Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Snarky Sisters are Elfish


Happy Saturday! No tags from me today, since it's time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge: E is for ELVES! I dug deep in my stash, found an elf, and this card resulted: 


This elf is stamped on a light grey cardstock. Why? I don't know, because it was originally stamped by my friend Emily, and when she didn't use it, passed it on to me. So colouring was a bit of a challenge, but I think he looks okay. Sparkle never hurts, so I sparkled the present as well as the holly leaves I added to his hat, along with glitter cardstock berries. Some patterned paper, a sentiment, and I've added another Christmas card to the box! 


Lots of elves over on the Snarky blog, from my Sistahs and our guest designer and current Queen of Snark, Natalie! Be elfish and join us! 

Supplies: Papertrey Ink (?) cardstock, scrap red glitter cardstock, Craft Smith red card base, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, Paper Smooches Enchanted Elves stamp & die, MFT Sassy Pants Holiday stamp, Versafine onyx black & Memento tuxedo black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic & Winsor & Newton pigment markers, MFT blueprints 29 stitched rectangle & Memory Box small holly dies, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen, Gelly Roll white & silver gel pen, frosted lace Stickles, foam tape

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Inkspirational: Photo

Happy Saturday! It's time for a brand new Inkspirational - and look at this sweet photo we have for you! Lots of elements you can take as inspiration. Since I happen to have a grey cat, oh look, my card features a grey cat: 



I knew I wanted to use this cat, and I wanted him on a box - and it took a bit of searching to find one that was the right size! I stamped the cat, masked him, and then stamped the box. For the frame panel, I blended a couple of colours of distress ink, added some pine boughs, then die cut the window. So that the fussy cutting "halo" wasn't the only white on the card, I stamped and embossed the sentiment on white. 


As always, it's fun to see all the different directions the rest of the Inkspirational team went after looking at this photo. Check out their designs, and then I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up garden green cardstock, Hero Arts Decorate You, Lawn Fawn Holiday Helpers, Sunny Studio Stamps Christmas Trimmings & Studio Katia Happy Snowmen stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Stampin' Up garden green, bundled sage & mowed lawn distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Studio Katia elegant scallop oval die

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Friday, November 27, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags: The Wrap-Up



You have a few days left to join the fun at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, hosted by Tracey McNeely! My work for the event is done, but just for fun, here's what almost a month's worth of tags looks like, 77 to be exact! 


Some days I made one tag; other days I made 12! Altogether, 77 of them. Will I give 77 gifts this year? No. Will I run out of colour-coordinated tags before I'm finished wrapping presents? Quite likely. :D I may give some of the tag sets away to friends, as well. 
As a challenge to myself, I also made a card every day of the Tag event. And here they are! 


While some days it was a bit stressful to get a card made on top of doing my tags, I'm glad I did this, as I am now 26 cards to the good for my holiday stash. 
Remember you still have almost a week to participate in the tag event, by making tags inspired by the tags you've seen, by commenting on designers' tag posts, or both! And in the meantime, I have some cards to make. ;) 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Bonus Day 26!


This is it, really - the FINAL day of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Yes, Day 26 of the 25 Days is here. And so today, we are welcoming our bonus day guest and sponsor, My Favorite Things


I went full-on cute for my tags today. Here's my first one: 


This sitting bear is the perfect size for a tag! And since I knew I wanted to use BEARing gifts sentiment, I gave him a little pail of fishy presents. I like the way the white bear pops on the kraft base. 


This second and last (at least for a few days, LOL!) tag might just be my favourite of the month! 


His face! Perfect for the precipitous angle of the mountain he's trying to snowboard down! Since I do a lot of things in red, I gave him a green hat and scarf, just for variety. His board is a stylin', ombré blue. Stay Cool seemed like just the right sentiment for this little guy! 


And yes, I have one final card for Day 26, as well. To give you an indication of how well I work ahead, I decided to design my card around the MFT Sketch Challenge that came out at noon my time yesterday. :D


The trio of circles seemed perfect for some Bitty Bears! I stayed very close to the sketch, possibly because after almost a month of daily making, it was nice to have something preplanned for me. :D Simple colouring, and a circle to match each colour. I tried them on their corresponding circle, but they looked much better on different ones. As I didn't want just a plain main panel, I experimented with some patterned papers, but then remembered this foiled piece that I made recently but didn't use. It added some shine and interest to the design, as did some sparkle marker on the Santa hat and the present. 


I hope you've enjoyed this 2020 tag extravaganza! BIG thanks to Tracey for her hard work organizing this event and keeping it running smoothly. More thanks go to our generous sponsors! And to all of you, for your comments, views, and so much tag-making. The link-up on the tag main post will be open for a few more days, so you still have time to get inspired and make more tags. If you've liked what you've seen here, I hope you'll visit again some time! 

Our generous sponsors! 



