Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tag Two in Black and White

Hi, quickly. my crafty pals!

I was so inspired by the tags by Lisa Spangler on Day 7 of Ellen Hutson's "12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Touch" that I made an additional tag today. My firs one is here. This classic tag was made with Essentials by Ellen "Holiday Words" die designed the amazing Julie Ebersole.

Thanks again for the visit,

Black and White for Christmas?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Yes, Today I'm still working on tags inspired by the amazing Ellen Hutson and her wonderful "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch".

Today I worked on Day 7, inspired by my buddy Lisa Spangler. I "met" Lisa so many years ago through Hero Arts, before we even had blogs and I have watched her talents grow.

Well, I guess this is exactly what this hop is intended to do - challenge us to try something that we normally wouldn't do. Black and white is something that I would not think of using for holiday tags. I've done kraft and black for a "homespun" look, but black and white? I love it and simply couldn't stop once I got started!

Once again I reached for Essentials by Ellen products designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole....it is as if they were made for this look. For this tag I used "Bar Ware 2" and "Wish Big". Love this look!

The day was very gray and I am not a photo-pro, but in real life the black and white contrast is stunning!

Thanks for the visit - keep creating!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Even More Sparkle?????

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Here is another tag inspired by Ellen Hutson's "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch". Every day the designers seem to outdo themselves. Isn't it wonderful?

Today's tag was inspired by Day Five and the terrific Therese Calvird (she makes great videos with lots of instruction and colorful examples - and she even took us on holiday with her!). I love the brilliant trees on her tag, so I created one of my own.

I couldn't find a tree stamp that was just perfect, so I simply made my own by drawing it with a Sharpie Pen. Easy. I kept with feminine colors, used a background piece with a swirly font, added tons of sparkly "bling", attached two shiny strips of gold paper and adorned it with a silky ribbon and a darling vintage-style gold jingle bell. I am loving this simple and feminine tag!

Come and play along! You may think you're too busy, but this is such fun and a real inspiration. Thanks, Ellen!

Thank you for the visit - keep creating!

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Pinterest Inspired Tag

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

I continue to be challenged by Ellen Hutson and her "12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Touch". I have to say that so far this is my very favorite of the group. It is inspired by Day 2 (I'm not going in order!) and the amazing card by Carrsia Wiley (she makes wonderful videos and is such a happy crafter!). Her work was inspired by a post on Pinterest:

All I could think about were some of my all-time favorite products designed for Ellen by one of my favorite gals in the card-making world, Julie Ebersole. Not only is she super-talented, she is a fantastic instructor and has the most contagious giggle ("ask me how I know"!). I have learned so much from her over the years and simply adore her.

Anyway, the products I used are her "Cozy Christmas" set, "Home and Hearth" set and "Laurel Wreath" die (I used this same die here on a "12 Tags" event in 2014! It has an entirely different look and feel.).

I cut three layers of the wreath for dimension, cut the heart from a beautiful gold cardstock, used kraft and black cardstock, heat-embossed the sentiment, added washi tape (something that Julie has helped me to feel more comfortable using) and I added a bow made with Tim Holtz's linen ribbon.

Thanks again, Ellen, and thanks to you for the kind visit,

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Sparkle and Shine

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I continue to create along with Ellen Hutson for her "12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist". This tag was inspired by Day 3 and the amazing Kelly Marie Alvarez's tag, which is "Sparkle and Shine". While I rarely use glitter (because I wear it for days!), I do love glittery things so I used glitter cardstock (DCWV) and wash tape from my stash to add the sparkle. And always a touch of Stickles!

I love this little line-up of snowfolks from Lawn Fawn's "Simply Celebrate Winter" set. I paired it with a tiny little sentiment from Hero Arts "Christmas Messages" set.

Another day of sweet tag-spiration! Thanks to Ellen and thanks to you for the visit,

Friday, December 7, 2018

Emboss a Tag

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Another day of inspiration from Ellen Hutson and her "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch".

