For those of you who receive my daily blog post, you know I love a good challenge. (If you don’t receive it, and would like to, please sign up). There happened to be several challenges within the same time frame, and I decided to combine the requirements of not one, not two, but three challenges!
Tic Tac Toe, using a diagonal row, would give me “oval-FREE-die cut.”
CAS(E) this sketch! would provide the lay-out.
Fab Friday would give me my three colors.
Wouldn’t this be fun? The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is my “go to” for these fall colors, and I selected a piece of Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango for the background. I chose a card base of Thick Very Vanilla to match the dots in the DSP.
The circles in CAS(E) this sketch became ovals, which I die cut with the Layering Ovals, to satisfy the Tic Tac Toe challenge. I also used die cutting (Layering Seasons die set) for the leaves.
The sentiment (retired from Lighthearted Leaves) was stamped in Fresh Fig ink, for the Fab Fri color challenge. This color was also used for one of the die cut leaves.
For the Tic Tac Toe “free” square, I added lace at the bottom in honor of Peggy Noe, (she loves lace) who is this week’s designer.
I like to send a few Thanksgiving cards, so this one will come in handy. Thanks to the three great challenges for providing inspiration!
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It is a fabulous Friday, and I had so much fun creating this card today, although it will post on Saturday. I made this card exclusively for the Fab Friday Challenge #123 for a very good reason. Here is my card and the designer’s sketch:
My very good reason is that my card was chosen as a Fab Fave in the last challenge. It’s such an honor to be selected, and I’m very appreciative of the time it takes the design team to make their thoughtful comments. This is the link, if you’d like to see it.
Autumn Bouquet Thank you Card
Now, for today’s project. I began with a Garden Green card base, layered with a red and white striped pattern from Be Merry Designer Series Paper. This was layered with a green patchwork pattern from Quilted Christmas DSP. You can tell, I was definitely making a Christmas card.
One of the main elements in the sketch was the banner in the upper right corner, and I knew the Banner Triple Punch would do the trick. I used the 1 1/2″ size for the Wood Texture DSP, and the 1″ for the Whisper White. I stamped “There’s a feeling of Christmas” from the Feeling of Christmas stamp set in Garden Green ink on the white cardstock. The font is so pretty, and reminds me of my grandmother’s handwriting.
For the horizontal line, I used Burlap Ribbon topped with Quilted Christmas Ribbon, and secured it with Tear Tape. This made a perfect, little path for Rudolf. Santa’s Sleigh provided the die for cutting Rudolf, which I did three times, once with Wood Textures DSP and twice with Thick Whisper White cardstock. I like how he looks like he’s been cut with a jigsaw.
I completed the inside by adding a piece of Whisper White, and stamping it with, “May it continue to last throughout the year.”
Rudolf wanted a red nose, but I liked how handsome he was without it. So, I told him, “next time.”
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This project is a combination of not one, not two, but THREE challenges. The theme is Autumn Floral from Paper Players.
The colors of Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, and Rich Razzleberry are from Fab Friday.
The sketch is from CASE(E) this sketch.
You would think that with all of this input, there would be nothing left to decide. Not true. But, it did narrow my choices, and I saw a picture in my mind of the end result.
I began with a Tranquil Tide card base topped with a piece of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper embossed by the Hexagon embossing folder. I chose a lighter shade of the Wood Texture DSP for the diagonal strip in the sketch. I layered this on cardstock for strength, and used an Eclectic Layers die to cut a trellis for my flowers.
The flowers and leaves, also from Eclectic Layers, were die cut from Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. I used my Aqua Painter, swiping the brush across the Rich Razzleberry ink pad, and coloring the two flowers. I turned up the edges of the flowers while they were still damp, and let them dry. The same coloring method was used for the Tranquil Tide leaves.
You’ll never guess where I found the Cajun Craze blossoms. I used a Detailed Floral Thinlits Die on a prior project, and couldn’t toss these cute, little cut-outs. They became part of my Autumn Bouquet, and I was glad I saved them. I know hoarders understand.
I glued the flowers and leaves to the front of the trellis, and carefully placed dimensionals on the back where they would be hidden.
The final detail was the wooden “THANKS” sign from The At Home With You set.
Thank you to the designers of all three challenges for your inspiration! This 3 in 1 really was a challenge!
What do you do when UPS delivers a box from Stampin’ Up? You tear it open as fast as you can, and make a card! That’s what I did anyway. And the first thing I reached for was our new Cat Punch. With the colors of the Fab Friday Challenge #118 in mind, my cat became a Melon Mambo Calico Cat.
I was also anxious to use the Quilt Top Textured embossing folder, and rolled it through the Big Shot with Whisper White cardstock. I decided to layer that on a Flirty Flamingo card base, and Lemon Lime Twist would be for the sentiment and plants. Aren’t the plants adorable? They are in the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, and they come with dies to cut them out.
There’s also a fabulous plant die without a stamp that I didn’t use, but don’t overlook it. Jack-o-lanterns are my favorite part of Halloween, so this set was at the top of my list. My husband carves a pumpkin every year, without fail.
Since the embossed quilt had circles, I decided to use the Stitched Shapes Circles for the cat, and the sentiment. I stamped the plants and sentiment (“have a Magical Birthday” from the Magical Mermaid stamp set) in Lemon Lime Twist, and die cut the plants.
Three Glitter Enamel Dots were the final touch for my whimsical card. Thank you, Fab Friday, for the inspiration with these colors.
I love to read your comments! Let me know if there is a color or pattern you would like to see for my cat on future cards. Or, if you’d like to make your own cats, I can help you order.