Monday, June 22, 2015

The Challenge #40 - Nautical!

It's Theme Challenge time at The Challenge this week!  A perfect time of year for a Nautical Theme it is, mates!


Father's Day was celebrated on Sunday, June 21st here in the States.  My own Dad has been gone many years, but today's theme actually brought my British great-grandfather to mind.  He served his Queen in the Royal Army ... and in the 1800's they travelled by ship from one station to the next. 

I am a total land-lubber, haven't got [never had] sea-legs!  So I took my inspiration from the line drawings on the walls, those yummy stripes on the chair, and the gold of the pillow:

 
A close-up might help today with the bright white =]
 
 
I love the way that little slip of vellum looks like it's blowing in a sea breeze!

Hope to see you in the gallery this week... will the Nautical theme inspire you?  Speaking of inspired, Hayley Kew is our guest this week ... wait until you see what she and my mates have created... awesome!  They certainly make me...

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29 comments:

Tracey McNeely said...

Love every detail on this one Michele! The white stripes are awesome. I am thinking an embossing folder. Lovely, lovely card.

Tenia Nelson said...

So so COOL!!

Nance E Salkeld said...

Gorgeous, Michele! You have such great creativity! Have a terrific week!

Jenni's Jems said...

Well you have inspired me already Michele with your gorgeous card...cant wait to get started not even going to look at the rest of the DT yet hee he.x

Cat Craig said...

Wonderful card, great take on the inspiration Michele. Love the gold lettering.

Happy Dance said...

Perfect CAS take on the inspiration photo. I don't mind boats, but my feet like to be on terra firma pretty much. Your cards are always amazing. Might have to CASE this one.... Can't wait for July!!!!!!! Bev

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous card Michele...just love the classy look of your card, so perfect for the perfect dad! Hope you are feeling better!

~amy~ said...

super perfect! I love all things nautical!

Lisa said...

Wow this is a terrific CAS card Michele, love it!

Kelly Latevola said...

Love this! That's so cool about your grandfather. Oh and you can come visit me anytime!! :)

Pam said...

Love this, Michele!

Brenda said...

Wow Michele, I am loving your take on the inspiration photo! I'm glad you put the close up in too because I didn't see those lovely white on white stripes, I love it! I love hat vellum too and the "dad" in gold. How cool about your great-grandfather, how cool that you know about him. I know very little about my family, so I think it is so cool when other's do! Hugs, Brenda

Lisa Lara said...

Awesome card Michele. Love the vellum.

Anita said...

Beautiful card. I love the way the vellum looks on this card!

Susi Kelly said...

This is a fabulous Blueprints card, Michele. Love how that vellum overlay softens the image and allows the DAD diecut to stand out!

hazelspaperdesigns said...

Oh, I love this! So serenely clean! I love your 'map work ' on that vellum too. Can feel it flapping in the salty ocean air too! Lovely...!

conil said...

Hi there, I'm Coni from Which Craft? and you asked if the kids stamp was still available. Honestly, I really don't know and I don't know it's name. It's very OOOOOOOld, a wooden stamp, from "100 Proof Press". I don't even know if they're still in business. So sorry. You had such kind words on my card and I can't even help you find the stamp. I feel terrible, but not enough to give up my stamp. As I said, it's a keeper. I could stamp a bunch off for you and send them to you, though. Let me know if that will suffice.

Karin Åkesdotter said...

This is super cool and such a perfect design for a man! Love it! Hugs, Karin

Joni Andaya said...

Beautiful <3

wienerhoneymooners said...

Gorgeous Michele!!!! Love the vellum and gold!

Sharron said...

Totally awesome, Michele! Love your card and also the wonderful story about your great grandfather. The white on white stripes and the vellum look fantastic!

Marika said...

Great card, Michele! I see a sail boat in that card although there isn't any scale... LOL! Love that you added the other picture, your background is wonderful and adds a lot of interest to this card. Hugs, marika

Anita in France said...

Crisp, CAS and delicious, Michele ... love that little slip of vellum ... it really does look as though it's fluttering in the breeze! Hugs, Anita :)

Jeanne J said...

Wow I love this! So clean! The embossing is the perfect touch!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

CAS gorgeousness, Michele! I really love the sentiment! I have that set- would never have thought to use it for a dad's day card! I love it, clever girl!

Deepti said...

So simple yet so strikingly creative :)

Petra Swart said...

Just as I was about to comment on this card, we had a power outage!!!! For 2 hours!!!! But I'm back to enjoy the cards you have made last week!!!!!
Michele, this is one of the most beautiful FD cards I have seen, lately!!!! It is a masterpiece and I love every little thing about it!!! That piece of vellum surely looks like it is blowing in a gentle sea breeze!!!! I love the embossed horizontal strips and the sentiment is just so special and looks fab in the navy blue!!!! What a fantastic take on the inspiration photo!!!! Beautiful!!! Loved the story of your great-granddad!!!

Taunya Butler said...

Wonderful card with such a classy touch on it!! Love that vellum!

cm said...

Nautical amazing, Michele! Other than one anchor die, my nautical-themed collection is non-existent. May have to remedy that, given all the 'ocean' inspiration that pops up over the summer. Guess I *have* to do more shopping...
Hugs~c