Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday #266 - Santa

Hello friends.  This week's Merry Monday challenge is brought to us by Susan and is all about SANTA!

And here's what I came up with:


I fell in love with this image from Stampingbella called Santa Is Stuck!  I colored it with my Copics and added a little glitter too!  The sentiment is from the same set.  My background was stamped using Concord & 9th's Plaid Background.

We're getting down to the wire here to finish up those Christmas cards, so dig out your favorite SANTA stamp and play along with us.  The DT has some FABULOUS inspiration for you this week, so check it out and then play along right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

25 Days Of Christmas Tags - Days 17, 18, & 19

Hello friends.  Still plugging away with Tracey's 25 Days Of Christmas Tags challenge and have tags from days 17, 18, & 19 to share with you today.
Day 17 is being sponsored by Jillibean Stamps and I was inspired by Kimber McGray's cute little snow globe tag.


I used a snow globe stamp that was included in MFT's Merry Christmoose set.  I stamped it both on white cardstock in black ink and then also on vellum and embossed in white.  I colored the snowman's hat and scarf on the back of the vellum with a red & green Copic and then glued both together and placed on a white splattered kraft tag with a piece of washi tape at the bottom.  The little tag at the top is from PTI's Tiny Tags.

Day 18 was sponsored by Avery Elle stamps and I  totally fell in love with all the shaker tags from the DT there, and especially Amy Kolling's tag with the Poinsettia's using the Holiday Bouquet stamp set.


I embossed the Poinsettia's with silver and then used my Aqua Painter and SU! inks to water color the flowers and berries.  I used Avery Elle's Shaker Tags Elle-ments dies to make the shaker part and filled with flat red and iridescent sequins and then pop dotted my Poinsettia bouquet on top of the tag.

Day 19 is being sponsored by Technique Tuesday and I was inspired by Lindsey M-p's Santa tag.


I loved the Santa face that Lindsey used, but since I didn't have that stamp, I used my all time favorite Santa stamp from Flourishes called Santa I Believe.  He is stamped with Soft Suede ink on kraft cs and the white layer is stamped with Reverse Confetti's Sentimental Christmas.  

We're getting closer to the end of the 25 days, but still time to play along, so check out all the great inspiration and then play right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Loll's Twelve Tags Of Christmas

Hello friends.  One more tag to share from Loll's Twelve Tags Of Christmas event.  This is a mixed media tag event, and for my tag I used stamping, stenciling, embossing, and die cutting.



I made a stencil by die cutting a Cheery Lynn Holly design, and then stenciled through it onto my tag with Ocean Tides ink.  Next I lightly embossed in gold the music background using a SU! music stamp.  My Poinsettia's were die cut using a Gina Marie Designs die and then sponged, and wrinkled up, and then somewhat flattened out to give a little bit of dimension and a distressed look.  I also added a few drops of gold Nuvo Drops to the centers of each Poinsettia.


My sentiment was die cut and embossed using W Plus 9's Hand Lettered Holiday stamp and die set.  I also quite liberally sprayed Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz all over the tag to make it really sparkle in the light!

Today is the last day of this tag event as far as new tags from Loll and her GD's go, but the linky is open until the 24th if you'd like to play along for the chance at one of the two prizes.  You can check it all out right HERE.

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CAS Mix Up November 2017 - Glitter

Hello friends.  Playing along today with the CAS Mix Up challenge, where this month it's all about glitter.


Glitter and Christmas go hand in hand in my book, so naturally I came up with a Christmas card for this challenge...take a look:


I started with a blended background using Wild Honey and Salty Ocean DOX inks, and then did a little splattering with water to give the look of a starry sky.  I stamped and embossed the little Nativity scene using PTI's Petite Places: Nativity and then added the die cut hill and tree's, also from PTI.  Over the top I placed a glittered die cut ornament from AliExpress, and then before gluing it down, I added a white die cut from Memory Box called Blissful Bundle to add a little background interest but still keeping it CAS.  My sentiment is from the newest Catherine Pooler Winterhaven set.


