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

Friday, January 13, 2012

Love Shack

OK, I'll admit that I totally had "The Love Shack" lyrics { . . . is a little old place where we can get together . . . } going through my head the entire time I was making this card! Who else remembers the B-52s? Raise your hand!


I know it's a little racy, which is not my usual style. The person I had in mind for this card the minute I dreamed it up is not who you might expect: it's for my aunt!! Well, and my uncle, too. You see, my aunt (who is now 80) has always said she thinks I should write a book. Of course, I have written a book--actually many, but all of them are math text solutions manuals and study guides and the like, so those don't really "count" as far as she is concerned. She always wants to know, "Emily, when are you going to write me a steamy, juicy romance novel?" I truly don't think that is in the cards for me, but I thought I'd have some fun and send my aunt and uncle their own little love shack, complete with two tickets "for a fun time." They will hoot and holler over this for days! I'll write a little note inside, something like "Have a Happy Valentine's Day, you lovebirds!" One day brightened? Check!

Some notes about making this card:
  • Stamps: I used Hero Arts Snowy House (CG212) and Hero Arts Sparkle Clear: Tickets (CL171). The "love shack" text was stamped from a Studio G alphabet set.
  • Colors: these were inspired by the January 2012 Hero Arts Color Challenge, which was to use the color palette below
  • The house is watercolor painted using dye inks. (I stamped the image in Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and heat embossed it with clear EP before painting.)
  • The dusk sky was created with a brayer and Meg's fantastic Poor Man's Spectrum Ink Pad technique.
  • That fabulous crocheted mat was part of a RAK from my sweet friend Jessi. Is that fabulous, or what? She is one multi-talented gal, for sure, with a heart of gold. Thanks, Jessi! It totally makes this card!
  • The background paper is a random page that I ripped from a circa 1960 Webster's Dictionary and sponged with pink ink around the edges. Here's a tip: scan any randomly ripped-out pages for appropriateness before gluing down on your project! My page prominently featured the definition of "maidenhead." There is such a thing as too racy for a card! I simply flipped the page over where one can find much more innocuous definitions for things like "Main Street" and "make." Disaster averted!
  • And, yes, the smoke coming out of the chimney is a pulled-apart cotton ball.

Because I used my favorite colors for Valentine cards--pink and brown (with some purple and red thrown in for fun!)--along with kraft, I'm entering this in the Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet challenge to use your favorite colors.

I had such fun making this card. Thanks for dropping by to read about it! I hope your weekend is swell. :)

Emily

24 comments:

~amy~ said...

What a fun story behind the FUN card! Happy Friday!

Pam said...

What an adorable card Emily! I'm sure your Aunt and Uncle will just love it!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is so stinkin' cute, Em! I just love this! I remember singing that song with my girlfriends at the top of our lungs as we drove down the road in my friend's new convertible! Your card DEFINITELY made me smile, and I am sure your aunt and uncle will just adore it, too! :)

Debbie Carriere said...

Oh, you are so clever!!! Love it!! The colors are perfect and the smoke is brilliant!! Fantastic card all around!

Lisa said...

What a fun card Emily! 1st time I heard Love Shack was when we took our son to see the magician David Copperfield. They had this song BLASTING away as everyone was entering the auditorium! FUN TIMES ;)

Marisa said...

LOVE your story behind this card :) A fabulous card sure to cause much delight when received - well done!! Now I'm going to be singing Love Shake all day long LOL! Have a great weekend!

Benzi said...

Oh, you have a little wild streak going, Emily! What a fun card for your aunt and uncle. They'll love you for it.

Tan's Hobbies said...

What a sweet card, Emily!! You use such lovely color scheme. Your uncle and aunty will absolutely love it =)

Stephanie said...

Such a fun "love shack"! Diggin' the pink!

Bonnie said...

Emily, this is such a fun card. I'm not having trouble with your site, but a couple of others. My computer did some updates last night and that could be the culprit. Stay warm.

Mona L. Pendleton said...

So pretty Emily! Love the soft color palette and the beautiful crocheted edge!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Emily you are too funny!!! I love your "love shack". It's completely darling-especially when I see those pretty crochet shells peeking out. I love crochet! Cute story about your Aunt and Uncle-they sound like so much fun.

maryr917 said...

this is a beautiful card Emily-the brayered sky looks awesome against your "love shack" image. beautiful crocheted mat as well. your aunt sounds like such a hoot-she should love this card

Emily Leiphart said...

This is STUNNING, Emily! I love how you coloured the 'love shack' and Jessi's doily is perfect for the challenge colours. LOVE!

~Tammy~ said...

You had me laughing so hard!!! You know I try to only use book print from children's books just for that reason! Your story is hilarious abut your aunt!

This card is so whimsical and fun! Love the crochet trim! You do amazing things with paper lady!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Oh man, I've not looked through my dictionary pages very well! Yipes, lol!! Love this card and those little tickets are so cute! Thanks for linking up to The Kraft Journal this week!

Linda R. said...

Oh yes.. I know that song. Makes me want to dance. Your card is so pretty. You made one pretty card here..

Hugs, Linda

onecraftymama said...

I love "Love Shack!" what a perfectly awesome card for your aunt & uncle...they are going to get such a kick out of it! The tickets are such a fun touch! And now I think I'm going to start bugging you about writing a juicy romance novel :)

Joanne (jojot) said...

a masterpiece with such a warm story to go with it

Jen W. said...

This card rocks and now that song is stuck in my head! And your Aunt and Uncle sound pretty darn cool. :)

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

What a fun card! Your aunt/uncle are going to love it! ;o)

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so fun and what a cute story behind it! (Maybe you should think about writing that novel!) Great details added to your card. The doily really does add a special touch to it...as well as the puff of smoke!:D
Thanks for sharing! :)

Sue Lelli said...

Emily, I think your aunt and i would be great friends! She is so FUNNY! Yes, she will LOVE this card and now I am singing Love Shack! Yes, I remember them and love to dance to that song! Great memories! Thanks for your FAB creation!

nise said...

Love this AND your story! Thanks so much for sharing. Off to stamp something because I want to get to about six days brightened? check!