Tuesday, November 19, 2019

It's time for a NEW Challenge at Shopping Our Stash ~~ So Thankful

Shopping Our Stash has a new challenge and it's So Thankful, you can join in the  fun by making a Thanksgiving card (a little late for Canada) or just a Thank you card. I made a Thanks card. I needed a few thank you cards and needed them to be easy and simple, and believe it or not it I made a one layer card.  Earlier this year I found a huge box of note cards (A2 size) at the local Goodwill store, they were printed on the front and blank on the inide and had envelopes too. "score" . Here is how I decorated my "thanks" card.

I die cut the Thanks out of foam core and adhered it to the card, then added a trio of pale coral flowers with leaves to the corner I then coloured some rhinestones with a dark yellow marker an attached them to the centers of the flowers.

The flower dies are from a Stampin'up set I don't use very often and there are gorgeous flowers and leaves, they also some with stamps and co-ordinating paper.

Thanks for stopping by today and head over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the teeam are Thankful for.

Monday, November 18, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tag ~~ Day 10

Day 10 at the 25 days of Christmas Tags and I have finally gotten caught up, I had 4 tags picked out for my inspiration but with life getting in the way of my crafting I only managed one. My inspiration Tag was made by Debbie Yates.

I loved the simplicity of the white on white with a touch of red on Debbie's tag, I did make a bow with a ribbon instead of cardstock. While looking for a perfect sentiment to use I realized I only have a couple of vertical stamps,  Since I do a lot of my crafting while at the cottage in the summer and I make Christmas cards all year it takes me a while to get everything back in their "homes" . 

Here is Debbie's Tag.

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The 25 Days of Christmas Tags ~~ Day 10 inspiration Debbie Yates

Thank for looking today and have a wonderful week. 

The 25 Day of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 11

I had parts of this tag and Day 10 already cut but because I had been crafting most of the  day Toto (my cat) needed to have quality time with me, so of course I put the "parts" aside to work on in the morning. (while she napped) It's a lot of work to craft with a 2 year old "kitten" around.  The tags are such an attraction with their ribbon tails.  Again I chose Lindsey's tag for my inspiration, while sorting some stamped/printed images I found a Poinsettia swag, perfect for the tag. Most days I pick at least two tags I'm inspired by that way if one plan goes south I have a back up.

I coloured the poinsettias with alcohol markers and fussy cut, stamped the Merry in Memento Red  and the Christmas is stamped in white which you can't see in the picture and it is from the same set as the merry. 

Here is Lindsey's Tag.

Such a pretty tag.

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One more catch up tag to be blogged than I'm on track to keep up. 

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 15

Day 15 at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 and I am up to date, I will post the others later.  Today I chose Lindsey's tags as inspiration, although I don't have that really neat turn about stamp but I thought the patterned paper was pretty close.  It's all about using the inspiration tag and using what you have. I seem to gravitate towards Lindsey's tags a lot, I think we have similar styles.

I put the red border on the tag with Lindsey's instructions, it worked well. 

The tree I used was from my bits bin, I did cut  gold star. 

Second tag I used an ornament die I've had for a number of years and I'm not sure I've used it before,  it might have looked better if I backed it with a layer of colour....to late now.

Here are Lindsey's Tags

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Thanks for looking today and we are past the half way point, still time to join in the fun.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 12

The marathon of the tags continues....I'm now finished Day 12. I'm really enjoying the challenge to create a tag every day but some days life gets in the way and it just doesn't happen.  I do believe my sinus/bronchial thing is finally winding down, today this is really the first day I have really felt like creating and since I was 4 tags behind it's a good thing. So with Day 12 I pulled my inspiration from Monika's tag.

Here we are with a Halloween witch die that is doing double duty a an elf, of course when I bought it that was in my mind, and I didn't get a chance to use it for Halloween this year.  I added the icicle die cut to the outside of the window (remember there are no mistakes only an opportunity to embellish) that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I used a sticker sentiment and perhaps I went a little overboard on the flower soft.

Here is Monika's card that was my inspiration


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25 days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 12 inspired by Monika.

Thanks for checking in again today, two more to go and I'm caught up.

