Swashbuckle Cheer!

Yo ho ho me hearties! Working on a pirate card has been my latest card therapy, at the end of a busy week with the boys on their first week of half term. Pirates are a favourite of my sons, with a pirate ship bath toy, pirate puppets and pirate costumes, not forgetting a huge climb-aboard pirate ship in their nursery playground! I loved Captain Pugwash when I was little, although can barely remember it. Guess pirates are part and parcel of childhood fun and adventures!

Captain Pugwash

It’s brilliantly cute hearing our two year old say ‘ahoy, me hearties’ whilst doing the arm action, from another favourite Cbeebies Swashbuckle. Bedtime reading often includes Pirates Love Underpants, Plunge into the Pirate Pool, and one we borrowed from the library recently – The Pirates Next Door (a tale with a moral at the end!), all highly recommended for little swashbucklers. Talking of the ‘Aliens Love Underpants‘ series, we went to see the stage production in York a couple of weeks ago. Many little ones were captivated by fluorescent spaceships and mischievous aliens, with added musicality. I needn’t have worried whether ours would sit still for 50 minutes, it was pant-tastic! There are plenty of dates left if you fancy a fun outing with your little ones.

Another party invite arrived this week, and so no excuse needed for crafting a birthday card for a little boy. I wanted to add some fun to this card so worked hard on my embellishments!

Pirate birthday boy

I got my stamp at a craft show but I have no idea who to credit I’m afraid – if you have seen this stamp before and know who it is by please let me know! It is very sweet, I love his treasure map. I have coloured him with my Promarkers, using Arctic Blue and Amethyst for his top, Midnight Blue and Indigo Blue for his shorts, Ice Greys and Cool Greys for the hat, cutlass belt and floor, Buttercup with Apricot-aged edges for the map and a collection of various browns.


I spotted the coin chain in Hobbycraft and knew it would be perfect, secured with tiny metal brads. I also got the wooden ship there, which I painted with acrylics. I tried my Promarkers first but forgot that they bleed along the wood grain. Acrylics are great for adding colour like this as it dries so fast you can very quickly layer up.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers Challenge #221 – Give me a ‘P’ – My P’s are Pirate and Purple!

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog – Purple and Black

Sister Act Card Challenge Blog – #30 Anything Goes

Time for Homeland so I’m off to enjoy! Then it better be an early night as the boys were asleep by 6:30pm thanks to the clock change so expecting an early start!

Stay snuggled out of the rain,

Emma x

10 thoughts on “Swashbuckle Cheer!

  1. Fab pirate card, Emma! Love that sweet image, great colouring and brilliant embellishments! Thanks for joining us this week at Passion for Promarkers! Lisa x

    • Thanks Mirella – more chance than skill though! I found their blog through your link so thank you for that! How’s the weather up in the Scottish Highlands today? We’re not too bad in Leeds – rainy and windy but not fence-destroying! x

  2. the card is beautiful! I love the image, coins and pirate ship! weather is ok… freezing, a bit windy but nothing like the storms in the south! I moved from Manchester 6 months-ago and I though weather was going to be awful.. but It’s not so bad! (I should wait for the winter, I may change my mind!)

  3. Brilliant card Emma, love these LOTV images and I really love all your little details. Thanks for following my blog, I am about to start following yours too. Have a great day. Teresa x

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