Beachy Birthday and a HOP

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month, and that means I'm kicking off the July Diva Inspirations Hop!  I just love seeing what each of the designers chooses to use from the Verve archives.  So pull up a chair and your favorite treat and lets go to the hop!!!

There's a little prize hidden along today's hop, so be sure to leave some comment love as you hop about to the blogs listed at the bottom of this post.  For all the blog hop prize detail and deadlines, head on over to the Verve Blog.


When I was strolling through the craft store a month or so ago, this Key Lime Collection by BoBunny literally screamed my name from across the aisle.  {grin}  It was instant love... retro, masculine and colorful and it immediately made me think of our Relax set.  So that was the inspiration I started with for a masculine birthday card I need this month.  I wanted a beachy feel so I paired the colorful papers with soft sky and crumb cake.  The surfboards from Relax are stamped onto patterned paper and then cut out.  I stamped the wave onto soft sky, then cut out and layered behind the flag, which is simply a section of the background paper.  I just loved the Live Love Surf text on the paper, so I made sure to cut the flag so it would stand out.  I wrapped a little twine around it  for emphasis, then added some Frosted Lace stickles to both the waves and the twine.

The soft sky banner is stamped in Soft Sky with the solid accent from Relax, then over stamped in white ink with the matching outlined accent for a frosty look.  Not sure if it shows in the picture, but it's pretty cool in real life.  I added to large jumbo eyelets to the top and tied some twine around them for a little interest.   The sentiment is from the Borderline set and stamped onto cream paper which I spritzed with a pool party marker and the air art tool.  Lots of distressing to the edges of everything, and you can see a bit of the embossed Rays texture fades peeking out  on the crumb cake layer.

The layout of the card is my masculine take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Have you been playing along with the Mojo Monday 300 celebration?  There are oodles of prizes to be won and you have until Sunday night to get your entries in, so don't delay!

Alrighty, I've probably talked your ear off enough.  Time to hit the next stop on the hop... the amazing Amy Kolling!


1. Julee7. Sankari
2. Amy8. Sarah
3. Anya9. Sony
4. Betty10. Susan
5. Jessica11. Tiffany
6. Karen

Enabler's List
Stamps:  Relax, Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Key Lime Collection (BoBunny), crumb cake, soft sky (SU!), cream
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party (SU!), Jasmine (Mix'd Media), black
Accesories:  Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), jumbo eyelets, Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), paper distresser, Rays Texture Fades (Tim Holtz), linen thread, air art tool (SU!)

64 comments

  1. Beautiful - masculine cards are tough, and you nailed it! Love the distressed edges.

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  2. Oh, WOW! So cool!! Love it! :)

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  3. I love going through these hops to see which sets I 've missed that I need to add to my wish list. :) Great card today! Another great take on the Mojo sketch!!

    Tricia

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  4. Great masculine card. Love the papers and details.

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  5. Gorgeous card! I love the papers and the wave is so cool!

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  6. Great card! Love the papers with this stamp set! He is gonna love it!

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  7. I love beach themed cards... especially paired up with a distressed look. Where's the closest beach!? LOL!

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  8. this is a fabulous beach birthday card Julee-love the surfer theme

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  9. Great masculine card! Love the distressing on it!

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  10. fantastic card, Julee! the Key Lime collection was a great find:)

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  11. Awesome card! I love inspiration for masculine cards.

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  12. This absolutely screams summer! Very nice.

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  13. Way cool! Love the colors, dimension and layout...awesome job!

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  14. Incredible card. Love all the elements. Paper is great. Awesome eyelets.

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  15. Fun, fun, fun!! I want to go to Hawaii now! Great surfing/summer theme!

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  16. Nice masculine card - love the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Awesome card, love everything about it...sketch, paper, color, and all the little details.....

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  18. I love what you did with the BoBunny collectton. What a great card idea for a birthday card. TFS.
    D~
    designsbydragonfly.blogspot

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  19. So many neat elements to your card - love it!

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  20. Very cool card and would be great for a guy!

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  21. What fun summer colors, love the card

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  22. Very beachy feel to the card. Teresa Z is right. This is a great guy card.

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  23. What a fabulous Masculine and beachy card!

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  24. How fun! I love the grommets, the disgressing, the sparkle on the waves, great card!

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  25. What an amazing card wonderful for a male - a lot of great work A

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  26. Great card and fun paper line! I love the enablers list, what a great way to list the products.

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  27. You have created a fabulous union with the images, papers and the layout. Love the eyelets!!!

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  28. Love the masculine shabbiness of this!

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  29. Love this!! Perfect masculine card and love the details.

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  30. your cards are always soo cool... love all the distressing!

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  31. Great masculine card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I like the masculine beach look!

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  33. Fantastic card! Glad I'm not the only one who hears those voices in the craft store!! Great papers! TFS

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  34. This is awesome!! A fabulous mix of pattern and distressing and I love that wave peeking out from behind the banner.

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  35. Fab masculine card...love it!!!

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  36. Certainly a "handsome" card! Love the layout, the paper and especially the VERVE! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!
    c

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  37. What do you call this style, retro grunge? What ever it is it's great.

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  38. Totally awesome! I love all the elements and the layout is fabulous!

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  39. Am I the only one who sees kind of a robot face or totem face in this card?? Great guy patterns and colors!!
    <3 J

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  40. I love it! So many fantastic details!

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  41. Oh Julee- this is an awesome card, I love the masculinity of the card.

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  42. Fantastic card. Love the retro grunge style.

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  43. Wonderful masculine card...love those jumbo eyelets.

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  44. It's so pretty....Love the vibrant paper!

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  45. Awesome card love that it is masculine and the theme is perfect !!

    Mayra
    MayrasDesigns.blogspot.com/

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  46. Great masculine card! πŸ˜€

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  47. What a gorgeous combo of papers - and love that little wave accent.

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  48. Awesome layers and fabulous card. Screams summer!

    Come and see what I've done lately! kren@
    http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

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  49. What a fun summer card! Makes me want to go to the beach!

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  50. So many layers of FUN!! Delightful creativity!

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  51. what a cool card! Love the distressing and all the great colors and patterns.

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  52. lovely card, beautiful summery colors and loved the stamps.

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  53. Fun papers and patterns! Love the theme and the sparkly water!

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  54. I love this masculine beach card. Such wonderful papers and so many fun details. Those big eyelets are great here.

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  55. I love this masculine beach card. Such wonderful papers and so many fun details. Those big eyelets are great here.

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  56. I love this masculine beach card. Such wonderful papers and so many fun details. Those big eyelets are great here.

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  57. I love this masculine beach card. Such wonderful papers and so many fun details. Those big eyelets are great here.

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