Sometimes You Just Need to Play!

And that, my friends, is how this card came to be. I recently bought this fabulous Surf's Up! Stamp set by Avery Elle. It was totally an impulse purchase. I didn't know why I needed it, but I NEEDED it. I know you've been there. You GET me.

BUT...that being the case, I realized that it was a little bit outside my usual style and kind of tricky for me. HOWEVER, I was not going to let that stop me, nosiree! So, I took it out, along with the Avery Elle Gift Tags stamp set and the coordinating tag dies and went to town! Or to the beach. (he-he... see what I did there?) Yeah, k... so moving on....


This was so much fun to create!!! I used a few different fun techniques. Firstly, I used a lighter color on the tag frames and then rolled the stamp edges in some darker ink to get a neat, beachy feel on those. The part I am most excited about is the wood grain on the van. I did that with several Spectrum Noir pens and I just love how it turned out! Even the sentiment found itself in technique-land, as I stamped it in a light blue color, wasn't thrilled with how it coordinated, so I went in with the Spectrum Noir pens and added some shading and blending to create a unique look. I kind of love it.

Mahalo (detail)

I am still new at this coloring thing, but I am really enjoying learning new techniques and trying out new things! This was definitely a fun one! Don't forget to PLAY sometimes. It's fun. I promise. (And I totes wouldn't lie about something like that, dude. This is serious stuff. For reals.)

I am entering this card in the Avery Elle AEI♥U Challenge: One Word.

You can find the complete list of the supplies I used in the links below.

Have a Happy!!!


  1. This is a great beachy card...love the way you coloured the wood paneling on the side of the van and the shading on the sentiment.

  2. Fun! Love that woodgrain paper and the double tags!

  3. Agreed Jennifer, sometimes with all the obligations we don't take time to play with our toys. Glad you did, fabulous!

  4. this is so darn cute!
    i am with you- i have a couple open days and i get to play in my stash and it has been so fun! i would LOVE to come over to your house in play with your stash! this is awesome

  5. what a cool card.. love those images

  6. I am glad u got some time to play with ur impulse purchase :) and I love the cute card u made !

  7. Love the "beachy" feel of your card! Thanks so much for joining the Avery Elle Challenge!

  8. such a fab card! Love it! Thank you for joining the AE Challenge!

  9. Such a fun card and love the word you chose! Thanks for playing the AEI♥U Challenge!


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