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25 days of Christmas Tags Days 10 and 11

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.

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25 Days of Christmas Tags- Day 8-3-7

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.

 

 

 

 

Stamp a faire- Heather’s Challenge

Heather’s challenge is to use the 7th anniversary material of wool on a project.  Additionally, she used stitching and a bit of die cut surgery to achieve a layered look.  I had to blow the dust off of my sewing machine, before attempting to try some stitching on my wool felt diecuts.  In fact, when I turned the machine on, my pressor foot fell off the machine into a couple of pieces.  It had been so long since I had my machine out, I had to dig out the manual to figure out how to put the pressor foot back together.  Eventually, I got the job done.  I also layered the diecuts I used, but limited the felt surgery to trimming the layers on one snowflake so that it appeared that I had three sizes of snowflakes instead of two.

I turned the snowflakes into embellishments on a sweater, using the Papertrey Ink sweater die.  The lovely wool felt is also from Papertrey Ink.  I am always happy with the way this wonderful wool felt cuts cleanly.

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Hakuna Matata from Hero Arts.

The Swahili phrase is loosely defined as “no worries”.  You can’t think of this phrase without thinking about the magical Broadway musical The Lion King.  I saw this production in London and it was a powerful combination of movement, colour and music.

This month’s kit from Hero Arts features the sights and colours of Africa.  I think the kit sold out in about an hour.  The stamp set has a multitude of animal, trees and birds stamps in the silhouette style.  Of course this is perfect for the Serengeti sunset type of cards.  No surprise that Hero Arts also included the perfect sunset die, so that cardmakers can do just that.

There is no Hakuna Matata for me though, as the currency exchange and Customs wanting their pound of flesh is rapidly making getting these kits cost prohibitive. Good thing the starting price is a bargain.

The images in the stamp set come in various sizes from medium size to to teeny tiny.  This lends itself to creating cards with full scenes through to a collage of small images on tags, windows and frame dies. Lots of possibilities here, for future cards.

 

Supplies:  Hero Arts Kit for June,  homemade stencil inspired by images on the internet and the add on stencil available from Hero Arts.

Hero Arts Kit Add on- Reef Die

When I got the June Hero Arts kit, I decided that I also needed the Add On product called the Reef Die.   and the add on stencil from the April kit, although I don’t really know why…………..clever marketing by Hero Arts, probably.  Anyway  recently, I made a card using the kit itself along with the Reef die and the stencil.  Even though the May kit came with an Ocean wave stencil that is amazing and perfect, I decided to use the graphic add on stencil that I got, which was designed to go with the Fashion Model April Kit.  To add to the mystery, I also used yellow and green as the colours for the ocean.  Somewhat surprisingly, I like the finished result.  I used Nuvo blender brushes to put the colour through the stencil and was very happy with the light colour/ no hard edges that I find difficult to achieve with my usual sponge blending tool.

I am thinking it will be a birthday card, but I will only add a sentiment, which will be embossed on a vellum banner, when I have decided for sure.

 

Supplies:  Hero Arts May kit, Reef die,  and Diamond stencil.  Papertrey Ink and Pretty Pink Posh clear drops, Wink of Stella,  Hero Arts Dye Inks, Copic markers, Recollections embossing powder,  Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

 

 

Richard Garay Stamps and Dies

I have already talked about how lucky I was to be able to attend  Creativation in January when I was down in Phoenix.  While there I was introduced to the products of Richard Garay for the first time.  I was so happy to see the designs, as masculine looking products are fairly rare outside of Tim Holtz’ grunge themed stuff (which I also love).  RG stuff is a more sophisticated “uptown” style.

Scrapendipity has been able to get some RG product in the store, and so I was able to make a couple of cards.  While in Scrapendipity, the owner Selena, told me that a friend of ours was buying the “Socks” themed stamp and die because of a memory of her granddaughter.  Apparently, when the granddaughter was learning to talk, she thought the stretchy things she put on her feet were called “sockson” because people were always telling her to put her “socks on”.  I thought the story was cute, so set about fine tuning a card to make it feminine and to have it say “Get your socks on!” rather than “Knock your socks off!”.

