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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