Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bow/Bo Tag

We call our  granddaughter Bo.  It is her middle name.
I just had to try to make a tag for her with this layered bow stamp from Altenew.
I used Altenew's beautiful ink pads.

It was fun to try.

Christmas Baking Tag and Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Christmas

I know I say this a lot but THIS is my new favorite stamp set.  It's from Neat and Tangled.  The animals have such cut personalities.  I love their little faces.  Most of the images can be used year-round,  not just for the holidays.
Background paper is from Bella Blvd.
Stickles and Glossy Accents give it some sparkle.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Hanukkah Bear Tag

12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
Day 11 Carolyn Peeler and Angie Backman

The linkup has closed for this challenge.  However I wanted to share this Hanukkah card.
The background plaid is from a Concord and 9th background stamp that I love.  It has a separate narrow line that can be added to the plaid.  That is where you see the heat embossed silver.
Sunny Studio makes the bear stamp set.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Harry Bear Gift Card Holder

Front and Back of finished projects . . .  Ellen Hutson Bear Hugs Die.
I added the gift card pocket on the back as suggested by Karolyn Lancon.
Heather grey felt is from Ellen Hutson.
Scarf is scrap fabric.

With the pre-punched holes this is a quick, really cute project.

Power of caffeine tag

This is NOT a tag for the Christmas tags with feminine twist!
It's for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Tree dies are from Tim Holtz
Snowy hill is a die from Lawn Fawn
Images from Darcie's are stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copics.
Sentiment from Rubber Necker or Art Impressions????

The snow background stamp I've used on so many of these tags is from Altenew.  It's a tiny stamp but one of my most used this holiday season.

The inspiration for this was a post from Sandy Allnock.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Cup of Cheer Tag

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist
On Day10 Sharon Harnist and Svetlana Shayevich challenged us with bright colors.

I immediately thought of a video Kelly Latevola posted using Sunny Studio's Cup of Cheer stamp set.
Kelly had had a crazy day and was trying to build a complicated card.  A lot of mistakes happened but she was able to cover them perfectly . . .  a great lesson learned.

I changed a few things and reduced Kelly's design from card size to tag size.  This involved lots of masking.  The window was a mask from a Poppystamps die.  Oxide ink is used for the sky, walls and table.   Snow is white heat embossing.

The images are all stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  The marshmallows are done with Marvy's Snow Maker marker.  There is Wink of Stella on the whipped cream and Papericlous Crystal Clear glitter looks exactly like sugar on the cookies.

It's a labor-intensive card but so worth it.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Yeti Tag

12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
Day 9 Heather Meeson and Nichol Spoor had a color challenge and the use of a Yeti.
This Iced Spruce color is awesome.  It can go gray, blue or green depending on what is around it.
I loved shading with it when I colored the Christmas tree.
All images and dies are from Lawn Fawn except for Santa who is made by i.o.

It's hard to come up with a tag for a 13ish boy.  I think this works!

Jingle Bells Bunny Tag

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist
Day 8 Lisa Adametz and Jill Foster had a sketch challenge on Day 8

My bunny image and sentiment are from Cat's Pajamas.
The background snow is done with a Simon Says Stamp stencil and embossing paste.
The glitter snow is chunky glitter from Art Glitter.
The Jingle Bell border die is from Memory Box.
Background color is Distress Oxide Ink.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Curl Up with a Good Book Tag

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Day 7

Heather Campbell and Elena Rousakis have a color challenge for their day of tags.  Gold, pink and mint are the three colors they have selected.

I used the three colors in this tag for my granddaughter who wants lots of books for Christmas.
The images from MFT were stamped with Memento and colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is from Newton's Nook.  Wreath greens were punched from a Tim Holtz punch.

I was able to really personalize this for her.  That's her little brother peeking over her shoulder.  At her feet is their very old dog.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Define Naughty Tag

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist 2017

Day 6 Kittie Caracciolo and Daniela Dobson

Kitty Caracciolo is my reigning die cut Queen.  No one can come up with die cut art like she does!
On day 6 Kittie made a very feminine tag with lavender ornament cut from a die.  She backed the die cut with cardstock.

