Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Color Throwdown Challenge #172

Happy hump day!  It's Wednesday which means it's time for another Color Throwdown challenge (CTD172)!  This happens to be our last palette for the year, but be sure to check back starting in January for a new feel to our challenges ;]  This week the sweet and talented Kerri!  Check out her fun colors:
I had to use Sara's new paper, Femmie Flakes & had all of the colors I needed!  I recolored the dark gray to brown, but other than that, I left it as is.  The blue is more of an aqua, but I had to use it because I don't have any Bermuda Bay :[ 
I went with a template again, because 'tis the season!  I packaged some DELISH peanut butter and dark chocolate chip cookies I made for a co-worker in the fun Pick of the Petals package.
I stamped Merry Christmas from my Sentimental Occasions set on the So Sentimental Frame cut file and embossed it with white powder.  I trimmed the lid with some pretty aqua ribbon and a big button.
The snowflake on top is one of the free cut files I offer on my blog.  You can find it HERE.  I layered a snowflake "button" from my stash to finish the top.
That's really all there was to it!  Hope you are inspired to play along with us for this last challenge of the year!  Be sure to swing by our amazing DT's blogs to see their fun projects :]
Lydia Fielder ~ December Guest Designer

Thanks for popping in. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Just Us Girls Challenge #114

Hi all!  I whipped up a project to play along with Just Us Girls this week, so I'm popping in to share real quick.  I'm getting up early to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery so I need to get some zzzzzs (you'll probably be reading this while I'm laying wreaths :).  The oh-so-talented Kathryn is our hostess this week for a fun technique challenge (JUGS114).  She challenged us to create a Center Step Card, which I've never done so I thought I'd give it a stab.  I also needed a birthday card for a co-worker, so it worked out perfectly :0]
I wanted to use some of my new paper from the Amour collection, so I went with that color palette.  I recolored the leaves of my Happy Hallows tree to match, printed and cut with the Well Rounded Tag.  I cut my black layer by increasing the size of my tag by 10% and shaving off about 1/8th inch from the bottom.  I used a Recollections border punch on the side panel layers, and decorated the bottom with black sewing trim, ribbon, resin Recollections roses, and my sentiment.  The Happy Birthday comes from the So Sentimental set and is cut using the Lil Inker Designs Sentiment Flag.

For the inside, I printed my "Just For You" sentiment and a few colored leaves and cut them out using the Be-Dazzled cut file.  Simple, yet effective I think :] 
You can follow along with the very easy instructions HERE if you'd like to play along by making a Center Step Card this week!  Be sure to check out the DT's amazing projects for some additional inspiraton :] 

Lenet ~ December Guest Designer

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Color Throwdown Challenge #171

Hi friends.  I'm popping in VERY quickly to share my project for the Color Throwdown Challenge #171, hosted by the awesome, Wanda.  Check out her fab palette!
I am short on time this week so I decided to push the color selection slightly and go with some of my paper that is CLOSE, instead of recoloring.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Crumbcake, and Early Espresso instead of the first three colors in the palette, but I don't think anyone will mind ;]  I also decided to whip up a template becuase they tend to go much faster for me than a card (true...go figure!).  This template is from Lauren's newest My Time Made Easy release, it's called A Box is a Box.  So simple in concept but unique at the same time.  It also has two different configurations and four cut files that come with it. 
I chose to go with the basic box set up, but added my own cut file borders to the box top (Border Builders Elegance Scallop cut file).  I scored the edges, folded them up over my ribbon and adhered them with Scor-Tape.  I double looped the ribbon and secured it with a brad and hot glue.  I created my tag by resizing one of my rectangle Simple Tags and cutting out my recolored digi sentiment from Sara's new Warm Sentiments set that I printed on an old sheet of recolored Fresh Cut Expressions paper. 
The bloom on top of my box is my Perfect Poinsettia cut file I created last year.  I added a button from my stash to the center with a little lime hemp twine threaded through.
The bottom of my box was cut from my Timeless Traditions paper that I scaled to 5x7 (I prefer the smaller pattern :).
Notice that I packed this baby FULL of fun, cold weather drinking supplies!  It's also large enough to hold a jarred, three wick candle from Bath and Bodyworks (and would also go perfectly with my sentiment).  Here's a clear shot of everything I had stashed inside.
And that about does it for me!  I need to get back to studying so I'm going to refer you to the amazingly talented DT members for some awesome inspiration!

Lydia Fielder ~ December Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again next Wednesday for our last color challenge of the year!