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Friday, December 9, 2016

Guesting Again at Tag You're It!


I get to play along with the talented design team at Tag You're It again! The new challenge features a beautiful tag from featured artist Laurie Willison

I was inspired by the colours; the patterned and die cut sentiment; and the trees going along the bottom of the tag. Here is where I took those elements:


To start, I cut down two die cut wine tags so that my finished tag would be close to square and would have a decorative bottom. While I really like the square shape of Laurie's, I wanted to leave lots of room around the sentiment I'd chosen. I die cut the sentiment from one of the tags as well as patterned paper — dots instead of stripes just because. After adhering the two layers of tag, I inset the patterned sentiment into the die cut negative, adding back the white "o" centre and tail of the "y". Instead of stamping, I used some die cut holly and berries, adding glossy accents to the berries for shine and dimension. A little cord and ribbon (Look at that bow! I will never tie as perfect a one again...) completes the tag. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, American Crafts green glitter paper, Teresa Collins Santa's List patterned paper, Avery Elle Cheers, Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Joy & Lil' Inkers Holly Jolly dies, Marvy-Uchida corner-rounding punch, Lawn Fawn Mistletoe hemp cord & scrap green ribbon, Glossy Accents


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bah! Humbug!


It's December! And now the holiday rush really begins. ๐Ÿ˜‰ December also means it's time for a new Naughty or Nice Challenge, and this month we're asking you to choose between traditional and modern with A Christmas Carol vs. Frozen
I am a big Dickens fan, so this was an easy choice for me:


I used paper and stamps from Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol collection to make this quick card. And while not everyone appreciates an unrepentant Scrooge, I can definitely think of a few people that would get a chuckle out of this. 
You'll have to check the Naughty or Nice Challenges page to see whether the majority of Troublemakers picked traditional or modern. While you're there, check out the nice little prize that we are offering to one lucky entrant this month! Pick your style and join us! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock, Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol patterned paper, Graphic 45/Hampton Arts A Christmas Carol stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder

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Tag You're It! Reminder



Yes, it's another tag! The current challenge at Tag You're It continues, and I'm back with a reminder inspiration tag: 



I was less literal in my CASEing of Loll's tag this time around. I kept the same colours and tree theme again, but chose to use just blues for the background and had the tree and ribbon pick up the bright green. I clear-embossed the snowflake background before sponging the tag. This little tree already had matching snowflakes as part of the stamp! 
The theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is O Christmas Tree, so I am linking my little tag there. 
There is still almost a week left to play along, so I hope you'll be inspired! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Local King Rubber Stamp Snowflake Background stamps, Versamark, Colorbox Citrine, tumbled glass & salty ocean distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, May Arts green & Offray white ribbon

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

End of November Muse

November is almost over, and so too is the current challenge at Muse: ChristmasVisions. This week's muse is Cornelia Wenokor with this pretty tag: 


Since I have a goodly supply of tags already ๐Ÿ˜‚ I translated Cornelia's tag into a card. I was inspired by the blue and silver colour scheme as well as the bells and large sentiment. Here's mine: 


The sentiment (with bells at two corners!) is silver-embossed on the navy cardstock and then spritzed with some sparkly mist. (IF I had a few stray specks of embossing powder, the sparkle would totally camouflage it. ๐Ÿ˜‰) I mounted the navy panel onto silver pearl paper before adhering everything to the card base. CAS and elegant. 


Supplies: white & navy cardstock, silver pearl paper, Stampin' Up Christmas Postcard stamp, Versamark ink, silver embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched frame die, Tsukineko sparkle sheer shimmer mist

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tag, Day 26... on the 27th


Just for fun (!), there is a 26th day of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I took yesterday off, to celebrate a family birthday, but I made sure I made a tag today. I was inspired by the cool reindeer on Tenia Nelson's and Tracey's tags, as well as the beautiful sponged background on Tracey's tag. (I was inspired enough by the reindeer to pop over to the Stamplorations site to get my own! Sold out already, sigh.)  Here's mine: 


I started with an assortment of Hero Arts snowflakes from three different sets, clear embossed onto my tag. From there I sponged the background with blue and mauve distress inks. Of course I had to splatter some sparkly mist on it, too. I tried my funkiest reindeer stamp, but it was too small for the tag. So instead, I embossed this one in silver, fussy-cut it and popped it up on the tag. Silver ribbon and iridescent white cord was all this needed to finish it off! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Unity/Samantha Walker Greetings of Christmas & various Hero Arts stamps, Versamark & stormy sky & shaded lilac distress inks, Ranger clear & Wow white embossing powders, homemade white confetti Perfect Pearls mist, Papertrey Ink tag sale #2 die, May Arts silver ribbon & iridescent twine, pop-dot tape

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