Entering the Gates with Thanksgiving

Hi all! HAPPY FRIDAY! It’s time to take up another die cut challenge by Stuck On U Sketches. The current challenge is: Gates.

I have to say, this was not one of my easiest challenges. I have no actual gate images in my Cricut collection and couldn’t really think of a theme for a project. Then yesterday, (as a design team member, we do get these challenges ahead of time) I thought, why not try a gate fold card and see where it takes me. Here’s the result:

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The base of the card is cut from Olive cardstock at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 to make the gate-fold. The gate itself is actually a fence I cut from White Daisy cardstock at 4 3/4 inches using the Closet To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. I use the light marker from Close To My Heart’s Whisper marker set to give some shadow and dimension to the fence and cut it in half to fit the gate fold card. [Instant gate!] The pattern paper is from a retired collection called Flirty. The paper flowers and their 3 dimensional floral centers by Close To My Heart are from my stash and have also been retired. I punched out the butterflies with a retired Creative Memories punch and adhered the top layer in the center only in order to give it dimension. The the small rhinestones are from my stash. The sentiment is from the Happy Autumn stamp set and is stamped in Olive Exclusive ink. I inked around the edges of the card base and base layer with Saddle Exclusive ink for extra pop.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the card:

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Here it is with the gates “opened”:

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And here it is once again:

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I hope you enjoyed my answer to the Stuck On U Die Cut challenge. Be sure to hop on over to the blog for more inspiration. And don’t forget to give yourself time to create something beautiful this weekend!

Cheers!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn Darda
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 08:27:14

    Love this! What a clever way to use that fence. Don’t be surprised if you see me lift this idea, friend!

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  2. audreypettit
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 08:06:49

    Oh, this is beautiful, Kim! Great Autumn colors and design. LOVE what you did with the gate!

    Reply

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