Christmas Tag I

I am back with the first Christmas tag in the group photo I posted HERE.

Each is just a little different!

For all the poinsettia tags, I did some combination of zig clean clear markers and oxide inks on watercolor paper before stamping & die cutting the images. For this particular poinsettia, when I stamped the image, the paper moved slightly so I just thickened ALL the lines with a black sharpie then added some copied shading on the edges. The leaves are purely oxide ink on watercolor paper shaded with a gray copic; I added glossy accents to the berries. A polka dot layer of vellum sponged with oxide ink, some jingle bells and ribbon finish it off. Stay tuned, next tag coming up soon!


Stamps: SSS Believe in the Season or Penny Black Snowy
PapersSSS FogTim Holtz WatercolorNeenah 80 lb. white, PTI Raspberry Fizz or Pure Poppy, Vellum from PTI (I don't see it listed on their website, sorry)
Ink: SSS Intense BlackSalty Ocean and Broken China distress oxide inks
Accessories: SSS Believe in the Season dies, Heidi Swapp holiday washi tape, PTI ribbon-Fresh Snow, white paint, Copics, glossy accentswhite texture pastetranslucent texture paste, Tim Holtz mixed media dies, jingle bells (Michael's), Memory Box Distressed Tag, white gel pen



Christmas Tags

Over the past couple of weeks, I spent quite a bit of time making some Christmas tags; each is different...and then there is one way out in left field - HA - but the image is one of my all-time fave winter images!

I will show a tag per day over the next couple of weeks, but for now here's the whole group of them! The majority of the tags use THIS set and dies from Simon Says Stamp; each is different, one uses white texture paste, one uses translucent paste, one uses a hodge podge of designer paper, two use vellum and then there is that crazy one! Very CAS and adorable, I think.

Hope you enjoy the parade of tags coming your way!


Stamps: SSS Believe in the Season or Penny Black Snowy
PapersSSS FogTim Holtz WatercolorNeenah 80 lb. white, PTI Raspberry Fizz or Pure Poppy, Vellum from PTI (I don't see it listed on their website, sorry)
Ink: SSS Intense Black. Salty Ocean and Broken China distress oxide inks
Accessories: SSS Believe in the Season dies, Heidi Swapp holiday washi tape, PTI ribbon-Fresh Snow, white paint, Copics, glossy accents, white texture paste, translucent texture paste, Tim Holtz mixed media dies, jingle bells (Michael's), Memory Box Distressed Tag, white gel pen



Penny Black Joy

Once again, I was inspired by the fun color combo at Color Throwdown (photo below) and hadn't used this stamp although I purchased it last year. #truth I embossed the image on Tim Holtz watercolor paper and used a combo of Tombow markers to water color and also direct to paper. I used a SSS stencil to add a bit more interest, kept it super simple and mounted on a Fog card base. I added some washi to the inside and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by; hope your week is full of JOY!


Stamps: Penny Black Joyful Birds
InkVersaFine, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Accessories: Heidi Swapp washi tape, white paint, SSS stencil (lines and dots), clear embossing powder, Tombow Markers, clear shimmer mist, MFT Blueprints, Mama Elephant Femme Frame


Power Poppy Portion Control

Here in the US, we are celebrating Thanksgiving TOMORROW...how many of YOU are going to practice portion control? LOL - I suck at portion control and food self-control! #truth

But I love the challenge over at Power Poppy for November and I'm new to their stamps! Yes, tis true! Their images are so detailed and for me, a bit overwhelming! But I wanted to color a poinsettia that was a soft pink - almost white - on the inside of the petals with brighter pinks on the edges so that was my goal. So many things went wrong in my creation...it happens!

Image result for pink poinsettia
I stamped the image in Hero Arts Intense Black and ultimately ended up cutting it out; I colored the image with Copics. I loved this striped paper but it was pretty bright, so I added a layer of vellum to mute it a bit; stamped the sentiment in Liquid Platinum and stamped a couple partial images from the Hero Arts Christmas Trimmings set and embossed in white.

