Friday, November 30, 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas --- Wrap-up!

I'm excited to announce the winner, top tags, and honourable mentions
for the Twelve Tags of Christmas 2018.

105 amazing entries this year - WOW!
  THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful works-of-art!

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Winning Tag
(Prize:  $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp)


It's all starts with the fabulous colour combination of red, white and kraft.  The richly coloured red sleigh looks fun and festive with the brightly coloured packages all tied up with ribbon.  The metal blades of the sleigh are settled into a snow drift with lots of snow falling all around.
A beautiful, creative, winter scene, that makes you feel the excitement and chill in the air!
Congratulations Bonnie!!

Make sure to grab your Winner's badge.

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Top Tags
(Prize:  $25 gift certificate each from Simon Says Stamp)

Pat (Colourful Card Creations)

Congratulations Nancy, T., and Pat!!

These three top tags are as diverse as they are beautiful.
Starting with Nancy's muted colours of her snowy winter forest scene, this tag leaves you with a peaceful, tranquil feeling.
T.'s gorgeous ink layered background sparkles, while her beautiful, ornate ornament adds another big punch of colour with lots of dimension and texture.
Pat's tag starts with a textured holly background, which is highlighted with silver and blue.  The tranquil winter scene is so pretty with the mix of soft, delicate colours and finished beautifully with a silver frame.

Congrats to Nancy, T., and Pat!

Make sure to grab your Top Tags Badge.

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Honourable Mentions




Congratulations to Bunny, Colleen, Hideko, Julia, Sue B., Nancy,
Shaz, Christine, Marcia, Linda, Robyn, and Sue J.
Make sure to grab your Honourable Mention Badge.

Random Winner
(picked by random number generator)

Result:55
#55 Robyn
(Prize:  $25 gift certificate Simon Says Stamp)

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Prizes will be sent out shortly to the Winner, Top Tags, and Random Winner.
Thanks to everyone that played along or left messages of support.
I hope you enjoyed the fifth and final addition of the 
Twelve Tags of Christmas!








Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Oh Christmas Tree!

Hi everyone.  First time inking up this fabulous stamps from Penny Black. 

Placed tree stamp in my misti, along with a piece of Mixed Media paper.  Used markers to ink up the stamp, spritzed with a little water and then stamped.  Added too much water, so blotted the image lightly with a paper towel.  Dried it with my heat tool and repeated the inking and spritzing a few more times until I was happy with the colours.

Splattered the background with diluted brown and blue-green inks (same colours used on the tree) and stamped my sentiment in brown.  I like the muted colours of this card.

I decided to use the same stamp, this time with brighter colours.  I used the technique of adding versamark to the image, adding Brushos to the inked stamp, spritzing with just a little water and stamped.  The image turned out really well.  I still had lots of colour left on the stamp so repeated with spritzing a little water and stamping.  I ended up with three prints from the one inking with Brushos.  Below is the second print.  The first one was darker, the third one was lighter.  Three cards in just a few minutes! :)  Gotta love that!  I added some red glitter glue for the tree lights.







Stamps:  Christmas Glow (Penny Black); Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Water mister, paint brush for splattering


Monday, November 26, 2018

November Rudolph Days

Hi everyone.  Today I'm playing along with Rudolph Days.  This is the last challenge of the year.  Thanks to Maureen for running this fun challenge.  I managed to play along each month this year!!

Today's card was an experiment that turned out pretty well.  The background sky was a piece I had in my stash.  Did it ages ago using coated card stock (a gift from my sweet friend, Christine) smooshed with distress inks and Inka Gold (blue sapphire).  Art mediums react differently on the coated card, so it's always interesting to see what happens.  This one is turned out really well and I used the piece to create two cards with this design.

I die-cut the lime green foil using the Evergreen Window Die from Memory Box.  As you can tell by the name, this normally creates a window, but I wanted to try to use it differently.  I die-cut the foil and then fussy cut around the edge to create a thin frame.  Then I layered it with the backing and popped it up foam and then on to the card base.  The stamped sentiment finishes the card.

I used the cast-offs from the die-cut foil piece above, inlaying them into white card stock cut with the same die.  Might be weird to have white trees and a green sky, but I think it looks pretty!  Always great to be able to get an extra card using leftover bits and pieces.

I hope you'll check out the Rudolph Days November Challenge and join us!






Stamps:  Christmas (Gina Marie Designs)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb.); Coated Card stock
Ink:  Distress Inks for smooshing; Salty Ocean for sentiment
Accessories & Tools:  Evergreen Window die (Memory Box),  Lime Green Foil (Thermoweb)

Challenges:
Rudolph Days November Challenge

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Penny Black - Evergreen Tree


Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a clean and simple card featuring Penny Black's Evergreen Tree die.

