Challenges and Experiments

I was so excited to see the Tic Tac Toe Challenge return. I love the format of this challenge. They give you a board with nine squares filled with characteristics your creation must contain but you can do any row, column or diagonal.

The Inspiration

This weeks board:

I chose the column down the middle: Die cut, Spring, and Blue. I’ve been organizing my craft room (another challenge of a whole different kind!) and I knew I had some blue flowers I wanted to use. I also had a bicycle stamp from a long-ago Paper Pumpkin. It really is amazing what we have in our craft rooms.

The Experiment

Anyhow, I got this idea from a card made by Amy Koenders. She had a single layer with the bike stamped on top of a stamped tree. And I thought, what if I used a die-cut tree. And then what if I made it an easel card. But how would I get to the tree to take the image so that it was intact if the tree was on top? What if I embedded the tree but it popped up on its own when the card was folded. Yeah! This is gonna be cool.

And it was—after three tries.

The Card

Here is the card lying flat more or less. The base is Tempting Turquoise, a retired color that matched my stash flowers perfectly. The tree is cut from Kraft paper which has a nice woody quality. The Whisper White base was scored first then die cut. I did this to make sure the hole for the branches was above the score line and the trunk of the tree was below.

Next, I fit the Kraft tree into the Whisper White base and stamped my bicycle in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. After the ink was dry, I cut the white base on the score and then placed the two halves on the blue card base. I focused on getting the two halves as close as possible but also aligned on the edges to give the illusion of one folding piece. I cut it because leaving it as one piece didn’t work well with folding it back and forth.

The sentiment is from an old Paper Pumpkin as well, Giftable Greetings. I stamped it in Crumb Cake and added a bit of linen twine at the end. Finally, I glued the blue flowers to the tree and added a pearl to each one.

But we aren’t done. The easel needs something to hold it in place. I used a sentiment that says “Today and Always” from the Lasting Lily stamp set (old Saleabration I think). It’s popped up on Dimensionals and set far up on the interior so that the tree stands upright when the card is folded.

I’m totally biased, but I think this is a really cool card. It’s advanced and fussy, but I fell in love with the results. Thanks to the Tic Tac Toe coordinators for kicking off this project with their fun challenge.

What have you got in your craft stash that’s inspiring your creativity this weekend?

Tic Tac Toe Challenge Team Pick

Quick update: This card was selected as a Team Pick! I’m so honored.

4 thoughts on “Challenges and Experiments


    WOW….this is totally amazing! The flat card is beautiful enough, but to see it standing up as an easel…that takes it to another whole dimension! Very clever and very pretty! So thrilled you’re playing with our first challenge back at Tic Tac Toe!

  2. Felicita J. says:

    Oh my… those beautiful blue flowers just pop off of of your design with the tree and bicycle screams Spring. Thank you so much for joining us over at Tic Tac Toe challenge this week. What do I have in my craft stash that’s inspiring me lately alcohol inks. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope to see you again.

  3. Joanne James says:

    Colleen you are right to be proud of this gorgeous card – the easel feature makes it a real stand out (or should I say stand up?!) card. Your flowered tree has so much texture and dimension and the blue flowers really pop! Thank you for embracing our tic tac toe board this week and we look forward to seeing you in the gallery again soon!

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