Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hampton Art Stamps Goes to the Beach!

It has most definitely been summer time here in southern CA! We have had a string of 90 degree days and our a/c has been running non-stop for two weeks! We don't normally get those temps here on the north San Diego County coast, and if we do get hot weather, it is normally in October (remember my annual pumpkin patch rant?!).

In celebration of beachy-type weather, here is a beach-themed tray that I made for Hampton Art Stamps for the Summer 2012 CHA booth (see it there on the right of the display?!).

And check out all of that yummy ink!!! Ok, here is a close-up of the tray. As soon as I got back from Alaska the end of June I had boxes from Hampton Art Stamps, 7Gypsies, and Canvas Corp waiting for me to get to work on trade show projects! I love the white tray and the beach papers! Plus, I always have beach photos...we live 8 miles from the beach!

It is pretty easy to decorate one of these trays because each of the openings is the same size. I trimmed 12 pieces of kraft cardstock to fit the openings of the tray. Each one is approximately 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches. I used the pieces of cardstock as canvases for each ATC configuration. Then I added photos, stamped images, and embellishments to each opening.

I used real sea shells and sea glass. Adding the burlap and cork made everything seem very natural.

The fantastic 7Gypsies stamps really gave everything a nice vintage look without being too busy.

I was able to stamp right onto the canvas. Very cool. I used the Mix'd Media Inx to stamp on all the various surfaces.

I love to use the little glass bottles on my various trays! I use them all the time. I filled some of the bottles with sand and other small items. For this one, I stamped  the 7Gypsies World Travel Words text stamp onto a scrap of cardstock, rolled it, and placed it into the bottle to create a message.

Those are my kids. You can tell my daughter allows me to take her photo more often than the boys!

To create the title at the tip of the tray, I trimmed the letters from the Canvas Corp. beach designer paper and glued them to the top edge of the tray.

If you loved this tray, here is a look at a few others I have done in the past year or so. I also have a few other new ones that I made for CHA to share in the coming months!

I created the London tray for the Hampton Art Stamps CHA booth Summer 2011. This was from our trip to London in 2009.

This tray was a project at CKU San Diego last year, but I modified it (A LOT) and gave it to my friend Tanya for her birthday!

This Graphic 45 tray was the first tray I ever made. I worked on it a my scrap retreat in 2011. It is still my favorite project of everything I have ever made. This one was published in a magazine, making me very proud of it!

I keep this tray in my studio to look at every day!

I made this tray for the Hampton Art Stamps CHA booth Winter 2012 CHA. That is my daughter, who is now nearly 17. The stamps are all Graphic 45 Little Darlings.

I hope you enjoyed my "tray day" post!

Clearsnap Colorbox:
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx (Black)
Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink (Photogenic)

Hampton Art Stamps: 7 Gypsies: Time Pieces (SC0504), World Travel Words (SC0500), Things I Love (SC0499), Distressed Clock (PS0679)

Cardstock: Cream, Kraft
Designer paper: Canvas Corp.
Specialty paper: 7 Gypsies/Canvas Corp. (cork, burlap, canvas, corrugated)
7 Gypsies: Pyramid Studs, Apothecary Bottles, Miniature Keys, Tag Envelopes
Canvas Corp: Cord, Mini Bags
Other: shells, bottle cap, sand, stones, bingo number
Tray: 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray White (12x12)
Tools: Tag punch, Circle punch


  1. All the trays are beautiful but you know the beach one is my very favorite :)

  2. Love all your trays Gloria! So many wonderful details.

  3. I love these! The beach one is probably my favorite, but that's just because I love the beach so much. I love how these are "full" without being busy. You are so good at that!

  4. Gloria, I have never been a huge lover of the trays, but your style is really changing my mind. I think it is because you don't make them look cluttered, rather you highlight and punctuate individual subjects or emotions. I have a question, though... What is CKU San Diego? I'm in SD, too, (south county) but obviously don't know anything about what goes on here :)

  5. I love these ALL! WOOOonderful!!!

  6. Rock Star, you have blown me away once again!!! You are absolutely the Queen of all things tray-ish! lol!!! Thanks for the inspiration! You are da bomb! Love ya, GF!!!!

  7. Gloria, I just LOVE your trays! I have a few trays that are just waiting to be embellished, altered, and well....just frugal scrappered up, heehee. You are such an AWESOME and creative ORIGINAL artist:) Love all of your work!