Wednesday, August 28, 2013


I am so impressed with myself - I just kind of dared myself to complete 8 cards for the tic-tac-toe challenge at jingle belles, and I DID IT! Woohoo! Here's my first post with my first 2 cards.

Here's the tic-tac-toe board:

I've already completed the first two horizontal rows. Here's my card for the last - die cut, santa, stamping:

Supplies: Bo Bunny stamp; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Labels 5 Nesties; Stampin' Up markers

I did a small-scale version of the 'telescope' technique (I don't know if that's what it's called, but anyway) where the image was stamped twice, and then layered lined up. It's easier to see if you click to view the picture full-size.

Now I'll show you my favourite, and then add a jump so you don't have to read the whole darn thing unless you wanna :)

This one is for the last vertical row: heat embossing, ribbon, stamping:

Supplies: Salty Ocean distress ink; Sapphire Tattered Angels Glimmer mist; all stamps from PTI; Colorbox Frost White ink; Stampendous White Detail EP; Webster's Pages trim; Timeless Twine

The background is a leftover mop-up sheet from a card I made that I haven't shared yet. I inked a piece of plastic with Salty Ocean and then sprayed it with the glimmer mist. I then used the piece of plastic like a stamp - and then because the paper was so saturated, I laid another piece on top to soak up a bit. That would be this piece. 

The hanging snowflakes & sentiment were stamped & embossed, and then I stamped a few random flakes in the same blue ink. The glittery tinsel ribbon was stitched on, and the twine tied on top - and then the whole panel attached to the base with foam tape. I. LOVE. THIS. CARD.

Four more, after the jump:
Let's speed 'er up a bit:

Snowman, flowers, die cut:

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps and flourishes die; Tumbled Glass distress ink; classic small circle Nesties; Bic Markers; clear glitter glue from Studio G; Corner Chomper; bling from Dollarama

After die-cutting the flourishes, I painted them (and the flowers, ancient from my stash) with the clear glitter glue & let them dry. The snowhills under my unique snow friend were done by tearing the edges of the same size circle, and swiping the torn edges with a marker.

Glitter/bling, red/green, Santa:

Supplies: paper from My Mind's Eye; sentiment stamp from PTI; Peeled Paint distress ink; Picket Fence distress stickles; Bic & Spectrum Noir markers (for the red & Santa's skin); bling from Dollarama; Corner Chomper

Pretty straightforward. The paper did most of the work. I coloured in the red parts of the suit (really just to brighten them up a bit) as well as Santa's skin, and added the white Stickles to his beard & mustache.

Diagonal one: Snowman, red/green, stamping:

Supplies: all stamps from PTI; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Tumbled Glass distress ink; Sharpie & Bic markers; buttons from stash

Diagonal two: Heat embossing, red/green, die cut:
This one is also loosely based on Lisa's Wanna Sketch #8. I ended up having to move the sentiment over because of how I layered the presents. 

Supplies: chipboard presents from MME; medallion stamp, sentiment, and Pirate Gold EP from Stampendous; banner die from Wplus9; paper from Crate Paper


I feel such a sense of achievement! Woohoo!


Leslie Hanna said...

LOOK AT YOU! Way to go!

walchowDesign said...

You have been busy playing tic-tac-toe, Jess! Gorgeous bg on the second card and love those hanging snowflakes - to me this is a winner!

~Tammy~ said...

You go girl!!! I am not seeing the likes of my craft room so it will be boxed Christmas cards this year! Hee hee!

These are awesome!

Jen W. said...

Did you hear the clunk of my jaw hitting the floor?? Those tic tac toe boards always confound me so I am bowing down to you for doing all 8 options! They're all awesome but 1, 2 and 4 are my faves!

jimlynn said...

Holy Moly!!!! Eight cards!!!!! These two are fabulous and I'm sure the rest are too. Love that Santa image and the blue in that second card just makes me swoon!!! LOVELY!

Andrea W said...

Oh wow! I'm impressed! Great cards and they all look completely different. What a fun way to challenge yourself.

I'm a Little Teapot said...

That is quite the achievment! Actually, I would call you a fantastic overachiever! Each card is fabulous! Way to get some great cards done for Christmas!

Chris Dring said...

In the words of my beloved Wayne and Garth, from Wayne's World: "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" I find tic-tac-toe challenges, well, challenging! LOL! But look at you, doing all 8 options! Your cards are all so amazing, but I agree with you, I love the blue one the best! WTG!

Annette Allen said...

Dang girl your amazing.. these are all fabulous... Loving those santas..great job..

Donna said...

woo woo
awesome cards Jessi!!

Greta said...

I'm with you--LOVE the blue card! Gotta try your technique making the background. I've never made 8 cards for a challenge--how did you do that?!

Lindsey said...

Okaywow. :D Nicely done. Not only did you complete all eight, but all of them are fabulous!

lauren bergold said...

holy flippin' holiday macaroni, missus!!! *HOW* do you DO THAT?!?!?! *8* awesome tic-tac-toe cards and each more fabbbbbbbbulous than the last! i am ♥IN AWE♥ of your overachievery goodness. YIKES!!!!!!!!! you soooo totally rock the xmas casbah, as i'm sure joe strummer would've said if he had been a cardmaker instead of a punk legend.

(ok, sorry, but just stop a minute and picture the clash, circa 1979, sitting in the backstage dressing room at wembley, making xmas cards betw shows!!! seriously! i think i just broke my spleen!!!) :) :) :)

Stacy said...

I have always been intrigued by tic tac toe challenges but never have done one. Your cards are outstanding! You should be proud of yourself!

Angela said...

Great cards! Aren't the tic tac toe challenges fun?

Dana said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous cards!!! Great way to get a lot of cards using one challenge!!

Lisa Arana said...

oh my gosh, I can't believe you made 8 cards! You are amazing and each card is FABULOUS! I love your wanna sketch card, the presents are too cute and love that banner sentiment. thanks for playing along with wanna sketch my dear.

lostinpaper said...

Congrats to you... and more Christmas cards to add to the stash too, I'm impressed!

Darnell said...

Color me mega impressed, Jessi!! And I can't even pick a fave because I like them ALL!! Well done!!

Unknown said...

So smart to tackle a challenge this way...genius crafty chick that you are. These are pretty and elegant...nice combination!