Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog November 2019– #JOSTTT011

Good morning lovely crafters.

This is an exciting month for me in The Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge because I got to chose the elements for this months grid. It much was trickier than I thought but these are the ones I settled on.

CAS – I find ‘clean and simple’ cards a little tricky, I love the way they look but often struggle to stop myself adding more and more to fill the blank spaces.

Winter –  Full of lots of different festivities and celebrations for me. Along with Christmas and New Year it’s also the time when I celebrate my Wedding Anniversary and my beautiful daughters birthday.

Heat Embossing – One of my favourite crafty techniques which can be used simply to create a lovely shiny sentiment or can be used to create beautiful ink resist backgrounds and in many other  ways.

Foil – You may have noticed, if you read my blog regularly, that I love Hunkydory Mirri Card, it adds a special luxurious touch to any project.

Fold – I am also a huge fan of fancy fold cards, everything from a simple easel card to complex stepper cards….there are just so many to try and master.

Monochrome – I have seen lots of stunning monochrome cards and project using traditional ‘black’ as the colour but also switching it up and using other colours too.

Layers – creating layers of coordinating patterns and colours which coordinate beautifully together is something I’m still trying to gain confidence in and is what draws many of us to Stampin’ Up! and other companies who do all of the hard work for us by creating ranges of beautifully coordinating products which cost us a fortune because we want to make sure everything matches perfectly.

Punch – My final element, I don’t own many punches and don’t use them often but I have seen some amazing punch art projects. I’m hoping that someone might join in and share some with us during this month’s challenge.

Well, having explained all of the elements and why I chose them, I guess I should share my project with you…..

I decided to use the centre horizontal line of the grid ‘Foil, Friend Fold’.

The idea for this card, and the basic card design, came from the amazingly talented Sam Clayton at Mixed Up Craft. If you haven’t explored her YouTube channel yet I can highly recommend it. As well as being a hugely talented crafter she also has a great way of simplifying complex projects and making them easy to follow, adapt and recreate adding your own style or twist to them.

This card is a Pop Out Gatefold card and you can find Sam’s video instructions for making them  here .

This is the version I made using the ‘Make A Wish’ paper pad from Dovecrafts and my favourite Mirri card.

At first glance it looks just like an ordinary gatefold card secured by a belly band but once the belly band is removed the pop out element is revealed. I added an extra twist to my card by fixing the topper to the card base with one of the Hampton Arts Mini Action Wobble Springs which gives fun movement to the card when it’s opened.


After I had made this card for the #JOSTTT011 challenge I got a little carried away and made a couple more of the same style. This wedding card is the same size as the Birthday card.

But for this Anniversary card I resized the card to be a 6 x 6″ base, which worked really well too. I think this may be my favourite of the three cards.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read today’s post. I can’t wait to see the other projects that will be created using my grid, especially the one made by YOU. All you need to do to take part is hop over to the Joy of Sets Challenge page, all of the instructions are there.  Click  here  to go straight to the home page and start playing along or just to see all of the beautiful projects created by our talented design team and check back through the month to see the ones added by the talented crafters who add their beautiful projects later.

Have a happy crafty day.

Anne-Marie x


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