CCEE1825: Ocean Challenge ♥

Hello friends!

It's time for a new challenge at the CCEE Stampers 
and this week's challenge is one of my very favorites!

Joanne has asked us to make an ocean themed card
and I knew two things right away:

 1. I wanted to make a card for my son who is away at camp 
and having an absolutely wonderful time!
He ADORES sharks (definitely part of the ocean)
and 2. To ink up my new Heffy Doodle stamps called Oceans of Love
(yes, there's a shark in this stamp set!)
I couldn't get the cellophane off my new Heffy Doodle stamps
fast enough to ink them up when they arrived!

How. cute. are. these!!

The second I saw the sneaks during release week,
I was already swimming around the shop waiting to purchase them ♥

There's more!
There is some-fin new on my card as well ~
a technique that I stumbled upon quite by accident.
I don't know if it's a 'thing' or has an official name,
but one day while watercoloring, I made a big 'ol mess with too much water.
I sopped it up with some pretty textured paper towels 
and as I lifted it off, this background was left behind.
I let it dry overnight, looked at it and said wow, it's a such a pretty piece.
I cut one of the sides with a frame die cut and the other I left as a background. 
When I added the frame with 3D foam, I purposely turned it 
so the green/blue would be opposite from the base green/blue.

Since this card is traveling to camp,
I didn't want to make it too fussy or overly embellished.
He's 13 and in a cabin with 6 other boys :)
He's a sweet, sweet boy who always compliments his mama's cards,
but I'm sure the accompanying goodie box is going to be the crown treasure!

You can see all the ocean cards here on the CCEE blog ~
these cards are pretty fin-tastic! 

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. Great, summery card! Hugs, Valerie

  2. such a super fun ocean themed card

  3. Delightful ocean card, Kelly!!! Wow! Your mess has been so lucky meeting your clever idea LOL!! :D The background result looks just AMAZING! I always put too much water and ruin water coloured cards, so this technique with textured towels is very useful for me, thanks for sharing!:D The shark and his friend manta are very cute, and the scalloped frame looks great, your son surely will smile and treasure Mom's card!! :D
    Thanks for the notice about my prize, I can't wait to see the cartoon stamps in real life and try them :)
    Your friend surely is going to have a fabulous vacation in Umbria! It is one of the most peaceful and sweet italian places, its magical feel is just stunning! :)
    Big hugs and enjoy Summer vacations!

  4. Wow Kelly, you really nailed this one - love those fish, and your background is fabulous, however 'accidental' it may have been!

  5. I'm sure you DS is expecting great things from his mom while he is away at camp, and I KNOW that you deliver!!! Such a fun and fabulous sea card, sure to delight him when it arrives!!

  6. Kelly, I can hardly believe you made that background accidentally. It's gorgeous. And your card is sure fun - one that will be a hit with your son, for sure!

  7. Such perfect colors to go with that awesome background! Beautiful work, Kelly!

  8. Kelly, how lucky you are to see the ocean on a daily basis. Love these pretty colors and that cute shark and stingray!!

  9. Oh my goodness, I love this!! The shark is so fun!! The background looks amazing!! What a perfect card for your son at camp!! It's so fabulous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Cute card -- I like the way you shaded the frame. Your son will love it!

  11. I love the ray and shark. Great card for your son at camp!

  12. Fabulous and cute card Kelly, I love the yellow green opposite in the frame and the texture in the background colours..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. Your background is really pretty and what a great stamp set. My kids are into sea life as well - narwhals and anglerfish have been favorites for years now. He's going to love the card - and I'm sure the box of goodies as well.

  14. The background is fin-tastic for the adorable little buddies. All framed beautifully Kelly. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  15. love the varigated colors of your frame....great underwater scene....well done

  16. Tee hee!! That shark with his teeth really crack me up! :) What a wonderful cheerful design my friend!! I just love it! HUGS

  17. Cute and wonderful underwater scene !!


  18. It's wonderful card!

  19. Beautiful underwater scene on your card, Kelly! Love the gorgeous colors with them carried over onto the frame. The sea creatures are adorable, especially the shark with an overbite! LOL. Hugs!

  20. So cute!!! Your sea background looks amazing!!! Stunning card!