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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sailboat Love for Father's Day

Hello, sweet friends! I am thankful for all of you! I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today to share my take on Sandy's weekly theme of Summer: Sun, Sand, and Sea.

Also, I am truly honored to be a Guest Designer for Crafty Boots Challenges! They are a lovely group, brimming with encouragement and creativity. The current challenge is Father's Day or Masculine, which you can enter here! I highly recommend playing along at their wonderful blog. It quickly became a favorite of mine and remains as such. :o)

Masculine cards are always a challenge, but Pion Design's Shoreline Treasures offers the perfect color palette and designs to ease the pain. ;) With Father's Day only a couple of weeks away, I used this opportunity to create a shaped card for my superhero dad. :o)
The deep browns and blues in Shoreline Treasures are gorgeous and felt perfect for a sailboat. I used each of the 6x6 sheets in the collection for various components, including the pretty wave flourish cut file from the Silhouette Online Store. The die-cut Heart Banner is from La-La Land Crafts and the Gold Finch is from Memory Box.
The shipping wheel (also a cut file from the SOS) is adorned with Shabby White 6mm jingle bells and one of my favorite LLC charms: pearl oyster. They are secured together with a triple bow of jute twine. Since Sandy's new shells haven't yet arrived, I fussy cut several from a tag on the Warm Breeze sheet. The anchor is also from that sheet. The jute-trimmed shell strip along the top of the ship is one of the gorgeous borders from the Dragonfly sheet.
I continue to adore Maya Road metal embellishments! Previously I used the Love Hanger and Love Heart Clips... today I'm using the Love Pennant Clips. As I was contemplating what to use for the ship's banner, my eyes landed upon this sweet clip! I tucked it beneath my woven jute twine to guide my love to my dad. :o) The Bark Star adds amazing texture which I was looking for in the absence of flowers and trims.
The Father's Day specific greeting is reserved for the interior. I want all of his days to be filled with sunshine, so I used a border tidbit from Dragonfly for the front. :o)

Before I flutter off, here's my tip for Top Tip Tuesday: Never be afraid to try a new theme or technique! Masculine scared me, but I let my superhero dad and crafty supplies inspire me.

Thank you for sailing on by! Have a beautiful weekend. :o)

Lovely challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes (Optional: For your BFF)
 *Crafting for All Seasons~ It's a Boy Thing
 *Crafty Gals Corner~ The Great Outdoors
 *Deep Ocean~ Add a Charm (Pearl oyster)
 *Papertake Weekly~ Something for the Boys
 *Scrapy Land~ Anything Goes (I used La-La Land and Memory Box dies)
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Friends or Superhero (My dad is my superhero!)
 *Simply Create Too~ Masculine
 *Sunday Stamps~ We're Going Neutral (Gorgeous photo inspiration)
 *Top Tip Tuesday~ Cut It Out (I incorporated fussy cutting, die cutting, and SVG cutting)


  1. Gorgeous card Karen :-) I love the boat shape and all the details! absolutely fabulous and I am sure your Dad will LOVE it :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  2. Karen this is so amazing all the attention to detail and Especially drooling over the flair and sheer glamour of those waves

    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  3. I am sure your Dad is going to love this stunning card Karen. Your design is outstanding with such fabulous attention to detail. The Pion papers are gorgeous, the Love Pennant Clip such a special touch and the pearl oyster charm fits perfectly with your design.
    Thank you for your continued support and all the inspiration, my kind and very talented friend.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  4. Hello Karen, This card is going to fill your dads day with sunshine......It is amazing!! You have such an eye for detail, its just fabulous!

  5. Just amazing so much fantastic detail your Dad will just love it its all so perfect love and hugs Carole x

  6. That is one awesome sailboat, the best yet I've seen. I'm sure your Dad will treasure this card, it's just so perfect. Great choices of colors and papers, the added details makes it only so special.... love it alot!

  7. This is absolutely stunning my sweetest friend!! Wow!! The sailboat looks amazing!! Those papers are just so gorgeous!! And the waves!! I so wish they were a die so I could buy them - love them!! As always, the details you added are just perfect - the heart banners and the pennant clip and the twine and jingle bells...I just love every single thing about this!! Your superhero Dad will treasure it so much!! Amazing my amazingly talented friend!! I hope you have a restful, relaxing weekend, Karen!! Thinking of you!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Absolutely gorgeous card! I love the sailboat shape and the beautiful papers that you used to create this card. I am sure your Dad will treasure this card! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #19!

  9. Absolutely fabulous creation for your Father, Karen! He will surely appreciate the love and caring detail you put into making this awesome project for him! I love the blue and brown tones, star, banner, metal flag, and ship wheel! The waves are so interesting, also! Whew, you never cease to amaze me with your creative talent! Take care and blessings to you, hugs!:-)

  10. Wowza - I am lovin' it! Verrry creative Karen! Love the twine wrapped around the mast, the banners flying in the wind and the wire Burgee at the top of the mast. So pleased you are sharing your design & creativity at 613 Ave C!
    DT for 613 Ave Create – [ ATG / Something Special for your BFF]
    Owner: RubberMAD at []

  11. This is truly a stunning work of art! Thanks for sharing your talent on the Simply Create Too challenge!

  12. Oh, wow!!! Karen, Your sail boat is a dream. I'm so glad you shared it.
    Your Dad will be overjoyed at receiving your masterpiece.
    I hope you are feeling better!
    Sending lots of crafty hugs and have a great weekend.
    Donna xx

  13. Holy jumpins Karen, you have done it again! Masculine-Karen-style, what a treat! This is truly a genius project, I have never seen a card in the shape of a boat before, how the heck to you come up with this stuff!! Love the twine wound around the center and that little oyster shell with the pearl, such amazing attention to detail! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! hugs :)

  14. Hi there dear friend. Thanks so much for your extraordinary kind message on my blog. I haven't been to your blog either though I know I am subscribed. I will check into that. Your work is always inspiring, full of detail and very well thought. Love everything you do! Again thanks so much for your comment! Hope we can stay in touch through our blogs. Hugs, Gracie.

