Monday, December 09, 2013

Ballet by Dana Tatar

Hi! Dana here today sharing my layout for the December Joy Challenge. I started with patterned papers from the gorgeous UHK Gallery Tropical Fruits Collection and Liquitex acrylic paints.

I also used one of Marivic's stunning handmade tags. The nutcracker on this tag was perfect for me because the ballet brings me so much joy, especially attending a performance of the Nutcracker. I found a beautiful printable image from the Gypsy Jingles Boutique to use as the focal point of my layout.

I built up a background of acrylic paint, molding paste and embossing powder.

I cut some delicate snowflakes from patterned paper that I topped with acrylic paint for a pop of color.

I wanted to add some sparkle to my page so I added a piece of jewelry from one of my Zeus and Zoe Kits.

I finished off the page with some handwritten journaling.

Here are all the challenge details:
We have a two-part challenge this month. This time of year is perfect to reflect on the past and to look forward to what is yet to come. It's a season for being thankful, to surround yourself with loved ones and to enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer.

Many call this the "most joyous time of the year." With this in mind, the December challenge is simply: Joy. What brings you Joy? What always puts a smile on your face? Joy can be interpreted in many ways. Think about what person, place, activity, pet, hobby or simple pleasure gives you joy. This can be anything--that first warm cup of morning coffee, reading your favorite book, your family, your dog cuddling up next to you! Think outside of the box.

The second part of this challenge is that you must include journaling. Your journaling must be at least 3 sentences or more. Jotting down places and dates do not count. Document your thoughts and explain why the subject you chose to scrap brings you joy.

Here's the challenge board to bring you some inspiration.

Main Prize:

Liquitex Paint Marker Set

Choice of 3 13arts Chipboard/Stencil Designs

Random Prize:

The Random Winner will receive a Hot & Cold paper pack from UHK



Liquitex offers the widest spectrum of vibrant intense acrylic paints, acrylic mediums and art supplies that enable you to bring your creative vision to life. The possibilities to expand your creativity are endless with their innovative toolbox. Liquitex was the first water-based acrylic paint created in 1955 and since then has partnered with artists to ensure that they continually evolve and innovate – resulting in a long history of acrylic innovation. Today, Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore their art and take it to new and unprecedented boundaries. Their innovative drive, creative passion and intense desire to share the joys of artistic expression through unparalleled education and community outreach programs, has ensured that Liquitex will continue to be a strong partner in helping artists explore their art for decades to come.

13arts is a Polish scrapbooking paper and artistic media manufacturer.

A Polish paper company producing beautiful scrapbook and crafting papers.
A special thanks to UHK Gallery for sponsoring the Design Team this month!

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.
Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.
Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. Gorgeous layout Dana! Love Marivic's tag and your focal image, those papers are yummy!

  2. Am loving the background on this page...lots of little details to admire...great take on the challenge!

  3. Oh my-this is sooo elegant and beautiful!

  4. So pretty Dana!!! Love the pink and splash of colors in the background!! Love it!! Thank you!!


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