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I’ve had a couple of “favorites” since the catalog was released in June.  Today, I’m happy to combine two of those favorites in a single project – this page from Maritime Designer Series Paper and this sentiment from Oh My Goodies.  I don’t know that these two were “meant for each other” but they certainly pair well here.  Here’s my card:

Oh My Goodies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CCMC310, PP203Here’s the banner for the color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary and the banner for this week’s theme challenge at The Paper Players:


Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Beach Tie-in.  I understand the “let’s go to the beach” tie-in seems a little weak here, but I was truly inspired by the theme.  From the first moment I saw this sentiment, it reminded me of a wall-hanging you might find in a rustic beach house.  Oh, and these colors just scream “beach” to me – and not just because they are featured in the Maritime Designer Series Paper.
  • Sailor’s Knot – Not.  Here’s a great idea – tie a sailor’s knot with White Thick Baker’s Twine as a tie-in to the beach theme.  After referencing an online site that teaches knot tying, I successfully tied a couple of great knots (I can probably tie up a boat now), but the knots were teeny-tiny.  I decided, instead, to tie-off knots on three strands of the twine.  The White Thick Baker’s Twine, by the way, comes as part of the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit – I like the tags but HAD TO HAVE the twine and clips.Oh My Goodies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CCMC310, PP203
  • Coloring on Stamps.  I’m not the worlds’ greatest stamp painter (I know, I know, it’s hard to believe that I’m not the best – but I’m sure someone is better than I), but I enjoy it every once in a while.  With my Stampin’ Write Markers (Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Real Red), I took my time painting the borders and words, swiping over the letters one-by-one in one, solid stroke.  A couple of big huffs on the stamp to re-moisten the ink, and the sentiment was ready to be stamped.  Super-simple!Oh My Goodies, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CCMC310, PP203

Stamp Sets:  Oh My Goodies  Papers:  Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Maritime Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Stampin’ Write Markers (Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, Real Red)  Accessories:  White Thick Baker’s Twine (from Tag a Bag Accessory Kit), Deco Labels Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. Love the knots Brian, it totally makes it a beach card!

  2. Great great job! I noticed the thick twine knots immediately. I think that sentiment is perfect for a beach house, makes me feel like I’m on vaca.
    Ha. Ha. 🙂

  3. Can`t believe that you and I are in the same dsp and beach theme ! I am building a card design as we speak using the same dsp and twine . I love nautical c0l0rs and papers . I am glad you were successful in coloring on your stamp . That is not easy for me even using your tip of coloring in one direction. This is a neat and colorful card that is versatile . You did a good job with all the knot tying and huffing !
    I can tell you spent some time with sand between your toes ……

  4. Knots, nice touch. And you did a great job with markers to stamp!

  5. Brian,
    Not only are you a super duper card maker, but you have a great sense of humour.
    Thank you.

  6. HI Brian:

    I really like that Maritime DSP, mostly because it’s so very masculine. I think your little knots made all the difference in this card and your diagonal placement of the knots is perfect. I bet you really had fun making this card and I’d just love to see all your “practice” knots. LOL Have a terrific day!

  7. LOVE the knots!!!

  8. This is fabulous! I love the simplicity of this! The sentiment is perfect and I love those little knots in the baker’s twine! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  9. Great job painting! The 3 lines & the border. Expert, 4 sure!

  10. Robbye Hamilton

    This card reminds of picnics by a lake or on the beach. I love the sentiment. Awesome job Brian.

  11. Maria Rodriguez

    Beautiful masculine card, love the knotted twine, that is what gives this card the nautical feel. Great job coloring the words on the sentiment in different colors, a huff and a puff it’s all it’s needed. Love it. 🙂

  12. Melissa Davies

    I love that you kept with the Nautical theme of the paper with the embellishments in the card. Great sentiment for any occasion! Thanks for joining us in the Color Challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary

  13. Loving the twine knots and the stamped image is also one of my favorites. Love what you came up with for the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at CCMC this week!

  14. Wonderful words for a card. The knots….bingo! They are the perfect nautical accent.

  15. I think those two sets go well together. Love the color scheme.

  16. Love the colors used for your card, so crisp and yet manly elegant. The twine just pulls it all together. Love the stamp “coloring”, came out perfect and works well with your additional layer.

  17. Oh! I love the knots in the twine…so fun and ties in with that DSP so well! Also love the “painted on stamps” image! Such a clean, crisp and classy card! LOVE it! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  18. What a wonderful CAS design! I absolutely LOVE the way you did the knots in the twine – ties in with the ‘nautical’ theme of that dsp! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  19. Simply stunning! Clean and crisp perfection! I love the twine, a subtle but gorgeous touch! Thanks so much for joining the color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  20. I think your two faves were meant to go together, they work so well on your card. That paper really catches the eye, and I love the knots, a fun detail!

  21. Super CAS card and great use of the colors for this challenge! Love how you colored the greeting stamp and layered it onto a larger navy diecut to really make it stand out! Thanks for joining us for the color challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  22. Your card is great, Brian! I love the Oh My Goodies Stamp, too! These colors are amazing together. The knots in the twine are the perfect embellishment! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

  23. Wow, it’s amazing how much the knotted twine adds to your design and the nautical feel! Wonderful sentiment and clean, crisp stamping!! Love your style!

  24. Fabulous nautical colors, Brian! I LOVE the knots…they are the perfect touch!!! Thanks for playing at The Paper Players!

  25. That DSP was meant for your combination of challenges! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players!

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