  15. First off.... AWESOME TIP! It's so true!!! Secondly --- WOW!!! Even your Masculine cards amaze me!! Such wonderful details from the twine to the banner and all of it in between! Your creativity just keeps getting better and better! Your dad will LOVE this card as do I! Thanks for always inspiring!! Have a Creative Weekend! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  16. Outstanding- just gorgeous! Good luck with your entry at Crafty Gals Corner.

  17. Karen, let me introduce myself! I'm Sara Emily of sarascloset. So good to meet you! I have noticed your comments on other blogs, and sense you are one sweet person, and I wanted you to know that your really make MY day when I happen to glance one of your comments. So I had to come let you know that. But I came and saw, and what a treat! I've glanced through your latest projects, and wow! You put so much love and attention to detail in your projects! Amazing, and I truly appreciate that effort! Thank you for blessing us with your work, and I'm your latest follower. Love your tip, by the way--I whole heartily agree and just love getting in the Closet and trying something new! Hugs (and many blessings!)

  18. Hi, Karen,
    If I try to address all the design element so this project, I would be here typing for another 40 minutes, so let me just sum it all up by saying that this design in not just graphically beautiful, the composition of this design is outstanding. The way the shapes play off each other and the manner in which the wrapped twine on the mast pulls your eye to the center with disrupting the overall visua impact is just genius. I love Pion Papers and I sure hope I can get my hands on this particular is beautiful. Outstanding work. Thanks for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create! Your visit has left us all in awe!
    Chana, Owner

  19. Dad or not, who wouldn't love this beauty of a card!! Seriously, this is incredible!! I love every little bitty bitty detail that I can zoom in on :)
    Georgie xx

  20. You must have the BEST superhero dad, Karen, if he inspired you to make this utterly magnificent masculine card! The fine attention to detail and impeccable execution flabbergast me, truly!! It would take me 73 hours to make card art like this and I know he will cherish it always!! Hugs, Darnell

  21. Hi Karen,
    This is absolutely AMAZING!! I love all of the details on this FANTASTIC card. I come across when making a masculine card that I don't know how to embellish or what can I use.For a feminine card its so easy to add ribbon, peals & rhinestones. Funny thing that when I do make a masculine card I am not happy with it.But you inspired me with the wonderful details on your card to make one....I will try. Maybe for a boy..LOL. Yes, I truly believe that your DAD is a SUPERHERO and he does deserve this card and he will LOVE it! I DO! I am completely amazed the detail of the die-cut Heart Banner and the bark star! STUNNING and still SPEECHLESS! I love the sea shells..ADORABLE!
    Your DAD is a SUPERHERO and you are SUPER AWESOME!! Yeap! That's right..LOL
    Sending you TONS of my love, hugs & smiles

  22. Oh my goodness... this is jawdroppingly awesome! I'm not usually one for shaped cards, but I think you've changed my mind! Love the metallic embellishments! Thank you so much for the kind words and the crafty follow. I"m happy to be your 300th follower, too!

  23. Beautiful card! The colors looks so perfect together and all of the embellishments are amazing! I love the heart banner you added and those sea shells look wonderful! I'm sure your dad will treasure this masterpiece forever!

  24. Stunning card and as always your attention to detail always makes the finished creation. Love the use of the clip for the flag. TFS and have a wonderful week.

  25. This is an AMAZING work of art, Karen! You have used our colors beautifully and I'm sure your dad will treasure this! Thank you for playing along with the Sunday Stamps challenge this week!

  26. Wonderful card Karen! I love the shape and all the lovely details you've added.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  27. Wow. Now that is a project of love. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for joining the fun over at Simply Create Too!

  28. Karen, this is AMAZING!!! I love the shape, awesome paper collection and beautiful details! Your Dad will treasure this~Beautifully done and as always, stunning work!!
    Have a great day my friend!
    Sherrie K

  29. Hi Karen

    I adore this project, I love the shape and the beautiful papers you have used. I am sure your father will treasure it. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful Guest Designer.


  30. Karen, this is amazing! Your dad will cherish it and all the love you put into making it for him! Your attention to detail is just fabulous! I love every detail! Thank you for joining us at Sunday Stamps! XX

  31. So many wonderful details. I found myself looking at your wonderful creation for quite a while. I know your Dad will appreciate - and enjoy - the amount of love that went into creating this beautiful card. So glad you joined us at Sunday Stamps this week

  32. wow that's so beautiful! Love the colors and all the fabulous details!!!!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Top Tip Tuesday. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

  33. Fantastic project Karen and thanks for sharing your encouraging tip too! Lisa DT

  34. Amazing card. Love everything about this. Thanks for joining us at CFAS. Hugs Tina (DT)x

  35. Wow Karen, your card is your attention to detail, specially the pennant heart clip! PERFECT!! Have a fabulous week.

  36. This is just beyond words fabulous!! I have such a hard time with masculine cards and so I changed my goal to make some projects that could be for either guy or gal and that seems to help me a bit. I can't stop studying this amazing creation and hope that my brain absorbs some of the details to help me out when I make something with this theme. I just love everything about this card!! <3 Hugs!!

  37. Masculine cards are indeed very difficult to make, but this is absolutely fabulous! And it's got to be one of the best nautical cards I've ever seen! Such fantastic use of the papers, and your creative mind is present throughout the whole card. I love how you turned the heart banner upside down and your use of the love pennant. I think you made your dad very happy. :-)

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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