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

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hang in There

We are off to march in our town's Memorial Day parade this morning. Both our daughter and son will be marching with their scout groups; my husband and I will be marching along with the Cub Scouts to help with crowd boy control and to lug along the mini American flags that the boys will be passing out to spectators along the parade route. Luckily our burdens will lighten the further along the route we get! This parade is always such a fun time, and the weather appears to be cooperating. Yay!

I wanted to pop in quickly to share the card I made for Paper Crafts' Gallery Idol competition, season six. The theme for the open auditions round is encouragement, and I thought and thought about it and finally came up with this card:


I figured that a frilly pink polka-dotted brassiere shaped card with an accompanying "hang in there" sentiment would be the perfect encouragement card for a girlfriend who's going through rough times! My daughter (13) thought this was the cutest ever. My 9YO son's first reaction was "I think that's kind of . . . um, inappropriate." When my daughter explained that "she wouldn't send it to a man, silly," his attitude softened a bit. But his response pointed out that what I thought hilarious and fun might not be received similarly by everyone else. So I do apologize to any and all who share my son's views!!

A few program notes: I designed this bra-shaped card myself. It's hinged at the top of the straps so there's a bra-shaped inside as well for a handwritten note. The card base is solid pink cardstock (The Paper Company), and the polka-dotted bra cups were cut from patterned paper in the Handmade collection by Lily Bee Design.  I glued some lace trim from my sewing stash to the back of the patterned paper, and then stitched the whole thing down to the card base. Remember when lingerie always had a little pink rose stitched to the center? That was my inspiration for the placement of this sweet little satin ribbon rose (a gift from my friend Carol--thanks, sweetie!). I stamped the "hang in there" sentiment (a retired stamp from The Angel Company, which is sadly no longer in business) on a strung marking tag from Avery to tie around one of the straps. A little bling on the tag was all I needed to finish this up. I love how it turned out, and really, it was pretty easy to make. A win, win!


I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and if you are in the U.S., that you enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day holiday! Thanks for dropping in for a visit.

Emily

22 comments:

Auntie Em said...

This is an awesome encouragement card, especially for anyone dealing with breast cancer. A great design. You never fail to inspire and impress!
Hope all goes well with your parade. :)

onecraftymama said...

Hooray for the parade! Enjoy :) I so hear you on 'crowd' control, lol!
And I love the card! I don't remember roses, but I do remember little white bows on most of my bras...kinda miss them, actually, now that I realize I don't see them any more. The lace is such a great touch!

Tenia Nelson said...

This is soooooooo awesome!!!!!!

Pam said...

Just adorable!! What a cute and perfect design!! And the sentiment 'fits' nicely!! Enjoy the parade and the weather!!

Marisa said...

This is too fun, Emily!! Love it! Pefect touch with the lace and little bud rose.

Glenda J said...

This is so fun and creative! Love your son's reaction.. hee, hee.

You are such a great mom...lugging those flags! Have a great day.

Barb said...

Emily, this is phenomenal!!! Cardmaking genius...this is a winner for sure! Good luck :)

Lynn Noe said...

What a fabulous encouragement card, Emily! Such a neat, creative design. Love the little pink rose, it was the perfect finishing touch to your card.

Linda R said...

Your card looks amazing. Love this design.. Love the lace...

Hugs~

~amy~ said...

Oh Emily...this is REALLY creative and perfect! I'm crossing my fingers for you...

cracked me up about the "inappropriate" comment...I hear that from my boy too.

Lisa Arana said...

lol... your son's reaction is too cute.

Seriously fabulous encouragement card. Good luck!!!

Lisa said...

Over the top FUN Emily! Love the sweet lace trim and rose bud. Your son's reation is just priceless LOL!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

I really think is a winner, and I can't wait to see what you create in the next round!

Hope you had fun at the parade! Really loved your sons comment! LOL! ;o)

Kary said...

Hi Emily! What a Brilliant design!! Such a fun, and gorgeous card for a GF. Your son is so cute & his comment makes me smile. Have a wonderful week! {hugs}

yyam said...

So clever with this awesome design...perfect encouragement card! :)

Benzi said...

Aren't you the clever one, Emily! This is so cute. I love your children's very different reactions..so funny and interesting.
Super card for encouragement.

Hope all enjoyed the parade. I sure hate the holiday is over. It was a gorgeous, long weekend.

Sue Lelli said...

This card is DARLING, Emily and VERY encouraging! LOVE the lace and the sentiment! LOVE what your son said!

Colleen Dietrich said...

This looks like a real brassiere, Emily! You do faux bras so well! LOL I mean, stitching, lace, a pretty pattern....hey, maybe you need to apply to Victoria's Secret. ;) They could always use a new fashion designer! But seriously, this is really, really clever. So cute what your DS said. What a sweet little guy!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love this neat card- and think it will be received very warmly by your friend. I LOVE the lace and polka dots!

maryr917 said...

hope the paarde went well-love that your kids are involved with scouting-your encouragement card is so creative-I had to laugh at yoiur son's repsonse

Anita said...

I think this card is gorgeous Emily - love your design!

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