Sunday, July 8, 2012

CC Challenge #21 - Pop Color

The details for CropChocolate Challenge #21 - Pop Color read: "This week's Challenge comes from Michele (by belle) and Miwa! A home decor project or altered item using neutrals and one main focal color." [Find details for the current CropChocolate Challenge here.]

The rules read "Post a picture of your project. 50% of the product used must be from Please include items used in the description of your entry. Contest ends on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 08:00:00am Mountain. Please submit your entry before then. $10 CropCredit in a random drawing. $25 CropCredit for monthly random winner."

Wow! Home decor. Not my forte. I am not a home decor sort of person. I like eggshell for a wall color. I hate to put holes in those pretty eggshell walls. I like having few things to dust. I display my photos via screensaver on my computer or digital photo frame or in a scrapbook (traditional or digital).

So, with that in mind, I always make something to donate to my family reunion auction to raise funds for the the following year's expenses. I had two of those inexpensive wooden frames from a chain craft store on hand so I decided to do something with them. But what, 50% of the product has to come from Crop Chocolate. Ah, I purchased some of the Making Memories Scrapbook Colors paints from CC when they were available. I could make good use of those.

I started by painting the frame with the Scrapbook Colors paints in Shopping Bag (item #23895). After drying my mother thought I should try to paint scrolls, but I am not a painter. I remembered I had these great stamps, CTMH My Acrylix® The Best Things stamp set (item #Y1012), that can be used to make a border (the video in my Blooming Flourishes post shows making a border using The Best Things stamp set on a mini album).

I thought stamping would be easier than painting. I also thought using a stamp pad would be much easier than trying to get an even coat of paint on the stamp so I used CTMH Exclusive Inks - Desert Sand. I let it dry for awhile and then for good measure I used my craft heater to ensure the ink was completely dry. I used a clear coat surface sealer to keep the paint and stamped image protected.

I used my Cricut Expression and Art Philosophy cartridge (item #Z1686) to cut the flowers. The larger flowers were cut at 6 inches and the smaller flowers were cut at 3 inches (speed medium, pressure high, blade depth 4 used for all cuts). I found the Cricut Chirp (Vol. 344 - November 8, 2011) helpful when rolling my flowers. I misted the paper lightly with water to help me bend the petals back to make the flower look more realistic. I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Grand Shapeabilities Grand Peony Creations (item #LF-005) to cut and emboss the leaves.

All of the paper used was received in CC Grab Bags: Echo Park Paper Co. Dots & Stripes Tinsel Large Dot (item #DSH3004) and Be Mine Sweet Stripes (item #BM9013) and Sassafras Sweet Marmalade (item #11363). I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Vintage Pink (from CC) and Glimmer Mist Chalkboard Banana Pudding, but neither show up well in the photo.

Here are how my frames turned out:


And here is each frame:



And here is a closeup of my pink flowers:


I hope you like how my two new-to-me techniques, home decor and creating flowers from the Art Philosophy cartridge, turned out. I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Brenda, these came out great! I like your idea of stamping on top of the paint.
    Gorgeous flowers!

  2. Brenda, these came out great! I like your idea of stamping on top of the paint.
    Gorgeous flowers!

  3. These are wonderful!!! Definitely the perfect "pop" of color....and beautiful flowers!

  4. Hi Brenda, They turned out puuuurfect! I love how you have a sort of mellow color for the frame and stamping and then a burst of color for the flowers. What did you use for the clear coat sealer? I haven't done that because I am afraid the ink will run. Great job on your frames.

  5. Thanks for your kind words! After using my craft heater to ensure the ink was completely dry I used a spray sealer I found at a big box store. I sprayed it lightly two to three times. Now that CTMH has pigment inks in all of the colors I might use that the next time with clear embossing powder.


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