Thursday, May 26, 2011

CS34H Happy Fourth Of July!

What do you remember about the July Fourth holidays of your childhood?  I grew up near Lake Huron, Michigan… and our fourth of July celebration often included a picnic at the lake, swimming, and fireworks.  The lake was always filled with gracefully gliding Sail Boats, in full regalia.. colorful spinnakers, flags, and sometimes decorations too!

Today’s Creative Sketches Design Team Challenge includes a sketch and the holiday theme of our own choice.  My theme, if you haven’t guessed:  July 4th!  Here’s my card!CS34H, Holiday card, masculine card, design team, sharon field, created by you, challenge, sail away, summer mini catalog, big shot, nautical expedition

The card features the Sail Away stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog, Lattice Embossed Whisper White Card Stock, and Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper.  The combination results in a very handsome, masculine card suitable for Fathers’ Day, Birthdays, or even July 4th!

Wanting to give the sails extra depth and dimension, I stamped a second image and cut out each sail, popping it up atop the original stamped focal image.

Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper was intentionally cut to reveal a single knotted image below the focal image, and brads were added to the upper left corner.


I love to teach my stampin’ friends and students that there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities.  LOL… a smudge in the sky could become another gull, a smudge in the water – another wave.  On this card, I didn’t quite ink the boat well enough to encompass the sketchy stamped hull… so used a riding hood red stampin’ write marker to fill the void by scribbling lightly.

Here’s the sketch for this week’s Creative Sketches Challenge:

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I hope you’ll come play along with us too!  After making your sketch based holiday themed card, simply visit the Creative Sketches Design Team Blog and upload your design!

Stamps & Supplies for Today’s July 4th Masculine Card:

Stamps:  Sail Away

Paper:  Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, and Not Quite Navy Card Stock; Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Big Shot Machine, Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder, Regals Brads, Mat pack and Paper Piercing Tool, Riding Hood Red and Not quite Navy Stampin’ Write Markers, Paper Snips

Last week I mentioned that it’s almost time for blog candy… and I wanted to know what was the BEST blog candy you’ve ever won.  I’m still looking for fabulous ideas… leave a comment and let me know what you’ve won, I’m planning something really cool for my next blog candy give away!

See you tomorrow with another challenge from the Sketch Frenzy Friday Design team!



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irishgalkelly said...

Love your card! Those colors together, the raised sails, and "fixed" boo boo (that you can't see now). You are making it hard to resist that stamp set!!

I read someone say that a hostess set would be a great giveaway and I agree with that. Or some cool items from the new mini would be exciting too!

Thanks for your wonderful inspiration today!!

lisa808 said...

Great look you created with the sails.

When I think back to childhood Fourth of Julys, I think of big family barbeques and fireworks.

I have won a few blog candies :) and it is really hard to pick a best win. One fun win was a PPA surprise blog candy where each designer sent something.

Kathy in AZ said...

Great card-love the colors and the texture.I have been debating back and forth about this stamp and now I know I have to get it:) Unfortunately, I have never won any blog candy, so anything that you may offer would be fine by me.
Kathy in AZ

Sarah said...

I am a first time visitor to your blog, and want to say how much I am enjoying it!

I think it's great that you are planning on doing a blog candy give away, and am sure whatever you decide to give will be a wonderful win for someone. I can't tell you about wins, but have offered several blog candy giveaways myself, and I do try to theme them. My readers seem to like things that can be used together well. But I am sure anything will be appreciated by your winner :-)

Your card nautical card is fantastic! I have been considering this stamp and now I am surely going to order it. I love how you popped up the sails with your layering. And the strip of paper with the knot is a wonderful idea. Your background adds such great texture, too. And thanks for some wonderful tips about how to work with mistakes; you have some great ideas!

I am sure I'll be visiting you often; your blog is lovely!