Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Amber Ink 1st Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Birthday to Amber Ink! If you've already been hopping, you should've come here from Sunghee's blog. If you're just joining us from my blog, you can find all the details at the Amber Ink Blog. There are prizes to be won so be sure to comment at every stop along the way!

I can hardly believe Amber Ink is already a year old let alone the fact that it's already been nine months since I was a Torchbearer! I've met so many wonderful and talented ladies and remember my Orange Torch predecessors well - Taylor Usry, Wendy Price, Sunghee Chon, then me. Wow! What an honour that I became a part of it at that point. Then I passed my Orange Torch to Angela Hathikhanavala who passed it on to Lindsey M-P, Meg Craig, Cheryl Gorka and so forth. What an amazing line up and I'm so thrilled to have been a part of it. The best part, of course, is being one of the alumnae and having the opportunity to join up with my girls once again for these fun blog hops!

My card uses Hostess with the Mostess, my favourite Amber Ink set so far. The first time I ever saw anyone feature uncoloured stamps on their cards was my Unity Guest Designer predecessor Julie Lacey and it seems to be quite popular now so I thought it was time to give it a try. This hostess is just detailed enough. I coloured in the fruit plate to tie in with the coordinating colours of the baker's twine accent. For the bow, I tied a regular bow, applied glue beneath the knot, waited for it to dry and then trimmed off the ends of the bow. I love how clean it looks without the tails!

Thank you for joining me today to celebrate as Amber Ink turns one! Now head on over to Lindsey's blog for more birthday fun!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury black & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Amber Ink Hostess with the Mostess; Papertrey Ink Ribbon Tails; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; SU Riding Hood Red ink; Copics; Papertrey Ink Edgers #1 die; Papertrey Ink In Bloom impression plate; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals; The Twinery baker's twine in Maraschino, Honeydew, Charcoal & Lemondrop

55 comments:

*CAFE said...

Oh my gosh....the colored platter against the black and white image is so stunning! Great job!

Isha said...

Lovely card Emily. Love the touch of colors against the B/W.

Mrs Weyremaster said...

Wonderful creation, Love the Hostess with the Mostess set, your colouring is beautiful, wonderful against that crisp background.
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

lydiawalker said...

i love what you have done your eye goes straight to the food xxx

Adrian said...

I like the simple and pretty look!

TannyP said...

Ohhlala! Gorgeous work, Emily. I do think you may have one of the most talented color teams ;) That bow is perfect!

Pam said...

What a stunner Emily! Everything about this card says CLASS! I just want to grab one of those fruit kabobs - they must be real right? And the way you've placed the text, the bow, the everything! Love it. We are so honored you've been a part of Amber Ink!

BabyBokChoy said...

This is such an adorable card! I love it!

Sue said...

Hi ya
fabulous cas card, luv the pop of colour, great design, sue,x

Julie said...

WOW...this card is GORGEOUS, Emily! Thanks for the shout out! I mostly don't color just because I don't like to, wasn't expecting it to take off...LOL. I'm so limited in my crafting time that something had to give, LOL! :)

Thanks for always being an inspiration, Emily!

Shauna K said...

love it!!! i agree, without the tails, it gives the bow a whole new feel- must try that!!! and love how you used color to make the fruit pop!! :D great LO!

Joey said...

Fantastic card Emily, love that wool twine. Joey (pink torch) xx

Hestia's Helper said...

WOW! Every stop in this hop just keeps getting better!
I don't know if I can make it all the way thru all the torches without going into sensory overload!
I'm glad you're early in the hop, because I would have hated to miss this!

Super card, Emily!
Stacie

Meg said...

Fabulous card, Em! Love the uncolored look so that fruit plate and twine can take center stage, since it's obvious the hostess with the mostess spent a lot of time on that fruit plate. ;)

Whimsey said...

That cake is FABULOUS and pops right off the black/white card; love the colorful twine. Simply splendid!

Hugs,
Michele (orange team)

Saskia said...

Gorgeous card! :)

I'm Renee said...

Beautiful!
The color platter against the black and white...
gorgeous!

Lindsey said...

