Monday, 6 May 2013

CFC100 - Tic Tac Toe Challenge


Whew! What a busy weekend! You can see from the shadows and glare in this photo that it was late in the day before I was able to take a photo of this card that was finished on Sunday, although I started it Friday!

This design is simple but was a feat in learning some neat tricks on my new Portrait. See below for details if you wish.

This card is for this week's CASual Fridays Challenge - or should I say challenges, because you can create your own challenge by playing tic-tac-toe as follows:



I chose Polka dots,  Square and Birthday.

I filled the negative circle cuts with pink mirror card, silver mirror card and silver glitter card (they are actually slightly behind the black panel, although they look even with it). The Paper Smooches sentiment is embossed directly on the white cardbase.


Here in Canada it's Music Monday today. There's an organization that chooses a song that every school in Canada learns (at least the ones who sign up) and then we all sing it (theoretically) at the same time, outside our schools to fill the skies with music and remember the importance of Music in Education.

This year the song was co-written by Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) and Chris Hadfield (Canadian Commander of the International Space Station - and he can sing - here's a link to the video if you're interested) - it's called ISS (Is Somebody Singing) and is about how earth houses all of us and what a different perspective it is from space. It has a Major Tom feel, so it appeals to the Bowie fan in me. Anyway, I'm heading to Kate's school to accompany the 450+ kids and teachers while they sing it (yes, we're rolling the piano outside!) It's very exciting!

I hope you enjoy your day!



Portrait Details:

It's been fun learning how to use the Portrait - the software is so much easier to use than the old Cricut stuff that I had (I never tried their Craft Room or Design Studio, although I did have a Gypsy). I think it's because it's on your computer, full screen.

 I started by drawing one dot (draw an oval while holding down the shift key), copied it 16 times and placed them loosely in rows. I then used the 'align left', 'space horizontally', 'space vertically' and 'centre to page' tools in the 'Align Window' (in the top right corner) to create a perfect 4x4 grid of dots. Then I deleted the second lowest row of dots and drew a rectangle (if you hold down the shift key, you'll get a square) for my sentiment. I then grouped everything together and rotated (use the 'Rotation Window' in the top right) it slightly so that it's on a slant. Here endeth the Portrait lesson, but if you want more detail, just let me know!


23 comments:

Vicky Hayes said...

This is a fab design Ardyth! I love the way you've created your dots with negative space and can imagine how dimensional it is. Best wishes with the performance today and fingers crossed for the weather! Vicky x

Lynn said...

I love your card...all the shimmer is awesome Ardyth. I had to pop over and listen to the song. Love it! If there is a video of the kids singing it together, I'd love to see it. I'm sure it will be amazing to have the whole school together singing!

Michelle said...

Great card, I love the design, really effective. Thank you so much for visiting my blog recently x

Hannelie said...

Love the shimmery shining polka dots!
i still can't decide which row to chose from the tic tac toe!

Deepti said...

Brilliant idea :) love your card, as always its a perfection. Your cards... have your mark on them, u have successfully made ur own genre in card designs :)

2amscrapper said...

great idea!

Joyce said...

What a fun and flashy card. Sure to bring some birthday happiness to a lucky recipient.

mypapercraftworld said...

So much shimmer and shine, Ardyth ... so stunning! What an amazing event to take part in ... hope the outdoor performance was brilliant! Anita :)

Bobby said...

You're inspiring me, Ardyth. Portrait here I come!

Bonnie said...

Sounds complicated but looks wonderful!

Happy Dance said...

What an entirely fun card! The sparklies are smile material. Yeah, gotta put a Cameo on my Christmas list! Great that you've added your how-to in your post. Bev
P.S. Pop actually lives in northern Wisconsin, so only golfs when the snow is gone. : )

cm said...

Great tic-tac-toe card, Ardyth! As you've noticed on my cards, I love polka-dots, and yours are fantastic! Shimmery and shiny...swoon!! Thank you so much for all your comments on my posts! Even when my cards are kind of 'out there' (as is often the case), you find a little 'peep' of something positive. Such encouragement is so appreciated, so motivating and so heart-warming! You're the best!
c

Brenda said...

WOW...this one is so breathtaking! I'm always in awe of your clean, clever designs.

Colorado Crafter said...

Very cool design with the Portrait. I really enjoyed reading your comments and instructions. I've heard good things about the Silhouette and I've considered getting one. I didn't get along with the software on another electronic cutter but I've only heard good things about the Silhouette. I'm guessing that the Portrait uses the same software??

Gabby said...

Neat design! FUN b.d card! :)

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Another fantastic, original card. Glad to see you're having fun with your Silhouette. May your blade be forever sharp & your cutting mat perpetually tacky (but in a good way...)!

Susan said...

You're really giving that Silhouette a workout! Love the way this turned out!!

Geri said...

The sparkle and shine of this card is so cool! Unbelievable what the Portrait can do. Is it really that easy!

Thanks for sharing the link to the song! We all listened to it at work...glad that I wasn't the only one who was totally unaware of this amazing endeavor. Sheesh, I'm in awe of a simple cutting machine, never mind the technology to have the man in the moon sing a song with a bare naked guy!

Kim Heggins said...

Amazing card! Looks like spot lights from a stage sending a big birthday wish. Love it!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love your card Ardyth - I just sold my (almost) never used Cricut and am afraid that is I invest in a Silhouette I will never use it either - then I see this {sigh} LOVE IT!

Love the Music Monday - will have to check & see if my family in BC participated!

Jacquie Southas said...

Love your card Ardyth - I just sold my (almost) never used Cricut and am afraid that is I invest in a Silhouette I will never use it either - then I see this {sigh} LOVE IT!

Love the Music Monday - will have to check & see if my family in BC participated!

Kelly Griglione said...

When I first saw the square card spot of course I thought of you right away. Your polka-dots turned out so well with the specialty papers behind. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to create something from your head? With your graphic mind you are going to go nuts.

Thanks for joining the 100th CAS-ual Fridays Celebration!

Sylvia Blum said...

Wow, this is stunning, Ardyth!
Love everything about your card - especially the design!
Thanks for joining our 100th CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!
Sylvia xx