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Friday, November 24, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 24


Can you believe it? Day 24 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! Today Right at Home joins Tracey on her blog as guest and sponsor. 


Again, nothing festive in my collection. This one took some ingenuity! 😉


Two stamps from Abstract Florals turned into a whimsical Christmas tree. To me, it didn't suit a lot of bling, so the ornaments are Liquid Pearls, rather than something glittery. Pro tip: last time I'd tried to make ornaments, my pearls burped right near the end and ruined everything, so this time I used a stencil. Worked like a charm. I even found a woodgrain star sequin for the top of the tree. 
Beautiful inspiration as always on Tracey's blog today, so be sure to visit! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Right at Home Abstract Florals & Simple Sentiments stamps, Altenew olive, espresso & ruby red inks, MFT tall tags duo die, Simon Says Stamp falling snow stencil, ruby red Liquid Pearls, Studio Calico woodgrain star sequin, May Arts ribbon & jute twine 

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 23


We are into the last few days of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event hosted by Tracey McNeely — today we are showcasing Pretty Pink Posh


No themed PPP stamps here, so a little improvisation was in order. 


So yes, it's very simple, but I quite like it! I think it's because I rarely remember how good white space can be when colouring, and I'm so happy with how the leaves look with the simple blending and some white. I traced the sentiment with a glitter marker, and finished with a few PPP sequins. 


The 25 Days of Christmas Tags event is concluding in a few days, but you can play along until the end of November! You are eligible to win one of the terrific sponsor prizes by commenting on designers' blogs and/or by being inspired to make tags of your own! 


Supplies: white cardstock, Pretty Pink Posh Bold Blossoms & Everyday Greetings stamps, Memento tuxedo black ink, Copic markers, Avery Elle Circle Tag die, Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, Offray ribbon

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 22


It's Day 22 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags — have you been keeping up? 😉 Today's sponsor and guest is STAMPlorations


When I was deciding what to make for today, I realized I hadn't been using up any bits of patterned paper with my tags lately! So I pulled out a die and got to work. 



Other than a bit fiddly when inlaying the die cuts, these were reasonably quick and easy to make. Of course I couldn't let the offcuts go to waste, so now I have a set of four. I wasn't able to keep track of all the teeny bits of patterned paper, so I used some green cardstock to back the sentiment on the plaid tag, and red for the tiny spots on the polka dot tag. (I at least found the oval for the centre of the 'o'.)
Did I stop there? Of course not. 


My original idea using this die was to make a white on white scene, as I've seen a number of designers do with great success during Tracey's tagstravaganza. Oops. 😂 Turned into a night scene with a black silhouette. Strange how these things happen. Another time.
There is so much inspiration from the STAMPlorations designers today! Be sure to check out Tracey's page, leave some comments, and maybe even grab a few ideas for tags of your own! 

Supplies: (be jolly) Neenah linen cardstock, Echo Park Holly Jolly Holidays patterned paper, CUTplorations Be Jolly phrase & Manila Tags nesting dies, Stampin' Up whisper white & scrap ribbon, red crochet cotton; (merry little Christmas) white & black cardstock, yellow vellum, STAMPlorations Christmas Reindeer stamps, Versamark, milled lavender, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, CUTplorations Stitched Winter Landscape & ATC Tag Builder dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, Stampin' Up very vanilla & Offray blue ribbon 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 21



Welcome to Day 21 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event, where today Uniko is in the spotlight. 


I went blue and elegant today: 


A bunch of randomly stamped snowflakes and a pretty sentiment, all embossed in white on watercolour paper. Then I used four different distress inks to sponge a night sky. I thought it deserved a *statement* ribbon, and found this sheer blue one in my (um, large) stash of ribbon bits. 
Remember to comment on tag makers' posts for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes offered by our sponsors for this fun event! And why not make a few tags, too?

Supplies: Ranger watercolour cardstock, Uniko Stunning Snowflakes & Rustic Christmas stamps, Versamark & shaded lilac, wilted violet, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire distress inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, WPlus9 Christmas tag die, scrap ribbon

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Monday, November 20, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 20


Day 20! Yep, it's Day 20 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event. Today Waffle Flower is our guest and sponsor. 


Although I've already done one stocking tag, I decided to make another, but made sure I did it differently... 


This stocking is fun, as the stripes are a separate stamp, so you can make the outline and the stripes different colours. It also has the separate fluffy cuff — and although I know better, I didn't stamp it in waterproof ink, but managed to keep the bleeding to a minimum when I added Stickles. Sigh. On the tag base, I used some watercolour powder... notice in this case, I was wise enough to keep the water above the sentiment. 
There is fine inspiration over on Tracey's blog today, so be sure to check it out. You can be in the running to win a prize for commenting and/or making tags, so why not join us? 

