Friday, December 25, 2015

Football Bling

Simon Says Stamp Bling Challenge
                                                                 Merry Christmas!
We are having a quiet Christmas Day preparing for Christmas with our grandchildren tomorrow.

Before I can even put Christmas stamps and supplies away for the year, I have to make birthday cards!  It starts with a friend's birthday on New Years Eve, our son's birthday on New Years Day, his wife two weeks later and two more friends right after that.

Both our son and daughter-in-law are huge football fans.  She has been a Cowboys fans forever.
This card is for her.  It is inspired by Yukari Yoshioka

The shaker window is die cut with a SSS rectangle.
The stamps are from Newtons Nook.  They are stamped on XPress with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  The green paper is from Cosmo Cricket . . .  not sure about the stripes.
The football is from The Paper Studio.  Wink of Stella, black gel pen, Stickles and Glossy Accents along with the sequins give a lot of sparkle to the card.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Crazy Bird

                                           Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Dies)
I love pattern paper!  (Probably because I was a scrapbooker before I was a card maker. )
I start with the pattern then use the colors in that pattern for my elements.
When I get a new pad of pattern paper, I list the coordinating Copic markers on the cover for easy reference.  Basic Grey is the paper used in this background.
The bird and accessory stamps and dies are by Tim Holtz.  The Merry Christmas die is from Poppy Stamps.  Stickles and Glossy Accents give a little shimmer to the tag.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Shark Christmas Tag

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Dies)                                                                
                                                                    Tag for Guys
I saw a Christmas card using this Waffle Flower shark and Palm Tree.  I thought it was a great idea for a guy tag!  The tag, candy cane and present are stamps and dies by Tim Holtz.  The sand is die cut with a Lawn Fawn die and embossed with Swiss Dots.  Distress ink is used for sand and tropical sky. The sentiment by Stampinbella is stamped in VersaFine and clear heat embossed.  The shark's teeth and gift glisten with Stickles.    The candy cane shines with Glossy Accents.
It's not your typical Christmas tag but I like it and I know a couple guys who will like it too!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Doggie Christmas Cards and Tags

                                            Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Dies)
Our dog, Roxie, has a groomer, sitter, friends and relatives who deserve gifts and cards.  This dog stamp (and sentiment) from Inkadinkadoo  actually looks like Roxie!  It's stamped with Memento on XPress and colored with Copics.  The jingle bell border is from Memory Box and die cut from SU silver glitter paper.  The greenery die is from Elizabeth Craft Design.  The label punch is from SU.
Background Pattern paper is from Authentique.  Cardstock is by SU.  Stickles and Glossy Accents give the dog's accessories some bling.

Alpaca my Scarf

                                                     Simon Says Stamp Challenge Dies
                                         This tag will go on a package that really is a scarf!
This background was perfect and it was a scrap!  When I first got my Minc I was experimenting
 and this card front didn't turn out so good.  But cut down for tags, it was awesome!
All stamps and dies used for this tag are from Lawn Fawn.  Background is a resist using distress ink and heat embossing.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Magic Donut Apron Tag

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Tags
My granddaughter loves the tradition of baking magic donuts with her Great Aunt P.
So this apron tag is made just for P.
The stripe paper is from  echo park.  The cardstock is from SU.
Heart die is from Simon Says Stamp.  Donut Stamp is from Hero Arts.  Little gingerbread men are buttons from Dress It Up.  Peppermint die is from Poppy Stamps.  The gathered ribbon is made by Bazzill.  Sticker letter is a Basic Grey product.
There is lots of bling in that apron pocket . . .  Stickles and beads and glitter.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

SSS Tag Challenge

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  Tags
I need a tag for a music teacher.  This Band Camp stamp set from Simon Says Stamp was perfect.
I could even color the uniforms her school colors!  The band members are stamped in Memento on XPress paper and colored with Copic markers.  There pa-rum sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.  The is a background of music notes from Hero Arts.  The music note die is from Paper Smooches on SU silver gimme paper.  Background paper is from Bo Bunny.
While it's not a traditional Christmas tag I think it's really cute!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Day 12 12 Tags of Christmas

                              Day 12 Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Femine Twist
                                                       Inspiration from Dawn Woleslagle
I've been meaning to order a pen from Heidi Swapp.  Now I really wish I had one!  Without the pen this is my adaptation of Dawn's tag/ornament still using the Minc.
As she taught, I made a stamp from Fun Foam and my Penny Black holly die.  I then put distress ink on the Fun Foam stamp and stamped with it!  I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Ellen Hutson.
I added gold leaves foiled from the Heidi Swapp foil and Minc and the Penny Black die.  The ornament stamp is from Spellbinders.  Watercolor paper makes up the base.  The edges are distressed with gold Delicate ink.
I can't wait to get the pen so I can try Dawn's technique.

