Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My First Publication

Hello, friends! First, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support during my creative journey over the past two years as well as the growth of my blog. I appreciate you all for taking the time to leave me sweet comments every time I post a project. I love sharing my ideas with you and it means the world to me when you get inspired by me! Second, I'm here to show you one of the first two cards I've ever had published, and in a Paper Crafts Magazine! You will have to buy the magazine to see the other card. ;) Stamp It! Cards, Volume 8 officially hits newsstands today and I'm still as giddy as I was back in February when I received notification that two of the five cards I had submitted were accepted for publication. Yes, it's been a long wait to see my work in print but it's so worth it and I hope that all of you who've never submitted or haven't had success yet give it a go and continue to submit. You have nothing to lose if they say no but you have everything to gain if they say yes and you will never forget that feeling!

The card I'm sharing today uses all Unity stamps (no surprise, right?) and was featured in the Paper Crafts Connection Kraft Card Giveaway HERE. The reason I'm giving Unity a shoutout is that I never thought I was publication-worthy until Unity Stamp Company asked me to be their guest designer in December 2010 and January 2011. It was so inspiring to me that they thought I was good enough to design for them and of course they provided such amazing stamps for me to work with! To date, they are still the first stamps I reach for when creating. I'm in the process of making a video about my creative process so stay tuned for that at a later date. :)

So back to my card. It features a puffy paper heart, an idea that originated in January during my guest designer stint with Unity. You can view the video tutorial I created for making one HERE. The stamps are from Believe in Fairytales which I still think is Unity's best store kit ever and you can grab it at Eclectic Paperie for half price HERE!

I will have another post for you soon because I just got the best news today and it inspired me to make a few cards. I can't wait to share both the news and my cards!

Sources: SU Real Red & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; Unity November 2009 Store Kit - Believe in Fairytales & Giving It All Meaning; SU Riding Hood Red; Memento Rich Cocoa ink; Versamark Watermark ink; Papertrey Ink woodgrain impression plate; Spellbinders Labels Eight; QuicKutz Epic Six; Fairfield polyester fiber fill; DMC floss; EK Success corner rounder punch

55 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your first publication, Emily!! It's hard to believe that this is only your first--I'd have thought you'd been published for years, at the very least. Your work looks so polished and well-planned and well-designed. Well, this may be your first publication, but I am absolutely certain that we'll be seeing your creations in print again and again for years to come. Enjoy the thrill of being in print!!!

Lorraine said...

Congrats on your first publication, Emily! Very well deserved! I love your puffy heart, embossed background and the label window.

Karen B. said...

Congrats and hooray for good news!

Shauna K said...

congrats on your publication, Emily!! you definitely deserve it- SO talented :D and can't wait for your video and good news ;) loving the embroidery floss and puffy heart!! so cute!

Melissa said...

Way to go Em! I'm so happy for you sweetie :)

BabyBokChoy said...

HIP HIP HIP!!!!!!!! HURRAAAAAAAAAAY
congrats congrats congrats!!!!!!!!!

Jen said...

Congrats Emily! Love your card!

Smita said...

CONGRATULATIONS Emily!!! You deserve all the applause :) Cheers to many more publications...

Hugs,
Smita

Jay Gee said...

So happy for you Emily and you deserve it, your cards are just amazing! Can't wait to hear your good news :)

kasia c. said...

When I first saw the title I thought, "oh she must be sharing an oldie but goodie" I can't believe this is your first publication! :0
It is stunning! That puffy paper heart is just fabulous and I love the cutout framing the sentiment.
You always make the most amazing, original, put-together cards! Well congratulations to you!
{hugs}

p.s. cant wait to hear about this good news. :)

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

That is FABULOUS and so is your card! LOVE the stuffed heart and the dimensions it gives the card! Looking forward to your video and to hear about your good news!

Jenny said...

Congratulations Emily- I'm so pleased for you, your cards are stunning.
I love the puffy paper heart, i will check the tutorial out. Shame it takes so long for the magazines to get over here - I would love to see a copy.
Look forward to sharing the good news:)
Jenny x

Vicky Hayes said...

I remember this card very well Emily and am not at all surprised it was accepted for publication. Huge congratulations on your success and I can't wait to hear your next good news! Vx

onecraftymama said...

Emily, I can't believe that this is your first publication! Too, too exciting - and what a neat one to be the first. I can't wait to get my hands on this issue...they're always a little later arriving in the middle of nowhere ;)
And, hey, TEASING! No fair! Waiting impatiently to hear more good news :)

Lynn said...

Emily, I'm sure your publication list is going to be pages long very quickly. You are amazingly talented!

Ujjwal said...

This card is totally publication worthy, Emily and so are all your beautiful creations! Congrats! Wish you more success in the future!

Waiting to hear the big news :)

Jen W. said...

Whoo hoo! So excited for you to finally be able to see your first card in print and I know it is only the first of many to come. :) You are super talented, girl, and totally inspiring. Big hugs!

Can't wait to hear the news! :)

Lisa said...

Congratulations, Emily! I can imagine how excited you must be about this :) Love this puffy heart card and can't wait to go see what else of yours is in that mag! Sitting at the edge of my seat waiting to hear your news :)

Basement Stamper said...

