' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Sand dunes and salty air

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Sand dunes and salty air

I love the month of June for its promises of summer holidays coming soon... and I'm already dreaming of beaches, sun and sand! I am listening to Groove Armada whilst I am writing this to match my mood.

I hope you are up for some seaside fun! Today I am proud to be guesting on the Rubber Dance blog with an ATB made up with stamps of a single set, the Retro Beach that I totally love.

With six sides, plenty of chances to get inky... and almost enough surface to show off all the stamps in the Rubber Dance Retro Beach plate. In fact I only left out one stamp! Pop over to the Rubber Dance blog to see more pictures (and all 6 sides).
But if you are interested on how I put together the Calico Craft cube, stay on a little longer as I have  more details below.

This is an Artist Trading Block (ATB) from Calico Crafts, their medium size, measuring 3 cubic inches (7.5cm³).

As you see from the pictures the "instructions" are burned into it, literally and it's all self explanatory. Place the "bottom" at the center and align all  the other pieces according to the letters shown. The "top" piece can be slotted in upwards or downwards.

Applying the glue requires a bit more thought as it needs to be applied alternatively on the top and side grooves, as this photo shows:

I used Heavy Gel medium for glue but I didn't glue the "top" part in case I want to put something in the cube later. Maybe some grains of sands, seashells....

Other supplies:
Brushos: Ultra-marine, Turquoise, Brown, Moss Green
Infusions: Violet Storms, Golden Sands
Inks: Versafine, Versacraft
Watercolour paper; Heavy Gel medium, Mod Podge and DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish

Are you looking forward to a beach holiday?

My ATB is entering the Craft Stamper, That's Crafty, Fashionable Stamping and Allsorts challenges.


  1. A very quick peek at your latest creation Christine as trying to get ahead of the workmen and no internet today.

    B x

  2. This is terrific with a wonderful seaside feel to it

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Losing the plot completely today Christine, thanks also for joining in at Fashionable Stamping Challenges as well as Allsorts.

    B x

  4. Just got back from having a look at all the stamped sides Christine. What a creation to be proud of, everything is well thought out and coloured beautifully.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  5. Lovely ATB....like the colours you've used. This caught my eye as I've previously used this set on an ATB and its nice to see other peoples ideas.

  6. Il est superbe ton ATB!!! Une belle utilisation des brushos
    Je n'en ai toujours pas fait un seul, à mon grand regrêt! :)

  7. Such a gorgeous ATB with a lovely design. Thanks for playing with us at TIMI challenge :-)

  8. Fabulous stamping and awesome ATB! So cool. Hugs, Autumn

  9. Beautiful make for our theme at allsorts Tracy X

  10. What an absolutely fabulous idea for showing all the different stamps. I love the idea that you can twist and turn it to see a different scene. I like the wonderful colours that you've used and the brushos work so well with the nautical theme. Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Sandra x

  11. This is a fabulous project Christine, love the inkyness of the brushos with these images and then the contrasting uncoloured ones.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  12. Wow, this is a great projekt. SUPER!
    Thank you for sharing at FSC.
    Greets Carola

  13. Just got these stamps! Love how you used them! Cool box. Thanks for sharing at FSC!

  14. I love your backgrounds that are perfect for those gorgeous stamps..Thank you for sharing with us at FSC...apologies for the late visit, I hope you join us again in our new challenge....Esther xx

  15. Thanks again for making this stunning ATB with my stamps, darlin'! ♥
    It's FABulous!!!

  16. What a stunning little project ... love the inky backgrounds and those stamps look fab. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  17. Beautiful! The washed inks work perfectly with the beach themed images.

  18. Love this, nice washed colours and stamping. Thank you for joining us at Craft Stamper this month. xx