Monday, October 22, 2012

CCC #4: Thankful

If you love using SVG files with your electronic cutter then Creative Cutting Challenge blog is for you!  The theme for our fourth Creative Cutting Challenge is "Thanksgiving".  Click here to enter the challenge and to check out more creative inspiration from our Design Team...even if you don't use SVGs, these are some talented ladies with great ideas!

For my design team project, I made this Thankful hanging.  It's approximately 5x7 and I'm thinking that it will end up as a thank you gift.  How punny would that be?  J

The Details:
  • I really love the acorn and oak leaves from The Creative Pointe's "Thanksgiving Set Two" SVG collection and decided to create a colorful fall bouquet with them.  Do you see them there accenting the Happy Thanksgiving header?  Isolating just certain elements in an SVG really allows you to maximize these files. You can cut just the part(s) you want and you don't have to cut them as can scale them up or down, elongate them...whatever you want.  
  • To create my bouquet, I cut the leaves from various leafy shades of scrap papers and the acorns from brown scraps.  
  • To enrich the colors, each piece had Distress Stains and/or Ink added.  
  • I then covered the faces in VersaMark and embossed them with UTEE, adding layers as needed for even coverage.  
  • Once each piece was covered in UTEE and slightly cooled, I  used a craft knife to add veins to the leaves and cross-hatched the caps on the acorns.  
  • I then added Ginger Alcohol Ink and blending solution to a used felt pad (used meaning it had lots of other neutral colors already on it) and applied it to each surface.  The AI filled in the veins and cross-hatching and dulled the finish of the UTEE.  
  • The leaves and acorns were layered on top of one another and "tied" with a jute twine bow.  For a little extra touch and dimension, I added Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles to the acorn caps.
  • I've had this Thankful sticker for a loooong time.  So glad that I finally used it!  It's layered on top of some vintage lace and accented with buttons and Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles.

Other Challenges:
Anything But a Card: Challenge 4 - Fall or Halloween or Fall Colors
Order of the Opus Gluei: Challenge #142 -. I "leaf" it up to you!
Pile It On - #43 - Holiday, any Holiday!
The Hybrid Chick: Card Caravan #29 - Fall / Autumn
Allsorts Challenge: Week #177 - Autumn Colours

Patterned Paper:  DCWV, scraps
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Thanksgiving Set Two
Image: Chelsea Craze ‘Button Card
Inks: Distress Stain ‘Brushed Corduroy’, ‘Rusty Hinge’, ‘Crushed Olive’; Alcohol Ink ‘Ginger’, ‘Blending Solution’; VersaMark; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Walnut Stain’
Embellishments: Vintage lace trim; vintage buttons, Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; jute twine; cardstock sticker; cotton twill fabric; Distress Stickles 'Frayed Burlap'
Tools:  Tim Holtz paper distresser; foam and felt ink blending tools; wire; spray adhesive; SCAL; Cricut Expression; Glue Dots; 3M foam tape; tweezers; craft knife; mister; UTEE; heat tool
Misc: cardboard


  1. Thanks for joining us at allsorts. Tracy xx

  2. A beautiful project and the leaves are so life like! Thanks for sharing how you created them!!

  3. Love this fall card - those leaves are gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pile it On Challenge.

  4. I love your beautiful Fall card. Your leaves are simply gorgeous and the details are grand. I've been wanting to use my utee on some of my flowers but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the inspiration! Lovely card!


  5. What a terrific blog you have, I love the detail you share in your post, it's always nice to know how to take an inspirational look and recreate it. Yes, I love a good pun. This is terrific, love the rich colors and warm feel of it. It feels like a hug.

    Perfect for our Opus Gluei theme, I'm so glad you came over to play with us and shared your card! Thank you!

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  7. What a beautiful wall-hanging! Thanks for joining the Card Caravan!

  8. So cool!!! I love the lace sticking out! :) :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card!!! :) :)

  9. This is really beautiful! Thanks for joining us t anything but a card!

  10. Gorgeous textures, colours and techniques on your hanging. A beautiful autumnal look.
    Thanks for sharing your hanging with us at Anything But A Card and I do hope you'll join us again soon.

  11. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Pile It On "Holiday and Holiday Challenge” with us! Just loved your wall hanging, and hope to see you back here next week!

    PIO DT
    Jenn Zeeb

  12. This card is wonderful! I Love all the details, the little buttons, the twine, in fact everything. It makes me think of bushels of apples and crunchy leaves. Thank you for bringing you creativity over to Opus Gluei!


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