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

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Keen on Neon

Hello! It's been super busy here since Thanksgiving, and I've been away from my blog much more than I've wanted to be. One of the reasons for my busy-ness is that my son celebrated his 10th birthday over the weekend. We had a bunch of celebrating to do!! (And oh my goodness, where has the last 10 years gone? It seems like he was born just last week!) I'm also still struggling with some carpal tunnel issues, which become aggravated by all that pointing and clicking with the mouse. So many of you have been so sweet to come visit me here on my blog and it kills me not to be able to return the favor for right now. But I've got to get healed up first!! So please, bear with me. I'll try to get around to visit soon!!

Well, now that my son's birthday is over, he needs thank you cards to write notes for his birthday gifts. He has early-release days for parent-teacher conferences the rest of the week, so it's the perfect time for him to tackle his note-writing list! I wanted to make up a stack of fun note cards for him to use, so that was at the top of my list yesterday.

I haven't been able to play along with any of the challenges over at the Moxie Fab World in a very looooooooooooong time, but I was so very intrigued by Cath's latest challenge, Keen on Neon. I've seen a whole lotta neon out there in the world recently, and I thought it might be fun to see how to incorporate some in a card design. When I think of neon, the very first thing that comes to mind is highlighters!! Neon is always "in" where highlighters are concerned, and that's one of the very few neon items, crafting or otherwise, that we have in the house. I tried to think of how to keep the neons from overpowering a card design and decided that the best way to do that is to balance them out with a bunch of white space. Here's what I came up with.

Yes, I used a neon yellow highlighter to color in the chickie on this card! I also thought it would be fun to use the same neon yellow to highlight the punny part of the card ;). I used two rubber stamps from DeNami Design, Race Car Chickie and You're "Wheel" Nice, along with some markers and scored lines to make a simple flat design that will be super simple to mail.

My son loves how it turned out, and so do I! I ended up making a set of four duplicates. I'm also linking up to the Playing In Paradise challenge which has the theme of Mr. Masculine this week. I think these "wheel nice" cards I made for my son to use should qualify ;)!!

Well, I've gotta keep moving here or I'm not going to finish my to-do list for today. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my little slice of bliss!!


Lisa Elton said...

This is neon perfection Emily! Love the way you've highlighted the single word. CUTE!!!

I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands several years ago. All that baton twirling and floral designing I suppose! My right still gives me issues when overused so I'm WITH ya girl ;) Hang in there and we'll be here when you get better!

Annette Allen said...

aww sweet thank you card for your the neon..

Audrey Hiltke said...

Hi Emily!! I love this cute little NEON card - it's just precious!! Hugs!!

Pam said...

The chick in the car is so cute, and perfect for your son's thank you cards! And I agree, neon needs to be limited, and with a lot a blank space!! Perfect use of the highlighter too!! :)

Jessi Fogan said...

Perfect way to use neon - sparingly! And way to use what you already have :) I love the scored lines - makes such a perfect road - and what a fun card for a boy to give as a thank you! Glad you could play with us in Paradise again, Emily :)
As for not getting around to visit - hey, getting better has to come first!

Anonymous said...

What a super cute card and great idea! :) ~ Laura

MS said...

Happy Birthday to your boy & speedy healing for you!!

Love your highlighter card! So fun!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You are smart to use these highlighter pens, Emily! Bet Cath thinks so too. I like how you scored under the car, like a little white highway. :)

Happy Birthday to your DD! Wow, 10 years old. I know, they grow so fast, don't they?

Hope that carpal tunnel heals soon, my friend.

Auntie Em said...

I wheel-y like your card! Sorry, couldn't resist! Hehehe! Love the embossed road and the highlighter is a great way to use neon in small accents. I must dig some out.
Happy 10th birthday to your son. They grow up so fast. It sounds like it was fun celebrating all weekend. Lots of special memories for everyone I am sure.
Hope your wrist is better soon! It's probably getting a real workout decorating the house and baking goodies for the holidays.
Take care!!!! :)

Jacquie Southas said...

Clever - I did laugh when I saw this - never thought of using a highlighter, but what a perfect way to add a touch of neon!

Mary Marsh said...

this is such a cute thank you card Emily-sorry to hear about the ongoing carpal tunnel stuff-praying for you

Unknown said...

That is one super CUTE card! Love how you used the highlighter! Cool way to add some neon into the mix!
Hope your carpel-tunnel gets better. I'v had tendenitis in my right wrist for 30-yrs now, and if I work too much on the computer or mouse my hand tends to go numb. Not fun! Here's to a speedy recovery for you! ;)

nwilliams6 said...

What a great idea! Darling card - really! I need to remember this. YOU have been busy Emzi! I am sorry to hear your CT is flaring up - I know that can be super painful - rest up! Hugz!

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editor said...

Hey Emily! Thanks for linking this up to the Keen on Neon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

...and btw, I have missed you! :)