Designer Focus: Nautical Sunsets


Good morning everyone!  Happy Hump Day to you!

Have you taken a moment to check out one of Flourishes' newest challenges?  It's all about getting to know the Flourishes Designers; it's called Designer Focus.  Each Friday, when it's not a release week challenge or a Reveal Day, a new Flourishes Designer is interviewed and she shares some of her favourite creations.

This week our Designer Focus is on Christine Okken. This challenge began actually last week but I didn't get a chance to play along as I was feeling under the weather most of last week. The challenge is to take one of the designer's many creations posted with the intro and CASE it!  I know... super simple and SO many incredible pieces of inspiration to choose from!!!

I finally decided upon CASEing this stunning card by Christine.  Something about the design just called to me!

And here is what I created...

Nautical Sunset
First I created the pattered back ground using the fabulous Fancy Pants Designs' "Down by the Shore" paper collection.

I die cut the paper ring from Flourishes Classic White Cardstock using Spellbinder circle dies and then I scored it to resemble a life preserver.  I cut another same sized piece of cardstock to back the ring and then stamped the lighthouse scene from the stamp set, "A Guiding Light" using Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink.

I then created a mask for the lighthouse and water and airbrushed my sunset using my Copic markers.  I removed the mask and coloured in my image.

I assembled my entire card including the "Happy Father's Day" greeting and the sailor's knot, as from the "A Guiding Light" stamp set, adding some cut airbrushed buttons from Flourishes and my card was born!

I hope you enjoyed my nautical inspiration today.  Make sure to check out the interview with Christine (and also of Julie Koerber from last week too!) and come and play along!!!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by:  Flourishes LLC.

stamps: Flourishes (A Guiding Light)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Bazzill
patterned papers: Fancy Pants Designs
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Copic
buttons: Flourishes
tools: Copic Airbrish
other: thread.


  1. Super beautiful card!

  2. Oustanding Ally! I love the window, awesome papers and fabulous guy card! LOVEit....

  3. Aw Ally - you're such a sweetie, and girl this is gorgeous! I love the nautical theme, and the use of the circle as a buoy! So sharp!

  4. Ooooooo, that's quite handsome! Your life preserver looks fabulous as well as your coloring/air brushing! Love it!


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