Day 11 !2 Tags of Christmas

                         Day 11 Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
                                           Sharon Harnist was the inspiration for this tag.
I wanted a tag for my San Francisco kids.  This SU set has what I think could be Victorian houses.
Coloring these houses is a challenge!  With the straight lines and tiny windows, it must be colored with a very steady hand.  The background is distress ink over heat embossed
Sparkle Puff stamped with Lawn Fawn snow.  Santa and reindeer die is by i.o.  The houses have Liquid Appliqué snow and Stickles.
I usually make two tags but there will be only one of this tag.  Those houses are a lot of work!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 10 Ellen Hutson 123 Tags of Christmas

                          12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Day 10 Sketch Challenge
                          Inspired by Kelly Alvarez

I am addicted to Lawn Fawn!  It is so fun to combine the different sets.  In this case I used Critters in the Arctic, Fantastic Friends (small fish in the shaker), scarf from Snow Day and the For You die.
the pattern paper is from pink paislee.
It's very hard to make cards and tags appropriate for adolescent boys.  I think this works because it's not too cute and not too formal.

Tags of Christmas Day 9

                          Day 9 of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
Today there is a sketch challenge.  Melanie Deasy from Avery Elle was my inspiration.
This tag is for my niece who is a math teacher.  The Avery Elle stamp set is so perfect for her tags and cards!  The little Christmas mice are from Lawn Fawn.  The pattern paper is from Pebbles.
Elements are stamped with Memento on XPress paper and colored with Copic Markers.
I used Stickles and Glossy Accents for some bling and shine.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Textured Snowperson 12 Tags of Christmas Day 8

                           Day 8 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Ellen Hutson
Today's focus was texture and non-traditional Christmas colors.  My inspiration for this tag came from  a star snow person tag on pinterest at Annettes Paper Bistro.
The star is die cut from Ellen Hutson's Craft-a-Board from a spellbinders die.  I watercolored it pink and pale peach then generously spread Art Extravagance Snowflake Paste  over the watercolor.
The buttons are from Queen and Co.  The snowflakes are die cut SU white glimmer paper from Lawn Fawn and Memory Box dies.  Lots of fiber, ribbon and even pink pearls add even more texture to the tag.  Cute for a little girl for sure.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas Day 8

                                    12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Ellen Hutson
There were a couple elements in the challenge today.
2)Using non-traditional colors.
My elf and snowflakes are from a stamp set from MFT.  The elf is stamped in Memento Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The elf's texture comes from the metal of the jingle bell, shimmer of the gold thread, softness of the Flower Soft, smoothness of the pearls and glimmer from Stickles.
The snowflakes are white heart embossed for even more texture.  The fibers add an additional element of texture.
Pattern paper is from Basic Grey.
As for the colors . . .  I don't think I've ever used brown as the dominant color on a Christmas card or tag.

Day 7 12 Tags of Christmas

                                         Day 7 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
Miriam Partner used Ellen Hutson Elements and sentiment to make her tag on Day 7.
I added Tim Holtz' bell stamp and real jingle bells.   Because the bells are heavy, I used Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board to stabilize the tag.  I like to make my splatters with Liquid Pearls.  They give me more control than using a brush to make random splatters.

More Glitter

                           Ellen Hutson 12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist
Now my studio looks like a glitter bomb went off.  Jennifer McGuire, I need you to come here and help clean up with an industrial sized Swifter!!!
Once I had the glitter out I just could not stop trying different dies and different color combos.
There are presents to wrap and food to prepare and guests coming or I would have made even more!
This is the Embellished Ornament die from SU.  The glitters are from Art Institute.  The other information is the same as my previous post.
They are even prettier in person!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Glitter-Day 6 12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist

I have a lot to say about Glitter.  Only Jennifer McGuire could entice me to bring out my box of glitter.  And I have A LOT!  Years ago I took some Holly Berry classes and liked it so much I started teaching Holly Berry classes myself.  One cold snowy winter night I came outside after a class.  The headlights shown on my winter coat.  It was just covered in sparkle!
My husband is not a fan of glitter.  He has one rule . . .  No Glitter in My Food!!!
This is my first try at Jennifer's technique.  Now that the glitter mess is out of the box,  I will try a couple more tags.
I've used a Memory Box die, Sookwang tape and Art Institute glitter.  The last row doesn't show the gradation of color in the photo.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Day 5 Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas

