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March 21, 2012

White, White and More White!

The challenge this week at Meljen's Designs is to create a project with no color except for the image.  Yep!  You heard me right...using nothing but the color white!  The image can have color but all papers, embellishments and other add ons have to be white.  This challenge was hard for me to wrap my head around at first.  But I managed to come up with this:

I used Daisy Pitcher and colored it using a blender pen and various stamp pads from Stampin' Up!.  That technique created a light color wash.  I embossed some cardstock weight vellum in the Cuttlebug to give some texture to the background.  I used a border punch and more embossing on the strip across the center.  And of course because vellum is so hard to adhere, I used pearls in each corner to hide a glue dot.

I am pretty pleased with how this turned out and I was able to use up some white scraps in the process!

Come try your hand at creating an all white project!

Card measures 5.5" 4.25"
Intricate Swirl embossing folder from The Paper Studio
Stripes Textured Impressions embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch
Ribbon and pearls from my stash

March 11, 2012

DeNami Design Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to your next stop on the the birthday inspiration express.  You should have come here from Wendy's blog.  She always has such wonderful projects to share.  If you didn't come from Wendy's blog and you would like to start at the beginning, just pop over to the DeNami Design blog for the list of participants.

Here is my project to inspire you today.

Who could resist the Penguin with Balloon stamp?  I stamped him three times and colored him using a combination of alcohol ink markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I framed him using the Small Dot Circle Frame.  I stamped the Mini Scallop Circle in the center of the fourth Small Dot Circle Frame.  I used a Making Memories looking glass embellishment for the sentiment in the center of the Mini Scallop Circle.  It is hard to see (looking at the larger image makes it much easier), but it says happy day.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to comment.  Why you ask?  Because two lucky commenters will be chosen at random to win a $20 DeNami Design gift certificate just for taking the time to leave a comment!  One participant will also be chosen at random (design team ineligible) to win a third $20 gift certificate.  You have until 11:59  PST on Monday, March 12th to get your comments posted to be eligible to win.

The next stop for more birthday inspiration is Suzanne's blog.  I can't wait to see what she has waiting!

Card measures 5" x 5"
Lifestyle Crafts nested circle dies
ribbon from my stash

March 8, 2012

Up for a Challenge?

It is challenge time again at Meljen's Designs.  This week we have a great sketch for you to play with created by our teamie Dianna.

I used one of the images from the March release called Sweet Sundae.  Isn't it adorable?

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil.  The sentiment is a Meljen's Designs digi as well called A Spoon Full of Friendship.

Come join us this week for our sketch challenge.  You have a chance to win up to three images from the shop!  And trust me, it will be hard to pick three!

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large and Scalloped Ovals Large
EK Success puffy heart sticker
The Twinery baker's twine-Cappuccino
Ribbon & spiral clip from my stash

March 4, 2012

Playing at the Playground

Whew!  It has been an exhausting weekend for me!  Our team hosted a girls hockey playoff tournament and I was at the rink all weekend!  I didn't think I would have time to play at Pike's Playground, but it looks like I will make it by the seat of my pants.  The challenge this week was to bling it up.  I hope pearls count as bling!

The bottom panel is actually a piece of craft metal that I embossed.  I turned the flash off, because I couldn't get a good picture otherwise.  I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil.

Now you get an image just for playing along at Pike's Playground!  You should come out and play too!

Card measures 4.25 x 5.5"
Martha Stewart Swirling Lace border punch
Stampin' Up! So Happy for You stamp set
pearls, ribbon and flowers from my stash

March 2, 2012

New Release at Meljen's Designs

Today is the day for the March release at Meljen's Designs.  The new images this month are so adorable.  There are new pre-colored images as well.  They are so great when you need a quick project.

You can find all of the new images in the shop today!!  If you click on the specials tab, you will find a code for 15% off of a purchase of $15 or more! It never expires so you can stock up and save all the time.

Here is a card I made with one of the new images.  I love the Bowling Ball and Pins image.

Pop on over and check out all of the new images.  While you are there, check out some of the old ones too!

Card measures 5.5:" x 4.25"
Martha Stewart Scallop Dot border punch
ribbon and pearls from my stash