I’ve been busy working on posts for Blog Hops, but wanted to enter two challenges, so combined my efforts. This is the result:
Wood Bloomin’ Heart for Valentine’s Day
Looking at my choices at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, I adore wood, so that was my starting point.
I used the Bloomin’ Heart die to cut a fancy (Vintage, in my opinion) heart from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I layered it three times for thickness. This ended up being the most time consuming part of the project.
Happy with my wood heart, I wanted to use ideas from Krista’s beautiful design at Global Design Projects.
I liked her wide border of white, so I chose a Thick Whisper White card base, planning to layer it with a piece of watercolor paper. I first watercolored the paper with Marina Mist Ink to add the touch of blue, and cut it with a retired, Project Life die. You could use a rectangle, 3 1/4″ X 4 1/2″, but I wanted rounded corners. Stampin’ Up’s watercolor paper is nice and thick, so does a good job of holding up the wood heart when placed on Adhesive Strips.
Before gluing the heart to the watercolor paper, I added some loops of Gold Thread beneath it. And, for a touch more gold, I die cut an arrow (retired Love Notes) from Gold Foil.
I stamped the tiny sentiment “You’re out of this world!” (retired Shooting Star) in Chocolate Chip Ink on watercolor paper, punched it out, and tucked it at the bottom.
No doubt, this is a Holiday card. Valentine’s Day is high on my list!
After the holiday break, it’s nice to see Tic Tac Toe and CAS(E) this sketch challenges back in action. They are a wonderful source of inspiration. I look forward to seeing the designer’s samples, and then coming up with new ideas of my own.
For today’s project, I combined the two challenges, and used three new SALE-A-BRATION stamp sets.
Beautiful Peacock Says You Are Simply Amazing
I began with a Thick Whisper White card base, checking off the “white” box of Tic Tac Toe. I used the Garden Trellis folder to emboss the bottom portion of the card, and designed the rest of the space above the embossing to be somewhat like the sketch.
I’m not sure why, but Beautiful Peacock wanted to participate in this challenge. I stamped her body in Tranquil Tide, and her feathers in Lemon Lime Twist. For her tail feathers, I added Berry Burst, and colored the polymer stamp with Stampin’ Writes before stamping the image. Those two, cute little flowers above the peacock are in the Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Do you see them in the sketch?
With all of this stamping, I could check off the “Stamping” box in Tic Tac Toe.
The Beautiful Peacock was looking pretty amazing, so I decided to use the word “amazing” from the Sale-A-Bration, Celebrate You Thinlits Dies. For extra “amazingness” I die cut the word from Glimmer Paper, which is on page 37 of the Occasions Catalog, in case you missed it. Some people (Brian King) think it’s a bit messy, but what’s a little misplaced sparkle among friends?
I didn’t think the card was complete without adding three more words, which I found in the third Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Amazing You. I stamped the word “you” in Tranquil Tide ink, and “are simply” in Berry Burst ink, punching it out, and popping it up.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside, but I stamped, “happiest of birthdays to you,” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.
The final detail was adding four, clear Epoxy Shapes to the peacock, which look great in person. You can find them on page 33 of the new Occasions catalog.
Welcome back Tic Tac Toe and CAS(E) this sketch designers!
Continuing in my quest for “quick and easy” Christmas cards, I used this week’s Tic Tac Toe challenge. The words seemed conducive to Fall, but Fall lasts until December 21st, so this could be a Christmas card. I would use the right row down, chevron, sketch, acorn.
For “sketch,” I used this week’s CAS(E) this sketch challenge, and cased my own card. If you missed the background story, here it is:
Quick and Easy Christmas Card Rudolf the Reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
I found the “chevron” and “acorns” in the Painted Autumn designer Series Paper. I did not let the fact that it was titled “Autumn” deter me.
I was anxious to see how Rudolf would look in his “chevron” coat, and he pranced around in it very happily. His background was embossed on Very Vanilla with the Woodland folder, and Oak trees sprang up before our eyes. This led to a multitude of “acorns” covering the forest floor.
Rudolf is very much in the Christmas spirit, wearing his wreath, and hanging “Merry Christmas” signs on the trees.
Chevron Rudolf Christmas Card
I decorated the corner with leaves (Painted Harvest stamp set) stamped in Garden Green ink, and cut with the Leaf Punch. Rudolf’s wreath is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, and the sign is from the At Home With You stamp set. The acorn DSP was cut with a Seasonal Layers die.
Thanks for checking in on Rudolf. I know he enjoyed showing off his chevron coat.
Wreaths come in all sizes, and are decorated in so many different ways. The one thing they have in common is that they form a circle. Is that why we find them so appealing? The fact that they are never ending?
I had time to ponder this while punching leaves with my newly acquired Leaf Punch. It was a generous gift from Mary Fish for being one of her Pals attending the Stampin’ Up OnStage last week in Salt Lake City. The wreath was partly inspired by her also, because she used the same punch to make a beautiful metal wreath.
More inspiration came from the Fusion Challenge:
And, the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, where I used Circle-Elegant-Greeting:
I began by stamping the “circle” for the wreath from the Feelings of Christmas stamp set. I used Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip ink for stamping on Sahara Sand cardstock, and layered this on a Thick Whisper White card base.
A leaf stamp from Painted Harvest was used for six of the leaves. Three were Whisper White, stamped with Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand, and three were Crumb Cake stamped with Chocolate Chip. I added “elegance” with three Copper leaves, embossed with the Softly Falling folder.
I placed mini dimensionals on the two side leaves, and a dot of glue under the middle leaf as I alternated the colors.
Linen Thread tied the Burlap Ribbon bow at the top.
The “greeting” is from Paisleys & Posies, and matches the Fusion photo almost exactly!
If you scroll on down, you’ll see pictures of other wreaths I’ve recently created. Clicking on them will take you to the details. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
WOW! Look what’s going on over at CAS(E) this sketch this week. Leigh’s sketch got everyone’s creative juices flowing, and the designer’s projects are gorgeous!
TaeEun is the guest designer, and her project knocked my socks off! Would you like to see it?
I love the white, die-cut foliage on the sunset colored background, and I was inspired to make something similar. Here it is:
Since I’m in my Christmas card making mode, I thought the Pretty Pines Thinlits would give me the white, die-cut pieces I needed.
I chose three colors of ink for my background, (Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive) and experimented a bit before coming up with a look I liked.
My method: I blotted a Baby Wipe on the three ink pads and transferred the color to a piece of cellophane. I spritzed this with water, and placed my Thick Whisper White card stock on top of it. I lifted it , and dried it with the heat tool. It curled a bit, so I placed it under a heavy book, while I finished the sentiment.
I stamped Merry Christmas from the Star of Light stamp set in Basic Black, and used the Bunch of Banners die for cutting, scissor snipping one end to be flush with the edge.
Three, white sequins were the final detail.
The entire time I was making this card, I kept this week’s Tic Tac Toe challenge in mind. How about the left row down?
It may be a stretch, but this is what I came up with. The greens are “vibrant” against the white, sequins are “circles,” and the pine boughs are “stripes.” Oh, and I can throw in my “black” sentiment for good measure.
I just love these challenges, and now I have a new Baby Wipe/cellophane/spritzing method that I can use again. Thank you for all of your inspiration!
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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