Thursday, May 3, 2018

Little Grass Shack

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I'm daydreaming of Hawaii, our summer vacation destination, so I invite you to join me for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge, and enjoy my inspiration board! 

Here it is:



Summer, aloha, tropics, sea breezes, and "thinking of you" came to mind when I glanced again at this week's board. My inspiration came from the left diagonal (flip flops, sunset, and free), where dies were my "free" tool of choice.



Doodlebug Designs has a new super happy collection called Sweet Summer that checked all my design boxes this week. The colors, patterns and sweet icon stickers called to me, so I layered up this beachy scene! The "thinking of you" sentiment stamp (Friendly Phrases) and Double-ended Flag Stacklets are from Taylored Expressions.

Get all the details about joining this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge by clicking HERE. As a postcard would say Wish You Were Here...


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Make Lemonade

I'm lovin' layers these days, and just had to pull out some new Jen Hadfield / American Crafts Patio Party patterned paper and stickers when I saw Jeanie Stark's inspiration board for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge! Check out all the possibilities with this board:


I selected the left to right diagonal -- stripes, punch and patterned paper. There's a lot going on in this card, but I really like a cheery, busy card!


While this photo may not show it well, the wide stripes are actually gold foil and this touch really makes this card snazzy! With all these goodies, I didn't even pull out my stamps and ink -- wha?! The patterns and textures and layers make me happy.

You should grab the inspiration board and head to your crafty space to dream up something that makes YOU smile! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge.





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Thursday, April 5, 2018

You know when it just hits you, straight on, and you know you have to do it? Well, that's how I felt when I saw my teamie Corinne Blake's Tic Tac Toe Challenge inspiration board this week while thumbing through my packet of Authentique's Jubilee collection!

So, here's the board:


And, here's my card:


I chose the far right column: stripes, ribbon and floral. Well, I think it's closer to say that the column choose ME as I gazed upon this not-so-Eastery, but ever so lovely, paper. It reminds me of old fashioned wallpaper, but in a really shabby chic and awesome sort of way!

Viva La Verve's March 2018 sketch was also an inspiration because it helped put everything together. And, this doesn't happen very often, but this is a no stamp card. Can you imagine? I brushed off some Spellbinders and Taylored Expressions dies and (I think) some older Papertrey Ink ribbon, and voila, a star is born!

I hope you'll be as giddy about the inspiration board in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge as I was. It's so much fun to puzzle out how what you have in your craft area can easily be turned into a fabulous card in no time -- Enjoy!



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Celebrating Spring

Welcome! Thanks for joining me for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge. This challenge is the best way to utilize all your goodies in your craft stash -AND- helps you turn it into an amazing handmade card! So take a look at this week's inspiration board created by TTTC Design Team Member Nicole Watt:


I've been thinking about springtime, bunnies, and the like, and decided to take that top row (twine, bold sentiment, and red) and turn it into something sweet and charming. Twine, Bold Sentiment, and Red hardly seem like an Easter card, right?

Well, here's where the fun begins...


I took some liberty with "red" and used a brick (or maybe dark carrot?) red for the bold sentiment and twine color, as those just worked so well on this uber sweet patterned paper by Authentique from their Jubilee line. I popped up strips of that paper with foam tape onto the card's base and then added some pink pearls around the lamb focal point. The "happy" sentiment die cut is from Taylored Expressions.

Hope you're thinking about taking some inspiration from this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board because we'd love to see what you come up with! Be sure to link your creation to this week's post!!



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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Being Green

Welcome and ribbit (frog for "howdy"!) It's time for another awesome Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this new inspiration board is chock-a-block with fun ideas!


Kermit's song, "It's Not Easy Being Green", immediately came to mind, so I grabbed Lawn Fawn's new set called Toadally Awesome and set to coloring.


If you've visited my blog recently, you'll notice this card's layout is similar to the set of Valentine's cards I made in Mindy Baxter's class. I was just smitten with those little square cards, so I altered this to a 4.25" square and used papers from Authentique's collection called Shamrock.

Now, for even more card making inspiration using this week's board designed by Claire Broadwater, head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog! I guarantee you'll scurry to your own craft space and break into your supplies. Don't forget to snap a photo and link it to this week's challenge post.

Thanks for stopping by...ribbit (frog for "farewell"!)


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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Walking through the wildflowers

The calendar says it's only a few weeks until spring despite that pesky groundhog and the weather outside. But, I was hopeful and inspired by this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board and I know you'll be as well!


With thoughts of fluttering butterflies and fields of green, I looked to the center row for inspiration and here's my card:


The patterned paper is from Echo Park's Homegrown collection, and what's the most charming vessel in which to put wildflowers? A mason jar, of course. This stamp and die are from Taylored Expressions and it's appropriately named Wildflower Bouquet. I also used a Taylored Expressions die to make that sweet little tag -- there are eight different tags to choose from in the set called Designer Mini Tags. To finish off this card with a rustic touch I used ivory jute twine.

Keep hopeful and thinking about the daffodils that are sure to bloom sometime soon, bringing a smile to your face and sunny days to your neighborhood. In the meantime, why not create a lovely card with our Tic Tac Toe Challenge board and bring that smile to someone's face this week!


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Yummy Valentines

First, please excuse my photo. Second, please enjoy my photo!


This past Saturday my crafty friend Felicita and I took a little road trip to Chino Hills, CA to a LSS neither of us had even heard of before last week. It's called This N That Scrapbooking, and its services include a FABulous paper crafts shop, a dry cleaner, alterations and Fed Ex shipping place all rolled into one! I didn't need anything mailed or cleaned, but I was very excited to meet My Creative Scoop's Mindy Baxter and take her card class. She is a wonderful Copic colorist and I was thrilled for the opportunity -- and her adorable Lawn Fawn Valentine cards were pretty awesome, too!

So, if you live in southern CA and are looking for another creative outlet, go find This N That Scrapbooking in Chino and tell 'em Shannon sent you!

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