Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tic-Tac-Toe & the Players {PP106}

Hiya friends! It's another Paper Players Sunday and that means it's been a week since I last posted...yikes!  Hopefully, this week I'll be a little more active in my stamp room.  Nothing like a big box of new toys for some motivation!  We've also had a new addition to the family that's kept me busier than usual but more on that later...  Today, the lovely Lesley has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge for us.  Choose any 3 elements from the board: vertical, horizontal or diagonal:
I couldn't wait to use my Floral Frames Framelits and matching Daydream Medallions stamp set.  I found this great sketch over at Create with Connie & Mary and am delighted to play along with my friends over there--Hi gals! 
I combined the sketch with the center column of the Tic-Tac-Toe board: Birthday, Dry Embossing & Ribbon to create this:
The color combination is directly from the Color Coach and I love it: Basic Gray, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit!    The background paper is actually new Halloween paper called Howlstooth & Scaringbone from the upcoming Holiday mini.  Love those gray polka dots!  The center panel is 2 3/4" wide and stamped with the largest image from Daydream Medallions in Summer Starfruit.  I trimmed it with more Summer Starfruit cut with the Adorning Accents edgelit and matching embossing folder.
Here's a close-up of the flower--don't you just love a coordinating stamp set and Framelit?  I used 3 different ribbons: Chantilly crochet trim (ret.), Summer Starfruit stitched satin and some new Basic Gray striped satin ribbon.  All the ribbons are held together with our cool new Ribbon Slides (Holiday mini).  I knew right away that they would be perfect for pulling together a riot of ribbons and I was right!  (love it when that happens, lol!)  It's a great way to make a big impact with a small amount of ribbon.
Of course, you know I had to finish the inside!  More stamping of the medallions in the background as well as the center panel and the perfect sentiment from Bring on the Cake.  
Please be sure to visit the rest of the design team for some amazing inspiration! I'm so happy that almost all of the senior design team is back in action this week.  Between vacations and SU convention, we've all been scattered!  Now we just need our fearless leader!  I hope you'll play along with Lesley's Tic-Tac-Toe have until Friday, August 3rd at noon (PST) so go get your craft on!

Now, if you would like to stay tuned for some personal stuff....first a couple pix of a different kind of craft:
These gorgeous platters are handmade by a group of women living near Royal Natal National Park.  Each coil is made from reeds, wound together with thread and coiled into a platter.  The colors are added with different colored threads and string--often recycled from purchased products.
Their smiles are genuine and the creativity astounding.  We actually saw them harvesting the reeds by the side of the road.  Our daughter couldn't wait to have her picture taken with them!

OK, lastly...if you're still with me...we took the plunge this week and added a new member to our family.  Our last kitty passed on a few months ago and the house had been too quiet ever since.  So, we visited the rescue center run by our vet and well....let's just say there's no such thing as "let's go have a look", ha!  May I present....Miss Sadie Leedy:
She is a 3 year old mix of Jack Russell terrier / Italian Greyhound and all kinds of uber-cuteness! 
We are all in LOVE...and I think she is too.  :-)  She's become quite attached to me in a short period of time--follows me everywhere, even to the bathroom, ha!  Nothing like a dog for dedication!  If you've made it this far, thanks for indulging my need to share and thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Stamps: Daydream Medallions,Bring on the Cake, Blooming with Kindness
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla CS; First Edition Specialty DSP; Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Extras: Floral Frames Framelits; Adorning Accents Edgelit & Embossing Folder; Ribbon Slides (Holiday mini, avail Aug 1st); Basic Gray Striped Satin Ribbon (Holiday mini, avail Aug 1st); Large Basic Pearls; Chantilly crochet trim (ret.); Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon; Basic Pearls.


LeAnne said...

Gorgeous floral creation....and how SWEET is that little doggie face!! Oh, you must be smitten with her!!! Fun times ahead!

Dana said...

Pretty cool flower. And your puppy is adorable. (Good luck with all that energy!!!) lol

Kathi said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the colors and all the wonderful details! And little Miss Sadie is absolutely adorable! We have a Jack Russell mix too and they are the most awesome little dogs! Congratulations on your new addition!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh wow, Nance! Your layered flower looks wonderful! Love the colour combo and it's one I probably would not have put together on my own. Gotta love the colour coach for that!! Brilliant!

What wonderful crafts the ladies make. I always enjoy collecting items like that!

Congrats on the new addition to your family!!!! Glad everyone has fallen in love. LOL @ the trips to the bathroom....mine does the same thing....hehe....can't let me out of her sight!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Hi there Nance! Long time no feels like it has been forever. I'm absolutely smitten with the gorgeous design of your card. The fab color combo and the lovely lared flower. Wow! The trio of ribbons are such an awesome detail.

Such gorgeous works of art the gals make as well. Yikes, I haven't even asked how your trip was??! I really need to get caught up.

