Sunday, November 17, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 14

Day 14 - and we begin the second half of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags extravaganza! If you're just joining the party, all the details can be found here. Our Day 14 guest and sponsor is Paper Sweeties

I am using the Paper Sweeties set Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. I decided to play with the JOY sentiment, with its ornamental font. I ended up with a quartet of small tags! 

The embossing powders came out to play, too. (I have a few more tags that, while I will certainly use, didn't quite make the blog cut, as the embossing powders I tried didn't leave as clear images as these did.) These were fun and easy to put together, and I think will be perfect for those smaller gifts under the tree. Here's a closer look at each: 

Visit Tracey's blog today to see all the inspiration from some of the Paper Sweeties team, as well as our own Tag Team! Remember you can be eligible for a prize by making tags inspired by any of the tags today, or simply by commenting on designers' posts. 

Thank you to all our sponsors! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, paint chip, Silver pearl paper, Paper Sweeties Meet Me Under the Mistletoe stamps, Versamark, Simon Says Stamp vintage gold, Ranger silver & store-made copper pearl embossing powder, CUTplorations manila tag & A Jillian Vance Design tag dies, Scrap ribbon & elastic cord

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Q is for Quip

Hooray for Saturday and a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! Q is for QUIP. Bring us your jokes, your best one-liners, your snarky ripostes! 
Since my crafting brain seems to be stuck on Christmas right now, here's my festive card quip:

I know you've seen these stamps used here before, but the snark is just too good to resist! My card is clean and simple to highlight the laughing Santa face and the sassy sentiment. Santa is coloured with Copics for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. 

Many more fine quips on the Snarky blog, from my design team sisters and our newest Queen of Snark, guest designer Lauren! Hit us with your best quip! 

Looking for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags? 
Click here!

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Studio Calico Magical patterned paper, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT stitched rounded rectangle die, icicle Stickles

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25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 13

DAY 13!!! This marks the halfway point for Tracey's McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! And to mark this auspicious occasion, we have a little surprise! 

This cute little makeup bag is sewn by Tag Team member Kim. Yes, in addition to being a terrific card and tag maker, Kim is also amazing with fabric and thread! And she has offered this cute little prize for someone who completes all 26 days of the event. To see more of Kim's amazing work, head over to her Etsy shop, Running Stitch Design. More details are on Tracey's post today.   
On to today's main event... our guest and sponsor for today's tags is CAS-ual Fridays

CAS-ual Fridays sent the Tag Team some sweet stamp sets and tag dies. I concentrated on a few of what might not be considered the main images in the sets to create my trio of tags: 

A closer look at each one:

For these two, I stamped the bells in grey ink and embossed with clear embossing powder before watercolouring and fussy cutting. They are adhered flat at the top of the tag, but with foam tape at the bottom for some dimensional interest. The tags themselves are cut with the medium-sized die from Tag Buddies. Although it's looking white in the photos, the sentiment is embossed in silver to match the silver-painted bells. 

And look! I made it to Day 13 before breaking out the paint chips! :D I cut my tag then embossed this pretty tree in white. I added some Stickles to the star before adding a sheer white ribbon. 
Feeling inspired? Making your own tags, or commenting on the tags made today by CAS-ual Fridays designers as well as my friends Carol, Joyce and Kim put you in the running for a prize from one of our sponsors. And of course, now there's an extra incentive to play along every day! 

Our generous sponsors! 

I'm back in half an hour with the latest

Supplies: Bazzill textured mauve & (?) green cardstock, paint chip, CAS-ual Fridays Sleighride & Sugar Plum Fairy stamps, Versamark & Versafine smoky grey ink, Wow clear gloss, fine white & Ranger silver embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolours, CAS-ual Fridays Tag Buddies dies, frosted lace Stickles. scrap white ribbon & elastic cord, foam tape

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Friday, November 15, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 12

It's Thursday and Day 12 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I likely don't need to tell you this, but if you need details of this fun event, just click here. Today we are welcoming guest and sponsor, STAMPlorations

One of my new goodies from STAMPlorations is a funky sentiment die cut: 

Isn't it fun? I let it do most of the work on this tag, cutting it from red glitter cardstock. For the background, I used an ARTplorations stencil with some spray mist. Fun thing about the random dots... when I adhered the sentiment, the C embraced a random empty section. So out came a few gold hearts and stars so the white space wasn't so obvious. :D 

Next up, some fun reindeer: 

This and the previous tag are cut from CUTplorations manila tag dies - they have turned out to be my go-to tag dies much of the time. The background is stencilled with Versamark and embossed in white, then blended with distress inks for a night sky. My two deer are watercoloured for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. 