I think both cards turned out well.

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Supplies:  Richard Garay RG Days stamp and die set, Authentique Rugged patterned paper,  Lawn Fawn Rainbow plaid paper, Concord and Ninth Perfectly Penned Alphabet stamp set, Bo Bunny Autumn Song brads,  American Crafts ribbon, Recollections cardstock, Dienamics Blueprint 27 die, various sequins, foam tape.

Colouring Challenge Day 3

I would like to say I am on track to complete the 30 day colouring challenge put out by The Daily Marker, but it is now Day 3 and I am just now thinking about posting something.

I decided to do a background using Colorburst together with a Tim Holtz image coloured with Zig Real Brush markers. I love Colorburst watercolours but I have come to realize that you cannot use them successfully if you are a control freak.  I have also realized that you will make approximately fifteen backgrounds  before selecting one for a card, so using them is not too economical either. No matter, as they are fun to use.

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I got the idea for this card from…………………you guessed it……………the news.  Some lady  in Phoenix shot her boyfriend’s penis off and indicated he had it coming for cheating on her.  He vehemently denies the cheating part but has no comment on the shooting part. Cray Cray I tell you.

Shadowbox Card?

A while back Heartfelt Creations came out with some templates for some multi layer fold out cards.  Included with the kit is a ready to decorate 6 X 6 shadow box.  The Woodland Collection from Heartfelt Creations seemed like the perfect collection to use for a shadow box.

When making something with lots of elements, there are plenty of ways to go terribly wrong.  This project has lots of them, not the least of which is the last minute dabbing of enamel accent on the deer for eyes, only to have a little black volcano erupt on one of the deer.  I touched it up as best I could but the result is still cartoon like rather than the serene “endeering” look I was going for.  The end result is interesting and was fun to put together.

The ladies at the scrapbook club here, asked me what I was going to do with this shadowbox when I completed it.  What a silly question!  I am going to do the same thing, that I have done with many other paper projects……………….that being nothing at all……………………….I mean really…………………………..why did the man climb the mountain………………………………………..because it was there, of course…………..

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First Blog Post of the Year!

Where does the time go?  Seems like yesterday when I was digging out the Christmas decorations and now it is already the 6th of January and here I am, basking in the sunshine of Phoenix!

I was having a bit of a creative slump yesterday.  I was missing my stuff.  When I fly down, I must be selective on what I take with me.  No clothes…….all scrapbook stuff…………was a given……..but I still had to make some tough choices!  My cousin referred to my decision dilemma as the real tough decisions of a first world person.  Ouch that hurt………….and while he is right, I still defend my right to whine about it.  Scrapbookers everywhere understand my stash separation anxiety!

Anyway a trip to Scraps of Love and Joann’s and Hobby Lobby relieved the symptoms somewhat and today I was recovered enough to make a couple of cards.  In actual fact, they were made with a stamp set that I brought with me and nothing I bought in yesterday’s shopping therapy got used in the making of these cards.  Still shopping always makes me feel better.

I used a stamp set from Stampin Up called Thoughtful Branches.  I had bought it a while ago on the advice of my Stampin Up Demonstrator and friend Jennifer.  She was right,  It is a very versatile stamp set, that I believe is no longer available.  To show how versatile it really is, I used the same stamp in two very different ways.  Once as a tree and once as a Hydrangea flower.  Looks pretty cool I think.

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Supplies:  Stampin Up Thoughtful Branches stamp set and framelits dies, Neenah Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, Reverse Confetti All Framed Up die, Core’dinations cardstock, Scor tape

Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop Day 8 too!

This is probaably my final card for the winter bloghop, otherwise no one will be getting either Christmas cards or gifts from me this year.

This card was a last minute thought, and it turned out to be one of my favorites.  I will use it together with a gift basket of coffee related items for a coffee loving friend.

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