Carissa Wiley posted a tag that featured glitz.  She used the Ellen Hutson stamps for the branches, ornaments and sentiment and I did too.  But I wanted a moose on the tag!!!  Can glitz and a moose go together?  The moose is from Avery Elle.  The ice is from Lawn Fawn.  I did a little paper appliqué
 with Basic Grey paper for the sweater.  Glitz comes from Stickles on the ornaments, weather, hat and ice.  Glossy Accents on the boots an gold ribbon, twine and SU gold glitter paper die cut on the sentiment.  The die is from SSS.  I think I'll still add a little more sparkle on the branches!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Day 4 Classroom 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

                   Day 4 of Ellen Hutson'2 12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist
Julia Stainton posted a beautiful snowflake tag that was done almost all in white.  I had been wanting to try an all white card or tag, so here's my version.  The background is embossed with an SU falling snow embossing folder.  The snowflakes are die cut from Spellbinders dies.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  All die cuts are double thickness.  The pretty center embellishment is from SU.
I think this is the first time I've done something that was all white!

Day 3 Holiday Tags with a Feminine Twist

Day Three in the Classroom blog by Ellen Hutson Laurel Beard made a tag in the shape of a mitten.  My mitten die is from Papertrey.  I used white embossing paste tinted with distress ink on the the snowflakes stencil by Studio R12.  SU white glimmer paper is used for the cuff of the mitten.  The fox is from Newton's Nook.  It is stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.
This tag was designed to co-ordinate with the box.  There are animals including a fox around the base of the box.  (Great box for card makers from Michaels organization section.)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Day 2

On Day 2 of 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist at the Ellen Hutston Website I looked at Dina Kowal's tag and thought about . . .  A BIRD CAGE!!!  (Sometimes my imagination goes in strange directions, but I went with it!!!)  I had just gotten the darling bird dies from Paper Smooches so I needed to play with them right away!  They are die cut from SU gray and silver sparkle papers.
The pattern paper came from my stash and there is no manufacturer indicated on the paper.
I used Stickles on the berries and wings.  The sentiment from Penny Black is die cut with a Spellbinders die.  I wove silver cording to make the wires of the birdcage.

Peace, Love Joy

                                               Simon Says Stamp Let it Snow Challenge
Today Simon Says  Stamp is focusing on one of my favorite companies, Art impressions.
This stamp and die set are from their Window of the World series.  The image is stamped inside the card with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers on XPress paper.  The window is die cut from Bazzill cardstock.  Pattern snowy paper is from Bo Bunny.  I distressed the outside with some silver embossing powder.  A sparkle gel pen brings some silver sparkle to the image inside.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


                            Day 2 Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
Kitty Caracciolo is my die cut hero!  Her tag in day two post is just beautiful!  My tag was inspired by hers.  The tag is die cut with a Tim Holtz die out of Ellen Hutson Post-a-Board.  The background by Just Rite is silver heat embossed.  The Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia is heat embossed with Wow embossing powder on Pink and pale green Bazzil cardstock.  The edges are distressed with Distress ink.  The Tim Holtz greenery is die cut and distress as well.  The Hero Arts greeting is heat embossed silver on a Spellbinders die.  A bling flourish from Want 2 Scrap and rhinestones complete this feminine tag.

Holly Jolly

Ellen Hutson's annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist has begun!!!  I look forward to this every year.  Day One there was a tag by Carolyn Peeler.  That was my inspiration for this tag.
The sentiment is by Ellen Hutson.  It's stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder on kraft cardstock.  The large holly leaf stamps are from Hero Arts.  They are stamped on watercolor paper with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  They holly leaves are then watercolored.  The little girls is a stamp by impress obsession.  I stamped her with Memento ink the colored her with Copic markers.  Holly berried, hat,dress and shoes are Stickled.  The star is punched from SU glitter paper.  Holly leaves at the top are by Jolee.  Lace and velvet ribbon were added.

Warm Hugs

My Favorite Things' color challenge was to use pink, navy, green and white.  These are not normal Christmas colors but I think it works!  The stamp, sentiment and dies are from MFT.    The striped paper is from Making Memories.  Most stamping is done in Memento and colored with Copic Markers.  The tree is stamped with SU ink.
This tag will go on a pink package with a big green bow!!!