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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Take Me Home, Heart 2 Heart!

I now live a hundred miles up river, but home to me will always be the corner of the Chesapeake Bay and The Atlantic Ocean where the Cape Henry Lighthouses have been guiding sailors since the founding of our country.  This stamp from Close to My Heart's retired Perfect Day set has always reminded me of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse.

When Haley told me that the theme of this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge was going to be Water, Water, Everywhere, how could I not use this stamp?  I stamped it with Versamark, heat embossed it with Clear Detail powder and then sponged over it with Crystal Blue and Outdoor Denim to reveal the image.  The birds were stamped in second generation Outdoor Denim and the sentiment in Cocoa.  In order to accommodate the bulk of the hemp, I must have used half a roll of foam tape to pop up the background panel and the lighthouse panel.  The layout is an old one from Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is the inside: 

There is a new challenge in town, the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge in which a challenge photo will be posted on the 1st and 15th of the month and you have ten days to complete it.  It just so happens that inaugural challenge is Feeling Nautical.  What can be more appropriate than the lighthouses which have warned and guided sailors through out history?  Can you tell I have a deep emotional connection to lighthouses?

So ends my fourth week as July's guest designer at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  I have one more week to go and it is a challenge that is right up my alley!.  You will just have to come by and see what it is  In the meantime, thank you for stopping by!  Now please hop on over to see all the creations inspired by water.  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Majestic Blue (retired), Bamboo and White Daisy cardstock
Ink: Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim and Cocoa
Stamps:  Perfect Day (retired)
Embellishments:  Natural Hemp, Filigree Charms, Clear Detail embossing powder


  1. I adore lighthouses, as well! Love seeing them up close when we traveled to OBX:) Your card is beautiful, Hansi! So glad you were inspired to join us at the Curtain Call!

  2. Gorgeous card-and the inside is just as beautiful :)
    Best wishes,Nessa xx

  3. What a lovely card. The white embossing looks great with the sponged blue... just perfect. Thank you for playing along with us at Curtain Call.

  4. Wow! Your card is just beautiful! Good job!

  5. Awesome card, Hansi! Bamboo accents the Majestic paper so beautifully! Perfect choice of images for the H2H Water Theme. Thanks for sharing your talents with us as Guest Designer for July--your artwork always inspires me!
    :) Marie

  6. Fabulous card. Love how you embossed the image in white and inked around it. The papers are perfect with the image. TFS

  7. Majestic Blue was one of my favorite paper packets. Love your card!

  8. Fantastic! I love the way you used the versamark for this one! I have always wanted to visit that part of the country. If it is half as beautiful as your card, I will not be disappointed! So thrilled that you were able to join us this month over at H2H! :)

  9. I just saw this card on Pinterest and it is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents.