I headed up one of the challenges and I used Gina's new Owl Always Love You set. This is such a darn cute set and owls are really "hot" right now. Of course, I don't think they ever go out of style, but it seems that more and more people are using them and appreciating them in art these days.
The owls make think of the old macrame wall hanging that my mother had up in the house when I was a kid. It had a stick that it sat on and 2 big wooden beads for eyes. Come to think of it, that thing was pretty scary compared to today's standards. Then again, I think most macrame from back in the 70s would be considered scary today. Or maybe not. Most of the things from the 70s are coming back. Who knows.....maybe we'll see macrame back in school home-ec classes again soon.
As scary as the macrame owl was, I'd love to have it hanging up in my house right now. Simply because my mom made it and it brings back fond childhood memories.
I didn't even realize until now that the card I made for my challenge (and you can still take part in it....click to see the details ---> Challenge #2) uses all those great colors that were so popular in the 70s. Mustard, olive and brown. Growing up as a child of the 80s and early 90s, those colors used to seem so gross to me. But the older I've gotten, the more I've come to really dig those colors. In fact, I think I'd really love to have an avocado green fridge or a harvest gold stove when we finally have a house of our own. haha!
I stamped the owls onto Confetti White cardstock with Versamark ink and then embossed them with Black embossing powder. I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons (from Stampin' Up) to add some color to the owls and then used a paintbrush with water over it. I watercolored using my ink pad lids for the leaves and the branch. I went around the entire image with the Cool Shadow Copic marker for a little bit of dimension.
I used some Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon with a double knot to finish off the card.
The brown patterned paper is from the retired "Apple Cider" Designer Series paper pack (that I REALLY wish Stampin' Up still carried)......but there's always the Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper if you wanted something very similar to this.
If you haven't checked out the new releases from GinaK yet, click here ---> April Release!