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Are you ready for our first blog hop with DCWV? We’ve been fans of their products for a long time so we’re excited that we’re finally doing our first blog hop with them.
There’s some great prizes too- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop. To win, follow the list below and leave a comment. The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs.
Because sometimes I'm just too lazy to get up and take a picture and sometimes, I just want to play with cute stamps and dies. The ones below are by Paper Smooches. I think I love the Deco Bag die the best. I used it with some kraft paper for an authentic brown paper bag look.
4. Dab embossing ink onto sections of the chipboard. Sprinkle Vinatge Mahogany Embossing Tinsel. Hold the chipboard up fall excess tinsel to fall off. Heat till the tinsel turns shiny. Repeat with Golden SAnd Embossing Powder. Apply the same technique to the center of the stamped flower and heat emboss.
If you are new to this blog, let me fill you in about Take the Challenge. Every month, on the first Monday, I'll post a challenge and my take on it. You'll have 12 days to take this on. Leave a comment to the challenge post with a link to your creation based on that challenge. We will pick TWO winners randomly from among the readers who participated in that month's challenge. And the winners will get a prize from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®.
We are in the last month of the first quarter of 2014...already! I'm already starting to re-evaluate some of the things that I planned for this year -- what to keep, what to set aside for now, what to drop, etc. And one core theme that's guiding my thought process significantly is satisfaction -- that of doing a job well, living up to my own expectations, meeting standards, etc. and above all feeling fulfilled in what I do, how I do it, who I do it with and for, and why I do it. When those pieces fit, I stay motivated, curious, and creative. I find that the greatest everyday motivator for me is loving what I do and wanting to do more of it. So, my motto is "Do what you love, love what you do."
What's your motto? Show us any project that captures the essence of your motto.
Here's my take: I altered a small cutting board I had sitting new in my kitchen cupboard for a while.
1. Color the wooden cutting board with Chalkboard Paint. No need to prime with Gesso here: I found that letting the Chalkboard paint sink into the unprimed wood was a good choice for this project . Use a couple of coats of Chalkboard Paint to get a smooth even coverage.
2. Once dry, use White Art GRIP Color Pencil to sketch the ribbon strip on the cutting board. I wanted the word 'love' to be somewhere near the middle, so I don't have to write it twice. Write your quote/motto with the White Art GRIP Color Pencil. If you need to correct any mistake, use the Eraser stick.
3. Once you are happy with the arrangement of things, go over the outlines with Stamper's Big White Pen. You could even color the back folds of the ribbon with it.
5. When everything is dry, seal the piece with a top coat of Gel Medium.
A variation of this would be use the piece as an actual chalkboard where you can easily erase and write new things with real chalk and duster.
Here's a close-up.
Don't forget to share your challenge creations with us... just leave a comment to the challenge post with link to your project image(s) by Friday, 3/14 and we will pick TWOwinners randomly to win these.