I started with a small panel of mixed media paper, smooshing with Broken China distress ink and lots of water.  Once dry, I layered two pieces of torn which paper for the snow hills (sponged on the edge with more Broken China ink).  The snow hills were die-cut with the scalloped square die from "do not open..." die set.  The smooshed background was also die-cut with the scalloped square and the snow hills were adhered on top, lining up the edges.

Another small panel of mixed media paper was smooshed with two shades of green Brushos.  Once dry, the largest tree in the set was die-cut.  The top layer of the snow tree was die-cut from white card stock four times, adhered together and glued to the backing with the green Brushos.  Crystal Glaze was added to the recessed areas (green) and left to dry.  This give the tree a stained glass look.

More Crystal Glaze was added to the top of the snow hills and all over the snowy part of the tree, then both all were sprinkled with diamond dust.

Once dry, the scalloped square was popped up on foam onto the card base.  The tree was popped up on top of the scalloped square for more dimension.  A sentiment was stamped underneath the square using Broken Glass.

Here's a close-up ...

and here's an even closer look at the shine and sparkle ...
If you get a chance, pop over to the Simplicity at it's best blog to see some new designs from my Simplicity Sisters.

I'm entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside.


Penny Black Products:
#51-384 Evergreen Tree Die
#51-402 do not open... Die
#30-387 Festive Snippets







Stamps:  Festive Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Ink:  Broken China (Tim Holtz); Brushos (Lime Green, Leaf Green)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Evergreen Tree die (Penny Black), do not open die (Penny Black), Diamond Dust, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo)

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside

Thursday, November 22, 2018

More Santas ...

Hi everyone.  Another couple of cards for the CAS Christmas November Challenge - Santa.



He's everywhere this time of year. :)

Here he is with a little wrapped gift for someone special.  Don't you just love the multi-coloured polka-dot background.  I think it's adorable and perfect with this Santa.

Had so much fun making the above card, I made a second one. :)  This is yet another Santa, and he's jumping for joy! :)

Received these adorable stamped and die-cut images from my dear friend Bonnie.  Just did a quick watercolour with distress inks and zigs.  Then added a bit of blush to his cheeks with red chalk and crystal glaze with diamond dust glitter on top for the brim and pompom.

Still a few days to play along with the challenge before it closes at midnight on Nov. 24th.  Hope to see you in the gallery!






Stamps: Birdie Brown - gift from Bonnie
Paper:  Mixed Media die-cuts; White (Neenah 110 lb. white card stock); Festive and Frosty patterned paper (Penny Black)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!); Distress Inks:  Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz); Zig (flesh tone)
Accessories & Tools: water brush, Stitched Rectangular window die (AliExpress), Crystal Glaze (Nuvo); Diamond Dust Glitter

Challenges:
CAS Christmas November Challenge - Santa

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Penny Black - Simplicity at it's best



Hi everyone.  I'm sharing a little sneak peek of my Penny Black card that is posted on the Simplicity at it's best blog.  Click HERE to check out a full-size photo of my card, along with complete instructions on how it was made.

If you have time, would love if you left me a comment on the SAIB blog.  Thank you!



Monday, November 19, 2018

Rainbow Christmas

Hi everyone.  Playing along with STAMPlorations November CAS Challenge - Rainbow.   I do love the look of rainbow coloured skies and thought this would work well with a snowy Christmas scene.


Wet my watercolour paper and used a 1" brush to add strokes of distress ink, overlapping the colours slightly as I moved through the colours of the rainbow.  Once dry, stamp two trees and heat embossed in white.  Tore a piece of white card stock for my snow hill and splattered diluted white acrylic paint over the whole card.  To finish, stamped the sentiment in black for some contrast.

The DT have created some amazing rainbow cards to inspiration.  Check out the challenge and come play along!







Stamps:  Tree Silhouettes, Sentiment - Christmas Candles (both from STAMPlorations)
Paper:  Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. hot press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Candy Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Broken Glass, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  large paint brush, white embossing powder, heat tool, paint brush for splattering, white acrylic paint

Challenges:
STAMPlorations November CAS Challenge - Rainbow



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thinking of You

Hi everyone.  One more quick card for the CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Embossing Folder, hosted by Bonnie.


Here's another embossing folder technique that I learned this year.  I did share some cards earlier this year with this fun technique that uses Powdered inks sprinkled onto white mixed media paper, placed inside an embossing folder, and run through a machine to dry emboss the image and embed the powders.  Remove from folder and spritz with water.  The colours explode as they always do when water is added, but having them embedded into the card stock allows some to stay in place and gives lots of deep areas of colour.

I used an embossing folder that came with my die-cutting/embossing machine.  It's really beautiful with deep embossing.  I cut the panel down and added a die-cut butterfly that I received from my friend Bonnie, along with a stamped black banner sentiment and die-cut sentiment.

Easy and fun card to make.