Congrats on your publication, it is very exciting and they picked a great card!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

HOORAY! So excited for you, Em! Your puffy hearts are always a hit! The first, but definitely not the last publication for you...YOU ROCK! :)

Angela said...

I puffy heart your puffy hearts (as you well know), and I love this card! Excellent choice on the part of PC, for sure. And congrats ahead of time on your good news (which is very good, indeed!!)

Isha said...

Huge Congrats Emily...l love that puffy HeART of yours. TFS.
Good luck with lots of published projects.

Mandy said...

congrats on being published!!! great job!

Kary said...

Hi Emily!

Congrats!!! So happy for you :-) Your work is awesome, you know. Love this card, the heart is so sweet. Beautiful!!
Have a great day, my dear friend ;)
Hugs
Kary

Jen Carter said...

Congratulations to you Emily!! I love this card! I really like that puffy heart! Can't wait to hear your news!!

Heather said...

Big congrats, I'm so pleased for you. You really deserve this because you are such a great person and your cards are always amazing and inspiring :) Can't wait to hear your news!!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your first publication!! How exciting seeing your cards in a magazine!!! Love your sweet puffy hearts!!! (=

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

CONGRATS!!!! Wooooo hooooo..... now I might have to go buy a copy, and have you autograph it... :)

Mary Dawn said...

congrats, emily! it never gets old either, that acceptance email...but i'm fairly new to being published myself

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Hoooooooray on your first publication! I can't wait to see it in print--on the blog it looks FABBY! LOVE that heart:) YOU ROCK!

Sunghee said...

Yay~!!! I'm not surprised at all. YOur so talented and thanks for the tutorial!

donna mikasa said...

Big hugs to you, Emily! I'm sure we'll see more of your wonderful work in future pubs! Love the puffy heart and perfect sentiment!
Truly art from your heart! ♥

Anne said...

Congratulations on your publication!! I'm surprised that it's your first and I'm sure that it won't be your last. You have a great sense of style and this card certainly shows it off!

Monika Wright said...

Your cards are always so gorgeous, Emily. I just adore the puffy heart you created and can't wait to try my hand at it, too. I'm sure this is just the beginning of a trend for you.

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on the pub! So happy to see the issue =...when I get it.

Karen said...

Congratulations on your first publication. I was so surprised to hear that you hadn't been published yet. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

dahlhousedesigns said...

Yay, I'm so excited to finally see what they picked!!! Absolutely fabulous Em. Can't wait to hear to good news!

lisa a.

Julie Hoffman said...

Woo Hoo Emily I'm so Happy for you! You are one talented lady! I Love this beautiful card! Love, Love, Love the puffy heart! I saw a pic of this card today at http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/blog/2011/06/kraft-card-giveaway/ and I was like - hey that's Emily's card! Way to go my friend!!!!

Roslyn said...

Congratulations on your publications! That is awesome! I love the puffed heart!

Trinh said...

Yay, Emily! Your wonderful card caught my eye when I was flipping through my magazine. Congrats on your first (of many) pubs!

btenn said...

Congratulations on your first publication! I am sure there will be many many more to come, you star!

AnitaRex said...

HI Emily so happy for you! Way to go! I love your card and am not surprised at all by it being published! :> Can't wait to pick up this magazine and see it!!!

walchowDesign said...

BIG Congrats to you, Emily! So happy for you and you deserve the publication as all your projects are so creative! It's a pity that I can't buy a copy of the magazine as it's not available here! I'll just have to look at your blog!

Marie-Pierre said...

First publication?? Can't be! I thought you had severals...you're so good and your work is so special!!!!! :) Thank you so much for the video tutorial! A question for you: I saw that you were turning your heart pretty easily while sewing. Do you use a special foot (like quilting for example) or is it just a normal machine+ normal foot? Can't wait to hear the news. A new house??! :D Would be so cool!!!

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Oh Emily, Many congratulations, such a well deserved honour, I'm so pleased for you. That's a gorgeous heart card, I'm not surprised it was published! Looking forward to hearing your news, big hugs my friend, Gay xxx

Karin said...

How exciting and so well deserved! You are always a creative out of the box thinker regarding your designs, that you inspire with every post! Thrilled that so many will see your great card!

Ribbon Girls said...

Congratulations! Like many others, I thought for sure you were already published. Can't wait to see your other card!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

Oeh, you got me curious for the news now! And I looove this card, that heart is so pretty and love that you are published!!! Congrats there!!

Hugs, Wendy

Lindsey said...

What a gorgeous card! I ♥ the puffy heart, of course, but all the elements are perfect. Congrats on being published!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations! Your cards are so fabulous it was only a matter of time.

I love this card! Beautiful design. I love the heart.



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lynn said...

congrats, emily! you have such a creative style, i'm sure this won't be the last:) darling card!

Jen said...

Woohoo, another CONGRATS!!! I remember when you did the tutorial on the sewing and stuffing method you use...and of course, here is another fantastic stuffy heart...how exciting to be published...congrats again!

Jane said...

CONGRATS!!! I know there will be many many more publications to come! :)

LOOOOOOOVE this CREATIVE card!

Tifany said...

You KNOW I think you should have been published a LONG time ago. So very well deserved, Emily! Congrats!


-Tifany
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com/

Brenda said...

Congrats Emily! This was long overdue in my opinion as you are super talented! I loved seeing your work in the magazine which I purchased yesterday! Big congrats again!