My tag is not as elegant but still feminine.  I backed my ornament with vellum.
Pine branch dies are from Elizabeth Crafts.
Ornament die and glimmer paper are from Stampin Up.
Sentiment is from Cat's Pajamas
Sloth image is from Lawn Fawn.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sledding Bunny Tag

12 Days of Christmas With a Feminine Twist
Day 5 with Carissa Wiley and Eloise Blue

The focus for today's tags is snow . . .  ways to create snow on a tag.

This little Cat's Pajamas' bunny is stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.
The background is done with shades of blue Oxide Distress Ink
The trees are stamped with Altenew ink.
Snowy hills are cut from Stampin Up glitter paper with Lawn Fawn Dies.
Snow flakes are done with Copic Opaque White with water added splattered off an acrylic block.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We Can Build a Snowman II

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Femine Twist
Day 4 with Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock

I LOVE painting these Newton's Nook snowmen so I did another tag . . .  totally different than the colorful first tag I painted.

We Can Build a Snowman Tag

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist

Day 4 Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock used water color for their tags.
For my water color tag I stamped this darling Newton's Nook stamp with VersaFine and clear heat embossed it.  I then used Koi water colors to paint the blue background then all of the snowmen.
A video Sandy Allnock did recently influenced my using the blue wash on the snowmen.  (I will never use gray again!)
There are some Stickles here an there.
This was fun to paint.

Brown Paper Packages Tag

12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist

Day 4 Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock featured tags using water color.
My water color tag was cut from water color paper with a Spellbinders Die.
The small packages are from Pretty Pink Posh dies.
The sentiment from Paper Trey Ink is stamped in Versa Fine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The tag was water colored with Kuretake water colors.

You are Deer to Me Tag

12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Day 3 Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid focused on neutral colors.
I used wood pattern paper from Sampin Up.  It's not heavy paper so between the two layers I used Ellen Hutson's Post-a-Board.  The front and back of the deer is a stamp from Lawn Fawn.  (We have white tail deer so this one has a white tail.)  The wreath is a leaf die from MFT.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Happiness is coffee and good book tag


On Day 3 of 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Julie Ebersole and Brandi Kincaid focused on neutral colors.  I won't say I have never done neutral projects but I almost never do neutrals.

A Waffle Flower post had a card using this idea for "Happiness is a up of coffee and a good book."
I am using that as my inspiration for this tag/book mark.
The images and sentiment are from Waffle Flower.
They are stamped with Memento on Nenah Desert Storm and colored with Copic Markers.
The wood background pattern paper is from Stampin Up.

Every Christmas I give my son-in-law a book.  Before the day is done, he is off in a corner deeply engrossed in the pages of his new book.  This tag will go on his book this year which is yet to be determined.

MFT Elf Tag


I have kept a card made by foldzik in my Pinterest board for a very long time.  It is one of the inspirations for the tag above.

Today (Day 2) on 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Julia Stainton and Brandi Kincade challenged each other and us to use both silver and gold on the same tag.  I love this challenge!

All images and the sentiment on my tag are from MFT.  (That elf is one of my all time favorite Christmas stamps.)
There is silver and gold glitter paper from Stampin Up, gold and silver embossing powder, gold the silver jingle bells, gold and silver ribbon, Stickles and some rhinestones.

I think I know who I will give this one to.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

over-the-top Christmas Card

Once a month a group of my stamping friends meets for lunch and sharing our passion for stamping.
We chatter through lunch.  THEN out comes the cards and tools and projects we brought to share.
We all look so forward to that lunch and always go home inspired.

Instead of a gift exchange we are having a card exchange.  We are to take one "over-the-top" card in a brown paper bag.  The bags will be sent around the table to the left to the right and and some point they will stop in front of their new owner.

My card is a Lawn Fawn pop-up hillside border card.
The background is distress ink then a snow stencil using embossing paste.
The hillside borders are cut from Stampin Up glitter paper.
The images are all from Lawn Fawn, stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.
Glossy accents, Wink of Stella and Stickles give the card bling.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Friday, December 1, 2017

3D Gold Christmas Tree Tag

Just as 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 ends another begins . . .  Ellen Hutson's 12 Days of Tags With a Feminine Twist.  I just love participating in this every year!

This 3D Tag was inspired by Jennifer McGuire, guest on the Ellen Hutson blog.
I changed it up to an elegant tag with lots of texture.
The beautiful doily-like Christmas Tree die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.
The joy die is from Lawn Fawn.
And the beautiful papers are from Anna Griffin.

