Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Curtain Call: Smitten

Happy New Year!!! 

It's time for a new challenge at Curtain Call and we have this fun inspiration graphic that we have called "Smitten".


There's so much inspiration in this one - mittens, wonderful colors, the title of "Smitten" - it's going to be fun.

The sponsor for this challenge is Linnie Blooms and the LEAD (or winner) of this challenge will receive a gift certificate.


Linnie Blooms graciously provided the design team with Faber-Castell Gelatos.  I chose the Tropical set - others got the 50's Diner.  I had never worked with Gelatos and I am generally not a technique person.  However, I have to admit that Gelatos were easier to use than I expected and they gave really fun results.  I did a card with a simple color-wash that is ultra easy - but I am saving this card for the Curtain Call reminder post on January 7th.  

I did something slightly different for today because I really wanted to focus on the mittens and love theme.  I never put away my winter stamps after Christmas.  In Colorado, Valentine's Day is typically much colder and much snowier than is Christmas.  (In fact, March is Colorado's snowiest month!)  So it makes total sense to me to include mittens on my Valentine's cards!

Love You This Much 2

This idea came about as I was looking at the Dot Dabber that comes with the set of Gelatos.  I knew that if I did these small mittens, there really wouldn't be room for a wash of color so I made some dark smudges of color on my paper (I used a smooth watercolor paper).


Then I spritzed it, the I pounced around with the Dot Dabber to make it look a little fuzzy - like a colorful knitted mitten!!!

If you like Gelatos - here's a link to a number of tutorials.  You can also search on Pinterest to get a number of other ideas.  I also like this blog post which shows how easy it is to get a wash of color.

I hope you play along!  Remember...the Gelatos are not a required part of the challenge...so take your inspiration from the challenge graphic and HAVE FUN!

  • Stamps: Avery Elle Lots of Love (sentiment), Stampin' Up Make a Mitten (the cuff and pattern)
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, smooth watercolor paper
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: Faber-Castell Gelatos Tropical set, Stampin' Up Mitten Punch, Hemptique white 10 lb. twine, Wow! Super Fine White Embossing Powder, Neat and Tangled Pretty Pretty Pink Satin sequins

26 comments:

Deborah Frings said...

Kim - this is brilliant! Love your tied mittens and sweet sentiment! I have to admit to digging out my gloves - several pairs - and having them in coat pockets!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Marisa said...

LOVE the bright colours and look you created for the mittens! Brilliant use of the gelatos!! You have me drooling thinking about all that snow to ski on LOL! Happy New Year to you :)

Bobby said...

This is just the cutest card, Kim. The sentiment is perfect with the corded mittens.

Tenia Nelson said...

LOVE!!!!

mypapercraftworld said...

Cosy, warm and gorgeous, Kim ... love it! Happy New Year to you ... here's to a healthy, joyful and creative 2014! Anita :)

Lesley Croghan said...

Cozy and fabulous! Love the way you created the pattern on the mittens.

snappy scrappy said...

Love the multi coloured mitts!!!! They kinda look knitted. Happy New Year!!

Lucy said...

This is so cute! I pinned it! I will check out those tutorials and blogs later. I'm cooking dinner for the family now.

Wanda Cullen said...

Never used gelatos either but these mittens are adorable! Love your CAS design!

Amber Kroening said...

Love those mittens!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy New Year! Such a sweet card Kim. Love the colorful mittens. What a great take on the photo.

Shannon J said...

Awww, this is SO sweet! You and gelatos have kicked off your relationship very well! LOVE how you used the mittens to express the "this much"! So fun, so sweet! Happy New Year!!

Lisa said...

Kim this card is just as cute as can be!! I agree with keeping winter stamps out. Here in Ohio we get snow into March as well. Snowflakes and snowmen are perfect for winter birthdays!

Diane said...

Super cute and creative card...love it!!

Joni nina Andaya said...

Beautiful Kim! Love all the colors! Happy New Year :)

Jennifer Jackson said...

This is beautiful! I love how you made the different colors with gelatos! So pretty against the kraft background!

shirley-bee said...

Wow, those mittens are fabulous! Happy New Year to you!

Deepti said...

I absolutely adore ur mittens, perfect take on the inspiration. You are soooooooo inspiring

Melissa said...

Clever technique!

Happy Dance said...

I'll admit I'm a sucker for mittens. These are as sweet as they come; love how you used the gelatos! That was sheer brilliance! And those sequins are the perfect finishing touch too! Happy New Year! Bev

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...wow...wow! Your mittens are about as cute as they come. Love them!

~amy~ said...

darling!

cm said...

I've never used gelatos, but after seeing what you've done, I'm inspired to try! I'm smitten with your mittens (and could use a pair today!!). Fabulously delightful card, Kim! Happy New Year!!
c

Karen Haman said...

Fun card! Love the way you colored the mitten!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love the sweet mittens Kim, so gorgeous work with the Gelatos!

Kigz said...

Brilliant! And I am still scrolling, lol! ;)