Friday, November 17, 2017

Tags and More Tags

I am having a lot of fun playing along with Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I like the fact that I can make a tag any size and shape I feel like, and add as much or as little detail as the mood strikes.

This tag features a Tim Holtz stamp, and the tag was  inspired Audrey Tokach of the Reverse Confetti DT  on day 4.  She used a lovely pastel palette that inspired the colors I used for this tag.

I am entering this tag in several challenges.
25 Days of Christmas Tags
Winter Wonderland -- tags
STAMPlorations -- November theme stamps and tags
Happy Little Stampers Christmas -- tags
Catch the Bug -- house
CRAFT #442-- Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge -- anything goes





Thursday, November 16, 2017

Coffee and Cookies






It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. Two prizes are up for grabs -- from Cute as a Button and Sasayaki Glitter. To be in the draw, just make a card inspired by the cookies. With all the great coffee images out there, it should be easy.


For my card, I used a little masking to create a scene of three cups of coffee, using a single stamp of a coffee cup.  For embellies, I added tiny red gems to the sentiment and a nice gingham ribbon to complement the dots.

The card is for these challenges:
The Ribbon Girl -- November Card challenge
Word Art Wednesday #309 -- anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper.

And a Tag....

I'm still being inspired by the ongoing 25 Days of Christmas Tags at Tracey McNeely's blog. This tag was inspired by a white and pink tag Carol Mayne from SSS showed on Day 1.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More Christmas stuff

The theme at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge this week is food or drink. I used a candy cane image from Scribbles. Truth in packaging disclosure: I do not like candy canes and think the best fate that can happen to one is to be ground up and added to cookies or brownies. They do make a festive image, however.
Entering these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #358 -- food and drink
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge -- use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #309 -- anything goes


 ... and another tag inspired by the 25 days of Christmas tags at Tracey McNeely's blog. This one was inspired by a tag of a stocking by Ellen Hart of the Newton's Nook DT, which was posted on Day 2 of the event. I loved the simplicity of the bright stocking on the gray background.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thanksgiving and Christmas

Eek. This is way more scary than Halloween. Did you realize we are two weeks away from Thanksgiving and what, maybe six weeks from Christmas.  Time to get to work here.

My card is a Thanksgiving card, featuring a technique I highlighted about two months  ago. The leaves were diecut (using a Memory Box die) from some more paper I made with that technique. The sentiment is from Mark's Finest Paper. 
The card is for these challenge:

Sum More Fun -- mood board 14 (inspired by the theme)
Die Cut Divas -- thankful/thanksgiving
Double D -- feeling fallish
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Thanksgiving
Word Art Wednesday #306 -- anything goes




Also, Tracey McNeely has started her 25 Days of Christmas Tags. Every year I get inspired, but I've never taken the time before to actually put that inspiration in action. This year, I am making tags, and here's the first. It was inspired by Debby Yates of the Simon Says Stamp DT on Day 1 of Tracy's event.
Look for more tags in coming days.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

News flash -- babies are cute



It's time for another challenge at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie, and this was perfect since I needed a baby card. Two prizes are available this time -- from Pattie's Creations and Becky's Place -- and all you have to do to enter the draw is create and link to a project inspired by these adorable cookies.

For my card, I used a digi from Pattie's Creations, which I paper-pieced with some snippets of pink patterned paper. The sentiment is a very old one from SU, which I bought second-hand and am not sure I've ever used before.

Entering these challenges
The Paper Shelter #316, digital delight
Pixie's Snippet Playground #305, use snippets
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #306, anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday, anything goes

Thursday, October 26, 2017

acrylic block technique


I tried the acrylic block technique -- just take an acrylic block, apply some ink, spritz with water, and apply to paper.  It creates an interesting background that's sort of pre-framed.  I added an NBUS stamp from Kaisercraft, which I black embossed. The rest of the card was based on the current Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch. 

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Entering these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Monochromatic
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: anything goes
Rudolph Days: anything Christmas
ABC Christmas -- U is for unlimited
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #356: anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas ChallengeExtra: anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #306: Anyting Goes
Crafty Sentiments: anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #124



Friday, October 20, 2017

Easy Christmas


I'm starting to work in earnest on holiday cards. This one features a background made from alcohol inks, basically treated like watercolors (substituing rubbing alcohol for water). Basically, wet glossy paper with rubbing alchohol, put some alcohol on brush, dip in ink and apply.  To finish it off, I found some matching fibers, added a sentiment and a couple of snowflakes.

Entering these challenges:
CRAFT #438 -- Christmas
ABC Christmas -- V is for Vibrant
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #355 -- anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra -- anything Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #304 -- anything goes