Today's tag was inspired by Day 4 and Michelle Ferguson's tag which uses "Embossing". I was also inspired by using the color pink!  I embossed this ornament and watercolored it. Embossing really helps keep track of the water in watercoloring!

The stamps are from Hero Arts "Ornaments Stamp and Cut" and "Christmas Messages".

Thanks to Ellen and thanks to you for the visit! Keep on tagging' on!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time for Tags (again!)

But, thanks to Ellen Hutson's wonderful skills, it is with a feminine twist!!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

More tags, you say??? Never too many!

This is my first post for Ellen Hutson's annual "12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist"! I always look forward to this because the designers do a terrific job of inspiring us to think outside the box.

This tag was inspired by Day One and Carloyn Peeler's tag, for which she used alcohol inks. Since I love this soft (and feminine!) turquoise blue ink, I used it for my background. A touch of sparkle was added with the glittery reinforcer and some Stickles along the snow bank. The sweet critter is from Lawn Fawn's "Winter Skies" set and the sentiment is from Hero Arts "Christmas Messages" set. For a finishing touch I added a piece of special iridescent  twine that I've been hoarding.

The sun wasn't cooperating, but this does have a ton of shimmer, sparkle and shine.

Thanks to Ellen and thanks to you for the visit!


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fighting the Squirrels

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

These little fall treats were inspired by a favorite exercise instructor who has been fighting the squirrels out of her backyard garden for months!

I like to make something special for the folks this special class, so I used Lawn Fawn's "Woodland Critters" set and the add-ons to make these adorable little squirrels showing off their cute neck scarves which are made with some Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper. I added some delicious Dove chocolate squares which I bet they like better than our instructor's squash!

These little guys just make me smile and I hope they do you, too. Thanks for the visit,

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Unicorn for Christmas?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today's tag is a sweet one. I'm not such a fan of unicorns, but there are lots of little girls who go nuts for them, so they do make appropriate Christmas tags (as long as you're sure they are sparklin' sweet).

Once again, thank goodness for Tracey McNeely's "25 Days of Christmas Tags"! Today I am back again with lawn Fawn's Day 21. I'm inspired by the tags made by Samantha Mann. She used a unicorn and lots of color and sparkle.

I also used a Lawn Fawn ("Say What?" set) unicorn and added lots of pinks and purples, some silvery flakes and gems, a glittery star reinforcer and some amazing sparkle yarns from my stash.

My tag collection is growing - soon to be depleted. Thanks, Tracey!

I appreciate your visit,


Monday, November 26, 2018

O Christmas Tree

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Another tag? Yep!

I continue to be inspired by Tracey McNeely's "25 Days of Christmas Tags" blog. Today I was once again inspired by Day 22 and the great folks at Waffle Flower (yesterday's tag was also inspired by them). The problem is that I loved the 3-D Christmas tree tag by Channin Pelletier,  but I don't have the cool die and add-on YET!

So I went through my notes and found an origami 3-D tree that I used to make a tag. Still fun, right?

My tag stash is growing! The problem is that I love them so much that I may not be able to part with them.

Take good care and have a great week,



Sunday, November 25, 2018

Santa Tag

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I continue to be inspired by Tracey McNeely's "25 Days of Christmas Tags".  Today it is Day 22 and the darling tag by Tracey herself.

This Waffle Flower die is one of my all-time favorite tag dies! It is simply genius and so versatile. Beards can be different lengths, you can add buttons, you can make an elf or a drummer boy, There are reinforcer options, there is a smaller tag.....a million ideas!

Once you start making tags with this die, you get caught up in it and, before you know it, you've got a bundle of cute tags.

This year's 25 Tags is so inspirational - I've added to my stash or been inspired by a new idea almost every day.

Thanks for the visit and have a tag-riffic day!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fa-la-la

Hi, Blogging Buddies!

