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

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Houndstooth Greetings

I'm waiting for the call that my daughter is on the way home from her Girl Scout camping trip so I can go to pick her (and her gear) up. I've been working on a card (for fun!) while I wait. Here it is:


I really wanted to play in this month's Market Street Stamps Block Party, so I inked up my MSS Houndstooth background stamp so I could make a graphic design with a girl's best friend! Here's a closeup of all that fabulous houndstooth goodness.


My card base is also stamped with the houndstooth background. The (partially inked) sentiment comes from MSS Prancer.

I took my colors from this week's Play Date Cafe challenge.


I also finally had time to play with some new products today. A while back I was contacted by Bazzill Basics Paper to see if I'd like to try out their brand new line of Card Shoppe cardstock, a collection of smooth heavy-weight cardstock developed specifically for cardmakers. They sent me a sample pack of 56 sheets of gorgeous cardstock (2 sheets each of 28 different colors with fun candy-themed color names). I have been soooooooo busy with so many things recently that I haven't had time to try them--until today! Today's creation features Candy Necklace (a beautiful aquamarine color) and Whirlypop (a deep blue color). They both took ink and punched beautifully! My Candy Necklace card base also scored and creased perfectly. I'm looking forward to playing with more colors from this pack throughout the week and will definitely report back on my findings. Bazzill was kind enough to send along a second sample pack of Card Shoppe cardstock, so look for a giveaway here on my blog soon!!

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my little slice of bliss for today!
Emily

Stamps: Houndstooth and Prancer from Market Street Stamps
Paper: Candy Necklace and Whirlypop cardstock from the Bazzill Card Shoppe line; white and Melon Berry from Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versamark and Onyx Black Versafine
Accessories: diamond punch, sewing machine
Techniques: machine stitching

26 comments:

~Tammy~ said...

This is so so cool! I love it Emily! Fantastic design!

Bonnie said...

The houndstooth diamonds are simple and fantastic! You're on a roll, Emily!

Marisa said...

Fabulous masculine card and loving the colour combo and touch of stitching. Well done!

Lisa said...

Oh wowzers Emily this is awesome! The colors threw me a curve this time, not sure if I'll play along!?!

Ardyth said...

FUN! You know, I have these nestabilities and have never used them - this is a great layout and could be used with lots of colour combinations depending on the occasion!

Suzanne said...

Emily this is a masterpiece! I love it all, especially the orange stitching!

Brenda Weaver said...

wonderful card!! I love the diamonds and the stitching just adds the perfect finishing touch! Thanks for playing along at MSS!

Julie Aldridge Kelley said...

This is GORGEOUS! Wow. I'm completely speechless! Your card perfect--the colors, the stitching, the diamonds, the pattern. Wow.

Julie S. said...

Lovely!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Glad you had time to play with the Bazzill papers! What an honor, to have them contact you. :)

This is the NEATEST design on this card! Extra points for decorating those diamonds with the houndstooth patterns. I think this looks like a winner to me. :)

Virginia L. said...

So striking and beautiful! Love the colors and stitching in this, Emily! Excellent take on the challenges!

Samantha Casey said...

Lovely card! I really love the clean look, the colors are so bold its looks great against the white!

-Sam

onecraftymama said...

I absolutely love this! The houndstooth is such a classic pattern, and the fun diamond layout? So eye-catching :) Love the idea to partially ink a holiday sentiment, too! (uh-oh, does that mean I have to go get out some Christmas stuff? Where am I going to put it??)

yyam said...

Wow! Bold and beautiful! Just love how eye-catching this is Emily! :)

Pam said...

What a great design Emily, the large shapes and colors really show it off! Haven't used any Bazzill papers before, but they look and sound great!!

~amy~ said...

genius.
seriously!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

What a fun card love what you did with the background stamp!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

Look at you absolutely rockin' that houndstooth, Emily! LOVE the design and your bit of stitching! Just perfect in every way! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe and for joining the MSS Block Party!

Angelica Suarez said...

What a beautifully graphic design, Emily! That houndstooth could not be more perfect in those diamond shapes. Thank you so much for playing along in this month's Block Party!!

Benzi said...

Emily, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card. It jumped right out and stole my heart. Wow! And, houndstooth...well, it is a favorite of mine.

Jocelyn Olson said...

Holy cow, Emily! I majorly LOVE this card! The houndstooth is subtle, but just the right amount on this cool graphic card. You do so many styles well!

Kary said...

Another Awesome card, Emily! Love the subtle houndstooth design on your card, the wonderful colours and graphic. Look fantastic!!

Stephanie Washburn said...

This is an AWESOME card, Emily! What a cool design! Thank you so much for joining our party this month! :)

Barb said...

This is such a creative take on the challenge. I love these colors together!

Glenda J said...

This is fantastic! Love the brilliant design and the great colours.

Jackie Rockwell said...

Wow I really LOVE this card Emily!!! So graphic and clean and the stitching is fantastic!