Monday 17 September 2018

Monday Tictactoe challenge

Good Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and ready for the week ahead. 

It was a bit of a shock when I realised while at Ally Pally that I hadn't thought about today's challenge!! I thought  that i would be able to do when I got home, as the show finished at 4pm, that soon changed though as there had been an accident on one of the roads which caused huge tailbacks. 
So I was sat in the car frantically tryng to find something to challenge you with. 
I decided on a TicTacToe, they are so versatile and can be used for so many occasions.

I thought that this particular one would be good for Christmas cards particularly but there are plenty of categories to use for non Christmas cards too.
I might use some of the new things I bought yesterday.   So excited to sit and craft.

My card uses categories: Snowflakes/Sparkle or Shine/Punch or Die Cut
I went diagonal for this challenge card.
I used the Brand New Stampin'Up 'Blizzard Thinlit die' to die cut my topper (it die cuts the whole lot in one go!!) Plus you have a pile of different snowflakes as well. I added mounting foam onto the back and placed it onto a Balmy Blue card base, that I had added a piece of double sided tape to and covered with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, which gave the snowflakes sparkle!
I then stamped my sentiment from the stamp set that goes with the die...Beautiful Blizzard. 

Beautiful Blizzard Bundle
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Ally Pally was lovely, very quiet, we didn't have any trouble getting a table for lunch, there weren't many of us to find seats for though, we weren't short of conversation though.  It was lovely catching up with Lynda, Terry and Margaret (who i havent seen since May!

I want to share with you all a gem of a Craft shop, unbelievably good prices, absolutely lovely couple too, they started their craft shop in May this year, well worth supporting  ......

'A Crafty Place' is their name, the owner is a lovely lady called Anne.
Their Website  link:

If you make a purchase tell them I sent you (it might benefit us soon)!!

Right I am off into my craft room, have a great day ladies,

Lots of love and hugs,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Great challenge for us this week Sandra & a really lovely Christmas card.

    Had a very lazy day (for me) yesterday. Had a sort out in my craft room and have a large bag yo gk to the charity shop on Saturday. After torrential rain all morning yesterday afternoon turned out lovely so we went for a walk which was a nice change as it’s usually gardening on a Sunday afternoon.

    Can’t wait to see what everyone bought at Ally Pally.


  2. Good morning Everyone
    A lovely Challenge for this week and I predict that all the extra boards will be needed on Sunday.

    Also a beautiful card as our inspiration SANDRA.

    We too had torrential rain yesterday morning but it had cleared by the time we needed to go to Thomas's bday party.
    All the children had a really good time with no fall outs or arguments. It's so lovely to see so many 5-8yr olds playing together as they should without any upsets. We were back by 18.00hrs and had a very peaceful night tele watching though by 22.00hrs I was very tense after watching the latest espisode of 'The Body Guard'. I still haven't worked out who really is the real 'baddy' lol.

    Well it's Mr Tesco this morning and the start of gloss paint smell all over the house. This is the biggest job as we have 6doors to be painted on the landing; the left hand rail/stair steps; skirting boards etc. Thankfully the downstairs doors are all varnished.

    The CAFE is OPEN as usual and the fridge is stocked for the week so pop in when you can. HUGS should be arriving with you all very shortly.xxxx

  3. Another good challenge and I love your card

    A Crafty Place is the stall I told you about after I went to Stamperama They are a lovely couple and prices are good too

    I hope your friend gets along ok VAL She really did go down with a bang didn’t she I did reply to you last night I don’t know if you go back -I forget to But if you or anyone wants anything cut be it die cuts or ScanNCut items let me know for example diamonds hearts spades etc for your cribbage players etc
    Yesterday was tiring Bless her MIL’s dementia and balance is so bad it’s exhausting

    Off to work now I have an eye test this afternoon and then Salsa tonight But I will have a think about the Tic Tac Toe challenge
    Take care all xx

