Thursday, May 9, 2013


I was born and raised in and near the great city of Chicago.  But don't think that makes me a landlubber.  I have always loved lighthouses and all things nautical.  And did you know Chicago has a lighthouse?  And a darn purty one at that.
Fast forward 50 years and I find myself living in and loving coastal Florida.  I still love the beach and all it's treasures and lighthouses still hold a fascination for me.  Dave and I visit as many as we can and to date in 10 years of marriage I think we have visited near 15 different lights.
When Paper Smooches posted their Sparks challenge this week, I knew I had to give it a go.

The challenge this week is to create a project inspired by this photo:

I love the red/white color scheme and the anchor pillow and that porthole rocks.  I made a card that was inspired by the overall nautical theme of the picture and what is more nautical than the sea and a lighthouse?
Don't you just love the constellation paper?  It is from the new Atlantic collection by Studio Calico and I LOVE it....perfect for this project too. I colored my lighthouse to resemble the St. Augustine lightouse which is not far from our home.  I used 3 different Paper Smooches stamps sets on this card.....Alphadots, Geo-Graphic and Smoocheroos.  I love my PS stamps!! If you would like to get your own set, check out all the stamps HERE.


  1. I didn't know Chicago had a lighthouse! I love how your card turned out; you nailed the challenge :)

  2. WOW!! This is so FUN!! I LOVE the starry sky!! I LOVE your take on the Nautical Challenge!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Mother's Day Weekend!! =)

  3. Wow! Your card is fabulous! Love the starry sky and how you used the chevrons for waves! I grew up in Orland Park and go home every chance I get. Chicago is the best city EVAH!

  4. Perfect! I love the constelations in the sky too!

  5. Great design! Love the constellation patterned paper with the lighthouse image. Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS!

  6. OHHH! What a beautiful card-- esp with that constellation paper!! I love that you love lighthouses-- perfect image for this theme challenge!! THANKS so much for playing along with us and joining in the fun with the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge:)

    ***I know I'm late in leaving this comment-- time got away from me this week!!! Hope you will join in the fun again for the Designer Drafts challenge-- and even try out for the PSS DT call:)

    ps... I lived in midwest IN (close to Chicago-- well close for a farm girl!) and then moved to FL when I was 22. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I loved reading your post:)


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