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Saturday, July 5, 2014


For my birthday, I got plenty of new stash: several stamps, dies, papers, ribbons, embellishments... One of my new goodies is this boat stamp from a Tim Holtz set. I love nautical cards, so this was just perfect! I've also wanted a map stamp, and I got one as well, this one is from Prima.
For my card I was obviously inspired by the sea, but also Stars and Stripes and the red, white and blue color scheme.
I started out by heat embossing the ship using blue embossing powder on a piece of vellum. I attached it to a red and white DP with Stars and Stripes from Maja Design. I slipped the map, stamped with blue ink onto kraft, behind the vellum. I used white string, a star metal charm and three rhinestones. I didn't find a sentiment that I thought would fit with the layout (I often forget to plan ahead for the placement of a sentiment), so I stamped one on the inside. The panel on the front is mounted on foam and I've used a dark blue paper for my card base.

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
1) Crafty Catz - #238 Stars or Stripes or Both
2) 4 Crafty Chicks - #201 Nautical
3) Seize The Birthday - Stars and stripes
4) Stampotique Designers' Challenge - #154 Travel/Vacation
5) Twisted Tuesday - Red, White & Blue with the twist of Stars  


massofhair said...

Great way to use your stamps, fab colour scheme. Can imagine being on the boat, sailing to exotic places, enjoying each port docking and the local delights:-) x

Sue said...

Such a fabulous card Pia. I love how you have stamped and embossed the image onto vellum, it works so well with the gorgeous papers showing through.
Sue xx

Mervi said...

Happy belated birthday Pia!
I was on my inspirational trip to your country and by the sea and mountains, love, if I've been younger I'd moved there!
Fabulous card and lovely stamps.
Have a happy weekend;-))m

downrightcrafty said...

wow this is fabulous love the image and the design just superb
hugs Kate xx

Chrissy said...

What a stunner Pia..fabulous masculine card and I love the ship and looks fabulous on the vellum..Superb nautical card.


Jac’s Playground said...

Oh this is fabulous, what super images and love that you stamped it on the vellum very effective, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so awesome sweetie. Lovely stamping and such a fantastic layout. You asked what I stick my flowers on with, I use Pinflair Glue Gel. It takes about an hour to harden off but they do say if your posting the item out to leave it to the next day. It dries crystal clear and is silicone free. Hope this helps.

Laine said...

Stunning and elegant, like all of your creations Pia. Hope you had a fantastic birthday.

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Glad you had a good birthday Pia.
Super card , stylish and manly. janex

Desire Fourie said...

A wonderful masculine design Pia. Loving the twine with the star.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Desire Fourie said...

A wonderful masculine design Pia. Loving the twine with the star.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

scrappymo! said...

Great masculine card. The vellum looks wonderful.
That stamp in fab...sounds like you had a good birthday and got spoilt as you should!!!

Tammy said...

This is gorgeous Pia, I love that embossed ship and the fabulous map in the background!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
Hugs, Tammy

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

I'm into vellum at the moment, so I really like this. What a great effect and fab card too. X

Regina said...

Pia, happy belated birthday! Enjoy your new stash!
This stamp is a fantastic one, it reminds me of the Titanic. Your card is gorgeous!

hugs Regina

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card Pia, what a brilliant idea to stamp and emboss the image on vellum, it looks fabulous with the papers showing through - clever design.

Kay Wallace said...

My husband and I took our first cruise this year, so this card brings back fond memories for me! Thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers' "travel" Challenge this week!

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant stamp Pia and what a wonderful map background stamp...think I can see you using this a lot...happy belated birthday.xx
♥aNNieThe Journey is the Start

Kathi said...

Wow! This is fabulous! I'm always especially drawn to nautical images and really like that ship!

I also really love how you used the map and also love the charm.

Thanks for playing along with my challenge this week at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Donna Nuce said...

Glad to here your birthday was great. Love this card. Have a great day!

Peanut said...

What a fabulous composition, Pia. LOVE the old-world feel of the card... and I can't help but think of the Titanic. That ship is so majestic!
hugs, Asha

Leanne said...

Wonderful layout, great image, reminds me of when we traveled to Hawaii this past February, lots of ships coming and going. Great star charm and twine. Very nicely done. Thanks for entering our Nautical challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Leanne DT@4CC

chrissy xx said...

FABulous! I LOve how you have put your ship on Vellum..FABulous colours..FABulous design..LOve it.
A Birthday? I had one last month lol..Still holding onto my monies x


A superb masculine card Pia - love the image and the vellum layer. FABULOUS!

Hope you had a happy birthday (mine was in June too)!
Sylvia xxx

Pat K said...

Happy Belated Birthday Pia. Love how you've used your new gifts - wonderful masculine card. Pat K x

Donna said...

Happy Birthday, hope it was great, sounds like you got some treasures. Your card is gorgeous, so many beautiful features, I really like the image on vellum and the star charm, it makes it look like the ship is moving.

loz said...

Fabulous card and beautiful stamps you got for your Birthday Pia..Loz

Unknown said...

Pia, thanks so much for stopping by to leave me a comment! Our flags are very similar! Have a great day. Love your post.

*Arwen* said...

So amazing!!
Thanks for joining us at SDC

xx Arwen

Danielle Vincent said...

Gorgeous masculine creation Pia! How fun to get to use your new stash.

NickScrapShack said...

Wow this look awesome! so cool with that ship on the vellum.

Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

Kaz said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique this week.

Lau W said...

Oh love this image ! Perfect nauticla card Pia !!

Monika Reeck said...

wooow you also did a great masculine card...wooww I love all the map the ship and the red and white paper behind the made a great manl card Pia and did I forgot your bday..please answer me per mail with your addy and your date of birthday Pia I will send you a card and little goodies ...hope you will like it...and your fav color combo please...hugs, Monika

OttawaMom said...

Love the nautical theme of your card! Perfect little embellishments too. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Unknown said...

Happy belated birthday Pia! Tim Holtz stamps is always a terrific gift and you've put yours to great use. This is a wonderful nautical card.

Sue said...

This is fabulous, such a strong masculine card. Thank you so much for joining in with us at Stampotique. Sue xx

Janet's Joy said...

Masculine cards are difficult but you sure have a winner here!!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seize the Birthday!!