Tuesday, 10 July 2012

CCMC209 - The Open Sea and Word Play

2012 Create Challenges-025I haven't had time for a challenge for a while, but this little sketch from Create with Connie and Mary appealed to me and I have been planning to use a greeting stamp for a special birthday card, so began with this sketch this afternoon.

I chose to use Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Vanilla and began by stamping the map of the world from The Open Sea in Crumb Cake onto the Vanilla card. I then inked up the greeting from Word Play, using markers to pick out the different words in different colours. There are 12 great large greeting stamps in the Word Play stamp set, (Page 104) this greeting says " go confidently in the direction of your dreams" which is a great one for someone about to turn 30, who lives his life very energetically! I mounted the vanilla onto Crumb cake and then stamped the card base, and a scrap of cherry cobbler with the ledger stamp from The Open Sea, and used the splodges from French Foliage as well as the compass from The Open Sea on the strip of not quite navy. I have only notched one end of that strip. Now when I came to put it all together, I couldn't layer it exactly like the sketch, maybe I need to make the card a bit bigger! I took the liberty of staggering the layers so all were visible.

Sailors Knot

I think this knot is really called the Reef knot or Square knot, but when The Open Sea stamp set was released, I looked up on the internet how to tie knots. It looks so good with stamps from this set, especially the sailing ship, but I still have to sit with the diagram in front of me, following each step very carefully!

However, for this special birthday card, it is certainly worth the trouble, and I used the strip of cherry cobbler to emphasise it. Hope you like my card, there is still a short time left to play along too.




  1. I love all these colors and the subtle images. And how clever to tie a sailors knot! Thanks for joining us at Create With Connie and Mary.

    P.S. You probably want to relink your card to the challenge because you linked the preview page of your blog post rather than the actual blog post!

  2. Great masculine card. Perfect for graduation or a new job. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  3. Thanks for sharing your card and playing along with the sketch challenge this week. I love the knot. That was something I always wanted to add with this set too. I haven't played with it lately - I need to get it out and plan to use it for my brothers birthday in August.

  4. This is one of my very favorite greetings from that set! Love the colors you picked for it! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  5. Love how you off set the sketch a bit - very creative! Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie & Mary!!

  6. Oh I really like what you did with the Open Sea. Clever and cute! Thanks for playing CCMC!

  7. I really love how you combined the Open Seas set with that greeting...a perfect match! Wonderful masculine card. My son just turned 30 last month...so they are close in age! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  8. What a very elegant masculine card! I love these colors together!! I also love how you layered the stamps! Very clever! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  9. This is a wonderful card, Rachel. The Cherry Cobbler complements the other colours so well. Great use of all those stamps, too!


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