Challenge #16 Inspiration with Varada

Hi friends,

Varada here, with some inspiration for challenge #16.

I chose hexagons + misting + birthday for my card today:

I combined the hexagons and misting to create a fun background for my focal point. To begin with, I took the hexagon embossing folder and inked one side of it with two colors of distress inks - mermaid lagoon + cracked pistachio. I misted the colors on the embossing folder (not the paper) lightly with water using a spray bottle. This activated the inks and made them blend in the middle. I embossed a 4 x 5 inch piece of SSS white cardstock through this transferring the pattern as well as the misted colors on it. I also trimmed randomly on the sides for a fun effect.

For the focal point, I used a spellbinders die with doll pink colored cardstock from SSS. Once it was die cut, I heat embossed it two times with some rainbow sparkling embossing powder to make it extra shiny. This came with one of the SSS monthly card kits.

Finally I added a flower-y sentiment from one of the older StampinUp stamp sets, layered my pieces and added a few sequins to finish the card.

Hope you like it and are inspired to try something like this too. Don't forget to share with us what you make.


Challenge #16 Inspiration with Channin

Hello everyone!! It's Channin here with some challenge #16 inspiration! 

This time I chose to go down the middle with hexagons, misting, and birthday. And here's what I created. 

So this was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone. I don't think I have ever really misted before except with water for the watercolor smooshing technique and on top of that I just could not come up with a design that I liked. So what do you do when you need alittle inspiration, well, I went on pinterest and I found this card, then boom I had an idea. 
First, I made similar hexagon letters using my cricut. I cut them out of contact paper and then put my hexagon letters on a 5" by 7" panel of watercolor paper. Next, I mixed some water with red watercolor cake using a brush and then used the same brush to transfer my paint into the bottle of my mister. 

I then misted over left side of my panel and continued this process of mixing, filling, and spraying for my other colors. After I had completed my rainbow of colors I let my panel dry then I peeled off the contact paper. Lastly, I stamped my sentiment from Waffle Flower Crafts' set, Bowtiful, in versafine black onyx ink.
 I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration. Maybe give your watercolors a try in your mister too, you might be surprised by some of your results. 

Have a wonderful day!!
~ Channin


Challenge Fifteen Winners

Hello, hello, hello!

We're here to announce our winners for Challenge 15! Many thanks to everyone that joined us in our last challenge! We loved looking through all of the cards and seeing everyone's creativity! They were so inspiring and so much fun to read about. 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 15th Tic-Tac-Toe Champion by random is...

Rosali from I Love Stamping

Congratulations, Rosali! Your card is gorgeous, it's beautifully designed, and of course we love the color combination!! Truly fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to share and link with us! Please email us at tictactoechallenge@gmail.com with the subject line Challenge 15 Winner. Please include your full name, address and your choice of stamp set above.

And here's our Honorable Mentions.

Michele from I Card Everyone

Elizabeth from Paper Sweetness

All of these cards were truly amazing and unique, ladies!
Thank you girls for taking the time to create with us and share your talent with us!

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Challenge Sixteen

Hello and welcome back to the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge blog! Today is the start of a brand new challenge. For this challenge, we included a photo inspiration as one of the element in the challenge board. If you choose the row without the photo inspiration, you may use the photo as part of your design as long as you include the other three elements just like DT Member Rachel did in her card (see below). 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 was inspired by the middle column down: Hexagon, Misting, and Birthday.

Amina worked with the third row across: Clothespin, Birthday, and Patterned Paper..

Rachel was inspired by the middle column: Hexagons, Misting, and Birthday. And she also used the photo inspiration for her flower!

Varada was inspired by the last row across: clothespin, birthday, and patterned paper.

Channin used the first row down: Banners, Use Tiny Stamps, and Clothespin.

Judy worked with bottom row across: Clothespin, Birthday, and Patterned Paper.

Thank you for joining us in our 16th challenge. Please read the "Challenge Rules" tab at the top of the blog to be eligible for the prize. You have until Wednesday, August 31 at 11:55pm CST to submit your entries. We can not wait to see what you create! HAVE FUN!


Challenge #15 Inspiration with Rachel

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with some inspiration for Challenge #15 for you!

For my card, I chose the middle column - partial die-cutting, sparkle, and staple.

I started by stamping my flower image onto a white panel and then using a circle die to partially cut up to the tips of the flowers. I used my craft knife to carefully complete the window by cutting around the flowers. After I was sure everything was cut properly, I used my Copics to color my image. (Good thing I waited! I actually ruined the first panel I tried to cut!) Next, I heat embossed my sentiment in silver on some vellum and cut it out with stitched fishtail banner die. I stapled my sentiment to my card front to adhere it.

I added my acetate behind my window and then used lots of foam tape so my sequins would have enough room to shake. I carefully adhered my panel to a white card base and then added a sprinkling of sequins to the front of the card for some extra sparkle and to add a little more adhesive to the end of my sentiment. (It looked like it was going to fly away without them!)

Here's a close up of the sentiment since it's a little hard to read in the original photo. I hope you enjoyed my card and it inspires you to play along with us!