Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Retro Sailing - Sounds of the Sea - Sunshine and Salt Air - 3 Sea-Themed Cards

This is a long post with three cards, all in different styles
but revolving around an
Ocean, Sea or Sailing Theme.

All in all I'm ready for a vacation after making these.
And more to come, because I can't just leave all these themed scraps lying around,
can I?  But it's just in time, really.
Father's day is just around the corner.
Summer is nearly here,
and National Maritime Day is this Sunday.

So sit back and if you make it to the end of this voyage,
you are truly awesome.


I won't lie.  I had a blast on the bow.
And the compass-rose Wooden Spool was PERFECT.

Here are the challenges for this card:

Mojo Monday #448:
Make my Monday: Let's Sail Away!

Tuesday Throwdown #294: Embossing (Wet or Dry)
I used an inked embossing technique

Crafting for All Seasons #126: Add Embossing

Shopping our Stash #252: Sounds of the Sea

Fab n' Funky #305: No Designer Papers

Crafty Creations #315: Monochromatic
One of my favorite themes.  It helps one concentrate in a wonderful way :)
I was also thrilled to be the winner of the last challenge, #314. 
Thank you Jaime et al!

MooMania: Water
J entered this challenge earlier--we made our cards together.
You can see his Comets at the Beach card HERE. :)

Deep Ocean Challenge #129: Shabby chic or Vintage

Crafty Cardmakers #164: Stitching

The graphic I've used for this card comes from
The Graphics Fairy:

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
 Dye Ink {Blueberry sky - Papertrey Ink}
Embossing folder {Acanthus - Anna Griffin}
Burlap ribbon, cream grosgrain {Ribbon Boutique, Offray}
Wooden spool {Spare Parts by The Paper Studio}
Deckle Edge Ruler {Westcott}
Small clothespin, cotton twine, wooden buttons {Stash}


This one is a lot lighter in mood and colors.
Fresh and breezy, yes?  That's what I hoped for.
Rope hammocks are only like my favorite way to relax.
I finally got one this summer.

Making the decision to use the acetate as the card BASE
was a tricky one, but I like how it turned out.
I took extra care to make sure my polkas match up front and back when
it's folded flat, though.  Just in case the future recipient is OCD
about things like that....not that I am.....

This is a lovely stamp from Flourishes, which sadly closed their online doors
a number of years ago.  But their images are wonderful and the photopolymer
has held up remarkably well.  Not hardened, yellowed, anything.
The set is A Day at the Beach.

Retro Sketches #215:
(3rd entry)

Fusion Port O' Call Polaroid:
(Using the blues and stripe elements of the inspiration photo)

House of Cards May Challenge: Clear Papers
(polka dot acetate card base)

Ruby's Rainbow #129: Transparent Element

Make my Monday: Let's Sail Away! (2nd entry)

Inside detail:

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Polka acetate card base {Recollections}
Stamps {Day at the Beach collection - Flourishes}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Deckle edge ruler {Westcott}
Burlap ribbon, light blue gingham {Ribbon Boutique, Papertrey Ink}
Spellbinders dies
Prismacolor pencils
Ribbon, cotton twine, recycled notebook edge {stash, homeschool table}


The sentiment reads,

"Live in the Sunshine
Swim in the Sea
Drink the Wild Air"

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advice I'll gladly take from an author I'll always gladly read.

The inspiration for this layout came from:

Tuesday Morning Sketches #352:
And also:
(3rd and final entry - Shabby Chic this time.  Or maybe Sandy Chic ;)
At any rate, this time I went for the feeling of sunshine rather than the color.
Shopping our Stash #252: Sounds of the Sea (2nd entry)

 (Total 3 challenges for this card)

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {kraft, enchanted evening - Papertrey Ink}
Stamps {Day at the Beach set - Flourishes}
Ink {Archival Black - Ranger}
Embossing folder {Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug}
Sandpaper, 220 grit {3M}
Spellbinders nestabilities dies
Brads, burlap bow {the Paper Studio}
Deckle edge ruler {Westcott}
Corner Rounder {Martha Stewart}
Prismacolor pencils
Cotton twine

Phew!  So, did you make it?
Wow, you deserve a rest in that hammock now!
Thank you SO MUCH for visiting!
I hope you will take just a second and
enter for my Spring Giveaway before you go.
Inlinkz is so quick and I've opened the giveaway to both US and
International crafters as well.
Picture and link are on my right-hand sidebar. :)

Take care,
Be well,
and enjoy the sunshine,



  1. What a fantastic line up of cards. Love the colors and organic feel. Thank you joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  2. fabulous cards, love all the nautical details, thanks for joining Fusion and The Card concept

  3. Fab cards, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More again, Valerie

  4. Wow, what a great collection of beach themed cards! I love the polka dot acetate, how wonderful for a backing!! Thanks so much for popping my my blog and for the sweet comment you left!! See you again soon. hugs :)

  5. Wonderful cards - all of them! Amazing! Thank you very much for sharing them with us at Moo Mania & More!
    oxo Susi

  6. All three of these are fabulous, Kathryn, but I really love the first one with the vintage boy image! Incredible job coloring him.

  7. Great cards, all of them are beautiful! Thanks for linking your gorgeous acetate creation to the current challenge over at HOC, Jo x

  8. You have been busy!! Lovely use of the sketch with the accent. Thanks for joining us at Mojo Monday :)

  9. Beautiful cards with wonderful colours and texture. Thanks for laying along with us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K x

  10. Fabulous cards - all with the sea theme - great use of embellishment and I love the rounded corners on the bases. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Marina DT

  11. Great set of cards! Thank you for joining our „Stitching - Real or Faux“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

  12. These cards are all gorgeous, but I especially love your embossed and distressed background.

    Thanks for sharing at Fab n Funky.

    Sharon x

  13. These cards are ALL. SO. AMAZING!!!! Holy wow!! Love them all! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  14. Wonderful projects!!
    Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
    Debbie (TMS DT)
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  15. Lovely set of cards, and I do like how you incorporated the acetate in the card entered into RRC! Thank you for playing along with our Transparent Element Challenge at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges.

  16. Wow! You have been busy. A wonderful selection of your talent and creative skills. For our challenge of Let's Sail Away, your card is stunning. I love the image you have used and of course, yes, your bow and embellishments are so creative. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday. Caz DT

  17. I have also looked at Sounds of the Sea, another wonderful creative card. Wonderful view of the sea. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday. Caz DT

  18. These are all lovely projects. Love the theme. Thank you for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons.

    Erin DT (Owner)

  19. They're all beautiful! What a wonderfully serene scene you've created in your card for The Card Concept! Thanks for joining us this week :)

  20. Oh, your beach scene makes me want my toes in the sand right now! Lovely! Glad you joined us at The Card Concept!

  21. Beautiful collage elements!! Thanks for playing with us at The Card Concept:)

  22. Amazing creations! I love all the layers and different materials used!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!
    <3 Emily L. - DT

  23. What a beautiful collection of cards! I adore the overall sea theme--perfect for summer! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  24. Your retro sailing card is just lovely. I love all the techniques and special touches that went into making this beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining us this week for our "stitching" challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!
    :) Pam

  25. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

  26. Me again. I do love your acetate card with the palm trees. I'm sure your not OCD your just a perfectionist. (smile) Thanks for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow. Caz DT.

  27. Fabulous cards well done!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges hugs Shaz x

  28. All just fabulous. I love your stitching on the top one for our challenge. So much detail. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  29. Nice card and coloring and use of clear papers.Thanks for playing along with our Bloghop this month at House of Cards
    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT


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