Tuesday, February 01, 2011

HOTSPOT - {Natural Elements}

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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... and better yet, there is a fabulous PRIZE PACKAGE!!! (read below)

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 something to use like 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

For my card, I used the M5D digi called "Adorable Sea Turtle" and made a shadow box card!  I cut the fishbowl out of the front using my Create-a-Critter Cricut cartridge and placed an acetate sheet behind it for the glass look. I also added colored stickles to the seaweed and Flower Soft for the coral and other pretty sea fluff.  And of course, what would a fish bowl be w/o marbles?  So I added some clear dew drops.  

NOW comes the "natural elements" challenge... I used some real shells that we found on the beach the last time we went (a few years ago).  Oh, and can't forget the Doodle Parts by Spellbinders for the tall sea grass on the outside of the box.  

So grab some of your "natural elements" craft supplies and come join our monthly challenge at the HOTSPOT Challenge Blog!!  

*Also entering this at Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenges:  to use BLUE & GREEN as your predominate colors in your card!


Lorie said...

Wow! That is completely gorgeous Kris!

Kathy Winter said...

Love it Kris...it's so pretty. Love the fishbowl cutout and the turtle is so cute. Great job!!

Lori said...

How cool is this card? Love it! The color and glow are beautiful, as well as the pebbles and flower soft.

Rose Ann said...

WOW...this is totally amazing, girl!! I absolutely LOVE every perfect detail!!

Sassylassy said...

OMG! Kris my love you have totally blown me away with this absolutely amazing card. It's the coolest EVER! I LOVE it!
Hugs Bonnie

Anonymous said...

WOWZER!! Had to say something about this creation hun!! Amazing shadow box and your colors are very gorgeous!! I love this one hun!! TFS! HUGS

Christine said...

Such a sweet and cheerful card! I love how you used the shells!!!

Grace said...

OMgoodness Kristine this is amazing! I love your shadowbox and how well lit you have the inside so the details really POP! I love everything about it!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SSIC! We love seeing your work!!!

Miesje said...

This is so incredible! I really like how you used those great Natural Elements! Awesome! So glad that you shared with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Kris - hwo lovely to see you here with this adorsble card - you are in your element with whimsey cards!! that image is adorable and so beaitifully coloured - love it! This is a great take on this weeks challenge - thank you for joining us at theis weeks Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge, we appreciate your support! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC Design Team