Sunday, 19 July 2015

Lazy Sunday

Aren't cats lazy? I've just spent a few days visiting her Mum, and her two cats must sleep for about 23 hours a day (they spend the other hour eating to give them energy for all that sleeping).

So I thought a cat's idea of "Fun in the sun" would be a day spent sleeping in a deckchair. Yes, there's a shiny beach ball there to play with, but it's much more fun to ignore it!

The sentiment and beach ball are from a House Mouse stamp sheet, and the cat is an unmounted stamp I was sent in a RAK many, many years ago. I  masked the stamped images off and then used watercolour pencils and a damp brush to make the sand and water, then stamped a "pebble" effect stamp over the sandy area, actually in several shades of yellow and orange, although only the brown one shows up.

I've added Wink of Stella to the sea, to look like the sunlight glinting on the waves, and glossy accents to the beach ball. They don't really show up on the photo, even the close up - and yet the shine of the embossing does. Isn't photographing your work frustrating?

I'm sharing this with

Sweet Stampin Challenge - no designer paper
Less is More - Life's a beach
One Layer Simplicity - Sparkle and Shine
Mod Squad - Water or Sky
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Sun, Sea and Sand


Desire Fourie said...

Lol, this is definitely the life. Love the beach scene.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Elizabeth said...

Brilliant, Jane! This is so how my cat would spend her day given sun, sand and a deckchair :) Love the background and the pebble effect you have achieved on the 'beach' and that cat on deckchair stamp is fabulous. Elizabeth xx

Ankie vd Polder said...

This is so cute. Love it. Hugs, Ankie

Debbie said...

Very lovely card and just right for our Challenge this week at Sweet Stampin', good luck. Debbiex

Linda said...

This is so cute! xx

Kathyk said...

Ah yes, this IS the life!!! Fab card


Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a cool image and brilliantly coloured.
Great work and a great beach scene
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Paddington fan said...

Great card for the summer, love the cat stamp and the beautiful background you have created. Thank you for joining us over at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck in the prize draw and I hope you'll join us again soon, love Jacky x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous seaside card, Jane, the cat stamp is just great :)

Love and hugs

Moni said...

Gorgeous card!!! Come and join us at Quirky White Challenge.
Monica.- dt

Jane Willis said...

Thanks Monica but I didn't use any digis this time. I'll follow the challenge though and may join in future ones.

Elaine said...

Great beachy card - love the cat who is so busy snoring !!

Joyce Erb said...

Love your water and that cat is a riot. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

Anne said...

What a cool take on our challenge Jane - typical cat lol!
Thanks so much for joining us
Less is More

Cazro said...

Brilliant, I love your take on this challenge, great looking sandy beach. So pleased you shared with us at Sparkles Monthly. Caz

Neets B said...

Lovely card, Jane, I'm sure my furbabies would love a little deck chair like this! Great use of lots of different mediums in your little scene too.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Chrissie said...

This is terrific, that cat looks so comfy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Helen said...

So cute. Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.

Helen P (DT) xx

Susan Raihala said...

I hear ya on the frustration of photography, especially CAS cards. It's hard! But your card is just darling and so well designed. Thanks for sharing it at the OLS Challenge!