#903 – Colorful Fall Leaves Wreath

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge blog, and we are continuing with the Thank You/Fall theme. This time, the board was created by Felicita –

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I chose the mid column – Wreath, Any Color, Any Shape Die. And here’s what I made –

Colorful Fall Leaves Wreath

I made a wreath using leaves colored in fall colors, embedding a few die cut, uncolored leaves in between. The stamped leaves are all from two stamp sets from Winnie & Walter – In Bloom: Addie’s Garden and In Bloom: Anna’s Flora. I stamped them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, then water colored them loosely using distress inks. Some of the images hadn’t been stamped well, so I went over them with my Uniball fineliner pens. I then fussy cut them all and set them aside. I also die cut some leaves from Marianne Designs Anja’s Leaves dies, but I didn’t color these.

Colorful Fall Leaves Wreath (closeup)

On a white card base, I used a make up brush to create a ombre or orange-white. I then adhered the base of the leaves in a circular pattern. But since my wreath isn’t centered, a portion of the wreath is missing in the card. 🙂

Once I adhered everything in place, finally came the sentiment. I used two stamp sets – Honey Bee Stamp’s Hand Lettered Alpha to stamp the ‘Fall’ and Ellen Hutson’s Totally Random Sayings Vol 1 to stamp the ‘everything’. I fussy cut them both and adhered them to the card.

And that’s my card. I”m joining the following challenges with this –

Stamplorations October Theme & Photo Prompt challenge: Stamps + Autumn Colors

The Card Concept challenge #142: Autumn Bounty (my design, I think, is CAS Layered? CAS for sure, but I am thinking layered, since I do have layers of leaves on that wreath!)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Checkout more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge blog, and of course, don’t forget to join!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#902 – Autumn with Birch Trees

Hello and welcome! It’s my favorite thing to post now-a-days! Because if I get to post this, it means that I’ve been practicing, and that, hopefully, also means that I’ve been improving with my artwork! Its my drawing/painting series!

This time is a piece with autumn/fall scene and I tried incorporating some Birch trees. Why Birch trees? Because I thought they would be easiest! And I still think they are the easiest now too, after having tried to watercolor them. At least, better than me trying to watercolor any other tree! 😀

So, here’s the piece –

Autumn with Birch Trees

I started out with drawing the ground at an angle, and then drawing a few trees and branches here and there, with some criss-crossing branches and all. But the final piece that you see here isn’t exactly the same – I would say some 90% is retained. That’s good for now! 😀

Autumn with Birch Trees (closeup)

Well, I did somehow manage to retain my original idea of the trees, but couldn’t do that with the ground. I had wanted to make it look like there were a lot of fallen leaves, but I had to turn it to grass once one of my strokes went wrong…I thought of adding a little grass on the left end, but I ended up covering the entire ground with it. I also had thought of making it look like the floor where the trees are standing on, but this one looks like a bit of a mound or something next to the trees. Ah, well.. its still not that bad! 😀

I don’t know what watercoloring I’ll do next – I’ve nothing planned as of yet. But I plan to make a small booklet of out things like this. That’s a lot of watercoloring I’m looking to make! 😀

That’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#901 – Seize the Birthday: Texture

PE: Top 3 at the AAA Birthday challenge!

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Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and with a new Topping! This time, our dear team mate Glenda has given us the Topping of including ‘Texture’ in our birthday projects. But, if you are not a topping person, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme.

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I went for an easy to make card this time. And here’s what I made –

Making a Wish with Texture

The background, full of flowery texture is actually a leftover piece from a previous experiment. If I remember right, I first misted the entire paper – its texture paper – and added some green colored distress inks – probably Shabby Shutters and Old Paper. I then used Spellbinders Splendid embossing folder to get that flowery texture.

Now this folder doesn’t add to much depth to the paper. I wanted to use sandpaper to take off some of the embossing, and reveal the white underneath, but what with the texture of the paper and the embossing not having much depth, I gave up since it was going nowhere. However, some of the white became visible, and the texture a bit more noticeable with this.

Now, this panel didn’t have much weight, neither toughness to support itself. So, I added some scrap paper below it and foam mounted it a white card base.

