Sunday, April 24, 2011

Birthday Balloons

Wow, I can't believe it's been four days since my last post. I feel guilty, like I've abandoned all of you!! It hasn't been quiet on my end though. I've been busy 'sublicating' (making cards for publication calls) and I had a very nice Easter weekend with my family. I hope all of you did, too! This is a card I had submitted for the 2011 Stamping Royalty Card Contest. The winners were all announced last week and since I didn't win, I can now share this card.

This card uses an image and sentiment from Unity's The Best is Yet To Be. It was made in my favourite clean and simple style. I stamped the image and sentiment, shaded the balloons with Copic markers and added a glossy accent to the balloons. I'm not sure how I could've made it any better and in my opinion it's still great but with at least 2300 entries... at least one lucky hero is going to get to send this to someone he or she loves. Anyway, I was excited to read that Cristina Kowalczyk won with a one-layer card so maybe I'll have better luck next year. ;)

A big thank you to all of you who have left comments for me in the past couple of weeks. I'm still trying to catch up but I'll be around to visit all of your blogs soon! Thanks for sticking with me!! See you on Tuesday for a very special blog hop with prizes!

Sources: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Unity February 2011 Kit of the Month - The Best Is Yet To Be; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; SU Crystal Effects

38 comments:

Brenda said...

Well Emily, I love everything you make, whether they hit the big times or not! And this is a gorgeous card, and I especially love the glossy balloons! I have still not inked mine up, it's something abou tthe balloon strings not being straight that is stopping me somehow, I know, I am just weird all round sometimes! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Meg said...

Well this just seems like royalty to me! Love the glossy balloons and your perfect CAS style.

Remember absence makes the heart grow fonder, so don't feel like you've abandoned us (because what would that say about me and how often I update my blog?!?). :)

Jennifer said...

I recently made the exact same card minus the glossy balloons!! Too funny! I'll post later this week! (=
Happy Easter!! (=

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! I love the way you used that white space and the glossy accents--beautifully done:) YOU ROCK, Emily!! LOVE YOU:)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I love the glossy balloons, perfect for a fabulous white card. You're not suppose to feel guilty about not blogging silly girl... Enjoy the hobby and you'll get a tiara soon enough, even if you make it for yourself out of twine.

Gwen said...

Wow, Emily, I love this card. Those balloons are awesome if you ask me!! :) and I adore that bicycle!

Cristina said...

How could this not have won?! After seeing this, I feel like I should forfeit my one-layer crown! Sosososo cute. But then again, I love everything you do. Thanks for the shout-out and for the sweet comment on my blog. Sending you many happy, glossy-accented thoughts!

donna mikasa said...

Your card makes me smile, Emily! Love the glossy balloons and the sentiment, too!

Sunghee said...

Yeah... I was worried. Glad to see your post! FAbulous card! Love the glossiness on the balloon. Don't know what they weren't thinking!

Heather said...

Such a gorgeous card, I love the sentiment and the glossy balloons are perfection! Sorry you didn't win this time but you're always a winner in my eyes :)

Ujjwal said...

This is just so adorable, Emily!! Like all the others I love everything you create no matter if it wins or not :)

Hope you had a great Easter evening!

kasia c. said...

Those glossy balloons are AMAZING! the colours are so bright and pretty. You & Christina are both phenominal, creative masterminds!
I will bet it was super close. ;)

Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

Jay Gee said...

I agree with everyones comments Emily - this card is gorgeous, the glossy balloons are perfect and everything you make is amazing!

Saskia said...

Great card Emily!!!! :)

Anni said...

This such a beautiful and cute card, I love it.
Anni

mustavcoffee said...

Ahh what a shame, your card is fabulous as usual, many more contests though:0) Have fun:0) xxx

Lynn said...

Love those glossy accents...yummy!

Angela said...

Love your glossy balloons, Em! I made a "sublicated" reject card with this stamp too last month -- but yours is cuter :)

You'll always wear a crown in my world!

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous, Emily! I love love love those bright, shiny balloons! :) It may not have won a crown (although I can't for the life of me figure out why) but it still kicks butt! Good luck with your submissions! :)

Isha said...

Oh!!! This card is so gorgeous Emily...love your creations always. Thanks for inspiring me always:)

Lindsey said...

I'm now totally picturing you wearing a twine tiara! This is a perfect card. I love the glossy balloons and the CAS awesomeness.

Karin said...

Love, love, LOVE the shiney balloons! This is a super CAS card and you will always be Royalty to your blog readers :) :) :)

BabyBokChoy said...

so stoked to see this :) you know why!! i have that stamp!!! so excited!!!! thanks so much!!

lynn said...

i just love your balloons with the glossy accents, emily:) so funny, i'm leaving you a message, and you are leaving me comments:)

Scrapcollectr said...

I thought you had painted on the white shiny areas on the balloons but even better, your glaze brings that out.... very realistic!
It's a winner in my book!
*smile*

Emily Keaton said...

So beautiful, Emily! I love an awesome one-layer card, and this one definitely counts! The glossy accents on the balloons are terrific. I'm so jealous that you were able to photograph that so well LOL!!

Janna Werner said...

oh so sweet!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw, Emily! This is just perfect!! Love the colorful and glossy balloons!!! A happy card!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Julie Hoffman said...

OMYGOSH Emily this is so cute! The sentiment is perfect! Love the black and white image and sentiment with the pop of color on the balloons! Fabulous!!!

Julie E said...

Sweet and so simple - the balloons are too cute!

Angie said...

Love those pearly ballons. Wonderful card!

Rachel B said...

Wow Emily, your balloons are amazingly cool!

Virginia L. said...

Love your balloon card, Emily! It's a winner in my eyes!! Love the perfect and glossy balloons! I didn't send any to the Stamping Royalty...maybe next time :) Just keep at it, you may be the NEXT one!!!!!!

Vicky Hayes said...

This is definitely a perfect card in my book! I love your bicycle cards Emily and would love to have a wall in my house decorated with them!

Btrflywmn said...

love how the balloons pop out

Houses Built of Cards said...

GORGEOUS!!! Just wanted to let you know your card inspired me to try something similar! I posted a link back to your blog...feel free to come check out my version if you want to! Thanks for the inspiration!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Superj said...

Wow! I love this card! I love the carefree feel of it! It is a sinner to me!

lostinpaper said...

This card is just fabulous!
Now I feel like I just want to add balloons to all my bicycle images... what a great idea!