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

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My first Paper Smooches card

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I finally--after many months of drooling and wishing--have my very own Paper Smooches stamps. Just three sets, all purchased (on sale!) with my Christmas money (now all gone!), but enough to play in my first Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge ;). I fell in love with this week's inspiration photo

and from the looks of things, so did a bunch of other folks! I'm seeing this photo and cards inspired by it all over the place. Here's my take on the inspiration:

I was inspired by the text, the rainbow + gray colors, and the textures in the inspiration photo. I chose that ivory panel for its texture--it was cut off a thank you note I received last year and saved because I loved the deckle edge. The paper's texture looked like watercolor paper to me, so that's the direction I went, stamping the THANKS so much sentiments from PS Chit Chat and watercoloring using the ink from Marvy and Stampin' Up! markers. I tied on some baker's twine from The Twinery, popped up the ivory panel, and I was done. :)

I'm also entering this card in the Clear It Out Challenge to make a thank you, Ribbon Carousel Challenge #34 (Anything Goes), and the Simon Says Stamp "New Something" challenge (my "new" is using something new: my PS Chit Chat stamp set!).

The kids were back in school yesterday, their first school day of 2012. As nice as our holiday together was, it's also nice to be back in our regular routine. But it was super cold here (our temperature first thing yesterday morning was a downright frigid 7 degrees F!!). I couldn't wait to wash up the supper dishes last night just to get warm!! It will be warmer today, but I think I'll be making myself a nice hot pot of tea this morning regardless. :)

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Emily

32 comments:

~amy~ said...

7 degrees?! Ugh, that's cold...it's been rainy and dark here so thank you for brightening my day with your fresh & fun card! Yahooooo for new goodies:)

Pam said...

Perfect take on the inspiration photo! Love your coloring in of the letters, haven't tried that yet myself! And great re-use of the watercolor paper!

Lin said...

Love your take on the challenge, Emily, and love that you recycled something pretty, too!

Benzi said...

What a super take on your inspiration, Emily! Love the cheerful thanks. It's so bright and colorful.
I'm freezing just thinking of your temps. I may have to have a cup of hot chocolate..right now.

Marlena M. said...

I love your use of the colorful letters and gray-toned backup sentiment! The deckle edge is so much fun-great idea to recycle. ;)

It's cold here too, girl! I carry around a microwaveable wrap....heating it up every hour or so. Stay warm!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Perfection!!!!

Marisa said...

Darling take on the insp. piece. Keep warm!

Bonnie said...

New stuff is so much fun! And this is a fun card. Love the bright colors, repurposed paper and twine.

Colleen Dietrich said...

This is so cute, and I am happy to see your new Smooches stamps in action! Great way to be inspired by the photo, without using numbers.

It was sooooo good to talk to you today. :) It made my day!

Laura said...

Great CAS card. I love all the colours you incorporated! Thanks for playing along at
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com/

onecraftymama said...

I hear you on the chilly...yesterday it was -24C with the windchill, and that's just cold no matter how you slice it. It makes the walk to school feel like 5 miles instead of 2 km.
Love your first PS card :) I posted mine today too!

Anita said...

Perfect take on that inspiration photo Emily. It's been really cold here too :(

Lisa Lara said...

I love this Emily!

lisa arana said...

rock on with your bad PS self! did you get a little giddy when they arrived? ha. I sure did. your card is just perfect for the challenge.

Suzanne said...

Perfect, Emily! You nailed this challenge!

yyam said...

Such a sweet card! Love how you've interpreted the challenge!

Hope it warms up for you soon! :)

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Great CAS card! ;o)

Linda R. said...

I LOVE that card.. I can see why you love those stamps.. Looks great..

Stay warm my friend..

Hugs, Linda

Glenda J said...

Perfect for the challenge! Great work.

Auntie Em said...

You are too funny! Washing dishes to warm up. Now that is COLD weather! LOL
Love your pretty card with the rainbow and twine. You did such a great job with the inspiration. The little bit of grey really works.
The kids in our province won't start back until Tuesday. I think they are all getting tired of being home though with the cold weather. They can't go outside and play for very long.
Thanks for sharing your card! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

Lindsey said...

This is an awesome take on the inspiration pic! I really like the rainbow "thanks" and the pop of the twine.

ChristineCreations said...

Oh this is really cute Emily! I love your take on the inspiration. Yummy colors!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Emily :-) I love the colours and simple design of this ,,, fabulous ! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
luv
Lols x x x

Joanne (jojot) said...

CAS and fun

Linda Beeson said...

I sure like your card with a great use of the SPARKS challenge.

~Tammy~ said...

Fabulous take from the inspiration photo! You scored some deals it looks like! I missed that sale...darn!

Marie / Legojenta said...

Such a fabulous card! I love the simplicity of it =) Thank you so much for playing along in this SPARKS challenge!

Larisa said...

It looks fantastic! I wish I could make the same simple and beautiful cards myself, but I have a bad fantasy on this...

Kelley Eubanks said...

LOVE it! Thanks for playing along with the SPARKS challenge! :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Squeal, congrats on your win!!!!!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

WOOOHOOO!! CONGRATS on your win over at Paper Smooches!!! SOOOO excited for you, girlie!!!

Emily Leiphart said...

Woohoo, congrats on your win, Emily! Aren't you glad now that you bought these amazing stamps? ;) Enjoy shopping again! LOL