Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Sandy Christmas

For today's 3 Clovers Thursday challenge
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Stamps: Sand castle by Magnolia; sentiment from Memory Box
Ruby Red; Kraft; Papertrey Ink white;

Rich Cocoa Memento Ink; Copics
Other: Unknown ribbon, charm and rhinestones; Dazzling Diamonds glitte
r from SU
Card Measures 5.5"x 4.25"

Hello! Welcome to another 3 Clovers Thursday! I appreciate you stopping by today.
It seems weird thinking of Christmas and cold weather in the middle of July. Sometimes it's difficult to switch gears. Especially when a new summer stamp arrived in the mail earlier that day! I had ordered some stamps and a few other things from Magnolia-licious and yesterday it showed up at my house. One of the stamps was this sand castle. So I thought why not do one of those Christmas cards that someone from a warm climate would send. Or maybe that you'd send to someone in a warm climate...or maybe just to show that you were wishin' you were in a warm climate! LOL! So whaddya think? Did I pull this off OK? or does it look like I was just trying to pass off a summer card as a Christmas card? I had picked out all these papers, but nothing seemed right, so I thought the best route for me to go would be a Clean and Simple (CAS) card. Here's the problem: although I have found a new appreciation for making these CAS cards in the past few months, the card making part of my brain is not originally wired to make these. So what should be simple is not. I fool around with twisting the card this way or that way. with what embellies to put or not to put. Where to put them. Then I take it off...and of course I tear the cardstock in the meantime. LOL! So what looks like a 20 minute card actually takes me about 90 minutes. Can you believe it!? I get so annoyed with myself when I do this!

I hope that you will join us this week and participate in our Christmas in July challenge!! We love when you play along!

Tomorrow the Magnolia-licious DT is doing another blog hop...we hope that you will join us!

Speaking of Magnolia-licious, did you know that you can purchase the 12 new shades of Copic markers there? Right now, Diana is offering them for a sale price of $69!! She also carries the copic ink refills there for ony $5.50 each. So if you are a Copic lover be sure to check those out.

By the way, thanks to those of you that inquired about Declan. He had woken up with all these spots down his right arm and on his right hand. As well as a few on his neck and chest. They kind of looked like small mosquito bites....but there were like 50+ of them. And some were clustered. Kind of like Chicken Pox. I was pretty sure that they weren't CP as #1) he had the vaccine when he was a year old. #2) He then had a mild case of the CP when he was 5. Anyhoooo, I took him to the DR. and the DR. said that he has seen several children come in with this rash this summer. Like Declan, mainly on the arms and hands. For the first bout out kids he ran a whole gamut of tests and nothing was out of the ordinary. So, he said to just keep an eye on it. I was not going to push for blood tests as they don't seem to be bothering Declan and it is extremely hard to take blood from Declan. Think of 3-4 adults trying to restain him. Then he is so tense that even when the needle gets in it takes forever to enough blood. He is so rigid that so are his blood vessels. By the time we are done, I am usually exhausted and sweating. Anyhow, I wan't going to do that to likely get no answers. The spots look better already today. Thanks again!!

Have a Merry Thursday!


Cami said...

Hi Kerry! I love this card with Magnolia's sand castle! They do have very nice "accessory" stamps and you have colored it so well, as always! I also hope Declan's rash starts going away and hope he feels better. Hugs, Cami

Moni said...

So cute card, love it! Hugs,Moni

Nancy said...

Kerry your card is very cute! I love this little sand castle stamp I just got mine yesterday. You did a super job coloring it. Hope Declan's rash gets better.

Ann said...

I love your ideas behind this card and the finished card is brilliant.

Ann xxx

Pam S. said...

this would be a very fun card to receive at Christmas in Iowa! lol love the rhinestones!
Pam Going Postal

Barb Hardeman said...

Splendid idea Kerry! Actually, I think it makes a super Christmas card...and your coloring is amazing! Clean and simple - that's the order of the day...beautiful job....

Sheri said...

Hi there Kerry! You nailed the Chrismas's just too cute.!
It's so good to heart that the pro's rip their cards apart too!..LOL

Jacque said...

Stunning card, Kerry!!!

Handmade by Vivi said...

Hi Kerry, you card is gorgoeus and I love the idea for a Christmas card.. and the rhinestones gave it a special touch!!

Basement Stamper said...

I hope Declan is doing better and those spots still aren't bothering him.

Great card, reminds me of Christmas in Florida ;-)

Ida P. Krause said...

What a FUN card Kerry. You did a fantastic job using the Sand Castle and creating a holiday feel with it. LOVE IT!

Elena said...

So sorry to hear about Declan... Hope that everything will be all right.
Your card is adorable! I think you can send it to anybody, love your ideas! Sand Castle is very cute!!!!! Love how you decorated it with gems!

Our Little Inspirations said...

Your sand castle card is so neat! I love the simple look of it and how it relaxes me just to look at it and visualize the sandy beach! I hope Declan soon gets rid of that nasty rash!

Sharon Caudle said...

LOL! Isn't it funny how long it takes to do a "simple" card? This turned out too cute. LOVE that sand castle!

Danni said...

Hope Declan is doing better by now. No fun when you don't know what you're dealing with!
Such a clever card..I love it!!

Lisa Somerville said...

The rhinestones are just the right touch! Too cute.

ladydiana said...

What a perfect Christmas card to send to anyone in a warm climate. I love CAS but find sometimes they are the hardest to make. The rhinestones are PERFECT!
Good that Declan is getting better!


Kristen said...

This was a great idea for a christmas card. I looks great!

cabio's craft corner said...

Nice & clean card. Love the little cute image. You made me check this image out now :o)

Candy said...

Hi Kerry,
I love your card!! I just received my sand castle stamp yesterday too :o). Too bad I am not home so can't make a card yet. This is a fab idea and a great card to send to friends abroad. The rhinestones are just the perfect touch.
Sure hope Delcan is better soon!
Hugs, Candy

Janet said...

Love your beach scene with Edwin!! It looks SO cute!!


Summerthyme Studio said...

Kerry, this is Stunning!!!!


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