Wednesday, February 13, 2013

X's and O's...Tic-Tac-Toe

X's and O's mean 'hugs' and 'kisses' here!!

My husband made me a bunch of 'tic-tac-toe' boards out of luan a few years ago...have had them stashed away in a drawer not knowing what I was going to do with them...until now!! I decided to make the X's and O's (hugs and kisses) for Valentine's Day! The board measures 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" and is unfinished. I thought about painting them, or staining them...but this was WAY easy!!

Here is the back (again...stamped with Staz-On ink)


First I stamped the X's and O's using Staz-On ink (so the ink would not smear) onto the More Amore Specialty DSP (129309). I used clear flat marbles, added just a dab of Crystal Effects (101055) to the back of the marble and pressed it down centered over the letter. Press firmly to squeeze the Crystal Effects out to the edges (removing any air bubbles). Allow to dry (approx. 10 minutes). Trim the DSP cutting as close to the underside of the marble as you can. I then used a sanding block to smooth the edges and sponged some ink.
Note: the stamp set I used here is Lovely Letters Alphabets (115030 W, 127796 C)

Pretty easy huh?? Give it a try!! If you are interested in purchasing any Tic-Tac-Toe boards, leave me a comment or send me an email  for details. 

February is a crazy busy month...birthdays galore!! In yesterday's post I mentioned my niece's the end of the month is mine (but I am not getting any older!) and the day after mine is my brothers! In addition...the 19th is my Mom's anniversary..and my step-dad's birthday. For them I try to incorprate one card...two occasions (you know...two birds one stone?) Of course you also have Valentine's it's a perfect time for Stampin' Up!'s promotion Sale-a-Bration!!

Here is a birthday card I made for our neighbor (his B-day is 1/31) See what I mean about a busy month??
Not sure why this picture is crooked~ could be the few glasses of wine I drank before taking it (wink).

It uses a stamp set that I earned FREE from Sale-a-Brations called Feeling Sentimental (129627 W, 129630 C) and you can too!! Click here for details!!

Stamp Set: Feeling Sentimental (129627 W, 129630 C), En Francais (109521 W)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Access: stampin sponges (101610), glue dots (103683), silver designer buttons (129325), 7 16" natural trim ribbon (129287)

This next little tease it pretty cool~ just a sneak peak of my tea stained fabric!!

If you have noticed in some of my pictures previously posted...I like country decor~ 'primitive' is what I call likey!! Now...that's not to say that I don't like the More Amore fabric (129307) the way it is.

But...this suits me MUCH better!!! The grungier the better...don't worry I will post what I have done with it when it's finished!! Here is what I did.

When I made the paper roses...posted here. I thought about making them look 'grungy' and dunked it into a cup of hot water with an opened tea bag. Not good...not good at petals fell apart (soaked up too much water) and I'm sure the heat didn't help much either..Oops!!

Then the light went on inside my little 'pee' brain and I thought about our fabric~ tore a strip of it, crumpled it up and in the cup it went. Left it in there for about 30 minutes and rinsed the herbs off. It looked great, smelled heavenly and I couldn't wait to dye/stain more!!!

Have fun...dye it~ don't drink it!!
Let me know if you have any questions, or please leave me a comment and make my day!!

BIG hugs,

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