Ellen Hutson's Post-a-Board is a great backing for tags that need stability.
Double-sided paper while not necessary would make this 3D project easier.

Hanuklklah Card

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge

I was inspired by Debbie Hoffman's post on Pinterest with her use of the window with a shade.
My window die is from Poppy Stamps.  The paper is some from K & Co that has been in my stash for a while.  The menorah stamp is from inkadinkado.
I used Nuvo drops on the candle light and silver heat embossed the rest.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

unicorn tag


On day 23 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Eloise Blue posted a shaker tag made with a half circle die and cute critters.
I used her inspiration for this tag.  The half circle die is from Pretty Pink Posh.  The unicorn stamp is from Lawn Fawn
Background heat embossed silver star stamp is from Hero Arts.

It's in my granddaughter's favorite colors, turquoise and purple.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holly Christmas Tag


On Day 9 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Karen Letchworth posted a tag that looked very much like this one.  I loved it and wanted to duplicate what she did.
My plaid background is from Tim Holtz as is the sentiment.  The holly die is from Pretty Pink Posh.

I like it because it's non-traditional and it could be used for a guy.

I've really enjoyed participating in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I don't have all of my tags for this Christmas done but it has inspired me to get started and enjoy the process.

Lawn Fawn Cuteness


                        Look at all of this Lawn Fawn cuteness just waiting to be put on a card!

Lawn Fawn Christmas Houses

I am a Lawn Fawn Addict.
This Scalloped Treat Box Winter House Add-On is my latest favorite.  I wanted to take a photo of my little village before I start giving too many more houses away.  They are the perfect size for a gift card, holiday gratuities or candy.
There is vellum behind the windows and a small Christmas tree behind the vellum.
Two tea lights work better than one.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Harry Potter Christmas Tag


I really did a Happy Dance when this stamp set from Kindred Stamps arrived in the mail.
There are so many Harry Potter fans in my family this stamp will be used over and over for lots of occasions.

My tag was inspired by Liz of BZ Scrapper who was inspired by Michele Ferguson on Day 14.
I loved the stamp so much I was kind of intimidated with how I to use it.  When I saw the predominantly gold color on both of these ladies' tags I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.
All images are from Kindred except for the Christmas die which is from Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Vintage Wreath Tag


On day #6 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2016 Michele Ferguson posted a tag using Lil' Inker's vintage wreath and die.  I took one look and ordered both the stamp and die!  It is just beautiful colored with Copics and given a little sparkle with Stickles.

I backed the tag with Ellen Hutson's Craft-a-Board to give it stability.

This will be the perfect little tag to give to postman, hairdresser etc with their Christmas tip.

Tree of Paper Rolls Tag


Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Kristine Davidson posted a tag made of rolls of pattern paper.  Clever, huh?
So here's my version made of Stampin Up papers.  I used some gold string, Nuvo drops and an Anna Griffin star sticker to decorate the tree.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the banner die is from Spellbinders.
I would like to try all kinds of color combinations with this tree.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sweet Christmas Tag


I love Lawn Fawn's pattern papers.  Chair Moss used one in her  post on Day 12 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017.  She also used a circle frame.  Mine is made from DieNamics circle dies.
And the cute hungry bears and sentiment are from Sunny Studio.

Of course, Glossy Accents and Stickles provided the perfect finishing touches.

I have several friends and family members who love to bake.  I will be making more of these tags.
They just make me smile as I color them.

Reindeer Party Girl


On Day 22 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Tanja Kabel used the idea of a tag on a tag.  Love it!
The c.c. Designs reindeer is stamped in Momento and Colored with Copics.  Tickles and Glossy Accent give the party deer some bling.

In a couple weeks I will participate in one of those gift exchanges where the number you draw determines the order in which the gifts are opened.  Each person has the choice of taking a gift or taking a gift away that someone has already opened.  We've done it for years and it gets pretty crazy.

I wanted to put something on the package that gives a little hint that it contains an alcohol-related item.

