Friday, May 13, 2011

May 2011 Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge: Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe . . . Three X’s in a Row! That’s the goal in this challenge. Look at the tic tac toe board below and choose three squares in a row.
I chose to play the board down the middle utilizing a gypsy welded image, a paper created ruffle and a cuttlebug emboss folder.

To create the base of my project, I used an Anna Griffin Decorative Paper Pack that included instructions on how to make a "Pleated Pillow". I folded most of the directions and then tweaked it at the end to complete it as wall art for by baby, Kadence's room.

Supplies Needed to create the base:

  • An assortment of matching or complimenting decorative and/or matching papers (3 of the same decorative, 1 decorative, one mostly solid or solid decorative, 1 striped, one solid cardstock or sheet
  • One matching ribbon/trim (about 3 feet)
  • One 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 chipboard sheet
  • Craft knife, cutting board and ruler
  • Scoring tool
  • Double stick tape


Mark each of the 3 sheet design paper with a pencil every 5/8" and every 3/8" alternating across the page horizontally. Score along each mark vertically with your scoring tool. Like you are making a fan, fold the first score forward and the next score backward creating 1/4" pleats. Fold entire sheet and adhere pleats with double stick tape. Cut the pleated page horizontally into 6, 2" strips. Affix pleated strips to outside edge of the solid sheet of paper/cardstock. Let pleats overlap in the corners of the page. Miter the corners with a craft knife.

Mark the single decorative sheet every 3/8" and every 1" alternating across the page horizontally. Score along each mark with a scoring tool vertically. This time fold the first score forward and then the next score back toward itself, skipping the 1" in between, making a box pleat. Adhere pleats with double stick tape. Cut the decorative sheet into 1" strips. Affix pleated strips, allowing 1" of the first set of pleats to show on the outer edge. Miter the corners.

Cut and cover and 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"" piece of chipboard with the mostly solid decorative sheet. Affix the ribbon to the back of the covered board, allowing 1/8: of the ribbon to show as a border.

Center and mount your selected design and/or photo to covered chipboard square.

From your striped paper, cut 4, 1/4" strips. Affix strips to form a square around the design and/or photo on the chipboard. Mitre each corner.

Mount the chipboard center to the center of the pleated page. This will leave 5/8" of box pleats bordering the center.

Tie the remaing ribbon pieces into soft knots, and trim. Affix to the ribbon-trimmed corners of the chipboard square.

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