Creative Knockouts Challenge 185

Creative Knockouts Challenge 185 – Border Time Design Team Inspiration

Creative Knockouts Challenge #185 – Border Time with AMB Illustrations

Hello, everyone!  It’s that time again…time for a new challenge over at Creative Knockouts Sponsored Challenges!  This week’s challenge theme is Border Time.  I love being a part of this blog’s amazing Design Team because of the great inspiration and fun atmosphere.  We would love to have you come and play along with us.  This week our sponsor is AMB Illustrations and they are offering our winner: 3 single packs or a trio or a combo and a single!  Take a moment to head over to their shop and check out all of the great images available!

A Little Inspiration

This week I used the Farm Animal Stamp set supplied by AMB Illustrations.  There were so many cute animals to choose from that I ended up having to cut back to fit a few.  I knew right away that I wanted my border to be a fence and that I wanted a barn.  My Cricut got quite the work out while I tried to figure out what all I wanted to do.

The Background

To begin, I cut a piece of 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ water color paper.  I water colored the top blue and the bottom green.  Then, I added water to my brush and created a few clouds.  Finally, I used a little red water color paint to make some flowers in my fields of green.  They turned out a little bolder than I wanted, so I put a quick wash of green over them to tone them down.  I think it turned out perfect for what I was going for.

Water Colored Sky and Field

Water Colored Sky and Field

Building the Barn

The barn was so much fun to make!  I used a great image from the Cricut Design Space library.  The planked wood and “X” doors were exactly what I envisioned.  After I cut the image from red and cream card stock, I smudged the red with Fired Brick Distress Ink. Then, I coated the whole thing with a layer of Crazing Collage Medium from Ranger.  Next, I inked the edges of the cream card stock and smudged it further with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Finally, I glued all of the pieces on and adhered it to the water colored background.

The Animals

I colored all of the animals using my Spectrum Noir markers.  As I stated before, I had a hard time narrowing down which of these lovely digital stamps to use on the project.  I ended up using a horse, sheep and spotted cow.  After I colored them, I fussy cut out the animals.  All three of these animals are part of the Farm Animals Digital Stamp set from AMB Illustrations.  As you can see from the image below, I was going to use a rooster and chicken, but I ran out of space for them.  I wish I would have printed them smaller.

All of the Pieces

All of the Pieces

The Fence and Sign

This challenge’s them is Border Time.  I decided to use a fence as the border.  I know it is a little unconventional, but that is what I envisioned from the beginning, so I went with it!  The fence was made up of many layers including the sign, brown posts, cream posts, brown slats and green grass.  I used coordinating colors of Distress ink to give the wood  and grass texture.  Then, I used my Cricut to write the sentiment “Have a farm-tastic day!” on the fence sign.  I love how it turned out!

The Final Card

To assemble the card, I layered the sheep and the horse over the background, leaving the heads loose so that I could put them in front of the fense for extra dimension.  Then, I attached the cow to the fence and used Scor-Tape to attach the fence over the other animals.  Finally, I added a great little bail of hay in front of the fence.  The hay was also from the Cricut Design Space image library.  I distressed it with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  I just love the dimension of this card!  The final card measures 8″ x 5″ on a cream card base.


The following challenges inspired me.  Please take a moment to check out these awesome blogs and their design teams.

Challenge #342 – Children from the Fab ‘n’ Funky Challenge blog.  I think this card would be perfect for any child!

Fab N Funky Blog

Fab N Funky Blog

Challenge #38 – Anything Goes from A Snowflakes Promise blog.  Fun new challenge for me!

A Snowflakes Promise Blog

A Snowflakes Promise Blog

Challenge #12 from the Classic Design Team Open Challenge blog.  This is a new challenge for me.  I love the idea of having a challenge just for design team members.

Challenge #337 – Anything Goes from the Crafty Creations Challenge blog.  I just love this challenge and I want to share with them.

Crafty Creations Blog

Crafty Creations Blog


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