Friday, January 29, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #18 Wildcard challenge....{LOVE} and blog candy!

It's saturday and time for a wild card challenge with Just Us Girls.  That means anything goes!  I had the honor of being hostess this week and I challenged the girls to make a banner with the bonus theme of love or valentines day.  I am a total sucker for the all the girlie hearts, paper doiles, glittery love themed items filling the aisles at the stores this time of year.  So it's a "holiday" derived from brilliant retail marketing?  That doesn't stop me from loving the idea of sharing a little love with our special people.  Oh and let's not even get started on my fave valentines candy.....conversation hearts!  Eeek!  My fave!  Anyway, back to the challenge....
Look what that sweet Kristin did with my banner!  I feel like a VIP :)
I decided to make a banner for the mirrored dresser that lives in our dining area.  I think it can be important to know where you want your banner to live before you start designing it.  The space you want it to fit in will almost always dictate how long your banner can be. 
Fun, huh?
Here's a closeup of the "v" panel.  I used a heart shaped paper doily I got at target a couple years ago, layered on a diecut heart from K&Co's Smitten line and also THE BEST chipboard font ever (IMHO) from Basic Grey called Bon Bon.  The letters come plain so I painted theme with a great Apple Barrel acrylic paint color called cloudless and then sugared them up with clear glitter from martha Stewert while the paint was still wet.  The background DP is something I created (sort of!).  It started as a scan of the back of a playing card.  The design was red on white.  While I had the card scan up in Microsft word, I was playing around by changing the color and transparency and I ended up with this amazing pink DP design!  Eeek!  Love it and TOTALLY don't know how I did it!  Maybe one day I'll figure it out again but for now, I am just going to enjoy this digital gift.  ;)

BLOG CANDY ALERT!
I had lots of goodies pulled out to make this banner and I would love to share some with you!  I'll draw a lucky winner of some goodies from my comments on this post and announce the winner in my next Just Us Girls post.  Just leave me a comment on this post and share your fave valentines candy with me (if you want).  I wanna know how many of you are crazy for conversation hearts like me! ;)  Up for grabs....1 yard of lace trim, Smitten die cut hearts (lots!), a white and a red paper doily, love tickets from Making Memories and vintage book pages sprayed with vintage pink glimmer mist.  Good luck and lots o love to you!!!

Don't foget to join the Just Us Girls DT and make a banner for the challenge.  You can link us up on the Mr Linky at the Just Us Girls Challange blog.  Check out the DT links for all of the juicy details on their blogs.  And one last shout out to our January guest designer, Gabby Arriaza!  Thanks girlie! You are amazing!


Have a wonderful day and thanks for coming by!

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22 comments:

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a pretty LOVE banner Dana! It is so feminine & girly! I love how you combined the lace doilies, shimmery letters & rhinestones! Thanks for the fantastic Wild Card challenge - this was a first for me :)

Karen said...

A {LOVE}ly banner?! Your own DP?! Some gorgeous chipboard love?! Heart doilies?! And that lace?! If I had a conversation heart for this, it would say, "Too Cute"!! Love it and I can just imagine that you loved getting all pink and girlie! :>

My favorite Valetine's candy??!! Wellllll......I love me some conversation hearts, but its really a toss up for me because I just love those heart shaped Red Hots too! :>

Tammy said...

How fun is this blog candy! I love conversation hearts too...they are so fun and I even have a stamp set from long ago that has all the sayings and a heart to make them..soo cute!

LeAnne said...

This is just lovely! I have been wanting to make a banner for a while, but they seemed daunting! Maybe I will still try one--but for Easter! I love those chipboard letters--glorious! Thanks for the chance to win the candy, too!

Ann said...

Just fabulous, Dana! I love the colors and the bling! My favorite Valentine candy are the Reese's peanut butter hearts...mmm!!!

Melissa said...

Your banner is gorgeous Dana! I love that soft blue on the letters!

Nancy L. said...

love your banner, really pretty!

Debbie said...

Dana ... oh, so pretty! I simply LOVE the soft pink and aqua color combo. It's very vintage looking with the paper doilies -- GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Oh, so adorable, Dana! Love the vintage look with the paper doilies and pretty papers. The pink and aqua colors are so soft and appealing :) GREAT JOB!!!!!

Lisa Kind said...

Ah, Dana! This is just so pretty! Love all the details! The pretty blue, glittery letters are fab! And your own designer paper? OMGosh! What a cool idea! I hope you can recreate it! Great challenge, sweetie! Oh, and my fav valentine candy is chocolate covered cherries! I always get them for this holiday! They are so delish!

Elise said...

HELLO, G O R G E O U S! What a shabbilicious and magnificent creation you have POPPED out.. {oh, wait, that was my HEART that just popped! SCHWING! LOVE this!} That is just some crazy, AMAZING paper magic - you ROCK!

Heather said...

This is just adroable,Dana! I love the doilies. I don't have a favorite candy, but I DO love good dark chocolate. I am a sucker for great chocolate stores where you can get Ganache. YUM!

Sue Lelli said...

I was going to leave you a comment even BEFORE I saw the blog candy alert! I love how frilly and lacy and girly your banner is! Just FAB! And as far as candy - orange conversation hearts! They taste the best and I pick them out from all the others!!!

Courtney Baker said...

Girl I'm totally in love with this. Can you just send it to my house ;) LOVE IT!

Stampin' Pam said...

Freakin beans Dana - this is an eye popper! I love the doilie effect - it's so pretty and chic and just darn cute! Your colors are fab - the whole challenge was a lot of fun - great job with it all and nice blog candy as well :-) Thanks for hostessing.

Melissa Sauls said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I just happened to make one myself last week and can't wait to link it up for funsies. :) Beautiful job on yours!

Maria Levine said...

This is sooo pretty Dana! Love those frilly hearts! Thnks for a fabulous challenge I had alot of fun as did my kids! My little girl has banners hanging in her room now! Fun stuff.

Amy Liz Schultz said...

This is such a great challenge and I LOVE what you did with it. Love all of the soft and beautiful colors you chose and the pretty doilies and glitter letters! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

Jane said...

GORGEOUS banner! love it! so girly!

Mara... said...

Your banner is sooo pretty, those doileys are so soft and feminine and the colors are wonderful together!!

My fav Valentine Candy??? I love those jelly hearts and (of course) peanut butter cups! I love how they repackage them for every holiday, LOL!!

MirjamC said...

thanks for visit my blog and your lovely comment:) what a beautiful love-banner, love the doilies and glitter letters!!!

Rosemary said...

The banner is absolutely gorgeous! Favorite Valetine candy? Chocolate covered marshmallow hearts!! Yummmmeee!