Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Take It Easy...

Elliot is back in our next new stamp!! You know that whatever Elliot does, he does it with his whole heart...and that includes relaxing too!!! Can't you just hear him breathing a sigh of total relaxation...ahhhhhhhhh!!!! Feeling the warm sun and cool water...floating along without a care in the world!!! In this hectic world, I think we all need a reminder once in awhile to just take some time to take it easy.





To make this card, I cut a piece of cardstock 5" (wide) x 5-1/5" (high). Make two score lines: one 3/4" from the bottom, and the other 1" away from the first. Fold along both scored lines. Make two 1/2" clips right through the inner fold on the right side...and two more on the left side. These to tabs are going to be pushed inward to form a pop-up card. The clips are shown below:



I also cut (freehand) some waves along the bottom edge. The picture below shows the two tabs "popped-up". Next cut a strip of cardstock into a 1" x 5" strip. Cut more waves into the top edge of this strip. Cut a groove into this piece approx. 1/8" wide. This will be the track that Elliot will float along. Insert a brad into the groove. Make sure it's tight enough to stay in place...but loose enough to slide along the track:



Next...attach the strip with the brad onto the two pop-up tabs. I used a glue dot to attach Elliot to the brad, then taped a piece of ribbon behind Elliot (this will be used to pull Elliot through the waves). I also used Crystal Lacquer to make his tube look more realistic:



Here's the giveaway for today:



The sun is not a new stamp, but the rest are. I thought the Aloha Friday stamp would work well with Elliot too!!! For those of you from other parts of the world...every Friday is Aloha Friday here in Hawaii...just our way of celebrating the end of the week and the start of the weekend!!! I left a space on the stamp in case you want to use just the "have a great weekend" sentiment.

Ok...here's the deal...leave me a comment by midnight tomorrow, June 24. Tell me what makes you go ahhhhhhhhh!!! Mine would be getting a massage...no talking, please...just relaxing!!! Thanks for putting up with my questions...I just get a kick out of what you all have to say!!! Good luck and I'll announce the winner on Thursday, June 25!!!

51 comments:

Happy Stamper said...

Hi Jean!
I'm with you! A great massage is the "aaaaahhhhhh" for me. Cute, cute new designs! Love them! Thanks for a change to win.

joni h said...

an ice cold Pepsi or Bud Light straight from the cooler! ahhhh!
Love the new designs & thank you for the tutorial on that awesome card!

Berenice said...

A day is a spa! Love the stamps, super cute :) Your card is really nice! Thanks for sharing!

jennyv said...

Hi Jean! Mines would be relaxing in a tub with bubble bath and listening to some relaxation music. Ahhhhh! Elliot the Elephant stamp is so adorable. I would love to win it!Thanks for the chance to win.

Jenny

Cassie said...

Hi Jean,

I love Eliot. He's the cutest.
A tall cool iced tea is the "aaaaahhhhh" for me.

Fay said...

OMG....this is a totally cool card!! Love the crystal lacquer on his innertube also!

Vina T. said...

YOur card is so creative and cute! A day at a spa would make me go "ahhhhhhh..."

Kris said...

Elliot is adorable! I liked the way Cheryl used the stamp on her card too!

An AAAHHHHHH! day would be relaxing at the beach for me, doing nothing at all!

Kacie said...

Hi Jean:
An ice cold coke and laying on the raft in the pool on a hot day - aaahhhh!! Great new designs!!

kinderdoodle said...

An ice cold Dr.Pepper, or a dish of pineapple sherbet makes me go "ahhhhh". I love the card you made with the new Elliot stamp. Thanks as always for sharing the card tutorial. Linda/AR

Ethan Mashimo said...

what makes me go ahhhhhhhh? -- sitting at a hawaii beachside bar at sunset!

ML Design Works said...

This is such a cute card and stamp! Thanks for showing us how--I will try it! What makes me go ahhh? A pedicure! Thank you! Lisa :-)

Jan said...

Eating shave ice on a hot summer day makes me say, "ash". Your card is so cute and clever.

Cori T said...

Love your new stamps! Just like Elliot, a day at the Waterpark drifting along in an inner tube would make me go aaahhhhh!

kg said...

Jean,

Another cutie......... A great meal that I did not have to cook would be ahhhhhhhhh for me.

Thanks for sharing.

kg

Sharon said...

Hi Jean! Getting a pedicure always makes me go "aaaahhhh". Thanks for sharing the super cute card. As always, your stamp designs are awesome.

Jenny said...

Hi Jean,
Love love love these new stamps! Lying down on the couch after a long day at work makes me go ahhhhh.

Jenny
crazyforpaper.blogspot.com

Glenda U said...

Mine is getting a massage too...especially a foot massage after a long day at work wearing heels! :)

Lori said...

This is a cute card...love the sliding elliot on the tube! What makes me go "aaahhhhhh" is taking a cold shower after our very hot days in Hawaii!

kobeo said...

Another cutie design...really makes me want to kick back and go aaahhhh - just like vegging out in a comfortable lounge chair after a hard day's work.

Sheri D. said...

