Challenge Guest Designer : Emily Cupely

Hola chicos, this is Emily Cupely! I'm from Puerto Rico, but moved about a year and a half ago to the state of Oregon after graduating from college and getting married. I have been making YouTube videos for my card making channel for more than two years now, and recently started a planner channel where sometimes I incorporate my stamps and other of my card making tools. Talking about stamps, that is definitely my favorite part of card making along with the techniques I incorporate in my cards. Using adorable stamped images in my cards as well as the techniques I have learned with time just makes me happy!

I'm really excited to be September's Guest Designer for the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge! Plus today is my birthday, which made this post particularly special for me. From the board above, I chose as inspiration the column in the middle: 3D Project, Blues and Greens, and Aquatic Friends. I hope you like what I came up with using those three elements and enjoy the video tutorial below! :)


Challenge #18 Inspiration with Varada

Hi friends,

Varada here, with some inspiration for challenge #18.

I hope you are having fun playing along with Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #18. I decided to create a card using the middle row: Friendship + Blues and Greens + Ink Blending.

Here's my card featuring the August 2016 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. 

As you will notice, this is a shaped card - it is oval and not a regular rectangular card. The large oval die that comes with My Monthly Hero August 2016 card kit makes creating oval cards a breeze. Below is a quick tip video I made showing two ways to make such shaped cards. 

For my card, I used two separate oval pieces. While they were still separate, I ink blended green blue inks. I added several different types of inks together for getting that effect. Once I was happy overall, I stamped some ferns and mushrooms using Versa Magic Hint of Pesto ink. I also stamped "our friendship is" from MFT stamps "Because you" stamp set using Hero Arts brown ink. I did not have any stamp with the word, "Magical", so I wrote it using black permanent marker and added some shine on top using Sakura stardust pen. For the dot on the "i", I added a very tiny star.
Next I die cut two more frames - the trees one that comes with the kit and the floral one which is an add-on. The tree one I cut out of brown card stock and ink blended on the floral one. I also cut the tree one out of some fun foam. Using glossy accents, I adhered all my pieces together and made the shaker with some green + blue sequins.
As a final touch, I stamped and die cut a fairy (also from the same kit) and colored her with Zig real brush markers. I used Ranger Archival black ink for stamping and used stickles on my fairy wings for some sparkle :-)
Simply love this card kit and the way my card turned out. Hope you liked it too and feel inspired to play with us.
Big thanks for dropping by!


Challenge #18 Inspiration with Channin

Hello everyone!! It's Channin here to hopefully share with you a little challenge inspiration! Today I'm going to share with you my first ever "teacher thank you"card!

My oldest just started preschool, so until now I have never had a need to make a teacher card before. Since challenge #18 has a "back to school" square I decided this was a great opportunity to say thank you to my daughter's wonderful teacher. I just love the Tic-Tac-Toe challenges really help me to try something new!!

For this card I went down the right with elements "back to school", "ink blending" and "texture". I was inspired by Ashwini's beautiful card and decided to give her technique a go. First, I inked up an embossing folder with Fired Brick distressed ink. I then spritzed it with water, sandwiched it over a 5 1/2" by 7 1/2" panel of watercolor paper, and ran it through my cuddlebug. Now my embossing folder is only 4" by 5 1/5" so I had to actually repeat this process two more times to emboss my whole panel but I also used different inks each time to create a gradation. I used Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn distressed inks and I did actually emboss over previously embossed sections to help mix the colors and make a smoother gradation. After I had finished embossing the entire panel and I set the paper aside to dry and set to work on the apple.

Since I have never needed to make a teacher card until now, I did not have any teacher related stamps or dies in my stash. So I had to rely on my trusty Cricut. I cut out two of the exact same apples out of white cardstock using my Cricut and glued them together. At this point my embossed panel was now dry so I trimmed it and adhered it to a 5" by 6 1/2" card base. I then also trimmed my apple down a bit so it did not over hang past the panel and then added foam tape and adhered it to my card. I then die cut 3 "thanks" using the CAS-ual Fridays' Smiling Fri-Dies. I glued two "thanks" together and ink blended Fired Brick at the bottom of the letters. I then ink blended Mowed Lawn at the bottom of the third "thanks" and adhered it slightly off-set onto the other two "thanks". I then created "teacher" with Waffle Flowers' Be My Guest stamp set, stamped and white embossed it on a strip of black cardstock. Lastly, I adhered the "thanks" and "teacher" onto my card. I hope you enjoyed and were inspired to give Challenge #18 a try!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Challenge Seventeen Winners

Good morning, everyone!

It's time to announce our winners for Challenge 17! Many thanks to everyone that joined us in our last challenge! We loved looking through the gallery and read about your projects! They brought smiles to our faces and inspired us! They were truly amazing, honest to God! :)  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 17th Tic-Tac-Toe Champion by random is...

Trina Pham from My Crafting Closet


Congratulations, Trina! Your card is just way TOO CUTE! We absolutely love your spinner card and that ADORABLE little pig! So very creative!! Please email us at tictactoechallenge@gmail.com with the subject line Challenge 17 Winner. Please include your full name, address and your choice of stamp set above.

And here's our Honorable Mentions.

Shona Chambers from Twine Around

Isabelle from Izzy Scrap

Kristina from Kristina's Art Corner

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

Have a great weekend!


Challenge Eighteen

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 diagonal from top left to bottom right: stencil, blues and greens, and texture.

Rachel was inspired by the diagonal row going from top left to bottom right: stencil, blues and greens, and texture.

Varada was inspired by the third row down: Back to School, Ink Blending, and Texture.

Channin played with the diagonal row top left to bottom right: Stencil, Blues and Greens, and Texture.

Judy worked with the middle row across: Friendship, Blues and Greens, and Ink Blending. .

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 Friday, September 30 at 11:55pm CST to submit your entries. We can not wait to see what you create! HAVE FUN!