Friday, August 28, 2009

100% {surfin'} happiness

I made this card for my middle son's 20th birthday today (yes, I'm feelin' rather old these days...he's not even my oldest!). This boy of mine started surfing a couple years ago and now he lives to surf, and does so every chance he gets. It makes me sad that I don't get to see him out there doing what brings him the most pleasure --he really is "100% Happy" when he's surfing. One of these days I think he's going to talk his dad into filming him so I can see his progress {at least I hope so}. I used Mojo Monday Sketch 95 for this card (I've been wanting to make it since the day that sketch came out, but that week was the one I left for our trip so time didn't permit). I've been {somewhat} planning it in my head for this past month, and so it came together relatively quickly...and good thing since I had to get it into the mail the morning after I made it. Ironically, though, I padded it so well to protect the shell from being broken in transit that it was too thick to fit through the outgoing mail slot of our community mailbox...and because of my hectic schedule that afternoon, it ended up being mailed a day later than planned. Oops. I'm still hoping it won't be late. There's more dimension to this than the pics show, but not as much as most of my cards. The shell was originally tied with raffia to a bag of shells Chloe has {she has quite a collection}, and when I mentioned wanting to use a small shell or shell charm, this is one of the shells she brought out and offered me {she's very giving}. ;) It's larger than I was envisioning, but it was flat and didn't require me to drill a hole in it and Chloe was really excited about using it, so that's what I went with. The funny thing is that this card will likely end up in the round file since it's being sent to the son who usually only keeps the cards and things that his younger siblings make/send to him. I hope I'm wrong, but if I'm not, at least I'm aware of that probability going into it...even though I still don't understand it, and likely never will.

Well, I hope you enjoy your weekend. ;D And thanks so much for the visit; I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Desert Sand (CTMH)

Patterned Paper: unnamed double-sided (Creative Imaginations)

Stamps: Surfing Riley (Stampendous), 100% Happiness -exclusive store KOM for Aug09 (Unity)

Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue, Goldrush (CTMH)

Other: Cuttlebug, D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, Distressed Stripes embossing folder (Provo Craft), large oval punch, 1 1/4" circle punch (SU!), ric rac (May Arts?), raffia, shell (my sweet girl Chloe), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), yellow and clear Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), white pigment ink Uni-ball pen (Signo), sandpaper, foam mounting tape, glue dots


Sarah said...

That shell is perfect!!! The whole card is awesome.
Once they get bitten by the surfing bug, they never go's their main aim in life..How wonderful to have something you love to do so much...kinda like ummmm something we do ha ha!

travelingmama said...

Thanks for stopping by Traveling Mama! I love your card! It is just too cute! I'm sure your son loved it!

Jeanne said...

Fabulous card, Christi! Let's hope that because the theme of the card is his big love in life that it won't end up in the circular file. Chloe is a sweetheart to offer up that beautiful shell.

Look at've been sharing up a storm, while I've been a creative slacker! I'm so impressed! *wink*

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sharli said...

Great card - what a generous person Chloe is! Wonderful!

Savitri said...

So super cute!!! The seashell is a great add-on!

Jeanette - said...

This is such a wonderful card Christi! I love that seashell and it's even more special since Chloe shared from her collection. I sure hope he keeps it :)

wendyp said...

absolutely ADORABLE!!!! Love that shell on there also!

June Houck said...

Your card is precious! Your shell is really cool too. Love your Riley and the embossing.