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

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Growing In Unity ~ Day 4: A Two-Fer

Is it just me, or is this week absolutely flying?? Here we are at Day 4 of my Growing In Unity Week, already! As I was creating projects for my five days of GIU, I somehow ended up with six projects to share. So today you get a bonus project!

And we're off . . .

This "Sweet 16" card is for my husband's niece who, quite unbelievably, is turning--you guessed it!!--16 next week. Unity's Sweetest Day Itty Bitty stamp, a co-brand with Jillibean Soup, takes center stage. This adorable strawberry is ideal for paper piecing, and I think that sentiment is just perfect. I know I'll be using it a lot, with or without that fat berry. :) And do you know what else is perfect? That fabulous two-toned sheer ribbon from May Arts (a huge thanks to Jessi!), which looks amazing with some ivory rick-rack layered over top. I'm entering this in the Anything Goes Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

Up next: a little something different for me. After slicing off a panel of the pink striped paper I used on my strawberry card, I happened to flip over the piece that was left and thought it would make a fabulous frame:

I just needed a little something for the middle, and thought I knew just what it should be: a sentiment from Unity's Quote Bundle Pack. I added some matting and stitching, plus some buttons and rhinestones and paper flowers for dimension. Ta-da! A quick, easy, colorful, and inspiring card. And lots of flowers qualifies it for the current {ippity} challenge: Flowers.

So, now you may be asking "How are you doing on your personal patterned paper challenge?" Well, I can add two more collections to my utilized-papers list: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found--Madison Avenue 6 x 6 paper pad (dots and dark rose print on the strawberry card) and My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy--Tickled Pink 6 x 6 paper pad (leaves and stripes on the strawberry card, plus the entire panel on the second card). That should bring my total up to five different paper collections so far, and it's just Day 4 ;).

And there you have it--my Unity two-fer day! Come on back tomorrow for my last {sniff} GIU post. I can't wait to show you my creation!

Thanks for sharing a little slice of bliss with me today,
Emily

46 comments:

Auntie Em said...

Your card are both gorgeous Emily! I love the Sweet 16 card. That ribbon and trim look so good together.
Your other card is so cheerful and pretty as well. Beautiful sentiment and those buttons tied onto the flowers are adorable! What a lovely feel good card!

Now off to check yesterday's post since I was away and missed it! :)

Pam said...

The black stitching really set off the sweet 16 card, love that big strawberry!! And love the papers on the second one! Such pretty flower and button accents!

~amy~ said...

awesome cards...love that big strawberry!

Hussena said...

your strawberry card is just so adorable...i love that cute strawberry and the sentiment....your second card is so striking i love the fact that you have kept the sentiment as the focal point in the card...i loved the idea!!!

Miriam Prantner said...

These are great! I really love the simplicity of the first one, and that rickrack along the center of the two-toned ribbon is perfect! The second one is so sweet too, love the sentiment and the little banners on the paper, the flowers with the button centers, so sweet!

Lisa said...

Emily I thin this pretty sweet 16 card is my new fav from you! Love the softer tones and the perfection of your stitching!

Your second card is just full out fun! Great idea to let the sentiment be front and center. I love these little banner papers but never know quite how to use them without cutting them up too much. This is perfect!

Colleen Dietrich said...

That big fat juicy strawberry is the neatest thing! (love that little pearl on there, too; of course i would ;)

And how cool to have a bonus image on the backside to create another fun card.

Great job using all these patterned papers!

Marisa said...

The first card is too cute!! Love the strawberry and touch of ric rac ribbon. Cute second card - love the buttons.

Carol said...

Great cards! The strawberry one is so cute and I love the sentiment on the other!

Carol B
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shuggy said...

both cards are awesome!!!

Houses Built of Cards said...

Oh - both of them are BEAUTIFUL!!! I too love that strawberry and sentiment! They have seen a lot of use here at my house! And love how you did the frame on the second one with the sentiment!

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Linda R said...

They both look wonderful. Your first card is so sweet. I just love the stitching and those soft colors. And your second card just has a lets party feel to it.. Well done my friend.

Hugs, Linda

Tan's Hobbies said...

Aw, dear!! Your both cards creation are gorgeous. For the sweet 16th card, I love live the stiching, the strawberry and the sweet lovely color combination. And for the other card, I love every detail on it. The flowers are great, the small flags are awesome, and the sentiment is very sweet!!

