Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Warm & Fuzzy Birthday Wishes

In yesterday's post, I mentioned the versatility of Helping Hands by Paper Smooches and here's another example. When this idea popped into my head, I just had to make the card. I think it looks much better in person than I can photograph it. I hope you can see the idea I was trying to convey. When you have a little pet like a hamster, from Party Posse, you hold it in the palms of your hands, right? My first pet was a Teddy Bear hamster named Dumpling. Oh, the memories this stamp brings back. LOL I shaded lines on the hands and curled up the fingers to create as much realism as possible. When the paper was curled, it created tiny little creases which I think adds to the authenticity of the hands. At least I hope it does. I know I don't normally use this much patterned paper or so many layers on one card but I couldn't stop the idea from coming out of my head and forcing me to make this silly card. It just happened. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, right? I blame the hamster because he's bad. ;)

Sources: SU Naturals White & Melon Mambo cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury white cardstock; Echo Park Life is Good Collection; Paper Smooches Party Posse & Helping Hands; Memories black ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large; May Arts natural burlap string; foam tape

30 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Grin, what a cute idea!

Lisa said...

What else can I say here but this is just crazy adorable!!

Karen B. said...

Too cute, I love it when cards bring back memories, that is most of the reason I craft. Thank you for sharing one of your memories!

kavitha said...

wow..super cute card:)

Emily Keaton said...

Tee hee--that is amazing, Emily! What a super idea. And that hamster? Cute as a button!

Annette said...

this is funny cute...I love how you used the hands as a background to the little hamster. so adorable...Love that great paper...

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SOOOOO cute, Em!! I love that little critter! Beautiful card:)

Joy said...

Ah! how fun is this card, love it and super creative..hugs!

Heidi Van Laar said...

This is so sweet Emily! Such a brilliant use of the hands!

walchowDesign said...

Such a cutie with two hands holding the hamster, Emily! Had to chuckle when you mentioned about dumpling as I connect it to food!!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Ha ha, yep, you can always blame the hamster!!! But you'll forgive him instantly, 'cause he's so totally adorable!! I love the idea you got and I can see it as well, makes me remember also always holding my cute little Robbedien in my hands, hi hi! Fab card, Emily!!!
Hugs, Wendy

Dewi Jani said...

that's brilliant idea..!

RiNNE said...

Congrats on the PS DT spot! Love your work!! What a wonderful card- so creative, Emily!

Jen W. said...

Ack! So super cute! The shading on the hands looks fabulous and I love the pink and green in the background.

onecraftymama said...

what a great idea! Totally true, too, that's exactly how you cradle the itty bitty fuzzy guys...what a fantastic card :) Your colouring is simply amazing, too!

Jingle said...

Too cute! I'm really starting to think I may need that hamster stamp!

Chunyuan said...

love the idea. such a cute card.

Kary said...

CUTE!! Love this one!!

Creations by Shirl said...

You are remarkably talented Emily!
Love the little critter in the hand like this.... It's really cute... I like to be in your thinking cap(LOL!)

Tiffany said...

I'm smiling big right now! You sure know cuteness all over! Love this card, Emily!

Isha said...

Cute and so creative creation Emily. Love it.

Karen L said...

Wow, I love this!! I won a set of Helping Hands and have to say I couldn't think of how to use these stamps...but you've got me thinking in a whole new way now!

Jenny said...

Oh how cute, that hamster looks very at home in those hands.... hope it doesn't bite!!!Lol
Supercute card Emily
Jenny x

lynn said...

oh, how sweet, emily! great idea:)

Lindsey said...

Okay, cuteness overload! A little outside your usual style, perhaps, but awesome just the same!

Jenny said...

Such a cute card, love it!! It's so nice to get back to reading my friends blogs. Hope you're doing well! :) :) :) HUGS!

Jennie said...

That is soooooooooo cute!!! :D
Fantastic idea xx

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Emily, Oh yes this made me smile, you've captured the thought beautifully, well done, Gay xxx

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

i totally get it and love it. sometimes you just have to go with the flow when it comes to cards. good thing you did!

Angela said...

Listen, I don't normally squeal -- but I'll make an exception for Mr. Hamster here -- he's so cute! And the papers look great backing him up! Ok: Squeal!