More anchors than the Navy

This is a card I made for personal use. The recipient lives at the coast, and I think I briefly became like one of those who, at the mere mention of boats, feels compelled to dress in all things nautical. This is my card-making equivalent of a striped top, gold-buttoned blazer, deck shoes and a spotted kerchief or peaked cap…..

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I started off with a fab Crafty Individuals stamp which has a sailing boat (or maybe it is a yacht, I am ignorant as to the difference between the two) and a collage-type background with maps and text. As the bottom of the stamp said ‘Come Sail with Me’ and the card is for someone else’s fella I kind of lopped that off by scuffing up the edges with scissors. I then re-inked the stamp twice more, once in the same blue and once in a brown, and fussy cut the boat only to give me a small flotilla instead of a lone sailor.

Next I used an Inkylicious worn paint stamp, which I dusted with some of the same brown ink. The base of the card is a TODO anchors embossing folder, used on white card which has been inked on the reverse side with the Adirondack Denim ink. I really like how this bit turned out.

Once everything was layered up I still wanted more detail, or interest. So I grabbed some bunting dies and made what I hope looked like some boaty-type flags, plus a couple of pennant shapes too. And some punched gold circles for rivets. Oh and then yet another anchor!! I think I may have got them out of my system now…

Supplies: stamps Crafty Individuals CI 457 and Inkylicious Worn Paint; Inks – Adirondack Denim and Distress Vintage Photo; Dies – Poppystamps Anchors Away and Tattered Lace bunting from a stepper card set; TODO anchors embossing folder (sorry, I don’t know the actual folder name, if it has one!); all card from stash

 

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If at first…

Or is it ‘Oops I Did it Again’?

I previously posted a card I made and was not happy with. What I had in my head did not make it into paper form. But I knew I liked the colours I had chosen, and the stamp is adorable, so I decided to have another go. A fellow blogger Kim (go see her amazing work) suggested perhaps a bit of depth would be good. That gave me an idea. Thanks Kim!

vintage sunbather

I used dies to make the base card and a frame. I also caved in on the clean idea and ‘vintaged it up’ a bit, which I think works better. The controversial (lol) giant shells didn’t make it into this version – I tried them but was still unsure so opted for a tiny anchor instead. Same issue, but reversed, and different embellishment!

There is glitter, but it doesn’t show in the photo. That seems to happen a lot. Someone should invent photogenic, non-camera-shy-but-still-subtle glitter. It’ll probably need a catchier name than that… GlitterArti, maybe?

I definitely prefer this version. It isn’t super, but I think it is better. Thank you to everyone who commented on the previous card post. Sometimes a team effort is just what I need!

The stamp is from Crafty Individuals; blue spotty paper and bunting are from Serif digikits and the red spotty is from Craftwork Cards.

What has plenty of ‘or’s, but no boat?

This does. Another ‘warts and all’ post..

The temperature in my corner of the UK is 32°C today. We are not prepared for such things. Air conditioning is not commonplace; people are hot, and there is no cooling breeze, real or man-made. I work in an old building which takes ages to warm up in winter and ages to cool down in summer. There has been some petty pilfering of, and ugly scenes over fans. Towns are unbearable in weather like this, especially if you have to work and try to still look vaguely professional and not like a melted waxwork gamely sporting a summer frock.

What happened to the Goldilocks effect? Why is it either ‘unseasonably cold’ or ‘unseasonably hot’? Why is it hardly ever ’just right’? of course I know my ’just right’ is not for everyone. but, my ‘just right’ is pretty much bang on what we are daily told we should be expecting for the time of year. Fine & sunny, lovely. Warm, sure. Low to mid 20s C, super. I am pretty sure temperatures of +30° are unconstitutional.

Here is something seasonal, as well as being the warts and all bit (sorry if you thought that was covered in the above rant)! I think it also lacks the Goldilocks effect. A few days ago I made this card and I am not sure about it. Sometimes I think it is fine, and other times very much flawed. I love the image, and because I am somewhat challenged in the colouring department I opted for a bit of punchy selective paper piecing instead. Cunning, huh?! OK, not exactly Machiavellian but not Baldrick either. Then I though I would aim for a vintage look, but with sun-bleached seaside colours.

vintage seaside

I found the bunting in a digikit and it was ok, but not enough. A further search for shells and I found these two in different kits, resized, re-coloured and then added them. Now, well, I just don’t know. Maybe if I had stamped the sunbather onto kraft card instead? Or just taken down the white a bit? Or used a smaller card base and moved the main image up to touch or overlap the bunting slightly? Or not put the poor sunbather in imminent danger of being overpowered by giant human-eating shells? Or maybe it is just a bit uninteresting?

Supplies: stamp from Crafty Individuals; everything else from Serif CraftArtist

 

Camper vans and ice cream

I’m on a roll. If willpower and wishing worked, Britain would be a tropical island. For now, lovely artwork images from Crafter’s Companion Halcyon Days will have to do. I might have a choc-ice lurking in the freezer somewhere. A girl can dream.

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More from the same CD. I love the breezy colours of this image. I had to add the row of birds at the last minute to cover a smudge, but I love them. They are the seaside equivalent of using a butterfly to cover a blunder.

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Spot the attempt at some ‘nautical looking’ knotting!