Yep, yet another tag - can't get enough of them! These are again inspired by Tracey McNeely's "25 Days of Christmas Tags" and again I was inspired by Day 21, this time by Samatha Casey. She used a Lawn Fawn llama image and some silver snowflakes. While hers has a sweet frame, I kept mine simple to allow for mass production. I used the llama from the Lawn Fawn "Says Who?" set, colored it with Copics and added some small snowflake embellishments.

Thanks for the visit and wishing you a fa-la-la-lovey day,

Friday, November 23, 2018

Another tag design

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I'm here today to share with you another tag I made inspired by Tracey McNeely's "25 Days of Christmas Tags". This time I was inspired by Day 16 which is all about Ellen Hutson's amazing stamps.

I was inspired by the tag made by Tracey herself to make this one also using a stamp set by Ellen Hutson ("Santa's Flight", designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole) and adding a bell and some ink blending.

This guy is jingling all the way!

Thanks for the visit and you might want to jingle a little,

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sweet little tags

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Every year I look forward to the "Twenty-five Days of Christmas" hosted by Tracey McNeely. I make quite a few Christmas tags every year because I give packages of them as little gifts (to folks who still give gifts!) and we use them when we wrap gifts that we provide to needy families (to make it extra special). And I love to do it - each one is a tiny little creation filled with joy!

These tags, which use Lawn Fawn's "Say What?" stamps and dies, was inspired by Day 21 and the cute tags by Karin Ã…kesdotter  using this same image. I have used this set for numerous tags this year and I know I'll reach for it in years to come. The critters are so darn cute! I embellished the ages with some greens from Tim Holtz's Sizzix holiday greenery dies and some Stickles for sparkle.

Thanks for the visit and happy Thanksgiving,



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I "Felt" Creative



Can you tell that I'm loving it? A soapy, fun mess!
That's me on the right.

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I did something really different last night and I want to share it with you. I attended a felting class. If you are unsure, felting is the agitation of wool with warm water and friction (we used nylon netting) to coax the tiny scales in the wool to separate and become lovely wool felt.

One can make all kinds of things like hats, purses, scarves, etc. As beginners, we felted bars of Dove soap! There were tons of different and brilliant colors of carded wool from which to choose.

Crazy fun! The felted bars apparently exfoliate skin beautifully when used in the tub/shower.

I always love to learn new crafts and it was great to be with some remarkable new women friends. 


Felted Soap Bars


The results are interesting and colorful. Years ago I used a different felting technique (shrinking a wool sweater from the Goodwill in the clothes dryer!) to make a beautiful and unique purse.
I made cards to thank our patient and helpful teachers - they were fun (yes, there was wine!), kind, and so experienced. 

Distress Oxide Inks were sponged through two different stencils (Hero Arts for the pink green and Kite for the blue/green) onto Bristol cardstock for easy blending. The silly sentiment (stamped in pigment ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder) is by Laugh Out Loud and I stamped another one in black ink on the envelopes. I added some crystal sequins for some texture and interest.

This is headed for the current challenge "Make Your Own Background" at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge's blog.

Thanks for the visit and have a wonderful and creative week,

Friday, November 2, 2018

Invasion

of the crabs!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I've been so busy with Halloween and Thanksgiving that I almost forgot to make some special treats for our annual crabfeed! It is such a fun night, with us all dressing up in costumes, parading around the lodge and eating way too much Dungeness Crab. Yum! I'm usually in charge of the table decorations (there is a contest!) so I do something fun for a centerpiece and make some type of individual treats for each place setting. I've been known to sneak a couple to the judges, too - just sayin'.......

These charmers are made fro the Lil' Inker Triangle Treat Holder Die, which is super-versatile and easy to put together once you get the hang of it) and The Sack-It Crab die from Taylored Expressions. They weren't made to go together, but it sure worked. Of course, goggly eyes add to the crabby cuteness!

I think there might be a prize in our crusty crabby future!

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend,

Monday, October 22, 2018

They Say....

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
It has been some time since I blogged. I've been making cards but just haven't been up to getting here and sharing any. Life happens!

