It's Beach Time...

The temperatures have finally started warming up, the days are getting longer and I know pretty soon that hot summer sun will let us know it's beach time...and the one thing you can never forget at home is your
 jam packed full beach tote! 
Am I right?
It houses the towels, the sunscreen, the bug spray and of course if you have kids the ever important snacks, water supply and the masses of beach toys!
 We haven't had a trip to the beach lately as we've been experiencing days and days of rain here right now...but that didn't stop me from thinking about the beach when creating my newest creation for Heartfelt Creations featuring their spectacular Under the Sea Collection

I hadn't been sure about what type of altered art project I'd been wanting to create with this super fun collection until I spotted the designer paper that boasted nothing but the lovely hibiscus flowers.  
It reminded me of a beach tote!
So online I went and SVG Cuts did not let me down....I found a wonderful beach tote cutting file.

Here's how it turned out...

I just loved the tassel included in the cutting file...and there were other embellishments in the files to create some simple charm dangles...but I opted to use two of the tags from the paper collection instead.  I loved the look of the fish up there on the corner.  Of course if we're thinking tropical beach we need to include a hibiscus!  No other flower screams beach more!

Here's a closer look at the details...

Of course the pocket on the front of the tote gift bag just begged to have a note card added to I obliged!  I made it super simple by creating just a smaller note card with some quick matting and a partial premade card panel that makes creating so fast and easy!  A fun sentiment stamped from the Under the Sea Collection stamped sideways and was done in just minutes!

Here's a closer peek...

I wanted to give you a quick visual of what the card will look like tucked into the pocket as well!
(Sorry, I know we're on the verge of calling this a picture heavy post!  LOL)

Well, I hope you feel like you've been able to soak up a little sun here today!
Remember to pop on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog to take a look around at the other projects the rest of the design team have created for your viewing pleasure.  And, if you haven't already seen next months release "The Botanic Orchid", be sure to take a tour of the preview!

Until next time...

Project Supplies and Instructions
HCDP1-266 Under the Sea Paper Collection
HCPC-3740 Heartfelt Wishes Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3736 Tropical Hibiscus Cling Stamp Set
HCD1-796 Tropical Hibiscus Die
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
TSMP400 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Rose Bud
TSMP707 Memento Dye Ink Pad - Bamboo Leaves
ANC852 Bright Ideas Prills
159723 Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
352854 Metal Tip for Adhesive Bottles
273900 Zip Dry Paper Glue

Other Products Used:  Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine, SVG Cuts File - Luxury Handbags Beach Tote,  BigShot manual die cutting machine, VersaFine Black Ink, gold cord, scor tape, scissors, paper trimmer, 3"x 4.5" small blank white notecard  and matching envelope, Glitter Ritz Transparent Glitter, white tissue paper, eight blue brads, white card stock, sponge daubers, button

Watch this video for shaping tips and techniques on the hibiscus flowers.

Choose the patterned papers you wish to use for the various pieces of the beach tote SVG files.  Cut with electronic die cutting machine and assemble according to instructions included with file.  Before adhering the front pocket to the tote, ink all edges with a light bown ink, then adhere as shown.  Locate the full page in the paper collection with the "Remembering Beautiful Moments with You" image along with the swirling hibiscus image on the top of the page.  Fussy cut sentiment image as well as image on upper corner, ink all edges on both pieces using a light brown colored ink.  Adhere to tote as shown.  Cut two small tags from the paper collection and adhere to handle along with tassel.  Using black ink and white card stock stamp one inking of the hibiscus flower.  Color, die cut, shape and assemble a double blossom using a large flower and a smaller flower.  Add prills to center and adhere to beach tote as shown.  Choose a small premade card panel, along with a paper to use as a mat and cut down to fit small sized note card.  Ink all edges with a light brown color, stamp sentiment onto card front using black ink, assemble and adhere to card base.  Add a touch of glitter to card front as well as tags on tote.  Adhere button to tote pocket. 

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