CCEE ~ National Poetry Month!

Good Morning, friends!
There's a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers blog, brought to us by Lois. 
April is National Poetry Month, and today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. 
She asked us to create a card using a poem as your inspiration.
 Oh, Lois!  
Be still my heart! 
 I minored in English Literature in undergraduate college so everything poetry 
or written prose makes my heart go pitter-patter! ♥
For my poet, I chose Nathaniel Hawthorne,
 the author behind The House of Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter.
More specifically, I chose him for his poem "The Ocean."

The ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.
The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.

I could have chosen 100 different poets right off the top of my brain
but really wanted someone with an under the sea theme.
 I was very blessed to win the Instagram giveaway
from Peachy Keen Stamps.
They had a generous giveaway and I fell instantly in love with
  this beautiful stamp set
Thank you, Peachy Keen! 
 That really mermaid my day! ♥

For my card, it's a larger base of 5.5 x 5.5
as I had intended to add a few of the under the sea friends together
as well as one of the sentiments.  
This set is filled with sweet messages and lots of pun!
I colored them with prismacolor markers
and then popped them up on 3D foam.
The sentiment lays flat against the background,
and I added a few enamel dots and sequins to simulate bubbles.

Here's the stamp set in it's entirety:

Thanks for swimming by today!
It was good to sea you!
Okay, I'll stop - LOL!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. Adorable card love the sea creatures.x♥
    [aussie aNNie Blog]

  2. Great idea using a poem as theme for the challenge and you have done a wonderful work with that dp and those super cute friends!! Love so much your design, very striking!!
    Good luck with the challenge!

  3. I love this colorful card. The bg is wonderful, and the stamps are fun. Delicious images from Peachy Keen!!! Well done, mf.

  4. Gorgeous card in lovely colors.
    xxx Margreet

  5. A stunning card Kelly and a wonderful stamp set.

    Sue xx

  6. Sounds like you chose your poem that same way I did, cause of the stamps you wanted to use haha. Such fun stamps and of course card

  7. What a fabulous card, Kelly!! That background paper makes for a sensational sea for your sweet mermaid and her ocean critter friends!! Your post reminds me that I have a set of fun faces somewhere in my collection from Peachy Keen!! I need to pull those out and use them!!

  8. Congrats on your win. What an adorable set you chose! Your card is beyond cute! Love it!

  9. very sweet and beautiful and great colours Kelly
    congrats with your prize
    Gr Karin

  10. Hee hee! What a fintastic make, Kelly! Love your under the sea scene - the mermaid and her friends are so cute! Awesome background too!

  11. I love those Peachy Keen faces -- congrats on your win. You put your prize to good use today. Cute, cute card!

  12. So cute and all the beautiful colors of the ocean you have included. A great card, Kelly!

  13. Oh my good golly, couldn't love this more!! Wow, Kelly!! The background is amazing!! The mermaid and her friends are fabulous...what sweet faces!! Totally adore this, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. LOVE every detail on this ocean beauty....great poem too...I have never read the entire poem but have seen a few of the lines

  15. Wow!! Kelly, this card is amazing!! The image and colours are stunning, as is the design. The mermaid is adorable too. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  16. I love ocean/sea creature cards, including this little beauty. Congrats on your stamp win.

  17. This is a wonderful post! I like the poem and your card is fabulous!!!

  18. WOW! Great win! and beautiful card, too! You needed that stamp set.