This is a card that I made with a Yupo Paper panel and alcohol inks. I do love that stuff, I just hate what it does to my manicure!

The fun corner die is from Papertray Ink (Cornered Die). The stars were in my die-cut stash.

I wish this had more contrast - the background is pretty overwhelming. Next time.

Take good care and have a wonderful week,



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Beautiful in its Time

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I had more fun making this card! I wanted a super-soft background so that this stunning sentiment would be the star. I stamped the Impression Obsession "Shell Frame Collage" stamp (F13025) with Antique Distress Oxide Ink onto a watercolor paper panel. After it dried, I watercolored it with Distress Markers and water, adding soft layers of color. I then over-stamped it with Tea Dye Distress Ink to bring out the details. I love it!

This stunning sentiment, "He Made Everything" (D19107), was heat-embossed with Mermaid pigment ink and clear embossing powder. I added some pearls and sequins and mounted the image on some coordinating colors.

I can't wait to keep playing with these two terrific stamps! Just as before, I will enter this in the current Impression Obsession blog challenge, "Pop Up Your Words!".

Thanks for the visit,

Monday, September 3, 2018

Jumping the Rope

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Gate-Fold Card
My card making marathon continues. Today I elected to make a gate-fold card, something I haven't done in a very long time. I went for a brilliant color pop, using bright fascia cardstock and some Distress Inks with a stencil. The silly sentiment seems a perfect and fun match. It is "Genius is Crazy" by Impression Obsession.

Inside of card
I added some color droplets and a fun stripe on the inside panel to complete the look.


Because this is another card that features the sentiment, I will submit it to the current Impression Obsession Challenge, "Pop Up Your Words!"

Thanks for the visit and have a terrific week,

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Near To My Heart

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Happy weekend! I have been behind on my card making lately, so I'm having somewhat of a marathon. Today's card is for my dear 98-year Aunt who lives in Upstate New York. She has a special place in my heart.

I created a background by "smooching" Distress Oxide Inks onto a watercolor paper panel. Love those rich tones! I heat-embossed this wonderful Impression Obsession sentiment (Near to My Heart, C13453) with coffee pigment ink and added a two-piece dimensional butterfly (IO DIE-255Y) and some sequins to complete the card.

I love the autumn feel of the card and that this sentiment is in the spotlight. Since it is, I will submit it to the current challenge at the IO blog, "Pop Up Your Words".

Then I need to get this in Tuesday's mail, as I am going to be visiting my Aunt soon and I want it to arrive before I do!

Thanks for the sweet visit and have a great Sunday,

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Advice from a Mountain

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:
Easel Card - Closed

We are members of a Hiking Club and go on lots of adventures with them. When someone leads a special excursion, I like to make them a special card to thank them for doing it. This stamp from Impression Obsession is just perfect.
Easel Card - Open

For this easel card I made a background panel using metallic Mica Gloss inks (JudiKins) on a black panel. I cut a portion of the stamped image as a "stopper" for the easel portion of the card. This was a bit of a struggle, and it is difficult to effectively photograph, but I do like the result. I used the IO Hollyhocks die (DIE 169-R) as an embellishment.

I plan to submit this to the current Impression Obsession Challenge - "Pop Up Your Words!". You have until September 4th to submit your masterpieces.

For my American friends, I hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend. We are finally enjoying some cooler temperatures and skies free of some from California fires. Take care and thanks for the visit,

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What is Hot Fudge?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I hardly remember what hot fudge is. I have been living the healthy life with huge changes in thinking, diet and exercise for about ten years now. I've never felt better and I'm more healthy than ever!

But, I still think this great image on a 2004 Stampin' Up stamp is hilarious. I got the stamp at a used stamp sale years ago and haven't been able to part with it. Because the image is the star, I've kept the card simple with (an equally old) embossing folder by Cuttlebug and some Copic coloring. Makes me smile.....

Sure hope you are having a good week. I'm off to treat on some healthy popcorn. Thanks for the visit!


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