Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maritime Celebration

One of my stamping heroes, Justin Krieger, blogs every. single. day. He was my inspiration when I restarted my blog last year. I made a commitment to blog every weekday. I asked Justin how he did it and he told me that making a card every day gives him a little oasis of creativity (or words to that effect). Justin has a busy life--demanding job, single father of a teenager, Stampin' Up--yet, he takes time every day for a little bit of creativity. Like I said: he's my hero and inspiration.

Today was "one of those days." Busy at work, doctor appointment, kids' stuff, late dinner. I was pretty tired by the time I finally made it home tonight at 10:00. But I made a commitment, and if I can, I'm keeping it. So I ran to the stamping room, took another look at the sketch at this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge and got to work.


I wanted to use a stamp set from the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration catalogs, but the design team and some of the other stampers had already done used them and I was afraid I'd be a copycat (especially in my haste), so I looked at my stamps and saw the "Sea Street" stamp set and instantly got an idea.

I started with two pieces of the wonderful Maritime designer series paper, added a Whisper White panel, and stamped the cute octopus in Night of Navy. I made some banners with Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon and an extra banner with a sentiment from the "And Many More" set. I finished off the design with a Whisper White button from the Neutrals Designer Buttons.

And I may be in bed before midnight!!

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  1. So glad you chose to go with this set - it is adorable! Great combination of patterns and I really like the sentiment included in the banners! Thanks so much for joining us in the Sketch Challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  2. Great card...I love that set and DSP and it is perfect for the sketch! Love the sentiment banner, too! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. I just LOVE that happy octopus and the way you did the banner with the sentiment in there. So CUTE! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  4. Your card turned out wonderful!! I like your determination to keep consistent with the blogging...it can be tough, but you can do it! Thanks so much for joining the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!!

  5. This is such a fun set and a fun card! So glad you took the time to create and share it with us! Great color scheme also! Thanks for joining us for the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  6. So glad you kept your commitment to blog, even if you were up late. This card is really cute and love what you chose to use. Everything looks lovely together! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary!