue & Baha Blue
Prima Tag Time - Seashore
Prima Flowers - Seashore
Shells - At the bottom of the sea
Big Sentiment on side of frame -
Copic Markers
Pearlescent Water Colors
Tim Holtz Bottle
Mud Puddles Sand
Pears & stick pin from stash 
Upcycled item - Mesh bag that lemons come in.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:

Quick Quotes - Challenge #64 Upcycling!
MHK Designs Challenge - June/July
Decorate To Celebrate - Challenge #13 Anything Goes
DL.Art Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge - #183 Summertime
Gem of a Challenge - Anything But A Card
Crafty Friends Challenge U.K - Inspired by a song (summer wind)
Imagine That! - Tic Tac Toe  - I used gems, sentiment & flowers

Little Claire's Designs - challenge #70 Create A Scene
My Time To Craft Challenge U.K - #323 Summertime
Catch the Bug Challenge U.K. - Color Challenge 
Artbymiran Challenge - # 61 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends U.K. - Challenge #23 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge U.K. - #112 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #166 Say It With Flowers
Melonheadz Friends - Off to the Beach!
Crafty Boots Challenge - Summer Time
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer (also having a "closing down" sad)
Simon Says - Use Patterned Paper
Deep Ocean Challenge - Metal or Wood (stick pin metal and wooden cork on bottle)
(PIN)spirational Challenge - #168 First Day of Summer!

Just for fun, I thought I would show you the mess I made in my craft room just making this one project!  Geeeezzzz...

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



  1. This is so gorgeous, Chriss!! I love the beach scene!! You framed it so beautifully!! All of the details are amazing!! I love that you recycled the lemon bag!! Thanks so much for playing along at DL.ART!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Absolutely love this image - it was one that I used for one of my very first Crafty Boots challenge entries so am especially pleased you have chosen to share your project with us. Love what you have done. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots this time.

  3. Great card, love that you are trying to keep yourself busy.... love how clean your desk is.... LOL!

  4. Beautiful card, I love the vintage look and your colouring is stunning. Wonderful embellishments and lovely papers Chriss. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Such a beautiful seaside scene. Love the beautiful patterned layers.
    Enjoy your break.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  6. Oh how pretty! Lovely Design and I make a mess like that all the time! LOL Have a great day!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  7. So beautiful! I love the layering and all your maritime details. Really great! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Fussy and Fancy! :)

  8. I adore that stamp you've used and this is such a great design with so much gorgeous layering and detail! Thank you so much for sharing your project with us and for playing along with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge... :)

  9. Gorgeous project. I love the image, too. I'm happy you found one that reminded you of the good old days. I can't believe how fast time flies, either!

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our 3D challenge!


  10. I absolutely love the wonderful beach scene!!beautiful coloring!Stunning!!
    Awesome job my friend!Love your craft room.
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  11. Wow! This is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous background and I love the vintage look of your project. I'm sure your sister will love it!

  12. very nice project and what a fun craft room! thanks for sharing with us at Quick Quotes this month!


  13. Gorgeous card, Chriss, and I love how you colored it! So glad you found MHK Designs and thanks for playing along in our challenge this month. I'm putting on my DT hat to say thanks for joining us and god luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  14. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at PINspirational, good luck!!! Amy DT

  15. Great card! Neat sentiment too. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  16. A gorgeous card the scene you have created with this adorable image..
    Thank so much for sharing with us at Imagine That-The Creative Playground.

    luv CHRISSYxx

  17. A gorgeous card, I love that scene, Chriss! Your framing layers of patterned paper set it off beautifully! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft

    love Mags B DT x

  18. Thanks for joining the 'Inspired by a Song' challenge... your card is absolutely beautiful and you have chosen a fab song too. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge.
    Diane Louise (Team Leader, Crafty Friends Challenge Blog) xx

  19. Absolutly beautiful..Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge, good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  20. I just love this card! All the beachy elements are just perfect with the digi! Thanks for joining us at MHKDesigns Monthly Challenge!

    Jess - DT

  21. Thisnis so adorable, thanks for playing at agoac

  22. OH my goodness, Chriss! This is absolutely STUNNING! Your coloring is totally AMAZING--and I LOVE the colors you went with! Thank you SO MUCH for joining us at MHKDesigns! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  23. Beautiful vintage themed card! Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog for our colour challenge this week. Good luck in the draw - we hope you join us again soon!
    Jen Leeflang

  24. OOH, I love how you have colored and designed your card. I love this Beachy Keen set! Thanks for playing along with us at MHK Designs! Have a great holiday weekend.

  25. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  26. great card and colours love it
    thanks for joining us in our ArtbyMiran challenge
    Jane DT x

  27. Beautiful card <3
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner Challenges.
    Hugs from Therese, DT

  28. Beautiful card! Like your coloring and embellishing! Glad you joined us at MHKDesigns. Donna

  29. Your design is beautiful thank you for joining us on our challenge at Art By Miran
    We hope to see you again soon

  30. Hi Chriss,

    Thought you would like to know that you have been placed in the Crafty Boots ‘Summer Time’ Challenge. Many congratulations.

    We are offering the winner and two runners up from this challenge Guest Design Team spots for the Crafty Boots challenge that starts on 15 August. Please contact me at if you would like more information about participating in this new challenge.

    Do not forget to collect a copy of the Crafty Boots Challenge badge from our blog.

    Kindest regards.



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