Monday, June 4, 2012

Gallery Idol, round 2.

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Words cannot even express how thrilled and honored I am to be participating in the Gallery Idol competition.  After the initial "heart attack moment," when I realized that I made it to the 2nd round, I got started playing around with the idea that struck me within the first 10 minutes of reading this week's theme.

The theme is "you color my world."

Sofia (my 7 year old daughter) immediately suggested a smiley-faced rainbow.  I also had flashes of crayons spelling out different words, die-cuts with rainbow colors peeking through the negative spaces - but yo - this is GALLERY IDOL.  I had to bring it... my style. *grins*

Here is my very own "girl on fire":




I remember seeing a breathtaking poster with a black silhouette-d lady, where her hair flowed upwards in swirls and flowers... I really wish pinterest had been around at the time!  Since our theme was COLOR, I kept the silhouette, the background script, and the ink splotches all very monochrome and let the colors sing and fly upwards on the card.  This lady is in l-o-v-e (and probably walking around humming "you make me feel like a natural woman" to herself, hee hee.)

Wanna know which stamps I used and how I created my little lady?

I first stamped my silhouette in SU's crumb cake ink.  See the cameo stamp? (from Paper Smooches' "pretty momma" set) - I inked her up, then gently wiped off the frame around and the back part of her head.  Too bad, so sad, lady - it all had to go *wink*



I then mapped out where I'd like the hair to start and how I wanted everything to flow using a pencil (making sure that her flourish-y hair started at her bangs, so she didn't look like a bald-on-top woman with hair only coming out the back - don't ask me how I'm able to give you this important tip):


Next, I added flourishes (from PTI's "fancy flourishes" set) in a rainbow of colors - red, yellow, orange, green, and blue!



uh, she didn't make the end cut... I gave her quite the poof on the bottom, didn't I?



For a final touch, a little bling-y butterfly (from SU's "elementary elegance" set - which I found to PERFECTLY coordinate with the smallest butterfly from the "beautiful wings" embosslit - did you SU demos already know that?  hee.  You probably already did.)

I really, really hope that you like my project... and if you did, I would be forever grateful if you would go vote for me!

Click *here* to visit the top 20's gallery and cast your very important vote!  I will also have a voting widget on my blog's sidebar that will stay up for as long as I'm in the competition - use it! haha.

Have a fantastic day, all, and thanks for coming by!

32 comments:

  1. This is such a clever take on the challenge. I love all those colorful flourishes.

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  2. What can I say? This card is so soft, so pretty, so ethereal...so you! Love it!

    Glad to be on this journey with you Elena!

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  3. I love this whole concept. So, so lovely!

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  4. Gorgeous!! So happy for you and mesmerized by this beauty!!

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  5. Very pretty card, Elena!!! I love that you created your very own image!

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  6. This is beautiful!!! I LOVE how creative this card is and how you made it your own!

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  7. Elena this is so fantastic, love how you mixed stamps and what great movement this has!

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  8. Lovely, and such a creative use of those swirly stamps!!

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  9. Elena this is gorgeous! I love your work don't know if you realized that I've been commenting and visiting for a while but I do! I think I actually know of what advertisement your talking of! I love this, so you and so beautiful!

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  10. So creative and true to your style, Elena!

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  11. Definately your style - and sooo beautiful Elena!
    Keep my fingers crossed for you! Hugs, Karin

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  12. It's absolutely gorgeous! I am rooting for you!

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  13. Such a great idea! Best of luck, Elena!

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  14. Elena this is LOVEY!! Such a FUN idea!!! Good Luck on Gallery Idol!!
    Have a GREAT day!

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  15. it is rainbow elegance. It is beautiful!!

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  16. i love the hair, it is so pretty! :)

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  17. W...O...WW!!!! This card is amazing! That is seriously creative how you created her "firey" hair! Elena, you so deserve to be in this competition! I may be too late to vote, but I'm going to go check it out now to see so I can give you my vote :) Good luck in the competition!

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  18. Elena, you are so creative, I tell ya! Congrats friend!!!

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  19. It's *perfect*... I would have been so stumped by that theme, you did such a creative and fantastic job!

    GOOD LUCK!!!

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  20. Congrats on making the top twenty Elena :0)
    I love your subtle and elegant use of colour, a totally gorgeous card :0)
    Jenny x

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  21. This is so unique and incredible, Elena! Gorgeous stamping. Good luck in this round!

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  22. I love it!! An wonderful way to use those flourishes!! I love how soft yet colorful it is!!

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  23. Your card is incredibly beautiful!!

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  24. love this, Elena! so beautiful!

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  25. Love the design of your card, Elena. Makes me want to play with the fancy flourishes stamp. The colors are fabulous too. - Irma

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  26. Very cool card, wow! Love the flourishes for the hair! Good luck, Elena! :)

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  27. Great design and I love those flourishes for the hair! Just beautiful work as always!!! So glad to be in the Top 20 with you! Thinking of you and your son today!

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  28. You made my voting choice so easy Elena - this card is just stunning. I love the idea & love all the flourishes. It's just gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration - good luck - I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the next round!

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  29. I loved seeing the process, Elena! The fire girl looks so pretty and has so much movement! I'm so glad to be in the Top 20 with you! :)

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  30. Love the use of the Cameo stamp! Well done!

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