Sunday 3 February 2019

Your TicTacToe Challenge Cards

Good Morning Ladies,

Well what can I say, Janet you will need to set up the extra boards, Paul has dusted them off for you!!
You ladies have absolutely 'aced' this challenge.  
There are so many amazing cards for you to see, so I will hold you up no longer...…….


 Cheryl has designed this beautiful birthday card for this weeks TicTacToe Challenge, she has used a by Tonic, a 'Verso' die called Cassandra's Garden.
Cheryl I love that delicate yellow background paper, this would make a beautiful wedding or anniversary card too.  That pretty die cut daisy finishes that die cut off beautifully.
Cheryl used Categories: Yellow/Birthday/Die cut
Thank you so much for taking part.


Three totally different designs from Janet this week, all three work perfectly for our TicTacToe Challenge too.
Card No.1 Circle/Die Cut/Birthday,  a beautiful card made by embossing the base card, then layering up some gorgeous die cuts in Black and Gold finishing with a beautifully intricate die cut in the centre that frames the foiled sentiment.

Card No.2 Circle/Die Cut/Flower, A beautiful Easel card that has a Vintage style card base that has a stunning die cut upper part that features a wreath design with lots of foliage that Janet has die cut in pretty purple foiled card. The 'stopper' part of the card is a beautiful die cut rose that is edged with gold and flanked with two lovely leaves.

Card No.3 Male/Birthday/Die cut,  Janet's third card is one for the Men, it features a fantastic stamped background that has been finished with some die cut cogs.

Thank you so much Janet for three amazing challenge cards. 



Karen has been super busy in her craft room this week, making 4 cards for this weeks TicTacToe Challenge.
Card No.1  Masculine/Die (scan&Cut)/Birthday , Karen made this card for a Colleague, using an image that she put into the Scan&Cut.  I can imagine they all love your cards Karen.

Card No.2  Die cut/Masculine/Birthday, this is the 'James/Jamie' card that Karen had made last Saturday only to realised that he went by 'Jamie' not James, I can only imagine your frustration Karen, I love the camera image that you have used, you can't go wrong with an 'Eclipse' card, as you can decorate the card in any style and adding the name makes it that bit more special.

Card No.3 Circle/Birthday/Masculine,  another fantastic male card with the added bonus of being personalised! This card was for a Colleague's son, the image is from Google and Karen transferred it into Serif (Craft Artist) and worked her magic, the design really 'pop' Karen.

Card No.4 Flowers/Ribbon/Die Cut, Karen has used one of those dies that cuts 'into' your card and some of the parts out and pop up, allowing you to lift out the petals (in this particular die) and give them some shape and dimension and showing the pretty lilac card beneath,   a simple stamped sentiment matted onto more of the lilac card and some matching pearls added to the flower centres along with some pretty green ribbon finish the card perfectly.  I will say that I think that pop of green works so well with all of the lilac and white. 

Thank you so much Karen for 4 amazing Tic Tac Toe Challenge cards, I think that week away from your craft desk has really boosted your creativity. 


Two cards from Our lovely Lilian this week, both of them work perfectly for our TicTacToe Challenge.

Card No.1 Yellow/Birthday/Flowers, Such a pretty card Lilian, using a retired piece of SU Designer Series Paper, (I so wish I had more of this particular one left). Lilian has cut the paper and folded it back, which is a great way of showing both sides of patterned paper, Lilian has then stamped some matching yellow flowers on the card base, to make it look like thats what the 'reveal' is showing (so clever)  Lilian has added stitched detail all around the edges of the patterned paper too, which really finishes off the design, two pretty butterflies leaving their pearly trails finish the card perfectly.

Card No.2 Masculine/Die Cut/Birthday, a fantastic Man card that features both Hot Air Ballooning and Sailing, such a lovely scene has been set on this card, the die cut balloons really give dimension to the card. A perfectly placed die cut sentiment finishes this fantastic man card.

Thank you so much Lilian, its good to see your 'Mojo' returning, I honestly think that when our head is in the right place card making/designing is the best therapy. 


Three fantastic 'Bird' themes card from Lynda this week, all amazing TicTacToe card too.

Card No.1 Circle/Bird/Yellow, Lynda has created one of her amazing blended backgrounds, this time creating a beautifully sunny backdrop to stamp those lovely birds on to, Lynda has then taken a piece of decorative paper and die cut a circle out of the centre to make it into a frame.

Card No2. Flowers/Ribbon/Bird, this card features a beautiful bird topper that Lynda has die cut into a circle and framed, adding some pretty flowers around the frame and finishing it with a pretty yellow ribbon bow.

Card No.3 Birds/Circle/Yellow, similar in design to the first card, this one features 2 pretty birds on a leafy branch, stamped in a 'silhouette' style, on top of another one of Lynda's fantastic blended backgrounds.

