Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pinning with Purpose | Week 8

I cannot believe another week has passed me by. It's been a fairly productive one, though it's never quite as productive as I'd like. I'm looking forward to starting anew and trying again. For now, let's get to the meat of this post.
If you're new to Pinning with purpose, here are the deets: each week, I pick out a few pins from my Pinterest boards and try to recreate them or use them for inspiration. And, I challenge you to do the same. Find a pin that gets your creative juices going; be it a craft tutorial, recipe, style inspiration, or organizational tip and run with it. I encourage you to share your results on your blog and then link it up here. Fun, right!?

Let me start by thanking Jenna at The Painted Apron for linking up her yummy-looking Zucchini Garlic & Gruyere Galette last week.
http://thepaintedapron.com/2014/09/04/recipe-box-zucchini-garlic-gruyere-galette/
You can bet that's been added to one of my Pinterest boards!

Now for what I had planned for this week. (Please go to the original sites to pin or otherwise share these images, above and below.):
Download and use the fonts from 1. 10 Favorite Font Combos from Yellow Bliss Road 2. Favorite Free Halloween Fonts from Ella Clair Inspired 3. Lovely Fonts from Ann Meer Design
Parmesan-coated Potato Wedges from MyRecipes
Yarn-wrapped print blocks from Print & Pattern's review of Print Workshop

Here's how they turned out:

I decided to break down the fonts and just use some of them to make a few images. For the Favorite Font Combos from Yellow Bliss Road, I made another Pinning with Purpose banner.
The Free Halloween Fonts from Ella Claire Inspired had me in a Halloween-y mood, so I went with it.

By the time I got to playing with one of the Lovely Fonts from Ann Meer Design, I went a little crazy with my photoshop.
I always love having a nice selection of fonts on hand for when the graphic design bug hits me. These new ones have definitely given me some more exciting options.

The Parmesan-coated Potato Wedges from MyRecipes were added to my menu easily enough. I had some red potatoes that needed to be used so I went with those instead of the recommended baking potatoes and sweet potatoes.
These came together well-enough, though I won't say they were easy (as coating anything is a bit of a chore.) However, they were a huge hit. Pat raved over them. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside as promised.
Of all the wedges I made, these three (above) were the only ones that remained. It was a good thing they did because I forgot to take a picture until dinner was over. Oops. Since the man loved them so much, I'm sure I'll be making them again.

Lastly, I've been obsessed with my Gelli Plate since it came in the mail. When I saw the yarn-wrapped block as part of Print & Pattern's review of Print Workshop I wondered how well that texture would work on the plate. Pat gave me a scrap piece of wood from his shop and I cut a length of yarn.
The first length wasn't quite long enough, so I re-wrapped it with a bit more yarn.
It didn't look like it left much of an impression on the Gelli plate,
but immediately worked well as a stamp.
The print from the Gelli Plate actually turned out better than I expected.
I'll probably use more yarn and something less. . .synthetic next time, but I think this worked well both as a stamp and as a texture tool on the plate.

Now to start planning for this week. Here's what I've selected from my boards to try out:
I'm looking forward to the week ahead and hope you are too.

5 comments:

  1. hi Hope! Thanks so much for the shout out! That yarn stamp thing is really cool! Love it! Have a great week!
    Jenna

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    1. Jenna, I had a lot of fun with all my pins for this past week! I can definitely see the yarn stamp as something someone as artistically inclined as yourself might like. I'm glad I shared it! Thanks so much for linking up again. I do appreciate it. :)

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  2. I pinned the potato wedges. And I like how you cannot predict what will come out of the yarn wrapped blocks. I like the fonts but am too lazy to play with them :) And the only thing that spoils my vacation is that I cannot participate :( Well, just kidding - I'll make up for my absence :)

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  3. i have a gelli plate that i haven't ever used. not sure i get it! keep meaning to go on youtube and get ideas. loved using the wood block of string for texture!

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    1. Kecia, I definitely recommend watching some Gelli Plate videos. I happened upon one by Tiffany at Southern Gals Designs and then HAD to have one. I'm still not sure what I'll do with the prints, but it's so fun making them.The wood block worked great. Now I just want some different size blocks. I'll have to plunder in the hub's shop for more! ;) Thanks for popping in.

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