Friday, June 20, 2008

Tic Tac Toe from Mexico

Hola, from Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortes! It's be-a-utiful and sunny...great place to relax and unwind with family & friends. What a blessing it is to be here!
I only have internet for a short time, so I'm going to share this tutorial with you while I can. I'm sure tic tac toe boards have been done before, probably in a variety of ways by all you great stampers out there, but this is my first. The simplicity of this project makes is a perfect little favor for just about any holiday or event... and wouldn't this be great to tuck into the kids' duffle bags when they head off to camp? I love doing events or gifts with themes and this type of project is so easy to customize to fit just about any theme! Lots and lots possibilities. So, are you ready to make one? Here are a few basic simple instructions:

1 ¼” & 1 3/8” Circle punches
1 ¼” & 1 3/8” Square punches
Pumpkin, Bashful, Olive & Whisper White cs
Summer Picnic dp
Olive & Pumpkin classic inkpads
Tart ‘n Tangy Stamp set
Roll on Adhesive

Cut/Stamp/Punch the following~
Cut (1) Pumpkin 4 ¾” Square
Cut (1) Bashful 4 ½” Square
Punch (9) 1 3/8” Olive Squares
Punch (9) 1 ¼” **Designer paper squares
Punch (5) 1 3/8” Olive Circles
Punch (5) 1 3/8” Pumpkin Circles
Stamp & Punch (5) Olive Apples with 1 ¼” Circle Punch
Stamp & Punch (5) Pumpkin Oranges with 1 ¼” Circle Punch

Adhere the punched 1 1/4" Squares & Circles to their 1 3/8" layers. Adhere the Bashful square onto Pumpkin square. Lay the 9 Olive/DP squares on the Bashful layer to determine proper spacing, before adhering. As pictured below, I start adhering in the upper left corner and work over and down…that seems to help with getting the spacing/placement even (helps me anyway!).

**tip ~ You can get exactly 9 squares of the same pattern if you punch all the way across your 12 x 12 sheet of paper with your 1 1/4" square punch… that will allow you to match up your pattern if you wish to (like with the stripes).

If you want to keep it really simple, your completed Tic Tac Toe board and pieces will fit nicely into a sandwich-sized zip lock baggie. Or, if you prefer, you can design a box or pouch around the board like I did in the next two examples.

You could easily use this idea to create BINGO cards or if you're feeling a bit more about a Checker Board?? So many possibilities, the only limit is your imagination : ) !!!

This tic-tac-toe in a box, features the Tart 'n Tangy and Short Order Alphabet sets along with more of that great Summer Picnic Designer paper. The top view ~ Here's the inside ~

And a closer look at some of the detailing on the side of the box. I used the 3/16" corner rounder for the scallops and the cropadile to create the embossed dots ~
And here's a Patriotic USA version, perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! Using more of the Summer Picnic DP!It closes with velcro and has a red gingham ribbon handle. The game pieces are stored inside the red pouch.

I used the star stamp from the Wanted set and the (small) star punch~

I added brads to these game pieces, so I punched extra 1 3/8" circles and adhered them onto the back of the game piece (as pictured below) to cover the prongs and give them a nice finished look.

And that's about everything I have to say about tic tac toe boards : ) !!! It's a fun little idea and I hope you enjoy it. I used all Stampin' Up products for these projects. Don't forget...the Tart 'n Tangy set as well as the Summer Picnic DP are only available for about 10 more days...until June 30th. You can view the Occasions mini catalog online by click HERE. You can also view the entire SU Spring Summer Collectin catalog by clicking right HERE.
Because of my limited access to the internet for the next 10 days, I'll probably just sign on once more next week. That's just as well, I think I can find plenty to do here without my computer : ) ! In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the tic tac toe tutorial and be sure & leave a comment it you do! Several of you have left comments for the first time this past week...really great to hear from you!!! Thanks for stopping by and Have an awesome weekend!!! I hope you find a little warm happy place of your own : ) !!
Supplies for tic tac toe in a box ~ Stamp sets: Tart 'n Tangy, Short Order Alphabet Paper: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, Whisper White, Summer Picnic DP Ink: Real Red, Old Olive & Bashful Accessories: 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, 1 3/8" circle punches, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" square punches, Silver embossed brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit (Occasions mini), Ticket corner punch, 3/16" corner rounder, Cropadile, Dimensionals, silver strech cord
Supplies for Star tic tac toe pouch ~ Stamp sets: Wanted Paper: Textured Night of Navy, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Summer Picnic DP Ink: Real Red & Night of Navy Accessories: 1" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8 " Square punches, /4" circle punch, 1/16th" hole punch, 1 Silver brads & Eyelets, Star punch (small), Cropadile, red gingham ribbon, 1/4" navy gg ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, Medium Cello bag, sticky strip


Nikki said...

Wow! What an amazing project that you did a beautiful job with!! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with us!!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness Nancy! I've made a Tic Tac Snowman board before but it wasn't THIS! Love the idea of a box to put it all in! Enjoy your trip!!!

Terry said...

This is set is fantastic!!
Thank you so much.
Going to make for Grands - they'll love it!!

LeeAnn Greff said...

WOW! Amazing tic tac toe projects! They are all wonderful - I really appreciate seeing so many different versions.
I just spent awhile looking through your blog & just have to say, 'it is incredible!!!' I really love your style - you have a wonderful knack for putting together colors & your layouts are fresh & appealing too.
Thanks so much!
LeeAnn Greff

Tonya said...

Nancy....I loved these when you showed us!!! Super cute. I really like the one you did with a pouch ....and think this would be perfect for the kids at Karli's birthday party next month. Thank you for sharing your fabulous ideas!!! I'm looking forward to putting it to the test!! =)

Hope you are enjoying your fabulous vacation!! =)

pescbrico said...

What a clever thing to do! And beautiful on top of it! :) Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love this idea for kids! They are so cute! THe box is great too! Have fun in the sun!!

Pauline said...

These cards are so vibrant. The stamps are new to me and you've put them to great use. Have a great time :o)

Angel W said...

How fun, nancy! And tHAnks for sharing even while you're on vacation! Now go have fun!!!

Leslie Miller said...

You make the cutest cards, Nancy! I love them all! These tic tac toe sets are fabulous! Enjoy Mexico!

nancy littrell said...

Cute and so always :-) I just have to make for our grandsons, who will be visiting soon. TFS your wonderful tutorial too :-) Will miss you, but know you are having an awesome time in the sun!