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May 30, 2013

Fun Color Challenge

Do you find yourself using the same colors for every project?  The challenge this week will help you step outside of your creative comfort zone.  Use the inspiration picture to create the palette for your challenge project.

Love the colors in this picture.  More importantly, I can imagine myself sitting in that chair right over there!

As soon as I saw Funky Flower Hat, I knew it would be perfect for this color challenge.  I colored it with Copics, which proved to be a challenge as I didn't really have blending pairs in the colors I wanted to use.  Luckily, letting the ink dry and coloring over the top with the same color helps to create the shading.

I cut strips of cardstock 1/2 inch wide and embossed them with various embossing folders to create the background.  I doodled some stitching to set off each strip.  The mat was created by tracing around the outside of the die that I used because the next die was too big.

The giant button was actually the lid for a container of buttons that I bought at Michaels.  I saved them because I just knew I would find a use for it one day!

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, D'Vine Swirls, Argyle, Textile embossing folders
Ribbon from my stash

May 16, 2013

Words with Friends

The challenge this week at Meljen's Designs is Words with Friends.  Use something with a lot of text in your project to join in on the fun!  It could be a page from a book, a stamp, or an embellishment!

I used the image Story Keeper Gnome and colored him with Copics.  I stamped a script stamp on the front and back of some paper that looked like parchment.  I cut two strips and layered them on the right side of the large piece leaving the right corner free of adhesive.  I rolled each layer over a pencil to create the look of curled pages in a book.  A simple sentiment stamp and ribbon finished off the card.

Card measures 5.5" x 4.25"
Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp
Hero Arts French Script stamp
ribbon from my stash

May 2, 2013

What's the Point?

The point is you should join us on the Meljen's Designs challenge blog.  Our theme this week is to use something pointy on your project.  It could be a pin, a star, or anything that has a point!

I used the new image, Steampunk Girl and colored her with Copic markers.  Her gold accents were colored with Copics first and then I colored over them with a gold Copic Spica pen.  You can't tell in the picture, but they have a lot of sparkle to them.  I used sprocket gears from Tim Holtz and found the one with the pointiest spokes to fit the theme.  I embossed a piece of Core'dinations cardstock and sanded it so the embossing would show.  I bought the embossing folder ages ago and never used it, but it was perfect for this card!  As my hubby always tells me, "It will turn up in something!"  The clockwork face from Tim Holtz finished it all very nicely.  I am not sure what I will use this card for, so I didn't add a sentiment.  My sister is angling for it to be her birthday card!

Once again, I primarily used scraps on my card!  The only new piece used was the Core'dinations cardstock, and that was from a small stack so there weren't scraps left over.  Even the lace was a scrap from a previous project that was still laying on my table.  I was trying to use a different style of lace and saw the scrap laying there.  I plopped it on my project and it was the perfect size and style!  Love when that happens!

So go find some pointy objects and carefully add them to your projects!  We would love to see them.

Card measures 4.25" x 5.5"
Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder
Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears
Tim Holtz Clock Faces