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A Ship and a Cupcake

I went to see Black Nativity with my daughters a few weekends ago and discovered Langston Hughes. I have now read many of his poems and I love A Dream Deferred:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

I like how visual he wrote, and for some reason, I have been thinking about all the meanings behind this poem. We all defer dreams. I have a ton of deferred dreams in the back of my mind, and a bunch of my deferred dreams have already exploded. This poem has inspired a few card ideas in the back of my mind and here is one:

I used the Sketch from Seems A Little Sketchy #54, computer generated my sentiment (a poem by Mark Twain) and used a ship from Squigglefly artist, Graham Gamble, called Tall Ship. I received this image free because for every $15 you spend at Squigglefly, you get one image of your choice (a set even) free - so you really get a 20% discount on everything you buy. I am also entering this in the last Squigglefly challenge of the year (we are all taking a little Christmas break) which is to add a touch of red to your card. It is our team's week off but I couldn't resist - especially since it is the last one of the year!

This is a fun little card I made for my Sister Sharon's birthday. I cased the cupcake card from THIS site (Scrapbook & Cards Today).

Hope your week is going well - Hugz!


  1. Both cards are absolutely sensational but I love, love the ship! Take inspiration from where ever you can find it!

  2. I love the SHIP card and all it says. The cupcake is just so creative, fun, and adorable. Your sis is sure to love it.

  3. Wow, both of these are great. Love the ship and the way you deigned the poem around it and the button cupcake is just adorable.

  4. Beautiful tall ship. And the color combo of red, black and white is gorgeous. Great poem too.
    Your sis is going to love the cupcake card with the buttons, very clever idea.

    Happy Holidays to your and yours,


  5. Love that ship image! Great card and the cupcake is adorable!! Wonderful poem about dreams too.

  6. Two fabulous cards, I especially love the ship one, gorgeous colours and lovely clean lines.

  7. Both of these cards are fabulous!! Love the top one with the masculine theme!! Perfect CAS style designs! HUGS ;)

  8. Fabulous ship card using our sketch! I love all the pretty details! Thanks for sharing with us at Seems a Little Sketchy!

  9. stunning cards nancy.really love your designs and fab wording ;D

    xx coops xx

  10. Nancy both of your cards are amazing. I really love the quotation you used with the Tall Ship image, and not only the quotation itself but the way you created it with the different fonts and the arrow. Very powerful! Your cupcake card is just too cute - great texture to it! Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. These are both awesome! I love your take on the Tall Ship card...the bold red and kraftstock with the black and white. Just a great color combination!

  12. I love the nautical card with that great ship image and pretty red corner accents, but that cupcake with buttons is just fantastic! Well done on both!!

  13. Both great cards...your cupcake card really cute and creative!

  14. Exploding dreams??? Now that sounds scary more like a nightmare. I would hope the dreams just sag-like your body does when you get older. The older the dream the more it That way the dream never dies-you can always give it a workout to bring it back if need be. Love the first card's message and image. Sail away from your safe harbor--that's definitely food for thought if you are wanting to pursue your dreams. The buttons on the cupcake card are so darn cute. I just love that design feature!
    Bear Hugs


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