Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spice it Up!

Greetings! So glad you could stop by today. I have the privilege of being the Featured Designer for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I am THRILLED! It's about time to wrap up autumn and slide right into winter...but first, we'll finish off the season of #PSL, pumpkin spice lattes, with a bang.

Here is this week's challenge board and it's loaded with warm-n-cozy autumn icons:

I had a hard time selecting just one, but I finally decided on the left column: Pumpkin, Askew, and Rustic.

I'm quite fond of all things pumpkin, so you can imagine how giddy I get when the season o' pumpkins begins! This is my card -- an ode to pumpkin spice lattes!

I used Lawn Fawn's new mini set called Pumpkin Spice and its coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment onto Taylored Expressions' new Sentiment Stacker 2 die set, which I totally adore. And yes, there's a Sentiment Stacker 1 :-)

I created my background by stamping the mugs slightly askew in VersaMark ink on a kraft card base. I stamped the mugs again on white, then colored and die cut them. I added clear Wink of Stella on the whipped cream because, well, whipped cream is kind of a star! I popped up the front mug and added a few more rustic elements - natural jute twine and a coconut button.

I'm thankful you decided to stop by and I hope you'll try your hand at this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. Wishing you and autumn a fond farewell for now...

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

CHRISTMAS -- I'm OK with starting to think about the Season of Giving. I'm looking forward to putting up the tree in a few weeks and might even have hummed a carol recently. So, it's no surprise that I embraced this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board and put a Christmas spin on it! Here's the inspiration board:

I chose the elements in the Right Diagonal: Circle, Elegant, and Greeting.

These elegant die cut ornaments and border greeting are by Taylored Expressions. The gold foil paper and filigree styling really bump these up a notch! It's a simply sophisticated take on a cherished holiday tradition -- trimming the tree.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this week's board inspires you -- share your creation on the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see what happens!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Expressions of Joy

Greetings! Welcome to the first Tic Tac Toe Challenge of November --

I was inspired by this week's board and an event that I recently attended. More on that later...

Here is this week's challenge board:

I went with the bottom row: Stripes, Black, and Heat Embossing and here is my card:

I used Taylored Expressions stamps, dies and enamel dots, plus Distress re-inkers and watercolor paper to create the rainbow background. The stripes come from the "negative space" in the original cutting plate called Diagonal Stripes. I had the opportunity to attend this year's Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy event and learned so many cool techniques, and this was one of them.

Which row on the challenge board inspires you? Dig into your stash and put those inks, stamps, papers, and embellishments to good use! You just never know what beautiful things can come from a Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Challenge -- Accepted!

Welcome! So glad you could join us at this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. This week's inspiration board was a challenge for me, but I loved working out how I'd come up with a card to love. Here's the board...

...and here's my card...

I went with the diagonal row: White, FREE (die cut), Hearts. This is a design I will use in my Husband's Six Packs. Would you like to get this anniversary card from your hubby?

This is why I LOVE the Tic Tac Toe Challenge -- it makes me stretch outside my comfort zone and discover that I can make awesome cards with just a little inspiration from my friends! I hope you'll take some inspiration from this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge and send us a photo of YOUR next awesome card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Into The Night... another episode of Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I'm your host, Vincent Price, with my latest creation called Into The Night. OK, enough goofiness for one post! I'm sharing my take on this week's inspiration board:

I selected the left column: Animals, Layers, and Sparkle. This card is one of four I created for my Halloween class here in the San Diego area. I love when worlds collide, creatively speaking!


How many dies did we use here?! The patterned paper, which I happen to think is perfect for this design (and totally accidental) is by Echo Park from their Happy Halloween Collection Kit. The Spooky Trees cutting plate and Stitched Banner Stacklets are from Taylored Expressions. Then there's my oldie but goodie bat punch from Martha Stewart, and last but not least, the sentiment is from a company dear to my heart, Fresh Squeezed Stamps -- Frightfully Delightful. Where's the sparkle you ask? The bats are slathered with black Wink of Stella. Unfortunately, my photos just don't do these little bats justice...

My apologies to fancy bats everywhere! This week's board is chock-a-block with fun elements to try your hand at. You should definitely stop by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see which row or column speaks to you (perhaps in a vampirey kind of voice?!)

Thanks for stopping by and I'm looking forward to checking out your creation!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cup Runneth Over

Welcome friends - thanks for joining me today as we launch the newest Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I'm thrilled to be the featured designer! Seriously, this week's challenge "blends" some of my favorite things -- coffee (natch!) & autumn. The inspiration board is filled with elements that make you go hmmmmm...

There were so many possibilities that I was all over the place this week, yet managed to land squarely on two lines. However, I'm going to claim the far right: autumn colors (persimmon), dimension, and rounded corners. I think I can also say I hit the right-to-left diagonal: autumn colors, paper piece, and Free (interactive card). OK, here it is...

The photo above shows the interactive tag pulled up using the heart-shaped splash stick. Below shows the tag hidden under the lid.

Here's how I made that little pull tab:

This is the back side of the paper pieced coffee cup. I made "bumpers" with thin strips of foam tape - the bottom piece keeps the tag from falling too far down, and the two side strips keep the tag in place. The foam tape also gives the cup dimension on the already popped watercolor "notebook page" that's color washed with Stampin' Up! ink in Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze -- blended to create a persimmon colored glaze.

This card will also be entered into the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop over on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog. I hope everyone will go check out the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and see if you can create a card using some of these challenging elements -- can't wait to see what you make!!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ooh La La

Bonjour, and welcome to another fabulous Tic Tac Toe Challenge! This week's inspiration board has so many fun elements to explore, so I really enjoyed designing my card using it. Here's the board:

I focused on the left row: acetate, dimension, and gold. However, the center row across (dimension, embellishment and die cut) are also part of my card! I bet you didn't imagine so many elements went into a card...without much effort.

Now, my biggest inspiration for the new technique I tried came from Jennifer McGuire's "stained glass window" cards she made featuring Gina K Designs' new release. I hadn't even heard of heat resistant acetate and I'd never imagined how cool it could make my card! Thank goodness for Amazon Prime and fast shipping :-)

I used a new-to-me stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. I put this adorable Paris-inspired set called Mon Cheri, which I'd been admiring for some time, and Jennifer McGuire's technique together and came up with this:

Since the Eiffel Tower image isn't solid, I used Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks to create a colored panel to set beneath the heat embossed tower image I embossed onto the acetate. I didn't realize my gold embossing powder contained glitter, but that just inspired me to get my bling on!

I used a scrap of the Oxide background to create the "Merci" sentiment embellishment, paper pieced the young lady's dress and handbag, then finished it all off with amber bling -- more Autumn in Paris, than springtime in Paris.

Now it's your turn! Which elements inspire you? 

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