Embellish Magazine is hosting a fabulous challenge. Nautical colors and images are the theme. You should take the time to stop by and view the Design Team inspiration. The blues are wonderful and with a splash of red against a background of chocolate brown ... can't you hear the waves?
As you know, I've been playing with my crochet hooks lately. I tried my hand at creating lace, but with limited success. I seem to be better at going around in circles than in a straight line ... I'll save that story for another post. Loving the look of doilies layered with embellishments, I used my latest crochet work on this card. Call me crazy for covering so much ... but it was hard to stop! The Nautical Expedition paper collection provided a "ship shape" background and anchors to match the theme. The flower is red felt - a strip with a large scallop edge, gathered into a flower with a long running stitch. There may be more of that flower type in future projects - so easy to create and so many possibilities with different materials. The leaves are simply cut from burlap and some lace scraps added to the layers softens the overall look and feel. The Jolly Roger and the sentiment are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. A Scallop Edge Border Punch creates a decorative edge.
The ship button is from my drawer ... no recollection of where it's from - perfect for this theme. Seam binding is kept white while another strip is dyed with a light blue ink refill ... both wrinkled and scrunched before becoming a bow. Bakers Twine in a red and white stripe holds the bow in place while pins from Viola add another texture. Pirates and pearls go together ... right?
Thank you, "mates" for stopping by ... I hope you enjoyed your visit!