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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  1. Soooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Oh my love love it.. totally missed the 007 Bond thing but light bulb on I get it so cleaver . Such a cute card and loving the washi for sure.

  3. Love, love, love this card!!!!! Such a cute image and your washi tapes are perfect with it! :) I am discovering I love the new Distress Oxide inks the background you created.

  4. What a cute and fun card.
    Really like the colors of ink you chose to use, perfect background for the cactus plant!
    The use of the washi tape is great, outside, inside and the envelope too, really a fun idea!

  5. Love how fresh and fun this card is, Shannon. I would say your first try at Distress Oxide was a success! Love the Bond references in your post, too!

  6. Beautiful work with the distress inks Shannon! Thanks for joining us this week for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge!