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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Celebrating the New Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge as Guest Designer!

Hello friends!
I have some very exciting news to share with you today!
There's a brand new challenge in the crafting community here and I'm very proud to be apart of the excitement with my blog friend Ka from Stamping Smiles Designs.

She has started up a brand new challenge called the:
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
So you guessed it!  Her challenges will revolve around a new tic tac toe board for each challenge so you can pick what will work for your projects.  Sounds like fun, right?!  She has also asked me to be her very first Guest Designer for this kick-off and of course I'm very honored!

So please be sure to stop by and say hello and follow along so you don't miss out on any of the fun over there!  I know it will be a big hit with my fellow stamp friends! :)  I look forward to seeing all of you playing along with it especially for this very first challenge!

So to get things started, here's the very first tic-tac-toe board for challenge #1:
I think it's a great one to start out with for this month, don't you?

So here's what I've come up with using the above board as inspiration:
(I have used the top three across as well as the three left down elements on my design.)
*all of the elements I've used for this challenge are in bold type print below*
I think this turned out so "dog-gone" CUTE!  :)  Reminds me of my own beloved pet doxie Mocca!  (They tend to be "proud" little critters, don't they?! LOL!)

This cutie comes from Whimsy Stamps called Dachshund Balloon.  It is a set of rubber stamps that also includes the sentiment above with it! :)  I have colored the image in with my Copic markers and I've also added some gold to his collar with my gold gel pen.  I stamped the "Celebrate" sentiment above the pup so that it would all fit within my shaker square.

The background was also stamped with a couple of different colors using the star border image from the Clearly Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds.  I have a couple of different colors to match the balloons that the wiener dog is holding in his mouth.  I decided to stamp the background so that I could actually use the tic tac toe board in two different ways for this challenge.

For the shaker portion of my design, I have used the MFT Stitched Square Frames and cut one out with some of the MFT Gold Foil Card Stock to make the frame for my shaker.  I have also used the same die to cut out the background with my stamped doggie as well as another piece for the window of my shaker design using some acetate.

And so for the "Sparkle" portion of my design, I have added several different kinds of sequins and confetti on the inside of the shaker square that I've created.  I have gold stars, sparkly clear sequins and lots of sparkly Martha Stewart confetti stars that are so fun to shake around!  I have used two layers of foam tape around the frame so that the sequins had plenty of room to shake around! :)

And here's another close-up view of this sweet image.  You will notice that there are little bits of the star confetti "stuck" in various places on the stamped background, but that is because I added a couple of liquid glue dots to some areas so that it would purposely stick, as you know the shaker contents will all settle to the bottom.

So now please pop on over to the brand new Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge RIGHT NOW and play along with us!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team inspiration while you're there and I can't wait to see what you'll come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today and I'll see you soon!!

-----------------------------------
HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenge - Happy Anything
Stampin' Royalty - Birthday Theme
Creative Craft Cottage - Release the Glitter (It's everywhere!)
Simply Create Too - Party Time!

39 comments:

Lori Kobular said...

Congratulations on being a Guest Designer! Your card is awesome! I love the sentiment and the image and it sure makes a great shaker card!!

Tammy said...

This shaker card is absolutely adorable Vicki!! I love that fun image and the fabulous gold frame! Congrats on your GDT too!
Hugs, Tammy

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous shaker card with the wee Dachshund Vicki..love the gold frame and background and all the sparkly confetti...so cute. Congrats on your new DT position..tic tac toe is always fun to play with.

luv CHRISSYxx

cm said...

So glad you accepted Ka's invitation to be her GD for the new challenge, because your dachshund card is absolutely amazing! You've 'tic-tac-toed' this one out-of-the-park! From the sweet pup, to the background stamping, to the gold frame (and collar), to the shaker elements, to the sparkles, your card is an inspiration..and yes, most definitely dog-gone cute!! Love it!
Hugs~c

Diane said...

Just fabulous shaker design Vicki, the Dachshund is so wonderful.

Hugs Diane

Margreet said...

Congrats on your new DT, Vicki....I'll have a look at the new challenge blog!
Your card is great....love your coloring of that dachshund!
xxx Margreet

Bad Kitty said...

love your card
Bad Kitty's Craftroom
>^.^<

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my I am loving this little beauty Vicki that image is fantastic, cute and adorable I love that it is a shaker card also the shiny card you have used.
hugs
lorraine x

Tracey said...

