I started out with a certain sketch and color scheme in my head. I was using a navy and white striped background with a banner in red, along with the ship's wheel. No matter how I tried it was awful! That's when I decided to walk away for awhile.
Taking a break did the trick. I pulled out the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and chose a piece that resembled water and sky. (There's actually paper in the stack that looks like that, but I'd already used it up.)
Next, I took the ship's wheel and the lighthouse and stamped and embossed them. I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and punched it out with an oval punch. The oval looked a bit plain so I added pearls.
Finally, I made a ship's knot out of Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine and added it to the top. Tah-dah! A card I was finally happy with!
How many of you have times like I had today? Tell me your story in the comments below.