Surf's Up, Dude!

Okay, I do have a card posted below, but first a public service announcement - you have to see Surf's Up (new animated movie, totally hidden in the shadows of Shrek 3 right now). Well, it may not be a movie for everyone, but Jason, Quinn and I just loved it. Cade tried to love it, but (we now know) he is not ready to sit through a movie.

Surf's Up is one of those kids' movies that is perfectly entertaining for the little ones and with so many hilarious asides and grown-up references that adults will find themselves giggling more than the kiddos. Now, if you don't really watch documentaries , you probably won't find this movie as funny as Jason and I did (in fact, there were many times we were the only ones laughing out loud) - it's done like a documentary of a penguin trying to win a surfing competition. <- that description alone should make you want to see it! But it is much more than that. And, best of all, there is no violence between the characters, the "message" is a good one, and it has a feel-good ending!

So here's Quinn, doing his best "surfing" move! (he's got a surfing shirt on, too).

Okay, so here's what I did this morning!

One of our favorite teachers at Quinn's daycare is leaving to continue her college education. Even though Quinn is no longer in her class, I am so sad to see her go. She's one of those one-in-a-million teachers - fun, kind, endlessly patient and always ready to greet the kids with a smile.

I wanted to give her a little something to say goodbye, to thank her for all she has done for Quinn and to wish her luck on her next adventure.

Jason and I decided we would give her a gift card for Staples to help out with all the mundane stuff she'll need when she gets back to school, so I made simple little gift card holder/card.

The base of the card is Au Chocolate designer paper. I used my In the Spotlight stamp set with Versamark Ink to create the background on the Certainly Celery panel, then stamped the flowers in Real Red on Very Vanilla paper and cut them out.

I made another of these gift card holder cards earlier, and I like the simplicity of the design - nothing like the ones Cambria Turnbow recently posted, which are uber-cool (see here, here, here, and her awesome tutorial here) but functional and easy. I just cut the card a little longer than normal, then scored at 4.25 and 8.5, cut a diagonal to the fold on the "extra" portion, folded it over and adhered it with a line of adhesive on the bottom and inside edge. A gift card will then fit nicely in the little pocket! I also used a Very Vanilla panel mounted on some Chocolate Chip for a space to write a message of thanks! Easy and functional!

Happy Sunday, everyone... we're off to enjoy our (brief) moment of sunshine!

Card Credits: Patterned Paper - Stampin' Up! (Au Chocolate from Spring Mini); Card Stock - Stampin' Up! (Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla); Stamps - Stampin' Up! (In the Spotlight), Kolette Hall (sentiment); Ink - Stampin' Up! (Real Red, VersaMark); Ribbon (unknown, from A.C. Moore).


  1. Cambria Turnbow said...

    AWESBOMB BABY! I love your blog, and thanks for the dimensions for the bigger version! YOU ROCK!!!
    Have a SUPER day babe!!!  

  2. Vicki C said...

    Super Cute card..and oh..those surf moves are toooo much! lol What a darling picture!  

  3. A. Sanborn said...

    LOVE the choice of papers and everybit as good... Cambria said so! *wink* I'd say that Quinn's ready for a "boogie board" for his B'day! How cute are those two munchkins of yours! *wink*

    Anne :)  

  4. mimihas5 said...

    Your card is *gorgeous*!!!! I love that you added red to the Au Chocolat papers. The teasher will love this card I am sure. :)


  5. mimihas5 said...

    I did not realize that The Surfs Up Dude was in the same post as your beautiful card. Your little boy is so adorable. :)Oh and which A Muse ATC on Amy's blog is yours?


  6. SpAzzGiRL said...

    So cool, need to make some of these this week. Love the colors!  

  7. Amy said...

    What a cute photo of Quinn!