Sunday, November 18

tag day 18...

Once again I didn’t have Christmas stamped from this company but I did have leaf stamps.
The tag is made by trimming a rectangle, corner rounding the top two corners and using the slot punch by Stampin’ Up for the ribbon placement.
The leaf and verse from Neat & Tangled’s “Oak Leaf Stamp Set” were stamped with Versamark ink then embossed with white embossing powder.
Next I sponged Distress Oxide stormy sky ink all over the tag.
I dripped water droplets on the tag and blotted them off with a paper towel.
To finish I added white sheer ribbon to the top.



With Thanksgiving this week and Christmas not far behind I just had to make a Christmas card.
The base card is kraft card stock which I stamped the image from MFT Stamps “Secret Santa” using MFT Stamps insulation pink ink before coloring with Prisma pencils for a no line look.
From the chocolate card stock I cut another layer and die cut the keyhole with MFT Die-namics “Lock & Key” die.
On anther piece of kraft card stock I stamped the verse from the same set with MFT STamps chocolate brown ink and die cut it with MFT Die-namics “Rectangular Word Window Frame” die and applied to the card front.

Saturday, November 17

tags day 17...

Inspired by...
Avery Elle

I didn’t have any Avery Elle Christmas stamps so i decided to get creative with what I had!
The tag is cut from white card stock using MFT Stamps “Color Drops STAX”.
Onto the “drop” I stamped three of the sea horse images from Avery Elle’s “Mermaids” with StazOn jet black ink.
I colored them with Studio 71 markers.
I drew in the “antlers” with Sharpie Ultra Fine Point marker.
I sponged the Distress Oxide broken china ink trying to avoid the horses.
Because you can’t totally avoid them I used plain water and a small water color brush with a paper towel to apply water and blot off the Distress Oxide ink.
The spatters were done with the water and watercolor brush and blotting with the paper towel.
Once dry I stamped the verse (unknown company) with the StazOn.
To make the first sea horse “Rudolph”. Added a small, red enamel dot!

tags day 16...

Inspired by...

Though I am not on par with many stamping artists I do enjoy being inspired by them...such as Sandy Allnock.
The main tag is white card stock die cut with MFT Die-namics “Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX”.
The window was die cut from white card stock with MFT Die-namics “Gift Shaker Window and Frame” from white card stock.
I placed the main piece on my Tim Holtz glass mat and masked 1/4” on all four edges.
The Santa from MFT Stamps “Jingle All The Way” I stamped with StazOn jet black ink and cut out a mask with a post it note.
I applied the mask then sponged Distress Oxide hickory smoke ink.
After dripping water on the square and blotting it off with a paper towel I colored the Santa with Studio 71 markers.
The window was then glued on.
To finish I punched the ribbon area with the small Stampin’ Up punch and applied the ribbon.

Thursday, November 15

an easel hug...

It really was a challenge with this card, until I remembered how easy you can make an easel card.
Taking a piece of white card stock I cut it to 11” x 4.25”.
The scoring was done at 5.50” and 2.75”.
To create the snow I die cut the other half of the white card stock with Paper Smooches “Borders 1” snow die.
I cut three, one for the front of the base card, one for the inside with foam tape under it to hold up the brace for the easel and one to place on top of the inner one for decoration.
I placed patterned paper on the front of the base card for a sky effect...

The stamping was done for the verses on the main card with Newton’s Nook Designs “Cup of Cocoa” and StazOn jet black ink.
I used the same set to stamp the cup with Gina K. Amalgam ink and color with Studio 71 alcohol markers.
The little girl is a digital image from Bugaboo Stamps called “Christmas Brat Girl”.
She was also colored with Studio 71 markers.
I trimmed out the girl and mug with scissors and glued them to the card!
Please note the fur and mug have wink of Stella clear glossy for a glittery look.

digital snowmen...

I just love when I have the images for a challenge that are also the sponsors for that challenge.
In this case it’s two digital images from Bugaboo Stamps.
First I printed out “Snowmen Block” on white card stock and colored them with Arteza real brush pens.
These I trimmed out with scissors and set aside.
Next I printed out the verse from “Snowman Snowflakes” and trimmed it down.
The base card is white card stock with a layer f black card stock.
Next came a layer of red and white polka dots paper.
I applied a icee of black card stock to the back of the verse then layered the verse and snowmen to the card front!

tags day 15...

Inspired by...
Joyce Mehrberg

Kraft paper gives such a wonderful look to a tag as in Joyce M.’s tag.
I di cut my tag from kraft card stock using Newton’s Nook Designs “Fancy Edge Tag Die”.
Using Versamark ink I stamped the “Reindeer with Birdie” image from Stamingbella and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
The coloring was done with Arteza real brush pens.
The verse (unknown company) was stamped with StazOn timber brown ink.
The tie is Darcie hemp cording.

Wednesday, November 14

tag or bookmark day 14...

Inspired by...
Ardith Percy-Robb

With so many of my friends in the book business this inspiration was terrific!
Because I wanted it to be able to be used after Christmas I used 110 lb white card stock for the main piece.
To get the botto edge I used Concord & Ninth “Select-a-size edge dies”
The sky was done with Distress Oxide faded jeans, spritzed and blotted.
The opening at the top was done with a Stampin’ Up punch.
On a piece of white linen card stock I sponged Distress Oxide forest moss then die cut it with Tim Holtz “pine tree”.
With Prisma pencils I colored the trunk before gluing the tree to the tag.
To finish I stamped the verse from a Hampton Arts set with StazOn  timber brown ink.

thank you to Newton’s Nook...

This card comes out a an act of kindness by Newton’s Nook Designs.
A while ago I ordered some sets from Newton’s Nook Designs and when they came my granddaughter was here and her favorite set was “Fireside Friends”.
Unfortunately I had not ordered that set, it had been sent by mistake.
I contacted the company and asked what we could do about it explaining how much my granddaughter loved it.
They said keep it and we will send the one you ordered but could they please see what I did with the stamp!
The base card is kraft card stock with a layer f brown card stock.
The main piece is watercolor paper on which I stamped the image from that set with MFT Stamps insulation pink die ink.
Next came the watercoloring with Arteza classic watercolors.
After leaving it to dry pvernight I got up and used my Prisma pencils to apply more definition.
Once all the layering was done I stamped the verse from Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton’s Curious Christmas” with StazOn timber brown, trimmed it down and used a square punch to punch out the flag before applying it to the card front.