Sunday, November 23, 2014

Red bells

I am playing along with my first Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!  I had to after seeing this inspiring photo here...

It made me think of my Folk Art Christmas Additions set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I stamped a plaid background using the Cabin Plaid Background from Cornish Heritage Farms.  Added a sentiment from Verve Stamps.

The die cut bow is from Mama Elephant and the stitched rectangle from Papertrey Ink.  So many lovely festive samples in the gallery for this challenge, you should go take a peek!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Don't stop 'til you get enough!

...and ANOTHER with Hero Arts "Color a Wreath" stamp!

This one has a sentiment made with Lawn Fawn's "Milo's Alphabet" stamped in PTI white on vellum.

Most of the papers are from Authentique's "Bundled collection.  The kraft circles are patterned paper from Simple Stories "Handmade Holiday" glued to little wooden disks and sanded at the edges.  Also some wooden dots, glittered dew drops, and mini pearls.

I may put this wreath stamp aside today to try some challenges, but it will be difficult :)!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

...and another!

Still having fun with my new Hero Arts "Color a Wreath" stamp!  This time I added some buttons and Studio Calico wood veneer stars (painted white) instead of sequins.

The sentiment is from Hampton Arts (thanks, Jessica!) and I used denim paper for my last snippet of that kind :(...  The red gems are from Michael's.  All this inspiration from Rosemary's original card HERE.  I am having so much fun with this stamp!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sequin Wreath

I've had this sequined wreath card HERE on my Pinterest card inspiration board for just about a year.  It was made by Rosemary Dennis of "Hey There...rosigrl!" I finally saw the Hero Arts "Color a Wreath" stamp at Michael's on Friday afternoon, carried it around, but eventually put it back...only to come home, bring up the card on Pinterest, and desperately need the stamp.  So back I went on Saturday, only to find it was GONE!  I asked them to call another store, and dashed 20 minutes further to get it!

I recently discovered how to use a "Stamp-a-majig."  While I've been shown before, for some reason it just ELUDED me!  It's given me a whole new outlook on my wood block stamps :).  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts clear set called "Banners and Messages."

I think I need to work on getting some 10 mm sequins because I think the gold ones are more like 8 mm... but I finally made a version of Rosemary's card!  Thanks so much to her for this inspiring design.  Can't wait to see what else I can fill those little circles with ;)!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ombre Background Tags

I finally got to participate in a Papertrey Ink "Make it Monday" this year!  Just had to try one of Laura Bassen's stamped ombre backgrounds!  I used the O'Tannenbaum stamp set for my Christmas tags...

I didn't have any solid background stamps from PTI, so I used a thin plaid strip from another company and used shades of blue and lilac pigment inks.

The first tree was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with diamond embossing powder which is like a combination of clear mixed with glitter.

It's very sparkly in person because  I also sprayed each ombre piece with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in "Glacier" before stamping the trees.  I tied this tag with Lavender Moon and sheer ribbon.

This tree was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder and I added a sentiment. Tied it with some Blueberry Sky ribbon.  Both tags are cut with WMS Stitched Tag die.

I will definitely try this technique again, thanks so much to Laura for her amazing tutorial!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tags with Tracy McNeely!

I am thrilled to be participating with the 12 Kits of Occasions Team for Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags!  She has such an incredible line up of participants this year!

If you haven't seen the tags so far, you can visit Tracey's blog HERE to see all of the previous entries, and those still to come.  You will want to, because there are PRIZES to be had from these wonderful companies: Reverse Confetti, Clearly Besotted, CAS-ual Fridays, Neat & Tangled, and Paper Smooches! Enter the main prize draw HERE.

But...if you leave a comment here today, one randomly selected name will be sent to Tracey to be entered into her big prize draw on November 28th!  You have until November 26th at 11:59 PM EST to leave a comment here on my blog.

Now on to my tags!  I have been trying to show some love to my older stamps and die cuts by combining them with newer, trendy products.   I came across this adorable snowman die from Sizzix.  I got it on sale Black Friday two years ago for 75% off! (I distinctly remember that I practically skipped to the register because I was so excited about it)!  It's a Sizzix Bigz die by Basic Grey called "Snowman & Stocking." So I set to work decorating him (or her, depending on the fashion) for Tracey's special tag event!

Up first is a snowgirl decorated with patterned paper, a paper flower made with My Favorite Things Mini Rolled Rose die, a ribbon scarf (courtesy of Jeanne Jachna!) and some PTI buttons!

She was sprayed from top to bottom with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in the color "Glacier" both before I started to decorate...then I got brave and added more to the hat and mittens afterward, too!
So glittery in the sunlight :)!

Next is a manly snowman.  He's my favorite a rustic, country mile!  He was stamped with the Hardwood Background from Stampin' Up.  His hat is cut from woodgrain patterned paper by My Mind's Eye.  I also added some wooden dots from MME, a Studio Calico wood veneer star that I colored red, a burlap ribbon scarf from Papertrey Ink's "County Fair" Make it Market kit, and some Pure Poppy felt mittens.

Last is another snowlady stamped with Cornish Heritage Farms Houndstooth Background, a hat and mittens stamped with Impression Obsession's Cover-a-Card "Screen" background, mini holly leaves cut with the Papertrey Ink holly die, a ribbon scarf from the Make it Market "Tinsel and Tags" Trimmings Kit, pink and silver sequins, and a glittered jingle bell!

These tags actually have four layers.  The decorated top, a thin cardboard piece, small pieces of white paper to cover the holes so that I could add the eyes and noses, and then a white backing piece.  On the backs of the tags I stamped the "To" and "From"  from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Nutcracker Sweet" set.

I'm telling you, these were like playing with paper dolls!  So much fun...I found myself happily sifting through scrap and ribbon bins and embellishment boxes to see what would be the perfect fit for each snowperson.  I will definitely be making and posting more for the holiday season!

Thanks SO much to Tracey for including me in her wonderful yearly tag-making tradition.  I look forward to seeing the rest of the tags for the year!  Don't forget to comment today so that you have one extra chance for her prize drawing.  Good luck :)!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ticking Stripe Cottage Sketch

This week at Freshly Made Sketches, Linda Callahan created a lovely one for everyone to play with!

I got out some old background stamps and paired them with stamps and dies from PTI's Tinsel and Tags Kit. The burlap ribbon was a good rustic addition!

I used the retired Denim Background from Stampin' Up and the Ticking Stripe Background from Cornish Heritage Farms.

I first cut PTI's little scene and then stamped it.  Added a stitched hill cut with dies from Lawn Fawn, then cut the whole little scene out with a scalloped circle Nestie.

I always just love working with these sketches, thanks so much!