Purple Christmas Tag


On Day One of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Melissa Bove posted a tag with layers of circles including vellum, lace, ribbon and bling.  She inspired this tag made for my friend who loves purple.
Ornament dies are from Stampin Up and Memory Box.  For You sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.  Friend die is from Paper Trey.
Wink of Stella, Stickles,  Glimmer Paper and rhinestone gem from SU help give it bling.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hanukkah Snow Baby


On Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Chris Blagrove posted a tag using Hero Arts Puffy Embossing Powder for the background.   I love that look.  I took her idea using Stampendous Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder.  The Snowpeople stamp is from Wiff of Joy.  The snow background stamp is for Memory Box.  Happy Hanukkah sentiment is from Stampin Up.  And the baby die letters are from Paper Trey.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Deer and Bear Bookmarks


It just thrills me that my grandchildren love their books!  Seeing them curled up on the sofa or in the tree house reading fulfills one of my greatest wishes for them . . .  that they love to read.

Lawn Fawn came out with these cute cute bookmarks.  A deer and a bear front and back.  The front paws lift to go over the page that is being saved.

On Day 12 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Karin Akesdottier showcased these bookmarks in pale blue and pink.

I'm thinking I could make these for my granddaughter to give to her class for the holidays or her birthday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Poinsettia Tag


I have been so anxious to get ink on the Altenew Build a Flower Poinsettia.  It is beautiful and it's so easy to line up the layers!  I used Altenew inks and gold embossing powder.  The joy sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  The background paper is from Anna Griffin.

Studio Katia on Day 11 posted a poinsettia tag with gold accents.  That was my inspiration.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Singing Kitties Tag


I have fallen in love with the tag posted by Larissa Heskett on Day Two of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017.  Her colors, especially her background really caught my attention.

Inspired by her idea of multi colored snowflakes, I used a stencil from Studio R12 and covered it with embossing paste mixed with just a couple drops of three different colors of Distress Ink reinkers.
I wanted a very light pastel pallet.

The kitties and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp.

Stay tuned for more tags using this technique.  It may be my favorite new technique this season!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fa La La Tag


Day One of 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Tracey McNeely posted a tag using the bunny at the keyboard.  I expanded on her idea and included the entire band from Simon Says Stamp.
All images are from Simon.  Most are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  The sentiment is heat embossed in gold.
I finished it with lots of sparkle including Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents and Stickles.

My nephew plays guitar in a band.  This tag is for him.
Since my nieces and nephews now have kids of their own, they get tags for their gifts from me.  Some have actually made trees decorated with years of my tags!
(Their kids get the presents and a tag).

Wish Upon a Star Tag

And at last it's time to make Christmas Tags!  They are my very favorite stamping projects every year.
This was inspired on Day One of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge by Jo Nevill.
I used products from so many companies:
The background is done with Ombre Distress inks . . .  oh so easy and pretty
Background star stamp is from Hero Arts stamped with Versa Mark and heat embossed with a sparkle silver embossing powder from Judikins.  (It's hard to see in this photo).
Star die by Stampin Up cut in Stampin Up Glimmer paper.
Wish sentiment by MFT cut in Stampin Up Glimmer paper
Cute little mouse from Avery Elle stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.
Tag die is by Tim Holtz.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Scan n Cut Gatefold

                                                                Scan n Cut
Initially I purchased my Scan n Cut to cut out stamped images.  (I have serious shoulder problems that make fussy cutting hard for me.)   I found the machine easy to use and in no time I was cutting out stamped images that were perfect!

I took a couple months off from my Scan n Cut to recover from yet another shoulder surgery.
In the meantime my friend, Jan, was watching youtube, learning and practicing everything she could about her Scan n Cut.

As soon as my arm was functional I went to Jan for "lessons".  This woman is a great teacher!
It took some phone calls and coaching by text, but I can now download svg files to Canvas and to my Scan n Cut for projects like the one pictured above.

This gatefold card is from Dreaming Tree.  It helps so much that this site has a video tutorial for each project.  This is so intricate and beautiful yet it was easy to make.

I was so excited about learning how to download svg files that I stayed up until 2:00 AM just looking at all of the possibilities.

All of the years of 12x12 paper accumulating in my studio is now going to be put to great use!

Altenew Striped Leaf

This background is CASED from Jennifer McGuire.
The Altenew Golden Peach Embossing Powder is so beautiful combined with platinum and gold embossing powders.
Happy Birthday die is from Simon Says.  The sentiment is from MFT.
I wanted a special birthday card.  I think this meets the requirement.

