Great sketch as always... When I was looking through my digi folder, I ran across this one which is by Paula. While I have used it several times for cards, I was inspired to try using it again in a little different way. The sentiment is planned to be more of a design element for this card, so I placed it on the strip. Originally I was going to layer the white paper directly on the black but I had some of the striped paper laying around. When I did my visual trial it really added some pop so it was added to my card. I also think the the nautical theme as featured in the latest Papercrafts magazine has been simmering in my brain.
I am also linking this card to the Addicted to CAS #17 Water Challenge.