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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Masculine Valentine

I've had Moxie Fab World's The Map to Your Heart Challenge in the back of my mind ever since it was issued on January 4. I do indeed love maps, and I think that re-using them in fun ways is rather satisfying. I've been mulling over the best way(s) to approach this challenge, which is to incorporate maps with a papercrafted project in an innovative way, and today was the day to tackle it.

Behold, my entry for The Map to Your Heart Challenge:


(To give you a sense of scale, this circle card measures 4 1/8" in diameter.)

Every couple of months I get a solicitation mailing from Doctors Without Borders that contains a scaled-down fold-up world map. I keep every single one! For this card, I trimmed a section of the map between latitude 60N and 75N, from the Bering Strait to Finland, and turned it into a pleated paper medallion. I turned the resulting card into a clean & simple and nicely masculine Valentine for my husband by adding heart brads, a non-Valentine-colored heart, and the "You make my world go round" sentiment from Lawn Fawn's
Admit One stamp set, stamped and embossed on a vellum banner. Why vellum? I didn't want to hide too much of the map!! Anyway, we took a fabulous camping trip of nearly 9000 miles last summer and used maps every day, so I know my hubby will "get" the connection and is sure to love it!

This card was a lot of fun! But I have a couple more map ideas kicking around in my head, so don't be surprised if this isn't the last Map to Your Heart entry you see from me ;).

Do a little something that makes you happy today--I'm glad I did!
Emily

36 comments:

Lindsay said...

This is awesome Emily! LOVE LOVE it!

~amy~ said...

so very clever!!!

Pam said...

Very clever use of the map! Just a perfect card, and a perfect sentiment!!

onecraftymama said...

Oh, I *knew* you'd knock my socks off with your map project! I thought of you as soon as I saw the challenge posted :) Just awesome - I love the super-trendy medallion, and the vellum was a perfect choice!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous.... And way to upcycle the map. I love embossed vellum sentiments, perfect touch.

Lisa arana said...

Way too clever.

Bonnie said...

This is awesome! And such a perfect sentiment!

Marisa said...

How fun is this! GREAT idea, Emily and a great sentiment go with it :)

Cath said...

Hey Emily1 Thanks for linking this up to the Map of Your Heart Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Loving this, Em! I like the map rosette framed by the yellow circle! Fabulous design. :)

Lin said...

FANTASTIC entry for this challenge, Emily!

Lisa said...

Oh you clever crafty girl! Love what you've done with this Emily!!!

cheiron said...

This is fabulous! Love your map card. Perfect!

Shay said...

Smart use of the sentiment and challenge!

Anita said...

This is fabulous Emily and I'm sure your hubby will love it.

nwilliams6 said...

Emzi, you are so clever. I am impressed that you saved those maps and that you found this very clever way to use them. I know your DH will love it and get it. Hugz!!!

Linda R. said...

So darn cute.. I love this..

Hugs, Linda

Lisa Petrella said...

Emily, this TOTALLY ROCKS!!!! I LOVE every single detail!!! AWESOME take on this Moxie Fab Challenge!!!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Lovely card! You ROCKED the Moxie Challenge! ;o)

Joanne (jojot) said...

so unique and clever...a rockin' idea

~Tammy~ said...

Very fun and yay for recycling!

yyam said...

Oh my! This looks awesome! And the sentiment is just perfect! :)

Glenda J said...

Brilliant! Love it (of course). A winner for sure.

PiecesByEmily said...

Emily, this is such a fabulous way of using the map. I agree with Glenda J - a winner!!!

Tan's Hobbies said...

What a brilliant idea of using the map. Great card, Love the sentiment so much!!

Sue Lelli said...

He will Definitely "get it!" LOVE that it's a circle with the map and LOVE the vellum with the sentiment! Super card Emily!

Auntie Em said...

Your card is such a cute idea! It really works with the sentiment. Reminds me of the old Valentines with the little puns. :D Gotta love junk mail when it is actually useful!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Benzi said...

Awesome, Emily! I'm sure your hubby will get the connection. What a super, masculine Valentine.

Kary said...

This is gorgeous, Emily!! LOve the fun map you used and the sentiment is just perfect. Great card!! Love it!!

Emily Leiphart said...

This is so fantastic!!! And that's all I need to say about it. :)

Jocelyn Olson said...

Did I read right? 9000 miles in a summer roadtrip? That's so cool (and a whole lot of miles!). I am in love with your card. The fact that you used a real map makes it even better. Your heat embossing is fab (no strays--yeah!).

Colleen Dietrich said...

GREAT idea! I spy a winner here, Em.

Chriss Blagrave said...

How very clever! Love this take on the challenge!

JJ Bolton said...

Perfect everything, lol! The rosette, the shape, the velum sentiment - wow, wow, wow! Totally a winner here:)

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

This is very cool and very creative. i love the colors and how you did the map. Just awesome!

Larissa Heskett said...

LOVE the card!! THANKS for sharing it with us!!
Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)