There are some lovely, lovely cards from the DT and in the gallery, and you have until the 24th to play along with this challenge, so check it all out right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Loll's Twelve Tags Of Christmas

Hello friends.  Have you been enjoying Loll & Friends Twelve Tags Of Christmas so far?  I am going to be so sad when it's over tomorrow!  I think I mentioned in one of my previous posts, that when Loll asked me to GD for the event, I went a little crazy making tags before I came up with one that I thought was worthy of the event!  We're our own worst critics aren't we?!!  But anyway, I still have a few I haven't shared yet, so here's one where Loll and I were somewhat thinking along the same lines.  (you can see Loll's from Day 3 HERE.)  And here's mine:


Loll did a lot of masking on her tag so that she could make her leaves green, but I kept mine much simpler just sponging on red ink through the TH Poinsettia stencil.  I made sure my ink was good and dry before I added a layer of glass bead gel through the same stencil and then let that dry as well.  Red ink has a tendency to bleed when it comes in contact with anything wet (ask me how I know that!!), so it's very important to make sure your ink is good and dry before adding anything over top of it.  Once my tag was dry, I stamped some tiny gold dots, added die cut gold centers to the Poinsettias (from a Gina Marie Designs Poinsettia die), and a die cut "Rejoice" from Penny Black.  I also added another tag behind that I dry embossed using an old Darice folder.


Wish you could see the sparkle on this tag in person...glass bead gel sparkles like nothing else out there!


You have until the 24th of this month to link up your mixed media tags.  There is so much FABULOUS inspiration to get you started, so check it all out and play along right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


25 Days Of Christmas Tags - Days 14, 15, & 16

Hello friends.  I'm still having a great time making tags for Tracey's 25 Days Of Christmas Tags challenge and have days 14, 15, & 16 to show you today.

Day 14 is being sponsored by Concord and 9th and I chose to CASE one of the tags by the DT from Concord and 9th.


I changed mine up from a kraft tag to a red tag and used a sentiment from Penny Blacks Yuletide Wishes.  A little washi tape at the bottom and then a snowflake die cut from PTI's Silver White Winters and cut in half before gluing to the bottom and top of my tag.  Very simple but gosh do I like it!!

Day 15 is sponsored by MUSE and I loved Chris Blagrave's adorable Penguin tag!


I embossed white snowflakes on kraft tags with HA Hand Drawn Snowflake Bold Print background stamp, and then added Copic colored Penguin's from Lawn Fawn's Here We Go A Waddling and a die cut lamp post from Catherine Pooler's Winterhaven SOA set.  The FA-LA-LA's are also from the Here We Go A Waddling stamp set.

Day 16 is being sponsored by Ellen Hutson and I was inspired by Tracey's cute, cute JOY tag!

 
This was so simple to make but I just love how it turned out!  The "JOY" was die cut from SSS's Big Joy from Real Red cs and the holly leaves were die cut using PTI's Spruce & Sprigs and Simply Chartreuse Pattern Pack paper.  Little hard to see in my photo but the holly berries were sparkled up with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

There is still a little more than a week to play along with this challenge and SOOOO much to be inspired by, so if you love making tags, check it all out right HERE and then play along.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Create Along With Us - November 2017

Hello friends.  Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Create Along With Us challenge today, where we are given the opportunity to CASE one of the designer's cards from release week.  I've always been a BIG fan of Melissa's lovely style, and her snowflake card this month had my jaw dropping!



I loved everything about this beauty...the colors, the softness with the vellum, the layers, all of it!  Here's what I came up with:


I used What The Doodle: Snowflakes to stamp my background in Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Limeade Ice, & Green Parakeet inks.  On my vellum layer I used one of the To The Point Edgers II dies and then also used one of the leaf fronds from Holiday Greens and embossed it with WOW Wanderlust embossing powder at the top of the vellum layer.  I used the largest die from Fancy Flakes and layered it over the vellum along with a holly die cut from Holly Jolly.  My sentiment is from Think Big Favorites: #21 and I finished off the card with a bit of pink & white bakers twine tied at the top of my card.



