I'm travelling into a new way of working, a new country, a new language, and a new hobby which I'm passionate about. Come with me for some of the journey...

Monday, 1 September 2014

A Nautical Box

Hello all!  It's the first of the month, so there's plenty going on today... I'll be back in almost no time with the new Our Creative Corner challenge (Update: now ready to be seen here), but first here's some inspiration for the new theme at Country View Challenges.




Our host is the wonderful Jennie, and she'd like to see your Nautical creations this month.

There's lots of inspiration from my fantastic team-mates over at Country View Challenges today, and as always we'll be offering up more ideas and projects over the course of the month.

Here's my first piece for you, a little nautical ATB.







I don't have very much in the way of nautical craft stash, but I remembered this lovely Legend stamp set by 7 Gypsies, full of markings from old nautical maps.

The background of the ATB was created just to use up the paint left over when I was making my dimensional dragonfly hanging.  I sponged it onto the surface with a natural sponge.








I stamped the nautical map markings in black archival.




There are measurements, and compasses, and labels for various seas and oceans.






I daubed on some Versamark ink and added a few grains of clear embossing powder in various places.

I like the effect you get of droplets of water.












The final touch was to line the edges with some thick white twine from my stash - the idea was to get the look of ships' ropes.











And that's your lot for now, but do hop over to Country View Challenges to see what my team-mates have been up to.

I'll be back later in the month with another Nautical offering, and later this morning with my Our Creative Corner offering, so I'll hope to see you again very soon!




Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
AndrĂ© Gide 

32 comments:

Doreen said...

Love your gorgeous box.xxx

Helen said...

It's gorgeous!!

Brenda Brown said...

A great little ATB with wonderful colours and images. The rope fits the theme perfectly.
hugs Brenda xx

Amanda said...

Nice nautical ATC, great colours of the sea. Love the addition of the rope.
Love
Amanda x

Redanne said...

I love the nautical stamps you used Alison and the gorgeous colours for the base of your ATB. The rope is a wonderful touch and really does conjure up thoughts of the sea..... Anne xx

rachel said...

a great box Alison - fabulous x

sally said...

Very nicely done for not having much in the way of nautical supplies AND I do love that colour range!

Sally

chrissies said...

Your quote today is very true :)

Love the way you used to rope like cord all around the edges--what a wonderful idea.

The colour is great and the choice of stamps perfect

Love Chrissie x

Astrid Maclean said...

I really struggled with supplies for this theme too, love what you managed to do with those 7gypsies stamps, a great ATB, the rope is the perfect addition!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great altered box...nice colours and stamping and interesting that white rope!
greetings, Alie

sam21ski said...

This is fabulous and I love the rope, really finishes it off perfectly xxx

Angela Radford said...

Loving the box must pop over to see what the others have made.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Hettie said...

Love this box and the stamps are to die for. I may be raiding your stash room for those later!
Beautiful
Hugs
xx

Marci said...

Very pretty colors, the embossing powder as water is a great idea!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous ATB Alison - the stamps are just perfect and the colours are stunning. I love the rope embellishment too - all so very nautical! Jennie x

Dorthe said...

So sweet a little box, Alison, the stamps were just the special thing to use on it, and love the rope too.
Hugs,Dorthe

Susan Carol said...

This is beautiful. I love the effect of the water droplets. The backround is lovely.

Sue said...

This is wonderful Alison, great use of the rope xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic idea and a wonderful piece. Great colors.

Meggymay said...

Fabulous box, love the rope edging.
Yvonne

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The rope edging brings lovely texture to this project.
Wishes
Lynne

Sue said...

Hello Alison,
As with us all we did not have nautical elements in our stash but as with most talented people the creations are unique and this little ATB, is so cute. I must say the rope feature is the perfect element to use here.
Smiles:)
Sue

Buttons said...

What a clever idea to add the twisted rope to the edges of the box. Another fantastic make. Jenny x

massofhair said...

Am loving the dinky rope edging very much, stunning ATB Alison :-) xxx

Nan G said...

Love the thick cording..very nautical.

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Alison, another amazing ATB, the background is gorgeous, as you do, I love those stamps and it really looks like raindrops all over, yahoo real exciting to me, it's perfect, thanks for sharing this inspiration...

Dianne said...

Forgot to say how much I love the rope on the edges, just perfect...

Tincan Crafter said...

Me again, I am in total envy of anyone who can pull off so many original and creative crafty projects simultaneously. The effect of the water droplets here is too cool! Loved the rope edges too. Is there ever a time when you do a bad project? Every single time is a winner!!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous box, love the colour and finish.
Avril xx

Georgie C said...

Love the nautical theme and the rope edging is a great idea x

Sara Barker said...

What a wonderful box! Love the color and the rope!

Kezzy said...

Wow such a gorgeous box, really love the rope around the edges and the colour is beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed being a Guest Designer on here for the Nautical challenge. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx