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Sailing Home for AAA #171

Happy Tuesday!

I played along with AAA when I was in my crafting cave this week.  They have a cool CAS challenge that is asking us to do something beachy - and do it on the edge :-)

I initially had an entirely different card planned, but it just wasn't working for me.  I then thought about the beach and what I love about it.  And, I have to say, it isn't sitting cooking my skin!  Those days are LONG gone.  Note to my younger self: everything they tell you will happen when you spend too much time in the sun will happen.... and when you get into old age you will regret it!  Am I the only one who bought into the idea of baking oneself on aluminum foil wearing nothing other than a teeny-tiny bikini and my limbs caked in cooking oil???!!!  Yes, it really was a "thing" back then!

Anyway, I totally digress.  One of the things I love about the beach - especially some of the wonderful parts of the coast I have visited in the US are the lighthouses.  So, I decided to go with Sailing Home instead.

I stamped the lighthouse onto a card base and colored it with my Copics.  I then took my blending brush and some Pool Party ink and blended the background.  The rock part of the stamp didn't extend far enough down, so I improvised with a copic  marker.  Here's my card:

Sailing Home AAA1 (1 of 1)

Pool Party is quickly becoming my go-to color for sky backgrounds.  I much prefer it to the one I used to use - Broken China Distress Ink.  It's a softer hue and I've come to love how I can start off really light and then get darker in areas when I need to.  It takes a little patience, but it really pays off.  My cheap makeup blending brushes make it so easy!

Before I sign off, how about a look at what has been at the feeder?  Isn't he just gorgeous????

Baltimore Oriole (1 of 1)

We have felt so blessed to be able to attract them during the breeding season.  They are such a wonderful, bright, sunny flash of color and their trills are missed when they leave!

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Lighthouse from Sailing Home.  Sentiment from an old Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!
  • Inks:  Pool Party - Stampin' Up.  Copic Markers
  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 80# on top of Neenah Solar White 110# base


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Åsa Johansson

Wow, such a beautiful card!!! Thanks for joining AAA Cards! Hugs Åsa


Great lighthouse! Thanks for playing with us at AAACards!


Amazing CAS card. Thank you for joining the AAA Cards Challenge.
- Joy Dsouza

Marina . . . from far Africa!!!

He is so handsome!!! I hope it is a "he". Usually the male partner is more beautiful than the female.

A. Rose

Absolutely lovely! I adore light houses and this one is great. Thanks for joining us at AAA Cards!

Jane Taylor

Awesome choice of stamp for the challenge, looks amazing. The bird photo is pretty amazing too. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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