Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Hot Spot Challenge ~ Natural Elements

Hello friends. Today I'm so excited to share my card as part of the newly formed Design Team for "The Hot Spot Challenge". This is a collaborative effort between McMahon Five Designs and Studio 313. (More details below). This month's theme, "Natural Elements", is a theme that comes easily to me, as during the day you can find me tending interior plants in business settings all over town. Anyways, my card uses the "Spring in Bloom" image and the natural element of WOOD. I used the real wood paper in a Quikutz butterfly die-cut that I've had forever and is one of my all-time favorites. It seems I always reach for it when I want to make a bold statement. If you click on the photo you will see that I left the cut-outs on the butterfly in place for an embossed effect and opted to accent them with Stickles glitter.

We have exciting news to share with you! Studio 313 and McMahon Five Designs have joined forces and have a monthly challenge called "The Hotspot Challenge". The First of every month will be a new Hot Challenge based on the Latest Hottest Trends!

For February our theme is Natural Elements. Go ahead and find natural elements to add to your card this month! Pull out some of the items you haven't used in a while or haven't even tried yet! We all have hemp cord, raffia, wooden buttons, cotton ribbon and how about really changing it up and using Real Wood Paper? There are hundreds of ideas for it's use in the Idea Gallery! Below is an Inspirational Photo to get your creative minds going!

Now, it wouldn't be a challenge if there wasn't a prize, right? RIGHT! Using our Natural Elements Theme we created a Prize Package filled with Natural Elements!

Prize package includes:

1 sheet of Birds Eye Maple Real Wood Paper
1 sheet of Cherry Real Wood Paper
1 sheet of Maple Real Wood Paper
1 sheet of Walnut Real Wood Paper
1 package Kaisercraft Wood Flourishes Vines
1 assorted package of Real Wood Paper Leaf Die Cuts
15 yards of Hemp Cord
1 foot of 100% Cotton Twill Tape
1 bundle of Raffia
1 Wicker Basket Full of Fibers – White and Multi
1 Wood Trinket Box for Altering
1 7” strand of Freshwater Pearls
2 Vintaj Natural Brass Filigree Butterflies
1 package of 10 Natural Pressed Flowers
4 Mulberry Paper Roses

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