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Monday, April 29, 2013

Surf's Up!

Happy Monday, my dear friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. :o)

Continuing with my contribution to this month's I Feel the Love Project recipients, my new card is for 11-year-old Ryan. He, his three younger siblings, and his amazing Mom are dealing with the recent loss of their father/husband to cancer.

As was the case with the sand pail card I made for Kyle, I created this card to honor the cherished memories the family made during frequent trips to the beach. Since Ryan is older, I tried to make a beachy card that wasn't quite so kid-like. I created a fun little summer scene for him. :o)

Surf's Up! (And hopefully spirits will be up, too.)
The middle surfboard is a foiled green:
I took my patterned paper cue from these beautiful family pictures:

I chose fun Hawaiian-type papers from Kaisercraft's Chapter One collection, which reminded me of Debbie and Ed's swimwear and the family's summery adventures.

The card base is a nested shapes set from the Silhouette Store... which I forgot to actually nest. (Sigh!) The sunshine is a cut file from Bird's Cards, which I set atop an embossed blue pattern. I like to think of it as sun rays shining through the pretty blue sky, with a touch of embossed whimsy. :o) The edges of the rays are heavily inked with Mustard Seed distress ink for extra sunshiny warmth. I used Hawaiian Shores ribbon from Papertrey Ink as a divider, with the dots serving as little whitecaps dancing atop the ocean.

I thought Ryan might enjoy surfboards, so I used the Surf's Up collection from Spellbinders. The solid one was used as a stencil, in which I inked the embossed areas with Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed distress inks. I nestled them beneath some popped-up sand to make them 'stand up.' The sand is embossed with Swiss Dots for a sandy texture.

I used Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants to make a little flag for my computer-generated sentiment. I inked it with Tumbled Glass and made a yellow pole to coordinate with the sunny sky and inked surfboard. And about those few little sparkles on this boy's card... it's not my fault! A few sunbeams danced down from the heavens. :o)

I love this family with my whole heart. It's my last day to create for them and I still have one card left to do. I'm tempted to panic, but I know God will help me make a sweet little card for 3-year-old Mady so she knows how loved she is. I need to give her a piece of my heart, too.

Thank you for surfin' on by! Have a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Crafter's Circle~ Boys to Men
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Cupcake Craft~ All at Sea
 *Love to Create~ Punches and/or Dies (Surfboards and Flag/Banner are dies)
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Paper Playtime~ Emboss (Sand and surfboard are embossed)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Weather With You
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes


  1. This is totally cool! Love the wonderful design and papers you've combined! Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

  2. How cool is this card?! I love it. Thanks for playing at Cupcake x

  3. Hello Karen. Your card so beautiful. Such a fabulous design with the glorious sun and wonderful surf boards. Your paper selection is perfect for this fun theme.
    I am sure Ryan will love this card.
    I hope you have a good week
    hugs Sue xx

  4. This turned out really pretty Karen! Love the surf boards, really summery and local style card...

  5. My sweetest friend, this is just absolutely gorgeous!! I am happy just looking at it - it reminds me of everything wonderful about the beach...sun, sand, surf!! The papers you used are perfect and the shape is so fabulous!! Once again, you created a perfect card filled with loving details!! I adore this and I'm sure Ryan will, too!! I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new week my dear friend!! Happy Monday :)

    Huge Hugs, Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Hi to you saw your card on mim love the image
    happy crafting to you

  7. Oh Karen this is stunning as always x

  8. Wow, fabulous card! I love the surf boards and the amazing sunny background. The papers are perfect and what an awesome shape! I am sure Ryan will love it:) Fantastic card my friend!
    Sherrie K

  9. This is such a wonderful wonderful card. Fabulous shape and papers and love all the extra attention to details. TFS and look forward to the wonderful creation for Mady. Have a great week.

  10. Fabulous card! What an amazing design! :) Thanks for playing along in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

  11. Hi Karen,
    This is TOTALLY Cute & Cool!!!I LOVE it!!!
    Love your creativity as well as your HUGE heart! The foiled surf board...very CLEVER!!Love the HAPPY scene....He will SMILE when he receives this wonderful card.I LOVE it!
    Sending my love, hugs and smiles to you my friend,
    your angelic friend
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

  12. Gorgeous card and colors Karen. Visited from MIM..Loz

  13. Such a gorgeous and uplifting card Karen! It's happy and cool!
    Jayne x

  14. Gorgeous card Karen, such a wonderful scene & so creative :)
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    Mandy xx

  15. what a fun card. Love the colors you selected. Glad you could join us at Paper PLaytime

  16. Lovely card Karen, great colours and fabulous inspiration pics. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Ribbons this time.
    Dawn xx

  17. Great project and LOVE your fun photos! Looks like you guys had great time. Thank you for playing at Paper Playtime. Be sure to check out our Facebook Page to see if your project entry was highlighted and linked to your blog!
    Paper Playtime Challenge Page on Facebook
    :) Janis

  18. Such a cool card, Karen! I love the papers you used for the surfboards and the embossing looks awesome! I really like the flag too! Great card for a boy his age! He will love it! :)


  19. Total FUN card! Thank you for joining us this week at Love to Create Challenge Blog.
    Ruza, LTC Designer

  20. WOW so fun!Thank you for joining with us over at Love to Create Challenges.
    Amanda LTCDT

  21. Such an amazing thing to do with your cards. It is a great card for a tween boy. Thanks for joining us at Paper Playtime for our embossing challenge.


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