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 13

I didn't get time to make a tag for Saturday ~~ Day 13 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags as I was on a road trip with a group of ladies celebrating Christmas in Vittoria which we visit local stores and shop the local artisans wares, and of course ending with a late lunch at a favourite restaurant.  So I have done Sunday's tag and working backward to make the catch up tags.

I can't believe I remembered I had lilac and blue patterned paper, it's from way back in my stash when Dollarama was carrying packages of paper, probably 8 to 10 years, and I found it.  Snow was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die  Let It Snow. the let it is separate stamp... The snowflake is also EC designs and I used glitter cardstock and coloured it with alcohol markers as was the rhinestone. 

Sorry for the out of focus picture but I didn't realized how much one cat can shake the table you are using for your photo corner, but it shows the glittery snowflake. (and I was too much in a hurry to take another photo.)

Here is the Day 13 tag by Lisa that I was inspired by.

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 13 Inspired by Lisa

Thanks again for looking, and as I said I'm playing catch up today so I can start fresh on Monday.

The 25 days of Christmas Tags 2019 Day 14

I'm back on the tag train!!! I'm going to work backwards to get caught up so starting with Day 14 here is my very simple tag.

I used Impression Obsession charm dies, there ar 8 little dies in the package, I've used the candy cane on another tag,  snowman, candle, tree, bell and two round ornament dies, they are really fun.  With love is a long die cut and the made is hand written (my penmanship really lacks finesse) 

Joyce's tag was my inspiration for Day 14.

Sponsor for today is 

25 Days of Christmas Tags ~~ Day 14 inspiration Joyce.

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Thanks for stopping by and now I'm back to the drawing board to make Day 13 - 10.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Q is for Quip at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.....

I'm interrupting my onslaught of Christmas Tags to bring you a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, Q is for Quip.  I was so excited about the challenge I just had to make two cards.
The first card I made has the "quip" on the front of the card.

On Wednesday I saw the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and new I could use it with my Funny Bones stamp from Riley & Company, I have had this for a while and just took the paper backing off it to use it. I thought it worked perfectly with the Art Impressions "Quip".  The patterned paper is from a Bo Bunny black & white paper pad, the retro look matches the image really well.

A studio G $2 stamp from Michaels finishes the inside.

Now my second card, the Quip is on the inside (it didn't fit on the front)

Sticking with the Black and White combo I stamped the coffee background in black, Die cut a frame with Gina Marie wonky rectangles. The image is another Funny Bones stamp from Riley & Company and die cut with Spellbinders fancy ovals. 

The quip I used is really a quote by Stephanie Piro and produces by Impression Obsession Inc.

Here is the great graphic produced for us by the one the only "Lee"

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Freshly Made Sketches ~~ #411 a sketch from Kim
Thanks for visiting today and it would be great to see your Quip in our gallery.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 9

Ok we have made it to Day 9 glad you are still hanging in. Again it will be an easy read and very few pictures. So many cute tags for today, the sponsor is Pink & Main and the tag I was inspired by is made by Yolie Burke. It was so cute I just had to  make one. 

I had a flamingo die from Gina Marie Desings but had to play around making a wreath for his/her neck. I just loved the lime/plaid/pink/red look of Yolie's tag and scouted around for something similar.

Here is Yolie's tag. (much cuter then mine)

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Thanks for joining me here today and  check out the challenge, it's fun to make tags, even if you don't use them they can be added to a card base and made into a Christmas card. (done it quite a few times)

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 8

Hello again!! I'm on to my second post and again it will be a short one and very picture light. Day 8 at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags I chose Judi Rozema's tag, because it was so darned cute and I love the sentiment (wish I had one like it)

It's ugly sweater time (I thing a different pattern would have looked better)  I used a piece of smooshed cardstock in lieu of embossing snowfalkes. The deer is a set from Hero Arts when stamps and dies were just starting and it's only the first  or maybe the second time I've used it as you can tell by way it's cut and I even used a template as they suggest.  

Here is Judi's adorable tag.

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Thanks for sticking with me today as I get caught up on my tags....only one more for today.

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 7

Are you ready to be inundated ? I'm caught up to today which is Day 9, so be ready for three "tag" posts. I promise they will be short and very photo light. Day 6 I was inspired by Mendi's tag (the one on the right of the picture I will post below.