Supplies: Strathmore watercolour paper, Waffleflower Stocking stamps & dies, Altenew ruby & evergreen inks, Magenta Nuance grass green watercolour powder, MFT pierced tag die, frosted lace Stickles, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Offray ribbon, Hemptique cord, small hole punch, foam tape

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 19


It's Day 19 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event... we're into the home stretch now! Today's special guest is Technique Tuesday



I started with an easy tag using an older, versatile sentiment set:


I use this set all the time for inside sentiments on Christmas cards, but it was nice to give it a chance in the spotlight. The little holly leaves are also in the set, and I coloured three small pearls to go with the sentiment. If you have a good imagination and squint, you'll notice the sentiment is (ever so slightly) stamped in an ombré ink.
Next, I grabbed my newest Technique Tuesday set!


I am always looking for *perfect* Santa stamps, and this face is pretty darn good. See the tag he's on? I won it from Technique Tuesday the first year I played in Tracey's challenge! I cut a second one and repeatedly stamped the Ho Ho Ho sentiment. 
If you know this stamp set at all, and if you know me at all, you know I had to make another tag...


Same tag die, this time on red cardstock. Quick and easy to make. This may end up on a card, as if you put it on a gift, obviously there's no need of negotiation, is there? 😉
I should remind you of all the great sponsors Tracey has lined up for her tag extravaganza... commenting on designers' blogs, as well as being inspired to make tags of your own, puts you in the running to win a great prize! 


Supplies: (merry little Christmas) white cardstock, Technique Tuesday Jingle All the Way stamps, Hero Arts light to royal red ombré & Brilliance pearlescent thyme inks, CUTplorations manila tag die, red Copic marker, Recollections half pearls, Offray ribbon; (Santa) white & Neenah desert storm cardstock, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up real red inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copc markers, watercolour pencils, Technique Tuesday This Is die, Hemptique cord, silver elastic cord, $ store jingle bells, foam tape; (Dear Santa) red cardstock, Technique Tuesday Dear Santa stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, Hero Arts white & sparkle embossing powders, Technique Tuesday This Is tag die, white sequins, Nuvo gloss simply white crystal drops, Hemptique baker's twine

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 18


It's Day 18 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today's sponsor is Avery Elle
Lots of cute images to choose from (and they have great storage bags for stamp sets and dies!), but it seemed time for a skating moose:


What's not showing in the above shot is the blue and sparkly tag background: 


Okay, still not showing up that well. :P Looks great in real life, believe me. I mixed some distress ink with iridescent medium and a little water, then smooshed the tag into it. The moose himself is watercoloured with Zig markers, except for the skate blades, which have silver glitter marker. He and some white die cut cardstock (didn't want him sky-skating) are popped up on the base. I thought his sweater and toque made him rustic enough to use gingham ribbon and jute twine for the ties. 
Lots of sweet tags on Tracey's blog today! Be sure to check them out, and remember all the guests have sponsored great prizes to win for those who comment and/or make tags! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour cardstock, Avery Elle Snow Much Fun stamps and die, Versafine onyx black & tumbled glass distress inks, Zig watercolour markers, Paper Smooches gift tag 2, waves & stitched dies, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Spica silver glitter marker, Recollections gingham ribbon, May Arts jute twine, foam tape

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Friday, November 17, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 17


It's Day 17 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event... but who's counting? ;) Today our guest is Jillibean Soup


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (okay, maybe Utah), Jillibean Soup used to collaborate with Unity Stamp Company. So of course I had to go back in the archives and use one of those sets! 


Penguins! I did a little masking to make a penguin family, and partially cut them out so I could have a sponged Antarctic sky showing on the base tag layer. It was one of those days where yes, I adhered them and then remembered I wanted a sentiment too, but managed to add and emboss it without disaster. Stickles add a little festive bling. 
The Jillibean Soup design team is sharing beautiful tag creations on Tracey's blog, so be sure to head over there and be inspired! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Unity/Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder stamps, Memento tuxedo black & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, CUTplorations manila tag die, frosted lace & icicle Stickles, scrap ribbon, foam tape 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 16


Day 16 of Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags, and today our sponsor is Ellen Hutson


I may have gotten a little carried away. :) 


My first thought was to use something from Homespun Holiday for a tag: 


I stencilled a brick background as a fireplace for my stocking — green, since my brick would have clashed with a red one. I used a snow marker to make a puffy cuff and pompoms. 
I couldn't leave out my all time favourite Essentials by Ellen stamp!


