Tuesday 7 July 2015

Cuttlebug Mania Challenge - Tic-Tac-Toe

The current challenge over at Cuttlebug Mania is 'Tic-Tac-Toe'. From the grid below, just choose a straight line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - and away you go:
Then all you need to do is to make your entry using a manual die cutting/embossing machine, it doesn't have to specifically be a Cuttlebug machine BTW, say in your post what products you used to die cut and or emboss, link to the challenge in you blog and then add your link to the Cuttlebug Challenge HERE. This fortnight we're being sponsored by Digi Scrap Kits who are donating a prize for the winner, and of course there will be three runners up as well.
So, from the Tic-Tac-Toe grid I chose the bottom horizontal line for my card - baby theme, use ribbon and include a bird die cut/make your own with die cuts. Luckily I had a fairly new set of dies here with a darling little stork in, just shouting to be played with again - and this is what I made:

I used:

- 5" x 5" white card blank, tent style

- background card is SU's 'Pink Pirouette', trimmed just a bit smaller than the card front and the corners punched with a Woodware 'Fancy Corner' punch

- then I stamped the sentiment using Memento 'London Fog' ink and a lovely stamp from LOTV's gorgeous  'Set 61- Quotable' stamps, bought the other week when Kath and I met up at LOTV for a mooch and a natter :)

- the dies are from the Little B 'Baby' set, with the stork cut from a snippet of white card and the 'precious bundle' from a teeny snippet of SU's 'Pretty In Pink' (the card snippets had been backed with 'Stick-It' adhesive sheet before die cutting) - and I added a little dot for the stork's eye, using a black fine liner

- then attached the pink gingham ribbon by just wrapping it across the front of the pink piece of card and adhering it underneath each side using ultra sticky tape

- once the card was assembled I then added a little pink gingham bow on top of the strip of ribbon

A couple of tips about the ribbon today.

First of all, I do like to use ultra sticky tape to attach ribbon onto the back edges of card which is going to be stuck onto a card base. For ages though, I struggled with placement of the piece of card onto the card base, even using Collall glue, 'cos once the ultra sticky stuff touched down it hung on in there fast! So, now I put a little strip of ordinary sellotape over the area where the ribbon is stuck with that ultra sticky tape before spreading Collall glue about the place, on the card back and over the sellotape. it works wonderfully and allows the whole piece of card to be gently manoeuvred into place.

Secondly, still on about the ribbon. Quite often, as on this card, I make the bow separately - not even wrapping the ribbon around the ribbon strip as I often find the bow then wants to sit sideways on :) So, I made the little bow on its own then decided where I wanted it to sit. Before sticking it in place I took a little piece of thread and used it to tie and then knot round the strip of ribbon to 'pinch it in' - just as it would be if a bow had actually been tied around the ribbon. A very small detail I know, and probably not so important on this particular ribbon, but it does look much better if the ribbon is quite fine (organza say) and your knot in the bow is quite small compared to the width of the ribbon itself. OCD strikes again!!

So, here endeth the lesson - why not come and play over at Cuttlebug Mania?



  1. What a cute baby card - love that little stork! Great sentiment too. :-) xx

  2. What a lovely card Di. And thanks for the tip about the bow. I can see that doing it this way would also be really helpful when there is a design printed on one face of the ribbon, as you would be certain that every section of the bow had the design facing outwards.

  3. Good tip about the ribbon! I hate when it sticks down crocked and you then have to lift it ever so carefully and then it tars the card! Drat!

    Will give your method a try.

    This is such a sweet baby card! Adorable stork!

  4. What a cool card, love your sentiment too


  5. Love this card !
    Thanks for al the tips you gave !

  6. Lovely card...and brilliant tips..thank you!

  7. Lovely baby card Di and thanks for the ribbon tips. xxx

  8. Amazing what a bit of OCD can do for a card, Di! ;-0 xx

  9. This is a cute baby card Di and the sentiment made me smile, also who can resist a stork. I love the pink gingham ribbon too. and thanks for the very helpful tips. x

  10. Sweet card for a new one little girl!!

  11. Love this sentiment Di! Great card too. x

  12. Super cute card Di! I love baby cards, and the stork is so cute. I also love your tips for gluing down and the ribbon and bow tip. Hugs, Brenda

  13. This is beautiful Miss. Sorry I have been such a bad blogger lately. Too much to do in daylight right now.

  14. This is cute as can be. I love the little stork and soft pink ribbon. Good idea to make the bow separate and then attach it. Mine always set sideways, so thank you for the tip.

  15. Gorgeous card and lovely and CAS, great die and sentiment, and now you tell me your tips on bows, I really, really, really struggle with bows and if I had known you could have spent the whole of our meet up teaching me how to do them. lol, maybe next time

    Kath x

  16. how come I only just found out about the Cuttlebug challenge blog! with all the die cutting I do my CB sits permanently on my desk - it's old and well loved and I keep my fingers crossed it lasts many more years! thanks for the link, and I love your pretty pink baby card .. .. now I have ideas flitting about in my brain so had better go play!
    hugs, annie x

  17. This is just as cute as can be, and I used to fuss with ribbon like you did here, but now I just tie ribbon in knots instead of bows. I'm tired of paying the extra postage for bows anyway! LOL

  18. So sweet! Love that pink gingham ribbon!


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