A snowman from Snow Fun and a tree diecut that was on my table. snowflakes are a die from Gina Marie Designs, theree are 6 dies all the same size but all different in the package, they are my go to snowflakes.

Here is  Mendi's Tag.

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Thanks for stopping by today and get ready two more tags to follow.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

25 days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 5

For day 5 at the 25 Days of Christmas tags I chose special gueat Jen Mitchell's tag,  really loved how soft and pretty it looked, and I had a set of tree dies I really wanted to try.

The dies were a bit of a challenge to cut and I was out of dryer sheets, I must see my supplier of them to get a new stash. I have a gas dryer and it is suggested not to use dryer sheets in it.  The piece of cardstock I chose to cut the trees was double sided so I just added the "other" side to the bottom section, I used an EK punch for the bottom and instead of twine I used gold thread for the loops. The sentiment is one of my many ancient hero arts one-liner stamps, if I could only stamp them straight. I should dig out the old stamp positioner and go old school.

Here is Jen's card that I used as inspiration.

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25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 5 inspiration Jen Mitchell

Well friends that is all for now, there is still today's tag to be done but first I have a Birthday card to make and get it in the mail on Tuesday (the PO probably ins't open)

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 4

I'm trying to catch up today, last Thursday and Friday were very busy and I didn't have much time to craft,  I'm not sure if I have a cold or it's just sinus with a touch of bronchitis but I'm not feeling up to par today so decided I would just hang around in my 'jammies and get caught up on a few projects that needed finishing. Day 4 at the 25 days of Christmas Tags I chose Lindsey's tag, she made two but I only completed one,  I  wanted to try the technique she did with the snowflake stencil and embossing paste with glitter in it, well that proved to be a disaster, not sure if my paste was too thick or too much glitter, but it just wasn't working, went to plan "B" .

Plan "B" I used 3 of the snowflakes from a long retired Stampin'up set called Snow Spot, inked them up with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue and embossed them with Silver Pearl, which tones down the dark ink and gives it a shine.  Since I had no blue ribbon I decided to go with Red for my accent colour.

Here is Lindsey's tags\

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the 25 days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 4 Lindsey's tag 
The sponsor is Uniko for day 4.

Thanks for visiting today and stay tuned Day 5 will be done soon.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 6

Yes you are seeing double, I have made a second tag for Day 6, If I had more time there might have been a lot more, the inspiration was awesome.  For this tag I chose Tracey McNeely's tag, she even posted a short video on how she did it.

The Skate die is from Gina Marie Designs and I'm so happy to say I have used it, There is a combination of other dies I used, you will recognize the poinsettia and leaves from the Sled tag, as I said they are really versatile, the candy canes are from Impression Obsession  and there are 8 mini dies in the package, snowman, gingerbread man, candle, two different ornaments and a bell,  Another very useful set. The skates have 4 dies, boot, heel, blade and lace. I backed the black and silver with double sided tape and cut them, it made it much easier to put them together.

Close up to show the detail.

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25 days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 6
Sponsor for Day 6 is.
Her is Tracey's tag.

I'm also entering in:

Just us Girls ~~ #513 Trend Week ~~ anything but a card.

Thanks for stopping by again today to check out my tags. And there are still 19 more day to join the challenge at My Creative Opinion  Did I mention PRIZES? lots of prizes. 

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 ~~ Day 6

I know I'm missing day 4 and 5 but I have a plan and they will be done over the weekend.  What an awesome bunch of tags to choose from today and it was hard to pin it down to just one. The first tag I chose to replicate as well as I can is Lindsey's sled tag. Check it out HERE. 

The die I used is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and comes with everything here except the cord. First I stamped the woodgrain background stamp (ancient) with Versafine Sepia ink then cut the parts for the sled. put it together and added the twine.

Close up of the cute flowers, they are so versatile and it's hard to keep them together with the rest of the die set.  I know that because the holly leaves die was sitting on my table for a few days until I saw it was from this set. "together again"

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Sponsor for Day 6 is 

Lindsey's Tag 

Thanks for visiting today and stay tuned my second tag will be  up shortly.