Thank you so much Lynda for 3 amazing challenge cards, you must have a huge collection of cards as you always manage to make more than one challenge card.  You always manage to inspire me midweek too, with your fantastic designs, Sue and I were talking about your amazing blended backgrounds on Wednesday, I do hope your ears weren't burning! LOL


Two really pretty cards from Margaret for this weeks TicTacToe challenge, both completely different too.
Card No.1 Flowers/Birthday/Yellow, Margaret has used the 'Needlepoint Nook' DSP for this first challenge card, the paper has so much embroidered detail when you see it up close, the designers had someone make up the embroidery and they then photographed it, which is why the detail is so incredibly life like, the Dsp was matted onto some yellow card that Margaret has picked out from the yellow flowers in the paper. all that is needed to compliment this incredible paper is a simple stamped sentiment. 

Card No.2 Bird/Die Cut/Birthday, this card uses the 'Best Bird' Stamps set and matching dies, Margaret stamped the little background from the set and then die cut and stamped the bird and stamped the branch onto to the card, adding the leaves separately in green. Margaret has then stamped the sentiment in the same ink as the leaves and punched it out.

Two absolutely fabulous cards Margaret, I can see that you have also got your mojo back, it's lovely to see you really enjoying making cards again my lovely 


Michele made two cards for our TicTacToe Challenge and yes she did manage to make a Christmas card, she is so bloomin clever.!!

Card No.1 Circles/Ribbon/Die Cut, something new for Michele for this challenge is using Background papers, on this card Michele has let the background paper do all the work, simple adding a ribbon border and a die cut circle with the sentiment on and a little gem stone in each corner.

Card No.2 Die Cut/Circles/Ribbon,  this card has a real Oriental look to it, the papers are just so delicate and in stunning colours too, Michele has die cut a scalloped circle in the lovely teal/blue colour and then there is the tiniest hint of pink and then that pretty topper, everything ties together perfectly Michele, adding that bold black ribbon really works with the whole design too.  I think that you should use patterned papers more often my lovely. 

Thank you so much for two amazing challenge cards, that you managed to fit in between work,CT scan, shopping, night out etc, you are a superwoman! hahaha


Sue has made this fantastic Man card for this weeks TicTacToe challenge, I saw this in the design stages on Wednesday while Sue was experimenting with different colours and papers, I have to say I am totally blown away by the final result as I know it really pushed Sue out of her comfort zone.

 Categories: Yellow/Bird/Twine

Sue started her card by creating the background using Distress Oxide inks, Faded Jeans/Peacock feathers and Twisted Citron, blending them around in circles towards the centre, next came the matting and layering onto complimentary colour card, finishing with a lovely vibrant yellow base card. Sue then die cut the Bird and Branch from the Best Bird Die set and mounted them onto her card 'silhouette' style, the same with the sentiment.
Sue finished the card by wrapping twine around the side of the card and mounting a little bird on the knot.  I absolutely love how it turned out Sue, I hope you are pleased with it too.

Thank you so much for taking part in this weeks challenge my lovely.

****I do want to add that this must be the first time that the same stamp/die set has been used by two people in the same challenge.  Also the two people are Mother /Daughter.  
I can confirm that neither of them knew what the other was using, as Sue took my stamps and dies home and Margaret used hers quite by chance!!  
What were the chances of that happening???! ****


Val has used the most beautiful bird scene topper for her Challenge card this week, her card uses Categories:  Bird/Twine/Birthday,  Val has picked a incredibly colourful base card for her challenge card, using the same card as mats and layers too, now I would never have picked that card as a base but my goodness Val it really works, an embossed layer separates the base card and topper, I love that image so much and also the fact that it has a description with it, Val has finished the card with some matching coloured Bakers Twine and matching buttons and the sentiment of course.
Val it is clearly your experience that lets you be brave with your colours, I am both inspired and blown away.
Thank you so much my dear friend, I know that making cards was the last thing on your mind this week.  I hope that things start to get a little easier for you soon my lovely .

WOW WOW WOW, at the end of describing 18 cards I can honestly say that you are all so amazingly talented and inspirational, we have covered so many styles, events, Techniques between us, I wouldn't want to try and list all of them.

I did think about setting the same TicTacToe but for Christmas cards, but I think I will leave that for another week.

Thank you all so very much for your hard work, inspiration and creativity!

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Love and Hugs



  1. Good Morning Everyone
    What a wonderful array of craftiness this week. I really have to say 'Thank You'PAUL for getting out the extra boards as they are well and truly needed this

    So much inspiration particularly for those males we have to make cards for and so many ideas using the same brief.
    It's a good thing we don't have to choose a favourite as I just couldn't.

    The snow and ice has gone this morning and a good thing too as we have to brave the cold and visit Christina out in Derbyshire today to take her birthday things for the middle of next week. I only hope that the roads are OK when we leave the 'A' roads. At least it will be lovely and warm in her kitchen as we sit around the table gossiping and drinking hot chocolate and eating 'Fat Rascals'.

    The CAFE is OPEN but there isn't a lunch time menu today. Help yourselves to hot drinks and snacks.
    HUGS are winging their way to you all. Stay safe and take care.xxxx

    1. Have a safe journey Janet and enjoy your day with Christina.x

    2. Great cards today Janet. Especially like the purple one as it’s my favourite colour. Hope you’ve had a lovely day over at Christina’s and the smaller roads weren’t to bad. We still have quite a bit of snow here. But what are Fat Rascals though Janet ?.

