A fun loving summer card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5

Hello crafty friends,

I am excited by this week's challenge board!  Summer is my favorite time of the year and I had so many ideas for this theme that it was hard to figure out which one to show.  In fact I am going to also share some bonus cards/projects on this week's post with a summer theme.

Here is this week's challenge inspiration board - I went with the middle row down: Summer - die cut - patterned paper (and incorporated a few other elements from the board).  Click here to visit the challenge site to see more of the design team's inspiration and hope you will consider playing along!

I used a summery looking striped patterned paper from this WRMK paper pad cut to 4.25" x 5.5" to start.  I cut a solid light blue piece of cardstock to 3.75" x 5", then embossed with this Stampin' Up embossing folder (I purchased from one of fellow X team members).   Last,  I used an ink blending tool to add some darker blue accents to the raised embossed areas of this panel for a contrast using Distress Oxide Blue China ink.

The 3 die cuts were made using the Sizzix Bigz Sand & Sea die cut out of Grungeboard.  this is a very interesting material to work with and the Bigz dies cut it very easily.  The cool part is that they already have great texture, which I enhanced with Distress Inks.  The colors I used are listed below.

Seahorse:  (base) Peacock Feathers, (contrast) Cracked Pistachio and a tiny bit of Peeled Paint.  The Peeled Paint was not sponged on, but stamped on fairly randomly using a scallop stamp to create a hint of scales.

Sand Dollar:  Brushed Corduroy

Starfish:  Abandoned Coral

Note: The seashell in the photo is actually a Jolee's boutique sticker I had in my stash that looked like it would fit in so well and gave it a little "something" extra.  Same with the little bright turquoise pieces to the left of the seahorse - these little accents came from another die cut piece leftovers.  The paper is so pretty I could not throw away the little pieces and they do resemble coral in a way.

I glued the die cuts onto the blue panel towards the bottom, making sure to leave room at the top for my sentiment, which is made in two parts.

The larger part of the sentiment is made from a Stamps of Life die cut set with a shadow layer and word "hello".  I cut the word out of the same striped patterned paper and the shadow from Core'dinations cardstock that had been lightly sanded to expose the secondary color.  After gluing these two pieces together and then the blue card panel, I added glossy accents onto the word to give it shine and dimension.

The second part of the sentiment is a small strip of white cardstock that I stamped the word "summer" on using this alphabet set from Sunny Studio Sweet Script Stamps in Versamark, then heat embossed with white powder.  I then used an ink blending tool to add Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick over the stamped word, which provides a resist and matched the patterned paper pink color nicely.  I added on some sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker - I may have been a little overhanded on that part lol.

As a final touch I added a little bit of ribbon to the top right corner.  I taped the ends of the ribbon behind the panel, then slipped a smaller piece of ribbon under the first piece and tied it into a knot so the rest of the ribbon would stay flatter.

I glued on the completed card front panel onto a white card base - it is almost an A7 (5" x  7") finished card - I ended up trimming the white card base so it just created a small border and didn't worry about it being exactly a standard size.

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*************  BONUS PROJECTS *****************

With the summer vibe already going in full swing, I thought it would be fun to share these other summer themed projects with you.  The flamingo cards were inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video I saw some time ago and always wanted to re-create, so finally I did!  I have not added sentiments yet just to keep my options open for later.

The second project is a clear card pocket that I created with Project Life products for the sleeve and top edging plus the fun shaker elements created with this Mudd Puddles sand product and flipflops made out of Shrinky Dinks printable material.  Of course no beach scene is complete without some tiny real seashells and a sand dollar.

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I can hardly wait to see what you create for the challenge from this inspiration!  If you have any questions or want to leave me feedback, please consider leaving a comment.

Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!



  1. Hi, Teresa! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog - so glad you visited, so I could return the visit to your delightful place! Love your take on the challenge, and especially, the way you have used the "candy stripe" designer paper in the background, and then oppositely, in the die cut sentiment. Beautifully done! hugs, de

  2. Thank you Donna! So glad you stopped by and left me such a sweet comment - it really makes my day!


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