Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Cheer

I finished up another commission yesterday and thankfully it was before I fell down the stairs. I know, I've got to stop doing that! I do have nightmares about it being fatal one day which is really scary. For some reason stairs and I just don't get along! This time I twisted my left knee and shoulder, plus I can't move my neck backwards without severe pain so I'm going to get off the computer as soon as I finish this post and schedule tomorrow's Lil' Inker Designs release.

One of the themes for the Hero Arts December Contest is card sets which ended up being perfect since I already had this commission to fulfill. The firm designs bicycles for manufacturers all over the world so these cards had to feature a bike. Of course, I think of Hero Arts when I think of bike stamps! I own almost all of their bike stamps. That doesn't surprise you, right? ;) I used the Envelope Pattern and Snowing Village as back drops. The little bicycle is from Joy Ride and the sentiment is from Holiday Cheer. My client chose this sentiment out of all the holiday ones that I own. He really liked the style of my other bulk commission, hence the tabs to the left of the Snowing Village.

The distress inks worked out nicely because it made the bike tires look like spiked tires which are perfect for the snow. I used a Copic pen to draw in the black frames. I also added bling to some of the flakes for visual interest. I would've loved to have included dimension on these cards but, unfortunately, commissions that will be mailed all over the world need to be flat.

See you tomorrow for the reveal of a new line of stamps from Lil' Inker Designs and 2 Cute Ink!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft, white & red cardstock; SU Old Olive cardstock; Hero Arts Envelope Pattern, Snowing Village, Holiday Cheer & Joy Ride; Hero Arts Snow chalk ink; Tim Holtz for Ranger Pumice Stone, Peeled Paint & Fired Brick distress inks; Copic 0.8mm Multi-Liner; Papertrey Ink Double-Ended Banners die; Ranger Diamond Stickles

31 comments:

Kella Bella said...

i totally fell down the stairs ::again:: and it took a month to get my back somewhat back to normal. :) i feel your pain :literally: !!

ha!

Shauna K said...

these are super cute dear!!! love the tiny pops of read and green... and quit letting those stairs beat you up! :( feel better soon, Emily!

Paula said...

What beautiful set of cards! They are fabulous, and quit falling down stairs. I know you just moved, but maybe a single level home?

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous cards, love how the bike really pops out too.

Chunyuan said...

gorgeous card set. Love the color of the snowing village.

Jay Gee said...

Oh, I hope you are ok Emily! You poor thing. Love this card - gorgeous scene and love the pops of colour :)

onecraftymama said...

I have that same nightmare - our basement steps are my personal scary place. *shudder* I hope that you are back to feeling normal soon, or at the very least that you're headed to the dr. to make sure you didn't do yourself any permanent damage! In my house, hubs would be schooling the kids to shout every time I went for the stairs!
I love this card set - and really love how you've customized these cards for the business sending them!

Kary said...

Lovely cards!! I love the red bicycle and the image of the snowy scene is gorgeous. Well done!!

Scrapowe Sosasowisko said...

Feel better soon! Cards are so lovely!

Lynn said...

Ah...I hope you heel quickly Emily. That doesn't sound good. Thinking of you.

Your cards are perfection! So beautiful.

Jen W. said...

Dude! What is going on?? Perhaps the staircase needs to be replace with a slide... I'm sure the little guy wouldn't mind! :)

Gorgeous cards - the little red bike is so sweet!

Emily Keaton said...

These cards are gorgeous, Emily! I hope you are OK! Your fall sounded scary. Hope nothing serious happened. Take good care of yourself. I'm thinking of you!

Annette said...

wow this are so awesome...I love this scene with the red bike...so clever...

so sorry to hear you feel down your stairs.. I hope your neck, knee and shoulder have a fast recovery... Take care of yourself.

Tiffany said...

Wonderful set of cards, Emily! I love how the little red bicycle stands out like that, just perfect!

Sunghee said...

Oh my gosh, em!!! Please do take care of yourself. Install an elevator! =)
Love the cards!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Yeah, cool! Saw these beauties popping up in my Flickr window on my iPad! And I immediately recognized your signature design, Emily! These are gorgeous! Love the bike there in the corner!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Meghan said...

I hope you heal soon! You are always so nice to comment on my blog...thanks! I love this card. A beautiful holiday message!

Brenda said...

Hey, stop falling! I hope you feel better soon! I love this design! You are becoming quite popular!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

so very cool em! i love seeing this commission every year. you always have such amazing ideas.

hope you are feeling better. maybe you need to take the steps one a time for a little bit. :)

xx

Lindsey said...

Um, more sleep maybe equals less tumbles down the stairs? Ouch, hope the soreness doesn't linger too long. In the meantime, this card set is fabulous! I like fired brick ink when _you_ use it! :P It makes such a great pop of colour on the subtle background.

Glenda J said...

Hope you heal well! Sorry about the fall.
This card is fabulous! Love the red bicycle... absolutely perfect hit of colour.

walchowDesign said...

Sorry to hear about your fall and hope you will recover soon, Emily!

Love the simplicity of your fantastic design!

Jan Larson said...

These cards are gorgeous. I love your style! Your cards always make me want to purchase every stamp you use; thank goodness I have a little bit of self-control!! So sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you are on the mend soon.

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh my goodness Emily - this has to be one of my favourite cards EVER! Please stop falling down the stairs! Hope your aches and pains clear up soon.

donna mikasa said...

I absolutely loved your card set when I saw it in the Flickr group! Love the color combo and that red bicycle! I'm sure your clients were pleased with your work, too.

Take care of yourself and BE CAREFUL!! Falling down stairs is so scary!

*Alison* said...

oh my heavens.. I hope you are okay.. and go get checked out.. :( on the other hand these are AMAZING!! LOVE the beautiful colors you picked out! so pretty.. LOVE them.. hugs

JaniceA said...

Hope you are ok, sorry you fell down the stairs. Your card are great, I want to have ice cream with these two!
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Angie Blom said...

This is just gorgeous Emily!! Beautiful how you design your one layered cards!! I hope you get better from your fall.. Maybe go see the doctor , it sounds like you are in pain!! Never hurts to check!! Maybe hubby should install one of those lifts so you can ride up and down.. Feel better!

Libby Hickson said...

LOVE THESE SO MUCH!!!!!!! Oh my goodness. You and me and bike stamps. We are kindred spirits. hee hee I just love everything you create, Emily! You are so creative!!

Meg said...

Well, isn't this just the perfect Christmas card? That village scene is so serene, and that pop of red and green just makes it the right amount of festive!

Emily Keaton said...

Congratulations for winning with this set over at Hero Arts, Emily!!! A much-deserved win--these are adorable. Enjoy your winnings!! :)