Saturday, 5 January 2019

The Joy of Sets 1st Challenge Blog #JOSTTT001

Welcome to the very first of my entries to the Joy of Sets monthly tic tac toe challenge blog.

Each month a group of us will be designing a card using a grid of 9 boxes in the classic tic tac toe or noughts and crosses style. In each box will be a word to do with card making or paper crafting such as a tool, a colour or a pattern, an embellishment, a design or a stamp. We each choose a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line and must incorporate all three of the elements we find in the boxes covered by that line into our creation that month. Hope that's clear. If not a peek at this month's grid will help.

What we do once we've chosen our elements is make the card and share it on the challenge blog each contributing to the corresponding blog post for that month. We can then link back to our own blogs for more detail on how we put our card together.Some of us will perhaps follow that up with a video tutorial too, I know I will. Each person in the team will get a chance to choose the elements each month and I have February so have my thinking cap well and truly on.

So for my first effort of 2019 I chose the middle line of  birthday, circle and floral as my three elements and I really went old school with it and created a card using Dovecraft papers and a stamp which I first saw doing the rounds some years back.

There is always space for tea or afternoon tea themed papercraft and companies like Kanban and Stampin' Up  have current tea themed papers, stamps and dies in their offerings. The resurgence of tea as a popular drink is also going to help with that as designers and brands stay on top of current trends. So there is definitely relevance for this little beauty and besides, for people new to papercraft everything is new and exciting and building stash on the  back of some oldies but goldies for a pound here and there is never going to be a bad thing.

For my card base I cut down a 6 x 6 Dovecraft basics card into a 4 x 4 and added a layer of the beautiful floral DSP from their Sweet Moments stack and finished off using a die and stamp set from the same range for the sentiment. Each of these elements cost me just £1! That's the set of pre-cut and folded cards and envelopes, the 36 page 8 x 8 paper stack and the combi die and stamp set. I used the excess card I'd trimmed off to punch out a scalloped circle using the Starburst punch from Stampin' Up! and nestled that onto a doily which is a retired Stampin' Up! product as is the ribbon which finishes the whole thing off.

It's simple yet lovely, very delicate and girly, totally has a spring time vibe going on and mixes premium and budget brands to get the biggest bang for your buck. What more could you ask for?

Check out my fellow Joy of Sets challenge blog crafters for inspiration and beautiful creations by visiting the challenge blog HERE and why not subscribe so you don't miss out each month.

Thank you so much for dropping in today.

Have a great 2019.

Andrea x


  1. Such a beautiful card Andrea - funny how a few of us went for the same line and came up with such different projects - that's what I love about Tic Tac Toe challenges

  2. Thank you it's so retro. I know they are all so different. Looking forward to the rest of the year.

  3. Love the doilie on this card and the pretty pinks. x

    1. Thanks Jane it's pretty old school but then old school is new to me as a relative novice and I am already seeing that this whole thing is rather cyclical in nature, with themes and trends re-emerging so instead of thinking I'm behind I could see it as being ahead... haha. Seriously though, I'm of the opinion that if you love something then trends don't matter.

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    1. It does remind me of stationery sets I used to love as a little girl.

  5. Such a pretty card, great colours and I love the paper you have used. I almost went for the same line as you but changed my mind at the last minute! xx

  6. I love the soft colors and the doily very elegant card.


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