Open Sea SSC #213










Last night I made a card for my father-in-laws 79th birthday.  My father-in-law was an avid historian of Lewis and Clark, and collected many books on the topic until he moved to a retirement home and donated his collection to a university.  I am entering this card in the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge,  The original card had the design down lower but the second card come out a little better.  Tonight we are have a dinner with the whole family to celebrate his birthday.


The Open Sea












I made the card with The Open Sea globe stamp, and Nautical Expedition DSP.  As you can tell I burned the edges of the paper to give the card a weathered and aged look.  First I used the spiral border punch (must be retired) and then I burned the edges of the DSP.  My family did wonder last night why it smelled like something was burning if I was making cards.  However, I put a wet paper towel on the counter to avoid any disasters.  I cut the globe circle using the Coluzzle.  I cut out just the image of the globe and put it over on top so that I could just sponge the edge of the globe.  I sponged Old Olive Ink on the land and Marina Mist on the water of the globe.  I also cut out the image of the land and placed it on top when I was sponging Marina Mist on the water.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Word Play “Image the Possibilities”.  Since it is a birthday I stamped Big Wish inside the card. I popped the images up with dimensions and used Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla cardstock.  The card is finished with linen thread, which I am lucky I still have since my kids thought it made great string for their homemade bows and arrows.

Thanks for letting me share.


Sail Away SSC #208

Last Night I did my Father’s Day Cards based on the Saturday Sketch Challenge #208 at Stamping 411,  I used the SU Sailing Away stamp and the SU Nautical Expedition DSP.  I love the Sail Away stamp and the DSP, I also bought the Open Sea stamp set so I will be making many more nautical cards.  If you look in the right hand corner of the sailboat there are 2 people sitting in the boat.  The designer paper looks like a map in the background.  I will be ordering more of this paper before the catalog ends.  For this card I used the Top Note Die.  I inked the boat with Early Espresso, the waves with Night of Navy, the flag with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I sponged Bordering Blue (retired) around the boat, using an oval template.  To finish the card I used the new Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s twine.  On one of the cards I used linen thread but after I worked with the baker’s twine it is nice for masculine cards.  I will be making many more of these probably for birthday cards.  This card was quick and easy to make.  The colors are Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and white.

Father’s Day was nice, and I cooked homemade spaghetti and meatballs for the family and my parents.  This is a favorite meal for everyone.  I need to retire soon.  I have to get up early tomorrow to get my oldest child to Marine Science Camp at Jacksonville University.  It is hard when you have to get up earlier in the Summer then during the school year.

Sail Away