Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sail Away with the Paper Players

Hiya friends!  Sorry I'm late with my card for The Paper Players.  This time of year brings lots of excitement and LOTS of activities as we close out the school year for my daughter.  All those activities kept me away from my craft studio but in my mind I was sketching, designing and working on my card!  Jaydee's fabulous theme challenge, PP148, is perfect for this time of year:
I also really liked the FMS88 sketch over our sister site, Freshly Made Sketches:
Now, summer holidays in North Florida usually involve trying to stay as cool as possible.  This means staying inside because it's hot and HUMID, I mean really HUMID outside.  So, I thought back to more pleasant summer weather when I was a kid in Michigan.  Summer vacations meant swimming and boating at the lake--any one of them!  I have fond memories on the shores of Lake Huron with my Mom and Dad--especially trying to catch minnows with my Dad.  Isn't that a favorite childhood pasttime? Trying to catch those sly silver fish--they're too fast!  My summer holiday card quickly turned into a Father's Day card:
My Dad passed away 17 years ago but this card is still for him in memory of leisurely summer holidays by the lake.  I was thrilled to see that the Sail Away stamp is available as a digital stamp in MDS (for .95 cents!!) so I sized it down, colored it in Early Espresso "ink" to fit the 2.5" porthole of my card. 
I added some clouds and a sun from the Sunshine & Sprinkles ensemble kit and then printed my image onto Whisper White cardstock.  I cut a porthole in the Early Espresso cardstock with a 2.5" circle punch and embossed it with the Woodgrain textured impressions folder.  
The striped Marina Mist designer paper looked a little plain so I stamped some waves from the Oh, Whale set in Crumb Cake ink to add some dimension.  I used Crumb Cake ink to coordinate with the sentiment tab.
The inside was large enough to stamp the full-sized Sail Away stamp in Crumb Cake ink.  Although the stamp is retired, it will never leave my studio; it's such a gorgeous stamp!  I added a few more waves to bring in the Marina Mist color.  I have found so many uses for the sentiments in Blooming with Kindness.  The gorgeous flower may be the star of that set but the sentiments really make it a stand-out.  You can't go wrong with that set!

Be sure to stop by the rest of the Design Team to see their fresh and fun projects celebrating Summer Holidays!  We hope you'll join us before our challenge ends on Friday, June 7th at Noon (PDT).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team
Stamps: Sail Away, Blooming with Kindness, Teeny Tiny  Wishes, Oh Whale, The Open Sea
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Designer Series Patterns Stack (subtles)
Xtras: 2.5" circle punch; Designer Label punch; Woodgrain textured impressions folder; Sunshine & Sprinkles digital ensemble; Sail Away digital stamp brush.


Marisa said...

I never tire of that sailboat image. Lovely touch with the woodgrain too! Trusting all is well with you ((hugs))!

Margaret said...

This is so wonderful! I love your hybrid card!!

LeAnne said...

This is just lovely! Thanks for the heads up about the MDS availability of this stamp...that's great to know! I love to hear about your childhood memories. Today, my roommates were chatting, and one related a story about a man who came into a little grocery store where she worked, and asked for "minners". Being from the city, she had NO IDEA the man was asking for minnows! We got a good laugh from that!

Ann Schach said...

What a perfect hybrid card, Nance! I love the sun! The sailboat is one of my favorite images. Like LeAnne, I am happy to know that it is available on MDS.

Amy O said...

What a lovely card, Nance! I love the sun on it, and the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.

Nancy said...

A lovely card Nance and fond memories for me too (I didn't plan on starting my day off crying, but happy memory tears). The inside of your card is as nice as the outside and I love the way you stamped the waves in the same color.

Cindy Hall said...

This is such a gorgeous hybrid card, Nance. I love how you perfectly coordinated images from different stamp brush sets, and the woodgrain embossing just really makes it all come together! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Justin said...

What an awesome card! That image looks familiar, hmm. LOL! Great minds! :-)

Diane - said...

Love your memory card from Michigan fun....
The porthole is very clever and love the waves stamping on the DSP.

I remember trying to catch minnows with cousins at - Aunt Betty's cottage... I think the adults made us do it to keep us busy. hugs.

stampwithsandy said...

Great masculine summery card! I love this sailboat image and the sun in the corner, Nance. What a perfect tribute to your dad. Fun to hear your memories, too. Hugs :) Sandy

Jaydee said...

Nance, what a fabulous card and how wonderful that you still think of your Dad and honor him in such a way! Your card really does evoke those long summer days... thanks for sharing your memories, too