This is an exciting day for me in my craft room! I was honored to be chosen as a guest designer for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. This challenge involves designing a project from nine elements on a Tic Tac Toe board, selecting just three in a row, going in any direction. In my excitement, I got carried away, and turned it into Blackout Bingo by using every square!
Su Mohr Guest Designer
After looking over the board with all of its elements, I began with Wildflower. I used two dies from the Sweet Cake set in the Occasions catalog, cutting three wild roses. I cut the “frame” of the flower from Whisper White cardstock, and the “inside” from printed vellum.
Some of you may remember, this is the vellum that coordinated with Botanical Gardens. I still have some, which brings me to the problem I encounter when using it. And, that is, it’s difficult to hide the adhesive. I solved that problem here, by coloring the dimensionals with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend, and then Popped Up my three wild roses. White wild roses have yellow touches. Yay!
My wild roses needed Green Foliage, and the same Sweet Cake die set had perfect greenery to go with them. I cut four of one branch from Always Artichoke cardstock, and three from Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
I thought my wildflowers would enjoy having a trellis for climbing, and used Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and a die from Eclectic Layers for building this structure. For added dimension, I placed it on Adhesive Strips. These give it twice the height of regular dimensionals.
I added a Fancy Border along the bottom with the diamond, cut-out shapes. You must look closely to see them. Sometimes, little pieces are just too cute to throw away. 😉
My little, yellow Butterfly (Hold on to Hope stamp set and Cross of Hope die set) was attracted to the yellow centered wildflowers.
I chose “enjoy” from the Tabs for Everything stamp set. It’s a great set for finding a tiny One-Word Sentiment. I used White Embossing Powder to heat emboss “enjoy” on Wood Textures DSP, and cut it with a die from the At Home die set. I Punched a hole, and tied it to the trellis with White Baker’s Twine.
And, for the ninth square, I’m pretty sure there are some white, fluffy Clouds on this Soft Sky card base. As a final touch, I embossed the envelope flap with a Petal Pair embossing folder.
Thank you to the design team for allowing me to be your guest. I’ll continue to play along in your weekly challenges, enjoying the inspiration.
Other than the vellum (if you really like it, I can send you some) everything is available at my online store. Just click on the “shop” button.
True confession: I am definitely NOT a seamstress. In fact, I find it challenging to sew on a button. But, the challenges I do like involve paper crafting, and I couldn’t help but think of three while making this thank you card.
I just love puns, and wordplay makes me laugh, even if I’ve heard it a million times. So, when I saw sewing was the theme at Paper Players, I started thinking of how I could use the word sew.
I also needed to use a sewing related item.
CAS(E) this sketch challenge provided a design sketch.
And, three of the elements in the Tic Tac Toe challenge, Oval-Plaid-Green, would be part of my design.
I started the project with a piece of plaid, True Gentleman Designer Series Paper. I used a Stitched Shape die to cut an oval an appropriate size for the sketch. Happily, it had Tranquil Tide, a green color I needed for Tic Tac Toe.
Since the background of the plaid was Very Vanilla, I chose that for the card base, which I embossed with the Quilt Top embossing folder.
I wanted some contrast, so I constructed a Wood Texture Designer Series Paper “sewing table” rimmed in Tranquil Tide cardstock.
With the main elements set, I was ready for the words. I cut the word “thanks” from a retired die set, and snipped off the “s.” The plaid “YOU” is from our new Sale-A-Bration die set, Celebrate You. I created “sew much” with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I love that this set enables you to say exactly what you want.
Before attaching the “sewing table” and plaid oval, I looped some lace trim beneath them. It seemed (seamed LOL) like a seamstress thing to do.
Now for the sewing related items. I found the scissors in the Crafting Forever stamp set. I stamped it in Tranquil Tide on Very Vanilla cardstock, fussy cut it, and colored the handles with a Bronze Stampin’ Blend. The spool of thread is from the retired Quilt Builder die set. The needle is from the same, retired set, die cut from Silver Foil. The navy thread is from my real sewing drawer, so I know where to find thread the next time I need it. LOL. Doesn’t the needle look real? Except, the eye is much larger, and easier to thread.
The last detail was embossing the envelope flap with the Simple Stripes embossing folder.
Gee, this was fun! I hope you all have a marvelous day!
Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and this makes me very happy (Thick Whisper White card base embossed with HAPPY). It’s a beautiful day, blue skies, and fluffy, white clouds, a gentle wind, a perfect day for making Valentines.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Bluebird.
While I’m looking out my window I see the prettiest, little bluebird (die cut with Bird and Blooms) sitting on a tree branch. The tree branch looks just like the ones I’ve been making with a Seasonal Layers die, layered with cardstock and topped with Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.
The bluebird’s chirping draws my attention to something hanging from the tree branch. It’s a Valentine envelope (Love Notes die set) that I made last year! And, the pink paper (Love Blossoms) is even older! How did it last this long?
