Hello Crafters,

Today I’m sharing another card I made for the “G’day Fri’yay’ Card Making Challenges” Facebook group, a fortnightly Card Making Challenge with Aussie Themes. The last few times I forgot to add the banner for this group, so here it is.

The theme for this challenge is “Aussie Sports” and although my boys play a lot of sport there is one quintessentially Aussie sport that my entire family are very involved in – surf life saving. We came to surf life saving the way that many families do, via their Junior Development Program, commonly known as nippers. As far as I am aware this is a sport that is only played in Australia.

My husband, Pete, is a die-hard surfer and we live at Freshwater beach, however he insisted our kids join the neighbouring South Curl Curl nippers program instead as it is one of the roughest beaches in Australia and he knew if they learnt to handle the waves there they would be safe at any beach. Pete was the age manager for my eldest son Samuel’s age group all the way through nippers, but this scrapbook layout shows Pete holding our youngest son Ben after he finished his first year of nippers.

When I was wondering how to make a card for this sport I realised I could use Hat Builder dies from the fantastic masculine Stampin’ Up! bundle called Hats Off.

By cutting off the brim/visor off the large and the small hats it becomes the perfect shape for a nippers cap! How cool is that!

For the large nippers cap I die cut 2 large hats in Basic White and 1 hat in Pacific Point and 1 hat in Daffodil Delight. I used my paper snips to trim the visor off all 4 caps and cut the 3 colours of so there was one panel of each colour. I adhered these panels to the base cap in Basic White.

The smaller nippers cap is made from just 1 die cut cap with the visor trimmed off and 2 of the panels coloured with my Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight markers.

The ties for the nippers caps were made from White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and Basic White bakers twine.

The DSP is the retired Sand & Sea DSP inked up with some Sahara Sand ink at the edge to look like the sand on South Curl Curl beach. The Playful Alphabet letters were cut from Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Basic White card stock to match our surf club colours and spell out the letters of our surf club: South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club.

Want to see what that little blond cherub looks like today? My husband and both my boys all patrol South Curl Curl as volunteer surf lifesavers – in fact, my husband is the patrol captain for the first patrol of the season this afternoon. This photo was taken last Christmas day as both my boys headed off the patrol the beach – my niece and dog decided to photobomb my boys! Ben is in the middle of the photo and is now 19, about to turn 20. Where do the years go!

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’ll be back on Monday with a Christmas Card in the AWH Heart of Christmas blog hop and again on Wednesday in our weekly AWH Colour Creations Showcase – we are showcasing Flirty Flamingo this week.

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase all these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Don’t forget to use my monthly Host Code (if your order is between $50 – $250) and I will send you a thank you gift the following month. If your order is over $250 don’t use the host code because you will qualify for your own stamping rewards.

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In the meantime, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

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