Saturday, April 9, 2011

Recent RAKs

Do you love receiving cards from crafty friends? I sure do! You may recall me saying that a card is better than a gift because the card is the gift. In fact, I have an entire office drawer filled with handmade cards that I cherish. My closest friends have the need to apologize profusedly when they give me a gift without a card (even if it's *gasp* store-bought) because they know it disappoints me! ;) I was lucky to receive these wonderful cards recently and here they are in the order they were received.

This first card was from my husband last month when we celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. You may recall the card with the cupcake tower from Take Two Week which is the card I gave to him. My husband used Pink Cat Studio's Raccoon Standing, the banner from DoodleFactory's Urban (I love it when he inks up something I haven't) and Papertrey Ink's Simple Alphabet. Every time he makes me a card, he wants my approval. These are some of the things he asked me when he gave it to me. "Do you like my shading? I think I'm getting better." "That oval is a spotlight." "I thought about masking the strings off the banner but I decided I didn't want to get that complicated." "Do you know what it means? You're the bandit who stole my heart." LOL He makes me laugh!!

The next card is from Meg and I can't say enough wonderful things about her so I'm going to move on instead of getting all corny. ;) Meg included an Amuse Studio catalog with her card. I haven't tried Amuse stamps yet but Meg might have just enabled me with her package. You can read all about Meg's gorgeous card here. I did have some fun with my son while looking through the catalog.

We recently bought this table and cute chairs from Ikea and he really loves it. We sat together and he coloured while I flipped through the catalog. Then he wanted to know what was in my new 'book'. When we got to page 14, he asked me to draw the bunnies so I did. He will ask me to use certain colours and tell me where to draw the images. He'll say, "Draw zat one now right here." Then he draws around them and all over the rest of the page. Lately, he's been drawing frames around my drawings which he calls 'mirrors'. So cute. Looking at the photo of our shared artwork (click to see larger), I'm sure you can tell that I have a lot of fun with him!

Next up is a card that came all the way from the Netherlands! You can read all about Wendy's gorgeous card here. I never asked Wendy how she found my blog but I'm so grateful that she did because she is so super sweet and supportive. We share an addiction to all things Hero Arts, Unity and Papertrey Ink. And bicycles!! That is a lot to talk about. LOL Wendy knows that I've been coveting Waltzingmouse Stamps for some time now and do you see what is underneath her card? Ooh la la. It's Vintage Labels 18!!! It's so beautiful and I can't believe I have my first Waltzingmouse set. In fact, I have it sitting in front of me at the computer so I can admire it. Don't worry, Wendy, I will open it and use it. ;D Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness always!

Are you still with me? What you see above is another one of my second blogoversary giveaways! This giveaway includes Bella BLVD's Blooms a Bella Bianca and Cosmo Cricket's Honey Pie rub-ons. One lucky winner from all the comments left on my blog in April will win both of these embellishment packs! Good luck to you all, and thank you for enjoying these wonderful gifts with me. :)

35 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

oh thanks for sharing, must send you my RAK, still on the to do list.

Jen said...

What great gifts! Love the card from your husband and your drawings with your son are just precious!

AnitaRex said...

I love that your husband made you a card! I am going to tell my hubby about it! The closest he has come is taking one of my cards I've made and given it to me! I enjoyed seeing what you received today!

Julie Hoffman said...

Wow you have some fabulous eye candy here!

I love the card from your DH. He sounds super sweet and he is very talented!

You drawing is fabby too! This explains artsy_EM :)

Love the effect of the kraft and white paper stamped with the same image on the card from Meg.

Love the owls all the way from the Netherlands - great layout on that one!

TFS your RAK - fun post!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Super great RAKs, Emily! I just LOVE that your hubby made you an anniversary card. How cool is that? I think he is a keeper! ;)

Tiffany said...

Oh my! Wonderful set of cards and I'm so amazed at your DH's talent! What a perfect card he made for you, you have one lucky guy there! Love it!

Tenia Nelson said...

Wow...what a awesome hubby you have....he stamps too...too cool!! What awesome friends you have here too!! tfs!!!

Ujjwal said...

You are one lucky girl, Emily!! and your husband is so sweet and so is your son and when you share their stories, it cracks me up :)

Smita said...

Wonderful RAKs! A card from your husband?! :) Wow! Need to get Vineet to see this...I love his 'questions' and the sentiment :))

Hugs,
Smita

Sunghee said...

you guys are so cute! your hubby so sweet! And Damian is so adorable! Lucky you can draw! My kids ask me to draw for them, but all i can do is stick figures.
And look at all the gorgeous cards your friends made for ya!

Heather said...

How nice to have such kind friends, and from your husband, I;m so jealous!

