Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hello On The Go

I made this card for the Hero Arts February Contest. It features my interpretation of Sketch #2, falls into the Hello category and uses die cuts. I combined three different Hero Arts sets - Zig Zag, Newspaper Skyline and On the Go Bike - plus five colours of their chalk inks. I'm totally in love with the Hero Arts chalk inks right now and need a couple more to complete my collection. ;)

This is also the first time I've made anything new in a week! Trying to find my mojo has been like trying to squeeze water from a cactus. I decided that staring at my new Hero Arts stamps wasn't going to force my mojo out of winter hibernation so I decided to just ink them up. Even though I am satisfied with the result, this card did not come together easily and I recycled a lot of cardstock in the process. In reality, it took me about four hours to make this card. I knew what stamps I wanted to use. It was the colours and fiddling with the images that took a while. I must've stamped that 'hello' arrow at least a dozen times in different colours, with and without backgrounds!

I thought this would be a fun card to send to a friend I haven't talked to in a while as a reminder that even though we lead such busy lives, I am still thinking of her. Why not say hello on the go, right? I hope you like it! I think I will now attempt those other two sketches in the hopes of jumpstarting my mojo. You have five more days to play if you want to join me. :)

Well, my husband just popped by and saw this card saying, "Ooohhh, I really like that," so the card might not be going anywhere now. LOL

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; SU Naturals White cardstock; Hero Arts Zig Zag, Newspaper Skyline & On the Go Bike; Hero Arts Snow, Poppy, Punch, Grass & Cerulean chalk inks; foam tape; SU Basic Rhinestones; green Copic marker

41 comments:

Jay Gee said...

I love this card Emily :) I am sorry you are struggling with your mojo, but it kind of makes me feel better that someone as talented as you struggles from time to time. I ALWAYS take a long time to make cards LOL.

Shauna K said...

ok so NOW you're mojo's back ;) hehe- and it definitely is! loving all the fabulous layers :)
I think we all have our mojo dry spells- my card-making mojo is out the window at the moment, so I switched over to home decor mojo instead hehe ;)

Nancy said...

What a great card! Love your take on that sketch, layering the skyline stamp is brilliant! The bright colors are so bold and fun, too! No wonder your hubby likes it, he's got very good taste in cards.

Jennifer said...

GREAT card, Emily!!! Love that chevron background and all the great colors!!! (=

~amy~ said...

FABulous Emily...love your card and P.S. your mojo is back:)

Glenda J said...

Ok, this is brilliant! Great interpretation of the sketch. Love the colours and the layers. ;)

Michelle said...

Emily, this card has something special which keeps on bringing me back for another look. I just love how it all works together. I love the bright colours, I love the zig zag background, I love it all. I'm so glad you managed to wrestle your mojo back over a four hour session to make this card! :-)

donna mikasa said...

Had to pop over from HA Flickr to tell you how much I love this card! Great take on the sketch and I love the oodles of stamps that you combined so effortlessly. Genius!

Julie E said...

It may have taken 4 hours, but it is fabulous! Great colors and the hello really creates movement.

Lucy Abrams said...

WOW Emily - this is FABULOUS. Love the bold colours. :)

Brandi said...

Such a creative way to use the layout!

Lynn said...

I just called my local Archiver's to see if they have any of the new Hero Chalk inks...not yet...but I know what you mean about the inks. They are divine! And so is your card! Your patience certainly paid off!

Karen B. said...

I think the mix of patterns is superb!

Annette said...

I see another win coming your way...this is so AWESOME... I love how you mix it up...looks awesome..

Beebeebabs said...

Great card - you did a nice job!!!

Karin said...

Such a creative card off of this sketch! I'm always so literal...Love the dimension :)

Lisa said...

Love how you cut this image up Emily- clever, once again :) May have to "borrow" that idea from you later! The bright colors on kraft look great too.
My heart hasn't really been into it lately either....hope your mojo comes back nice and rested- haha!

btenn said...

Beautiful card - the bright colours are just what we need for this time of the year.

Even when your mojo is stuck, it's still inspiring, but I know how you feel : ).

Great inspiration once again!

onecraftymama said...

It's not that I'm glad your mojo was stuck, but I'm glad you wrote about it! Sometimes it's intimidating seeing the beautiful things other people create, like they pull it out of thin air, and it's nice to not feel like the only person who struggles now & then.
And a sketch? YIKES! Good for you :) FWIW, I totally love how this card turned out. Mostly because it has a bike, and it's your fault I like bikes now.

Tiffany said...

Love all the beautiful colors! What a fun take on the sketch! Love your design!

Emily Keaton said...

I'm with your hubby, Emily. I really like this one, too! It's so fresh and modern, a great take on the sketch. I ADORE those awesome buildings!!!

Julie Hoffman said...

This is Perfection! I love the background and the scene you created! I'm glad I'm not the only one that can spend hours trying to make a card.

I need to check out those Hero Arts chalk inks! I just started buying Hero Arts stamps and I LOVE them!

Lindsey said...

Whoa, You're going to continue using sketches? You must be feeling mojo-deprived. :P Okay, just kidding -- because if you end up with cards like this one, go for it! The colours are so much fun, and the layering is terrific.

BloomingPink said...

Wow. This is an awesome card. I love the layering...and especially those buildings!

alexandra s.m. said...

This is so inspiring Emily!
You have taken these stamps to a whole new level!
Thank You so much for the inspiration!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Girl... I LOVE THIS!!

Helle said...

this card looks great! love it!

Jenny said...

Love how you've chopped up that skyline to add extra dimension and I spotted the chevron bkgd in white on Kraft.....love it, I always forget about white on Kraft!
Super happy card Emily :0)
Jenny x

canadian_liner said...

While I'm sad for you that your usual spate of creativity isn't flowing smoothly, I AM glad to hear that it sometimes takes hours to make a card! and some "recycling..." I have often wondered if you just get it right the first time, or is there's some hit-and-miss trials going on. Gives us less-creative types hope...Your true fan, C.

Wendy ten Hove said...

What a fun and colorful skyline this is! Pretty! Such a lovely card to make and receive as well!! Perfect!
Hugs, Wendy

AnitaRex said...

I love this! Love the zig zag in white on the kraft and love how you overlapped the city and used the sketch! :>

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

SUPER LOVE THIS CARD, EM! :)

Jen W. said...

It was definitely worth the 4 hours even though I know you must have been going crazy! Love the primary colours against the kraft and that newspaper skyline is awesome! Totally regretting not choosing it as one of my freebies...

Lisa Arana said...

All that hard work paid off. Enough to drive a person batty though. Especially when you think you could have done it in just an hour normally. Those are the days I need a drink. Ha. I so love this one Em, it turned out super fab.

Sunghee said...

Wow! I reaaly like this too. Totally worth the time u spent. Colors are so pretty together. All the cut pieces look like u used dies.

Brenda said...

Fabulous mix of stamps for a great card Emily!

Angela said...

Wowzers, this is fabulous! I love the colors, the layers, the way you used that skyline stamp. Mojo, schmojo -- might've taken you awhile, but the end result is divine!

MI Gal said...

WOW - this is beautiful and FUN!! The colors POP!! Thank you for sharing!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Congrats!!!!!

Emily Keaton said...

Congrats for winning with this card over at Hero Arts, Emily!! It SO deserved the win!!!!!!!!!

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Congrats on your win, too!
It was worth all the time and effort!! Yippee!!