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25 Days of Christmas Tags

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags is a challenge put on by Tracey McNeely.   I thought I hadn’t participated in this one before, but then realized that I had a number of tags photographed in a file.  I would only do this for challenges.  The nice part of this is that most of them were used to decorate  real Christmas presents rather than to pile up in a shoebox.  Yay!  I do like making my own gift tags, and I have gotten some new tag making stamps and dies lately, so this blog challenge seemed like a good thing in which to participate, again.  Loads of sponsors and loads of prizes added to the attraction.

The idea is to seek inspiration from the tags presented by the design teams and create your own tag from this.  I only noticed this challenge today and it is already Day 5, so I have some catching up to do.  As I said, I have some new tag making stamps and dies, but for Day 1 I was inspired by the tag by Lindsay M-p which featured a cardboard box.  I have had the box die that I used from Neat and Tangled for a few years now, but it is one that gets pulled out again and again.  I had a different dog in mind for the box, but I decided to use this one from Simon Says Stamp instead, as they are the sponsor for Day 1.  Knit Picky from Lawn Fawn supplied the patterned paper and the Merry Christmas is from Tonic Studios.

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Merry Making Online Card Class Day 2 -Laura Bassen

If struggle and hard work ensures good results, then my card would be a Picasso.   Working on this card is pretty much all I have done today, and my craft room mess emphasizes this.  Trouble started early, when I realized that I didn’t really have any stamps sets with triangles on them for trees.  In fact, the only stamp set I had with varying sizes and solid and outline images was my circles set from Simon Says Stamp.  No problem, I say to myself…………..I will make snowmen instead of trees.  This proved problematic as well, as the graphic elegance of Laura’s card was impossible with snowmen as the image.  They are just cartoonish, and that is all.  No problem, I will make a fun version of the card.  More problems arose with ink selection, blah blah blah.  I finally got the card made, albeit with much darker colours than I intended, but then I went to embellish.  I found great little hats in my stash, but they were too big for the snowmen heads.  Yikes.

I started over, this time picking snow man heads that fit the hats and worked backwards from there.  This  time, I liked the results and the holographic cardstock that I used to frame the card finished it off nicely. The only remaining problem is that the camera doesn’t play well with shiny, sparkly things.  The card is actually nicer that it appears in a picture.

 

Supplies:  Lots of Dots Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp,  Recollections glitter embossing powders in Mauve Blue and Green, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, hats from Happy Howlidays  Lawn Fawn,  Glasses and bowtie from Stylish Simon, DCWV holographic cardstock, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp from Be Joyful stamp set from Simon Says stamp

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Summer 2017 Day 8

Today is the last day of the blog hop.  I recently got this sentiment stamp which pretty much sums up how I cope with life.   The ants not only convey summer, but the inevitability of  problems that either need to be dealt with or endured. That’s life, folks!

 

Supplies:  Verses Lots of Laughs stamp, Doodlebug Picnic Ants stickers, Simon Says stamp coffee die and Adult Beverages die set, Paperhouse At the Vinyard patterned paper,  Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Lawn Fawn Make me smile die, Alideco washi tape, My Favorite things Abstract Art stamp set, Hero Arts Painted circle stamp,Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.

 

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Summer 2017 Day 4

Today’s card started with a desire to use the cute stitched frame die shown on the card.  It is a Creative Expressions die that comes with a plethora of little dies to fill the frame windows.  Mine has a garden theme, but they have a variety of themes and frame designs.  I wanted to make a coffee card instead of a garden card, so I went on a stash search.  Somewhat amazingly, I was able to find enough coffee die images to fill the frames.

 

 

Sandra’s Card

When Sandra came down to visit me in Phoenix, she made two cards for me to put on the blog.  I put one on the blog, but sent my laptop home in a car with a trunk that was bigger than a breadbox, before I got the second one published.  I have a ToDo list that is about 30 items long right now, so I thought this was a good time to do a quick post with the other card.

