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!

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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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