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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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Create the Day Away!

My fellow Tic Tac Toe Challenge design team member, Peggy Noe, is hosting an event like nothing I've seen -- and it sounds fabulous! Do you live in the San Diego area -- or maybe you'd consider a craft weekend getaway? Interested in making handmade cards, learning new techniques, and enjoying a day away with other creative souls? Then this event is one you should check out!

For more information, go to Enjoy!

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Make Mine a Double...

...double espresso, please! I love me some java, a good ol' cuppa joe -- full octane, por favor! And, I'm always grinning when I see my fellow paper crafters creating loads of coffee inspired cards.

So, it's no surprise that I really enjoy the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, and love checking out the awesome coffee themed cards and more on their Facebook group, of which I'm a proud member. So, when I saw this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge inspiration board, I whipped out my caffeine inspired scraps and went to work!

Special Fold, or Fun Fold, cards are my favorites. I just "discovered" the Dutch (Door) Fold card and decided to use that as my starting point.

Diagonal: Special Fold, Oval, and Die Cut

I've been rationing my Doodlebug Design Cream & Sugar leftovers, but decided this card was definitely worth using the last of my favorite papers and stickers! My inspiration was the Diagonal Row -- Special Fold, Oval and Die Cut.

To create the Dutch Door Fold base, I cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of pink cardstock to 8.5" x 9". On the 9" side I scored at 2-1/8", flipped the paper around and scored the other side at 2-1/8" as well. On the 8.5" side I scored at 5-1/2" in between the two previously scored lines only. Then, I scored at 2" just to the long score line and did the same on the opposite side. I cut away the outer rectangular sections left after scoring and here's what the Dutch Door Fold card base looks like...

That half oval at the top is the die cut that hangs over the front flap. I love that we mat and decorate all the flaps (inside and out) with pretty patterned paper! There's plenty of room to write a silly message AND a place inside the top flap, just under the ribbon, to tuck a coffee shop gift card, too!

So, which row inspires YOU this week? Go and check out my Team O design team buddies' inspiration -- they are AMAZing!! Tic Tac Toe Challenge is the most fun you can have with paper, scissors and a cuppa coffee!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#10 for a WIN!

Hi there! Welcome to another ├╝ber fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this is Week 10 -- can you believe that? That means summer is almost over and we're pushing into autumn. But, I don't mind...I'm ready for the fall/winter holidays!

So, here's this week's inspiration board -- which line should I go for?

Ghouls and goblins (of the cute kind) have been on my mind AND I just got my hands on the brand new Authentique Tricky line, so I decided on the left row: metallic, anything but a card, and green.

I dig how the lighting in this photo came out -- like something magical is swirling about! I wish you could see how sparkly the clear Wink of Stella on this hauntingly handsome owl dude looks! I use Taylored Expressions Tagging Along die set for this "sweet" little treat bag, along with some nice, thick patterned paper from Tricky. The owl is from the brand new Peek A Boo Halloween stamp set from Taylored Expressions, and that wistfully wonderful web is from their new Skinny Mini Halloween Borders.

Wondering where the metallic is? No, it's not the shiny little Three Musketeers bar, but the gold foil star hole reinforcer and the gold metallic ribbon I used to attach the "Whoos Scared?" tag. I also added some googly eyes and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sunlit Meadow.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to seeing your take on this week's inspiration board, so head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back To School

Welcome! So glad you dropped in. As an educator, I'm relishing this last week of summer vacation and thought I'd use that, along with this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board, to create a sweet card for a teacher. It's my Team O's turn to inspire you and here's this week's inspiration board:

At first, I focused in on the doily, but then my mind whirled the back-to-school idea around, and I shuffled over to the left row: rectangle, circle (doily), and square.

I picked up a set of adorable mini pennant punches on my recent trip and really wanted to try them out. They were easy to use and I know I'll incorporate more teeny tiny banners in the near future!

Here's the inside of my card. Both sentiments came from a couple of my old Fresh Squeezed Stamps sets -- oldies but goodies!

Be sure to click on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see even more inspiration from my Team O pals. Link your card to this week's challenge and see if you become a Designer's Choice or Team Pick - then grab a badge!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Secret Agents Wanted...

What did the crafter say to her tape runner? Bond, just bond! Thank goodness my adhesives were checked and cleared for maximum security because I would't want this little cactus taking a tumble -- ouch!

I'm playing along in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge and it's week 7 -- TTTC007. Get the Bond reference above?! Seriously, I'm having so much fun using these inspiration boards to create a new card every week just for me. Well, someone else will eventually get it, but my joy comes from creating it. Here's the Tic Tac Toe board that inspired me and lots of others:

I love that after I pick a row and get my thoughts and ideas all sorted out, my supplies lined up in front of me, and start stamping, cutting, gluing, etc., I discover that my finished card incorporates several other elements from the inspiration board, as well. This week I used the center row across: washi tape, Distress Ink, and floral.

This was my first official use of Distress Oxide inks and I had a blast! Now this sample is very low-key and likely not very exciting to all you Tim Holtz fans, but I loved how buttery those inks moved on my paper! I spritzed a little water and then got all dramatic and tried some Perfect Pearls Mists in Sunflower Sparkle. This photo doesn't do justice to the pretty golden splotches, but trust me, it's cool.

I visited my hometown last week and stopped in at Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento, where my girlfriend and I snatched up several rolls of washi tape. You just never know when you're going to need some washi tape with cactus on it, right? WEEELLLLL, here ya' go! What's that new storybook called, "If You Give a Girl Some Washi..."? A little is good, but more is better!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll step outside your comfort zone and give this Tic Tac Toe Challenge a try this week. Also, share the challenge with your crafty friends and neighbors, too! They're going to love having a fun, simple reason to create a handmade card this week :-)

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