Monday, November 19, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 19


Hello, Monday. A new week is easier to take when there are tags to play with! It's Day 19 for Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, and today's sponsor and guest is Jillibean Soup


I used one of my very favourite embossing powders (and you may have noticed, I use embossing powders a LOT :P) and a pretty Christmas tree from the stamp set Winter Wishes: 


Verdigris embossing powder... meant to replicate the patina of weathered copper, but I love it for Christmas trees! There are ornament stamps in this set as well, but I decided to go a little more blingy with some bright and festive "confetti" from Studio Katia. To accommodate the size of the tree, I made my own tag from watercolour paper... I used a circle die to partially cut the top, hand cut the top corners, and used a corner-rounding punch for the bottom corners. 


There's a variety of tag styles to admire and perhaps be inspired by on Tracey's blog today! That's where you'll also find all the details on how to participate and maybe even win a prize! 

Our generous sponsors!


Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour cardstock, Jillibean Soup Winter Wishes stamps & dies, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Wow verdigris & black twinkle embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, Spellbinders circle die, Memory Box winter tiny snowflakes stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, Studio Katia classic Christmas confetti, small hole punch, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, foam tape

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 18


Here we are already at Day 18 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Today we welcome Neat & Tangled as our guest and sponsor. 


Neat & Tangled sent the design team a fun stamp and die set called Snow Fun, and it was a delight to make a couple of tags with them! Here's the first one: 


I like the way the little bird nestles into the snowman's arm/branch. And the way the snowman's looking at the bird! Clearly they're good friends, and so the sentiment works perfectly. I sponged a little distress oxide ink onto the tag base for a hint of sky, and of course had to add glitter to the hats and snow base. The various elements are coloured with Copic markers for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. 


I made one more tag, this a quick and simple one: 


For some reason, I think this tag is hilarious, but no one else in the house seems to agree with me, so I guess it's just me. This time I used Twinkling H2Os on the tag base for a sparkly sky, and puffy snow to the top of the sign. 


As always, there is a ton of tag inspiration to be had on Tracey's blog, from the Neat & Tangled team as well as my tag team friends! You can also find out the different ways to participate in the event, and perhaps win a prize! 

Our fantastic sponsors! 

Supplies: (snow one) Neenah white cardstock, Neat & Tangled Snow Fun stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass distress oxide ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Neat & Tangled Classic Tag 1 die, Stickles frosted lace & Tonic Nuvo white blizzard glitter drops, May Arts ribbon, grey Divine twine, foam tape; (Brrrr) Neenah white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Neat & Tangled Snow Fun stamps & dies, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Twinkling H2Os, Winnie & Walter Katherine cutaways dies, Marvy snow marker, scrap silver ribbon, foam tape

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

At Home with the Snarky Sisters


Happy Saturday! Edna and her snarky crew are back with another fun challenge for you... H is for HOME. An appropriate sentiment for American Thanksgiving next week (Canadians gave thanks WEEKS ago...), and appropriate for me, as with the weather outside right now, I just plan on staying home as much as possible. :P And that leads me to my card...


I'm sure I could have printed at least part of this sentiment out on a computer, but no, I decided I had to *craft* it all. Patterned letter stickers, Thickers letters, an alphabet stamp set, and a wine glass stamp set all went into the making of this. I used a pale grey panel so the wine letters would really pop. 
Many more interpretations of our new theme can be seen on the Snarky Sisters blog, including that of our newest Queen and guest designer, Donna! Stay at home, make a card or two, and join us! 

Supplies: Papertrey Ink soft stone & Recollections red cardstock, Lawn Fawn Claire's ABCs & Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamps, MFT extreme black & Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Dear Lizzy Petals Thickers, American Crafts Paige Evans Sticker Book stickers, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaways die

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25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 17


Hooray for the weekend! It's Day 17 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, and today we are welcoming Avery Elle as our guest and sponsor. 



As I looked through my Avery Elle stamps, I stopped at my Monsters set, which usually sees its heaviest use for Halloween cards. But there's a monster with wings! Practically angelic!  


I think this will be a perfect tag on a gift for my youngest nephew. And besides, why should yetis be the only ones in the spotlight at Christmas? With his wings, I felt he should be levitating out of his gift box. Since it's a tag for a boy, I didn't want to go overboard on the bling, but thought a trio of iridescent stars was just right. 
A little Copic colouring adds this to Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. 