Yowzer! What awesomeness, Em. I love how you left your Amber girl uncolored so the food could take the spotlight in all its retro glory. (Also gives me great comfort to know I don't always HAVE to colour Amber girls... :P) And I'm glad you explained how you created your latest twine innovation -- I could have wasted a lot of mine trying to figure it out! ;)

Brenda said...

Love this clean design Emily!

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this is great.

Kerri said...

I ADORE this card!!! It's so clean and fresh and perfectly executed!

Carrol said...

What a great card. I'm going to have to get this set.

Jenny said...

Fab card Emily, that cutting looks quite fiddly to do but worth the effort....I love the popped up effect. Love all the bakers twine together :)
Jenny x

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY GOOOOOODNesS--love love love this! i love how she is coming from the side and how she is in B/W!! LOVE that top with the twine--BEAUTIFUL! YOU are amaZINGZINGZING!! You are 3x the zing:)

Karin said...

This card is perfect in everyway! Love the sentiment placement and your fab bow of twine :)

Brennen said...

Eye-catching use of black & white, and color. Love this card!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Love your clean design Emily!!

thriftyfinn said...

I have to use this idea sometime soon, B&W-image with coloured the text. Love it!

wendyp said...

LOVE the pop of color with the black and white image! I can't wait to give this a try! Gorgeous work, Emily!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Love how you stamped the sentiment on the angle of her skirt! Fab card, Emily! :)

Cheryl said...

As always, you just knocked it out of the park! I love your card! Fabby design, love the pop of color. Also really love the twine.



--Cheryl-- (Team Orange – February 2011)

Jocelyn said...

Awesome card, Emily!! Love the uncolored image (great stamp). The embossing looks fabulous and the Edgers die is a perfect touch.

kurlygirl said...

This is just adorable! I've not been brave enough to try the uncolored stamp yet... might have to try that soon.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous card!!!! Love the impression plate and the white, all that fabulous white :)

Scrapcollectr said...

Oooh, love the look of the colorful fruit against the clean line image of the hostess. Really cool!
*smile*

Divya@The Craft Angel said...

Lurve this card! Absolutely gorgeous!

Allison said...

Great CAS take...love it!

FrancineB said...

Great card. Elegant and simple.

Thistleblue said...

Very pretty card! Happy Birthday to Amber Inks!
hugs
Michelle
xx

Julie E said...

Love it! I want to give it a try now :>) The B&W with just a few pops of color is so eye catching!

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the clean twine bow too and love the way you coloured the platter and left the hostess uncoloured. It amused me that your close-up picture looked as if the hostess was about to trip and spill the platter! (My kind of hostessing!)

lynn said...

love this card, emily! cute shaped topper and i love the b/w image with the pop of color!

reeree62 said...

Great idea! Love the concept.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous card Emily, You never cease to amaze me with your inventive use of the Bakers Twine, you are a star. I love the platter coloured and the lady not it works beautifully, Hugs Gay xxx

Jennifer said...

Fabulous birthday card Emily!!! Love how it pops without even coloring the main image!!! (=

Jen Carter said...

How cute!! I love how the twine looks with the tails cut off!! Great effect!

donna mikasa said...

Such a fab birthday card! Love the fussy cutting of the colored image and the matching twine...Happy First Birthday to Amber Ink!

VICTORIA said...

Fabulous card. Great job on it.

The Paper Princess said...

Wow - fabulous details - esp that twine!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Heather said...

Gorgeous card, love the layout and your bow is definitely inspired!

dahlhousedesigns said...

fabulously clean and classy design my dear! LOVE IT and love the bow too.

lisa a.

Julie Hoffman said...

Love this! The uncolored image with the colored paper pieced platter is gorgeous - great effect! Beautiful card!

Angela said...

Well, if you're going to make a card this fabulous, you might deserve to dip those fruit skewers in some chocolate ;) I love the twine with the embossing at the top, and thanks for leaving your Girl b&w so at least I don't feel so ashamed of my lack of coloring skills!
Go team orange!

AnitaRex said...

I like how you left the image uncolored but colored the food and popped it up!!! :>

Pauline said...

Another fab card using twine, I love the clean bow, it's fab!