Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row: #tttc018


For this card I drew inspiration from the left diagonal.

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!


Pigs can fly!  At least they can in this week’s Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  Our board has plently of options for cute and creative cards!  This piece is actually a decor item for a customer of mine who loved the flying piggy (who doesn’t) but wanted the sentiment modified for a baby boy’s nursery.  This tic tac toe board was a perfect fit!  

I also used my Hand Lettered stamp set for the first time to really make the “he did” stand out.  If you don’t have this set and like to custom create sentiments  – get it!  The stamps really do line up and connect to look like handwirting.







Tic Tac Toe, three in a row: #tttc016


For this card I drew inspiration from the top row; perfect for everything fall!  I am in love with the Painted Harvest Suite and very excited to have yet another excuse to play with it1

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!


I’m all aglow for Autumn  and I can’t get enough of this Painted Harvest Suite!  Come join me for another fantastic round of Tic Tac Toe Challenge.  While the boards every week offer plenty of ways to express your creativity – this board is sure to have everything fall on your mind!


Pals Blog Hop: My Favorite Holiday

Welcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday”.  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Memories and MORE for My Favorite Holiday

I’ll admit I’m really not into scrapbooking.  Whatsoever.  I have to say that Stampin’ Up’s easy pocket memory keeping system looks like fun…. I just don’t have any photos to go with the card packs.  Like, none.  My husband and I hate having our pictures taken.  We have no children or pets….so yeah, no scrapbooking. However there is a reason Stampin’ Up calls it Memories and More.  Today I’m going to showcase just how much MORE you can do with these card packs.

I think it’s petty obvious that my  favorite holiday is Christmas.  It’s also my busiest holiday.  I didn’t just make 14 cards (actually 28 since there are two of each) for the hop – I’m prepping for Christmas card sales already!  And thanks to the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More card pack, whipping up a few dozen cards was a snap!

I used some stamps and die cuts from the Carols of Chirstmas bundle as well as Pretty Pines dies and a few other embellishments to add a little extra punch.  For the most part, I let the lovely card pack designs speak for themselves.

Featured image:  Card base is 5 x 7 with Merry Little Christmas DSP, gold embossed trees from Card Front Builder dies and gold Foil Snowflake.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I had a leftover stamp cutout that matched the kraft and white holly card.  I layered it ontop of a Cherry Cobble cardstock embossed with the Dynamic Cable Knit.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used the Pretty Pines dies and an embellishment from the Christmas Around the World assortment to dress up the card.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I took two cards from the pack, one small and one large, for this layout.  On the smaller card I stamped the sentiment from the Carols od Christmas stamp set.  Added a bit of Merry Little Christmas DSP.

I know black is a non-traditional color choice for Christmas, but I love how these three cards pop with the silver and bold graphic images.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used silver embossing powder with a sentiment from Carols of Christmas on one of the cards with printed black trees.  I layered Basic Black cardstock and silver embossed vellum to complete the look.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  This card was super quick with silver embossed vellum on a Basic Black card base and a few of the silver stickers that came with the card pack.

Right:  Card base  4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Another easy card.  Layered on old DSP and added a little Whisper White bakers twine and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

…. Can I rave a moment about these new Foil Snowflakes?  They add sparkle to any card and have so many versitle design uses!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  I layered the “Ho, Ho, Ho” card from the Memories and More pack on Whisper White background embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  A gold Foil Snowflake and linen thread complet the look.

Middle:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card from the pack didn’t need much to make it pop.  A little Old Olive cardstock, a silver Foil Snowflake cut in half and presto!

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I am loving vellum layers on my cards this season.  The sentiment on this card, “Dashing  through the Snow”, called for a flurry of foil snowflakes!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  More vellum and silver sparkley snowflakes.  I used a sentiment from the new Season to Sparkle stamp set.  The sentiment fit perfectly on one of the stitched shapes framelits which also happened to center nicely into the  pre printed square on the card from the Memories and More pack.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a bit more going on with the Smokey Slate Gingham ribbon, snowflakes die cut in Smokey Slate with dies from Seasonal Layers and silver stickers that came with the card pack.

I saved my favorite two for last!  I am loving the black, white and olive color combination of the Merry Little Christmas mega suite this year.

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a Basic Black base, a  layer of Merry Little Christmas DSP and die cuts from the Card Front Builder.

Right:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I cut down the “Oh what fun” sentiment from one of the cards in the pack and cut out the tree from one of the patterned pack cards as well.  A Basic Black die cut with Swirly Scribbles acts like a modern, bold wreath.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?


Tic Tac Toe, Three in a Row: #tttc014

For this card I drew inspiration from the middle row across.  I came across this cat silhouette on pinterest and knew I needed to make project around that idea! I used your basic brown paper bag as my base…large enough to fit plenty of treats!  I love the little mouse stamp too and the visual pun with the “trick or treat” sentiment with the cat and mouse.