Black and Gold Embossed Leaves

Heat Embossed Altenew Die Cut

Jennifer McGuire did a video on heat embossing this beautiful Altenew die.  I loved her colors and used them.  Then I "went out on my own" and tried black embossing powder, white embossing powder and finally deco foil and iCraft liquid adhesive.

Occasionally an experiment just exceeds my expectations.  That is what happened here.
Magnify the photo and you will get a better idea of just how pretty this is.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dog's Halloween

Simon Says Challenge:  Anything Goes

I needed a Halloween card for  teen-age boy.  I saw a framed project created by Emma Williams which gave me the idea of using this Tim Holtz crazy dog and witch hat.  The broom and pumpkin are also from Tim.
Woodgrain yardstick has been distress for the background.  The frame is a Spellbinders die.  Bones come from Lawn Fawn.  Bats are dies from i.o.  Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Copic markers, Stickles and Glossy Accent complete the card.

Monochromatic Lace

Altenew Academy Day 3

Laura used a stencil to create a beautiful monochromatic background using shades of Altenew ink.
I did the same except I inked and die cut the Doodled Lace Cover Plate.
I was going to add a rose or sentiment but this is just so beautiful all by itself I decided to stop right here.

Roses Christmas Card

Altenew Academy Day 3
I love the Altenew ink colors Laura used on her card Day 3 of Altenew Academy.
I also loved the floral pattern Agnieszka Malzszek used on her card in the Altenew Blog Hop.
I combined the two designers' ideas to make this card.
All products are from Altenew.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Double Embossed Holly

Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day One

More than 20 years ago I watched a gold heat embossing demonstration at Stamp Your Art Out in Cincinnati.  I bought a cornucopia wood mounted stamp, a heat gun, gold embossing powder and VersaMark.  That was the start of my stamping career.

Embossing still fascinates me.  I love watching the heat melt the powder like magic!

Jennifer McGuire demonstrates how to heat emboss green over gold  heat embossing!  Wow!  The i.o. holly background stamp is just perfect for the technique.

White embossing powder is then covered over water drops to make tiny snow flakes as the last layer on the card.

I turned this card into a shaker with white snowflakes, mica and sequins.

The merry die is from Paper Trey.  I cut it 4 times and stacked it before adding the Snow Maker pen and heat embossing it.

The CHRISTMAS sentiment is from Cleary Besotted.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poinsettia Thank You

Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day 5 Watercolor

I used The Ton's Good Tidings Cluster stamp for this 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 notecard.
I stamped with VersaMark and gold heat embossed the image and the sentiment which is from Paper Smooches.
I colored the image with Koi water color.  Stickles added a little bling to the berries.
I sprinkled water and heat embossed gold.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Online Card Class Making Merry:  Day 4

The very first stamp I ever bought (over 20 years ago) was a Cornucopia.  The only stamping technique I knew was heat embossing.  I heat embossed that stamp over and over.
This newly purchased Cornucopia stamp is from The Ton.  I stamped it in Memento and colored it in Copic markers.

Special note to Julie Ebersole:  After all of that coloring, stamping and masking it was very stressful to put a die over my work and cut it out.  If it hadn't worked I think you would have heard from me.
But fortunately it die cut the Paper Trey word Grateful very well.

Julie called this Camouflage.  I stacked four layers of the word die and inset them back into the Cornucopia.  I did add Wink of Stella to the word to make it stand out even more.

The wood stamp is from Altenew.  The little background leaf stamp is from the Cornucopia set by The Ton.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Poinsettia Gate Fold

Online Card Class Merry Making:   Day 4

Jennifer McGuire really inspired me with her gate fold card using a background die.
I have this fabulous Doodled Lace Cover Die from Altenew that was just begging to be on this card.
The Poinsettia closure is also from Altenew.  It is stamped on water color paper with VeraMark and heat embossed in gold.  It is painted with water color.  I cut out two and layered it with pop dots.
Gold ribbon holds the gate fold closed.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Golden Anniversary

Online Card Class Merry Making Day One

I loved the autumn leaves Friends card I made for Day One so much I wanted to try another card using the same techniques.
This is a winter themed golden anniversary card.
The spruce Tim Holtz dies were colored with Color Burst and the edges touched with gold embossing powder.  The heart is from Spellbinders,.  The Love is from hero Arts.