I was also inspired by this GORGEOUS photo; all that pink got me like...mmmm...mmmm....

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT holiday!


Stamps: Power Poppy Winter Wonderland and Christmas Trimmings
Papers: PTI Ripe Rasberry, MFT designer paper, SSS vellum, watercolor paper
InkVersamark, Hero Arts intense black
Accessories: white embossing powder, liquid platinum embossing powder, enamel dots, marshmallow confetti, MFT Blueprints 15, Copics


Card Concept 82 - Classy and Elegant



Oh goodness, another color combo from Color Throwdown that I LOVE (see graphic below)!! Goodness, a perfect winter wonderland combo...or for me? A blue poinsettia! :D Why not, right?

I embossed the Hero Arts image with silver tinsel embossing powder (think chunky) and colored with 4 Zig Clean Clear Brushes, super simple. I resisted the urge to splatter silver paint and instead kept it super clean and simple! The poinsettia is mounted with fun foam and I added a strip of a darker blue card stock to the top and bottom, and a strip of shiny silver card stock too. I mounted the focal point on a panel embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations folder.

I stamped the sentiment on the inside with Spring Rain and Delicata silver.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week...and for those in the US; HAPPY THANKSGIVING (get your stretchy pants on)!!


Accessories: SU Silver Tinsel embossing powder, Doodlebug enamel dots - white and silver, Tim Holtz embossing folder (I don't see the exact one, but linked to some others), fun foam, Zig Clean Clear Brushes, watercolor brush




Hope your birthday is like...

Hi friends!

Did any of you see recently where Ellen Hutson asked what crafty trend do you dislike that most people seem to love? It was a great topic of discussion on Facebook and Instagram; I loved joining that conversation! I'm the one that never joined the mermaid wave (HA), pineapple palooza, or unicorn unites! Not my thing, but they are the thing of many others and they make amazing creations with them!

I had a friend ask for a mermaid card for a friend's birthday; she specifically wanted it to say: "I hope your birthday is like a shimmering mermaid"; then she sent me this link: Cottonelle Shimmering Mermaid. That's just funny peeps! So I had used a mermaid previously from Ladybug Crafts Ink (no longer in business) and knew it would be perfect to use again. So I set about making my card.

I created an ombre mermaid's tail and she needed blonde hair per request - and while I was at it, I created ombre fish too! I created the text and printed it on card stock; the rest is just lots of layering. I added a super thin layer of purple to accent the shirt, then when trying to figure out what to do for the background, I had created this polka dot piece with Nuvo mousse sponged over the top, but I just didn't like it. But I did cut down a small piece and add to the main panel; you have to look super close to see the shimmer and polka dots but it's there and I like it!

Painted with Mother of Pearl Nuvo mousse on the tail and fish
I finished it off with a wave die cut from Taylored Expressions (also colored ombre and pretending to be Kathy Racoosin, I used a nubby rag and colorless blending solution for texture - posted pics in progress on my Instagram story, looks SO COOL IRL. You can see a bit of the texture in the polka dot photo above) and some sparkling white enamel dots. Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great week!


Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Mermaid (discontinued)
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist, Neenah 80 and 110 lb. white
Ink: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass distress inks
Accessories: MFT blueprintswhite sparkling enamel dots, mother of pearl Nuvo mousse, Taylored Expresses wave die (discontinued, but I linked to some others), Copics, MFT Word Window dies, Tonic jewel drops




Did you see this week's color throwdown (ctd466)?  Such beautiful fall colors, I absolutely adore them-and they aren’t colors I normally use when creating. But that’s half the fun right; giving you a chance to step out of your comfort zone and create something new and different. Even more amazing? I didn’t create with florals! LOL

I used this fun stamp set from Avery Elle, Brushed-I used distress inks to stamp the stripes at different lengths and at this point I totally changed my plan, and used the fun funky blueprints to cut the main panel. I then embossed the happy birthday and splatters in Ranger gold. The 'happy birthday' didn't pop much, so I added a shadow with a white gel pen, layered it on some sparkle gold from MFT, and then created a top panel embossing the stripes and highlighting with gold Delicata ink.

