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

Friday, September 16, 2011

Autumn Thanks for Friends With Flair

Happy Friday!! I'm back again this week with another project for Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop. Check the Unity blog for details and a list of today's participants.

I am so psyched that the new {ippity} challenge is to make a card inspired by Fall. I really needed to start a supply of autumn-ish cards, so this was just what I needed to get going. I was inspired by what I think are quintessential fall colors.

I used three different {ippity} by Unity stamp sets to create this card: the flower is from Now & Always, the background is from A Bit of Burlap, and the sentiment is from Regal Greetings. Building that layered fall flower was a blast! I got to play around with canvas (so hot right now in the papercrafting world!) for the first time. It was fun experimenting with coloring the originally all-white canvas. For the bottom layer, I sponged the edges with distress ink. The middle layer was sponged all over with dye ink. And the top layer? I sprayed it with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz!

In other news, I had a bit of a field trip on Wednesday--I finally got to meet a blogging friend in person! It turns out that the oh-so-sweet and extremely talented Debbie Carriere, one of the Mojo Monday designers, lives in the next town over from us. Crazy, right? And now that our very busy summers are over (Debbie was busy with just a little thing called Paper Crafts GALLERY IDOL, making it all the way into the Top 10. WOW! Lil' ole me got to meet a papercrafting celebrity in the flesh!!) and our kids are back to school, we meet up for coffee this week. Meeting Debbie was delightful!! So cheery and down to earth. And thoughtful, too! After reading on my blog that I am die-less, Debbie gave me some fabulous die-cut panels and shaped cards that she had cut just for me--along with some fabulous Close To My Heart goodies. See? I told you she was oh-so-sweet!! I can't wait to use it all. To thank her for her generosity, I dropped this autumn thank you card in the mail to her this morning. (Debbie, if you are reading, I'm so sorry if I spoiled the surprise!!) Anyway, it was so fun to chat face-to-face with someone who "gets" this hobby of mine. I'm looking forward to getting together with her again soon--and next time, I'll remember to bring my autograph book!

Well, that wraps things up for now. Thanks so much for dropping by for my little slice of bliss today!!
Emily

Card Recipe:
Stamps: {ippity} by Unity: flower from Now & Always, background from A Bit of Burlap, sentiment from Regal Greetings
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron CS; Daydream from 365 Degrees collection by Pink Paislee; Still in Box from The Thrift Shop collection by October Afternoon
Ink: Ranger tea dye distress ink, SU pumpkin pie, Palette burnt umber, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz
Accessories: SU oval punch, SU circle punch, SU corduroy brad, sewing machine, white canvas
Techniques: machine stitching, misting, handmade flower

30 comments:

wearestampers said...

How fun to actually 'meet' a fellow blogger!! And she sounds very sweet indeed! Love your FWF card today. Your canvas pieces are awesome! Have a fabulous weekend!!
Pam

~Tammy~ said...

This is one fabulous fall creation Emily! Totally inspired!

onecraftymama said...

How cool to meet a crafty blogger buddy in real life! I am super envious of those who have crafty buds close by to get together & craft with - but I'm also super thankful to have folks like you to connect with online :) Now you'll have to get together with Debbie more often!
Love your autumn card - I am just getting started, and tomorrow is the Fall Fair. Can you say 'midnight oil,' 'cuz I'll be burning that tonight. Love your inspiration :)

Jingle said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it!

StampinCathy said...

This is so pretty!

Colleen Dietrich said...

THat's so cool that you got to meet a stamping celeb. ;) It was very kind of her to bring die cuts for you! THat's got to feel exciting, having a chance to play with those. I KNOW you'll make awesome projects.

This fall card is so sweet, and I didn't realize that flower was made of fabric until reading about it. Very clever!

shuggy said...

this is a great card!! it's awesome meeting crafty buddies in real life!!

Marsha said...

Very nice. Like the burlap BG and then to make your flower out of canvas - what a great tie in.

Marisa said...

Great fall coloured card and of course I"m loving the flower :)
I'm jealous! Darn 3000 miles of continent is causing me issues LOL! Next time you see Debbie give her a huge hug from me :)

lydiawalker said...

really pretty xx

Ruby said...

Gorgeous card. Love the colour scheme.

Noelle Reese said...

What a beautiful card! I love it! I also love meeting people, so much fun!

Gwen said...

I LOVE everything about this card! Great colors, design, layers, stitching. Awesome!

JPScraps said...

beautiful card!

jennifer mitten said...

Beautiful card! Your blogger friend will love it!

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool!!!

Lindsey said...

Beautiful card! I love how your canvas flower turned out. Great fall colours, too.

Kary said...

Hi Emily! Your card is SO pretty! Love the colours, the flower and great texture!!

Meg said...

Such a pretty fall card, Emily! The stitched lines look so great paired with the Bit of Burlap background.

I'm so jealous that you got to me a fellow Internet stamper in person! I bet you gals had lots of fun stamping stories to share. :)

(ps-I'm still laughing at the stash/'stache pun you left on my blog)

Roslyn said...

your card is beautiful and the colours are very fall- like!

lisa arana said...

absolutely wonderful colors!!! I just adore the ippity too.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Wow, that is beautiful Emily. I love that gorgeous flower. How fun to meet a paper crafting celebrity.

Tameko said...

Beautiful fall card. Nice flower and stitching details. It's wonderful that you got meet your blogging friend!

Amber S said...

Great card. Love your colors and that flower and background stamp!

Jocelyn Olson said...

That's awesome that you got to meet up with Debbie. :) Your card is so pretty! I am loving the canvas flower and all of the ways you decorated the layers.

Debbie Carriere said...

Hee, hee!!! Loved it!!! It was a wonderful surprise to come home to after my weekend away!!! I have it right here on my desk!! Love the colors :). We definitely will meet up again! You can even come over and cut as many die cuts as you want - LOL!! If you can stand my basement hideaway, that is :). ((hugs))

Emily Leiphart said...

What a gorgeous autumn card, Emily, and how fun that you got to meet Debbie!

Rona said...

Emily your cards are so beautiful and inspiring!! I love your fall flower and the burlap is the perfect touch!! Gorgeous!!

Benzi said...

You've made a great card with all the sponging and spraying and I love your burlap bg. How great to meet Debbie. I sure wish some of my card buddies lived close.

JenMarie said...

This is just beautiful! Glad you joined us at the IPPITY CHALLENGE!