Saturday, 10 June 2023

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - A Tic -Tac -Toe Challenge

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is a Tic-Tic-Tac challenge.

The idea for a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is to select one line; horizontal, vertical or diagonal to serve as a starting point for a card. The grid of prompts for us this month are as follows:

I had lots of ideas for a card, however the elements didn't fall on one of the lines in the grid! Once I'd decided on the bottom row; red, circle and twine the job became easier. Red is a colour that I don't use a lot of, but I was not deterred. I took out a single sheet of Poppy Parade DSP from the Brights paper pack and created my card around that.

Initially, I was thinking that I would utilise some of the word dies and make them the focus of the card, but what I made didn't quite fit with the picture I'd created in my head. I pressed my creative pause button and had a think...out came the Zoo Crew DSP and this is what I came up with.

The Zoo Crew images are adorably cute and these ones were cut out with a 2" circle punch. I think that they'd look good fussy cut too so that they could sit on a different background. I have used the Radiating Stitches dies to create the background layers and some of the circle accents, the other circles are cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.

The little painting hedgehog cried out for the Love you elements that I had already die cut, and they were easy to adhere to the card because I'd remembered to apply some  adhesive sheet to the Basic White before I did my die cutting. I tied a very large, loose bow with Baker's Twine from the 2022-2024 In Color pack. Fortunately, the Sweet Sorbet tones in well with Poppy Parade. To embellish the card I simply added some Wink of Stella Glitter to the heart.

The character on the red card makes me feel so calm! This card is constructed in exactly the same way as the first one but features the reverse, stripy side of the Poppy Parade DSP. The stripes are so dramatic. I have used White Baker's Twine, white Classic Matt Dots and die cut stars (from the Wanted to Say set) to embellish this version.

Making these cards was a creative process with quite a bit of trial and error, but I got there in the end and I am happy with the way they turned out. However, when I look at them I think that they should have created way less mess on my desk that they did!

I hope that you are inspired by my cards today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment.

Angie McKenzie  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre  ●  Karen Henderson

Jan Musselman  ●  Mo Rootes  ●  Tricia Butts

Teri West  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Linda A. Moore

 Do you need any of the products used on today's cards? If you live in the UK you can click on the shopping links below to add them to your collection today.

Thank you for joining us today! Looking forward to seeing you next time. 

Stay safe and as always, happy crafting,

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Today's Project

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  1. Super cute cards, Karen. Thank you for sharing This!đŸ’•

  2. Your cards are simply adorable. Love the contrast of the bright bold patterns with the cute critters for your designs.