Wow where do the days go? I feel that I am in a movie where the months of the calendar are ripping off and blowing away in the wind to show the passage of time. I am extra excited to announce that I am a Grandma again to a sweet little boy. He gave his Mom and Dad quite the ordeal, getting ready to come “earthside” as his Mom noted, but all was forgiven with one look at his angelic little face.
Today I am posting a couple of tags. Day 10 features the sponsor Winnie and Walter. I am channeling the tag of Lindsey M-P, as I just received the Happy stamp and die from Winnie and Walter and it has the same look as the Merry die that Lindsey used.
Day 11 features the products of Studio Katia. The tag of Amanda was an easy choice as it was a shaker card, and the only Studio Katia product that I own right now is the beautiful sequins that I ended up using in my shaker tag. I also loved the bright colours used in these tags.
My Canadian friends will think I am crazy to be posting a Thanksgiving card as our Thanksgiving was October 9 but here is the deal…………………A while back at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, I picked up the cover plate used in this card. In the feeding frenzy that was going on at the shops at the carnival, I thought this die contained raindrops. My idea was that I would use it to create a stencil so I could use embossing paste and make my own raindrop patterns. Imagine my surprise when I got home and actually looked at the die. There were these cut half circles below the raindrops…………….what were they all about? Then I actually looked at the name of the die………………………..Ruffled feathers……………………………..light bulb came on over my head. They were stylized feathers to be made dimensional and not raindrops at all. Now I have spent mega bucks on things and not batted an eye, in fact, in Vegas I have spent mega bucks for nothing at all, but suddenly it had become my life’s work to justify the five bucks that I spent on this die. I did use it to make a raindrop stencil, I looked on the internet and saw that someone used it to make a shake roof on a 3 d house and took note of that, but when I came across this stamp from Judith and Heather, I knew it was the perfect image for the cover plate.
So here it is, and I am not so crazy after all as I can say a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.
I am thinking it might be a good idea to do all my tag catching up on one Blog post, so that followers aren’t getting 3 or 4 blog posts in one day.
I will start with the Day 8 tag. The sponsor for Day 8 is Sunny Studio. I was inspired by the cute little single image scenes in Mendi’s tags. I was also inspired by my own desire to use this nifty little stamp set that I had not yet used. It wouldn’t be the first stamp one would think of, when making a Christmas tag, but I had fun making it work.
Here is a catch up tag from Day 3. Sponsor is Casual Fridays. This is a bit of an easy one as my tag dies of choice are from Casual Fridays. They just seem to be the right size and shape in a majority of cases. It isn’t hard to tell that the inspiration for my tag comes from a combination of Kimberly and Kelly’s tags. I used the exact layered tags as Kimberly did and I used the slice of a sleigh idea from Kelly. The To and From on my tag is hidden below the smaller tag. Unwrap the Magic sentiment is from Hot off the Press.
Next up is a catch up tag from Day 7. The sponsor is Birch Press. Unfortunately, I don’t own any Birch press stamps or dies. Using Tracey’s tags as inspiration, I substituted a Cheery Lynn die. I used my Scan and Cut to make an outline of the snowflake in red cardstock. I had recently bought a jar of Fractured Ice embossing powder from Emerald Creek Trading Co. and I was anxious to try it out. It is a thick clear, yet slightly greenish embossing powder with dark flecks that look like dirt particles or debris in it. Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It is actually beautiful, as it reminds me of the pond ice I used to skate on as a kid. That ice was not pristine either, but rather had small twigs and leaves suspended in it.
Today’s sponsor is Reverse Confetti and I did not have any stamps from them. I do have the All Framed Up Die which is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES, so I wanted to use it here. I took inspiration from Michele Ferguson who used a reinforcement die to turn a frame into a tag. The image in the tag is from Hero Arts Naughty Elves.
For Day 2 I was inspired by Naki Rager who used a clear plastic bag as a shaker element for a card. I didn’t have any cellophane bag that i thought would work. I did consider some clear plastic and the fuse tool, but my skills with the fuse tool are definitely suspect. I anticipated entirely too much anxiety and frustration to try this today. I settled on acetate sewed into a shaker bag. It worked out quite well.
I have mentioned before that I enjoy doing challenges. Well today’s Make it Monday was particularly enticing to me as I had never tried stamping on a photo and I had just bought some new inks that should and did dry on a glossy surface. Yay! I was lucky because I have a little program on my computer that will make collages of my pictures. This allowed me to quickly resize my photo, frame it, add text and set down the elements any where I wanted on a 4 X 6 card. This left the room to do the stamping that I wanted to add. I used a sentiment from Joyful Christmas and images from Post and Parcel.
The stamps stick like Gorilla glue on glossy photo paper. I used all the magnets I had from three different stamp positioners and I still couldn’t keep the photo paper from flipping up to the lid with the stamps. I had to put a piece of acetate over the photo to line up the small ornaments as they steadfastly stuck to the glossy paper and would not adhere to the lid at all. This kind of begs the question, “Why do stamps sets come stuck on acetate instead of photo paper?” In fact I am going to try that out in the stamp sets that have tiny images that DO NOT stick to acetate once they have been inked once or twice. Maybe I can keep those tiny images from getting lost……………….yes, it worked ………………some tiny images that I had resorted to storing in a zip lock bag, stuck well to a piece of photo paper. Hmmm!
Anyway, I ended up being very pleased with the photo card.