So much beautiful inspiration to choose from this week...it will be fun to see what everyone chooses to CASE!  Check it all out right HERE and then play along.  
 

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Monday, November 13, 2017

25 Days Of Christmas Tags - Day 13

Hello friends.  Playing along with Tracey's 25 Days Of Christmas Tags challenge...Day 13.

The sponsor for Day 13 is Neat & Tangled and I fell head over heels in LOVE with Elena Roussakas's tag!


I had to change mine up just a bit because I didn't have the same stamps and dies that Elena used, but I think I came pretty close with what I had!  My plaid is using Concord and 9th's Plaid Background stamp and my little bunny is from Avery Elle's Winter Woodland Wonders set and colored with my Copics and fussy cut.  The "joy" die cut is from W Plus 9's Hand Lettered Holiday set.  I made a set of 4 of these tags and can't wait to put them on my gifts!

You can check out all the FABULOUS tags from Day 13 and play along right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Merry Monday #265 - Outdoor Winter Activity

Hello friends.  This weeks Merry Monday challenge is brought to us by Nina and she would like to see a OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITY on your cards!


Here's what I came up with:


I couldn't resist using these sweet little dies from Catherine Pooler's Winterhaven SOA set!  I did a blended background using distress inks and then added a die cut snowhill to put my carolers and lamppost on.  The sentiment and music note are also from the Winterhaven set.  CAS and oh so easy!!

What will you come up with using an OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITY??  We can't wait to see!!  For some more inspiration, check out what the DT came up with and then play along right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

25 Tags Of Christmas 2017 Days 10, 11, & 12

Hello friends.  Still playing along with Tracey McNeely's 25 Tags Of Christmas challenge, and have tags from days 10, 11, & 12 to show you.

Day 10 was sponsored by Winnie & Walter stamp company, and I was inspired by Lindsey M-p's "merry" tag.

 
I stamped my background first with a HA Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold prints background stamp and watermark ink.  I used Casual Fridays Snowy Sayings snowflake stamps in Green Galore and Real Red inks on a piece of white cs and then die cut the "merry" from PTI's Wonderful Words: Holiday Die Collection.  I added a few white Nuvo drops for some added interest and to make mine just a bit different than Lindsey's tag.

Day 11 was sponsored by Studio Katia and I fell in love with Kristina Pokazanieva's beautiful kraft and white Poinsettia tag.


I embossed in white the Poinsettia image from Avery Elle's Holiday Bouquet on a kraft tag, and then lightly colored the Poinsettia in with a sponge dauber and white craft ink.  I embossed my Merry Christmas (PTI's Christmas Blessings) in gold and then did some splattering with white acrylic paint.  I also added a few Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops to the centers of the Poinsettia's.

Day 12 is being sponsored by Lawn Fawn, and I was SO excited to see Chari Moss's sweet little tag using the Winter Alpaca mini stamp set...one of my favorite Lawn Fawn sets!


I changed mine up just a bit from Chari's so it would match my red & white wrapping theme this year.  I used the largest of Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Tags to die cut my red base and then added a smaller circle that I stamped with PTI's Fair Isle Motifs in Real Red ink.  My snowflake die cut is from Casual Fridays Bring On The Snowflakes set, and the "Fa-La-La" sentiment and music note are from Lawn Fawn's Here we Go A-Waddling stamp set.  My little Alpaca was colored with Copics and pop dotted for a little dimension.  

We're almost halfway through the 25 day challenge now, and I'm loving every minute of it!  You can check it all out right HERE and then play along too!  :0)   

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Twelve Tags Of Christmas - Day 6

Hello friends.  It is with much JOY and great honor that I tell you I have been invited to be a Guest Designer for Day 6 of Loll's Twelve Tags Of Christmas event!  


