Monday, September 4, 2017

Tic, Tac, Toe for The Flower Challenge #12.....

Hello everyone: I've been absent for quite a while due to the fact that I had to take my 94 y/o Mother back to Mexico, she had been living with us here in the USA for 5 1/2 years, I've taken care of her for all of this years but now, her health is declining and she needs a specialized kind of care that I just can't give her here.  So I traveled with her, which in itself, was truly difficult but now, she is in a nice place, near my brothers and, most of all, in a warmer climate, Winters up here in NW. Indiana can be brutally cold and long.
But anyway, I'm slowly getting back into the crafting swing of things so, here is my card for THE FLOWER CHALLENGE #12, which is a Tic, Tac, Toe challenge, full of awesome possibilities.

Here is the template and, below it, my card.  I hope it inspires you to play along with my teammates and I in our gallery. 

For my card I chose the first horizontal line, which is "Embossing, Distress Inks and Sentiment"
I dry emboss my panel with a Cuttle Bug embossing folder and, carefully sponged some Tim Holtz Distress inks in Picked Raspberries, Peel Paint and Tumbled Glass.
The sentiment is heat embossed onto Vellum, the butterfly is from a retired (or retiring) set called "Papillion Potpourri" I stamped it with Stazon black ink on a scrap piece of Vellum and colored with Prismacolor pencils on the back.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my card.

The sentiment is from a Power Poppy set called "Best Day Ever", the flowers and butterfly from an old Flourishes set.
I hope you stop by THE FLOWER CHALLENGE and give this fun Tic, Tac, Toe challenge a try, do not forget to stop by my teammates' blogs to see their awesome creations and leave some comment love.  This challenge runs until September 25th. so you have plenty of time to get creative and share your beautiful cards in our gallery.
Please read our rules, they are few but important and also, please add our challenge banner to your post when you upload your card to the gallery.
Thank you for stopping by, I always read every single comment you so kindly leave on my posts, I want you to know I appreciate them more than words can express.
Until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


  1. It's so good to see you back on your blog, Maria. This is a beautiful card. I love the sponging of the pretty embossed flowers. So delicate. So sorry your mother is not doing very well. It's great your brothers will be able to take care of her now. You were her caregiver for a long time. I agree winters in Indiana too cold for older people. You are a special person. I always enjoy your blog. Take care and have a great day!

  2. Such bright and beautiful colors, Maria! Great use of the tic-tac-toe challenge to make a gorgeous card.

  3. Your card is so beautiful, Maria, outside and in! What a time of transition for you. I know it must be difficult, but it sounds like the wisest course. Sending lots of hugs, Darnell

  4. How beautiful to add color to the embossed flowers and stems!

  5. Wow, this is beautiful, Maria! I have this embossing folder and never thought to color the embossing on it. I will be sure to do it now! Thanks for inspiring me. I know you will miss your mother, but it sounds like she is where she needs to be.

  6. Wow Maria yet another fab card from you mf! so soft and subtle and love the vivid pops of colour with the flower centres and pretty butterfly ;) hugs Viv xx

  7. Pretty card Maria, thanks for your lovely comments on my blog.

  8. Maria! You're back and with a bang - gosh this is a beauty. I love the embossing with the highlights of colour and the excellent use of the vellum. It's so soft and beautiful. The butterfly is just the icing on the cake xx

  9. beautiful how you added colour to the flower centers to make them pop, so pretty.
    xx Karen

  10. The coloring on the dry embossed image makes it so much prettier! And a beautiful vellum butterfly on top is just perfect!

  11. Just love how you coloured the embossed flowers on you gorgeous card, it mustn't have been easy to sponge in just that small area, Bravo!