Aug 11 2011

CCMC162 – The Open Seas

Taking a break today from showing off my Wedding projects!  Thank you for all the sweet comments!  I do enjoy hearing them!


Here is the Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge this week!  We have a FUN one for you to try.  You'll be amazed at all the different looks we got from the Design Team!  Check it out over on Create with Connie and Mary!



I decided to make a masculine card and use Stampin' Up!'s The Open Seas stamp set…this set is NOT in the big catalog, so August 31st will be the last day to order it and the coordinating Nautical Expedition Designer Paper!  Don't miss out!



I started with a base of Night of Navy.  I added a layer of Crumb Cake that I ran thru the Big Shot sideways with the Stripes Impressions Folder…I had to run it thru twice, overlapping the stripes on one end so I could get it to cover the entire width of the card.  I also only partially embossed it…but the Nautical Expedition Designer Paper at the top hid the non-embossed area.  I wanted the stripes of the Impressions Folder to stand out, so I used my sponge and Soft Suede Classic Ink…rubbing it across the front to highlight the stripes.  I added the little anchor print from Nautical Expedition DSP to the top and then a strip of the Denim Ribbon!  That gave it a real rustic look to go with my "faux wood plank" background.


I stamped the ledger and ship from The Open Seas stamp set in Crumb Cake and Early Espresso on a 3" Bigz Circle of Whisper White cardstock.  I used my Circle Scissors and cut a 3 1/4" circle from Night of Navy.  I layered the two together and placed the top partially under the DSP.  I added the compass and the cut out anchor.  Then I decided I needed a greeting.  I used the new Petite Pairs stamp set and stamped Sending Many Thanks in Night of Navy on Whisper White, punched it with the Modern Label punch and cut it in half to tuck under the anchor.  I added an Antique Pewter Mini brad to the center of the compass.  For a different look on the ribbon, I cut some more Denim Ribbon and looped it over the existing ribbon, then used another Antique Pewter Mini Brad to secure it.  I think it is a more masculine look than a bow would have been!


Thanks for stopping by…make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team, then pull out your stamps and play along!  Add your card to Inlinkz over on Create with Connie and Mary!


Tomorrow I'll be sharing my Rehearsal Dinner centerpieces!  Sharing creativity one stamped image at a time!

13 People have left comments on this post

Aug 11, 2011 - 07:08:33
Nina Riley said:

I was so disappointed that this set didn't make it to the big catty.  Love it so much.  I like the way you put the ledger lightly under the ship.  Cool effect.  I am liking that new embossing folder too. 

Aug 11, 2011 - 09:08:52
Deb said:

What an elegant, masculine card!! I had always thought that I "shouldn't" use ribbon on a manly card but this is how you do it!! I will be changing my line of thinking now!! Love it!

Aug 11, 2011 - 09:08:21
Polly said:

Love the card and the colors!

Aug 11, 2011 - 10:08:36
Lisa Martz said:

This is so neat!  Very masculine!  Looks like an old boat house wall.  Love it!

Aug 11, 2011 - 11:08:05

Awesome sketch, Connie!  I love that you made a masculine card with it!  Beautiful color combo.  Sponging the stripes really adds so much!!  I'm sad this set will be gone at the end of the month, too!  Thanks for sharing & inspiring.

Aug 11, 2011 - 12:08:47
Lisa Kmiec said:

Great card!  I love the ribbon treatment.  Its much more masculine than a bow or even a knot.

Aug 11, 2011 - 08:08:19
Diana Laabs said:

I love this card, it looks so cool with the new embossing folder (stripes)
Diana from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2011 - 09:08:54
Mitzi Luttrull said:

Connie, this card is masculine indeed. Very well done. This is one of my fav sets, too.  The DSP as well.

Aug 11, 2011 - 09:08:04
Rose Kerry said:

WOW, your card is fabulous, love the colors and your take on the layout.

Aug 11, 2011 - 10:08:49

Great guy card Connie!  Love the denim ribbon and the extended use of the stripes folder…clever!

Aug 12, 2011 - 06:08:46
Kristie said:

Awesome masculine card!! Love the image and how you gathered the 3 elements near it. 

Aug 13, 2011 - 08:08:38

I am so going to miss this stamp set and DSP, wishing it would have carried over in the new catalog. Love what you did with it and how many of the images you used on your card!

Aug 14, 2011 - 11:08:51

So fantastically masculine! I always have such a hard time with these cards. I'll certainly miss The Open Sea….:-(