Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tic-Tac-Toe Ties for The Paper Players

Hi there! It's Sunday and I'm excited to finally be back in a routine after being on "creative hiatus" over the past couple of weeks. It's time for another fun challenge over at the Paper Players. This week, our hostess Lesley, has a Tic-Tac-Toe themed challenge to play along with. Simply pick a row on the challenge board...across, down or diagonally...and create a project with those elements. Easy peasy, right? 

I decided to use the middle row featuring the color blue, dry embossing and a masculine theme for my project this week. This card is becoming legendary, actually. (not REALLY)  Or, at the very least a never-ending I brought a bonanza of these babies to Convention as one of my swap projects. After fussy-cutting almost 200 of those little ties, I thought this one deserved a blog post. Helooo hand cramp! Lol! I made a couple of tweaks (which I wish I made for my swaps, actually) and made yet another "tie card" for the Players this week.
I kind of feel badly for my poor roomies from Convention that I am subjecting them to this card, once again. They MORE then had their share of seeing it, as I was putting my swaps together in the hotel room in Salt Lake City. 

The fussy cut ties are popped up with dimensionals and the embossed texture plays off the patterns in the ties. The blinged out "tie tack" is a simple accent. I do think rhinestone accents are a-ok for a guy long as they are used in moderation. What do you think? All of the supplies used are listed at the end of this post. 
Want to play B-I-N-G-O with the Paper Players? It would be awesome to see what you create with the challenge. You can play along until Friday, August 3rd at Noon (PDT). (Coincidentally, I will be in the operating room at that same time having surgery on my tootsies. Yikes!) It would be awesome if you would join us and play along. Stop by and say hello to the rest of the lovely ladies on the Design Team to see what they created for the challenge:
The Paper Players Design Team
Anne Marie Hile (you are here)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day today,

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Stampin' Up! Supply List
Stamps: Best Dad Ever and Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Marina Mist, Gumball Green and Midnight Muse Classic ink
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Argyle Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits, Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Ribbon, Finishing Touches Edgelits, lots of Stampin' Dimensionals and Basic Rhinestones


  1. I think this is SUPER DUPER A-OK!!! LOVE it! The embossing, the colors, everything about it is tie-riffic!

  2. Oh you are dedicated all right! That's awesome! Love all the popped up ties!!! Scissors and I don't get along that well so I don't often cut things
    Sorry about your hand cramping, I totally understand and feel for you!
    I'm sure this card was a HIT at convention though!!!

  3. I'd have cut up many fingers doing that many swaps! It's a gorgeous card and I bet people were stoked to get one! Always the overachiever. lol

  4. Amazing card Anne, so love those popped up ties and the bling on the tie is the perfect touch!!

  5. I don't think anyone would get sick of this little gem Anne Marie! Love the navy tie with the white polka dots!!

  6. Love this card. The cutting is so worth it (at least for my eyes). Everything works so well together.

  7. This is a perfect masculine card! I love that it's clean and crisp - it's superb!

  8. Love this man's card - the blues and greens work so well together and the chevron embossed background is such a perfect backdrop for the ties! Sheesh - 200 ties - you must be a cutting machine lol! I asked my husband about the rhinestone (he's my go-to opinion about guys' cards and tells me off if I use ribbon!) and he said that a rhinestone as a tie pin 'could work' - high praise indeed! lol! Hugs... x

  9. Absolutely fabulous Anne Marie! The popped up ties, complete with "male bling" & all that texture are awesome!
    All the best for your tootsie surgery - I'll be thinking of you. :)

  10. I just love this layout for these ties! It was an absolute treasure meeting you and the other Pals stars Anne! Thank you so much for posing in my photo!!

  11. Great manly card! The embossed backgrounds add the details without being too girly and I love the 'diamond' tie tack!

  12. Oh AM, how I've missed you and your posts! So glad you had an amazing time at convention and I am certain that everyone who received one of these babies squealed with delight! Love the blue/green combo all the texture and the popped up ties. Just fabulous and perfectly turned out! LOL, at Rita's comment!

  13. P.S. Forgot to say....good luck with your surgery on Friday. I hope it relieves your pain. I'll be thinking of you and sending you wishes for a speedy recovery! ((hugs))

  14. I think you get the gold for the fussy cutting, especially 200 of them. Great card with the colors, the patterns and layout.

  15. Gorgeous masculine card with fab colors! Love all those ties and how you popped them up! Great addition of embossing, too! Good luck with your surgery and get well soon! Take care, hugs!

  16. Gorgeous! I haven't been sold on the Chevron Embossing Folder, but I love how you used it here! :)

  17. Well this is completely cool! Bestest masculine card EVER!! With texture, texture, texture...awesome! :)

  18. What a wonderful masculine card! Such a great color combination! I love the bit of bling and of course, the chevrons!

  19. 200 of those fussy cut? OMG!!! Talk about hand cramps! But well worth it by the look of this card!!! Terrific :)

  20. Ann Marie what a great masculine card. Love the 3D ties and the chevron works perfectly for the BG.
    Also loved your CAKE card... so dang cute.
    And .... congrats on your win at DD challenge.
    I'm soooo far behind in blogland...but I had a great gal pal trip! hugs.

  21. Great masculine card!!! Love the Chevron embossing folder and the color combo!! I am sad I missed you at Convention... It was one busy place!! I had so much fun! love the Picture of all your goodies on the other post.

    Shirley Pumpkin


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