The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Monday, July 19, 2010

Fishy

Luckily I got an early start on the card I wanted to make for today! I have lots to do later on. But I'm so glad I took the time to play now, plus I'll still have plenty of time for the to-do list this afternoon!
So this card came about from several sources of inspiration, including the Color Throwdown #101 colors: At first I wasn't sure I liked these at all. I usually keep a notebook of the challenges I like to play in and will jot down the current challenge of the week in my notebook when it's posted. Then I scan my list for inspiration when I'm ready to make a card. So when I jotted this one down in my notebook, I was pretty sure I'd be passing on it. But as I looked at the CAS sketch for today's Clean and Simple challenge on SCS and the Mark's Finest Papers Flourished Sea Creatures stamp set that I wanted to sneak peek today, it all clicked! Suddenly those CTD colors were perfect :)

I used my Martha Stewart deco fan punch-around-the-page (PATP) punch set to make a frame that would be in keeping with my ocean theme for today's card! Although it's probably hard to see in my photo, I made a grid to stamp my little fishies in by scoring with a stylus along the cutting groove in my paper trimmer. The poor stamper's equivalent of a ScorPal! I don't have kiwi kiss, so I used old olive ink for my fishies and stamped off once. The texture-y pattern on my crumpled paper flower comes from multiple stampings of the coral stamp in the Flourished Sea Creatures set.

Want a peek of the inside of the card? Well, OK, then! Here you go: The fish and kelp images come from the MFP Flourished Sea Creatures set; the sentiment is from Stampin' Up (On Your Birthday). For supplies and links to the challenges I entered with this card, please click here.

A friend of mine has a huge list of family birthdays that she and her husband celebrate. It's too much of a financial drain to give everyone on the list a gift, so she likes to send really nice cards to mark their loved ones' special days. For the past two years at Christmas, I've given her a variety pack of handmade birthday cards, and she loves them!! They have a great time sorting through the collection and picking out the perfect card for each recipient. And they use every card. I just LOVE that they use them rather than hoard them! I've been putting aside cards for her Christmas gift this year, and this one will be perfect for it. So far I've been lacking masculine cards (although I know this could be used for men or women).

Oh, I almost forgot! My smile for this morning? When my DS and DD called me outside to the driveway to show me the synchronized scootering routine they've been working on. The cutest thing ever!! :) Thanks for checking out my little slice of bliss today!

9 comments:

Marisa said...

Synchronized scootering - love it!! Could become the next Olympic sport LOL! What a wonderful mental image - can see why you were smiling :D

Darling card too, Emily! Fishies are darling and I love the PATP punch you used. Looks like clams - perfect for underwater theme :D Thrilled to hear your friend uses your cards - the perfect gift for her!

Meg said...

So cute! Love the "finny" look of the PATP punch and the score lines are the perfect way to keep those fishies in line! Glad you got to play today before all the to-dos started!

Tenia Nelson said...

Lovin' this card Miss Emily!!!!

Sally Atkins said...

Stunning card, such a great take on the sketch. I love the scored lines between those cute fish, and the inside of the card is a real treat too!

Priscilla said...

Great card..Awesome New blog.. Congrats again and can't wait to see all the stuff you bring to this blog. Have fun :)
Priscilla aka Prizzi :)

Crafty Math Chick said...

This looks fin-tastc Emily (har har har). You rock those around the edge punches and I love thatcute little fishie.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Somethin' fishy's going on around here! (I just love puns, don't mind me)

It's too cute! Love the deco fan as a design element on your sea-worthy card. (oops, another pun?) The colors are great and cool together.

Anonymous said...

Great card Mom! Love the seaweed!
Keep up the good work! :>)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

This is so cute, great design. I bet she loves the cards as a gift and with a large family I understand the finances. This is so thoughtful of you to get her a set of cards each year.
Kids are humbling and they make us enjoy the little things everyday. Aaaahhhh....