    1. Thanks Karen for your good wishes for Gill.
      I would Love some hearts, spades etc. I'm off to UK next month so if I give you my friends address maybe you could send me a few?
      Good luck at the dentist and enjoys always.x

    2. No problem VAL either is fine by me

  4. Hi Sandra and ladies.
    Lovely card and nice way to start the week off with so just need to make some space and hope to make some play this afternoon.
    Glad you had a good day at Ally Pally. Looking forward to see what you bought.
    Michele and Lilian, wish you better. Sending you both hugs and the same to you all. Val, hope your friend be ok,
    Karen, hope the dentist be kind and enjoy dancing tonight.
    Have a nice day everyone xxx

  5. Hello All, wet and very chilly here today.

    Lovely card and good challenge for next time, Sandra.

    Still full of cold, so am just tele watching, Lilian

  6. Hi Sandra & all in cafe,
    Sandra beautiful card today, thank you to Paul for yesterday & his patience with the traffic. The challenge cards yesterday were all great, thank you
    I had a lovely day, it was lovely chatting with Lynda & Terry, but we missed seeing Brenda, Karen & Maria. Did not get much shopping will send a photo to Sandra.
    Michele & Lilian hope your colds clear
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

  7. Hello everyone
    SANDRA your cardis beautiful love the snowflake Die it's nice when you can cut lots out at once. Also good challenge for this week xx
    Well I had a lovely day yesterday especially meeting Sandra Sue & Margaret. We had a nice chat at lunchtime but missed Brenda Maria & Karen. I will take photo's of my buys & send them to Sandra. Then must put them away & yes TIDY IT TOO.
    We are just chilling out today I'm worn out after yesterday feet & legs ache but worth it.
    Will have think what I can make for Challenge card.
    Hug's for everyone special one for Pat & Pete. Xx
    Love Lynda xx

  8. Hi Sandra and all in the Café today.
    Finally got to look at yesterday's challenge cards and they were definitely worth the wait. So many fabulous inspirational male cards, thankbyou all for sharing 😊
    I had a lovely day at AP yesterday, so happy to see Sandra and Paul, thankbyou for being such a great driver Paul. The traffic home was dreadful want it! Having a day with Mum us always a real pleasure and then getting to spend lunch time with Lynda and CU was the icing on the cake, lemon drizzle icing of course 😀 It was sad to not see Brenda, Maria and Karen, we must sort a meet up soon.
    I got home last night,bout my PJs on sat on the sofa to drink the cuppa Chris had waiting for me then woke up just before 6am!!!
    Lilian and Michele I hope you are both feeling a bit better by now. Lots of hot tea and as much rest as you can get. Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lilian, Michele and all in need. Take care xx

  9. Maria I have made a note to look up when Ch magazine the lovely elephant/safari stamp set was from. It really is a great full A4 size set of stamps, and they stamp beautifully. I will let you know as soon as I have found out the name of the magazine x

  10. Hi Sandra, it was so lovely chatting with you at the weekend. Thank you so much for your kind words. Michal and I are currently working on a little something for your bloggers. Once I've spoken to our web designers I'll let you know.
    I'll be in touch soon.
    Big hugs
    Anne and Mike
    A Crafty Place xxx

  11. Hello Sandra and ladies

    Lovely challenge this week Sandra and your CC is absolutely beautiful, Thank you for inspiring us.

    I hope all of you who were at AP yesterday have had a restful day today, it sounds like the accident or whatever it was really made the homeward journey extra long.
    I still haven’t sorted out my AP shopping, maybe I will get it done tomorrow and take a photograph.

    PAT, Thinking of you xx

    Take care my dear friends, Love and hugs, Brenda xxx

    1. Sorry forgot to say - I also visited ‘A Crafty Place’ at Ally Pally, there stand was very well set out and the prices were very good. I believe it was Mike who spoke to me, he said it was there first time, I replied I hope we will see you again next time. xx