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Monday, July 9, 2012

Bring on the Flip Flops!

Happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope your week is off to a sparkly start! :o)

At last, I have a crafty creation to share! I made this fun little card for my mom in celebration of the joyous summertime days we've been sharing lately. :o) Given the scary events just before Christmas, every moment feels extra special now. The last couple of weeks have been filled with so much laughter in her pool and fun times over our beloved coffee delights. We've swam so late that fireflies danced nearby as we floated and splashed to our heart's content. :o)

"Bring on the Flip Flops"
A better angle for the pretty peridot'ish rhinestones.

This was such fun to create! The gorgeous background, butterfly, and sentiment papers are from Kaisercraft Chapter One, which is a stunning collection. (The butterfly is the Martha Stewart Small Monarch punch.) The patterned paper for the Create a Critter sun is from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose, and I do confess that it took me three tries to get the cut mostly centered on the design. A deep orange rhinestone brings a touch of sparkle to its core. The sand is sparkly Core Couture paper, embossed with Swiss Dots for texture.

The flip-flops and umbrella are from the Spellbinder's Surf's Up collection. How fun are they?! I've wanted them for quite some time and was pushed over the edge when this fantastic sentiment stamp came into my life. They were designed to be for me and my mom, tailored to some of our favorite things. The purple flip-flops are mine, with the pearlescent hue courtesy of Dew Drop Brilliance ink and the addition of heart-shaped rhinestones on the straps. (Sorry for the blur... it bums me out!) The pink ones are for my mom, inked up in Spun Sugar Distress Ink and accented with tiny peridot-green rhinestones. Each set is "burrowed" in a mound of sand, covered in iridescent microbeads to be like the sparkly sand on the beaches we pretend we're at. :o)

The umbrella is inked with the same pink and purple, trimmed with crystalline rhinestones, and given a touch of whimsy with Lilac and Blossom bows. The gorgeous twine is from My Craft Spot. We like things girly and sprightly, so I wanted to make a fun umbrella. :o)

The marvelous Docerela Creations sentiment is from her Summertime stamp set. I love this set and am so excited to own it. It is stamped on a Spellbinders banner from the Lacey Pennants set, which I connected with peridot rhinestones as though the butterfly is carrying the message. (Like a plane banner... only a flutterby!) This card was made not only to celebrate the fun we've had, but also for the incredible memories we'll be making all summer long. :o)

Challenge entered:
 * Bitten by the Bug 2~ Here Comes the Sun (Sun from Create a Critter)

Thank you for fluttering on by today! I wish you a day filled with blessings, sparkles, and all things beautiful. (Like No-Bake Cheesecake Cones.) :o)


  1. Such a beautifully designed card Karen. I really love how you have put everything together and the papers you have used are gorgeous

    all the best
    Hugs Sue

  2. Beautiful card and those flip flops are adorable, thanks for joining us at the BBTB2 Challenge, hugs

  3. So beautiful Karen and it's all come together to produce a perfect card:)x

  4. Got to love those flip flops I wear them all the time...
    Cute card Karen~

  5. What cute little flip flops and umbrella! The sun looks so pretty with the paper you used! Love the little twine bows on the umbrella too! It sounds like you and your mom are having an awesome summer! I'm sure she will love this adorable card! :)


  6. Oh my gosh, I adore this! Your flip flops are so cute and the beach is fabby - but I LOVE your sun!! So detailed and fun. Thanks for joining us in the BBTB2 Summer Sun challenge.


  7. What a fun card. I love your flip flops. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  8. Karen,love your card and so pleased you are having so much fun with your Mum.
    Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.
    Jayne x

  9. Beautiful card! I love those flip flops and the umbrella, the sun is just gorgeous in that paper and I just love the microbeads as the sand. So glad you and your mom are having a lovely time together this summer, how special and wonderful! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2 ;-)

  10. I will take one each of those darling flip flops. Love the umbrella too. Such a fun card and a perfect sentiment. Love the sun you used. Thanks for sharing at BBTB2 for the sun challenge.

  11. But oh how beautiful that sun turned out... Just "perfect"... i can just see you and your mom splashing around in the pool.. . I love the flip flops as well as the umbrella, but love the memories you are making.. You are always in my prayers.. Hugs

  12. What a great card I love it Those flips hanging off the edge o the pool are perfect and I love the peridot Rhinestones.

  13. Your card is great! I love the sentiment, the bling, the flip flops - everything! I am a new follower.

  14. Oh Karen this is just adorable! Your Mom is going to love, love, love it my Love:)) I have those dies but have not used them yet, you have inspired me!

    I am so happy to hear you and your Mom are spending a lot of time together. As a mom of grown girls, I know just how much you being with her means to her. Make many incredible memories with her, Pray for her, love her! Hold her hand, and kiss her cheek, often! I know you do these things already, so perhaps I said it for someone else.

    Have a wonderful week my sweet little sister. You are forever in my heart and know how much I love you.

    Hugs, Pam

  15. Oh my sweet friend, this is simply amazing!! Not only is the design gorgeous, but the thought and meaning behind it is so touching and beautiful!! You have created a perfect scene to celebrate the joyous times you and your mom are having this summer!! I am sure she loved it and will treasure it!! Wow, the sun is fabulous...I'm so impressed you were able to get it to line up so perfectly!! I just love every single thing about this...even when you don't know it, you design a perfect card that touches everyone who sees it :) Big hugs!!

    Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. Beautiful card! Love your sun! The flips flops and umbrella are so cute. Love all your great details! Thanks for sharing with us at BBTB2!

  17. *grabs my flip flops and races over to join you and your sweetest mommy in super happy swim time* SQUEEEEEEEE!!! I'm bringing the lemonade!!! WHEEEEEEEEE!!!

    OMJ!!! I love you sooooooo much Sunshine!!! I can't stop smiling everytime I think about just how much this gorgeous pressie will mean to your precious mommy. She is SO crazy lucky to have the universe's sweetest daughter to share in endless happy summertime moments with. Did you know that you make her heart sparkle more with every second you spend together, sis? *squishers you and her in the most super happy huggler of all time*

    Gosh sis...I am in LOVE with how you made the flutterby carry your message!!! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! How beyond genius is that?! And OMJ! The sun is sooooooooo gorgeous! Just like my sis! *pets the sparkling heart accents on your flip flops* WHEEE!!! I LOVE THEM!!! *wants a pair just like them*

    Will you give your precious mommy extra super hugglers from me today, sis? And tell her just how proud I am of both of you for all you have sparkled through together so beautifully this year? God bless you both always and forever...I love you more than words can ever say.

    *forever squishy flip flop swimtime squishies*
    ~~~ Christina :)

  18. I am not flip flop wearing person, but I sure do like yours.

    Stay Creative,
    Carson's Creations

  19. Fabulous creation. Love the paper you used for your sun. Thanks for playing at BBTB2.

  20. WOW! Couldn't be cuter! Thanks so much for joining us at BBTB2. xxD

  21. What a fabulous design Karen! I am so glad you and your Mom are having a wonderful time together-such awesome memories too:)
    I just love the papers you used on this lovely card and the beautiful butterfly-absolutely adorable! Check out those flip flops- these turned out so cute!!! Would love a fun pair like that!
    Have a great evening!
    Sherrie K

  22. so cute and summery! it makes me happy : ) Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at BBTB2!


  23. love your card cute as ever flipflops! :) thanks for sharing with us at bbtb2 :)


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