Our theme this week is "Summer Holidays", and I chose the digi stamp entitled "Boy at the Beach". I fell in love with this image when I saw it because it totally reminded me of my son! Our favorite summer holidays are spent camping...which of course involves time at the beach. Both of my children love the water and playing in the sand, however my son is always so excited to be there. He loves playing in the sand making sand castles, digging holes to fill with water, etc. It always seems that he has such freedom and no cares in the world when he is splashing in the water, digging in the sand...it's pure happiness.
Well enough chit chat...here's the card I created with this delightful image!
Now I wanted this card to be more along the clean and simple line so that the image would be where your eye was drawn. I have to admit that I was a little worried working on this card as I seldom water color as it isn't my strongest talent. I also have to admit that this is one of the first digi stamps I have ever used! I think I am okay with how it turned out.
The image has been colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. The background paper is a paper that I won at a scrapbook crop I attended and have had kicking around in my scrap room for quite some time. The colors and stripes just reminded me of the beach for some reason. I cut out the circle in the background paper using my Spellbinders Circle die cut template and used the same circle die cut for the image of the boy at the beach. I then placed a piece of brown card stock behind the circle cut out where the image was to be mounted. The little flags have also been cut with a Spellbinders die called "Button and Bunting". The entire card has been lightly inked with a brown color to give it a worn and seaside feeling. All edges have been inked with the same brown color just a tad bit darker to give the card some contrast.
The sentiment is from Stamp 'n Up and totally tied in with the feeling I wanted to portray through the image...the sight and feeling I described of my son earlier...just happy and relaxed. I think this sentiment is so true for many of us...we are so busy looking for happiness that we forget to be happy and content just where we are.
Well, that's pretty much it for me today. I hope you pop by Crafty Creations and link up your "Summer Holiday" creation with us there. The rest of our Design Team has some awesome creations as well, so be sure to stop by their blogs and leave them some blog love as well. Until next time...
I have entered this creation into the following challenges as well...
Heck of a Challenge..."The Sea"
Sunday Stamps..."It's a Sketch"
Wags 'n Whiskers..."Summer Fun"
Bearly Mine Challenges..."Anything Goes"
Inky Chicks..."Summer Colors"
Through the Craftroom Doors..."Anything Goes"
Tuesday Throwdown..."Toes in the Sand"
Freshly Brewed Designs..."Take a Vacation"
C is for Challenge..."Summer"
The Crazy Challenge..."Summertime"
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards..."Life's a Beach"
Stamping with the Dragon..."On the Beach"
Update: This card has placed in the following challenges...