Congratlations on your Guest DT Vicki :o) Your card is absolutely gorgeous as always!
Hugs
Tracey
xx

laurie said...

So sweet! And what a fun new challenge!

crafty-stamper said...

congrats on your GDT spot love the cute fun image and great shaker card
Carol x

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card, the image is adorable, Cathy x

Becca Cruger said...

I love a good shaker and I adore a good pun, so this card hits all the marks for me! Such a super cute design and so sparkly too!

Pia S said...

Totally cute and such a great shaker scene and card, can't but love this one!

Carol L said...

From one doxie lover to another - this card is beyond cute! I love the shiny golden frame with the soft pastel coloring, and of course that image is tops in my book! Cute card!

I Card Everyone said...

Oh my goodness, Vicki! Your little wiener dog is looking very dapper and happy with his birthday balloons! What a perfect sentiment for him, too! Darling! Congrats on your Guest Designer gig!!!
=]

aussie aNNie said...

Congrats lovely lady....you are the queen of shaker designs and I just adore this most sweet design.xxx {aNNie}

Stampsnob. said...

Super cute this image is adorable TFS Craft Rocket Challenge Lis
DT

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oooh what an adorable card Vicki...love how you colored the super sweet puppy!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

ann van dijk said...

This is gorgeous. Thank you for joining the challenge of Creative Craft Cottage.
Have a nice day.
Greetings Anneke

Maria A. said...

Oh Vicki, this is "dog-gone adorable!!!!!" and so very sweet, I love the expression on the face of this little doggie as he is proudly walking holding those pretty balloons.
Love shaker cards and this one is amazing!!, beautifully framed in gold and those little shaker stars.....I must get me some!!!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Shelly said...

Congrats, Vicki!! This is ADORABLE!! Love it!

Bastelkueken`s Kreative Welt said...

Hi Vicki... your creation is fantastic and wonderul... your dog is so sweet.... love your creation.

Hugs Anja

Lynn McAuley said...

What a whimsical delight, Vicki!! I love all the shaker stars and star background for this adorable pup and his birthday balloons!!

Davi said...

What an awesome Shaker card Vicki!! Love the sparkly look to go wiht that cutie little guy!!

Deepti said...

Such a happy and a fun card :) Love the shaker !

Céline said...

fab card as usual ! love all your shakers !!! your little things inside are always so cute
hugs
céline

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh my! A true work of art Vicki!
Love it!!

Tammy said...

Congrats on the guest designing, love your cute card! Who can resist the adorable doxy!

Shannon McComb said...

Yay Vicki!! So glad your a guest designer! This card just makes me happy, it's so fun and way too cute!!!

Judy V said...

Very cute shaker card! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage!

CaroleAnn said...

What a great challenge idea!!!! Love it and now I have to say quickly - love your card - I am now running to my craft room to see if I can finish a card in time to take part of this. If not, I will be looking forward to the next challenge!!! Congrats on your spotlight with this!!! Hugs

Patricia St Martin said...

That image is adorable love his cheeks. The shaker card is wonderful with all the goodies and pretty colors. Cute sentiment. Love Tic-Tac-Toe it is so much fun. Congratulations on being the guest designer. Your frame is gorgeous.
Hugs Pat

Nora N. said...

Your shaker card is just adorable. I LOVE the shiny, gold frame and that dog is too, too CUTE!! Love that you created a shaker card. You rocked the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!!

Nora Noll
Design Team Member
Stamping Smiles Design
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Carrie Rhoades said...

What a cute shaker card! Congrats on being one of our top picks at Stampin' Royalty with this fun birthday card. Thank you for playing along with us!

Migdalia said...

Congrats on your GD spot!! I am a huge fan of shaker cards!!
This one is adorable!
Have a blessed day,
Migdalia
Crafting With Creative M

NanaConnie said...

Marvelous shaker card! What an adorable wiener dog.

Angie A said...

Awesome shaker card! Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too! Angie-Owner

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Helen said...

Great card - love the shaker part.

Thanks for joining us at the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge.

Helen N x

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