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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Boardwalk Beach Hut


Hello everyone, so lovely to be here today.  Busy schedules over the last week or so have left me feeling a bit cut off from Craftyblogland - but I'm back to share another of my creations with the fantastic new Artistic Outpost stamp set Boardwalk, and to catch up with some visiting to see what you've all been up to as well.


This little beach hut was already sitting on my craft table before I knew anything about the new stamps.  In fact it was on the UK craft table all by itself all the time I was away in the Czech Republic. 



And when I saw these Boardwalk images (online whilst still in CZ) I knew that the beach hut would really come into its own as soon as I could get home and marry it with the stamps - which were also by that point waiting for me in the UK.... complicated, I know - welcome to my itinerant world.



(Crafting is really not a very good hobby to have if you're going to be mobile.  People have expressed surprise at how much stash I seem to travel with.  Well, here it all is a couple of weeks ago - packed up to come home to the UK again. 


 
Fortunately we travel by car, so I can be fairly generous with my supplies, but of course it's also important to get your packing priorities right...

Most of this is stash - um, yup, that's two big black boxes piled on top of each other, plus many orange boxes collected from the market and rammed full of stuff, various shoe-boxes, bags and tins, plus the Tim Holtz cargo case - while the small red suitcase contains my clothes for ten weeks!)





The beach hut itself is from Calico Crafts, as are the DecoArt paints I used on it, but I brought in some PaperArtsy crackle glaze to get my weatherbeaten paint look.














I also used one of the Generation Redux stamps - the bubbles - for some additional texture; and inked with Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain for added distressing.















The stamping is done in Cobalt Archival or Memento Teal Zeal, or sometimes both together blended on the stamp.

The trio of bathing beauties is such a fabulous image - I love it!





And this glamorous woman under her sun umbrella is a delight too...












The trio of seashells take their place on the front door, and there's a cute little hook on the back of the hut should you wish to hang it up for display.









Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Don't forget that, until June 8th, there's 15% off all rubber stamps at Artistic Outpost, and if you've got at least one AO image on your project, you can enter it for the prize draw in the Monthly Referral Programme on the blog.

And in honour of my four Bathing Beauties, I've a favourite poem to share.  It's by e.e.cummings again - he of the no punctuation, strange spacing and no capital letters style - just let it run free!

maggie and milly and molly and may 
went down to the beach(to play one day) 

and maggie discovered a shell that sang 
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star 
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing 
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone 
as small as a world and as large as alone. 

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) 
it's always ourselves we find in the sea
e.e.cummings

I'd like to enter this in the following:
At Artful Times they're looking for Vintage makes
As it's a wooden beach hut, a cheeky entry for Into the Woods at Simon Says Stamp and Show
Anything Goes is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week

55 comments:

May said...

I love your packing Priorities!!! Well who needs clothes when your crafting... I craft in my Jammies!! so I expect your case of clothes will be fine... (bless you) You are such a busy girl..Love your beach hut... I bought one of these but it's sitting on my shelf at the moment... your posts always fill me with wonderful inspration Alison.. Hugs May x x x

Sue C said...

Fabulous little beach hut Alison ! I am amazed at how you travel and craft, you must be one organised lady ! Love the new stamp set, these are on my list ! Sue C x

Helen said...

I think you do very well to limit your crafty stash to that amount - you've obviously hoping for warm weather and lightweight clothes in the case not taking up much room!!
LOVE your beach hut.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Ha ! ha! I love the huge pile of stash and the one small case! Oh! you do get your priorities right don't you!
The beach hut is beautiful as are those stamps! Chrisx

Amanda said...

OMG how mobile are you?!! I would always want something I had left at home... Your beach hut is fab, I love those bathing beauties too, great stamp set.
Love
Amanda x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I had to laugh Alison, such a small case of clothes for,ten weeks and then a HUGE stash of craft product for the same period, a woman after my own heart . Love your beach hut, the blue is perfect and I love the stamping. Great transformation. Tracy x

Netty said...

Loving your beautifully stamped Beach Hut and thank you for sharing a photograph of your life on the move. Hugs Annette x

Terry said...

Beautiful if blues, Alison! Love the beach hut and the crackled background, so fitting for the Boardwalk images! I don't know how I would be able to travel and take craft items. How do you decide?? Enjoy!

Julia said...

What a lovely blog post. I love your beach hut and seriously, I cannot believe you have 10 weeks worth of clothes in that little case! Julia x

Redanne said...

Thanks so much for the smile Alison, I love how light you travel - with your clothes at any rate! The beach hut is wonderful, love the colour and those bathing beauties. A brilliant make. Hugs, Anne x

Chrissy said...

