I love the Woodcraft seagull stamp I've used here - he's so bold and CAS and being a stylised gull, he can be coloured to represent any gull you like (except a tern, the tail's all wrong for a tern). Today he is being a black headed gull, after a fashion!
The post and the smaller font sentiment stamps come from the same stamp set as he does, and the rest of the stamps from a set that came with Creative Stamping earlier this year. I've used paper piecing for everything but the backgrounds - the beach huts are pieced together from a crazy selection of stripey snippets and I used a pale fawn vellum for the gull on that card to make him look like an immature one. One of my earliest memories is of a seagull swooping down and stealing some of my Dad's chips while were were strolling along the promenade at Torquay so the sentiment on the birthday card means a lot to me!
I am sharing the pair of cards at
Twofers - nautical
A Place to Start - Paper piecing
Addicted to Stamps and More - photo inspiration - I used the overall beach/seaside theme and the bird on the branch
Now here's a closer look at the cards separately
I am sharing the second card with
CASology - Water