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

Friday, May 20, 2011

Have a Great, Fine, Happy Day!

Just a quick post to share a card I made for the Splitcoast sketch challenge this week.

I have come to adore anything to do with Cosmo Cricket and Echo Park Paper Co. The problem with this is that I don't have the budget (or space) to indulge these weaknesses, and they are also a bit tricky to track down. I recently found a decent compromise, a way to have a little CC or EP fix without breaking the bank or worrying about where/how to store yet more stuff. Both companies offer {at least some of} their paper collections in digital form, so you can print out just the paper or element you need on your own cardstock just when you need it. Now that sounds like a great example of just-in-time inventory control to me! I've recently discovered that the CC and EP digital collections may be purchased at What's even better is that once a week, Jessica Sprague runs a One Buck Wednesday sale where a selection of 8 to 12 digital packs are priced at $1 each for just 24 hours. Heck, yeah, that's a steal!! And it looks like there's usually a little Echo Park and/or Cosmo Cricket in the One-Buck mix. Oh, happy day!

So, in the last week I've been able to treat myself to Echo Park's hot new For the Record collection Echo Park's sweet and of-the-moment Springtime collection, and Cosmo Cricket's very Western Wanted collection (perfect for the horse-lover in my household). All for just $3. And believe me, that's going to go a loooooooooooooooong way.

So all this to explain to you that the card I made this week used a ton of my new digital goodness! I actually stamped the sentiments the old-fashioned way, but the two patterned papers, the black scalloped border, and the chipboard-ish flowers are all digital elements that I printed out from my new For the Record files. (The stitching was added afterward with my real-live "non-digital" sewing machine.) Anyway, that was fun!!! And I loved being able to use some hot and trendy DP, especially without guilt.

And here is another card I made recently with my new For the Record digital papers and embellishments:
Well, that does it for now. Thanks for checking out my little slice of {digital} bliss today!

Have a Great Day
Card Recipe:
Paper: Echo Park For the Record digital papers and elements, snow storm, vanilla bean fleck
Ink: Marvy LePlume II black marker, Ranger tea dye distress ink
Accessories: sewing machine, sponge dauber, foam tape, scissors
Techniques: digital papers, machine stitching

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes From the Garden, Strawberries (sentiment)
Paper: Echo Park For the Record digital papers, snow storm, vanilla bean fleck
Ink: Palette water lily green, noir black
Accessories: Fiskars 2" circle punch, SU 2.5" circle punch, SU jewelry tag punch, baker's twine, foam tape
Techniques: digital papers


Bonnie said...

What a great bargain! That's a great way to build your collection of DP and not have to find a way to store it so it doesn't get all bent up and such! Looks like you've been enjoying your new stash! Great job!

~amy~ said...

simply wonderful!!!!!! I too am a huge fan of EP and CC...You'll chuckle when you read my post today about CC:)

Marisa said...

You have made digi sing on these cards, Emily. Fabulous work on both. Enjoy your weekend and hopefully you will get some sunshine!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Thanks for seeking out bargains and sharing them with the rest of us! I like both cards, but am drawn to the second one. Even though the colors are primary ones, they are more muted and softer: just my style! Plus i happen to really like that layout a lot. :)

Unknown said...

WOW!! These are amazing.. I might have to look into printing me some DP... I used to always do SCS sketch challenges.. Its been along time since it have done one. Seeing you sketch photo brings back memories..

Hugs, Linda

Jessi Fogan said...

Gorgeous! Don't you find that it uses a lot of ink to print them? Although of course you don't have to print the whole sheet, just what you need so there's no waste...whichever, the cards are gorgeous, and you can't beat $1. I just ordered the Wanted pack for $6!

Auntie Em said...

Love your cards! And with printing out your own you can decide what size and how many you want of each!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Pam said...

I see you've been having fun with the hybrids too!:) Both cards are just fabulous! And these print off so nice, no one will ever know they didn't come from the store!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

I've often wondered if digi papers are cost effective as the inks are so expensive for the will have to let me know what you find out about that....really would love to know your feelings on that....

beautiful cards, by the way

Emily Leiphart said...

I love both your cards, Emily! Way to rock the digital dp world! I admit I have the actual printed collection and I love it. If I had a printer at home, I would surely buy the digital versions. ;)

Crafty Math Chick said...

Very pretty color combination and papers Emily!

Benzi said...

What a great card, Emily! I have used digital papers a few times...maybe with my scrapbooking. You've given out some great information. I'll have to check it if I need any paper. I think most of us have that paper weakness. Ugh!