Sunday, October 31, 2021

Gorgeous Leaves for PP565

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, the always amazing Ann is hosting our Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.

My Tic-Tac-Toe Selection: ALL 9 Squares!

Next to Sketch Challenges, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenges are always a favorite! They are a great way to inspire your creativity as you simply pick a row on the board and get crafting. I thought it would be fun to REALLY make a challenge out of this one and complete a project using every square on the board. I almost forgot the stitching but squeaked it in at the end on the sentiment label. Whew, mission accomplished! I hope you will join us and play along this week. 

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
Color Combo: 
Since I knew I would be featuring leaves on my card, I grabbed the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set and coordinating Intricate Leaves Dies. I have used this bundle a LOT and it really is one of those “must-haves” for the fall season. I just love the detail in the die cut leaves, so I went with a trio of leaves as the focal point of my card. Since the stamp set doesn’t have any sentiments, I decided to pair it up with another fall favorite, the Welcoming Woods stamp set. This is also another set I reach for regularly because is has a lot of sentiments for different occasions. 

I’m also really loving the Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper right now, so that was my color combo inspiration for this card. I never really thought of Calypso Coral as a fall color but I just love it paired with Bumblebee, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. If you have ever visited me before you might know that even though Cajun Craze is a great rust color for the fall season, it’s just not my favorite and I tend to shy away from it most of the time. Guess what Cajun Craze? There’s a new kid on the block for the season and her name is Calypso Coral! I love how this card came together and I hope you do as well. 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Soft Suede Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2"
  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4"
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8", emboss using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, sponge some Crumb Cake ink around the edges
  • Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper: 1-1/2” x 5-1/8"
  • Vellum Carstock: die cut the largest circle from Layering Circles Dies, stamp background “dot” image in Soft Suede ink and sponge some ink around the edges of the circle
  • Die cut three leaves, one from Calypso Coral Cardstock, one from Soft Suede Cardstock (brush with Wink of Stella) and one from Brushed Metallic Copper Cardstock
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: scrap to stamp sentiment in Soft Suede ink and die cut using the stitched banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies
  • Linen Thread and Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots: I also sponged some Crumb Cake ink on the Linen Thread to give a little more distressed detail
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 4” x 5-1/4", stamp sentiment in Soft Suede ink and leaves in Calypso Coral ink
  • Harvest Meadow Series Paper (inside card): 4” x 3/4”     
Finally, a peek inside the card! I added a strip of DSP, some falling leaves from the Welcoming Woods stamp set along with the Happy Birthday sentiment. Note that strip of Basic White Cardstock the sentiment is stamped on. Well, that’s because “someone” stamped the sentiment crooked the first time. Instead of wasting the layer, I just decided to stamp it again on a cardstock scrap, sponge some ink around the edges and call it a fix. I don’t know that I love how it came out but it got the job done. Remember there are no mistakes in stamping, just opportunities for embellishments! :) 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project this fun Tic-Tac-Toe ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday November 5th, 2021

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. You did it, amazing that you got in all the boxes! Your card is beautifully designed and I love the colors!

  2. Anne Marie, WOW! I have never checked each box in a Tic Tac Toe challenge. I am so impressed right now! Then with the results that you got with this gorgeous card. I love every inch!

  3. Anne Marie, I love these colors together and the clean and simple background is the perfect way to showcase that gorgeous cluster of leaves. Fabulous card

  4. I like that we can see your pretty backgrounds through those fabulous leaves! This is marvelous, Anne Marie!

  5. What a beautiful confection of color and texture, Anne Marie! You knocked this one out of the park! Thank you for rocking my challenge. Have a wonderful week!

  6. So impressive that you got every box! Maybe I should have done that instead of stressing over only picking 3 lol! This whole card is lovely especially the vellum layer and great use of the Calypso Coral! The Harvest Meadow DSP has opened my eyes to CC as a fall color too! Have a lovely week!

  7. I am impressed that you ticked off every box on the grid, too! Good for you! And what a beautiful card it is, I just love that embossing behind the leaves, and the sentiment is gorgeous!

  8. Can't believe you got every! Love the colors and pretty leaves...great design too!

  9. All 9 boxes? Wow, now that is an over-achiever!! Love your card this week Anne Marie - DSP, texture, colour and a trio of stunning leaves; so much to love!

  10. Wow! YOU rocked this Tic Tac Toe Board! This is such a beautiful Fall card. I love those pretty leaves and all the texture. I love the mix of elements! Have a great weekend, My Friend!

  11. Anne Marie, this is a beautiful card as always. You used the patterned paper and colors perfectly and adding the Calypso Coral is genius! It is amazing that you checked off all the boxes, too! Love this.


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Anne Marie