Friday, 10 May 2013


Our swap challenge this month was chosen by Pat and she chose the theme of "nautical".  I was hoping she would allow things like rivers and fishermen but no, she had to be a meany and make us stick to the sea and all things nautical!!!

I opened both my parcels and gulped. I packed them both away as hopeless; I had no inspiration at all.  A couple of days later I laid all the bits out from Pat's parcel and then laid Terri's out on the craft room floor.  I can't honestly say it helped having them staring me in the face though!!

I eventually thought of one idea and quickly made it before I changed my mind.  It is really a variation on a previous theme only this time I used 8 circles instead of 9 small squares.  I didn't need the centre one as it would have been covered by the topper.  The only bit of my stash I used was the small bit of white card to stamp the greeting.  The paler card was already embossed with swirls so I took some of the dark card in the parcel and cut and embossed two more circles to match.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

As you like it:  Dies and Punches
DRS Designs:  Circles
Sarah Hurley:  Shades of Blue


  1. What a great nautical card! Those swirl embossed circles make a fantastic background for your boat. Thanks for joining us at DRS Designs!

  2. Ah, well,I might have been a meanie, but the definition of nautical is - to do with ships, shipping, sailors & navigation on a body of water. I think if the sea is a body of water, then a river is only an arm or a leg !! :o) Nautical to me means anything to do with the sea & as I live at the seaside, it seemed a good choice to make :o)

    You could have used a sea fisherman though . . .

    I really like this card, the divine swirls give a fab impression of waves & the different blues really do look like the sea, because it changes colour all the time.

  3. Very nice way to showcase a nautical theme! I like the embossing folder used on the circles. It definitely has the feeling of waves! Thanks for joining us over at DRS Designs.

  4. Love those swirly circles! Thanks for playing with DRS Designs this week!

  5. Cute card love the embossing too! Thanks for joining in with our first challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

  6. This is a lovely card. The choice of swirly paper that is also embossed gives a real sense of the nautical them.

    Thank you for joining us at the Sarah Hurley challenge this month
    Claire x

  7. This is GREAT! Glad you found some inspiration in the end.

    Sarn xxx

  8. Beautiful shades of blue! Thank you so much for joining us at the Sarah Hurley challenge Blog!!

  9. What an interesting way to use the swirly embossing folder. Thanks for entering the challenge at Sarah Hurley this time.

  10. Such a cute card. I love the effect the swirls give along with the sale boat.


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