Stampin’ Creative July Blog Hop – Summer Fun Crafty Projects

By | July 29, 2017


And so another month draws to a close, but summer holidays are just beginning over here and I’m pleased to say I’ve survived week one! As a crafter, I like to bring a bit of crafting into most things I do and especially where my kids are concerned so I want to show you a crafty project I’ve made for my children.

You may have arrived from Emma at Coastal Crafter or this may well be your first stop, either way you are very welcome here with Eimear at Stamp in Colour, based not far from Swindon, in the Cotswolds.

If you are in the UK and have children, you may well have heard of the Summer Reading Challenge organised by the local libraries.  It is a great initiative to encourage children to keep up with their reading during the summer holidays. They have to read 6 books and tell the library staff all about the book as they’ve read it to earn stickers and fill in a journal.  My children love this challenge as they love reading so to share in the fun I decided to make them some fun bookmarks!

Umbrella Weather and Seasonal Layers Sponged beach scene, Eimear Carvill,, Summer Fun Crafty project

The first one is for my nine year old daughter – she’s 2 books down after week One!  I think she will appreciate the Sunset more, but I may be wrong…?  I’ve used a variety of colours for the sunset; Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Tangerine Tango and Marina Mist couple with Tempting Turquoise for the sea.

Colourful Seasons Summer Fun Crafty Project Eimear Carvill,, Sponged Sunset, Bookmarks,


The second bookmark is for my 7 year old son who is gloating that he has just finished his 4th book after week One! Of course, my 9 year old is very insistent that his books are easier than hers!

Umbrella Weather Sponged beach scene, Eimear Carvill,, Summer Fun Crafty project

The bookmark is made in a similar way but I’ve used Soft Sky for the sky and added a few die-cut clouds – also from Weather Together  – well, we are in England after all!  After today, I probably should have hidden the sun behind a big black cloud and added some rain drops, but we remain ever hopeful!

Tips and Tricks for today’s Summer Fun Crafty Projects

  • I’ve kept everything flat in true bookmark fashion so all the elements are adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue  – not a dimensional in sight (rare for me!)
  • To mimic the waves crashing on the shore, I’ve ripped a piece of Sahara Sand on the diagonal and edged the ripped piece with Whisper White Craft Ink
  • Sponging is really fun technique, just remember to build up your colour slowly as you can always add more building up to the colour intensity you are looking for. If you start off too dark, you can’t take it away.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects, do hop on the Pip at Queen Pip cards by clicking on the link below.I’ve also included the full line-up of everyone taking part today should you get lost along the way.  And do make use of your local libraries, use them or lose them!!



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You can also find a link to my shop of everything used in today’s projects below. There are only a couple of days left to take advantage of our Bonus Days Promotion whereby every purchase of £45 earns you a voucher worth £4.50 to spend in August.  If your wish list is as long as mine do consider purchasing the starter kit whereby you can purchase a starter kit for £99 filled with products of your choice worth £130 and receive a fabulous Joining Gift worth £65 from Stampin’ Up!

You can read more about it here but the offer ends 31/07 so don’t delay!

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