Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Twelve and TGIF #21

The final tag of the series is here! I actually got a request for these tags (before I made them) so I figured, since I'm making some for my customer, I may as well use these as my last tag of this series.
I love the Create-a-Critter (1 & 2) cartridges. They are full of super cute images. This reindeer is from the first cartridge. I cut him at 3 1/2" tall. I used an embossing folder to create the little dots on them - just a little extra texture.

This is your last chance to leave a comment on this post and the previous eleven tag posts. For each comment, that will earn an entry into my giveaway. The giveaway will be tomorrow afternoon using a random name selector. Be sure to become a follower, leave lots of comments and stay tuned for the winner announcement.

Since today is Friday, I also want to post my TGIF; Thankful Friday #21.
This week I am thankful for my sisters. I'm sure I mentioned it before, but I am blessed with amazing sisters. Each of us are so different, yet the same. Believe me, it's a thin line between love and hate sometimes, but love always wins in the end. My sister hurt herself very badly and we all rallied to go help her. I know she appreciated the support and it's just something we do. So this week, I'm thankful for my sisters - my forever friends!

Stick It Down Guest Designer

I'm so excited to be the Guest Designer on the Stick It Down (SID) sketch site. Click on over to see the current sketches and join the fun.
Here is the 2-page sketch for December:
Gosh, isn't it just beautiful? I love those flowers under & around the photos. I knew I wasn't going to be able to match that with paper. I just happened to watch a YouTube video on watercolor roses (great timing) and I thought I'm going to give it a try.

Here's my layout:

After selecting & trimming the photos, I placed pencil marks on the white cardstock so I would know where to concentrate on embellishing. Then I went to town on creating a background. I love mixed media but never tried it on a scrapbooking layout. I love the way it turned out! That's why I love sketches & challenges. It sure is a way to work outside your comfort zone and push you to do things you wouldn't normally do.

I started with the water colored roses - hated it - so I added more water to my brush and & tried to blend them more.! I pulled out my mixed media supplies and added marks all over the pages. Items used: stamps, ink pads (red, gold, black & white), black glimmer mist, gold color silk, pencil, ink pen and water color paint. I wrote the title (eh, don't love or hate) with a Crayola paint brush.

Click on over to the SID site to see the write up, sketches and DT inspiration. I hope you join in too. An earlier post on their site indicated that they don't get many 2-page layout entries...won't you join me this month?

Grunge Set by Stampin' Up
Elements 3 by Bloom Art Stamps (these are designed by me!)
Color Silk by Fun Stampers Journey

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Eleven

This is a simple tag using a 1.75 x 3.5 base then adding a piece of patterned paper. I stamped images and punched with 1.25" circle punch. Then punched a layered circle & scalloped circle to complete the embellishment. I also stamped the "To/From" stamp & cut the rectangle. Basically layered everything and added the string at the top.
Pretty simple and pretty cute!

Don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment to earn an entry for the 12 tag giveaway at the end of this series. Each day you comment, you earn another entry. Go back to the previous post before the 12th tag post. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Ten & WOYWW #444

Happy, happy WOYWW! Can you believe we only have two more WOYWW until Christmas? I love peeking into craft rooms and work desk from all over. If you want to learn more about WOYWW, click on over to the Stamping Ground and visit Julia.

I'm cranking out Christmas tags for my 12 Days of Christmas Tags series. These might be my favorite tags so far! I saw these on Pinterest and since I have tons of these coffee sleeves & love upcycling things, I had to make them. They are amazing in person and are so quick & easy to make.

Wouldn't these be great for a coffee loving friend?

To make these, open up the coffee sleeve and remove the "ends" at the perforation. Cut off the "STARBUCKS" name and cut slits through the mermaid according to the photo. I inked up the edges in green ink before adhering them to a painted cardboard trunk. The trunk was cut from a heavier scrap of cardboard. I cut the stars with leftover pieces of the coffee sleeves and then glued glitter all over them. I punched a hole & attached the baker's twine before gluing the strips to the trunk. I added a little Sparkle Silk all over for additional shine (glitter mist or glitter will give you the same effect).

GIVEAWAY become a follower of my blog and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. At the end of the 12 days, I will draw a random winner. Winner will receive one set of all twelve gift tags. Comment each day to increase your chances. Each comment gets one entry.  Good luck!

And don't forget to click on over to the Stamping Ground blog for more WOYWW fun.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Nine

Have I told you how much I love Design Space by Cricut? I found these deer head images and uploaded them into my account on Design Space. No need to purchase an entire wilderness themed cartridge when I only want one image. It's so much cheaper in the long run. LOVE IT!

So, here are my tags for Day Nine!

Adorable, right?

Here's a close up:

With the exception of the deer heads, these tags were made from scraps. I found a 4x12 piece of tan cardstock and cut them into 2x4 strips. Then I cut & adhered paper scraps from a 6x6 pad I used last year for Christmas. The December 25 embellishments were stamped on a white piece of cardstock & the circles were punched from a Starbucks coffee sleeve.

Be sure to become a follower of my blog, comment to my post (go back and comment from Day One forward) for an entry in the tags GIVEAWAY. At the end of the 12 days series, one random commenter will win one of each 12 tags! Each comment will earn you an entry. Good luck!

Monday, December 4, 2017

SID December Sketch

I love this sketch so much that I did a second layout! Click on over to Stick It Down for awesome sketches for 2-page, single page and cards. Be sure to visit their site again on Friday, December 8th to see my Guest Designer layout too.

The first layout I did as Guest Designer, I actually painted some florals & other mixed media pretties on white cardstock. I wanted the same feel so I brought out some gelli prints I made specifically for items for DS3's wedding. Well, I did this and I did that but I just couldn't get it to look right. Then I decided to cut the sheets into strips & banners.

I knew if I started putting things down, I'd eventually work with it until I liked it and that's what happened! I love the final layout!

The photo placement, hand drawn heart & title placement were inspired by the sketch.

My layout:
The photos & everything else are placed on a vellum sheet and then adhered to white cardstock. I added washi tape, gold thread and black sequins on each upper corner. Other than that, not much more except of course those gorgeous strips of gelli print papers & gold scraps.

Very cool!

There's plenty of time to join the sketch challenge so be sure to click on over to the Stick It Down site and join the fun.

12 Days of Christmas Tags 2017 Day Eight

Day Eight of the Christmas Tag Series and I'm loving all these wonderful gift tags! I'm really trying hard to use all my wonderful Christmas stamps and here's another example of a set that I purchased but haven't used. This stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart (CTMH). Although I didn't cut out the shape of the poinsettia from the cartridge, I did cut out the ornament shape.

I stamped them in two different colors, honey & cranberry, both inks from CTMH. The silver ornament tops were done by brushing on the Silver Color Silk from Fun Stampers Journey.  They come in a nail polish look with the brush & everything. It's so easy to splatter it or swipe it on all my projects.

I added some enamel dots from Queen & Company. 

Don't forget to comment for an entry into my gift tag GIVEAWAY.  One random commenter will win a pack of one of each 12 tags made. Go back and comment on previous entries for an additional entry.  Good luck!