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

Friday, October 28, 2011

An Original for FWF

Thank goodness it's Friday! This has been the week that would not end. If you visited me during last week's Friends with Flair hop, then you probably read that I was enjoying a visit with my sister. It's true! We had a great--and very productive--visit. Turns out that she needed to make 4-card sets for 15 people, not the originally thought 10. I do believe we worked our poor little fingers to the bone!! Yup, that's 60 cards in two-and-a-half days, and I'm not talking about a bunch of cookie-cutter, whip-them-out-assembly-line-style cards. Each set was tailored to the recipient! She loved how they turned out and will be so proud to give these thoughtful, personal gifts at Christmastime. But then she left on Sunday :( and my week has been spent catching up with the day-to-day stuff that slid while she was here, along with a bunch of other unpleasantness. I've gotta say, I'm wiped out physically, emotionally, and creatively.

But I realized early this morning that it is Friends with Flair day (hooray!) and I had nothing to share. This was the perfect opportunity to sit down for a few minutes and finally create something. I did mention that I'm wiped out creatively, right?? (See above, just in case you missed that.) So this is just a quick, easy card to reclaim just a tiny bit of time for me.

I used {ippity}'s Love in Return and {ippity}'s A Bit of Burlap along with some cute patterned paper from the Pumpkin Pie collection by K& Co.

I'm throwing this in a few challenges. Why not, right? It's for the Unity Stamp Company Challenge, which is to use an Autumn Harvest theme; the {ippity} Challenge, which is to make a mini card (4" x 4" or smaller)--mine is 3 1/2" x 4"; the Simon Says Stamp Challege, which is an "Anything Goes" challenge this week; and, finally, Chick Challenges with {ippity} #4, which is to use this sketch:

Be sure to check the Unity blog for a list of all of today's Friends with Flair blog hop participants!

Thanks for sharing a little slice of bliss with me today!
Emily

47 comments:

Sarah said...

Hmmm I wish if I were wiped out creatively I could make something this pretty :) You've still got it! Rest up :)

Kary said...

Hi Emily! So glad you had a fabulous time with your sister, and WOW you made so many cards!! Awesome! This card is so sweet, I like that stamp, so cool. Have a good break this weekend, & take care!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Adorbale, Emily! I love the glossiness on the apple. That is some super cute paper. I love the CAS design but with the little stitching added, too. And wow, 60 cards? That's hardcore--LOL!

Glenda J said...

Super fabulous! Love the stitching and the CAS layout.
I agree with Jocelyn - hardcore!

wearestampers said...

So glad to hear you had a wonderful visit! Hope you can get back to 'normal' soon! :) Such a cute card here with the apple papers! You amaze me how you can make one card fit into so many challenges!! Have a happy weekend!
Pam

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

This is fun, love the kraft base and distressed edges, here's to hoping your week ends on a higher note.

Jingle said...

I love this! What a great card!

Rona said...

Wow that is a lot of cards Emily!!! What a fabulous gift though! AND This is a super cute little card!! Thanks for playing along with the Ippity challenge.

Crystal said...

Cute card!

Jen said...

I wish I could make such great things when I am wiped! Love it - super cute card. Hope next week is easier!

WinterBerry Glen said...

I love the saying and the way you made the green apple stand out with some stickles. So adorable!

sharon g said...

The sewing, the stamp, the paper...Great card.

Sarah said...

TGIF! I think it's such a relief to have a little "me" time, too! Cute card, and I hope your weekend is relaxing!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh I just love these apples Emily they are so cute. Wow you girls did some card making didn't you. I wish I had a sister to share time and crafting with. I bet it did wear you out. I am trying to catch up too. I came down with asthmatic bronchitis and am out of work until Monday. I can even concentrate because of the steroids... I just want to clean house because of them...lol Cute Cute card my friend.

Bear Hugs
Carol

Linda said...

lovely card

Bonnie said...

