Okay, I've seen several samples that turned the Pick-A-Petal stamps into surfboards. Saw them last year, in fact, but didn't really have an opportunity to make my own until now. A local surf shop is hosting a "camp" for kids with autism and Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism) again this summer. My older son participated last year and had an absolute blast. He could only make one of the two nights, but managed to "get up" midway through the lesson the first night. He did so well and had a GREAT time. So when I found out that the shop was doing it again, I signed both my kids up. I don't know if my younger son will want any part of it, but since prolonged exposure is the best way to acclimate autistic kids to new situations, I figured he could start off just watching, then participating little by little, then maybe next year really get into it. The owner of the shop is very understanding and accommodating. It's such a wonderful thing she is doing, so I should probably mention the shop's name...Aquaholics in Kennebunkport (www.aquaholicsurf.com).
I also signed up a friend's child. They are new to the area and we've become fast friends because we have a lot in common. Anyway, I'm sending her this card to let her know how much I'm looking forward to "hangin' loose" with her while our boys catch some waves. I also suggested that if she were brave enough, perhaps we'd try the Mom's Morning Out program, where we can try surfing for free. I don't know if she'll go for it, but I know I'm not going to try it alone...I need someone else to laugh at, errrr, I mean "with".
To make the card I brayered some YoYo Yellow, Only Orange and Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock with a foam brayer. I tore some Bordering Blue cardstock and sponged some Whisper White Craft ink on the edges to create some breaking waves. I then tore a few pieces of Naturals Ivory to mimic the sand and sponged them with Sahara Sand ink. I stamped some petals from the Pick-A-Petal set, cut them out (rounding one of the ends a bit) and stuck them in the sand. I stamped the saying with my Short Order alphabet to finish it up. Quick and easy.