#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!

#956 – Striped Background

Hello and welcome! I had made this card for our Inspiration Station challenge that us sisters have. But I hadn’t followed the theme right, so I thought I would make something else for the challenge, and post this card separately.

I started this card with making the striped background. With my sister’s help, I had collected these stripes from some time now. In fact there are even more left in the stash, to make more cards. Luckily, I was able to quickly find stripes that looked good together. I adhered these on a piece of copy paper, then trimmed the overhanding stripes.

And this became a fine time to get lost on how to continue. The background was so pretty, I didn’t want to add much on top which would cover it up. And some of the die cuts I originally had in mind, I dropped since they weren’t looking good on this. Thankfully, I had these pair of ‘Crocus Flowers’ dies from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a few pieces from white cardstock and adhered them together, I then adhered vellum below it, and cut it out as cleanly as I could. I think I did a pretty good job! 🙂

I figured I would adhere them on an incline, just so they would match the stripes. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set, fussy cut it, and adhered it using foam tape on top of the card. I adhered a few white rhinstones for embellishing.

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

The Flower Challenge #58: Add Spots or Stripes

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #320: All About Occasions

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#950 – Sparsely colored Bergenias

PE: Top Three at AAA Birthday challenge!

AAA Birthday - Top 3

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time I chose the Topping to be ‘Use an Embossing Folder‘.

And here’s what I created –

Sorry for the picture’s bad quality – its always cloudy here, and this is taken when the day was at its brightest!

Coming to the card – I started with embossing Hndmd Cotton watercolor paper using Altenew’s Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder. I then started coloring the raised areas with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils, using mineral oil/baby oil and paper stump to blend the colors. (You can see a similar coloring attempt with a different Altenew embossing folder here, where I used Oil pastels instead).

Once done, I trimmed the panel and adhered it over an off-white cardstock, covering the top completely. For the sentiment, I stamped one from Altenew Beautiful Lady over the same cardstock, trimmed it to size and foam mounted it over the card. I then added a few translucent sequins from Ranganjali for embellishment.

And that’s my card!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #318: All About Occasions

AAA Birthday challenge #26: Flowers

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #408: Birthdays where they are also celebrating their 9th birthday!! Yay!!

Checkout more inspiring cards from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford, and make good use of your embossing folders and join the fun!

Thakn you 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! 🙂

#942 – Seize the Birthday: Wheels

PE: Top Pick at the Retro Rubber challenge!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and we have a new Topping this time, given to us by Shirley, “Wheels“. As always you may enter any birthday themed projects into our gallery if you don’t want to take the Toppings option.

And here’s what I made –

I started with that cuddly bear and cute butterfly from Waffle Flower Happy Day, stamped it in VersaFine Onyx ink and then colored it using Zig Brush marker pens.I didn’t spend time on blending colors or making it look smooth, since I wanted to experiment with a rough colored look. Of course, since I am so used to blending, this isn’t as ‘rough’ as I would like! 😀

So, after I trimmed it, I used a couple of scrap cardstock and adhered it behind the piece, to provide support, since the cardstock wasn’t strong enough in some of the thinner places. Same with the butterfly.

For the background, I used Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, stamped it in a single blue ink. The stamp wasn’t long enough to cover the card, so I stamped it again from the other side. I didn’t do any masking, since the space between would be covered up by the bear.

I then stamped the sentiment, a combination of two Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Sentiment Builder.

For a base for the bear to ride his bicycle on, I cut out a piece of the same cardstock and die cut the top using My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die. Before foam mounting this on the card, I added a strip of grid-like washi tape on the base of the card. I then adhered the butterfly and the bear, adding foam tape to support the top of his body.

And that finished my card! And I’m also joining the following challenges –

Allsorts challenge #625: Anything with Happy Bright and Sunny Colours. They are also celebrating their 12th Birthday!! Congrats!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #159: Anything Goes (The Waffle Flower Happy Day stamp set was released Spring 2017)

RRCB 159

Addicted to Stamps and More #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

You can get more details about the challenge and extra inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda, at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Take a look, be inspired, and play along!

And thank you for stopping by! 🙂