Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Color and Pattern Inspiration Challenge

Happy Tuesday!  Today is "back to normal" day for many people.  The holidays are over, school starts up again and regular work hours resume.  While not officially a holiday, it is still a special day for my husband and me because today is our 31st Wedding Anniversary!

We were married on a snowy January night but fortunately it was "regular snow" and not blizzard conditions.  The three children in this photo are all married now and two of them have children of their own.

We were so much younger and skinnier then!  If you have been reading my blog for a long time, you may remember that I had planned to make a proper wedding album in time for our 30th anniversary.  It isn't finished yet (insert red face here...) however, it is on my list for this year and my plan is to post some pages in progress each month until our next anniversary!

One of my ideas to keep the blog interesting and more interactive this year is to post some inspiration images and challenge you to make something inspired by the item and the colors.  I'll add the InLinkz tool to each inspiration post so you can upload your project.  There will be at least one each month and they will be open for several weeks to give you time to make something to share. You do not have to have a blog to join in - there are directions for uploading your image directly.

Here is the first inspiration image.  My husband has given me lovely gifts of fine jewelry over the years, however, one of my favorite gifts was this rather battered pin that he found at an "antique" (secondhand) shop when we lived in England.  Our son helped to choose the pin, which makes it even more special.  You can download the image above to have a handy reference to work from.

If you look carefully at the design you will see that it is based on fives (large five petal shape with five leaves and five five-petal flowers) with the one exception of the six petal flower in the center.  The paint is well worn down but the little "diamonds" are all still there - that's something of a miracle in itself!  The filigree behind each of the flowers reminds me of paper lace.

Here is another photo against a white background - you can certainly see that the pin had been "well-loved" before it joined my collection.  I think the base is brass with enamel paint for the colors - shades of blue, light green and periwinkle.

You can make a card, a flower, an element for a scrapbook page - whatever this shabby pin inspires you to create...  I can't wait to see what you come up with!  If you have any questions, please leave a comment.  If you leave a comment, instead of emailing me directly, others will be able to see the question and answer which will save everyone time - thanks!

Edited to add the following helpful information!

If you don't have a blog - you can still play along.  Just put my blog address (or any other url) in the blank and fill in your name and email.  Then you can click to go to the next page.

When you get to the second page, you will see options to add the direct image URL (from a photo storage site like Flickr or Photobucket) or to upload directly from your computer.

 I am expecting a special package to arrive today - it's taken a while to get here and it is a nice coincidence that it will arrive on our anniversary...any guesses?  (remember, I have very low will power when it comes to crafting tools...)

Today is the last day for the second chance sale on Blitsy - new sales will be posted on Wednesday, the 4th.

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  1. Good morning, Diane, I am guessing the Silhouette Cameo is on the way to you. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year Year.

  2. Happy anniversary Diane! What a great example you and your husband are to your family, friends, and followers! I wish you many more years together.


  3. Happy anniversary!!! And I am hoping your pkg is the cameo lol

  4. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

    Such a beautiful pin too!

  5. Happy Anniversary! Many, many more!

  6. Happy Anniversary and best wishes for many more. I love your pin, it is very pretty.

  7. Happy Anniversary! January is a great month -- our 40th is later this month :-) Thank you for all your inspiration on your blog -- I read it every day.

    carolyn in nebraska

  8. Congratulations on celebrating 31 years of marriage!!!
    Enjoy each moment together.
    Happy Anniversary.

  9. Happy Anniversary! and congratulations on 31 years of marriage.

    Marjorie from TX

  10. Happy Anniversary! Hmmm...I'm going to have to try this challenge I think as it has some of my favourite elements...blues, greens and flowers!

  11. Happy Anniversary. Love the pendant its beautiful.

  12. Diane these are some great photo's thanks for sharing your story and Happery Anniversary.


  13. Happy Anniversary! I love that pin and am conjuring up card ideas as I type this. :)

  14. Happy anniversary. I also think it is the cameo. You will not be disappointed

  15. Happy anniversary!!!
    thought you might get a kick out of this... I was haning out at Pinterest and saw a photo of your Valentine's Cookies from last year. Apparently they've been pinned and floating around since your original post. See here: http://pinterest.com/pin/219269075577080017/

  16. Happy Anniversary, to you and your lucky hubby!

  17. Happy Anniversary Diane !! Boy does Will look like your husband or what?

  18. Awe Diane love your wedding pics. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband:-)


  19. Hi Diane, Your pin is beautiful, I've designed some images (for the first time!) but I don't have a blog. I tried to use the InLinkz tool but it asks for a URL and as I have no blog I couldn't go any further. How do I send my images?

  20. Hi Julie, I added the information on how to upload your photo if you don't have a blog and also sent you an email. I can't wait to see your designs!

  21. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband...wonderful wedding pictures! The colors in your antique pin screamed "hydrangea" to me, but I couldn't find my hydrangea pictures, so I made a winter scrapbook page instead!! LOL Hope you're having a great time in Germany!! There doesn't seem to be snow in the forecast for New England...happy travels!

    ~Sharon C.


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