Hee..hee..glad you have your priorities right Alison, craft before clothes for sure.
What a fantastic beach house,love the colour and the stamping..such a cute little note house outside the front door..if you wanted..

luv CHRISSYxx

barbarayaya62 said...

Alison another wonderful work!!!! So inspirational!!!!! I love the colors you usually use, all shades of blue!
BArbarayaya

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, what a great work of ART, love how you made the special crackle on the beachhouse, wonderfull colours and
the stamps are so gorgeous!!!Love your beautiful project !!!

Greetings
Maria

Brenda Brown said...

The beach hut transformation is perfect, love the colours and cracked wood and the new images are a delight. Now the ratio of clothes to craft supplies really made me giggle, I am sure I would have needed more things to wear plus the electricals plus the shoes ...... But I would definitely have packed every inch if the car!! Love the poem, fits perfectly with your post.
Have a great day.
hugs {brenda} x0x

inkypinkycraft said...

this looks fab! another great make x

brenda said...

Sounds like your priorities are spot on to me Alison.

Super beach hut and perfect stamping.

Sorry if I have missed anything, bit mad at this end as well with TV schedules.

B c

chrissies said...

Wonderful that you can take stash with you when you go away from home-so much of it as well lol.

Love the beach hut with it's sea colour and beautiful images. You've got me looking at a birdhouse I bought and thinking it could be adapted--mmmm

Have a good day

Love Chrissie xx

Von said...

Wonderful Alison ! if only it was full size on a nice sunny beach tehe .
Just as well you were driving nice packing :)
Von ♥

Deborah said...

Good to see you have the clothes/stash ratio the right way round :-) And I love your beautiful blue beach hut.

Sue said...

Oh I love your beach hut Alison, it's perfect for these AO stamps. I don't see anything wrong with your stash to clothes ratio, it just cuts down on the amount of clothing you can get paint on :-) xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Lovely beach hut Alison, the AO stamps go so well with it! I love your take on 'travelling lightly' lol :). Have a fab day! xxx

Neet said...

I spy a biscuit tin from Aldi! Tin is lovely but the biscuits were yummy too.
Sorry, the beach hut is truly gorgeous. What a lovely idea to stamp the bathing belles on it and the crackle is just perfect.
Thanks for joining us at Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx

House of Bears said...

Oh what a fabulous project, we want one for the bears' bathroom, it matches our colour scheme too!

Love your packing priorities, although we were actually surprised the suitcase held clothes and not more sneaked supplies, surely a ten week stay pnly necessitates a change of undies for ambience? Tee hee.

Marjie Kemper said...

I am in complete agreement with your packing priorities. Love how this came together. Beautiful!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Loved the beach hut already the first time I clapped eyes on it, it's gorgeous and your packing priorities brought a big smile to my face, - yep, it definitely looks familiar!

Karen McAlpine said...

Oh, Alison! You are a girl after my own heart! I just love that you travel with all your supplies. I know one can really suffer from withdrawal without being able to create!! LOL. Love the little beach shack too. Great crackle effect.

Jennie Atkinson said...

The beach hut is fabulous - I just love the background peeled paint look ...... And loving those stamps too!

I did a double take on the packing - so glad you had the car! No such luck on a boat! Hope you are enjoying being home x

Candy C said...

Wow Alison! Your boardwalk beach hut is fabulous! I so love that color and the crackled effect. That looks so vintage and goes perfectly with the Artistic Outpost vintage images of those bathing beauty stamps. Love the blue that you've stamped them with. Thanks so much for always being so inspiring and sharing your wonderful work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a delightful hut! How serendipitous about the hut and the stamp set. I'm pleased you shared your traveling stash with us. That is quite the sight to see. You definitely have to plan things out just so if you are going to be traveling with your stash. But clothes, heck, you can pick more up anywhere or wear the ones you have on to death. It works!

catherine said...

This is absolutely beautiful Alison and the stamps go so well with it. Great your able to carry your stash around with your travels. Thanks for the comment you left me and told me about
x catherine

Dorthe said...

A wonderful little house, or hut Alison,-the blue tones and the stamps just say it all: Love to be near the beach!! Beautiful with the crackles too.
And OH my, what a stach of materials to take with you, how great it is possibly for you, to fill the car like this- it looks WONDERFUL-
xo,Dorthe

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Fabulous your Beach house Alison with great details and colors.
Greetings Janny

sam21ski said...

Great stash to clothing ratios!!!

Love the beach hut

Sam xx

Heather said...