Here it is:

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Supplies:  Doodlebug Cream & Sugar patterned paper, Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea stamp set, Cor’dinations cardstock,

Last Day Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Funny isn’t it,  As much as I struggled yesterday to get a presentable card to post, today’s card was easy peasy!   It is not the most brilliant and certainly not the most complicated card, but I liked how it turned out.  The holographic paper just reminds me of how that first cup of coffee in the morning, just makes me light up and get after the day.

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Supplies:  Hampton Arts sentiment stamp, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, Simon Says Stamp Coffee Cup and Adult Beverages dies, DCWV Holographic and Foil paper, Nuvo Drops in clear, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 6

Today’s card was based on a die set from My Favorite Things.  I tried a number of things and nothing seemed to work.  In fact, I tried one thing twice and nope it didn’t work.  That is the definition of insanity isn’t it?……………………………….doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Finally, I came up with something I liked.  Now if I hadn’t been impatient and stuck my finger in the wet Pico Embellisher, it would have been better but, …Oh well.

Here it is:

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Supplies:  My Favorite Things Tea Party dies, Reverse Confetti All Framed Up Die, Paper House Colorways patterned paper, Pico Embellisher, Stampendous embossing powder, Neenah card base, Tim Holtz distress ink (Vintage Photo), Hemptique twine, Simon Says Stamp sentiment from Coffee and Tea stamp set and Scor tape.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 5

Today’s card is the card where I cut out tiny Starbucks Logos out of some washi tape and pasted them on my coffee cups.  I used Starbucks Spring cups colours in keeping with the “Spring” theme in the bloghop.

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Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Coffee & Tea stamp set, Tim Holtz Slatter Stencil, Copic markers,  Hero Arts Ink, Woodgrain paper from Paper and More, Simon Says Stamp card base, Alideco washi tape and Scor tape.

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Day 3

Two things occurred to me today before I made this card.  One is that I am not too good at saving scraps of things for later use.  The other is that I am downright poor at using Washi tape ever.  I see it, I like it, I buy it and nothing………………  So today I decided to reverse those two trends and make a card for the Coffee Lovers hop at the same time.

I made a card which I will post in the next couple of days, that features Starbuck’s spring colours.  To ensure people realized that it was indeed Starbuck’s spring colours, I wanted to adorn the small cups with  something that looked like the Starbucks logo.   I had bought some amazing Washi tape that had just the thing on one of its’ images.  The problem was that the logo image only appeared every six inches or so on the tape. That left quite a few bits of unused tape.

Todays card uses that leftover Washi tape.

I was going to explain why I made this card the way I did……………………..fragments of Washi tape, holographic cardstock, the sentiment dream etc. etc., but then decided if I had to explain it, the card probably isn’t working.  I did not want to think about that, so I am just posting it.

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Supplies:

DCWV holographic paper, Simon Says Stamp Dream and Parade of Hearts dies, Alideco washi tape, Paper and More Woodgrain cardstock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape

Romeo and Juliet

I have a fondness for Shakespeare that my co-blogger Sandra finds borderline “Wacko”. This, of course, just eggs me on to spout off more quotes from my muse Willy.  So how amused was I when Hero Arts came out with a Romeo and Juliet stamp set complete with Shakespeare quotes.  This stamp set was clearly meant for Valentine’s Day and checking my calendar, I see that I am more than a “day late and a dollar short” (another book I could use for the Simon Says Stamp challenge) for that occasion.   No matter, I made two cards anyway.

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I am also very excited about the Marble Layering stamp from Waffle Flower that I used to create the background.  I had seen this stamp set at Creativation and ordered it as soon as it was available.  Of course, marbleized paper is available with less cuss words than I used to get these stamps lined up, but you can never achieve the exact ink colour match that I got by inking my own marble background.

Supplies:  Hero Arts Romeo and Juliet stamp set, Layering Mrble stamp set from Waffle Flower, Quote Tag from Kaisercraft Storybook Collection, Ken Oliver pen nib,