Being Crabby

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One of my favourite seaside places is Cromer on the North Norfolk coast. My uncle used to own a holiday flat there and we had many happy holidays back in the day when summers were always hot and sunny and you could spend all day on the beach. Although I remember one year my cousin and I were determined to swim in the sea at the end of October. My uncle was mad enough not only to encourage is us, but to join in as well.The flat was above two shops on the main street and was numbered 22 ½ . We visited last Autumn and it’s still there. There was a cushioned ledge in that bay window and it used to be great sitting there watching the world go by.

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During my teenage years we actually lived quite close to Cromer and although there were nearer seaside towns, the attraction of boys motivated us to make the complicated bus journey there on a regular basis! Cromer has changed very little over the years, the journey from Sheffield is a nightmare but, once again, it is well worth the effort although the attraction now is for the delicacy that Cromer is famous for – fresh crab!



Today I am sharing an ATC which is my Anything But A Card DT piece for the current challenge which is to make an ATC.


The base of the ATC is a piece of Tim Holtz paper. To make the crab topper  I first coloured a piece of cardstock with Vintage Photo distress ink, gave it a spritz of water then blotted with kitchen towel. This gives it a lovely mottled appearance.I stamped the crab in Fired Brick then added a little glitter and a trio of pearls. I found a piece of brown coloured wire lying around with my craft stuff and wrapped it around the ATC. I have no idea where the wire came from at all but I wish I could find some more.



I’ve used a piece of gold Dresden trim across the corner and popped on a couple of glass droplets. Under the mini shell are some fibre strands that I’ve pulled from a piece of jute. To finish I added a little star button and some Artchix words.



Be sure to check out the fabulous ATCs over at Anything But A Card. Not only have the design team pulled out all the stops there are already some amazing entries. You still have a week to share yours.


If you haven’t been to Cromer I would recommend you pay it a visit. You can’t beat a fresh crab sandwich eaten up on the coastal path overlooking the sea.




Being Crabby — 5 Comments

  1. I do not know Cromer as well as I should and your photographs make me wish I had spent time there this weekend.

    Your crabby ATC is just perfect, it captures those seaside moments.

    Dionne xx

    • Thank you for your kind comments Julie, I do appreciate them. I am planning a return trip to Cromer as soon as I can!

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