My tag may be the most "out of the box" (LOL, I'm here all week, folks) but head to Tracey's blog for lots more tag inspiration, from the Avery Elle designers and of course my tag design friends. You can also find out the different ways you can participate, and perhaps win a prize! 

Our terrific sponsors! 


Supplies: Neenah white & desert storm cardstock, Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas patterned paper, Avery Elle Monsters stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Avery Elle circle tag & Spellbinders circle & Charmed, I'm Sure dies, Little Things from Lucy's Cards Lucky Dip star sequins, Hemptique cord, foam tape

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Two More Christmas Cards

My idea of finding card challenges to encourage me to make Christmas cards seems to be working, as I have two more to share, for two challenges! First up, one for the current MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge. Here is the sketch: 


With some minor adaptations, here's my version: 


I sort of *suggest* the banner across the main panel with my sentiment, I think... ;) This sketch was perfect after making so many tags - I didn't have to adjust my mind to a much larger canvas for my little polar bear scene. Some minimal colouring with Copic markers, and a sponged and sparkly-sprayed night sky kept this card quick to make. 


Next up, CASology has a great cue word this week: 


I even have the word covered in two ways on my card!


A glass ornament on my glass of sparkly festive beverage! Technically, I suppose the swizzle stick could have a glass topper, too. Clean and simple, but lots of shine thanks to glitter pen and sparkly embossing powder for the sentiment. 
Together my little bits of colouring add up to another day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. 
Two more Christmas cards for the stash, phew. And the weather outside is currently frightful, so chances are I'll just stay in and make a few more. ;) 

Supplies: (merry christmas) Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black & real red cardstock, MFT Bitty Bears stamps & dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & shaded lilac, faded jeans & chipped sapphire distress ink, Ranger clear & Wow fine white embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, foam tape; (cheers) Neenah white cardstock, Craft Smith green card base, MFT Christmas Cocktails & Simon Says Stamp Cheers stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter ink, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Copic markers, Gelly Roll clear glitter pen, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die

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25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 16


TGIF! It's Friday, and Day 16 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, where today our guest and sponsor is Ellen Hutson, LLC.


One of my favourite recent stamp sets from Ellen Hutson's Essentials by Ellen line is Mountain Holiday, designed by June Ebersole. I was thrilled when the Tag design team received it for Tracey's tag event! I made a pair of tags: 


As I looked at this set, I thought the mountain peak would make a fun tag top. So I started by stamping and embossing the mountain twice, then cut tag shapes around them. I added some mountain slopes by sponging pale blue ink using a curved mask. My two skiers are coloured with Copic markers - check off another day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge! 


There are many more tags to inspire you on Tracey's blog, as well as all the information you need to know on how you can participate and maybe win a prize from one of the generous sponsors below. Come and play along! 


Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Ellen Hutson Mountain Holiday stamps and dies, Versafine onyx black & Versacolour baby blue inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Copic markers, Twinery twine, small hole punch, foam tape

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 15


Welcome to Day 15 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Today Tracey welcomes STAMPlorations to her blog as her guest and sponsor. 


STAMPlorations offers a large assortment of stamps, dies and stencils to create with, and owner Shery generously sent Tracey's design team stamps and tag dies. Here's the first tag I created:


I started by stamping my angel and embossing her in a white satin pearl embossing powder - when used with black ink, it adds a nice satin silver look. Then I mixed some iridescent medium with a couple of blue distress inks to get just the shade and shimmer I wanted for her robe. Her hair is also shimmery. For her trumpet, I thinned a little gold Smooch paint with water. I used more distress inks to give her a magic celestial background on the stitched tag base. 
Since I have some other holiday-themed sets, I couldn't let them go to waste...


This cute little reindeer, as well as the stamps on my next tag, are designed by my Seize the Birthday teammate, Shirley Bampton, which just adds to the fun of using them. 


This tag will be perfect for my brother, as he has a couple of sheep as part of his petting zoo of farm animals. ;) 


The STAMPlorations design team, as well as my tag team friends, have lots more inspiration for you on Tracey's blog, which is also the place to visit to learn all about the ways you can participate... and perhaps even win a prize! 


