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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And now for something completely different . . .

Well, I had an idea for a card in my head today that I just couldn't get rid of, so I spent some time this afternoon experimenting with several different techniques and just playing around. It was fun and insightful, but the card I ended up with was completely different from what I'd envisioned and kind of "out there." Not the kind of thing I usually make (even though I'd be hard pressed to describe a "style" for my cards) and I wasn't really happy with it. I was ready to chuck the whole thing in the trash can, but my 12YO daughter convinced me not only to finish it but to post it on my blog, too. So here it is, for better or for worse. It was just one of those kind of days.
This card measures 5" x 7" in real life. Sorry for the odd perspective in the photo. I was trying to catch the shimmer of the Smooch Spritz I was playing with. The ruffled ribbon treatment is actually a strip of calico torn from a scrap in my sewing room. And the subtle hearts at the bottom of the layout were stamped in Versamark ink and clear embossed. I was hoping that the Smooch Spritz and clear embossing would give that vast expanse of yellow card stock (such a big card!) some texture and interest, but I'm really not sure it helped that much.

I had several different challenges in mind while playing around with this today, so since I'm taking the time to post this thing, I'm entering it, too. May as well, right? Not that I'm expecting much from it. Anyway, these are the challenges that contributed to this card:
I promise that my next project will be a bit less experimental. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: all Unity: Sentiments O'Simple, Lovely Bits & Baubles, unknown wood-mounted flower
Paper: Mark's Finest Papers snowstorm card stock,
DCWV yellow card stock
Ink: Palette reflection blue, Palette chartreuse, Versamark
Accessories: sewing machine, paper distresser, clear embossing powder, heat tool, fabric scrap from my stash, rhinestone, dimensional, Golden Glow Smooch Spritz
Techniques: machine stitching, distressing, misting, clear embossing

21 comments:

the whimsical butterfly said...

What a SWEET card and love those tiny hearts! Beautiful! Thanks for playing the UNITY challenge! HOORAY!!!!

Benzi said...

I have to laugh, Emily! I was so disappointed with my last card I thought about deleting it, but I entered it into several challenges so I guess it stays. I would really like to do it over. I hate when that happens. Your card is pretty and I really like the embossed hearts and the Smooch Spritz is really showing. I really love the teal flower.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Cute card Emily! I love love the shimmery BG! Thanks so much for joining along with CR84FN :)

Joanne said...

Well done! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon:)
Joanne xo

Debgem said...

I the shimmery effect - so pretty! And those embossed hearts are so lovely! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN this week!

wearestampers said...

I'm still 'experementing' with smooch spritz, yours shows up wonderfully! Love all the colors you used!
Pam

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love the shimmery background you made and the colors are so springy! Thank you for playing with us at WMSC this week!

Sharyn said...

Very sweet and fresh and the shimmers are pretty.

Joanne (jojot) said...

the creative road takes all sorts of twists and turns, so enjoy the journey ESPECIALLY when the destination is as unique and special as this

Stephanie Kraft said...

Darling card, Emily! Love the added shimmer! Thanks for playing with CR84FN!

Shelly said...

Gorgeous creation for our "I {heart} you" challenge! Such lovely and fresh colours! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Craft Challenge! Shelly :)

Sue Lelli said...

Emily, So FUN to create something so different! LOVE the two sizes of embossed hearts at the bottom! LOVE the ribbon stem and FAB flower! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

Faye said...

Gorgeous card, love how you've incorporated the hearts. Thanks for playing at Cupcake this week. x

Crystal said...

Very pretty, I love the bright colours and the stitching! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes :)

Lisa M. said...

I think it was a successful experiment! So bright and spring!
Thanks for joining us for our Sundae Bar at Paper Sundaes! Good luck!
♥Lisa

Rosanne said...

Love the shimmer! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon!

Avril Tanner said...

Love the ribbon technique! Thanks for playing along with LRW!

Natalie said...

love the embossed hearts! makes a perfect addition to your gorgeous card!

Angie Blom said...

beautiful. love how you did the heart background. stunning card Emily.

Anne said...

Such a sweet card! I like the clear embossed hearts and your ruffled calico!

Cath said...

Hey Emily! Thanks for entering the Stamping with Shimmer Sprays Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)