Fun in the Sun Beach Card

On this Labor Day holiday, I figured it’s appropriate to post a day-at-the-beach card to celebrate hard work–and a relaxing day off.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

In Florida, most of us live in flip-flops practically year-round. Ironically, I prefer to go the beach during the non-summer months when there’s less chance of rain. But I love the idea of sitting by the waves on a sunny beach!

And I love these dies from Lil’ Inker Designs. Aren’t the flip-flops adorable? I accented them with little pink rhinestones, but the dies come with decorative hearts and flowers that you can add to them as well. I popped them up using foam adhesive.

The sun also comes from a Lil’ Inker Designs die. I die-cut it from a yellow patterned piece of paper, then ran it through my Xyron to coat the front part in adhesive. Then to make it sparkle, I sprinkled Recollections fine glitter in a shimmering golden yellow on top. I burnished it with my fingertip, really rubbing it in. After shaking off the excess, it actually feels more like velvet than glitter. To add a little more interest, I snipped off the sun rays at various links (and because I adhered it too close to the card edge, LOL.)

All the patterned papers come from a 6″ x 6″ paper pad from Heidi Grace, Sunshowers. I took two different teal patterns to create the waves with my Fiskars waves punch. On top of that I layered a textured piece of off-white paper to create the sandy beach. I used craft scissors to create an uneven shoreline, then lightly edged it with a foam blending tool and Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

All of these items I adhered to a Bazzill card stock base in pale blue. I rounded all four corners with my Corner Chomper and stamped a Fun in the Sun sentiment from a Penny Black clear stamp set of the same name. Lastly, I added two pink rhinestones to flank the message.

What do you think? Does this card encourage you to enjoy a fun vacation by the beach?

I hope so. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunny Days Challenge Card

Continuing my summer theme, I was inspired to create a fun card as part of Lil’ Inker Designs’ Sunny Days Challenge.

Lil Inker Designs Sunny Days Challenge

In the inspiration photo, I love the bright blue sky and the contrasting burst of yellow in the coffee cup. I think both perfectly illustrate a beautiful summer day.

And who can resist pinwheels (and flip flops)? They are a great reminder to take time to play.

I used the happy color scheme and imagery to create a sunny birthday card for a friend who will celebrate her birthday this month. A summer card for a summer baby!

I decided to turn my pinwheel into a beautiful flower. Lil’Inker’s Mini Pinwheel Die makes it really easy to create cute pinwheels for a variety of projects. I used double-sided patterned paper from Heidi Grace’s Sunshowers 6×6 paper pad. For the flower center, I wove some yellow and white baker’s twine on a white button. The flower stem is a piece of a wooden coffee stirrer, tinted green with the Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Peeled Paint.Sunshine and Pinwheel flower card lo res

With yellow patterned paper from the same paper pad, I used the small Sunshine die from Lil’Inker to create my own bright sun in a blue sky. I love how the die includes stitching details on the sun and sunshine rays for extra interest. I folded some of the rays upward to add some dimension.

The grass was created using a punch from Fiskars; the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Stampendous. I adhered everything to a top-folding card of heavy white cardstock and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper.

What do you think? Does it make you want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine?

I hope so. I am so inspired, I think I am going to the beach! Have fun!

Summer Card: Fireflies in the Sky

Here’s another summer-themed greeting card, this time using Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm stamps.

Catching fireflies with Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm stamp set and dies.

Catching fireflies with Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm stamp set and dies.

This is another new favorite stamp set. It totally brings me back to camping in the summer and catching fireflies to watch them light up the sky. Of course, my sisters and I called them lightning bugs instead, just to rile up my mother. She is phobic about lightning and thunder to this day!

I used vellum for the jar and the fireflies inside, which I colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I cut them out with the corresponding Summertime Charm dies. The escapee firefly was stamped on white paper and popped up using adhesive foam. I added some Diamond Stickles to his backside to give him an extra glow. Fly away, lightning bug, fly away!

The background was made using an ink tool and various Tim Holtz Distress Inks in blue shades. I was going for a twilight look. The stars were made from my Martha Stewart punch that has lots of little star shapes; I use that punch a lot, as stars add a fun bonus to a lot of cards, especially masculine ones.

I used my Fiskars grass punch on green patterned paper to make the grass and then wrapped that a couple of times with yellow and white twine. For the final touch, I stamped the “You brighten my day” sentiment, which comes in the same stamp set, in black ink. I adhered that layer to a background paper from DCWV’s Citrus Matstack with thin foam adhesive and a white card base.

I gave this card to my younger sister when I visited recently. She immediately laughed and talked about how much fun we had trying to catch these fireflies. Funny, we rarely succeeded; those fireflies are fast! Good for them!

Please let me know what you think. Happy summer time–and firefly catching–to you!

Beach Day Card

I’m on a watercolor roll! Here’s a fun card to kick off the summer season.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

I absolutely love this Beach Day stamp set from Penny Black. The little girl so reminds me of my little niece on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, resolutely making sand castles and bossing her older cousins when they waded too far into the surf. Makes you ready for summer vacation, doesn’t it?

Once again I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water brush to color the images. It’s funny, I was so “in the zone” when I colored this, I automatically colored the toy horse’s head brown, without realizing the rest of the inner tube was blue. Oh well, my horse inner tube is two-toned! Makes it unique! LOL.

To mimic the sand and blue skies, I used extra water with the tan and blue markers to lightly paint the background. I added Diamond Stickles to the sun to make it sparkle.

The paper is from the DCWV Citrus Matstack. The final touch was a yellow and white Doodlebug twine wrapped at the top.

Please let me know what you think. I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, hopefully with at least a little time at a beach, river or lake!