And a third tag for today: 

Look at this sweet tag, all "what does the lambie say?" Luckily for me, it flips open for a snarky inside... 

And there are my tags for today! Wait until you see all the inspiration from my Tag Team friends and members of the STAMPlorations design team! Whether you participate by comment on designers' blogs, or by making tags of your own inspired by today's, please join us! 

Our terrific sponsors! 

Supplies: (merry christmas) Neenah white & Colorbok red glitter cardstock, CUTplorations Merry Christmas word art & manila tag dies, ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil, Tattered Angels Santa Baby glimmer mist, Little Things from Lucy's Cards gold dust confetti, scrap gold ribbon; (reindeer) Neenah white & desert storm cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, CTMH patterned paper, Christmas Reindeer stamps & dies, Holiday Artsy stamps, Colorbox frost white, Memento Luxe espresso truffle & Danube blue & shaded lilac, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire distress inks, Wow clear gloss & Hero Arts white embossing powder, CUTplorations manila tag die, Offray blue ribbon; (baa) Neenah white & (?) red cardstock, STAMPlorations Baa Baa stamps, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic marker, CUTplorations stitched tag dies, icicle & frost white Stickles, Craft Smart ribbon, Hemptique twine

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

25 Days of Tags: Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Have you been playing along? If you haven't, but want to, check out all the details here
Today our guest and sponsor is the Canadian stamp company, Studio Katia

Studio Katia sent the Tag Team a bundle of fun goodies... including dies to make slider tags! Of course I had to test drive it... I kept my tag simple, just in case it didn't work out. :D Here it is closed: 

And slid open: 

Before I started making my tag, I watched this super-helpful video by Studio Katia team member Laura. After watching, this was easy to put together. I didn't worry about making my inside scene too detailed - after all, the interactive feature will capture all the attention! 
Tag leader Tracey received the beautiful poinsettia border stamps and die. When we were together at a creative playdate recently, I made sure to stamp one for myself... 

It fits beautifully on SK's bookmark die! The sentiment is from the same set. 

I received the new snowflakes set. I decided to go CAS and elegant: 

The snowflakes are embossed in vintage champagne embossing powder, which just happens to go perfectly with SK's gold sparkle crystals. 

And finally, I decided to test the new sparkle glitter:  

I stamped the smallest snowflake with Versamark, then used sticky embossing powder to add the glitter. It's so sparkly in real life! Then, risking ink pad and brush, I blended some distress ink over it to set it off. Next I used the coordinating die to cut out the centre of the foil tag (it's the slider part of the slider tag set!). Downsides to using foil: when you die cut it, it shows EVERYTHING; and it is really hard to photograph. :D 

Hope you've made it through with me to the end! Don't forget that commenting on designers' tags, or making one or more of your own inspired by today's tags, puts you in the running for a great prize! 

26 terrific sponsors! 

Supplies: way too many to list (ask if you are interested!) 

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 10

Day 10 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Getting to see so many people's tag creations has been a lot of fun so far, and I know the fun will continue! For all the details on this annual event, please click here. Today we are showcasing our guest and sponsor Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp generously sent the Tag Team some festive goodies to play with. I used the new Outline Winter Floral background stamp, bringing it out of the background, though: 

After embossing the background in white on kraft cardstock, I used an ATC die to pick the section I wanted to colour. After cutting it out, I used watercolour pencils (dry) to shade in the flowers and leaves for Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. The flower centres and other dots were given some glitz with a little gold Smooch. (Can you even buy Smooch any more? Yes, I keep everything. And look, I use the stuff I keep sometimes, too!) The sentiment is from a Simon set so old, they probably don't remember selling it. :D 

You will see a huge variety of tags on offer today, so be sure to stop by Tracey's blog, aka Tag Central! Commenting on designers' tags and/or creating your own inspired by the tags you see will put you in the running for a sponsor prize! What are you waiting for? 

Our awesome sponsors!

Supplies: Neenah white & desert storm & Simon Says Stamp leaf green cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Outline Winter Floral & SSS/Kelly Purkey Cheers stamps, Colorbox frost white & Simon Says Stamp leaf green ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, watercolour pencils, gold Smooch, Cutplorations ATC tag maker & MFT blueprints 29 dies, hole punch, white ribbon, gold elastic cord

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