Kary said...

Oh Emily, Awesome cards!! Perfect stitching on your Strawberry card. Love the sweet colours and I think your husband's niece is going to love it. Your second card looks like it should be framed up. Such a pretty design, and the buttons & flowers are just the right touch. Looking forward to tomorrow's projects!! ;)

Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome cards dearie!!

snehal watwe welde said...

Love both the cards.the first one is yummy and the second one springy.Love the bright and happy feel.

Ruby said...

Emily These cards are absolutely gorgeous. Amazing work.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Great cards, Em! Love the sweet sixteen card. :)

Bonnie said...

I really like the strawberry with the pearl in it's cap and the stitching around the card. Then I scrolled down and saw the second card and was totally wowed! I love that quote! This card could be posted on all wall. Just beautiful!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Emily both your cards are just beautiful. I love how beautifully the zig zag stitching is highlighted by the rick rack border and the flowers and papers on the second one make it so sweet.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Linda SS said...

Love the sweet 16 card. An awesome idea.

Denise Bryant said...

Thanks for the two-fer day! Great cards!
DeniseB

Gwen said...

Cute cards, fun to see your paper collection!

veronica said...

love the ric rac ribbon!
always a fan of MME paper!

Karen L said...

Wow two cards from one paper...and they are both wonderful!! Love the extra touches, like the stitching!

SHartl said...

Your cards are so pretty...and what a sweet surprise to turn over one piece and discover a whole new card hiding there!

Glenda J said...

These are both lovely! Especially love the delicate CAS sweet 16 card! Great layout and design.

onecraftymama said...

Thanks for the shout-out, sweetie pie! It DOES look amazing with the rick-rack :) Love the perfect amount of pearls, and all the soft colours paired with the black stitching to tie it all together. And the second card? How fabulous is that quote? Just awesome. And the bows on the buttons are a great little embellie :)

~Tammy~ said...

Both your cards of course are AWESOME, but the Sweet 16 is my favorite! The colors are just so well "Sweet" and the black machine stitching frames those colors so well!

Your second card is so fun and I love the flowers the buttons and the banners! It's a party on a card! :-)

NoraAnne said...

WOW!!! Let me pick my jaw up off of the floor! I love everything about both of your cards, really beautiful and absolutely stunning! You make me want to run up to my craft room and stamp, stamp, stamp! Great way to show off these awesome Unity stamps!!!!! :)

Marlena M. said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful, I can't pick which I like more.Sweet strawberry card and the banner card is so much fun. It's a party!

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the stitching.

Benzi said...

Emily, love your strawberry creation for a Sweet 16. Have a recipe to go with those berries? LOL YKWIM
Your second card is full of fun and happiness..love the buttons and flowers.

Crystal said...

I just LOVE both of your cards!!! The sweetest 16 card is adorable and clever and the 2nd card is just so pretty, happy and inspirational and sure to bring a smile to whoever receives it!

Jessica said...

FABULOUS cards! LOVE the strawberry, it's so fun! :)

B. Poteraj said...

Your strawberry card is really cute. The image would be good when I invite people to go to the Strawberry Festival with us.

Natasha G.P. said...

The banners and buttons look really festive. They would go well with a circus theme.

sharon g said...

The sewing on the strawberry card looks so homey and nice.

Noelle Reese said...

WOW Emily, I love both cards so much!

jengd said...

These are both wonderful! SO jealous of all of your great stitching! My sewing machine and... ok, ALL sewing machines and I have yet to come to an understanding so we try to spend as much time apart as possible! :) Love the colors and accents on your 2nd card too!

jennifer mitten said...

You had me with that strawberry! Love love love it. I love the otherncard too and have the stamp and the paper. hmm....

Lisa Arana said...

oh gosh, i can't take it, both cards are rockin' awesome.

Rica said...

Hi Emily, both gorgeous cards, I love the 'strawberry' CAS card, on the other I absolutely adore all the wonderful details!!!

Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge
hugs
Heather xx

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Lovely cards Emily! That sweet 16 is so adorable, and I really love how bright & cheerful the 2nd cad is. Reminds me of a circus tent with all the bannes! ;o)

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! Both cards are just stunning Emily! Awesome work as always!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

Hugs...
Melissa

Rona said...

Great card!!