Looking back at my blog it seems that it has been just under a year since I last posted. This last year has been a whirlwind with so much to deal with, not the least being our brand new addition, baby Stanley. My husband and I have been busy preparing for his arrival, clearing out, decorating, buying up loads of cute baby stuff… Crafting has very much had to take a back seat.
Stanley is now 7 weeks old and I have now tentatively been able to step back into the craft room (now a small table in the corner as apparently Stanley needed a nursery). I have been trying to get back into the swing of things for a few weeks now but have really struggled – I am so out of practice and have had a severe lack of inspiration, plus all of my stash is packed away in boxes. Nothing for it but to try to enter a few competitions to try to get the creativity flowing…
My first port of call was Time Out Challenges – always a favourite of mine. This week there was a fab nautical themed inspiration photo:
I love that the key element in the photo is striped so decided to make that the focal point of my card too, keeping it nice a simple to ease myself back in!
I used Clearly Besotted’s Basic Stripes and Memento ink in Nautical Blue to stamp the anchor, which was a die cut made using my Silhouette. The frame and stars (also die cut) were inked using Distress Ink in Barn Door. The sentiment is stamped and foiled – if I were to do this again I would use embossing powder to keep it simple as I couldn’t get the smooth finish I was looking for with the foil.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I shall aim to post more cards whenever I can get some time to myself!