Challenge #20 Inspiration with Varada

Hello crafty friends,

Varada here today, with inspiration for challenge #20. 

This time I decided to go with the middle vertical row - Frame, Dew drops and Sweets. I created a framed shaker tag with tiny seed beads / dew drops inside. This tag is adhered on to a pillow box that has real sweets inside! 

Challenge 20 Inspiration with Varada Sharma

For the tag, I used the Winter Fun stamp set from Hero Arts. This stamp is an add-on stamp set for this month's My Monthly Hero kit. It has adorable images of animals and winter / holiday themed things like skates, sled, Christmas tree and a mailbox covered in snow.

I stamped and watercolored all the animals using Strathmore watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors. I used black Archival ink for stamping since this ink is waterproof and does not bleed with watercolors.

I created the background - lowest layer by stamping the tree, ink blending for the sky and adding snowflakes, sentiments and sparkle dots. While stamping the tree I used MISTI to lay out my elements and decide exactly where I wanted it.

I made the walls / frame of my shaker by repeated die cutting several pieces of card stock and layering them together with Glossy Accents. For the top most layer, I used a patterned paper and some packaging material.

Before adhering the top most layer, I layered the snowy hills, a giftbox and a badger and added dew drops / seed beads with some fake snow (Polar White Flower Soft) inside the tag.

For my sweet treats,  I created a pillow box using some patterned paper and a Sizzix die, added some peanut M&Ms inside and assembled everything. To have some pop of color, I adhered a red cardinal right on top (outside) the tag and added matching twine to it.

Here's the close of the top itself:

Although I used sweets inside my pillow box, the same idea can be used for other stocking stuffers - small jewelry, or a Christmas ornament, money or even a gift card - fits inside this pillow box. There are endless possibilities here!

Hope you liked my project and feel inspired to play with us.

Big thanks for dropping by!


Challenge #20 Inspiration with Channin

Hello everyone!! It's Channin here with some inspiration for Challenge #20!

So this time I went down diagonally and chose Metallics, Dew Drops and Use Puns. I actually did this exact same combo for my first card for this challenge but surprisingly today's card has a very different look and feel. 

First, I stamped and gold embossed the gorgeous succulent/cacti arrangement from the Waffle Flower Potted stamp set on a 5" x 6 1/2" panel of watercolor paper. Next, I stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from the WF Planted stamp set

Then using the smooshing technique and distressed inks; Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Moved Lawn I colored my watercolor panel. I focused my smooshing mainly over the succulent/cacti image. Once my inks were dry, I attached my panel to my card base then added glossy accents dew drops. 

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired to give this wonderful challenge a try!



Challenge Nineteen Winners

Hello, everyone!

It's time to announce our winners for Challenge 19! Many thanks to everyone that joined us in our last challenge! It was so much fun looking through the gallery and reading about your projects! :)  We used Random.Org to determine our Champion and picked a few cards that really caught our eyes. So, without further ado, here are our winners!

Our 19th Tic-Tac-Toe Champion by random is...

Jessica Lin from Jessie Handmade

Congratulations, Jessica! The design of your card is absolutely gorgeous and fun! We love the cute unicorn and the burst of colors from the rainbow. Thanks for sharing and playing! Please email us at tictactoechallenge@gmail.com with the subject line Challenge 19 Winner. Please include your full name, address and your choice of stamp set above.

And here's our Honorable Mentions.

Chelsea from Paper Crafter

Maryam from Maryam's Craft

All super amazing cards, ladies!
Thank you for taking the time to link and share your talent with us!

Have a great week, everyone!


Challenge Twenty

Hello! Welcome back to the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge blog! We are excited you are here and hope that you are inspired! For this challenge, please use the challenge board below using three elements in a row of your choice. You can create in any way you like as long as we can see the elements in your design.

You are playing for one of the following 3"x 4" stamp sets. The winner will get to choose the stamp set of their choice. If you already have all three in your stash, why not play to give one of these sets as a gift for one of your crafty friend? You can click on the links below to read more about each stamp set.

And now for some amazing inspiration from our design team members.

Nora used the last row across: Puns, Sweets and Ink Smooshing.

Rachel was inspired by the last column down: Metallic, Monogrammed, and Smooshing Technique.

Varada used the first column down: Spinner card, Watercolor, and Use Puns.

Channin played with diagonal row from bottom left to top right: Metallics, Dew Drops, and Use Puns.

Judy used the last row across: Puns, Sweets, and Smooshing Technique

Thank you for joining us in our 17th challenge. Please read the "Challenge Rules" tab at the top of the blog to be eligible for the prize. You have until Monday, October 31 at 11:55pm CST to submit your entries. We can not wait to see what you create! HAVE FUN!


Challenge #19 Inspiration with Rachel

Hello! Rachel here today with some inspiration for Challenge 19!

I chose the top row for my inspiration - Color Inspiration, Polka Dots, and Birthday. And this is the color combination I chose:

I just love the cozy red and warm browns. Gorgeous!

I started by cutting a panel from white cardstock with a Stitched Rectangle and then cut a Stitched Oval out of the center. I created a card base and then adhered some light brown polka dot paper where it would show through my die cut oval. I adhered my panel on top of this using foam tape for some dimension. I cut my cup from some red paper and then added some shading with a couple of Copic markers to make it look a little more dimensional. I added some Wink of Stella to the "liquid" in the cup to make it look wet IRL. I adhered my image into the oval using some Multi Medium Matte and then started on my sentiment. I heat embossed it in white and then used a Stitched Banner die to cut it out. I adhered it flat to the panel and used a little foam tape where it crossed over into the oval. I finished everything off with a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.