Saturday, July 20, 2013
Curtain Call Challenge - Feeling Nautical
I love it when new card making inspiration challenges start up and today I am playing along with the very first challenge for Curtain Call. The theme is Feeling Nautical and fits in perfectly on a very hot Summer day. Here's the inspiration photo which has all kinds of Nautical elements.
I went with very traditional nautical colors on my card.
Cover Up Pieced Chevron Die to make a nautical border on my card. That is a super fun die to use, like making a puzzle coming up with all the different color combinations. I wanted to add some hand stitching to my card and it occurred to me that I could get nice straight, even stitches by using Lil Inker's Stitched Mat rectangle die as a guide. I didn't even have to poke the holes and think it gave a nice touch to this card. I wish I was so brilliant that I had thought up the idea to use the Stitched Mat Circles to make a life preserver, but I had pinned a card made by Alyssa Scritchfield (Alyssa's card) during the Lil Inker release where she created the cutest ocean themed card and I cased that idea. I used twine and added a gold anchor I cut on my cameo.
Now, for my secret. This card did not start out to be a card for Dad. Right when I was getting ready to adhere the last piece on my card base, I got a splotch of navy ink on it and had to shift all my elements around. It left a big blank space along the bottom that just looked naked without anything in it. I decided to add the cute Dad Word die and a sentiment from Mom and Dad Sentiments from Lil Inkers to it and it now looks like my dad will be getting a nautical birthday card come this October!
Today is a special day at my house. It's my son Matt's 31st birthday and we are all going out to dinner to celebrate. I can hardly believe my little, premature baby is 31. It seems like just yesterday that I was telling my husband I couldn't possibly be in labor, it is way too soon...I'm not ready yet!