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Winter Garland DIY: Gingerbread Bunting from Recycled Bags

Winter Garland DIY: Gingerbread Bunting from Recycled Bags

This is a perfect way to dress up your house for the Holiday's and might even be okay rolling over in to January. You can also include the kids! Instead of making real, edible gingerbread men make these up and let them decorate them with puff paint (aka "frosting"). You can also add embellishments such as buttons, ribbon and rick rack to give them a little extra cuteness. Just glue any extra's on.


- Gingerbread Man Template (Two sizes are included in the PDF Template and Instruction download)
- Large Brown Paper Grocery Bags
- String, Twine, Ribbon or Raffia Swag
- Something for tracing. I like to use white chalk. If using something permanent, trace on the non-showing side.
- Sewing Machine (although you could hand-stich each, it would be a lot of work!)
- Stuffing (100% Polyester Fiberfill - any cheap kind)
- Puff Paint - I mainly use white, but that's your prerogative
- Optional Embellishments: Rick Rack, Ribbon, Lace, Buttons...etc.


Paper Bags: Cut down the middle of ONE side (on the crease). Then cut around/off the bottom of the bag and discard.

Templates: If you are using a permanent marker/pen, trace on the printed side of the paper so that it won't show when you put them together. I personally like to use white chalk and trace right on to the showing side. I also trace and cut them a little fatter than the template.

Trace as many as you can fit, reversing the pattern to make them fit better. You will need TWO cutouts for each final gingerbread man.

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Unevolved Brands: Can you recognize your brand only by its color?

Unevolved Brands: Can you recognize your brand only by its color?

Unevolved Brands is "A progressive study on brand & logo simplification by Graham Smith - ImJustCreative." Graham strips some of the most recognizable brands in the world (and web) down to their simplest form leaving us with a new perspective on color's place in identity design. Some takeaways from this study: color and the positioning of elements makes all the difference when it comes to creating effective visual branding; a unique color scheme will help ingrain a brand; and games are a lot of fun.

How many brands can you recognize after they've been Unevolved?

























Looking for the answers? Match up the numbers listed above to the sheet here.

Now that your all warmed up jump over and add to the fun in the COLOURlovers Name That Brand game!

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DIY Lightbulb Snowmen Ornaments + 6 Snowman Patterns

DIY Lightbulb Snowmen Ornaments + 6 Snowman Patterns

This is a super-fast, easy ornament project almost anyone in the family can participate in. It is also a great way to recycle all the burned out lightbulbs collected over the year(s) (start saving in January for this project next year). If you don't have a stash of burned out bulbs start asking your family, friends and neighbors.

What You'll Need:

- Old Lightbulbs (normal size)
- Wooden Craft Balls (hardware or craft store)
- Scrap Fabric (for scarves)
- Rafia or Twine
- Wire (baling wire, craft wire, hanger wire - anything you can bend and twist easily)
- Paint (acrylic) & Brushes: White, Black, Orange and any other colours you may want.
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue

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Inspiration: 36 Christmas Tree Greens

Inspiration: 36 Christmas Tree Greens

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thine COLOR can'st give me... So much so that there are over 200 Christmas tree colors in the COLOURlovers Library. Below you will find common varieties of trees used in North America & Europe as "Christmas trees," and colors extracted from, or inspired by, them.


Grand_Fir Grand_Fir

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Florian Pucher's Landcarpet Series

Florian Pucher's Landcarpet Series

Florian Pucher's LANDCARPET is a modern area rug inspired by nature and farmed landscapes. It shows the world from straight above, as we usually see it only out of the window of a plane. Based on Satellite images, Land Carpet is a fascinating aerial view that you can touch. The stylized fields are of different height and appear like a miniaturized landscape. As each country deals with landscapes and farming in a different way the carpet comes in different versions, each representing a different continent or country. Limited editions of 88 pieces per sereis. Hand-tufted from New Zealand Wool.


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practical Landcarpet_Europe

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An American Indian Color Legend

An American Indian Color Legend

Color legend quoted from First People:

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."

YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."

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Color Barcode Generator & Gallery

Color Barcode Generator & Gallery

Pay homage to Color Master Gene Davis and join the color experimentation with the Color Barcode Multiblend Generator created by sero* (codename: cuttlefish).

I've been tinkering with the 99 palette generator for the last several months, and it's ready for a v2 release. It now supports widths, hue options, any number of palettes (1-99), and an offset parameter so we can narrow into any set of palettes we want. Think of it as a timeline, the offset is how many palettes back from present time you want to go.

Here is a gallery of some of the most beautiful pieces I've found so far. If you find a beautiful set, please post a link here. I know there are tons of beautiful multiblends and compositions out there waiting.  Cheers, sero*

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Another Take on Mad Men Style

Another Take on Mad Men Style

These days, you'd have to live under a rock to miss the Mad Men fashion discussion. Costume designer Janie Bryant--who combines vintage and hand-created period clothing for the characters of the 1960s advertising world--has been credited with changing the face of late-2000s fashion, and it isn't a stretch. Recent runways have featured full skirts and nipped waists and shifts that celebrate women's curves, shedding modern light on dressing up.

But for all the focus on buttoned-up, ladylike splendor, there's at least one woman highlighting the fun of Mad Men's fashion, too.

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Freelance illustrator and designer Dyna Moe (depicted in the self-portrait on the right) started inking kitschy Mad Men illustrations when actor Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane on the show, asked Moe to create a Christmas card. She decided to mock the advertising illustration of the era, and pressed on with it, illustrating a scene from every episode and posting them all on Flickr. (She was also behind the popular Mad Men Yourself avatar). She drew for three seasons, and last month, Penguin culled Moe's illustrations, along with era-related features, for Mad Men: The Illustrated World.

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Fall Wedding with a Hint of Halloween

Fall Wedding with a Hint of Halloween

Perfect timing! I just came across this wedding from one of my photographer's (friend & client), Micah Williams who is located in Atlanta, Georgia. For those of you thinking about a Fall wedding, I adored some of the simple ideas and colour palettes that made up this wedding.

I realize these aren't scary carved or painted pumpkins, but they still remind me of Halloween. I love them! This was the entrance to the farm where the wedding was held.

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Spooky, Scary,.. Colors and 19 Halloween Patterns

Spooky, Scary,.. Colors and 19 Halloween Patterns

Happy Halloween! We hope this year's Halloween is a colorful one.

To make it a colorful Halloween here on COLOURlovers post your Halloween inspired patterns and palettes in the comments.

Halloween Patterns

halloween_hookups Blood_Sucking_Fiend!
Furious_Neighbour böser_Geist

Hangover! we_are_celebrating!
Carnival_Ride All_is_Well

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