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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sending You Sunshine

We are having a cold and extremely blustery winter day here today. It's the perfect day to be sending a little sunshine your way--wherever you live! And I hope a little bounces back to us here, too. :)

Today I'm playing along with Barbles Challenge #2 (a big thanks to Jessi for pointing out the way to this one!). The sweet and talented Barb Murphy has offered a collection of five beautiful photos from which players may take inspiration. I was inspired by this gorgeous, sunshiny yellow daylily which I tried to capture with the primary color and sunshiny theme of my card!

I'm also playing with the sketch challenge over at The Craft's Meow using stamps from the Sending You Sunshine set.

I stamped and heat embossed the image on watercolor paper and watercolor painted it with various inks. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up! (thanks, Colleen! And for the scraps of Bashful Blue cardstock, too.). See that pretty sparkly twill tape? That was a gift (along with four other colors of similar twill tape) from my dear daughter. It was perfect for this card!

And speaking of The Craft's Meow stamps, I wanted to share a card (using the TCM set Just Sayin') that I had published in the January/February 2012 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.

You can find this card, and all the details for how I made it, in the Quick and Easy Valentines section on page 63. {grin!} I hope you'll come visit me in print. :D

That's it for today. I hope you are having a great weekend! And thanks so much for dropping by.
Emily

28 comments:

~amy~ said...

well, it's just a The Craft's Meow kind of day...I LOVE it Emily!!!!! Such great cards...love how your work those TCM stamps...excellent.

Pam said...

Wow Emily! More congrats for being published(again)! Lucky you! I haven't given up my fight for being published yet, working on other magazines as well! Love the sunshine card! We had your weather yesterday, quite dreadful, and freezing! No wind today, so look for a better tomorrow!!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Awesome cards, Em! I LOVE how you used the twine to frame the paper on the second one. I am definitely going to try that out! Love the look. :)

Emily Leiphart said...

I love your sun-shiney card, Emily! The blue stitching is perfect. You published card is so much fun, too. I love that giant heart gem with the speech bubble and vintage newsprint! Congrats!

~Tammy~ said...

These are fantastic and I think sending out some sunshine this time of year is well appreciated!

Congrats on your pub! :-)

Lisa said...

I'll take that sunshine Emily! What a cheerful card. Congrats on getting published too~YAY!!!

Dawn B. said...

I could use a little sunshine warmth here. The sun is out but it is not warming me up. Woohoo congrats on the publication. That is awesome Emily.

Tenia Nelson said...

Love both of your cards!!! Congrats on the pub!!!! Yay!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Congratulations Emily! Published cardmaker in da house!! WOO HOO!! That's awesome! These are lovely, I especially love your bright and sunny card, I don't think yellow gets used nearly enough. ;)
~Meredith

Bonnie said...

Way to go my published friend! Great Valentine and you know I love that sunny, yellow card. Hope you have a bright sunny day tomorrow.

Marisa said...

Well done getting published, Emily!! Between you and Colleen I'm motivated to give it a go I think. So as your card says, sending you some sunshine :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Wonderful cards Emily! Love the little sentiment tag! Surely will brighten someone's day!

Linda R. said...

These both look amazing. That first card made me smile. Has such a happy feel to it!!

Hugs, Linda

onecraftymama said...

Oh, Emily, I hope you visited the SPARKS blog in the last couple of days??? WOOOHOOO!
I love your take on the daylily photo - I'm going to post my first of two cards later today :) I'm loving that challenge! The twill is gorgeous, and I'm wishing you sunshine too...although I don't want yours to come with the chilly temps that we seem to get every time the sky clears here!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

How cute both these cards are Em. The first one is so bright and cheerful and I just love the second with the heart rhinestone and the twine trim. Fantastic.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Lisa Hjulberg said...

First, I'm beyond excited about the publication!!! You rock!!! It's such an awesome card. I'm going to share it on FB. ;)

And I love your bright sunshiney sketch challenge card. It makes me SMILE!

Thanks so much for playing in our sketch challenge at The Craft's Meow! We hope you'll join us again!

Hugs,
Lisa

Joanne (jojot) said...

fabulous stitching.....a bright, happy CAS card

Anita said...

Oh love the sunshiney card and we definitely need some warm thoughts our way :) Congratulations on being published - that card is so adorable.

Barb said...

emily!!! this card is so perfectly cas, happy, bright and fun. i love your take on the inspiration photo! and, congrats too on your publication win!!! it's well-deserved. my first (and only lol) pub is coming up next month. i'm over the moon. i kinda lost my nerve on the pub sub process. i get so intimidated :( but, i hope to see more of your creations. your talent and creativity are so inspiring :)

Benzi said...

Yes, your card sure is full of sushine and just adorable. And, I see why your other card was published..awesome creation. Congrats, Emily!!

Jen W. said...

We definitely need that sunshine here today! And congrats on your pub - such a sweet card!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I didn't know you had the Sending You Sunshine set! I have that too (a gift from Andrea) and haven't used it yet. I love what you did with it! And thanks for the mention, too. You're most welcome for those goodies. ;)

Love your simple Valentine from the PC issue! It really is simple...and oh so sweet, with that big gem heart.

Nita said...

These are super! I love how CAS your designs are. :) I'm a new Follower - I found you via Paper Smooches.

Nita
www.niftynitanotes.blogspot.com

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Lovely CAS card! The sun was shining this morning, but now it's getting a bit gloomy! Cold temps are coming back tonight!
Congrats on the Publication! ;o)

yyam said...

Love your awesome cards Emily! Congrats on your publication! :)

Karen B. said...

It is way too cold over here, sorry I can't send any your way! Beautiful sunny card, and congratulations on your publication!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your published card! The speech bubble with the heart is so FUN! LOVE the sunshine card, too! PERFECT stitching!

Barb said...

Emily, I'm sending some sunshine your way now :) You've won the $100 gift certificate prize for my lil challenge!!! please e-me your choice so i can arrange things for you. my email address is on my blog sidebar, or you can just reply to this comment :) thanks for making time to participate...it means the world to me :)