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

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brown, Black, and Ivory for StampinB Challenge

It's been a busy week, but I really enjoyed making my sample card for this week's Stampin' B's DT challenge. It was an excellent excuse to sit down and create! I'm not sure anything would have been made otherwise. ;) Yup, that busy.

So, this week our Stampin' B's challenge is hosted by Vicky Gould, who is challenging us to use brown, black, and ivory. This combo had me stumped for a while. But while I was flipping through a Pottery Barn Teen catalog during breakfast earlier in the week, I stumbled across this photo and had an "aha!" moment:
I'm sure it's easy to see how these "Style Tiles" inspired my card:

This will be going to my dear, dear friend who, along with her family, is embarking on a job-dictated move to a different state in a few weeks. Boo hoo! I am going to miss her desperately. Oh, sure. We'll still keep in touch by phone and email. But it just won't be the same as getting together in person. I have quite selfishly hoped for months that the move could be averted somehow. And as much as I have hoped this, I think that she has hoped and wished for it 100 times more. She does not want to move. Normally, I would make a congratulatory "new house" card for a friend who is moving, but that just didn't seem appropriate in this situation. So I wanted to make a card of support for what has been and continues to be a difficult situation, and I think that this sentiment ("Where there is love, there is a home") is perfect.
My friend has been packing over the past several months, and she has been trying to down-size her family's belongings as she goes. She recently gave me a bag of craft supplies that she no longer needed. All of my embellishments for this card, including that precious little key, came from the stash that I inherited. I hope she'll recognize some of them!
Thanks for dropping by today. If you'd like to try your hand at this week's Stampin' B's Challenge, post your project on your blog or SCS gallery, and link it up to the Inlinkz tool on the Stampin' B's blog. We'd love to see what you create!! :)

See you soon!
Emily

Card Recipe:
Stamps: SU Good Neighbors
Paper: Neenah natural CS, Paper Maniac kraft CS, brown CS from The Paper Company, black/ivory patterned paper from Recollections,
Gertie patterned paper from Stella and Rose Collection by My Mind's Eye

Ink: Versamark, Versafine onyx, Versafine vintage sepia
Accessories: EK Success 1.5" square punch, white embossing powder, heat tool, twill tape, dimensionals, rescued buttons, satin ribbon rose, embroidery floss, key embellishment
Techniques: embossing

33 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oh this is great and I love that you included your inspirational photo.

Marisa said...

I hear you re: friends moving. We are going to be seeing dear, dear friends when we head to Alberta next week and can't wait to give them a big hug in person! Sure your friend will treasure this card. Great take on the insp. piece!

Lois said...

Your friend will definitely treasure this card. I think it was so cool that you used embellishments she had given to you. Wonderful card, Emily.

wearestampers said...

What a perfect card for your friend! Great take on the color challenge too. Hope her move goes well.
Pam

~amy~ said...

emily, what a wonderful card for your dear friend..I love your inspiration piece and how it inspired your fabulous card!

Erin said...

This has to be my favorite color combo's, it's the same as the main living space in our house! I might have to case this with your permission of course! LOVE IT!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Fabulous card! I love that you used an inspiration from PB...I also get many ideas from them. Your grid design is just *perfect*, with all the right hues and designs balanced. I am so sorry your friend is moving, i know that is a source of sorrow for you. This card is such a gift from the heart.

Meg said...

Wow, that has got to be one of the coolest inspiration-to-card transformations ever! Love how you even copied the look of the calender with the bingo card!

I'm sure your friend will appreciate this card (and sentiment), especially with "her" craft stuff on it!

pam124 said...

This is INCREDIBLE Emily. I l ove the designs, colors and choice of dp's. Your button/rose treatment is fabulous. You nailed this challenge!

Benzi said...

Such a wonderful card for the occasion, Emily. So sorry your dear friend has to move away.Im sure she'll treasure the card and have a smile that you used the craft items she gave you.

Linda R. said...

So sorry that your friend is moving away.. I am going through the same thing.. A friend of mine wants to move so bad.. But I really don't want it to happen.. And it hasn't happen yet. But I am not look forward to the day it does happen..

She is just going to love what you made her..

Hugs, Linda

Debbie Carriere said...

Emily, this is fantastic!!! Love how you were inspired - just beautiful!!! Perfect placement. Of those great embellishments, too! Sorry that your friend is moving - saying bye for now is difficult.

nise said...

Aww! Darling card, but sad for you and your friend. Really like the color combo and your layout. How sweet that you used stuff from her, too! Makes it all the more special.

dahlhousedesigns said...

oh my gosh! this is absolutely adorable. LOVE the inspiration.

lisa a.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a darling card Emily! Love the little house and the pop of red!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh love love love this!! Emily you rocked it out this week!! Of course, the touch of red is perfect :)

Emily Leiphart said...

I find Pottery Barn catalogs inspirational, too! This card is just perfect for your friend, Emily. I love that you added some of the stash she gave you!

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a perfectly inspired card...and wonderful use of the color challenge too.....really rich and elegant, yet simple

Anita said...

Gorgeous card Emily. I love all the different tiles ... that makes it so interesting. I'm so sorry your friend is moving away :(

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so pretty Emily! The inspiration is such a great idea and this beautiful card is even more of a keeper since it contains shared treasures.
It is sad to lose a good friend and neighbour but maybe you can take a trip to visit and keep in touch. (Sounds like an excuse for a girl's weekend crop coming up to me!)
Thank you for sharing! :) {{{Hugs}}}

Noelle Reese said...

What a darling card! I love other people's secon hand loot! LOL

Glenda J said...

Absolutely love it. Great papers and colours. The pop of red is perfect. I'm sure your friend will love it... sorry she is moving.

Davi said...

GREAT card Emily!! Love those different squares!

suzARTe said...

Emily I just love this card and and I'm sure your friend will as well.I have always loved a quilted look on cards,I think you have given me an idea for my next project.Hope life has been busy for you in a good way :)

maryr917 said...

love this card emily-and the colors are wonderful together-great inspiration piece-sorry to hear about your friend moving-how sweet to create a card with some of the stuff she gave you

~Tammy~ said...

Wow, perfect inspiration and I love your take! Beautiful Emily!

Sue Lelli said...

Oh Emily, that is so sad about your friend moving! It was lovely that you made a card with her stash and snuck that red rose in there ~ PERFECT touch! LOVE the panels and REALLY LOVE that sentiment! She will probably cry when she sees this card!

Dawn B. said...

She will love this card Emily.. WHat a great idea to use her embellishments. I know it is so hard to move. Hope it goes well for her..

Pat said...

That is a great card, Emily. I know you will miss your friend, and will treasure the times you have enjoyed! THe Pottery Barn turned out to be "just in time" for the challenge! Tiy did it justice!

I enjoyed the other cards on your blog today!
Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

I have got to stop reading your blog. It ruins the surprises you send me in the mail ;)

Emily Leiphart said...

Hi Emily, you've been so quiet! I just had to pop in and say hello. Hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer!

Anita said...

Hope all is well Emily.

Kristy Smith said...

Hi Emily! I hope your summer is going well -- I've missed your creations for the last month! I'm sending good thoughts your way! =)