Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Joy

As you all know, last month was a pretty stressful one for me so I missed out on the Hero Arts September Contest. I had even received a bunch of new stamps the week before I moved and they've all sat uninked 'til now. My publication incentives also arrived last week so I couldn't wait for the Hero Arts October Contest to begin! I pulled my colours from the
contest banner and went with the bottom sketch. I hadn't intended to but it turns out my card fits into all three of this month's categories: holiday cards, sketch and using non-holiday stamps to create holiday cards.

I think these are my three favourite colours of the moment. I arranged Many Dots in the sketch pattern and, for the flower burst at the top left, used the rock and roll technique because I didn't want a full row of coral. I think the darker edges force the eyes around the rest of the card. The rhinestone, popped circle with a partial sentiment from Very Merry Christmas and twine bow form that all-important visual triangle. The white panel is also popped on foam tape and of course the corners are rounded to follow the sketch.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'd like to encourage you to find time to play along in the Hero Arts October Contest. There's much fun to be had and you could win some incredible stamps.

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury Black Onyx cardstock; SU Whisper White cardstock; Hero Arts Many Dots & Very Merry Christmas; SU Calypso Coral, Old Olive & Pool Party inks; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; EK Success 3/4" circle punch; We R Memory Keepers corner chomper; The Twinery baker's twine in Charcoal; Stampin' Dimensionals

32 comments:

Glenda J said...

The only thing I have to say is that this is perfect! I absolutely love everything about it!

Vicky Hayes said...

I love these kind of grid cards Emily and yours is wonderful in every detail!

Jenny said...

Such an eye-catching card Emily, perfect placement of the spots and yummy colours too :)
Jenny x

Wendy ten Hove said...

Wauw, Emily! This card is sooo gorgeous!! I totally agree that these colors are awesome, on themselves, but also here together!! Such pretty elements, love, love, love it!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Kary said...

Oooh, I LOVE this cute card, Emily!! Great combo of images and such a joy to look at. Love this!!

~amy~ said...

Such a fabbie card Emily...love love love the colors!

Karin said...

Love the layout of your card and the colors are wonderful!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

total STUNNER! I have a feeling your mojo is back girlie!!! :)

Annette said...

Very cute Emily...love all the different images on the card..

onecraftymama said...

I love this, Emily! all the colours make it such a visually interesting card :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous, been thinking of you! (Check out my blog for a challenge that's right up your alley). Love that your joy pops off the card :)

Chunyuan said...

What a fabulous take of the challenge. Love your color and the different image.

Jennifer said...

Love your card Emily!! Love the colors, black base and twine!! (=

Emily Keaton said...

Oh, this is gorgeous, Emily! Those colors are so pretty, and I love how you arranged them in that 3x3 pattern. And how fun is that sketch? I think you've aced all three of the challenge categories. :)

Jingle said...

This is a gorgeous card! Fabulous!

Lindsey said...

So pretty, Em! I really like how you explained your placement and colour choices; to see inside your design process. The top left flower looks gorgeous with the rock-and-roll technique!

lynn said...

such a pretty card, emily!

Lisa Lara said...

What a trendy card Emily. I love it.

littlebitoftoto said...

I am so glad to see that you sound happy now...sorry the move was so stressful. This is a really nice card, I love the layout and the flower in the upper left corner sure caught my eye with the rock and roll technique.

Karen B. said...

Fantastic unconventional holiday card!

Brenda said...

Hi Emily! I love what you did with this sketch! It's definitely one of the ones I want to try out. Love your color combo!

Karen L said...

Wow...I LOVE this!! The colors and design are fabulous and you've actually inspired me to give this sketch a try myself!

Jen W. said...

Go you - rockin' all three categories! Whoop whoop! Glad you're getting back into the swing of things. :)

Shauna K said...

SUPEr lovin what you've done with this layout!!! totally different holiday card and so lovin it :D

kasia c. said...

Emily, this is stunning! I love all of the different thigns to look at around the card, and the colour scheme is awesome. :)

Ujjwal said...

This is a totally awesome card and I can sense some more Hero Arts Wins for you :D

Angela said...

Ooh, I love these colors, too! What a great take on a grid design -- so much to look at, but not cluttered at all. Nifty.

Jocelyn Olson said...

Oooooo...this card is so pretty, Emily! Love the colors you used. It looks awesome!

Stephanie said...

so cute! I love the grid-like feel to the card :)

Meg said...

Gorgeous card! Love the coral, green, and aqua with that touch of black. I bet you'll be getting some more free stamps with this card!

Lorraine said...

This is so pretty, Emily! Love the design and colors.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOVE! I love the design and the colors--love everything you do:) YOU ROCK!