Hi Alison, another stunning creation, your beach hut is fabulous - I love all your images and such fantastic painting!!!

hugs
Heather xx
and thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp challenge

Hettie said...

Aha! We are soul sisters when it comes to packing!! I managed to pack a whole 960 Volvo boot and part of the back seat with stash for a retreat (weekend) and my clothes were all in a cabin size case!!
Love Love Love your beach hut! So wish I could stay in one on a beach right now!
Hugs and thanks for your visit.
Glad you are home and crafting now!
xxx

Almo said...

Hi Alison, I adore your little beach hut. The colours are really lovely, and I think i've said this before but I definitly need to invest in those stamps. Love the little poem on the bottom of your post too. It always tickles me to see you packed up for your travels again, especially the box that always has free on it lol. Thank you for your lovely comments on my tag and desk posts, I really appreciate it. Hugs Mo x

toni said...

Great idea for the beach hut! Beautifully thought through and carried out. Isn't funny life before crafting would have involved a much bigger suitcase full of clothes. Since i've plunged myself more into my crafty work I've hardly bought any clothes, cN't seem to get as enthusiastic about them as I can about inks and stamps ! Hey Ho toni xx

Anita Houston said...

Love your birdhouse! The crackle is awesome and love the blue. Way to go to design this beauty.

Dianne said...

Well Miss Alison, I have missed you terribly:),you know how I feel about the whole board walk just fantastic every inch of it. I had to laugh at the photo of you, clothes well who cares the are only going to get all painted anyway.Thanks for sharing always and inspiring us all. Lovely to see you back..

Sandy said...

I would rather have crafting supplies than clothes any day!!! You are a good packer!!
Your beach house is grand and every time I see a boardwalk stamp I start singing - Out on on the Boardwalk - Boardwalk! And she is quite a bathing beauty too!!
Sandy

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is a delightful make. What a fabulous way to feature those stamps. Love the colour and weathering of the hut and the tone on tone stamping. It's gorgeous.

Margaret said...

OK, I know I should comment on the fabulous hut first, but when I saw the pic of your suitcase of clothes and the stack of supplies I laughed! You definitely have your priorities in line!!

Now on to the wonderful beach hut! I love the colors you used and the stamps work beautifully for the theme!

Sandra's Spot said...

Oh Alison I simply love this beach hut (I have a passion for beach huts) you have made it look stunning. Hugs Sandra X

Suzanne C said...

Love your beach hut! The crackled and distressed paint is perfect and then the Boardwalk stamps just put the finishing touches. I can't believe you travel with all your crafts. (Brilliant!) I love that you shared ee cummings poem along with this!

Suzanne C said...

I forgot to say thank you so much for joining in on our into the woods challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I so love that Beach Hut, Alison! Must go and find one on CC. And I'm sure I saw an ee cummings quote I liked the other day - it will bug me now!

Lucy x

Nan G said...

Wonderful little house!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Love this!, would look quite fabulous in my house. Wink wink

Anna-Karin said...

Such a cute little beach hut and the textures and stamping is just perfect! Love the photo of your little suitcase and the much bigger craft stash. It would look just the same for me. Good thing you are driving and not flying!!

Sandra said...

Alison, this beach hut is so incredibly stunning! Gorgeous blue color, and the crackle is such a great detail! The stamps are perfect! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Sandra Mathis said...

Ooops I was over at the Artistic Outpost blog, commenting on this project, thinking it was your blog. One shouldn't do blog hopping after midnight, LOL. Anyhow, it's fab project and now I can't stop looking at the pic with your packeded belongings. That's so funny a tiny little suitcase with your clothes and so much stash! Thanks for sharing.

Sandy xx

siljanskreativeck said...

Ich muss grad so grinsen... das Verhältnis Anziehsachen zu Bastelsachen... so cool :)
Auch dieses Haus ist dir mal wieder super gelungen. Ich liebe ja diese Farben, aber am besten gefallen mir die stamps!

LG siljan

Mrs.B said...

I now know how you managed such beautiful crafting projects while you were away - its down to Priorities!
A wonderful alteration on this beach hut.
Avril xx

Chris Warner said...

Sorry Alison, I'm playing catchup! This is beautiful, such a feel of the sea. An unusual piece of art too. Chris xxx

Kezzy said...

Wowlloving the beach hut it's awesome but what really made me smile was the amount of craft stuff you took lol compared to your clothes. I'm just the same for camping. We have a trailer and a top box for camping stuff and clothes which by right should leave the boot for the dog. Hmmmmm not happened yet lol, boot full of crafty bits, plus all around the kids crafty bits and the dog in front with me lol. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxx