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12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home

12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home


Custom slip covers are all the rage spanning over Pinterest and Etsy these days. The options are endless to disguise your boring old throw pillows in to squishy pieces of art. Methods are not limited to, but include photo transfers, screen printing, hand stitching and simply using sharpies. Aside from using patterns or graphic prints to add artistic whimsy to your couch or bedspread, opt for lettering in the form of quotes or poetry as a great way to punch up any social atmosphere in your home.

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To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, I hope you'll enjoy this brilliant collection of the many slip cover types ranging from poetic classics quoted from the masters to downright amusing lines full of witty emphasis, down to abstract typographic meanderings.

J.R.R. Tolkien | "some feel the rain" | "trust the universe" | yellow & | hang.ry | gray alphabet | wedding song | "silence the mind" | "take me to the sea" | "all you need is love" | "I carry your heart" | Desiderata |

I truly love this trend of adding quotes, poems or words on to your average everyday throw pillows. Using slip-covers, it is an easy thing to switch up for seasonal messages or witty notes when you host.

Community Highlight

There are a number of fun, member-managed wordplay games here on COLOURlovers. One specific group sets up a challenge with palettes combined with HAIKU, we did a feature on it in 2011 here. Check it out!

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Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners

Graft Concepts 2nd - 4th Place Winners


 

We recently announced the 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts artist contest to be ArrayofLilly for her stunning design Discography. Today, we are pleased to announce the 2nd through 4th place winners that the COLOURlovers community voted on by showing them some love.

In case you forgot, the 2nd through 4th place winners will receive two cases of their own design, the credit card backplate, and a royalty agreement.

The 2nd place winning design comes from yncolor, a COLOURlover since 2012 who you may know as Yori. Yori created an incredible design, and you guys loved it! Check out Peonies below:

The third place winning design in the Graft Concepts contest comes from moldypetunia, who you all may know as Petunia (or Sara), a COLOURlover since 2009. She created a gorgeous design that you guys all showed a lot of love! Check out entwined below:

Now, last but certainly not least the fourth place winning design comes from ninest, a recent addition to the COLOURlovers community. Check out her winning design Afternoon Tea below:

Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest as well! Keep checking back for new and exciting contests we will have in the future!

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Welcome the new Graft Concepts Artist!

Welcome the new Graft Concepts Artist!


The wait is finally over COLOURlovers. Today, we are pleased to announce that Graft Concepts has chosen their 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts design contest here on COLOURlovers.

The new Graft Concepts artist is ArrayofLilly, a software engineer from Budapest who has a great eye for color and definitely knows how to create beautiful patterns. She has been a COLOURlovers member since 2008 and has created over 2,000 palettes and over 3,000 patterns. Her winning design, Discography, featured below was chosen for the following reasons:

- Unisex Design - either a guy could rock it
- A bold, yet harmonious color palette - also unisex
- Took into account the shape of the back plate and fit the design accordingly.
- Sophisticated look with a refined sense of design.

Check out some more of ArrayOfLilly's awesome submissions to the Graft Concepts design contest below that the designers and creatives from Graft Concepts also fell in love with:

 Congratulations to ArrayofLilly for her beautiful design work!

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Design Contest - Be the next Graft Concepts Artist

Design Contest - Be the next Graft Concepts Artist


We are so excited to announce a new contest for the COLOURlovers community today! We've teamed up with  Graft Concepts an innovator and leader in the iPhone accessory industry. You will have the opportunity to design and color a pattern template for the Graft Concepts Leverage iPhone hard case!

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What makes this contest stand apart is the unique design and customizability of the Graft Concepts Leverage case (available for the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5). Unlike other cases on the market, this case features interchangeable backplates, enabling a variety of options with just one case. They offer backplates with wood veneers, utility backplates that hold your credit cards, and now, with the help of COLOURlovers, there will be backplates with beautiful patterns and color palettes.

This unconventional case possesses a quick release latch and lever system -- inspired by the clasps of high end watches -- enabling the frame to securely grasp onto backplates without the need for adhesives.  This makes it easier than ever to swap out backplates on a whim.  The latch provides a stylish metal accent, pulling design elements reminiscent of the iPhone itself.  It also enables the case to be taken on and off easily...just a quick flip and snap and the frame is locked securely in place!

This unconventional iPhone case is available in a variety of colors and either a matte or high polished chrome finish on the hand polished latch and lever and will surely be noticed on your phone.

Here is some important information about the contest:

How to Enter

COLOURlovers can enter this contest by creating and coloring a pattern for the iPhone  HardCase template that Graft Concepts has provided. To submit your designs, just visit the contest page and create your entry, easy peasy!

<< Click to Enter >>

To see all the entries click here.

Voting Process

The Graft Concepts team will select the First Place. The winning design will be available for sale on Graft Concepts, and the designer will receive royalties for sales of their design.

Like other COLOURlover contests, the Second, Third, and Fourth Place runners up will be selected based on Loves from the COLOURlovers community.

Submissions will end on August 26th.  Voting will be open on August 27th, and close on August 29thThe winner will be announced on August 30th.

Prizes

1st Prize: Two cases of their own design and the credit card backplace, a royalty agreement, and a medium Wacom pad.

2nd through 4th prize: Two cases of their own design and the credit card backplace and a royalty agreement.

The winning designs will be eligible to be manufactured and sold through the Graft Concepts store.

