#971 – A Sunset Scenery

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, Colleen has given us the topping ‘Make a Sunset Scene‘. Of course, the topping is optional and you can choose to go without it and just make any birthday project to join the challenge.

And here’s what I made –

I chose the Concord & 9th City Stacks to make a simple scene. Stamping it so that the upper portion is mostly empty, I then watercolored it using distress inks. I also watercolored the staircase, which was not already present in the scene Once dry, I added white splatters for the stars using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink, mixing it with perfect pearls for some extra ‘starry’ shine. I did have to go over some the lines that hadn’t stamped properly using a fine liner marker. I also added some grass and leaves-lines on the trees, along with adding the long staircase.

I then trimmed the watercolor panel to size, trimming a bit more on the top and the bottom than a regular card size. I then used foam tape to mount this on a black card base. Finally, I used sentiments from My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set to white heat emboss the sentiment on black cardstock, trimmed them and foam mounted them on the card.

And that’s it! A really easy card to make, since the stamps provided so much of the scenery! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout challenge #199: Down to Earth

Tic Tac Toe challenge #137: I’ve chosen Sparkle – Green/Blue – Tree

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout more inspiration from the rest of our innovative design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Carol McFarland!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#957 – Berry Sweet!

Hello and welcome! Time or a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this is going to be my last challenge as a part of the Design Team. Thank you so much, Felicita and the rest of the team for all the great time!

We are continuing the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings‘ and this time JoAnne has created this board for us –

Chooing the diagonal from top left – Fruit – Pattened Paper – Shaker, I made this card –

My idea of using the fun strawberries for shaker came from this shaker card created by the fantastic Julie Ebersole, which actually has cute cupcakes for the shaker. It’s so much fun! I thought of using berries instead, thinking they would be perfect for the summer theme.

So I started with the berries from the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Florals stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used an extra die for the berry itself, to add a bit of support and dimension. For the pattern paper, I used Recollections Blossoms & Bliss paper, adhered it above the entire card base.

For the shaker’s frame, I used Neat & Tangled Scalloped dies, cutting a few white cardstocks using it. I adhered them all together for the frame. Since I wasn’t going to use any foam tape, with the pattern being so thin at places, I didn’t want to take any chances. I adhered this on the card base and then added the sentiment from Honey Bee stamps Pearfect Sentiments

Finally, I added a few sequins, beads and the fruit die cuts, adhered the transperency using double sided tape and then placed the top frame, which I cut out from Fabiano Elle Erre Belle card stock, which has a little bit of striped texture to the card. And that finished my card!

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps and More #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration on the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog, where you can see creations from the rest of the DT and our guest designer as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#954 – Congrats to the Newly Weds!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this time we have the board created by Betty, following the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings’ –

I chose the mid row – Die-cut – Sentiment – Metallic and this is what I made –

I am actually CASE-ing this card by the incredibly talented Dilay Nicar – its just so full freshness!! Of course, with plenty of changes, mine looks more like a wedding card than hers! 😀

I started by die cutting the concentric circles I would be using. I cut them out from beige cardstock using Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and added dimension to each piece by adhering 3 of each together. For the card base, I die cut a panel using a die from Mama Elephant So Sew dieset, partially diecutting it to make it lengthier than it would be when using the die as is. I then added splatters of light brown die ink, let them dry and finally I adhered these circles on top, trimming and reusing whatever leftover piece I could to fill in the panel.

I chose the colors for my flowers as purple, peach and pink and picked two shades of each to stamp the florals and leaves using stamps from Lesia Zgharda – Kvitys Contours, Fern and Leaflets.I also used Altenew Antiuqe Gold ink on the flower centers to add a bit of shine. I then trimmed each of the images and arranged them on the panel. For adhering, I used glue on some of them,and a bit of foam tape on the others for some more dimension.

I then adhered this over a white card base, and trimmed any extra length of cardstock. For the sentiment, I first applied double sided tape over scrap white cardtock and added holographic foil over it. I then die cut the ‘congrats’ using My Favorite Things Congrats die. For the stamped part, I selected one from Waffle Flower Congrats stamp set and heat embossed it using platinum embossing powder over the same white cardstock, trimmed it to size and cut out triangles from both ends to get the mini banner. I then adhered the congrats die cut to a few extra pieces that I had die cut and then adhered it over my card along with the foam mounted stamped sentiment piece. For embellishing, I used a few double colored sequins and a few white sequins.

And that finished my card. Checkout more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT and our special guest designer at the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog and don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#952 – Metallic Background

Hello and welcomo! We have a new challenge up at Tic Tac Toe and following a new theme ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings‘, I have prepared this board for you –

While somehow getting confused about what to make – I actually had a pretty tough time – I somehow ended up incorporating two lines, the mid row and the mid column, plus silver/gold for a little extra!

Wanting to use some colored cardstock , I had initially chosen a light pink and then a beige color. But I then decided to do something different, and chose this baby blue textured cardstock. I then stamped the entire panel with flower cluster images from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom with Versamark Watermark ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then colored them using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.

Moving to the focal point, I die cut the hearts from an off-white cardstock and the same baby blue textured cardstock using Winnie & Walter True Dotty Heart dies and adhered them. I then stamped the same two flower clusters in black, colored them using Zig brush markers and fussy cut them out. Next, fro the banner sentiment, I stamped the banner from the same stamp set in light blue and the sentiment from WPlus9 Basic Banners in black and then fussy cut that also. I then layered these pieces and adhered them together, finally adhering it on top of the blue metallic background panel.

I trimmed the blue panel a bit. I then cut out two strips of the off-white cardstock and used partial die cutting with My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die to get a couple of long scalloped strips. I adhered these behind the blue metallic panel and then adhered them to the cardbase. For embellishing, I used a few off-white helf-pearls.

And that finished my card! Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge page for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#949 – Picnic with Friends

PE: Bastel-Traum Bronze award winner!

Bastel Traum - Bronze Award

Hello and welcome to a new challenge up at Tic Tac Toe! This time, the board is created by Felicita for us, and this it it –

I created this after choosing the first column – Friendship-Any Color-Sentiment

I wanted to work with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils again. I used Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper. I first stamped the critters from Purple Onion Designs using a light grey ink, and colored them. I must admit, I am quite happy with the coloring this time, and I owe it all to Sandy Allnock’s you tube videos – I learnt so much from her!

Well, I can’t really explain the coloring process better than Sandy does! Basically, it involves

  • coloring the first layer lightly,
  • coloring in layers, going lighter to darker layer,
  • and then finishing it off with the lighter layer again, blending the darker layers together with covering as much area as possible, considering the paper’s tooth.

Once done, I trimmed this panel, and added the sentiment from My Favorite Things Kind Thanks stamp set, using VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink. I then adhered this over a kraft card base.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #318: All About Occasions

Bastel Traum challenge #102: Animals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Animal Antics

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hop over to the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog to checkout more inspiration from the DT and our guest designer asll!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