Monday, March 14, 2011

Amber Ink, RAK Heaven and Three Blog Awards

This is going to be a looong post so I hope you have your beverage or snack of choice on hand when you sit down to read this. ;)

First up, I have another reject from the Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches call. This one uses Amber Ink's Hostess with the Mostess and a bunch of Amber Ink iPapers. I'm rather pleased with how this one came together since I'm not great getting better with sketches. :Þ If you're a new follower and missed my Torchbearer days, I urge you to check out Amber Ink's fun and stylish selection of stamps and iPapers. Most of the stamps are available in both digi and clear stamp formats!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft and 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Bazzill Basics textured yellow cardstock; SU Real Red cardstock; Amber Ink Bubble Fizz - White, Bubble Fizz - White: Tiny, Eat Me, Drink Me - Blue: Tiny iPapers; Amber Ink Hostess with the Mostess; Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copics; MFT Open Scallop Border die; Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 14; QuicKutz Epic Six; Stampin' Dimensionals


Now, on to some stunning RAKs I've been very lucky to receive!

This first one is from Ujjwal who's the only Ippity Chick in India! I'm so pleased for all my Indian crafter friends who now have easy access to some of the world's finest stamps!! I loved this card when Ujjwal posted it but I had no idea the size of it which is about 5" x 7". Seeing it in person left me speechless at all the handstitching that went into it. WOW! I just love the way you use your stamps and I'm always amazed at your creativity whenever I visit your blog. Thank you so much, Ujjwal!

I'm ecstatic that Alice took me seriously when I commented on one of her cards (shown at left) and said that I loved it so much that I wanted to own it. LOL I couldn't believe it when she sent it to me along with another one of her masterpieces! If you've never been to Alice's blog, you must!!! She's my Copic colouring idol and I also love the way she uses patterned paper and dies! Every single card she creates is a stunner. Thank you so much, Alice!

And this beautiful St. Patrick's Day card from Meg! Green is one of my favourite colours and I love that this card is all green. I did chuckle over the fact that I, a Chinese girl, was on the receiving end of an Irish holiday card. LOL Thank you so much, Meg! You know I love you!


And now the blog awards.

I'm exceptionally late in posting these blog awards and I'm sorry for that! These ladies already know how much I appreciate their inspiration and friendship!! I'm happy to receive these awards multiple times.

This Cherry on Top Award is from Savannah who's the current Moxie Fabber of the Week! Sav is one amazing crafter who loves Unity as much as I do. Okay, she might love it just a tad more. ;) LOL

To accept this award I need to do a few things:

  1. Thank the person who gave it. Thank you, Sav! I love the comments you leave on my blog, the compliments you leave about me on your own blog and the fact that you make me want to strive for the best in my crafting!
  2. Post this award on your blog. Done!
  3. List three things you love about yourself. I appreciate my friends, I'm generous and I love to learn new things.
  4. Post a picture that you love.

    This is a cellphone photo of my son on his second birthday as I was running backwards ahead of him. I promised him a Thomas balloon and he wanted to go pick it up with his bike. Little did we know how huge it was and that the wind would be smacking it on his head over and over. (Insert sound effects here.) After a few metres, he asked me to carry the balloon home. LOL!!!

  5. Tag five people to receive this award.

I received this Stylish Blogger Award from Smita, with whom I enjoy sharing fun toddler stories. Smita has an exotic, colourful and ornate style that I could only dream of achieving! Thank you, Smita!

To accept this award, I have to meet the following requirements:

Share 8 things about yourself.

  • I'm out of things to share so I'd like to know what you'd like to know about me! Maybe I should ask you what things you'd like to know about my crafting. LOL No, seriously, anything goes here. Ask away!

Pass it on to 8 bloggers.

  1. Anne Harada
  2. Beth Ranney-Thomas
  3. Janna Werner
  4. Katrina Hunt
  5. Laurel Seabrook
  6. Monika Reeck
  7. Savannah O'Gwynn
  8. Tifany DeGough

Kasia honoured me with this Liebster Blog Award. Kasia's work can be seen in the March/April issue of Paper Crafts, currently on newstands! Her quirky, clean and simple style always makes me think, 'Why didn't I think of that?'. Thank you, Kasia!

The aim of this award is to bring to light three to five new bloggers who have very few followers. I'm delighted that Kasia gave me this award even though I have almost 200 followers. This just shocks and thrills me at the same time! A year ago, I only had a handful of followers and I'm speechless at how many of you think I'm worthy of following now. Thank you!!

Please visit these amazing blogs and leave some love! You will want to become a follower while you're there. ;)

  1. Brenda Urbanik
  2. Chan Vuong
  3. Kary Lim
  4. Paula Muse
  5. Wendy Michels

If you received one of these awards, I urge you to pass them on. There are so many wonderfully talented paper crafters out there in blogland who would love to receive these, too!

Well, I hope this post wasn't too boring for you. ;) Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've all had a great start to your week!


Laurel said...

Such fabby cards, love the Amber Ink one! Thanks for the award, you are so sweet!

Ujjwal said...

awee thanks for posting and liking the card and saying all those wonderful things about me :)

Janna said...

lol that really was a long post!! but always fun to get to know you better. Thanks for the sweet award, I really appreciate it (bet you know haha). BUG hugs, Janna
PS: do I still need to tell you that I love your cards?! ... just wondering ;-)

Janna said...

lol well get rid of the bug ;-) ment BIG hugs ofc .... bug hugs ... giggles

Alice Wertz said...

love the design of your card. fabulous, girl! thanks for the award, Emily! you are soooooo sweet! =) you deserve all the attention and follower because you are so talented!! thanks for all the inspirations! =)

Smita said...