I mounted everything on a top folding card base, and decorated the inside also. Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Avery Elle Brushed
Papers: MFT Sparkle Gold, Pure Plum, PTI Vintage Cream
Accessories: MFT blueprints, Ranger Gold embossing powder, white gel pen, embossing folder





Does it happen to you? You stamp something and it just DOES. NOT. WORK.

I had set this image aside months ago and decided to pull it out and just play with my Copics, no constraints, doesn't have to be 'perfect; - just HAVE FUN! And what do you know; I kept working at it and I really ended up liking it! The image is stamped in a gray ink so the striped paper is actually a dark gray too. I added lots of colorful and jewel Nuvo drops to finish it off.

The 'amazing' was cut 4 times from Steel Grey cardstock with the final layer being the colored image...and check that out, I didn't lose any of the tiny pieces! YES, we should all take a minute and celebrate that feat - it's a big 'un for me!

Inside peek
Thanks for stopping by; hope you find some inspiration while you are visiting. Have a great day!


Stamps: MFT Amazing (maybe retired?), Concord and 9th Hello Lovely
Accessories: Copics, MFT Amazing Die, white embossing powder, Nuvo drops, white gel pen, washi tape, sharpie, MFT blueprints



Happy, happy birthday daddy-o!!

I am horrible at SENDING cards; yes - true confession! I'm much better about giving them in person as a gift, I don't write in them so they can use them in the future - like I did with THIS card. :D

BUT I got a wild hair and thought, I'll send my daddy-o a card for his birfday - yes, I call them birfdays and I think they are the greatest HOLIDAY ever!! If you don't follow my Instagram account, well you've clearly missed out on my insane excitement over my personal birfday!! I'm only 26, but I live it big each and every year. And yes, my oldest is 21 and I know you are REALLY struggling with the math, but it's all good, just go with the flow kids! ;)

His birthday was yesterday but in case snail mail hasn't arrived yet, I waited a day to post it.

I was browsing Pinterest for ideas and saw one similar to this and could quickly put my hands on the exact items I wanted to use. #bonus #stillorganizing

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks, sprayed my hand with water and dropped on some big water splotches...and some little ones. I then cut the background with MFT Blueprints 15. Meanwhile, I stamped the hippo, party hat and balloons and colored with Copics, then die cut. Envelope was cut from Reverse Confetti's True Love designer paper, I opened up the flap and tucked my little hippo inside as if he's floating up to the sky with his balloons.

I adhered everything together and placed on a black note card decorating the inside too. I really struggled to get a good photo of the inside of the card as my glossy accents from the front were R-U-N-N-I-N-G (also known as no patience, or possibly a last minute crafter)! See, I'm all about those true confessions! HA!

Thanks for stopping by; see you again soon!


Stamps: MFT Happy Hippo
Papers: Neenah 80 lb. white, Bristol, PTI True Black, Reverse Confetti True Love
Accessories: MFT Happy Hippo dies, Copics, envelope die, MFT Blueprints 15, white gel pen



YOU were made for AMAZING things!

It's fall - anyone ready for cooler temperatures, bonfires, chili, changing and falling leaves? I love fall - and spring too!

I loved the color inspiration at Color Throwdown (ctd463) this week (photo below); and the Verve layout (photo below) was perfect inspiration for a definite fall colored card! I love this set from Verve, Beautiful Things, so many great sentiments, not to mention the beautiful flowers!

I taped off the background of some water color paper and applied Gansai watercolors in block colors and allowed to air dry. Once completely dry, I flicked on some gold to match the liquid platinum embossing used throughout the card. The rest is simple stamping, embossing with a strip of designer paper and some enamel dots to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week! Take care!


Stamps: Verve Beautiful Things, WPlus9 Modern Peonies
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Canson watercolor paper, misc. DP
Accessories: liquid platinum embossing powder, enamel dots, Gansai watercolors