Supplies: (bear) Neenah white & desert storm cardstock, MFT Polar Bear Pals stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Studio Katia dotted shaker tag 3 die, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen, scrap white ribbon, foam tape; (penguin) Neenah white & (?) glitter cardstock, MFT Chill Wishes stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, icicle Stickles, hole punch, Hemptique blue twine; (card) Neenah white, SU smoky grey, MFT green room & scrap red & blue cardstock, MFT Bitty Bears stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Gemini Foil Press Confetti Border foil stamp die, GoPress Foil red mirror foil. MFT blueprints 29 & spellbinders circle dies, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags: DAY 25!!!

It is the 25th of November, one month away from CHRISTMAS, and Day 25 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags!!! Sounds like it's the last day, but if you've participated in the past, you know we may just have a bonus day tucked up our sleeve. But in the meantime, it really is Day 25, and our guest and sponsor today is Pretty Pink Posh


For my tags today, I decided to go both cute and classy. The cute one first, of course: 


With a little masking, I placed an igloo behind my wintry, bundled-up girl. The igloo looks grey in the photo, but it's really watercolored in sparkly white Gansai Tambi paint. I added a lighter coat of the same paint to the snow, and some Twinkling H2Os for the sky. With all the shimmer, I decided I didn't need any extra on her fur-trimmed hood. Instead of adding a sentiment to the already-full front, I made this a flip-open tag, with the sentiment on the second layer. 


I haven't made many floral tags this month, so I used a beautiful amaryllis set for my second tag: 


I also haven't used watercolour powders this month, so got out my shimmery pink Pixie Paint to colour this amaryllis bloom. The tag base is upcycled from some promotional junk mail, with the added bonus that it's white on the other side, for writing on. I added a smaller tag with a simple sentiment. 
For today's card, I used a Pretty Pink Posh set that I had to have after seeing designers use it last year! 


Since it's Day 25, I thought it only appropriate to use a tag on my card front! ;) I love these little sign-bearing images, and there haven't been nearly enough penguins this month, so he was my choice. While I could have stamped some snowflakes around him, the more obvious choice seemed to be some classic Pretty Pink Posh sparkling sequins. 


If you've been playing along, I hope like me you've found it helped November to fly by a little more quickly! Remember, you can be eligible to win one of the many prizes by making tags inspired by the designers' tags you see, and/or by commenting on designers' tags. And yes, come back tomorrow for one final bonus day! 

Our generous sponsors! 

Supplies: (baby, it's cold outside) Neenah white cardstock, Master's Studio watercolour paper, Pretty Pink Posh Winter Wonderland stamps, Versafine onyx black, Catherine Pooler stone blue & juniper mist ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Gansai Tambi, Zig & Twinkling H2Os watercolours, Pretty Pink Posh stitched banner duo 2 dies, navy Offray ribbon, scrap red twine, $ store jingle bells; (merry Christmas) upcycled glossy black cardstock, Pretty Pink Posh amaryllis stamps & die, Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Signs stamp, Versafine smoky grey & Brilliance orchid pink ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Cosmo Cricket candy pixie paint, WPlus9 timeless tags 2 dies, Offray ribbon, pink Divine twine; (merry wishes) Neenah white cardstock, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Signs stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Colin markers, Pretty Pink Posh stitched banner 2 & MFT wonky stitched rectangle dies, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, frosted lace Stickles

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 24


Day 24, people! Day 24 of Tracey McNeely's the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Today our guest and sponsor is Heffy Doodle

Heffy Doodle gave me a chance to add a little humour to a tag! 


Warmest Wishes and a melted snowman - too subtle? :D After stamping the snowman components and doing some simple colouring, I stamped and embossed the sentiment. For the background, I used the Heffy Doodle Starfall stencil with Picket Fence snowdrop white paper glaze on my darkest blue cardstock. 


And I have a card for today! 


I made a little North Pole scene with images from Santa's Village. For the background, I masked off the bottom and blended an Arctic sky. 


Remember to visit Tracey's blog to see the inspiration from the Heffy Doodle team and my tag teammates! You can win one of the many prizes on offer by commenting on designers' posts, or by creating your own tag inspired by one of today's projects. Hope you'll join us! 

Our generous sponsors! 
 

Supplies: (tag) Neenah white & (?) navy cardstock, Heffy Doodle So You Wanna Build a Snowman stamps, Versafine onyx black, Stampin' Up basic grey, Memento tangelo, rich cocoa & tuxedo black ink, Hero Arts clear glitter embossing powder, Copic markers, Heffy Doodle starfall stencil, Picket Fence snowdrop white paper glaze, Offray navy ribbon, Twinery lemon drop twine, $ store jingle bells; (card) Neenah white cardstock, Heefy Doodle Santa's Village stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black, shaded lilac, mulled lavender, dusty concord, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire ink, Wow clear gloss & Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT scenic safari & Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaways pierced rectangle dies, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush marker, foam tape
 
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