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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nautical Tuesday Trigger and Viva La Verve Sketch Combo

Happy weekend to you all! It has been a busy but fun weekend with friends. It started Friday when we invited a couple over for dinner and I made a fresh peach pie for dessert. It was a big hit. After a long dinner (long because we were having a great conversation) outside on the patio we came inside and played our favorite board game, Sequence. Guys against the gals. Sorry gals the guys eventually ended up with more wins. Now today our friend from Arizona is going to be with us tonight for dinner and stay overnight. It's always great to visit with old friends.
Anyway onto the reason for this post.
Here is my rustic card for today:
It really makes me happy not because it is the best card I've ever made. That it is surely not, but I was able to use lots of different stamp sets together and some were really old and some were my most recent stamp 
 purchases and recycled packaging all in one card.
To help jump start this card I used the Viva La Verve Sketch AUG week 1: 
...and I combined the sketch with this weeks Tuesday Trigger, Craving Navy over at the Moxie Fab World.
Now I don't know about you but when I saw the colors and the stripes I immediately thought nautical. So I reached for my new Verve "Strong Anchor" stamp set and die then paired it with a sailboat from a Hero Arts stamp set and an old double rope frame stamp from Posh Impressions (the date on the stamp says 1997) and the sentiment is from another HA set.
I knew I wanted to incorporate the blue and white stripes but didn't have any stripped pattern paper so I used blue cardstock and an old Close to My Hearts Stripe Stencil which was still in it's original packaging unused. Next I got out my molding paste from Golden to use with the stencil to make white stripes on the blue cardstock. I wanted it to be round to add some texture so I used a foam brush to apply the molding paste instead of a credit card.
I love how fast the molding paste dries because I don't have a lot of patience for drying times when I am in a creative mood. I have to admit though once I had the stripes done I was at a loss at what to do next with the two diagonal pieces. It was late so I decided to go to bed and maybe something would come to me. Sure enough before I fell asleep I thought of using twine. First thing in the morning I grabbed my twine but it was too thin and was really lost on the card. Not daunted I remembered my ball of jute that is much thicker. It worked perfectly. I think the jute makes it look a bit rustic don't you think?
Next I worked on the focal image. I have to tell you how about the background. It is from a tea box I had emptied and was breaking down to put in the recycle bin when I noticed how pretty the inside was. I thought it looked similar to the rug in the Tuesday Trigger so I used it to stamp my images on. Thanks Tazo for making such a pretty design on the inside of your boxes of tea!
The rope circle frame is from Verve and sailboat from HA and both are stamped in Faded Jeans distress ink.
I stamped the sentiment on a blue fishtail banner with VersaMark WaterMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. The anchor die is also from Verve and I wrapped some twine from The Twinery.
I needed to add something on the right side of the sentiment to balance out the anchor and thought gold gemstones would work with the nautical theme. The outside rope frame is stamped on white cardstock with Faded Jeans and cut it out with a craft knife.

So that is the story behind the card. It's great to have a masculine card on hand. I am always short on those.

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment or two!



  1. Yes....this photo screams nautical and you nailed it!!! The twine, the colors, the somewhat distressed looking stripes (clever idea to use molding paste). Everything about your card, right down to the bits of gold bling is just bang-on perfect. I adore how you used the jute to meet the requirements of the sketch! This card showcases your amazing talent, your cleverly creative ideas and your consideration for the well being of our planet by recycling the tea box :)

  2. I love how you incorporated that beautiful tea box into this card - so clever! (And I would have saved it too.) That die cut anchor is too cute! Great take on the TT.

  3. Hey Teresa! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  4. Oh, well done, Teresa! I thought nautical, too, but your card has much more depth than mine. Very clever! And I love how you were able to incorporate old and new (NBUS I call it) and even some upcycling, too!!


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