  2. Morning Ladies-Superwomen here!

    What’s an absolutely amazing selection of challenge cards today. So many beautiful cards.

    I have to admit by Friday I hadn’t got a clue what I was going to make then I started to look through my latest magazines and the papers in Cardmaking & Papercraft just seemed to fir the challenge! Then I remembered that Sandra had set another challenge = Christmas...!!

    Had a lovely time yesterday morning chatting with my friend. We went to see F in L who wasn’t great-he has yet another chest infection & was struggling to speak clearly. We stayed for a couple of hours, we left when the nurses came to give him his meds via his feeding tube. Home about 7pm thrnwe had to start cooking dinner!


    1. So sorry your FIL isn't so good Michele. Sending hugs. Enjoy your Sunday.x

    2. Hi Superwoman
      Sorry to hear your F in L was feeling unwell when you visited. Hope he’s feeling better soon. Bother I’m a google account again. Wish blogger would make its mind up who I am.

    3. Hope your FIL soon is better, sending you some hugs xx

  3. Hi everyone,

    Such a lot of beautiful cards on display today ladies. All so inspirational.

    It's a beautiful sunny day here but with gale force winds. I got blown around the park when I took Gracie out trying to avoid the fallen branches. I think it's a day in by the fire.

    Brenda, hope your sister continues to improve. X

    Hugs to all.
    Love Valx

  4. Wow ladies Stunning Cards
    I fully intended to try and do a Christmas card but time just ran away with me I have decided I definitely cannot make cards in the evening Roll on the lighter ones
    I’m still not sure about the green ribbon on one of mine
    We’re on MIL watch again today So have got my crochet with me I will Be going to Aldi tomorrow to stock up again on yarn
    I hope you’re beginning to feel better VAL You’ve had some horrible news this week
    How’s your sister BRENDA I hope she’s continuing to get better
    Stay warm ladies xxxx

    1. Thanks Karen, feeling ok.
      Enjoy doing your crocheting. Your cards are lovely as always.x

    2. I hope you saw my comment re Eclipse cards Something else to add
      Five letters or less seem to work the best

  5. Hi Sandra & all in café,
    Sandra we certainly all seemed to love this challenge, lovely lot of cards. I can honestly say I did not know what Sue was doing, shows how alike we are in our taste. Look forward to what you have for us
    Brenda hope you sister continues to improve, hugs on
    Val I hope your x-ray reveals the trouble but think about a scan as well if possible, you can see much more with a
    Janet safe journey to Derbyshire, you would not attempt it here the roads are still covered with snow & very slippery, rain is forecast for tonight so then it will be floods I suppose.
    Sending hugs to all who need them love

  6. Hello All, last bits of the snow melted this morning, it caused chaos here as usual.

    Sorry very poor internet this week, reason I’ve not been in.

    Absolutely fabulous cards today, as always, must try and do a Christmas card this week, otherwise I shall get to November with very rew done again.

    Special Hugs for those who are under the weather, and hugs to all, Lilian

  7. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Wow what a lovely lot of creations for this weeks challenge. And I think your correct in surmising that this is the first time the same stamps have been used.
    Must say I’m in awe of all the fantastic cards on show.
    I’m back as me again today.
    Brenda, I hope your sister is feeling a bit better today.

  8. Hi Sandra & ladies
    WOW stunning cards this morning they are all lovely well done everyone
    Had a lovely surprise yesterday as Darren Sam & Harry came down yesterday met them at the ball park at Birchington just a half hour from us. Harry was surprised when he saw us come in he got so excited. Spent couple of hours
    Then they came back for dinner so was a lovely day.
    Today I've been in craft room finished a swap project.
    Hug's everyone extra for Val Brenda Lilian Pat & Pete.
    Love Lynda xx

  9. Hello Sandra and ladies,
    What a fantastic display of challenge cards, ladies you have certainly done yourself proud. Sorry I didn’t get to send one to you Sandra, I did start one yesterday morning, I then had four long phone calls almost back to back, after lunch our daughters turned up, which was a lovely surprise, we don’t often see them both together and without family, they stayed until after 11pm.
    My sister continues to improve, some of the tubes were removed today, it’s just getting better day by day.
    I hope everyone has had a good day.
    I’m going to have to prove I’m not a robot, the other day it seemed to take forever some of the pictures are very poor quality, well here goes!!!
    Love Brenda xxx

  10. Hi ladies
    Oh wow look at all the cards today.Great so many for the men. You all have made fantastic work with this challenge. I did send one in but it was late. Looking forward to the task tomorrow Sandra.
    Karen- where did you get the Drum font from ? I like it. Hope the day with MIL went well.
    Lilian- do take care if going out still even if the snow is going it might still be slippery under foot. Love your cards, as always they are Beautiful.
    Sue and Margaret- like the birdie, funny how you both used it this week. Lovely cards. Sue-hope you got the message :>)
    Wish you all a good night and hope your day was fine. Many warm hugs xxx