Monday, January 17, 2011

Unity Guest Designer Monday {Jan 17th}

How is everyone this cold, cold Monday? Yesterday was a day when there was no one on the street. It was that cold, yet my son wanted to play in the snow. So being the good parents that we are, we relented and took him out. No one else was around! After about half an hour, I felt frozen to the bone and was worried that my son was cold. He claimed he wasn't and put up a huge fight to stay outside. Kids never are, right? My husband had to carry him home kicking and screaming. Ah, the joys of parenthood.

I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine who's a jewellery designer. She loves earthy tones so I used kraft, old olive and ivory. I started by stamping a shoe background with To the Moon & Back. I bought the Loolah Collection when it was released and hadn't had the chance to ink it up yet. When I saw the heart, I knew I wanted to make it puffy so I stamped it in on ivory, cut it out and crinkled it. Then I stitched it on to a flat piece of plain ivory cardstock while stuffing poly-fil into it. The back of the heart is flat and the rhinestones follow the flourishes of the stamp itself. You can see all the details in the close up photos. The sentiment is pieced from To the Moon & Back and Take Time To Laugh.

I think this card could've been a lot better had I been feeling 100% when I was making it yesterday. I would've used the same colours in a slightly different mix so that the sentiment stands out more and I also would've liked to have centred the heart better. I also forgot to distress the edges of the heart. Oh well, next attempt. ;)

Sources: GinaK pure luxury Kraft cardstock; SU Naturals Ivory cardstock; Unity January 2011 Kit of the Month - To the Moon & Back; Unity+IOD Loolah Collection; Unity October 2010 Kit of the Month - Take Time To Laugh; SU Old Olive & Crumb Cake inks; Memento Rich Cocoa ink; beige thread; Fairfield poly-fil; sewing machine; SU Basic Rhinestones; Copic marker; Scor-Tape

30 comments:

Angela said...

Ok, that's amazing! I puffy-heart it :)

Love the bling, love the shoes as a background, LOVE the puffy heart! Someday, you'll have to show me how you stitch such nice clean lines on curves -- mine would be way messier.

I think your friend will adore this. If she doesn't, well, you know where to find it a good home!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

This heart is truly gorgeous!! Love how you thought that up! Great colors!

Hugs, Wendy

~amy~ said...

Such a NEAT card...I love the heart!

Anne said...

Terrific card!! I love your puffed heart.. What an awesome idea:) I think your card looks great, even if you're not feeling 100%. Hope you feel better, Emily!

Rae C. said...

For not feeling 100%, this is one outstanding card! I love it's originality and it says to much by it's simplicity! Wouldn't change a thing!

StampinCathy said...

WOW! This is just stunning.

Janna said...

the heart is so awesome, emily! Janna

Jen W. said...

That puffy heart rocks my day! And I can see that the shoe stamps are going to get a lot of love in your craft room! Hope you're feeling better today, Emily. :)

Laurie said...

I think you did a fabulous job Emily! This card is amazing! That heart is adorable!! Love it!

dahlhousedesigns said...

Adore your puffy heart idea! I think it is stunning!

lisa a.

Virginia L. said...

GORGEOUS!! The heart with the border stitching is stunning!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Your friend will LOVE this card, Emily! Gorgeous creation! :)

Lindsey said...

I really like how this looks -- elegant and understated. And that heart! Talk about brilliant!!! Hope you're feeling back to normal today, and stay warm!

Karin said...

Whatever Emily...Looks pretty perfect to me! That heary is so cool :)

itsabrt said...

Oh this is brilliant a love the heart pillow!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I think this is awesome Emily, unique and lovely!

Julie E said...

Your card is just as sweet as you are :>) What a fun idea to make the puffed heart!!! Absolutely lovely :>)
BTW, you leave the most wonderful comments and totally make my day!!!

Meg said...

Tee-hee, Ang "puffy-hearts" it! That's too funny.

I puffy-heart it, too! Adds so much dimension (duh) as well as a shabby-chic/sewing feel that is all the rage with the kids these days. Great shoe background, too!

And I'm pretty sure kids have nuclear-powered temperature control until age 7.

Eva said...

Emily, this is INCREDIBLE!!!! Love your puffy heart, the shoes in the background, the bling, everything is just gorgeous!!

Jennifer said...

LOVE your awesome card!!! The puffy heart is too CUTE!!! (=

Gwen said...

Emily, this is gorgeous, love the feel of it! Love the kraft with the glamour!!

Shauna K said...

LOVE this!!! that's SUCH a cute idea with the puffy heart :D and i love the repeating shoes with the sentiment and the inked edges and the gems- awesome job!! :D

lynn said...

simply darling, emily! love the colors, stamps, heart--all of it:)

Carisa said...

this is gorgeous! i love your puffy heart. hope you are feeling better soon. :)

Pam said...

I HEART it Emily! Sorry you weren't feeling 100% yesterday, but your card sure is! That puffy heart is absolutely pumping. And BTW...you asked for snow. *LOL*

You should be warming up about now. Did I mention your haircut is adorable. Oh yeah it is.

Alice Wertz said...

love love the puffy heart. fabulous card, Emily!

Julie Hoffman said...

This is beautiful! I love, love, love the puffy heart!

Smita said...

Brilliant card... Love the puffed heart - very unique!

And yes, the joys of parenthood!! Need you say more? ;-)

hugs,
Smita

Gina said...

Oh my, this is fabulous. I love that you stitched the heart to make it puffy. Great colors too.

Vicky Hayes said...

I nearly fainted when I saw that heart! Did you actually think that one up?!!!