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It’s summertime and the beaches are open! It is one of my favorite places to be. I went with my family last month and soaked up some Vitamin Sea. There is nothing that I love more than listening to the sound of the waves, gathering seashells, feeling sand between my toes, and the warmth of the sun on my skin…pure bliss! 

Do you remember the song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?” It was sung by Bryan Hyland in 1960. When I was young I played my 45 rpm over and over on my record player. Here was my dilemma in making this card. Was it a yellow…polka dot bikini or a yellow polka dot…bikini? I googled it and I still have no idea so I went with a yellow bikini with bright pink polka dots. My apologies to the younger crafters who have no idea what a 45 rpm and a record player are! LOL


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Two weeks ago Pinky The Pig was barbecuing (here). This week the pig family is at the beach and floating in the water on an inner tube. I started with the Pinky Paper Piecing Die. I cut the various parts of the pig using colored cardstock from Simon Says Stamp. The body was cut using Cotton Candy, the Snout from Doll Pink and Black, and the hooves from Black. This die would be cute using patterned paper as well. The Tim Holtz Die Pick is great for removing those tiny pieces from the die and the double ended Jewel Picker is perfect for managing them. 

I thought that the noise maker from the Pinky The Pig Stamp Set looked a bit like a snorkel so I stamped one of those, and the goggles or glasses, onto Island Blue cardstock and cut them using the coordinating die from the Pinky The Pig Die Set. I also cut the whole pig out of #80 Neenah Classic cardstock, using the Pinky The Pig Die Set. This is the base for building the pig.

I added some shadows using Prismacolor Color Pencils. Rose PC929 was used on the body. In a later picture you can see where I went back and added Copenhagen Blue PC906 to the snorkel. To give the snout dimension I stacked and glued three layers into the opening. I added the small black dots for the nostrils. The pink eyes were glued down and black pupils were added with a Black Gelly Pen. Everything was glued down using a Lawn Fawn Glue Pen.

I used the outline die from the Zen Ocean Die Set to cut the water from Audrey Blue cardstock. Hero Arts Round Nesting Dies were used to cut rings for the inner tube from Mint cardstock. (see lower left pic)

A card base was cut from #110 Neenah Classic Cardstock using the Donut Card Die. The bottom to the raft was cut using the larger outer circle and larger inner circle, also using Mint cardstock. I have found the purple tape to be the best for die cutting. It releases easily and has never torn my paper.

Now, onto the bikini. I cut another body out of Sunshine cardstock, again using the Pinky Paper Piecing Die. I drew a string bikini using a pencil and a Sakura Pigma .3 pen. The polka dots were cut from Doll Pink cardstock using a very small hole punch. 

The ties and the star bikini top were stamped using the Celebration Box Stamp Set. The ties were cut using the Celebration Box Die Set and the stars were fussy cut using Cutter Bee Scissors.

Various shells were stamped using the Zen Ocean Stamp Set and die cut using the coordinating Zen Ocean Die Set. They were watercolored using various Distress Inks in corals, reds, yellows, and blues.

I glued the shells to the inner tube base. I darkened the inner tube rings with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. I darkened the edges of the water piece using Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I die cut a piece of acetate and glued the larger ring to it using Ranger’s Multi Matte Medium. Thin strips of Darice Double Sided Foam Tape were taped around the outside edge. I had originally planned to make this a shaker card but changed my mind. I thought that adding the sequins and beads would make the card too busy. The top was added to the bottom and the inner ring was glued on top.

Everything was assembled using glue. It gives you some wiggle room. I gave the water some sparkle by coating it with several layers of Clear Wink Of Stella. The sentiment was stamped on the inside using the Ocean Bliss Stamp Set and Wendy Vecchi Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink.

This card has a few more pieces to it than the average card but it really didn’t take very long to create. And, seriously…the little bulges of pork fat around the bikini crack me up! I hope that it has left you with a smile and some fun ideas of your own for this little pig family.

Thanks for joining me today on another creative journey. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! You can follow my Blog at jadanchik.com and my Instagram account at jadanchik.

Joyfully, Jo Ann

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6 responses to “Creative Sundays With Jo Ann: A Day At The Beach”

  1. F. Andre says:

    Shaped cards are always so much fun. This little piggie in her bikini is just delightful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Mirella Rogan says:

    Fantastic, this made me giggle! Very creative 🙂

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  4. Amy Brown says:

    What a fun card! I love that it is a circle card as well. I haven’t tried this technique yet, but it is on my list after reading this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Carla Hundley says:

    So fun and
    very cute! Great
    Carla from Utah

  6. Jodi Warren says:

    I remember that song and it was “She wore a itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini”. I love that song also, and it okay for it to have pink polka dots because those are also cute.