Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summertime Travel Fun

It's release day for the June 20th Key Ingredients at Taylored Expressions and I have a super cute (in my opinion anyway) project to share. This month Taylor challenged us to create a card/project for a June event/occasion without using copics...eeeeeks!!! Oh, and we had to add dimension to the project, but you'll see I covered that off, no problem. So when I thought about June events I remembered back to my childhood and to me, June means the start of weekends at the cottage and road trips with lots of time spent in the car of course. Now our ride to the cottage was only 20 minutes...not long enough to get bored, but our road trips from Northern Ontario to Toronto were 8 hours or more. So I decided to create a travel Tic Tac Toe game!
I reached for my adorable Beach Bum set because it's summertime after all! I stamped the sandcastle image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Choice Snow White (included in the June 20th Key Ingredients)...remember, no copics...and coloured it with my Lyra pencils, gamsol and a stump. The image is cut out with rectangle Nestabilities and layered onto a scalloped rectangle. 
I paper pieced the cupcake liner, shovel and pail, then added some Stardust Stickles to Cuppies Liner and a white candy dot (also from the June 20th KI) to his head. The case for my game is a metal CD tin from my stash. I covered the front with some of the patterned papers from the June 20th Key Ingredients and embellished it with the included ribbons and paper flowers. For the flower center I wanted an orange candy dot, but the kit includes white, so I tried colouring it with an orange pencil (remember, no copics) and it worked!!! The gamsol even blended away the pencil marks!!! For the title I reached for my new JustRite Times New Roman Lower Case font set (which appears to be sold out in the TE Store because of Taylor's fabulous sale) and Rectangle Stamper

The cover was super fun to decorate, but I really had a blast with the inside!
I started by covering the inside with one of the patterned papers then I created my game grid with red ric rac (rhymes with Tic Tac...get it? I just couldn't resist that one! LOL!). I added some white candy dots to the intersections and I still have plenty leftover too. Then I set to work on the game pieces. 
I wanted them to be sturdy so I paper pieced each game piece with several layers of paper, both solids and patterns from the June 20th Key Ingredients. I popped the top layer of each piece on foam tape for dimension and added some shadows with Lyra pencils. Lime Green and Stardust Stickles added the perfect bling to each piece. To make it easy to pick up the game pieces I mounted each one on two thicknesses of foam tape before adding a Basic Grey magnet. 

I really LOVE how this project turned out. I can definitely see myself taking this game along on our summer adventures, or even packing it for our next Caribbean vacation since hubby and I are both kids at heart!

I have a few important reminders for you:

1. Taylor's fabulous Moving Sale is on now at Taylored Expressions. You'll find items from 20-50% off! Sale prices are in effect until a product runs out of stock or until June 26th.

2. If you're not already a Key Ingredients Subscriber now is the perfect time to join. Purchase a 6 month KI subscription before June 25th and you'll receive a grab bag of TE products valued between $12-15! 

3. Because of the move to Iowa, the TE Store will not be shipping orders for two weeks from June 27th-July 11th. The TE Store will be open and taking orders during that time and those orders will begin shipping on Monday July 13th. KI Subscribers-your July KI will ship out on time and you will have the same opportunity you do each month to add to your order with no additional shipping cost. 

Now let's go see what some of the other Baker's Dozen have cooked up with the June 20th Key Ingredients.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sankari W. said...

Holy AWESOMENESS!!! LOVE this beautiful game that you have created Karen!! What a great idea for a car trip and it total says summer! all over it!!! Simply awesome!! Love the ric rac tic tac toe border (now that was fun writing and saying it in my head as I was typing!) You totally rocked this! Beautiful coloring with your pencils! Simply Brilliant!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Denise (peanutbee) said...

I love love LOVE that your tic-tac-toe pieces are BEACHY! OMG!!!! I just GOTTA make one of these. Toooo cool!!

Laurie Schmidlin said...

KAREN!!!!!!!!! Wow!! This is amazing!! What a fantastic idea!! Your coloring and attention to details is exquisite! :-)

pat said...

WOWWIE!! this is awesome!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

OMG...this is fabulous! Your little tic tac toe players are just adorable, and the little box is decorated to perfection! Awesom Karen!

Leslie said...

WOWZER! That is super cool and super cute! You put a lot of work into that and it shows - it's magnificant! And if you hadn't said the no copic rule I wouldn't have guessed - your colouring is awesome.

Janet said...

OMG...this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh Karen! This is so flippin' cute!!! Love the outside and inside...GREAT details girl! Wowzers!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Seriously? I must bow down to your genius my friend! You knocked this OUT OF THE PARK!! Oh my...I am not even sure where to start...OK...this is an AWESOME idea, and your execution is perfect!!! LOVE the ric rac, the stamps you used, the it all!!! Are you going to play this on your way to NYC next week? Can't wait to see you girlie!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok, where do you come up with these amazing ideas!! Your eye for detail is unbelievable! Amazing!

diane mcvey said...


diane mcvey said...

My apologies; I just realized you didn't make it for your own kids...but it is 100% cute, and if I were you I'd play it with my husband!!! It's just SO AWESOME!!!