We are in August, and this month Prima and I are sponsoring The Color Room, which is an truly amazingly inspiring site for all us who love all sorts of paper crafts!
The Color Room is a site where you can get inspired, where you can push your own comfort zone and where you can find back your creativity if you ever have a scrappers block. Or, a place where it is just so fun to just hang around and learn to know new creative friends from around the world and to check out all the amazing works posted in there!
Everyone can join The Color Room and create an profile. The Color Room posts a new inspirational palette every week. Each palette has an inspirational image, and 3-4 colors, plus an sketch. You can use the palette for the week to get inspired to create something beautiful based on the colors on the palette. The colors on the palette has to be used on your work, which I think is a wonderful thing, because it may help you to try out new colors and styles which maybe your wouldn't had tried without jumping on a challenge like this? Maybe this even could help you to pick up products deep down in your drawer which you never thought you would ever use or how? And maybe you have to push your creativity just a little bit more to find out how to put together something base on these colors if you don't have exact these colors for hand? And then, maybe you will discover new techniques and fun things to do you never would had discovered without taking part in this challenge? Well, this and lots more reasons is why I do love The Color Room and all their amazing palettes!
I just love where you in general are pretty free to do what you want but have to stick to something which is just enough to push me to come up with something maybe just a little bit different then usual.
The sketch on the palette is optional. If you wish to follow the sketch it is a wonderful and fun tool to do different set-ups then maybe you usual do. Or you can use it as a guide-line to just do something else, a bit different style maybe. Or, if you wish to be totally free on the set-up and design and do your own thing, you are free to do so as long as you include the colors on the palettes and them only! Well, you can add browns, white, black etc.. But please visit The Color Room and be sure to check out their rules and details on how to play! What I can say is that this is fun, fun, fun!!!
I am truly sorry this post came very late this week due to major problems with my Mac which turns itself off all the time. But here is the palette for the first week (the next one will be posted very soon, and can already be viewed at The Color Room), and I really hope you like it and can find a bit time to jump on it and play with us for the next palettes!
It is such an honor to be a part of The Color Room this month, and I am truly glad I found just enough spare time to create something too from this palette!
I didn't use the sketch this time (but I LOVED it!), but of course I used all the colors and mixed in some black.
Here is my try for The Color Room palette #122;
"This Love..." is an layout with a photo some of you may have seen before? Well, I shared it on my Facebook artist profile some time back. The photo is me with my daughter Iselina and our Dalmatian puppy Minnie, both of them sleeping in my lap. To sit there and have them both sleeping in my lap, is more then I can ask for. I love my daughter unlimited, and I have loved animals, especially dogs, all my life. And to sit there and feel their love is the reason for the chosen title on this layout, "What More Could I Ask 4 Then This Love...".
On this layout I mixed a bit shabby chic with grunge and steam punk styles.
What I did here was to use the colors on the palette from The Color Room and went for a mixed style where I used lots of products from my NEW line with Prima, the Junkyard Findings, (which is for some maybe a very grunge and steam punk styled line) and mixed them up with some NEW Shabby Chic Resin Treasures and other more romantic products and techniques for a more soft final result.
Here are some close-ups and details from the layout;
The flying bird here is from the NEW Shabby Chic Resin Treasure release, "Fly Away".
Below the flying bird you can see two small sparrows which are fussy cuts from Prima's Pixie Glen "Garden Gate"paper. They are sitting on a long white clock hand from Junkyard Findings, "Clock Hands". The pink Prima flower is a Corine flower.
Here are the Clock Hands from the Junkyard Findings collection;
And here you can see the NEW resin birds!
These little white birds "Fly Away" are similar to the ones released summer 2011 ("Small Birds"), but just smaller and with 6 birds in each pack!
Here you can see a close-up where I used a Junkyard Findings "Clock Faces" and added on Junkyard Findings "Clock Hands" and a Junkyard Findings "Rusty Typo Zipper". Underneath the Clock Face you can see a Junkyard Findings "Gears". To the left you can see two Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Stair Ornaments" together.
Here are the "Rusty Typo Zip" used on the layout.
And the Junkyard Findings "Clock Faces".
The cherub with a heart up in the right corner sitting on a large Junkyard Findings "Clock Hands" is from the NEW Shabby Chic Resin Treasures release, "Cupid". The heart on the resin cherub I just colored pink with a Chalk Edger. I easily transfered the color from the chalk fluid pad over to the resin with a dry thin brush. And oh how I LOVE the Gillian flowers from Prima!! (White and turquoise flowers on image). They are so delicate and perfect in size, so easily goes on everything and is very decorative!
Behind the cherub there is a large gear from the "Gears" kit in the Junkyard findings collection.
The NEW Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Cupid".
Down in the left corner of the layout there is another little bird from the "Fly Away" resin kit, sitting in a handmade "wire" leading to the Junkyard Findings "Small Typo Bulbs", which I used as a part of the titling on this layout. Above there you can also see another gear peeking out under the edge of the paper, which I whitewashed with a thin layer of white Gesso medium to soften it up just a bit.
To make the distressed look on the paper edges I used the Comfort-Craft Tools "Distressing Tool" and several Chalk Edgers in different colors.
Here are the Junkyard Findings "Gears", metal gears in several sizes and colors, 9 gears in each pack.
And these are the Small Typo Bulbs which I used one of on this layout. They are small strong bulbs with a little word on each one and with a flat backside, very easy to use on all kinds of projects. ( bulbs in each pack.
Did I mention that I will pick one from all of the participators this month who will be the lucky winner of a giveaway? Well, one of you who post a work in at The Color Room this month based on one of the four palettes can be the lucky winner of this giveaway;
So, what are you waiting for? ;O) Jump in and check it out! I really hope to see you in there and can't wait to see what you can come up with based on one of their beautiful and inspiring palettes!
This was all for today. Again, so sorry this post came too late because of all my Mac problems. Now I will start on the next post right away and hopefully this one won't take so long. Hope to see you back in here then, and thanks for dropping in today.
Wish you all a wonderful and inspiring weekend!
*hugs and smiles*