Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thank You So Much!

I had this stack of nesties sitting on a shelf since the end of July waiting to be put together as thank yous after my son's third birthday party. When the Hero Arts August Contest was announced, it turned out these would fit the theme and this is the week after the party so I will have to get these in the mail soon. There's nothing like a last-minute phone call requesting a showing to make all mojo evaporate into thin air. Sigh. These didn't turn out the way I imagined but I think we all make cards like that. Okay, maybe a lot of cards like that. LOL

Originally, I was going to colour the robots but eight of them with the little time I have? No. I decided to use my newly acquired distress inks to add colour to the cards. First, I stamped the sentiment from What a Life at the bottom of the cards and created a mask for them.

Then I stamped the Friend Definition with eight different colours. I used the corresponding colours to sponge the edges of the card bases as well as around the robot panels. It's not the neatest look but sort of grungy which is fine for little boys and masculine thank yous. :P

Both the Friend Definition and What a Life sentiment set are new to me, along with a huge Hero Arts order I received earlier this week from Simon Says Stamp. I love Hero Arts and I love Simon Says Stamp for their prices and free shipping to Canada! It takes a while to get here but it's so worth it when the package arrives. LOL I just wish I had more time to create with my new goodies!

I was also inspired by the way my Lil' Inker Designs teammate Alicia Thelin photographs her cards on an angle. It looks so artsy so I had to try it and I love how these look. Now I'm wondering if I should be photographing all my photos like that. ;)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope your day is sunny!!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Hero Arts Friend Definition, Robot Trio & What a Life; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Memories Black ink; Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage & Faded Jeans; Ranger Blending Tool; Spellbinders Nestabilities Reverse Wonky Rectangles; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals

38 comments:

Isha said...

Lovely set of cards Emily. Cute and adorable.

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

So cool! And so perfect for thank yous to little kids - and their parents!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oh, wauw, these look awesome, Emily! And it's actually perfect that you didn't color them, 'cause now the kids that receive them, can do some coloring of their own!! They will surely surely surely love that!! All the best, dear friend!!
Hugs, Wendy

Jay Gee said...

I think they look pretty awesome... perfect for boy thank you cards :)

Mette said...

These are fabulous - simple but ideel for little dudes.
I totally get the "lost mojo syndrome" I am currently suffering from the same. Ah well, it usually returns and then there's no stopping me lol.

Hugs, Mette

Jenny said...

Love the shaped notelets Emily, just perfect for the job. When do you have to start packing all your craft stash up for the move? I had to do that and it's a hard thing to do :(
Jenny x

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY GOSH!! I wish I was clever like you--this is SOOO cute! LOVE the robot...and I LOVE how you used these nesties!! SO FUN! YOU ROCK:)

BabyBokChoy said...

This really is entirely too cute!! :)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Ah ha! Distress inks, now I'm pleased, LOL I love these cards! And I hope you've had some success with all these viewings! Hugs Gay xxx

Karen B. said...

Ok, these are adorable!

Karin said...

Clean and graphic, but super cute!

Brenda said...

Super thank you cards Emily! The little recipients are going to be very happy! Love how you photographed them!

Lindsey said...

Oh, these are cute , cute, cute! Whaddaya mean, you didn't want to colour eight cards? :D (I totally understand.) I like the coordinating distressing, it works perfectly.
And btw, congrats on your ColorQ honour!

Lynn said...

Great idea Emily for bulk thank yous...I try to keep my boys thank yous very CAS too...hoping your home sells soon so that the showings can be finished!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love that you made the cards shaped too and glad to see your new toys getting some inky love (including the new inks!). I, guilty, just placed an order with them today too....

Julie E said...

So cute! CAS is perfect for mass producing and the distressing inks add just enough color.
I just finished thank you cards for my own sons' party and let's just say I finished the cards in 5 minutes - LOL! Not sure I will be posting them on my blog!!!

Gwen said...

I think these turned out perfect for the little guys thank yous!! Great feel to them!

Priscilla said...

Super Cute Emily. I think they came out really nice just the way they are! Very boyish!

Jen W. said...

Brilliant way to add colour without having to colour each image and the angled photos look really cool! :)

Lysa said...

These cards are absolutely ADORABLE Emily! :) Hope your son had a wonderful birthday!!

Virginia L. said...

These are so adorable, Emily! I love the shape you used for the robot images!

E.T. said...

These are the cutest!!

Jennifer said...

Super CUTE thank you's!!! I'm sure your son loved them and so did his friends!!! (=

Tejal said...

Stop tempting me with this nesties..ever since you've been flaunting them, I've had them in my shopping cart..and the only thing that stops me is the international shipping!! The cards look adorable..simply cute and sweet!! what fun for the boys to color their own robots!!

*Alison* said...

These are beautiful.. I love how you left your image B&W and then brought the color in from the distressing :) so fun! HUGS

Saskia said...

Wow! Looks great! :)

Amy said...

Emily, these are darling and I think they are just perfect "un"colored! No need to get fancy for boys! LOL BTW, perfect for the HA challenge!

Tiffany said...

Aren't these just the cutest little cards, so sweet and I may just have to get that die! Thanks for the enabling!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Tee hee! These are so adorable!! I think it looks great without the coloring. The Distress Inks look so fab. Love those stamps...you always make me want to buy more HA. ;)

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

AWESOME, love the great design!!!! Fabulous set of thank yous.

lisa a.

Levana Sunandar said...

super cute, and your son's friends will love it!

Helle said...

love these!!!!!!

Julie Hoffman said...

These are adorable Emily! Love the fun shape, cool robots and sponging! I have to tell you most of my cards to not turn out the way they were imagined.

Angela said...

Love the simplicity, love the style, love the colors! Great photos, too.

Shannon White said...

These turned out Great! I totally understand about uh-oh..life happens and now our normally planned scheduled events are going to be out the window.. and time to improvise.. lol.. But I loved your Thank you note cards! I think they are so perfect!

Hugs
Shannon 8-)

Meg said...

I think these are just perfect as thank you notes, Em, otherwise the other parents would be all, "does she even do anything but color all day?" (which would be perfectly fine if you did). The distress inks add the perfect touch of color and the funky shape will still make all those non-crafters wonder how you made them.

Lisa Petrella said...

These turned out so cute! I especially love the wonky shape of the card base, the colorful inking around the edges, and the texty backgrounds!!!

Lisa H. said...

oh, my gosh! these are darling! simple and sooooo cute!