Sail Away

There’s something romantic about a sailboat.  Sailboats evoke feelings of freedom in me, and though I’m not a sailor I love watching them on the water.

Enjoy Today Sail Away

  • Sail Away and Hope Happens stamp sets
  • Whisper White, Night of Navy and Baja Breeze cardstock
  • Random Designer Series Paper in Tangerine Tango and maybe So Saffron??
  • Night of Navy  Classic ink pad
  • Night of Navy and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Aquapainter and Blender pen
  • Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

OK, first order of business is to make sure you know I am not sneaking in some other company’s sentiment stamp – that is a VERY carefully inked stamp from the Hope Happens set.  The verse is “Do not put off until tomorrow what can be Enjoyed Today” and I used a marker to ink just the letters I wanted.  I know, now you’re full of remorse for thinking I would have committed Rubbah-dultery, as Jan Tink calls it.  If you want to make it up to me, you can come pick the orange cat hair out of my Stampin’ Scrub, because it’s full of the stuff and it’s a pain in the patootie!  It makes funny lines on my stamps when I ink them up.  That Darn Cat.

Anyway, I digress.  We were talking about sailboats, no?

I don’t go out on the water a lot, because the truth is that if it’s not perfectly smooth I get queasy.  I make an exception for whale season and trips to Lanai, and I take something to settle my stomach and pray for good weather.  Heading out on a boat provides such a different perspective of our island, and as long as my stomach cooperates I can stay out for hours just watching.  A sailboat has the added bonus of being quiet – just the sound of the waves and the wind in the sail – and it can be very meditative.  If you’re lucky enough to have a whale surface nearby, you hear that big WHOOSH when it breathes (but don’t breath in, because whales have the fishiest halitosis EVAH).    If you hit the jackpot and one breaches nearby, nothing compares with the sound of a school bus hitting the water.

I digress again.  It’s not even whale season.  Sigh.

This sailboat card is simple and flat by design.  Lately I’ve been frustrated when I needed to send a card and couldn’t find one that would actually Fit In An Envelope.  Can you imagine that?  What a concept!  I’m making an effort to create cards that can be put in an envelope and mailed, no fuss no muss, and this one qualifies.  It takes a little discipline and I was sorely tempted by ribbons, buttons and brads but I held out for simple.  We’ll see if I can do that again.

3 thoughts on “Sail Away

  1. Anne, this is just gorgeous. I’ve fallen in love with this set & the Open Sea set…. must be the boats…lol. I love this, especially the coloring on the sails… super gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your creativity


  2. I love the card. I know what you mean about trying to make “simple” cards. I don’t think the post office likes our ribbons and bows!


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