Making a Wish with Texture (closeup 1)

So, coming to the other elements of the card… I had a few leftovers from when I made swatches for all my ink pads. I stamped the flower and leaves from combining the stamp sets from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers and Avery Elle Laurels stamp sets. I then trimmed them to squares of 1.25″, centering the images along the way. I also added some clear embossing on on portions of the flowers and leaves for that special touch! 😉

Making a Wish with Texture (closeup 2)

The sentiment is from Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animals 2, which also I stamped and heat embossed with clear ep. I had initially stamped the sentiment together, but then decided to separate them, and fuzzy cut them into separate pieces. Finally, I adhered all the pieces by foam mounting them over the card. I also added a couple of black gem stones to embellish.

And that finishes my card! I’m joining these challenges with it –

AAA Birthday card challenge #18: Photo Inspiration

Stamplorations 7th Birthday challenge: Linking a Celebration themed project

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Layer it Up

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Checkout more inspiration from our amazing design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, for more examples to include texture in your cards! And don’t forget to join the fun with your own birthday project creations!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#900 – Thanks with Pumpkins

Hello and welcome! Today is another day to be glad – I’ve been asked over to be the Guest Designer at the Retro Rubber challenge! This is a wonderful challenge where the main requirement is to use a stamp that is more than a year old in your creation – a great reason to get out those old stamps and put them to good use!

The theme for this challenge is a color theme – to use Black, Orange and White only, with the picture inspiration

And here’s what I made –

Thanks with Pumpkins

A fairly simple card to make! I first started with creating the pumpkins. I drew a rough outline and watercolored each of them. Once dry, I fussy cut them out. For the background, I used Concord & 9th Sketched Stripes stamp set and stamped it in Black Soot distress ink on a white card base. It didn’t stamp properly, but that ‘sketchy’ look was what I was going for, so that was perfect! 😀

Thanks with Pumpkins (closeup)

Next, the sentiment came from Ranger Letter It: Thank You stamp set. I stamped this also in Black Soot and then fussy cut it. I foam mounted all the pieces on the card base. And that’s it – that’s my finished card!

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Global Design Project #263: Season of Thanks

CrafTangles October challenge: Masculine Projects

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Inkspirational Challenge #224: Picture Inspiration (Fall Photo)

Stamplorations October challenge: Stamps + Autumn colors

Thank you to the Retro Rubber team for having me over! Step over to the Retro Rubber challenge blog for more inspiration from their awesome team!

Thank you so much for stopping by as well! 🙂

#899 – Clothified!!

Hello and welcome!! We – my sister and I – are up with another Inspiration Station challenge!!

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There’s been a bit of a gap this time, and that was because of the theme I chose for the challenge this time – “Focus on Abstract and/or No Paper“. I didn’t think much before picking this theme.. but I definitely took a long time just to choose what to do!! Finally, I chose to use this piece of fabric from my sewing stash. Bright blue with flowers in pinkish red.. it looked really beautiful, before I became lost once again… I had absolutely no idea what to do with it!

Clothify!

This card that I finally came up with is just something that just put together, because I thought if I don’t then I’ll probably never come up with anything at all!! 😀

Well, I first adhered the fabric over some cartridge paper to make to retain it form, and so that I can use tape to adhere it on my card. I used some soft gel to do this task. Once dry, I die cut the sides using Paper Trey Ink Stitching lines die. I thought adding some sewing edges might look good. So I used some thick off-white thread that I had with me to handstitch this… first time I’ve done that on a card! 😀

Clothify! (closeup)

I did get lost a few more times, but finally, I decided on added the ‘hello’ from Paper Smooches Hello dies. I added Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink on a white scrap piece of cardstock and die cut it and a few more pieces of scrap cardstock using the die and adhered them together for dimension. I then added heat embossed it with clear ep a few times to get some additional dimension and also make it glossy so it looked like an enamel accent. I did the same with the small round heart stamped piece – I used a stamp from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint to stamp it and die cut it with a circle die before heat embossing.

I had a brown card base on which I had applied some darker brown, but had left it unused. I used that to foam mount the cloth panel and then added the sentiment and the rest of my embellishing along with a fun button that I found in my stash, which matched the rest of the card perfectly.

And that’s my card! With a focus on fabric background and a button to embellish. She’s been creating beautiful pages of art work in her art book… which is not yet a book, since she’s still needs to stitch all the art pages together to make a book out of it. And a book needs a cover, doesn’t it? Head over here to checkout what my sister has created!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