I do love this Santa! I kept the tag simple, but did add some shine to Santa's hat and whiskers. 


Finally, I made a simple tag using a tiny Christmas tree from the new Bear Ware 2 and a watercolour powder background:


I thought this little Christmas tree would make a perfect focal point for a simple tag. I did consider putting it in the arms of the bear from All Inside, but it would have covered his face. :D 
Are you playing along? Even if you don't want to make tags, commenting on the designers' tags makes you eligible to win one of the amazing sponsor prizes! 

Supplies: (stocking) Canson water-colour paper, Essentials by Ellen Homespun Holiday stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & Stampin' Up bravo burgundy inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig watercolour markers, fired brick distress marker, Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz bricked stencil, green raffia, Lawn Fawn Mistletoe lawn trimmings, foam tape; (Santa) white cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Tis the Season stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Tsukineko frost white metallic ink, Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway die, May Arts ribbons; (tree) Ranger watercolour cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2 stamp and die, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Ken Oliver cerulean colorburst powder, May Arts cord, scrap ribbon, foam tape

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wintertime Naughty or Nice Reminder


It's the middle of November! I really should start thinking about my Christmas shopping, but in the meantime I've got a mid-month reminder for Naughty or Nice Challenges! We are still walking in a winter wonderland and creating winter scenes. I went for an indoor scene: 


Not at all naughty, but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. The fireplace grate was the brainstorm of my husb, who felt a proper fireplace needed a grate and happened to have a scrap of black mesh I could use. 
There are still ten days left in our Winter Wonderland challenge, so why not come and play along? 
P.S. Today is also Day 15 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event! 

Supplies: Paper Smooches smoky shadow cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company patterned paper, Stampin' Up Festive Fireplace stamps & dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Memento Luxe grey flannel & Colorbox evergreen inks, Ranger clear & Hero Arts white embossing powders, Zig markers, foam tape

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25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 15




Day 15 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas and today, I get to be a designer for both Tracey and today's sponsor, Muse: ChristmasVisions! For the past couple of years, Ardyth has invited me to play along with the regular designers for the tag challenge, and I'm always honoured to play along. The theme this year is ❅SNOW. Here's my interpretation: 


A snowman seemed a logical way to go with this theme, and I picked this bowler-hatted dude. He seemed way too cool for traditional red and green, so he gets teal and purple. The snowflakes are so shiny in the right light! 



As always, there are lots of tags to admire — and perhaps be inspired by — on Tracey's blog today! There are prizes up for grabs from our terrific sponsors for commenting and/or making tags. 



Supplies: white, Bazzill textured teal & Ranger silver foil cardstock, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, Sizzix mini snowflake die, The Twinery Caribbean twine, May Arts ribbon, Nuvo white blizzard glitter drops, small hole punch

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 14


It's Day 14 of Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! It is time for Concord & 9th's turn in the spotlight today. 


My very first C&9th stamp set is Tree Hugs — out it came for a seasonal spin. 


This is such a fun set as you can make your birch tree as narrow or wide as you like. Since mine are tag-appropriately narrow, my sentiment is on a separate panel, rather than being *carved* into a tree. I don't think that's good for paper birches, anyway. 😉
You'll see tags made with MUCH newer C&9th products by jumping over to Tracey's blog! Comment, make your own tags, and be in the running to win an amazing prize from one of our sponsors! 

Supplies: Strathmore watercolour paper, Concord & 9th Tree Hugs, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, My Favourite Things pierced tag & Sunny Studio Stamps Fishtail Borders 1 dies, Nuvo garnet glimmer paste, Twinery twine 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags: Day 13


Monday... maybe it can be a little better because it's also Day 13 of Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags? No? Hey, I tried. 😊
Today Tracey welcomes the design team of Neat and Tangled to her blog!


I combined two different sets for a cute but simple tag:


Of course there are tag dies I could have used, but I quite like this little tag stamp! Since I was covering some of the bottom swirls of the tag, I added an extra swirl at the top, which also gave me a nice little spot for a tag hole. Her wings are coated with nice shimmery paint, which of course is impossible to see except in real life. 


As Tracey says on the main tag post... do you want to win a prize? Check out the terrific tags, leave some comments, maybe make a tag or two, and be in the running to win! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up bashful blue cardstock, Neat & Tangled Little Angel & Swirly Twirly Tags stamps, Little Angel die, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear & silver embossing powders, Zig watercolour markers, watercolour pencil, Tsukineko frost white metallic All Purpose Ink, blue and white Divine Twine, silver cord, foam tape 

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