Isha said...

Its a great feeling when we receive a handmade card. Thanks for sharing yours. Love this card by your husband and your son's coloring. I also enjoy when my little one uses my stamps and would color and make a card for me. Its so so sweet.
Thanks for giving a chance to win these lovely goodies.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

We share another love! Receiving cards from friends! Also my friends know to give me a card with the present, or write something in (if it's a book or something - usually I receive books from my friends, that's another love, ha ha)! I always love the personal touch! I don't mind bought cards, 'cause they always pick out such beauties for me, that can inspire me for new cards! Thank you for your sweet story about my RAK and me! You are so sweet! How I found your blog? I remember seeing a card from you with a challenge and then checking out your blog and never want to loose the link again, hi hi, but I'm sorry, I can't remember which challenge that was... Love your hubby's card, he's truly creative as well! Would love if Pim would make a card for me, he used to write me stories and even made a song (he played piano) for me, but lately he's only creative on the computer... too bad! who knows, one day, I know he has it in him! I loved Meg's card as well, that sentiment (from Waltzing Mouse! ;-) is gorgeous and the flower background sooo pretty!
Wishing you a lovely Sunday!
Hugs, Wendy

Lynn said...

You are one lucky girl...all of the RAK is AMAZING! And...as always thank you for being so generous and sharing with us...truly adore you and your blog! Fondly, Lynn

~amy~ said...

Such wonderful Raks Emily...I especially love the one from your hubby...sooo sweet and dang, I love his coloring:)

Jen W. said...

I love when you share your RAKs and tell a little story for each one. :) Your hubby's card is super cute and your little guy's "mirrors" are fabulous!

Meg said...

Tee-hee, that is some wonderful art you & your son created!! :)

Your husband's card is too cute...and y'all definitely have the same card style. I thought it was one of yours before I read your description.

Score on your blog candy! I'm sure you'll love your WMS labels once you break them out!

lynn said...

how cool is your husbands card?! wendy is darling, isn't she! your drawings are yet another talent! love your son's "mirrors" comment:) you are so sweet to do another give away, emily!

Erin said...

Your husband story cracked me up!!! I think it's so cool that he participates in something you enjoy so much... Love the cards :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! Such fun cards--and from friends! EVEN better:) LOOOOOOOVE when my friends share their creativity with me by sending a card! LOOOVe your son's comment--cute:) LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting here! Blessings!

Tejal said...

Oh wow!! these cards would make anyone day!! I love receiving cards and RAKS!! I have been eyeing Waltzingmouse stamps myself..and I can't wait to see you use it...
p.s. you drew those bunnies? those are awesome!! what are you doing making cards..you should be illustrating or making stamps out of your drawings!!

Gwen said...

Oh, these are all GREAT creations! Your hubby and son are so blessed to have your creativity rubbing off on them!

Beth aka BR-T said...

Wow Emily you are so lucky! This array of cards is a real treat!

Lindsey said...

I showed my husb your husb's card... nope, he still won't make one for me. Maybe the talent on display is too intimidating! :D And really, he knows about masking? Wow.
Gorgeous cards from Meg and Wendy, too.

Emily Keaton said...

What a wonderful collection of fabulous cards from friends! I'll bet you had the best time opening each and every one of these. Consider yourself blessed. :)

BabyBokChoy said...

Your husband is also ready for a career in professional illustrating!! Can't believe he asks about shading!! I thought it was your card, he has even taken on your style!! What a guy!!!

sharon g said...

I LOVE Cosmo Cricket. I hope that I win them...

Karin said...

Another great card by the hubby! He is GOOD! Handmade cards are the best and you have some talented friends :)

Scrapcollectr said...

So nice to get these fun cards in the mail, I bet! And tell your hubby that he's got some serious talent. He may have to start his own blog to display his cards....something like HeCrafts2@blogspot.com. *smile*

scrapalajen said...

What a lucky gal!!!! A homemade card from hubby and friends:-) I wish mine would give me one.

Jocelyn said...

I'm grinning ear to ear after reading this post! I cannot believe your husband made a card for you--that's so cool! I love your son's cards :) Too cute!!

Julie E said...

Awww, the card from your hubby is definitely priceless! Great RAKs

Alice Wertz said...

lucky you!! these cards are fabulous! looks like your hubby is also a CAS guy!! =) thanks for sharing!

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Emily, it's lovely to see you getting back some love, you send so much out:0) Great drawing from you and your son, he's definitely a crafter in the making. Following on from a talented Mum and Dad:0) xxx

Angie said...

How cute is that DH of your's? I too love getting handmade cards from friends and family, but I don't recall my DH ever making one for me. Love what your man made for you!