I love the new designs and the creative cards you come up with...as for what makes me go "aaahhhhh" it's laying in bed after a long day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean:
AAAAAHHHHH! Elliot is so cute! A large Pepsi Icee on a very hot day...aaaaahhhh! ThankU:) Dori

*d* said...

Cute new stamps! What makes me go aaaahhhh? In this busy world, having a day off and doing nothing but relaxing the whole day :)

Liann said...

getting a manipedi..love the new stamps tfs

Anonymous said...

Love Elliot. My ahhhh! moment would be enjoying an Orange Dream jamba juice with my grandaughter.

val a.

Saskia said...

Lovely card, so cute!!!

A yummy chocolate cake (yes, with Belgian chocolate pleas!)...Aaaahhhh!!!!

Sweet greetings,
Saskia :)

eunice said...

Incredibly cute and what a neat interactive card! Lovin' sweet Elliot relaxing on the waves...
Ahhh, yes, a massage is what does it for me...!

Angie said...

It would be totally unfair if I won again, but I wanted to say "CUTE!" I love the idea of making the card so the image floats on by! And a nice tall glass of lemonade on a hot day makes me go "ahhhhh!"

Nikki said...

These stamps are incredibly adorable and so Hawaii. You make them very easy to color, too. My ahhh moment is listening to the birds cheerfully warbling at sunrise.

chris said...

Hi Jean, Elliot is so cute! I love the card design too! For me it would be relaxing on a beach in Maui watching the whales...Thanks for a chance to win! = )

CM2 said...

Elliot is really a smile "getter" and relaxation is definitely his middle name. A frosty glass of my own homemade lemonade, after working outside in the summer sun, never fails to elicit a very satisfied ....ahhhhhhhhhhh from me! Thanks for a chance at your RAOK, as always, it's a winner! CM2

Marlo said...

What a cute stamp! Love it!
My ahh moment is complete silence in my house... tv turned off, kids not bickering and dog not barking :)!

Yuki said...

Hi Jean, I think I missed your cut off from last night for this deadline but just wanted to tell you that I think Elliot is sooo cute! You make the cutest stamps!

Denise said...

tha tis just the cutest!!! Wish I could of entered for these too!

Cheryl said...

Ok, I was wondering about that space when I looked at the stamp sample. Ha!
Very cute card!

Kelli B said...

such a cute card- thanks for sharing the tutorial too! Ice cold shave ice after kayaking is my aaahhh moment.

Cathy Y. said...

Cute Elliot stamp and neat card design!
Having my hubby massage my shoulders after coming home from work is an "aaahhh" moment for me.

Dianne said...

Hi Jean
Awesome card love the way Elliot looks so relaxed and enjoying him self for the summer. So cute!
Thanks

Tammy said...

Aloha Jean!

Wow, once again you have out done it with super cute stamps and a hard to beat card!!!

My aaaahhhhh is sitting in a lounge chair with my toes in the sand and a good book and no agenda to have to follow....just a beautiful beach before me and serenity around me. When you have a hectic life it doesn't get much better than that. Thanks again Jean for sharing your creations. Tammy

jan said...

our afternoon times outside in the patio... so relaxing to sit and read and watch my "baby" play - rolling in the grass and hunting for bugs and geckos.

aerolgirl said...

Such a cutie patootie that elliot is! loved the tutorial too.
my 'aaahhh' moment is having shave ice on a hot hawn day and just 'chillin' w/great friends.

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Darling stamps & an adorable card................that makes me go "aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwww"!!!

Huggies ~ Sharron

Anonymous said...

I just got thru saying Awwww! My grandson got me with a Squirt gun!! It is very hot here, feels like 91° The thermometer on the side of the house says 128°! The water felt good, but I wasn't too happy about the surprise and getting too wet! Beth

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean,

Love your card and cute stamps too.

An ice cold diet Coke with a slice of lemon makes me go ahhhhh!

Thanks for sharing!
BJ

Shari said...

Thanks for the cute ideas & love your new stamps! My favorite "aaahhhh" treat is a spa pedicure!

Carole said...

Fabulous card and Elliot is just such a happy guy! Ahhhhhh?--the house being very quiet and there is a nice, strong tradewind blowing through the windows--heaven on earth!

Deana said...

Hi. I check your website often for inspiration! Your stamps are adorable.
An ahhhh for me is sitting on the bench in my flower garden and listening to the water flow in the fountain. My tabby cat is often beside me.

Janet S said...

I agree with the massage, too! I also got to get in a friend's pool this evening after a hot day outside. That was a definite AHHHHHH! Thanks for a chance to win some more adorable stamps.

GZelda said...

Love your designs! Watching the sun set over the water from my living room. (Well, it sets over Makakilo now, but it's just as magical and "ahhhh"-ing!)

Ekg said...

Aloha kaua, Jean,
Another wonderful Elliot!!! I just think he is sooo cute. In 2 weeks I will be home to enjoy the warm water, too. Sunrise at Hanauma Bay is my "aaahhh". Looking forward to seeing the rest of your new line. Mahalo nui loa for a chance to win these great stamps. A hui hou!

Enjoli said...

Hi Jean!! I love your card. You are so creative! I love how you added the crystal laquer to the tube. Elliot is so cute. Love the new sayings too. Especially the Aloha Friday! What I do to relax is get a pedicure. =)