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

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tickets and Ceiling Tiles

You may have noticed tickets popping up in my cards recently. Last month I bought packages of perforated, two-part raffle tickets in five different colors--red, yellow, green, baby blue, and white-- at our local Dollar Tree. The tickets are all numbered, and they separate into a part that says "TICKET" and a part that says "Keep This Coupon." For some strange reason, I was giddy with delight at the prospect of using these in my paper creations! And they have been really fun. However, there are some problems with these tickets. The printing is often off-center, and there are weird streaks of other ink colors. Who cares for a raffle ticket, right? But when they're used as a design element in a paper creation, it's a different story and these little quirks become annoying. Plus, the primary-colored tickets can be a bit garish and difficult to coordinate with the palette of my ink and paper collection.

So, you can imagine how surprised and happy I was when I stumbled across one of the new products in Papertrey Ink's July release: Just the Ticket. Wow! There is a stamp set for making your own customizable tickets (imagine: in any color you want!) and a matching ticket border die that cuts out a strip of tickets and--get this--adds perforation lines between the the tickets! I don't have any die-cutting tools or dies or such in my small collection of stamping and papercrafting supplies. I've always been scared of the investment, both financially and storage-space-wise. But I think I may be in trouble now. :)

I wanted to share a quick card I made yesterday afternoon for the EtsyInspired Challenge. This week's source of Etsy store inspiration is Octavia & Brown, which stocks great handpicked vintage items for the home. I was inspired by this aqua vintage tin ceiling tile: I just love the geometric design and had fun imagining how the patterns would all line up on a whole ceiling filled with these! I approximated the design by tracing around circle and oval cutting templates with a white gel pen on a square of baja breeze card stock. I tried to keep it clean and simple.

For the supplies used in this card project, please click here. Thanks for stopping by!


Colleen Dietrich said...

Emily, I love your new picture as your avatar and here on your blog! I can see you much better. And I see you've got two other awards up there too (see, the one won't be lonely anymore!). Congrats! And I laughed when you wrote something about "my small collection of stamping and papercrafting supplies." Small? Even with all those winnings? ;) You crack me up!
As for this beautiful aqua card, I love how you traced on the CS with a white gel pen to recreate the lines of that tile. Great idea! And I like the simplicity of it. You done good, Emzi!

Marisa said...

What a fabulous take on the insp. piece! Love the punched border and the button is the perfect touch. Looky at you too, you have 10 followers already too :D Have a fabulous day!

Julie Ranae said...

Really love this inspiration, Emily...wonderful job!

Judy Rozema said...

WOW! What awesome inspiration! Beautiful tile and gorgeous card! Come see who won something on my blog!! ;)

Meg said...

I hear ya...that ticket punch/stamp is sooo darn tempting this month!

LOVE this card, you captured the ceiling tile beautifully while making a brand new gorgeous creation.

Joel said...

The tiles match THE SAME! Cute card! :D