Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy Birthday, Amber Ink!

 ETA: Contest is closed.
(This is my second post today! See my Growing In Unity Post here and if you're looking for my Gallery Idol post, it is here.)

Amber Ink is turning one today and celebrating by having a party train blog hop with TONS of fabulous "torchbearers" from the past year.  If you're following along the hop, you should have just seen Lindsey's fabulous Bashful Blogging creation.  If you're just joining us, make sure to visit the Amber Ink blog to start at the beginning, since there will a PRIZE drawn from the comments on each blog!

The entire time I was making this card I was giggling to myself.  Can you guess why?

Did you guess this clip? (It was either embed the whole eight minutes on here, or link to the six minute mark, so I went with the six minute mark link.  But seriously, go watch the next ten seconds.)

YES!  CHEAP SEATS!!!!!!  Do not even get me started on DirecTv cutting out ESPN Classic.  That was the only sports channel I watched!  Can't I trade The Fishing Network out for some Randy and Jason?  If you need to go watch all the spelling bee episodes right now, I completely understand. 

But back to my card, I used Amber Ink's new "It's a Trainset" set.  I imported the jpgs into the Silhouette software, then used the trace feature to make the separate parts to cut out, then of course good ol' Elmer's came to the rescue again.  The presents were a Silhouette cut file, but I did make the train tracks all by myself!    I had to break out the math and everything.  Here's a close-up, don't you love how train-y that metallic paper looks?
Don't worry, under the silver rails all of the railroad ties are connected, plus I cut it out of self-adhesive paper, so I did not glue each one of them down separately.  Elmer said things would be moving a bit too fast if I had tried to do that.

And now it's on to the next stop on this party train: the wonderful Orange Torchbearer Cheryl Gorka at She Stamps.  (Oh, but before you leave, don't forget to vote for the Paper Craft Gallery Idol here!)

39 comments:

*CAFE said...

So cool! Love your train tracks!

Mrs Weyremaster said...

Such a cool card, those tracks are wicked, great work :)
Hugs
Suzi
xxx

lydiawalker said...

love the writting on this card xxx so cool xxxx

Adrian said...

such an adorable card!

TannyP said...

Those train tracks are A-MAZING! Fabulous job - the train is absolutely perfect.

Pam said...

Yes, I linked and watched the whole thing and now I think you've introduced me to something badddd...and snarky ;)...and I'll be searching a little later for some more badness. In the meantime, I was wondering how you did those tracks cuz I thought, she couldn't have. But you did! No wonder you are top 15!

Sue said...

Hi ya
fantastic card, luv the train track & the wording, great design, sue,x

Joey said...

Meg this is genuis, love those little train tracks! and that colourful letting, fab card. Joey (pink torch) xx

Hestia's Helper said...

HAH! Spellers gone wild!! Now THIS card I completely LOVE!!
What a creative design and your metal paper is PERFECT!!
I can't stop looking at all the details!!

Stacie

Emily Leiphart said...

Ahhhh, this is amazing! Damian loves the round tracks and so do I! He said, "Train can go round again and again and again!" VERY enthusiastically, I might add. ;) I just love this, Meg!

Whimsey said...

Oh how cute is that - PERFECT train tacks; LOVE IT!!

Hugs,
Michele (orange team)

Keva said...

Very cute!!

I'm Renee said...

This is super cool...
LOVE those tracks!!
And that little train is fabby!

Lindsey said...

Sure, is this fair? I have you wanting one little stamp set (with a really quite intelligent dog) and you have me jonesing after a Silhouette! Not that I could ever approach your awesomeness with it, so I guess I won't even try. :D Really, Meg, this card is perfect. I LOVE the train tracks!!! But the train looks so fab die cut, too. Yep, totally awesome. Yay, orange alumnae!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great idea. I just love how this turned out.

Carrol said...

Your card is so cute. Love it.

Kerri said...

WOW! I am super impressed with those train tracks! This is such an awesome and fun card:)

Karin said...

Shut up! The tracks for the frame just blows me away! No wonder you are in the running for the Idol! Amazing!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

LOL! Love it! so cute!

Brennen said...

Wow, the more I see it, the more I'm liking this train set.

wendyp said...

oh. my. GOODNESS! And this is reason 101 of why I need to sell my Cricut and buy a Silhouette! LOVE how you used the train image to make a diecut!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

LOVE! The train track frame is FABULOUS! I soooooo need a Silhouette. You should design for them. You do the coolest stuff and have me sold on one. :)

Cheryl said...

OMG! Great card! LOVE the train track!

Thank you for passing the torch to me and giving me the chance to be part of this fantastic group of ladies.



--Cheryl-- (Team Orange – February 2011)

kurlygirl said...

Wow, this is just so cute!

Divya@The Craft Angel said...

Super cute!

Allison said...

Wow...that is one awesome creation...super job!

FrancineB said...

Great card! Fab colors and design.

Thistleblue said...

Gorgeous card, love the train track. Happy Birthday to Amber Inks!
hugs
Michelle
xx

Julie E said...

:>) Too cute! So glad that you and Elmer have a good relationship :>)

reeree62 said...

WOW...so clever, cute & creative!!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Super cute! I love the train tracks!

VICTORIA said...

Amazing job on your train tracks. I love the card.

The Paper Princess said...

Nice job! Details are stunning!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Crafty Cre8tions said...

So fun!!! Great job with the train tracks too!!!

Maria

Sunghee said...

Oh my~!!! You are the Silhouette Goddess! Love the tracks around it. This is so cool!

Sue from Oregon said...

This is an awesome train creation...that train track is such a fun and detailed addition!

Smilie girl said...

I think this would have taken a fair bit of maths to work out. So fun! Your holidays sure have been productive and creative.

Angela said...

Whoa, orange girl, you just blew my mind. Using your magic machine to cut digital stamps -- genius! The tracks are probably more genius since they require math, though -- good thing you have math skillz! I love this sweet card!

Mandy P. said...

I have to be really careful and not let either of my kids see this over my shoulder or they will be ready to trade me in for you. Seriously though, love the card, had to read all of how you did it...really stumped me with the tracks at first. Love that you threw a little engineering at it. Sorry that was so much cheesier than I meant for it to be. I am a cricut girl, but after reading that you can cut out your stampity goodness with the Silhouette machine, may have to do some thinking about that.