Thursday, November 8, 2012

just keep swimming (TAWS, Retro, Moxie)

I love the sentiment "just keep swimming" - for multiple reasons.  For encouragement, for sickness.  And I'm a Great Lakes girl (although I must admit I'm not a big swimmer)!

Used a free digi stamp from The Alley Way Stamps to go with a maritime theme for their "Be Inspired #14" challenge:

And I used Retro Sketch #36.  Again.  Love this top heavy design.

What do I like about this card?  I recycled security envelopes - the blue/white stripe and the map.  punched the top of the kraft piece with a circle punch to create waves.  I handmade a life preserver with circle punches.  And I used my one-and-only square punch to create the flags for the bunting AND to put the notch in the bottom of the banners.  Like this:

Love that trick.  No die cutting or bending the paper to snip it with scissors!  And for that reason I'm parking over at Moxie Fab World's "Square Punch" challenge too.

Appreciate your visit.

Supplies forjust keep swimming:
Paper:CS Neenah,  PPOctober Afternoon, recycled envelopes
Stamps:digi Alley Way Stamps, numbers Glitzi
Ink : alcohol inks, StazOn
Tools: punches EKS, sewing machine
Other: ribbon Sew Sweet, colored pencil


  1. this is design.. thanks for joining us at The Alley Way Stamps.. Be Inspired Challenge..

  2. this is simply adorable.. I love everything about it.. Thanks so much for joining our BE Inspired challenge at TAWS this round too.. HUGS

  3. What an awesome card!! LOVE the papers, love your take on the sketch and love how well it works with TAWS Be Inspired Challenge!!!

  4. Wonderful paper and banner choices for the sentiment! So glad to see you at The Alley Way Stamps BE Inspired Challenge.

  5. What a beautiful and cool card! LOVE your design!
    Have a wonderful week-end, hugs, Karin

  6. This is gorgeous. I love navy/white stripes...this sketch baffles me, but you've rocked it!

  7. Love the card, and appreciate the tip about notch making with a square punch. Seems like I can never get mine cut even so will have to try this trick!

  8. amazing card!! love the banners so much!

  9. Congratulations Maria with your win over on the Moxie Fab blog - this is one creatively inspired card!

  10. What a great card, Maria! Love your recycling, and of course, using that square punch - congrats on your win today at Mox Fab World!!

  11. Congrats on your MF win! Way to rock the challenge with a square punch!

  12. Belated congrats on your MF win, Maria! Love the different ways you used that square punch!


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