Supplies: (angel) Neenah white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, STAMPlorations Christmas Angel stamp, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass, faded jeans, spun sugar & milled lavender distress inks, CUTplorations stitched tag nesting die, Zig markers, Smooch gold paint, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, MFT mini cloud stencil, gold cord, foam tape; (reindeer) Neenah white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, STAMplorations Christmas Reindeer stamps & die, gathered twigs & chipped sapphire distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, CUTplorations stitched winter landscape, stitched snow hills & manila tag dies, ARTplorations dots all over stencil, Dreamweaver glossy white embossing paste, $ store snowflake gem, scrap ribbon & twine, foam tape; (baa humbug) Neenah white & Bazzill red cardstock, STAMPlorations Baa Baa stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, CUTplorations manila tag die, icicle Stickles, scrap ribbon & The Twinery maraschino twine

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 14


It's Wednesday, and that means that it's not just the 14th instalment of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags, but also the latest challenge from Muse: ChristmasVisions


The Muse: ChristmasVisions design team is responsible for providing the tag inspiration today. We've chosen a botanical theme, and here is my contribution: 


As I looked through my plant-related stamps, my Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints called out to be used. They are the perfect size for tags! I liked my watercoloured tree tags so much, I made an entire set using the stamps: 




The entire set!

The Muse: ChristmasVisions team as well as the rest of Tracey's tag team have lots more inspiration to offer. You can participate by commenting on the designers' posts, creating your own tags, or both! Participating puts you in the running to win a prize from one of our generous sponsors! 

Our terrific sponsors!

Supplies: Canson watercolour paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas blueprints stamps, MFT extreme black ink, Twinkling H2Os, CUTplorations manila tag die, Hemptique red and blue cord

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Another Christmas Card

I managed to get another Christmas card done today, this time thanks to the inspiration at Muse Card Club. I realize it's all very cozy, since I'm on the other Muse design team (ChristmasVisions) and the current Muse is Tracey, the originator of 25 Days of Christmas Tags! But it still worked for me to get another Christmas card done. Here is Tracey's inspiration: 



I was inspired by Tracey's overall design, the central grouping, and her distress oxide background. Here's what I came up with: 


Thanks to Tracey's tag event, I'm not lacking in Christmas tags, so I chose to make her inspiration into a card. Tracey has people, I have penguins... close enough to me. ;) My colours of distress oxide inks are limited, so instead of pink and yellow, I used pink, blue and purple. Instead of sponging, I made an ink smooshed background.
I'll be back dark and early tomorrow with another Christmas tag! 


Supplies: Papertrey Ink white & American Crafts textured blue cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Winnie & Walter Season's Tweetings & Hero Arts Family & Friends Christmas stamps, Versafine onyx black & faded lipstick, tumbled glass & wilted violet distress oxide inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Zig markers, Winnie & Walter Season's Tweetings & MFT stitched rounded rectangle dies, Gelly Roll white glaze pen, foam tape

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25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 13


Well look at that... it's Tuesday, and our guest and sponsor today for Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags is Technique Tuesday! Coincidence? I think not. ;) 


I have a very favourite Technique Tuesday Christmas set, and that is Dear Santa. Santa himself has a classic, traditional style, and the sentiments have so many possibilities. Full disclosure, I used this set for a tag last year too, so I found a new way to present it this time around: 


I coloured my jolly elf with Copic markers (another day meeting Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge) and fussy cut him before adhering him to the bottom portion of this kraft tag. At the top I added a simple sentiment. If you look closely, there's a fold mark between the sentiment and Santa. When you open the tag...


Zing! 😂 About time for a little snark on a tag. The tag design is inspired by a recent creation by my talented friend, Emily. I chose to have the front flap bend instead of the back one. There's still lots of the room on the back of the tag to add names and a message. 
Now It's your turn! Comment on the designers' tags (the Technique Tuesday team as well as Tracey's team), be inspired to make a tag of your own, or both - participating puts you in the running to win one of the great prizes offered by our generous sponsors. Tracey's blog has all the details. 


Supplies: Neenah white & desert storm cardstock, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & Stamping' Up real red inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powder, Copic markers, Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #2 die, Offray red & scrap silver ribbon, foam tape

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