Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year, New Challenges!

I'm ready to kick off this new year with plenty of inspired creativity and this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge has loads of inspiration!

This is TTTC board #30, put together by the fabulous Nicole Watt, and it's dreamy...

I think all of these elements offer so many possibilities and that's what I love about the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. This week I knew I wanted to use some items from Pebbles' Girl Squad line, but I wasn't sure where to start. However, that's the beauty of this challenge -- take what you have and see where the inspiration takes you!

At first glance Girl Squad seems pigeon-holed into the genres of clean, graphic and "young". All good things, but I wanted to see where Wood, Lace and Floral fit in. So, here's my interpretation:

Diagonal: Floral, Lace, and Wood

I was also inspired by the January Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge -- it helped me build a cohesive design. All the colors, icons and sentiments in the Girl Squad papers, shapes + tiny puffy stickers make me think of my pre-teen niece, so I think I'll send this one to her next week. Middle school can be tough, and who couldn't use a little encouragement once in a while?!

Thanks for stopping by and I sure hope you'll give this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge a try!!

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Goodies

Tick tock the Christmas clock is ticking! So glad you dropped by today because I'm still giggling at my Tic Tac Toe Challenge card. The inspiration board this week is fantastic -- so many elements, so many possibilities.

Here's this week's board:

I selected the middle row: Embossing, Die Cut and Pink.

I think I was musing about all the holiday cookies and treats magically showing up in our office, and loads of occasions being dreamed up for devouring said treats! So, here's my card...

I used some super fun Taylored Expressions stuff -- Exercise Grumplings and coordinating dies, Frame in Frame 2 cutting plate, Bead Board embossing folder, and Donut Little Bits. How many of us make that same face when we step on the dreaded scale this time of year?! If we can't laugh...well, of course we can laugh!

Let's see what you dream up with this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge -- link up your pic and show us. Anyone can play along and I guarantee you'll have a great time!

Wishing you a smooth run up to, baking, wrapping, and making a few awesome handmade cards.

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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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