This week’s Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers is all about the beach.  The website from which to draw inspiration is called Outer Banks Trading Group, and it is loaded with fabulous artwork and breezy creations.

With a beach theme I immediately thought of this unique backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF).

As many of you know, CHF has closed its doors, but a few of their great stamps can still be found.  “Beach Party Backgrounder” is one of those stamps.  ( I notice that Ellen Hutson’s store still has it for just $3!!)  It can be so versatile.  For example on my cards I used only the palm trees.

On this first card, all of the palms were colored with markers directly to the rubber and then stamped to create the base for this fun background.

Stampin Up’s Sanded Backgrounder and one of the Itty Bitty Backgrounds were added, too.

On the second card, a solo Inchie steals the show.

All of the Inchies were stamped with the marker applied directly onto the rubber technique as well.  Sponging was also added for a distressed look.

The backgrounder also has some surfboards and convertibles.  These could also be stamped as stand alone images or any combination of the three.

Here is a card that I made a while ago which uses the entire backgrounder.

Thanks for dropping by today.  Hope you had some fun looking at this unique backgrounder with its many possibilities.

Happy Crafting!


Card 1: Happy Birthday
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Beach Party Backgrounder; SU Bring on the Cake, Sanded and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Papers: Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate and Select White; Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection DP
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Inchie Art Inchies; Ribbon; Brad; SU Corners Punch

Card 2: Get Well
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Beach Party Backgrounder; SU Teeny Tiny Wishes and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream; Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection DP
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Inchie Art Inchie; Ribbon

15 Responses to “IC278 – It’s a Beach Party”

  1. How cute are these Susan! I love the beachy theme and the great little details with the inchies.

  2. Pretty, pretty cards. I appreciate the inspiration as I have a friend that is into all things beachy. I just might get her b-day card done today. Have a great weekend.

  3. Time to head to the beach 🙂 Great use of this set! Love the sanded background on the first one and the inchie on the second on is fabulous.

  4. That is so clever to use just the palm trees in the whole stamp! It looks great with the other subtle backgrounds too!

  5. What a fabulous card. I love the artistic and fun way you combine colours and patterns.

  6. Wow! What a creative way to use this stamp! Love the idea of combining to background stamps! And look at your cute inchy card! 🙂

  7. What a wonderful background you’ve created for these cards! Love the colors, and especially the inchie with ribbon peeking out from behind.

  8. so love your cards, and how you stamped on the sanded paper stamped background, and how clever to use just part of the stamp, I will have to go look at my stamps in a different way 🙂

  9. Susan, these are phenomenal designs. Your work is inspirational!

  10. Gorgeous cards, Susan. You nailed the challenge. LOVE that you only used part of the background stamp. LOVE the papers you used.
    Hugs and smiles

  11. Beautiful cards!

  12. Susan this is FABULOUS, I love all your square panels!!~

  13. What awesome cards, Susan!!! The colors are sooo pretty, and I love all the distressing….the little inchie on the second card is just tooo cute!!!

  14. Wow! Great cards!!! I guess I have been under that rock again…I had no idea CHF closed shop.

    We are having some great beach weather this month…time to get the bathing suits out!

  15. I really should quit stopping in here! Ther is just too much inspiration in your great cards!! LOL I like these two a lot, and I think I’ll be using some ideas from here on a card I make today for the SSIC challenge. I need to post it today, so I’d better get busy!!

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