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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Growing In Unity ~ Day 1: It's All About YOU

Happy Monday! I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I posted here on my blog last. I feel like I've been incredibly busy recently, but sitting here thinking things through, I can't quite figure out what exactly has been taking up so much of my time. All I know is that I've been away from my computer quite a lot! But, no matter. Now I'm making up for lost time, posting every day this week as the Growing In Unity gal. Each day I'll be sharing a brand-new creation featuring Unity and/or {ippity} stamps, and you, my dear readers, may comment for a chance to win some brand-new Unity rubber! At the end of the week, I'll be drawing a winner at random from the comments left on my GIU posts from Monday through Friday--feel free to comment each day. The winner gets to pick two Unity Itty Bitty stamps. Check out the vast selection here.

OK, now that we've covered the GIU week details, let's move on to today's card!

Ta-da! It's a window card :). Perfect for a guy, right? But fine for a gal, too. I'm envisioning this as a birthday card, with an inside message that reads "Happy Birthday to you," where the "you" is the same one that shows through the window. Squeal! My day was complete when I thought up that one :D. (And the window makes this card perfect for the March Unity Challenge, to make a card with an opening/flap/window of some sort.)

Here are the Unity stamps that inked their way into the spotlight on this card: {ippity} A Bit of Burlap background, All About Today (thanks, Glenda!!), and some random stamps ("you" on the inside and the ornamental flower bit there, too) from a Unity grab bag.

And now I have a little confession to make. As I brainstormed card ideas to showcase for my GIU week, I realized that I've been neglecting my beloved patterned papers over the past few months. For shame! And even more so because I've collected several lovely mini pads from My Mind's Eye recently, and most have sat untouched on my shelf. To rectify that situation, I've challenged myself to not only use patterned papers for each of my GIU creations this week, but to also use a different collection each day. Today's card features the My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy--True Blue 6x6 paper pad (which may be hard to find online but can still be found in brick & mortar A.C. Moore stores). Stay tuned for more fun patterned papers as my GIU week progresses!!

Playing with my stamps, inks, and papers again sure has made me happy! Thanks for dropping by to check out my latest creation.
See you tomorrow!
Emily

46 comments:

Pam said...

How I've missed you Emily!! Glad to see you back posting again! And the GIU gal?! That's fantastic!!!! I just love the colors of this card. It's so pretty, and yes, could be for a guy or gal!! Can't wait to see all your creations this week!!

Hussena said...

HI Emily,
congrats on being an GIU girl...your card looks fabulous i really love the window idea and the colors you have used...its so lovely!!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cute card!!!

Lisa said...

How fun Emily! I love, love, love what you've done with your stitching! This is a great paper collection. I'm like you I do enjoy those 6x6 pads ;)

Kary said...

Hi Emily! I've missed you ;) Congrats on being the GIU girl this week! I can't wait to see all your fab projects.
This card is so gorgeous!! I love the window and the stitching on the words, really cool. Wonderful combo of patterned papers too. Awesome card!! Have a great day!! {hugs}

Marisa said...

Great card, Emily :) Love the sentiment and touch of buttons.

I thought you might have been on Spring Break like us as I haven't been able to do much stamping at all. Today is my day as kids are back in school and can't wait to stamp!

Suzanne said...

Hi Emily, I love the window...and all the colors and paper!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Super cute, Em! I was beginning to think maybe you were on another cross country trip! Glad to see you back in blog land!

Benzi said...

What a cool window card, Emily! You've been missed. Glad we're going to see some of your wonderful patterned papers. I have so much I could never use it all...as most of us do.

BTW, I can't imagine being away from stamping for this long. I must say, though, I could use some time away for other things. Someday....

shuggy said...

so very cute!!

NoraAnne said...

I love your card Emily, the stitching looks so cool :) I can't wait to see what you make for tomorrow!

JPScraps said...

Awesome card today! I love it!!

Anita said...

What a fun card Emily. It's good to see you posting again.

Glenda J said...

Welcome back and congrats on the GIU gig! Love the layout and the colours on this fabulous card!

Tan's Hobbies said...

Oh Emily, so glad that you are back. I missed you so much!! Your today's creation is soo lovely. Love the tiffany color as your background, love the stitching, and love the 'window card' idea. The whole design is so fantastic.

Linda R said...

There you are.. Time does fly doesn't it.. Your card is just as cute as can be...

Hugs, Linda

maryr917 said...

this is so creative Emily-love the window you made-and you always use the perfect embellies to finish your cards-happy spring!!

Gwen said...

Adorable card, Emily, and love those papers. Can't wait to see more this week!

yyam said...

Ooh...great use of those patterned papers and love the window effect! Welcome back to blogland!:)

onecraftymama said...

I love that you're combining your GIU posts with a personal challenge - and how I absolutely adore this True Blue pad. I have just scraps left & I take them out & stare lovingly at them :)
I can't wait to see everything you've got going this week - I missed my Emily!

~Tammy~ said...

You've been missed! Looking forward to what is to come and I love love this card and your use of PP!!!!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Sweet card Emily! Congrats on the GIU! ;o)

Bonnie said...

I love this window and the way the You shows through. That arrow is pretty clever too. I'd been missing seeing you.

Colleen Dietrich said...

This is so neat! It looks TOTALLY like a PC card. ;) Congrats on being a guest with Unity! No wonder: you do so many fab Unity projects with all their wonderful stamps. :)

Auntie Em said...

Hi Emily! Glad to see your beautiful work back on your blog again. I always check and even though your post says it was posted on Monday at 6:00am, it didn't show up until late today on mine. I am so unimpressed with Blogger somedays.
Your window card is such a clever idea. You come up with the cutest ideas.
Now, off to check today's post! :)

Karen L said...

What an absolutely fun card! Great exciting color combo and the stitching is awesome!

StampNK said...

How wonderful to see you as the Unity Girl this week, you totally rocked this card! Love the cut out with the word showing through, and the fun way you cut out the words! Lovely card!

newbie said...

love your card idea, so great when you can use the grab bag pieces to make something.

Beejay said...

I love the stitching on this card!

Julie Odil said...

You are so great at stitching - a talent I don't have. Great card.

Marlena M. said...

Good for you, using those papers! Awesome trendy card today. ;)

Houses Built of Cards said...

GORGEOUS card!!! LOVE the bright fun colors - and the beautiful stitching!!!

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jengd said...

Loving all of the stitching you do on your cards! It makes for fabulous accenting on this card and the framed window is great!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is great! I love the color combination and the black stitching really stands out, so striking. thanks!

Carol said...

Very funky and trendy design, I love it!

Carol B
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B. Poteraj said...

The stitching looks so great. Very different.

sharon g said...

I think that I recognize those buttons. Are they from Stampin Up? Very nice quality.

Natasha G.P. said...

I've never thought of putting aqua and orange together. It looks great.

veronica said...

i am a huge fan of MME papers!
this is a great color combo!

Crystal said...

This is such a fun card, I love the bright colors and how you used these stamps!

Linda SS said...

Like the card! the stiching is outstanding.( 2 different kinds)

Ruby said...

I love the colours and style of this window card. Great card for someone to receive. They will appreciate all your work.

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh cute cute cute. I am just tickled pink with your sewing touches. Love it!

Denise Bryant said...

Congrats on your GIU week! I am catching up after having been away, with no computer access! Love the stitching on this card!
DeniseB

Jessica said...

fabulous card! love the sentiment peeking through the window, how fun! :)

Lisa Arana said...

oooh, stunning design!