I have a new lighthouse stamp! Many of y'all know of my fondness for the Cape Henry lighthouse in my hometown, Virginia Beach. There is, however, another lighthouse that has also occupied my heart for many years. You see, my family, all of whom (except me) live within spitting distance of both ocean and bay beaches, rents a beach house in the Outer Banks near Cape Hatteras. Yes, we invade someone else's hometown. Cape Hatteras is the site of the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States. In case you are thinking the the designer of this stamp took artistic license drawing the lighthouse so close to the beach, I can assure that this is where the Cape Hatteras lighthouse stood until 1999 as concern grew that the encroaching ocean would wash it away. In a feat of modern engineering, the lighthouse was moved 2900 feet inland where it will hopefully stand for years to come.
To break in my new stamp I made a quick sympathy card following this Freshly Made Sketch:
The lighthouse stamp, by the way, is no longer manufactured but still available. Google "Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Stamp." Caution: Some sellers are asking a ridiculous amount for it. I got mine for $7.00 plus shipping. For the card I used Tommy paper (retired) and distressed the edges with Cocoa. My only embellishment is a bird from the color ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes which I colored with two layers of Outdoor Denim and heat set each time with my craft heater. The new micro dots came in handy for attaching him.
Thank you for stopping by! Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Tommy (retired), Outdoor Denim (retired) and Colonial White cardstock
Stamp: Look to the Light.
Ink: Outdoor Denim (retired), Cocoa
Embellishment: Bird from color ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes (retired but still available in the clearance section)