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Summer at the Shore, FLASH SALE & Halloween FREE Gift!

Filed under Art Projects, Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Summer/Beach, Vintage Beach Cabanas Kit

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Betsy’s project that are still available on the new site.

Hm… what are you in the mood for? A summer getaway? Diving into Fall and starting Halloween early? I think I’ve got both options covered!

ALL Lace has just been put on SALE at 50% OFF! So that includes the 2 black lace ribbons in the gift kit! NOW through Monday night, August 1st!

NEW Goth Parasol FREE Gift Kit! These kits are FREE for ALL orders, now through SATURDAY NIGHT, July 30, 2016 (or until the kits are gone)! I know you guys are just getting into the Halloween spirit, and I don’t want to break the spell! So even though I had intended these exclusive chipboard umbrellas to be a summer, beachy kinda thing (as an extra shape, similar to the Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas): I’ve decided to go a whole ‘nuther way! So I thought about adding some black lace and turning the umbrella into a parasol. Then one thing led to another and I suddenly had 6 papers and 2 trims! Learn more.

Wow! Design Team Member Betsy Skagen has created a whole seaside (lakeside?) scene including realistic water! (See the wide photo below for the entire scene, and the photos at right for some close-ups).

“Nothing defines summer more than a sunny day at the beach — the sound of waves hitting the sandy shore, wooden docks, children laughing and cold drinks.

“I captured an idyllic summer moment by making a miniature scene with realistic water and sand, a bait and snack shack and an old wooden dock that is actually made from paper.

“This was my first attempt at making any kind of water scene bigger than a trickling fountain. I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I am happy with the results. I love how the waves crest, curl and crash and how the sunlight reflects all the different blues.”

Betsy explains the steps (and shows lots of photos) of how she created the waves, from carving foam core as a base to painting with multiple shades of acrylic paint, and using Making Waves Resin Water to build up the waves (and to create the standing water at the sandy shore).

Many more photos and tips are on Betsy’s blog post.

See everything Betsy used to create Summer at the shore — an altered art miniature beach scene with bait and snack shack in her Supply List. (And don’t forget to come back and enter today’s Giveaway — as many items from Betsy’s Supply List are included!)



Hooray for Summer at the Shore Giveaway!

This prize includes all of these goodies from Betsy’s Summer at the shore — an altered art miniature beach scene with bait and snack shack Supply List:
– Miniature White Beach Chair
– Seaside Decor & Beach Umbrellas
– Miniature Metal Wash Tub
– Miniature Ice Cubes
– Mini Soda Pop Bottles in Crate
– Fishtales Collage Sheet
– Children at the Beach Collage Sheet
– Cabana Row House Set
– Blue Crystal Pitcher with 4 Tumblers – Kit

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to all of the items in the Giveaway!

Bonus: One of the Goth Parasol FREE Gift Kit.

To enter the Summer at the Shore Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, July 29, 2016)! And tell me: What is your favorite technique or tip from Betsy’s blog post? How she made the water? Or the pier? Or the Bait and Snack Shack? Something else?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter (with a monthly kit announcement)!

Hey, who won Building Texture on a Bookcase Giveaway? That would be Amy! Congratulations!

Posted by Leslie, July 28th, 2016

42 responses to “Summer at the Shore, FLASH SALE & Halloween FREE Gift!”

  1. Patti G says:

    Love the beach. This looks like so much fun.

  2. Karen S says:

    LOVE this scene! Living on an island with the Atlantic Ocean minutes from my home,this would be a wonderful gift to win. Thank you.

  3. Kat Cashwell says:

    That water is awesome! thanks for all the great ideas!

  4. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my goodness. When I was young – a very long time ago – we lived in New Jersey and trips to the shore were great outings. We even took picnics in the winter! All of the details of this from the water to the pier to the bait Shack are amazing!!! Thanks for the memories!!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Wow Betsy’s post was filled with wonderful tips and techniques. I think my favorite is the pier. I love the way she utilized that distressed paper – brilliant!

  6. Carla says:

    The beach theme is PERFECT for these hot hot days we’re having! Love the water!

  7. Susan Devillier says:

    would love to have this!

  8. Jennie Ingram says:

    I love her technique of using the distressed wood paper, over chipboard to mimic actual wood for the doc. Gotta try that at some point.

  9. barb macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I have gotten addicted to building mini scenescapes lately and this scene is so fun! It is like a snapshot of memories! Betsy did an awesome job with the water! I couldn’t choose a favorite part about this if I tried! LOVE the dock, the waves and still water, the cute little shanty and EVERYTHING else!!
    I would love to be the lucky recipient of this awesome little prize package!! Not saying the prize is little but the elements of the prize are little! LOL
    macaskillbarbara at yahoo dot com is my email just in case it is my lucky day! Fingers crossed!

  10. Denise Bryant says:

    Lots of fabulous details! Love Betsy’s method of making the waves! The water is fantastic!

  11. Emily Ann Dale says:

    Love the scene and especially the shack and dock… so cute!

  12. cg says:

    What’s NOT to like? But I’d kill to get my hands on that water resin. Well, maybe not ‘kill’…just intense begging and wheedling. But I mean REALLY INTENSE, mind you.

  13. Traci says:

    Love Betsy’s beach-wish I was sitting there watching the waves which by the way look so real. I love that technique since I love the beach I could sit and watch the waves for hours. >^..^<

  14. chris says:

    Wow Betsy’s beach is fantastic!!! such cool waves and all the details for a wonderful day at the beach! I would love to try this!

  15. Alice H says:

    I am fascinated by the water and waves technique. Thank you for the chance to win.

  16. Jo says:

    Love this! Would love to make a haunted pier!

  17. Maggie M says:

    I love the water technique and how the dock was created using paper! Just an amazing project!

  18. Lou Anne says:

    I really love how she made the waves and water!

  19. Jen R says:

    Love how she made the water. Think I may try it!

  20. that water is absolutely amazing! 🙂

  21. Rosemarie Grant says:

    Just came back from N.A.M.E. convention and I would make this just as it is to go with a light house kit I have. Great job.

  22. Leah Fein says:

    Oh! My fave part? The WATER for sure. I can’t wait to try that technique

  23. Jenny J says:

    I absoluteley love this scene! I think the pier is so cute and the tutorial was very helpful.

  24. Mary Mac says:

    Love the technique behind making the water. I have never heard of this product.

  25. Karen Mallory says:

    Wow! What a fantastic scene! I totally love the water! So unique!! The way to make fireworks is great too. I am always looking for mini things to make!

  26. Ina M Good says:

    Hands down the waves and water…soooo cool and such versatile use look real! I have made ice that looks real wnd clear water with bubbles in it that looks real…so I am all about that water and waves!!! I will be ordering some of that soon.

  27. LeAnn says:

    The water technique is amazing. Great tutorials!

  28. Susan M L says:

    OOOh, take me to the beach! Great water ideas!

  29. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Love how she made the shack thought the water was pretty neat too.

  30. pick me pleeese I love this the water is awesome thanks so much

  31. Carol Slowik says:

    I really like the dock/pier. It looks very realistic. Love the sand and modge podge tip. Thanks!

  32. Thalia Kottke says:

    The beach scene is so cute. I love the weather vane it is the little detail that makes it just perfect. Also, love the black lace and would love to make a little Goth parasol for a Goth Alice in Wonderland.

  33. Kimberly Barcello says:

    I love the dock…and the snack shack. 😊

  34. Lana says:

    Hands down, the snack shack!

  35. KIM says:

    Love the miniature wooden crate of pop.
    I have an old full size wooden Coke create.
    I agree with everyone else the water looks amazing.
    Great job Betsy !

  36. Nancy S says:

    This is really amazing. Loved the way the water looks so inviting!

  37. Lorna E says:

    What a fantastic beach!I love how much texture there is in Betsy’s beach scene, and her tips for adding texture by carving the foam core, scoring the chipboard, layering paint gets me thinking about ways to add texture.

  38. Margaret D says:

    I love it all! But definitely the water and waves! Wonderful tips. I will definitely try something with this. This is a sweet giveaway and I love her blog.

  39. Lisa Jo says:

    That beach/lakeside scene is ridiculous in the most wonderful way! Great job to the designer!

  40. Barb Striethorst says:

    Super – more beach goodies!!

  41. Sylvia Lovitt says:

    The making of the water was the best tutorial. It looks so realisitic. I would like to make a frozen pond with the resin. Thanks for the opportunity to win.