Category Archives: Graphic Design

Earthy Blooms

Earthy Blooms Sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Earthy Blooms Sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Earth Tone Throw Pillows. Spoonflower gave the designers a limited palette this week. Four colors. I used them all. I don’t know why, but I had it in my head, that it was a neutral challenge. Neutral colors. Subtle. Soft. I had several ideas for subtle patterns. I read the instructions again, and saw the color choices. And I had nothing. 😆

I wasn’t comfortable with the palette. You know me well enough, I don’t often reach for these hues. So I thought it would help to use design elements I am familiar with. This is a new design. We are not allowed to enter the same design twice. (You can see the two designs like this on my Spoonflower widget to the right.)

Earthy Blooms Collection. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

The collection includes 3 designs and two colorways, each with or without a linen effect.

Earthy Blooms Placemats. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Earthy Blooms Placemats. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

I prefer the caramel version, but I think the contrast of the dark and light might show better, and that is my entry for this Spoonflower challenge. Voting is now open, until the 31st. I am always grateful for your votes.
There are over 1700 entries this week. Definitely need to grab a cuppa and use it as a short break in the day. 😊 Scroll through slowly, and allow the page to load. Especially if you an using your phone or pad. 🙂

Prospering Radiance Close-Up. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Prospering Radiance Close-Up. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Prospering Radiance placed at 807 of 1494 entries with 37 votes. (It has 51 ” favorites”.) You can see the top 58, here. I am grateful for your votes! Thank you! 🤗😊🙏

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Prospering Radiance For Spoonflower

Prospering Radiance Tablecloth. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Prospering Radiance Tablecloth. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Spoonflower challenged designers to celebrate Chinese New Year with “Year of the Rabbit”. With this design, the color came first. Deep Shiraz. Or wine. Or burgundy. Take your pick.

Prospering Radiance Close-Up. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Prospering Radiance Close-Up. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

With a dark base, the design elements were sure to pop. I started with a linen texture, and carried it through on the lanterns and hexagrams. The hexagrams are, “Prospering” and Radiance”.

For the rabbits, I added a subtle brushed gold effect. I need to check the swatch, the brushed effect might need to be increased. I was inspired by the silky, vibrant Chinese Qipao dresses.

The linen effect is hard to see here, you can check out the post on Spoonflower to better see it. Voting is now open, until the 24th. Prospering Radiance is off to a good start. I am grateful, and hopeful. 🙏😊🙏

Prospering Radiance Collection. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Prospering Radiance Collection. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Numb Tongue, Pillow. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Numb Tongue, Pillow. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Numb Tongue placed at 1127 of 1345 entries with 12 votes. You can see the top 73, here. They are gorgeous! I am grateful for your votes! Thank you! I know this is ghastly, haha. But I am grateful for the learning! I have started reworking this design, and I will share it soon. 🙂

Woo Who!

Can you believe it! February is almost here, and that means it is time for our 30 Days of Creative Gathering. I for one am excited. As you know, I have not been very productive artistically. These past few months I have been busy with behind the scenes admin tasks.

I am still undecided on a theme. As always. Haha. Landscapes? Collage? Abstracts? Well, you know me, I will probably do a little of each. Haha.

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Can you believe it? We are starting our 5th year! Woo Who!

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Bees Decree For Spoonflower

Bees Decree, Duvet. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, Duvet. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Happy Blessed New Year!

Have you ever cross stitched? I enjoyed it for awhile. Back before the turn of the century. I also made things with plastic canvas. I forgot all about that, until I started doing research for this challenge.

This pattern came together quickly. I found a cross stitch font I liked. I made the elements and decided to use a linen effect for the background. I made a repeating aida cloth pattern, but the cloth, and the cross stitch letters were not matching up. I’m guessing this is due to the spacing between the letters.

Once the design elements were done, I had to figure out how to make them look like cross stitch. Hmm. I found a few really good videos, and chose one to follow. She was great. Showed two different methods. Woo Who! I got the first method down lickety-split.

Bees Decree, sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

I wasn’t so lucky with the second version. I watched the video about 6 times, and took notes. Finally, I figured out that she forgot to mention one tiny little thing. It worked on my next try. Whew! By this time, I had the steps memorized.

My pattern has one major flaw. The stitch sizes do not match. If you zoom in you can tell that some of the pieces look smooth, while the stitches are more visible on the type.

I just figured out how I can fix this. 😆 Isn’t that always the way. I skipped a few steps in this quick sample, but I know what I need to do now. Woo Who! I can’t edit the design on the site until after the challenge. I will make the changes, and have it ready to upload next week.

Voting is open now, until the 12th.

Bees Decree, Tea Towel. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, Tea Towel. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, Pillow. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, Pillow. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Diamond Diva, wallpaper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Diamond Diva, wallpaper. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Diamond Diva placed at 868 of 1393 entries with 34 votes. You can see the top 65, here. Most of the top designs are very busy. I guess I bucked that trend. 😆

Hugs and a huge thank you, to everyone who took the time to vote!

Thank you!
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Count your age by friends, not years,
your life by smiles, not tears.
John Lennon

Counting my birthday blessings today. Blessed to have 2022 behind me, and I even made it through December without catching my annual winter cold. Woo Who! I am so grateful for all of you, who let me take up a little space in your inbox. Thank you for sharing in my journey!

Color me blessed.