Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IHP DT Challenge – Color Blocking

This month our fearless i {heart} papers design team challenge coordinator, Deb, challenged us to use the Color Blocking technique for our card or project. I know there are many variations of this, and some are more clean and simple than what I ended up doing. Anyway…

IHPmay11DT-colorblock I’ve been wanting to make a Gratitude Journal for a long time. I bought the blank lined book ages ago, and decided that this challenge was the perfect opportunity to actually do it. So I grabbed a piece of graph paper and started sketching out block designs until I came up with one I was happy with.

Then I broke out my Echo Park “For The Record” 12x12 Collection Kit and started cutting. The rose, letters and words I added are all from the kit as well. The stamped words on the yellow block at the lower right are from the OCL set Big Thanks – I just selectively inked and stamped (with my favorite Palette Noir ink) the words I wanted, omitting the ones I didn’t. It’s a great way to get added value from the stamps you have.

The blocks were first arranged and glued down to a black cardstock piece cut to the size I needed to cover the ugly print that was already stuck on the front of the book. After it was all decorated to my liking, I used my i {stick} papers redline tape to adhere it to the book.

All in all, I’m pleased with how it came out. Thanks, Deb, for forcing my hand on this. Oooh – that can be my first entry for my gratitude journal! And of course, I’m grateful for all of you who are actually taking the time to look at this :-)

Now go check out what the rest of the IHP design team did with this challenge:


And if you’d like to play along and show us your Color Blocking designs, just load them into the SCS or PCP gallery with the keyword ihp0511 so we can find it.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Special Announcement from i {heart} papers

I just wanted you to know that there were some yummy new additions to the store this week, so be sure to check the new section in the store. And, LUCKY YOU…tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day so IHP has a 10% off coupon for you when you spend $40 or more, valid starting today through Sunday. Use code NSD2011DT. Plus, all single digistamps are only $1. And all orders of $100 or more will get a free extra gift from Kate as a thank you. It might be a paper sampler or a stamp or something else! It’ll be a surprise!

So what are you waiting for? Go shopping!