Here's a close-up ...
There's still five days left to play at CAS Mix Up before the challenge closes.  Come join us!  Pull out your embossing folders and have some fun designing a CAS card.








Stamps:  Clearly Besotted (A Little Sentimental)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Magicals:  blue and green
Accessories & Tools:  embossing folder from Gemini, water mister, butterfly die (gift from friend), white embossing powder, You die (Simon Says Stamp)

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Embossing Folder


Friday, November 16, 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Twelve


Welcome to DayTwelve!

I can't believe how quickly the twelve days has gone!
Lots of amazing tags in the gallery - make sure to check them out.
The linky will remain open for another week so keep those tags coming!

The dates, rules, and prizes for this event are listed on the sidebar.

2018 Twelve Tags of Christmas Pinterest Board

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Hello and welcome!  Two more tags for today, one made by me and one made by
my sweet friend Robyn.

Below the photo of my tag I have listed the techniques and products that I've used.
Robyn's tag information and how to's are listed on her blog (link provided).

Loll
Techniques:  Stencil monoprint, dry embossing, sponging, tearing,
die-cutting, stamping
Products:  Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz), Embossing Folder (Gemini), sponge, Gold Delicata ink, Inspired die (Penny Black), Holographic gold foil, gold ribbon


Robyn
Waterlily Cards by Robyn
Click HERE to be forwarded to Robyn's blog post.
There you will find out how she made this gorgeous tag!
Make sure to leave her some love. :)
Thank you!

Thanks to my incredibly talented friends for Guest Designing this year,
SusanNancy L.MacBonnieChristineMarciaKaren,
JuliaDarnellLinda, Nancy S., and Robyn.
You have all outdone yourselves!


The linky will remain open for another week, closing at end of day Nov.23rd, so there's still lots of time to play along.  Come join in!

The top tags will be announced on Nov. 30th.









Thursday, November 15, 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Eleven



Welcome to Day Eleven!

The dates, rules, and prizes for this event are listed on the sidebar.

2018 Twelve Tags of Christmas Pinterest Board

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Great to have you back again today!!  Today you'll find my latest tag, and one
made by my talented friend, Nancy S.

Below the photo of my tag I have listed the techniques and products that I've used.
Nancy's tag information and how to's are listed on her gallery
at Splitcoaststampers (link provided).

Loll
Techniques:  Dry embossing, stamping, watercolouring, fussy-cutting,
heat embossing
Products:  Layered Leaves embossing folder(SU!), Cheerful Christmas stamp (Penny Black), Festive Snippets (Penny Black), Distress Inks, Water brush, Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), white embossing powder, heat tool, crinkle ribbon


Nancy S.
Nancy's SCS gallery
Click HERE to be redirected to Nancy's SCS gallery.
Make sure to leave a comment about her elegant tag!
Thank you!

Come join the fun!  Enter your Mixed Media Christmas tag in the linky below.

This is my third and final entry into the PBSC November Challenge -
Anything But a Card.







Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Ten



Welcome to Day Ten!

The dates, rules, and prizes for this event are listed on the sidebar.

2018 Twelve Tags of Christmas Pinterest Board

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Today it's all about snow. :)  I hope you enjoy the tag made by me and
the fun, whimisical snowman tag made by my dear friend, Linda.

Below the photo of my tag I have listed the techniques and products that I've used.
Linda's tag information and how to's are listed on her blog (link provided).

Loll
Techniques:  Sponging, die-cutting, stamping
Products:  Black ribbed card stock, Turquoise and Gold Perfect Pearls, Winter Village die (Penny Black), Merriest stamp (Avery Elle), crinkle ribbon


Linda
Life in the Craft Lane
Click HERE for the link to Linda's blog post where you'll find
all the information about how she made this adorable tag!
She would love to hear your comments!
Thank you!

Come join the fun!  Enter your Mixed Media Christmas tag in the linky below.







Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Nine



Welcome to Day Nine!

The dates, rules, and prizes for this event are listed on the sidebar.

2018 Twelve Tags of Christmas Pinterest Board

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Hello and welcome!  Two more tags for today, one made by me and one made by
my sweet friend, Darnell!

Below the photo of my tag I have listed the techniques and products that I've used.
Darnell's tag information and how to's are listed on her blog (link provided below).

Loll
Techniques:  Cling wrap technique with Brushos, stamping, heat embossing, splattering, tearing
Products:  Brushos, Cling Wrap, Pine Row stamp (Stampscapes), white embossing powder, heat tool, white acrylic paint, paint brush, white card stock, rub on transfer sentiment (Tim Holtz), white and silver ribbon, blue metallic cording


Darnell
djkardkreations
Click HERE to be forwarded to Darnell's blog post.
There you will find out how she made this amazing tag!
Make sure to leave her some love. :)
Thank you!

Come join the fun!  Enter your Mixed Media Christmas tag in the linky below.