I understand wiped out Emily! I'm glad you had some time for some stamping therapy and I see your creativity is recovering nicely

~Tammy~ said...

Love your patterned paper! Beautiful creation and who in the world would know you are wiped out creatively ? Love the stitching! I have got to get a sewing machine!

Hope you feel relaxed soon! Sounds like you had a great visit!

Ruby said...

Another great card and I love the pp.

Benzi said...

There you are! I have been looking for a card for several days. Sounds as if you and sis had a very productive visit. Sounds like a lot of fun. Your card is a real cutie with a wonderful sketch.

Anita said...

This card is adorable Emily and I love the stitching. So glad you had a great visit with your sister.

JPScraps said...

Great card for "no creativity"

Noelle Reese said...

Very pretty card Emily! I love it!

Danie May said...

Such a cute card! I really love that apple paper.

Linda R. said...

What a fun card. That paper just makes me smile. For being wiped out your card looks amazing. I do hope you get some rest this weekend.

Hugs, Linda

jennifer mitten said...

Love this and I am glad you have something fun to do with your sister:-)

~amy~ said...

You girls were b-u-s-y...love your fun card!

Auntie Em said...

How wonderful that your visit with your sister turned out so fun and memorable. The week after is always catch-up after company but it's worth it when you enjoy spending the time with them. And she will have fun telling the recipients of those lovely gifts all about the great visit with her sister while making them no doubt!
I love your pretty apple card. Your cards are always so well done. The little shiny apple is the cutest touch, it's just there and not yelling at you! I like that. A card to make someone special feel...well...special! :D
Thanks for sharing! :)

Houses Built of Cards said...

Very cute! LOVE all those apples - and the little shiny apple is the perfect little touch!

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lisa arana said...

I hear ya on being wiped out creatively. I wish I could bounce back to full steam, but seems to be hit and miss lately.

Way to go if you weren't feeling it. I love this card, great fun fall feel.

Roslyn said...

This is a beautiful card - love the paper and that stamp!
Hope you get to rest and recharge - I know how that feels. Spending time with craft supplies is always a good antidote!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

So happy you had a great time! Sounds like a lot of fun!
Great card! ;o)

Joni Kix said...

What a great stamp! Wonderful card!

Gwen said...

...and you've been on a major card making roll!!! Great job on the sets you guys accomplished with enough mojo left to make a super cute apple card!

onecraftymama said...

Holy CARP (yes, carp) that's a lot of cards! I'm wondering if we get to see pics of them eventually? I always find myself drooping after guests go home - not only the catch-up, but the missing. I'm sending you huge big hugs, Emily!!!
Love the little gloss on the green apple, btw. Awesome :)

Lindsey said...

What a lovely card -- no signs of creative wipe-out that I can see, that's for sure! Using the burlap stamp adds so much interest to this. Hope the coming week goes more smoothly for you.

Pryn said...

Holy scrap! 60 cards??? You are my hero :) LOVE this adorable card!!! The paper...the stitching...the stamping...it's all fabulous!

yyam said...

I hate cookie-cutter cards! So glad you two whipped up special ones catered to the recipients! Kudos! And I love this card. Awesome mix of colors! :)

Jennifer said...

GREAT card and I love the stitching!!! (=

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Love that apple paper, Em! Your card is perfectly sweet. :)

Joanne (jojot) said...

wonderful deeelish.....

Karen said...

So creative to have that apple embossed and stand out! Fantastic card Emily!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Love the country feel of this card Emily! Like the apples too - guess it is the teacher in me... ;)
~Meredith

Pattie said...

precious!

Susan B. said...

Cute card...I like the apple paper you used and how you incorporated the burlap stamp in your design! TFS

Jess B. said...

Great card. thanks for playing

Jen said...

Fabulous card Emily! Love your touch on the green apple and your punched edge on the strip! And such an accomplishment with the cards you made...wow! Thanks for playing with us at Chick Challenges!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You managed to do a great quick and easy card! THe stitching and fun apple pattern turn a quick card into something special. :)