Which three in a row will you choose for your project?  Grab your creative cap, whatever supplies you have on hand and come play with me at TTTC!



Welcome to round 14!  We have had some stellar entries lately and it is just as inspiring to see what all of  you creat based on our boards.  Jeanie Stark made this week’s fun ABC version of Tic Tac Toe.



Top 10 International Blog Highlights: September 2017

Welcome to the Top 10 International Blog Hop hosted by Kylie Bertucci!  The theme for this month’s hop  is teacher gifts.  In this hop you will find plenty of creative ways to say “thank you” as the kiddos head back to school.  You are currently with Corinne Blake and The Creative Copendium.  Don’t worry about where you jumped into the hop; a complete line up will be at the end of my blog so you won’t miss anyone!

Books: Not just for students, but a gift for Teacher!

For today’s hop, I decided to make a companion project to my previous teacher gift post.  I use many of the same colors, stamps and overall theme.  This gift card booklet was a blast and I got to dust off my book binding skills.  Gift cards are any easy gift to give and once you get the basic structure, this project can be dressed up in many ways .  Earn a little extra credit with your favorite teacher with this adroable and personal gift!

Let’s get Crafty

Here is a quick view of the gift card booklet assembled and views of the inside “pages”.  You can decorate to your taste and easily leave room for a hand written note of thanks from you or even your kids!

Start with a 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Emerald Envy.  Score at 2 3/4″ on the vertical and 3 3/4″ on the horizontal.

Fold the paper “hot dog” style.  (do they still use that term in school or was it just me?) Snip off the corners more or less as shown.  It doesn’t have to be mathmatically precise,  just enough to pull out the gift card.

Add Tear & Tape to the short edges.

Fold up and press to secure.  You now have two pockets for gift cards.  I folded the page so the pockets would be on the out side.

Cut a second piece of Emerald Envy at 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches.  Score at 2 7/8″.  Along the inside fold mark three dots as shown.  Make the same three marks along the inside fold of the pocket pages you made previously.

Next, take an awl or heavy duty needle and carefully poke holes where you marked.  The holes should align with both sheets of cardstock and will be used to bind them together to make your book.

Now the fun part – Decorate!

Feel free to copy my design or do something completely different.

And Last but not Least, we Sew it all together

Cut about 24 inches of thin ribbon.  I used the 1/4″ Double-Stitched ribbon in Daffodil Delight.  Find a needle with an eye large enough to thread your ribbon through.  I used a large leather needle.  Nest your pages in the order you want.

Start in the center hole.  Thread the needle through from the outside and leave about 8 inches of the ribbon at the end.  It will be a tight fit.  If it seems too tight, poke your holes with a larger needle or tool to open them.  You don’t want the hole too big but yo also don’t want to rip the paper by tugging too hard!

Flip the book over and thread the needle through the top hole.

Flip again and now go through the bottom hole.

From the inside, we now wil exit throught the center hole.  Be careful not to thread through the existing ribbon!

Here is what the last thread should look like from the opposite side.  I like to guid my needle to come out on the other side from the first tail of ribbon.  Makes it easier to tie the bow around the middle strip.

Tie your two tails together in a bow and you are done!

Thank you for joining me and the other Top 10 International Blog Highlights winners today!  Ready for more creative inspiration? Keep hopping!

Creatively Yours,


The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop: Thank You

Welcome to the Blog Hop forAugust2017. This month our theme is “Thank You”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog  – The Creative Compendium –  or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Corinne Blake.

Saying Thanks

Fall is my favorite time of year.  Living in the desert, however, I mostly have to make due with the idea of fall.  I love the earthy colors and the promise that cooler weather is on the way after the long, hot summer.  I also associate fall with the harvest and Thanksgiving; a time to count blessings.

The new Painted Harvest suite from Stampin’ Up’s holiday catalog captures all of these feelings beautifully.  This bundle is already a runaway favorite with demonstrators during our pre-order.  And just like a good “thank you” card is appreciated any time of year, these stamps and designer series papers can be used for more than just autumn.



To finish the card you will need:

  • 5 1/4 x 4  kraft cardstock dry embossed with Petal Burst embossing folder and heat embossed wit copper powder
  • 5 1/2 x 1 1/4  early espresso cardstock
  • 1 inch cajun craz cardstock stamped with sentiment in early espresso and cropped with the triple banner punch
  • Look how well the 1 3/8 inch layering circle framlit cuts out the pumpkin from the DSP!   ———————->
  • Use the 1 5/8 layering circle to accent  the pumpkin in early espresso
  • I used the new Leaf Punch on copper foil and the Touches of Nature for embellishments
  • I layered everything on a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Very Vanilla card base

To make my background, I sponged versamark on random leaves that I wanted to accent.  I then used copper embossing powder for an autumn feel.


Check out more of my Painted Harvest creations in this post!

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog, The Creative Compendium, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.