But hold the phone....let's discuss Miss Sadie first. She is the cutest EVER!! I can see how you could easily fall in love with that cutie pie. She's an adorable new addition! Congrats!

Anne Marie Hile said...

That was supposed to read *layered* flower...clearly I need more coffee this morning. ;)

Rita W said...

Awww...I love her! She is the cutest!

Love the card too; fun mix of colors.

Marisa said...

Your card is fabulous, Nance!! Love the ribbon strips in the middle!!

Love the woven baskets - they are gorgeous! Such an amazing art form.

Your little Sadie is adorable :) What a face! Glad she is fitting in so quickly and I'm sure she'll give you years of love.

So good to have you back in blogland again ((hugs)).

Amy White said...

Wow that flower is amazing!! Love how you've stamped the larger one undeneath with the die-cut ones over the top, and the ribbon/lace/pearl centre looks fab!

H2 :) said...

Gorgeous design & colours Nance. Love how you have extended the flower across the panel with the edgelit dies & the awesome trio of ribbons.
Happy times ahead with your new fur baby! She's a sweetie. :)

Jen Mitchell said...

Well I was going to gush about this fabulous card, but now I want to gush about your adorable pooch! First things first, though. The big flower is gorgeous and I agree there's nothing quite like a stamp and matching die! And I love your arrangement of ribbon. It's a wonderful mix of texture and color and the ribbon slide finishes it off beautifully!

And little Miss Sadie is absolutely wonderful. I love to hear when pets at shelters are adopted by loving families. It's a beautiful thing when pets and people rescue each other!

Deb said...

Gorgeous card, Nance!! What a great idea to use the ribbon slides! And who would have thought that designer paper from Scaringbone would make such an elegant and beautiful card?! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

P.S. Little Miss Sadie is so adorable!

Karren said...

What a gorgeous card you've created. And Miss Sadie is adorable. I know what you mean about them following you everywhere - we got a puppy late last year and he follows me everywhere too - even the bathroom! They are so fun - I can't believe we waited so long to get a dog! Enjoy the fun times ahead.

Margaret said...

Wow! This was quite a post!! First of all, I love all of the gorgeous layers and that beautiful ribbon!
I can not imagine how amazing your trip was! The platters are true works of art and how special to meet the talented ladies who crafted them.
And Miss Sadie is just adorable! You will have a most loyal companion!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Awwww, first off congrats on the new pup!!!! THANK YOU for choosing rescue!!!! I'm sure she's so grateful you chose her!

The card is amazing! Love how you added the ribbon to the center of the flower!! Great die too!!

Thanks for your blog visit :)


Melissa Davies said...

What a GORGEOUS card! The flower framelits are one of my favorite new products! Thanks for playing this week with Create w/ Connie & Mary!

Monica Hornof said...

This is so pretty! I love how you combined all the elements, especially all the ribbons. Gorgeous!

Connie Babbert said...

Nance! Your card is STUNNING...I love all the stamped details with the medallions...and the ribbons on the front! Everything! And...what a sweet new addition to your family! Glad you got a chance to play along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

Diane - said...

Nance love your tic-tac-toe card. REally love the flower with ribbon snips and bard.. so cute.
The photos are wonderful, as are the platters. How creatative they are... and Arden looks right at home with her big smile.
Now the new dog is adorable. Love her name, and I thought it was a puppy because she is too tiny cute.

Nancy said...

Nance an absolutely super stunning card, I LOve it. All the details and the way you used the edgelit to extend the image, so creative as well as the colors and those new little slides, perfect for your ribbon use, so cute, doesn't use much, but very effective.
Arden looks like she's really enjoying her visit & is she holding purchases? The platters are beautiful and the ladies look so proud of their projects, don't they.
NOW...Miss Sadie gets cuter every picture I see, that must be a testament to how happy & comfortable she is. I REALLY can't wait to hold her, love her basket too!

Lauri said...

Sadie is SO cute!!! (oh love the card too! lol) So happy for you and happy Sadie has found her forever home!

Lisa Martz said...

Love the card for Create! Sure do miss you! Love the sweet puppy, too! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week!

Mary Brown said...

Oh my card is truly absolutely STUNNING!!! LOVE all the layers and stamping and details. Now...I do have to say though...that little Miss Sadie is just SOOOOO PRECIOUS!!! We have two rescues and they make the absolute BEST doggies in the world! Thanks for playing along in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Ann Schach said...

Welcome back, Nance! Congrats on the new baby! What a cutie! And your card is absolutely breathtaking! I LOVE the flower with its ribbon treatment!

Lisa Elton said...

Wonderful card and your new pup looks like a sweetie!!!

MaryE said...

Hey Nance..been a while...
Welcome to Miss Sadie...what a cutie! As always so impressed w/ your creativity. Again thanks for your help w/ the Eagle Scout project.