Monday, November 11, 2019

Day 5 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags Challenge

I'm catching up with Day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge.   This time my inspiration came from these pretty blue tags by Amy Kolling

I loved the blue color scheme and the triangle tree, so used those elements on my tag.

I added a star to the top of the tree and some turquoise Nuvo drops.  The sentiment stamp is from Taylored Expressions.  I haven't added the hanging loop to this yet, as I'm all out of silver cord. Now to get some blue and silver wrapping paper!  

Day 8 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge

It's Day 8 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge over at In My Creative Opinion.  For today's tag, I took inspiration from these ornament tags by Karen Reategui.

I loved the gold embossing on the red ornament, and the jingle bells tied onto the ribbons, so I used those elements for my tag.

The ornament base was cut with my Cricut.  The swirl design is a Hero Arts stamp, embossed with gold, and the sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, also embossed in gold.  Heat embossing lends such a great touch to projects; I really should do it more often.

We're expecting our first snow of the season tonight, so definitely in a good Christmas crafting mood!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 6

I'm going backwards to catch up with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags over at In My Creative Opinion.  My inspiration for today came from this tag by Elena Roussakis.

I loved the blue background with the snowflakes, the white trim on the tag and the sentiment stamped on a little banner, so I used those elements on my tag.

The snowman is from Avery Elle's Winter Woodland Wonders stamp set, and the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  The tag die is from Spellbinders.  I didn't mask the snowman before inking the background, so that left a little white snowy glow around him (unintentionally, LOL!)  

There are lots of great tags so far on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge, and lots of sponsor prizes to win, so I hope you get a chance to play along!

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day #7

Joining in on the fun with the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge over at In My Creative Opinion.  I did this last year and really enjoyed making tags and ending up with really cute tags for most of my Christmas gifts.  I'm getting a late start this year, but plan to catch up!

For Day 7, I took my inspiration from the Christmas light tag by Joyce Mehrberg below:

I used the Merry & Bright stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and a tag die from Catherine Pooler for this tag.

The lights were colored with Tombow markers and the glow was added with Copic markers.  Now off to catch up on Days 1-6!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bugaboo "Thankful" challenge

I'm happy to be a guest designer for Bugaboo Digital Stamps this month.  Bugaboo has some great digital stamps for many different occasions, and they also sponsor a weekly challenge on their Catch the Bug challenge blog.

This week's challenge is "thankful"....perfect timing since we're just a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving!   I used the Bugaboo Bobblehead Pilgrim Boy & Bobblehead Pilgrim Girl for my card.

The images were colored with Copics, with some background ink sponging.  I added a stamped sentiment and a diecut frame.  Those little Pilgrims are so cute!  Hope you get a chance to join in the challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #527

Here is sketch #527 from Tuesday Morning Sketches:

Here's my card from the sketch:

This was the perfect sketch to use the Holiday Seals set from The Stamping Village.  I stamped the image with Lobster ink from Lawn Fawn, then overstamped with embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Love adding another Christmas card to my stash!  

Friday, November 1, 2019

Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - November 2019

Now we're really getting into the Christmas countdown spirit, with less than two months til the big day!  For the November challenge at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge blog, I decided to make some photo snowglobe ornaments.

You can find several blog posts and YouTube videos on making snowglobe ornaments, but I was inspired by this post at Crafty Mornings  .  You need a laminator, laminating pouch,  black cardstock, photos, white paint, and a white pen or ink/stamp, plus twine and glitter if you want to use it.   I used my Cricut to cut a 4" circle, then traced that circle four times onto one side of the laminating pouch.  I brush white acrylic paint across the bottom of the circles and sponged some randomly on the top portion.  Set those aside to let the paint dry.  The people were trimmed out of the photos and placed on top of the painted portions of the circles.  Where I didn't have a full body image, I added a handcut piece of white cardstock to resemble a snow drift and adhered it to the bottom of the circle, over the bottom of the photo.  I sprinkled a little clear glitter in the circles, around the photos but not on the photos, carefully laid the top portion of the laminating pouch over the bottom portion with the images and ran it through a laminator.

The bases were cut from black cardstock.  You could handwrite or stamp the names and dates on the base, but I used some Christmas sentiment stamps and white ink to stamp onto the base.  I cut the laminated circles out around the traced lines and adhered it over the top portion of the black cardstock base, punched a hole in the top and added twine for hanging.  On the far right image, I added a few tiny gem stickers and on the one next to it, I added some clear glitter adhesive film to the back of the snowglobe for some more sparkle.   You could add Christmas stickers, bows, buttons, sequins, or anything else to dress up your snowglobes.  For patterns and a video on making these ornaments, please check out the post at Crafty Mornings.  

You have all month to play along with us at Merry Little Christmas Challenges.  Cards, scrapbook pages, ornaments or any other crafty project is welcome as long as it's Christmas themed.  Hope to see you there!