Only winning entries can be used for manufacture and sale, but the client can approach any of the contest participants after the contest has completed via a Love Note if they are interested in their designs.

That's it! Best of luck to all of you talented designers, can't wait to see what you come up with.

To see all the entries click here.

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Colorful Wine Labels from Uproot Wines & Design Challenge

Colorful Wine Labels from Uproot Wines & Design Challenge


If you love color, you're definitely going to love these wine labels from Uproot. Uproot has created an amazing label for their wine, called a Flavor Palette, that gives you a little taste of the wine...before you open the bottle.

Each block of color on the flavor palette represent a tasting note, and the size of the note indicates the intensity of that flavor. For example, Uproot's 2011 Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp sweet pop followed by a smoothness with flavors of Melon (PMS #372), Fresh Cut Grass (PMS #369), Citrus (PMS # 375), Grapefruit (PMS # 393) and Passion Fruit (PMS #512).

Several years back when Jay of Zelkova Ventures (an investor in COLOURLovers) partnered with his friend Greg to launch a winery decided re-make winemaking from the ground up.  With this is mind they turned to many of the Zelkova portfolio companies for inspiration, including COLOURLovers, to create the label design for their wine. They wanted their label to tell a story about the wine and the brand, as well as, have a utility and purpose. Working together with TurnerDuckworth, Uproot put the taste of the wine front and center on the bottle thru use of color. Each of the color blocks represent a tasting note, and the size of the color blocks tells you how dominant that note is. Together, these blocks make up a Flavor Palette that's unique to each vintage and varietal.

Design Challenge

COLOURlovers and Uproot want to extend an exciting challenge to the design community. The challenge is to design your own wine label using COLOURlover's palette creator. Simply change the sizes of the different colors to indicate their dominance. In addition to being featured on the COLOURlovers website, Twitter, and Facebook, Uproot will send the winner a framed version of their wine label.

Enter the Contest

Enter the contest by submitting your design in the comments below or by Tweeting @COLOURlovers with the hastag #Drinkuproot.

Winners will be announced on the COLOURlovers blog and Twitter.

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Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham

Welcome New GelaSkins Artist Adriana Markham


Howdy COLOURlovers! Do you remember that GelaSkins Design Contest we had back in December? Well we've got some exciting news. The winner of that contest, Adriana Markham (you know her as dazzlement), has officially been added as the newest GelaSkins artist and we'd like you to join us in wishing her a big congratulations!

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Adriana joined COLOURlovers back in 2011 and fell in love with making pattern templates. You really get a sense of her skill and her passion in her winning entry from contest, Colour Love. We really love it when talented community members get recognition for their work and what's even cooler is you can now buy Adriana's great patterns and sport them on your very own iPhone, Kindle, iPad, or whatever your device of choice may be.

In addition to the contest winner, you can also choose from two of her other designs. Just check out the kaleidoscopic goodness from her GelaSkins portfolio.

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GelaSkins HardCase Design Contest Winners!

GelaSkins HardCase Design Contest Winners!


As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and boy has this latest GelaSkins contest been really good. Huge thanks to everyone that contributed and voted in this contest, and an especially big thank you to the folks at GelaSkins that made this whole thing possible.

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

By now you've hopefully had a chance to check out their latest HardCase product line. The HardCase by GelaSkins for iPhone 5 is a tough, polycarbonate, snap-on case. It's available in a wide array of great designs by artists from around the world. You can even be the artist and design your own – import family photos, company logos, or patterns you've created at COLOURlovers.com.

For this contest, you COLOURlovers were tasked with creating a design for GelaSkins new HardCase. There were a ton of amazing designs entered, and it was tough, but the GelaSkins staff was able to narrow down the entries and select a winner. Without further adieu, the next GelaSkins artist is...

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Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen

Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen


This guest post is written by Jay Harris. Jay is a Home Depot sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog. His interests include home lighting, home automation, and solar panels.

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The kitchen is one of the most active and important rooms within your house—one that gets quite a bit of attention when it comes to home makeovers. You’re in and out of the kitchen constantly. Between preparing meals each day or just grabbing a quick snack, it seems like you end up in the kitchen more than any other room. With this much foot traffic, it needs to be a room that looks decent and represents your home properly.

Lighting can play a big role in helping this come to fruition. Lighting also plays a big role in how your color scheme will set the mood for the room. Kitchens are meant to be inviting rooms—they entice the appetite and help you to relax and unwind from your day.

Let’s illustrate how light can play a role in making kitchens stand out.

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Vote for Your Favorite HardCase Designs!

Vote for Your Favorite HardCase Designs!


Boy, you all have really been bringing your a-game for this latest design contest! For two weeks we've watched the amazing HardCase designs roll in and now it's time to switch gears into the voting part of the contest. But before we do that, let's take a moment to thank the awesome folks over at GelaSkins that have made this whole thing possible.

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

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Design Contest - Be the Next GelaSkins Artist!

Design Contest - Be the Next GelaSkins Artist!


We had so much fun with our GelaSkins contest earlier this year, we're excited to say we've cooked up another awesome one for you guys. This time you get to create a design for their new iPhone 5 HardCase for a shot at becoming the next GelaSkins artist!

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

The HardCase by GelaSkins for iPhone 5 is a tough, polycarbonate, snap-on case. It's available in a wide array of great designs by artists from around the world. You can even be the artist and design your own – import family photos, company logos, or patterns you've created at COLOURlovers.com.

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