I was SO excited when Loll first asked me, that I started making tags left and right!  And of course, being my own worst critic, I kept telling myself I could do better, so I kept making more tags!  I'll share some of those with you in the gallery later next week, but the one I chose for today ended up being one of the more simple ones and I just really like the way it turned out!


I started with a piece of watercolour cs that I painted with Aqua Mist ink, and when dry, stamped with pine boughs at the top with Aqua Mist ink from PTI's Holiday Greens stamp set.


Next I die cut a piece of TH Woodgrain cardstock (thanks Bonnie!) with a Gina Marie Designs Birch Tree die and then layered that over my watercoloured piece and die cut together the tag shape using PTI's Basic Bookmark #2.  I love the dimension the Woodgrain cs gives to the tag shape!


Next came the fun of decorating the tag and I used a couple more Gina Marie Designs dies for the tree and deer.  The tree was cut from Pinefeather cs and then embossed in copper.  The deer was cut from kraft cs and then sponged with Tea Dye and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  I added a little tag to my dyed seam binding ribbon using PTI's Tiny Tags and stamped the sentiment from Tag It's #9 stamp set (also PTI).  The little pine bough branches on the tag are from the Holiday Greens set that I used for the top of the watercoloured tag portion.  A little red enamel dot on the tag and some twine
and iridescent sequins finished off my rustic looking tag.

I hope I've inspired you to play along with Loll and the other special GD's...you can see their BEAUTIFUL tags and find the challenge info all right HERE.


Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Loll's Twelve Tags Of Christmas

Hello friends.  Playing a little catch up today with some tags I've had made but no time to post...crazy busy week!


I used SU!'s Wise Men From Afar to create my mixed media tag.


I die cut my tag from PTI's Basic Bookmark #2 and then masked off a portion of the bottom and top of the tag before blending with Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry, and a little Broken China DOX inks.  Before removing the masks, I did a little splattering with water.  After removing the masks, I embossed in black the 3 wise men image and in gold the star, and then stamped the sentiment above the top blended portion.  A very simple tag, but I absolutely love how this one turned out!

Make sure you check out all the GORGEOUS tags from Loll and her Guest Designers...so much fabulous inspiration!  See it all HERE and then join in the fun! 

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


25 Tags Of Christmas - Days 7,8, & 9

Hello friends.  Trying to play catch up with Tracey's 25 Tags Of Christmas challenge, so I have tags for days 7, 8, & 9 today.

Day 7 is being sponsored by Birch Press stamps and I was inspired by the tags from Jeanne Jachna and Tracey McNeeley.


I absolutely fell in love with Jeanne and Tracey's die cut snowflakes and so wish I had those particular dies!  But anyway, I used Gina Marie Designs die and offset my red & gold flakes so you could see both colors.  Added a Tiny Tag from PTI and some red plaid ribbon and gold cording to finish off this simple tag.

Day 8 is being sponsored by Sunny Studios and I loved the Poinsettia tags by Francesca Vignoli!


I used two different Poinsettia dies from Gina Marie Designs...the leaves and little gold circle center are from one die set, and the flower is from another set.  I water colored the leaves and background pieces of the Poinsettia, and then added the outline frame of the Poinsettia in gold mirror cardstock.  The sentiment is from Sunny Studio's Holiday Style stamp set.

Day 9 is being sponsored by Paper Sweeties and LOVED Karen Letchworth and Kathy Schweinfurth Holly tags.


I loved the holly, the plaid tag, and the "Noel", so that was my staring point for my tag.  My paid tag was made using Concord and 9th's Plaid Background stamp set, and the Holly leaves and berries are from PTI's Spruce & Sprigs set.  The Noel was embossed in gold (PTI's Berry Wreath) on a MFT die cut banner from Tag Builder Blueprints #5.

You can check out all the beautiful tags from Tracey and all her Guest Designers HERE and then play along.  LOTS of prizes to be won!!  :0) 

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!