Sunday, June 12, 2011

Let's Start Summer

You know what they say, it's summertime and the livin' is good!  Summer doesn't officially start until June 21st, but it sure feels like summer here in hot and muggy northern VA.  So for this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge I've got summer on the brain.  Instead of the usual challenge (by sketch or color or theme), this challenge has a twist.  From the choices below, you choose any three elements in a row just like tic-tac-toe.  
I went with a diagonal choice of buttons, dies or punch, and emboss.  I cheated a bit on the embossing with a "faux-boss".  The background is actually punched clouds glued in a pattern to resemble embossing.  
That started all kinds of other punch craziness.  First, I used my large punch to make a half circle for the boat.  Then I punched out a large flower and snipped the petals to make a sun spray for under my button.  
Then I used my small circle punch to cut out 1/4 circle pieces in each corner of the card. I did it in two phases so that the card and the background were two different sizes and the card remained the frame.  
I didn't have the sentiment I wanted in a stamp form, so I did it up on the computer ("Headline Two" font for the font nerds out there... free from dafonts, thankyouverymuch!).  I left the sentiment waving in the sea breeze off the page.  Ahhhhhhh!  Happy summer to everyone and thanks for looking!  
{aloha, jj} 

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: White and kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink), Yellow star from a paper pad, Blue (Coredinations)
Embellishments: Buttons, baker's twine (The Twinery)
Other: Large circle punch, small circle punch, large cloud punch, flower punch, wave edger (Fiskars)


  1. Super cute! TFS! Your card warmed up this cold Aussie!

  2. I love this! It is crisp and summery. I love the way you made the sun!

  3. I love the faux-boss. I might have to try that technique

  4. Oh my gosh, this is over the top adorable! I LOVE it! So summery and fun!

  5. So cute and fun! I love the idea of the tone on tone punched clouds to give the "effect" of embossing! Brilliant! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays - looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work in future challenges!

  6. What a great idea for your "embossed" background! Hard to tell. I went straight to your list of supplies to see where the embossing folder was from. Very fresh and fun.

  7. I love it! What a sweet summery card and I love the bright cheery colors against that white, fab card :) Thanks for playing with us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  8. Life is definitely good looking at this card! Makes me want to go sailing RIGHT NOW! LOVE the sun with the twine and punch! LOVE the sailboat and the crisp pretty colors with the white space! FAB card!

  9. Super cute!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  10. Cute, Cute, the scene - clouds, water and sun.

  11. Picking my jaw up off the floor now. Love everything about this and how clever to use a flower and trim it for the sun. Great colors. Thanks so much for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!


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