First things first, Damian is soooooooo cute!! Love his Thomas balloon ;-) and can only imagine you carrying it home :-p

Thanks for accepting the award :)

Your card today is gorgeous...ummm... dramatic ;-) I mean, look at the hostess!!! ;-)

Gorgeous RAKs from everyone!


mustavcoffee said...

Hey there Emily, it's lovely to see you get the attention, you're quite an inspiration and a super person too. So soak up the lurrve my friend. By the way, love your card too:0) Have a wonderful week:0) xxx

Jen W. said...

Congrats on your awards, Miss Emily, and thanks for sharing the RAK. Ujjwal's stitching is so beautiful! I thought they were stamped images at first. Love your Hostess - your fussy cutting always amazes me. Have a wonderful day!

Vicky Hayes said...

There is always a moment when children realise that big isn't necessarily best! What a very cute photo! Congratulations on your well-deserved awards. I have to say your blog is among my absolute favourites - you obviously love what you do and are extremely good at it! Last, but not least, I love your card! (This was a reject?!!!)

kasia c. said...

Your "reject" card is just awesome! I love the colours and I think your take on the sketch is wonderful. You are so talented and I know that every one of your almost 200 followers will back me on that statement!! :)

Your little man is so super cute! I can't believe how big that balloon is. Thanks for sharing that photo. It made me smile!

Thank you so much for your kind words and the Cherry on Top Award! You are such a kind and thoughtful woman. I could just hug you!

Talk to you soon. :)

Angela said...

Em, that Amber card is super-cute -- and I love that Damian-size Thomas balloon!

Great RAKS, congrats on the rock all over the place!

BabyBokChoy said...

What? me? no? so kind you are! hee hee... You got lots of fun RAK's and your card is great, I love how people can only post "rejects" lol :) as if they are truly rejects!!! lol

Maria said...

wonderful cards!

Cheryl said...

I love your Amber Ink card! Great layout. I have my eye on this set.

Congrats on all the RAK and blog awards!

I love the picture of your son! That balloon is HUGE!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

What fun!!!! Love the card and thanks for sharing the goodies... love how giving the blogging gals can be.

Lindsey said...

Once again, you amaze me with the awesome ways you can use the Amber Hostess! The little hints of iPapers (besides the main panel of bubble fizz) really work. Great RAKs and well-deserved awards!

Tifany said...

Cute card today...and thanks for linking to me!


Karin said...

Great Amber card! Amazing job using the sketch and making it have such clean lines...You deserve each of those awards and that photo made me smile...Adorable!

Shauna K said...

how cute is this card?! loving the bright colors, fab LO, and that great image :D

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! I just love love love that you thought of me for this award! I am honored! I am so amazed when I visit your blog--love that your friend sent you a card that you loved from her creations!

You always amaze me! LOOOOOVE visiting here:) THANKS for your blog award and for being such a sweet friend:)

Chan said...

Wow, your sketch card is amazing, Emily! Love your colouring and how you curved 'happy birthday' on the die-cut! The RAK cards you received are just gorgeous, and the picture of your son with the Thomas balloon is TOO stinkin' cute!! And thanks so, so much for the Liebster Blog Award -- I've got the goofiest grin on my face right now! :o)

Tiffany said...

Wow! So love your coloring on your card, really sweet design! And what a lovely bunch of crafting friends - love their cards! My son would love to have a Thomas and Friends balloon that! He'd get a big kick out of that!

Kary said...

Wow, Emily, Congrats!! Those are well deserved awards! You are super talented. So many beautiful cards you've shared today from so many wonderful crafters. I love the cute pic of your son - he's adorable! Lastly, thank you for naming me for the Liebster Blog award. I'm speechless!! Hugs, Kary

Brenda said...

Hi Emily, I love your fun card, and she is superbly coloured in! Thanks for sharing the cards you received, I think it is so wonderful to have so many cyber friends! And thank you for my blog award! I really appreciate it! I have received a few which I do need to post about now, so I think I will make that a priority once we get back from Banff!

Erin said...

I love how the dress flows on the first card! Darling colors too

Jennifer said...

You did great with the sketch Emily!! Great card!! Congrats on all the blog awards - well deserved!!! (=

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

What a fab birthday card, Emily! I love the photo of your son and his Thomas balloon. Too cute! :)

Virginia L. said...

Love seeing your happy mails!, Emily! Thanks for sharing these awesome cards and blog awards!

Scrapcollectr said...

I stayed with you til the end of the post! hee hee
Lovely cards, yours included, of course! Happy Bday to your son...

Meg said...

Love your hostess with the mostess! She looks so fab matted with that fun paper & die cut!

And yippee for happy mail! :)

Paula said...

This was a super long post but, I did read it! What awesome RAKs you received an what a nice note of appreciation to acknowledge their kindness publicly! What awesome blog awards, and thankyou for your publicity of my blog! Now I should probably post more often! You are such a kind person Emily! thankyou!

lynn said...

love your pic, emily:) sweet hostess card, and wonderful cards from your friends! if you have any copics tips, i need all the help i can get:) your coloring is always awesome!

Sunghee said...

oh my my my!!! My favorite, of course is your son's photo. Look at all those gorgeous cards you got! Lucky!!! Love your amber card, too.