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Monday, November 20, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 20


Day 20! Yep, it's Day 20 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. Today Waffle Flower is our guest and sponsor. 


Although I've already done one stocking tag, I decided to make another, but made sure I did it differently... 


This stocking is fun, as the stripes are a separate stamp, so you can make the outline and the stripes different colours. It also has the separate fluffy cuff — and although I know better, I didn't stamp it in waterproof ink, but managed to keep the bleeding to a minimum when I added Stickles. Sigh. On the tag base, I used some watercolour powder... notice in this case, I was wise enough to keep the water above the sentiment. 
There is fine inspiration over on Tracey's blog today, so be sure to check it out. You can be in the running to win a prize for commenting and/or making tags, so why not join us? 

Supplies: Strathmore watercolour paper, Waffleflower Stocking stamps & dies, Altenew ruby & evergreen inks, Magenta Nuance grass green watercolour powder, MFT pierced tag die, frosted lace Stickles, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Offray ribbon, Hemptique cord, small hole punch, foam tape

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 19


It's Day 19 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event... we're into the home stretch now! Today's special guest is Technique Tuesday



I started with an easy tag using an older, versatile sentiment set:


I use this set all the time for inside sentiments on Christmas cards, but it was nice to give it a chance in the spotlight. The little holly leaves are also in the set, and I coloured three small pearls to go with the sentiment. If you have a good imagination and squint, you'll notice the sentiment is (ever so slightly) stamped in an ombré ink.
Next, I grabbed my newest Technique Tuesday set!


I am always looking for *perfect* Santa stamps, and this face is pretty darn good. See the tag he's on? I won it from Technique Tuesday the first year I played in Tracey's challenge! I cut a second one and repeatedly stamped the Ho Ho Ho sentiment. 
If you know this stamp set at all, and if you know me at all, you know I had to make another tag...


Same tag die, this time on red cardstock. Quick and easy to make. This may end up on a card, as if you put it on a gift, obviously there's no need of negotiation, is there? 😉
I should remind you of all the great sponsors Tracey has lined up for her tag extravaganza... commenting on designers' blogs, as well as being inspired to make tags of your own, puts you in the running to win a great prize! 


Supplies: (merry little Christmas) white cardstock, Technique Tuesday Jingle All the Way stamps, Hero Arts light to royal red ombré & Brilliance pearlescent thyme inks, CUTplorations manila tag die, red Copic marker, Recollections half pearls, Offray ribbon; (Santa) white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up real red inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copc markers, watercolour pencils, Technique Tuesday This Is die, Hemptique cord, silver elastic cord, $ store jingle bells, foam tape; (Dear Santa) red cardstock, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, Hero Arts white & sparkle embossing powders, Technique Tuesday This Is tag die, white sequins, Nuvo gloss simply white crystal drops, Hemptique baker's twine

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 18


It's Day 18 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today's sponsor is Avery Elle
Lots of cute images to choose from (and they have great storage bags for stamp sets and dies!), but it seemed time for a skating moose:


What's not showing in the above shot is the blue and sparkly tag background: 


Okay, still not showing up that well. :P Looks great in real life, believe me. I mixed some distress ink with iridescent medium and a little water, then smooshed the tag into it. The moose himself is watercoloured with Zig markers, except for the skate blades, which have silver glitter marker. He and some white die cut cardstock (didn't want him sky-skating) are popped up on the base. I thought his sweater and toque made him rustic enough to use gingham ribbon and jute twine for the ties. 
Lots of sweet tags on Tracey's blog today! Be sure to check them out, and remember all the guests have sponsored great prizes to win for those who comment and/or make tags! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour cardstock, Avery Elle Snow Much Fun stamps and die, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass distress inks, Zig watercolour markers, Paper Smooches gift tag 2, waves & stitched dies, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Spica silver glitter marker, Recollections gingham ribbon, May Arts jute twine, foam tape

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Friday, November 17, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 17


It's Day 17 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event... but who's counting? ;) Today our guest is Jillibean Soup


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (okay, maybe Utah), Jillibean Soup used to collaborate with Unity Stamp Company. So of course I had to go back in the archives and use one of those sets! 


Penguins! I did a little masking to make a penguin family, and partially cut them out so I could have a sponged Antarctic sky showing on the base tag layer. It was one of those days where yes, I adhered them and then remembered I wanted a sentiment too, but managed to add and emboss it without disaster. Stickles add a little festive bling. 
The Jillibean Soup design team is sharing beautiful tag creations on Tracey's blog, so be sure to head over there and be inspired! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Unity/Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder stamps, Memento tuxedo black & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, CUTplorations manila tag die, frosted lace & icicle Stickles, scrap ribbon, foam tape 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 16


Day 16 of Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags, and today our sponsor is Ellen Hutson


I may have gotten a little carried away. :) 


My first thought was to use something from Homespun Holiday for a tag: 


I stencilled a brick background as a fireplace for my stocking — green, since my brick would have clashed with a red one. I used a snow marker to make a puffy cuff and pompoms. 
I couldn't leave out my all time favourite Essentials by Ellen stamp!


I do love this Santa! I kept the tag simple, but did add some shine to Santa's hat and whiskers. 


Finally, I made a simple tag using a tiny Christmas tree from the new Bear Ware 2 and a watercolour powder background:


I thought this little Christmas tree would make a perfect focal point for a simple tag. I did consider putting it in the arms of the bear from All Inside, but it would have covered his face. :D 
Are you playing along? Even if you don't want to make tags, commenting on the designers' tags makes you eligible to win one of the amazing sponsor prizes! 

Supplies: (stocking) Canson water-colour paper, Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up bravo burgundy inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig watercolour markers, fired brick distress marker, Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz bricked stencil, green raffia, Lawn Fawn Mistletoe lawn trimmings, foam tape; (Santa) white cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Tsukineko frost white metallic ink, Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway die, May Arts ribbons; (tree) Ranger watercolour cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2 stamp and die, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Ken Oliver cerulean colorburst powder, May Arts cord, scrap ribbon, foam tape

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