I can see the note inside reads “Valentine’s Day” (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set). I have no idea how it was tied to the tree branch with red string (At Home With You stamp set).
It’s a mystery. Perhaps even a figment of my imagination. But, I’m going to continue on with my happy day, knowing that someone saved one of my Valentines that was blowin’ in the wind.
My imagination was enhanced by the Tic Tac Toe challenge squares: Pink, Red, Light Blue.
And by the CAS(E) this sketch challenge:
Have a happy day!
I’ve been busy working on posts for Blog Hops, but wanted to enter two challenges, so combined my efforts. This is the result:
Wood Bloomin’ Heart for Valentine’s Day
Looking at my choices at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, I adore wood, so that was my starting point.
I used the Bloomin’ Heart die to cut a fancy (Vintage, in my opinion) heart from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I layered it three times for thickness. This ended up being the most time consuming part of the project.
Happy with my wood heart, I wanted to use ideas from Krista’s beautiful design at Global Design Projects.
I liked her wide border of white, so I chose a Thick Whisper White card base, planning to layer it with a piece of watercolor paper. I first watercolored the paper with Marina Mist Ink to add the touch of blue, and cut it with a retired, Project Life die. You could use a rectangle, 3 1/4″ X 4 1/2″, but I wanted rounded corners. Stampin’ Up’s watercolor paper is nice and thick, so does a good job of holding up the wood heart when placed on Adhesive Strips.
Before gluing the heart to the watercolor paper, I added some loops of Gold Thread beneath it. And, for a touch more gold, I die cut an arrow (retired Love Notes) from Gold Foil.
I stamped the tiny sentiment “You’re out of this world!” (retired Shooting Star) in Chocolate Chip Ink on watercolor paper, punched it out, and tucked it at the bottom.
No doubt, this is a Holiday card. Valentine’s Day is high on my list!
After the holiday break, it’s nice to see Tic Tac Toe and CAS(E) this sketch challenges back in action. They are a wonderful source of inspiration. I look forward to seeing the designer’s samples, and then coming up with new ideas of my own.
For today’s project, I combined the two challenges, and used three new SALE-A-BRATION stamp sets.
Beautiful Peacock Says You Are Simply Amazing
I began with a Thick Whisper White card base, checking off the “white” box of Tic Tac Toe. I used the Garden Trellis folder to emboss the bottom portion of the card, and designed the rest of the space above the embossing to be somewhat like the sketch.
I’m not sure why, but Beautiful Peacock wanted to participate in this challenge. I stamped her body in Tranquil Tide, and her feathers in Lemon Lime Twist. For her tail feathers, I added Berry Burst, and colored the polymer stamp with Stampin’ Writes before stamping the image. Those two, cute little flowers above the peacock are in the Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Do you see them in the sketch?
With all of this stamping, I could check off the “Stamping” box in Tic Tac Toe.
The Beautiful Peacock was looking pretty amazing, so I decided to use the word “amazing” from the Sale-A-Bration, Celebrate You Thinlits Dies. For extra “amazingness” I die cut the word from Glimmer Paper, which is on page 37 of the Occasions Catalog, in case you missed it. Some people (Brian King) think it’s a bit messy, but what’s a little misplaced sparkle among friends?
I didn’t think the card was complete without adding three more words, which I found in the third Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Amazing You. I stamped the word “you” in Tranquil Tide ink, and “are simply” in Berry Burst ink, punching it out, and popping it up.
I forgot to take a photo of the inside, but I stamped, “happiest of birthdays to you,” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.
The final detail was adding four, clear Epoxy Shapes to the peacock, which look great in person. You can find them on page 33 of the new Occasions catalog.
Welcome back Tic Tac Toe and CAS(E) this sketch designers!
Continuing in my quest for “quick and easy” Christmas cards, I used this week’s Tic Tac Toe challenge. The words seemed conducive to Fall, but Fall lasts until December 21st, so this could be a Christmas card. I would use the right row down, chevron, sketch, acorn.
For “sketch,” I used this week’s CAS(E) this sketch challenge, and cased my own card. If you missed the background story, here it is:
Quick and Easy Christmas Card Rudolf the Reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh
I found the “chevron” and “acorns” in the Painted Autumn designer Series Paper. I did not let the fact that it was titled “Autumn” deter me.
I was anxious to see how Rudolf would look in his “chevron” coat, and he pranced around in it very happily. His background was embossed on Very Vanilla with the Woodland folder, and Oak trees sprang up before our eyes. This led to a multitude of “acorns” covering the forest floor.
Rudolf is very much in the Christmas spirit, wearing his wreath, and hanging “Merry Christmas” signs on the trees.
Chevron Rudolf Christmas Card
I decorated the corner with leaves (Painted Harvest stamp set) stamped in Garden Green ink, and cut with the Leaf Punch. Rudolf’s wreath is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, and the sign is from the At Home With You stamp set. The acorn DSP was cut with a Seasonal Layers die.
Thanks for checking in on Rudolf. I know he enjoyed showing off his chevron coat.