Saturday, May 26, 2012

Be Happy

My mom and I rarely agree but she was right when she told me that despite my recent loss I have many reasons to be happy. I made this card to remind myself that I have a lot to be thankful for. I used four Hero Arts stamps: Pom Pom Flower, Single Starburst, Newspaper Skyline and Be Happy. The five colours are from the Hero Arts May Contest Color Challenge. When I first spied the Pom Pom Flower and Single Starburst in the 2012 Catalog, I wondered if they might work together for times when I didn't feel like colouring the flower. It turns out it works perfectly and brings more versatility to both the stamps. Using five colours on a clean and simple card turned out to be rather difficult. I tried two different combinations before I came up with this one. In the first two versions, the flower was too light and the background too dark. It was fun to play around with the scene. Fitting in the fifth colour was the trickiest part but I finally came up with the idea of halving the sentiment. This will be another one of my entries for Gallery Idol 2012.

Sources: SU Natural White cardstock; Hero Arts Pom Pom Flower, Single Starburst, Newspaper Skyline & Be Happy; Hero Arts Cup O' Joe, Pool, Soft Green, Butter Bar & Soft Apricot shadow inks; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher & staples

19 comments:

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Remember to get lots of snuggles from the men in your world, they'll help you remember to be happy. Beautiful card, love the use of different elements.

Jen said...

This is beautiful. Though you do have things to be thankful for, it is still very appropriate to mourn your loss. Don't let anyone deny your sadness. :(

Annette said...

AWW i love how you stamped the flower with the city scene behind...looks amazing...

Shauna K said...

*big huggs* you've been in my prayers dear.

such a cute card- love the layers, the sentiment halved turned out great! and the staples are the perfect little embellie :)

Anita Recksiedler said...

I absolutely love that you paired the starburst together! Works amazing and a huge timesaver! :> Such a pretty CAS card today!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

LoVE this card! Hugs, Karin

onecraftymama said...

I second what Jen said - yes, you do have lots to be happy for, but that doesn't mean you can't grieve. I'm so glad that creating is helping you. I know that it helps me!

joy said...

What a great idea to pair those two stamps, Emily! Love this cute card.

Karen B. said...

Fabulous layering on this card! And the touches of color are amazing as well! Thinking about you over here...

Pauline said...

This is lovely Emily, a great mix of stamps, and subtle colours.

Helle said...

i love this. and the reason why you made it!

~amy~ said...

This is wonderful...both the design and the reason for the card....excellent girlie.

Lindsey said...

Even before I read your description, I thought, well isn't that a brilliant colouring shortcut! I would have trouble with that many colours, but you pulled it off perfectly! And perfectly masked, too.

Lisa said...

I agree, Emily. We all have so many things to be thankful for. I know I for one can tend to forget that at times. Thanks for the reminder :)
Love how you layered the pom pom and starburst- looks really cool!!
Sending smiles and big hugs XX

Lisa Arana said...

I'm glad you were able to create for you. Part of the healing process. I adore your bright blue flower and the great background stamp. So glad you are back in the craft room sweetie. Big hugs.

Brenda said...

I love that Pom Pom flower Emily! You take care of yourself! Sending you some hugs XXX

Virginia L. said...

Such a brilliant pairing of stamps! So lovely in every way! HUGS!

Jan Larson said...

What a fantastic card! You have such a talent for putting different stamps in your compositions! This one really rocks!!

Bethany said...

Great card Emily! I love what you did with that flower! The sentiment looks great too. I've been praying for you :)