Friday, July 22, 2011

GIU: Only Pack the Good Stuff!

I'm posting this before I know the results of Gallery Idol Round Two, but no matter what the result is, I want to thank ALL of you for your fabulous support and comments this week and helping me make it to the top ten!!!  This has certainly been the busiest my blog has been since...uh...forever!  I've got a lot of blogs to visit and comments to pay back so it may take me a bit, but I'm going keep plugging away at it. And be sure to leave a comment today for one last chance at a Unity stamp set.  I'll draw the random name at 12:00 midnight (Eastern).
My CAS side has been feeling a bit neglected lately, so I decided to chillax a bit on this card. Then I remembered I'm not the type of person to either "chillax" or use the word "chillax," so I thought it would be awesome to make the middle suitcase into a shaker card filled with hearts.  Howsabout we let the fact that there is no shaker suitcase on the card answer the question about how well that went, and instead focus on the clean-and-simple-ness of this card instead.  Doesn't this stamp set, Melody Ross's A Girl & her Adventures, make you want to put on a hat and board a train?  I stamped the suitcases onto PTI cream paper using A Muse fern ink and the detail is just fabulous!  The sentiment is from the same set, and the heart is from the Blossom Soup set, stamped in Fresh Ink Pink Lemonade, cut out, and pop dotted.  I made a 3.5 x 6.25 Aqua Mist base, added a thin strip of Smokey Shadow cardstock, and rounded the corners.  I was so pleased when the finished product ended up feeling like it came right out of this book:
Click the pic for amazon link
(which, as a side note, I would definitely recommend, especially for $5.  I read it last year, passed it on to my mom, who then passed it on to one of her friends, and I think the chain is still going!)

I hope you enjoyed my GIU week. And I hope you only pack the good stuff this weekend!

32 comments:

Lisa Lara said...

I love this Meg. I love the heart and colors.

Smilie girl said...

Yum card. I like it's CAS - ness.
Still got a pocket full of sunshine stuck in my head. Which I'm happy about.

Svetlana said...

Very unusual card!!!
Congrats on your top 10 at Gallery Idol!!!
And may be I have a chance to win some of your stamps lol
Svetlana xx

Gwen said...

What a card! Everything about it is wonderful!

Charlotte said...

I love your chillax-ed colour scheme on this card! Fabulous :)

Pam said...

Looks like the summer of content. Are you packing for a cruise perhaps? Congrats MEG! So proud. So proud.

Angela Fehr said...

Great card and congrats on making the top ten!!

Jen Carter said...

Congrats on making the Top 10!!

Love your card!! The colors and the pop of pink from the heart!! Super cute!

onecraftymama said...

Yes, yes, YES!!
Your card was by far the best last round, hands down. So awesome to see it in the winner's list!
I adore how you refer to craftastrophes in your posts. You funny lady ;)
And now I have to read this book too - off to check if the library has it :)
{Psst - WOOOO HOOOOO! So excited for the next round!}

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

HOORAY! I am so excited that you made the top ten! I just LOVE this card, Meg. GORGEOUS design. :)

Emily Keaton said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Meg!!! Really, I had no doubt that you would make it to the Top 10. (In fact, I was very pleased to see that my predictions on who *wouldn't* advance all came true. I may be getting good at this!) Your work was fabulous!! As is your work on this card. So beautifully CAS! Yes, I *did* notice that there is no shaker on your card, but I love it just the way it is. Great colors!!

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR PREP FOR ROUND 3!! I know you'll knock us dead. :)

Renee VanEpps said...

Lovely card, I that is a cute stamp set and the colors you chose are gorgeous! I'm still cracking up about the 'pretend I'm the type of person to either chillax or use the word chillax'.. you are too funny..
Big congrats on making it to round 2!!! I knew your card would make it!

Erin said...

I have SO enjoyed following you this week! You are amazingly talented and have inspired me to create create create-I love that!

My Angel said...

Beautiful CAS card!! Also congrats on your Top 10 ~ Your card was Awesome!!

cheryl (clee') said...

Way to go on making it to Top 10! Yours was one of my fave cards. Love the suitcase card - the colors especially - very cool even without the shaker element.

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Congrats!!!!!! If you HADN'T moved on I would of been STUNNED!!! You made a TERRIFIC card for the challenge!

Today's card is adorable. Love the colors you chose and how you popped up the heart!!!!

Another book recommendation! Thanks!!!

Maria :)

Carol said...

Love this CAS design, the colors are fab together!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Karin said...

Awesome color combo! No wonder you made it into the top 10! Woo hoo!

Lindsey said...

Love this pretty and sweet CAS card. I think a suitcase with a shaker of hearts might get you stopped at Customs, anyway. :D
Great big congrats on making it into the top ten, too! Not that there could have been ANY doubt, that card was so awesome.

Anne said...

Great CAS card! Love the little heart in the suitcase:)

Angela said...

Cograts, of course -- I knew you'd kick butt in this competition!

Today's card is great -- love the colors, especially, and now I'm kicking myself for not having this set yet! I'll add it to the list....
Also, thank you for not being the kind of person to use the word "chillax" in any but a humorous context. :)

Morissa Sweeney (SCS - stampinsweeney) said...

Lovely card and congrats!

jennifer mitten said...

Great work -love that CAS card!

Ruby said...

Very nice card.

Emily Leiphart said...

I'm totally swooning over the colours on this card, Meg! I love the layout and the whole thing really makes me wonder why I don't own that set!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Huge congrats on the top 10! Are you breaking out the sewing machine yet? I love your card--the green is totally fab.

Donna said...

Congrats on top 10. Looking forward to seeing the next round.

Jen said...

Great card and congratulations!

sharon g said...

Congrats, missy!!

Sue from Oregon said...

meg...you are awesome girl!!!

Roslyn said...

Great card - love the sentiment!
Good luck in you contest!

Anne Marie said...

Wow! Congrats on making the top 10! Your card is awesome! Had to stop by and visit you from the link on Maria's blog. So happy I did! your work is fabulous! Have a happy day! :)