Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Still tagging along

Hello, friends! First, I want to thank you for leaving kind comments and sending encouraging emails for my recent bereavement. It's worse at this time of the year...

In the meantime, I found a little distraction in the craftroom and made these 3 little things for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags:

Day 16: Inspired by Tracey's tag. I used Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte and coordinating dies. To finish - faux stitching.

Day 19: Inspired by Tracey's tag. I picked the colours and the bauble by Clearly Besotted for my take on the tag.

Day 21: Inspired by Judy Marino's tag. I've gone with the wreath and red-green colour combo. The stamps are by Clearly Besotted.

Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags
Die Cutting Diva #243: Tag, Bag or Box - tag
Lemon Shortbread #3: AG
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick - Red & Green


That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful day. See you soon with a festive card!


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Tag and more tags

Good morning, friends. A super quick post fro me today. We've had a death in the family over the weekend and things are sort of hectic at home. I'm just  going to post 3 tags I made for Tracey's 25 Day of Christmas Tags. I'll be back later today to add some wordy bits to each tag.    

Here's a quick fire intro:

Day 12: Inspired by Patty's card

Day 15: Inspired by Tracey's Card

Day 2: Inspired by Tracey's Card

And here's the link up to all three over at Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

Must dash. Have a blessed Sunday, all!


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Inkspirational Guest Post

I am super stoked to be guesting over at Inkspirational Challenges. For the next two weeks, the challenge will focus on this photo for inspiration:

I've used Clearly Besotted Stamps  to create this festive little number. The deer is from Merry Little Christmas and the greeting is from Christmas Sparkle, embossed in red. That big bow is there for a reason. It's hiding a little ooops. Enough said! :)

Here's a closer look at the image. I coloured him with my beloved Faber-Castell Polychromos, followed by lashings of Clear Wink of Stella and a blob of Glossy Accent on his red nose. A few white sparkly sequins around him and the card is done.

Brown Sugar#173: AG
ATSM #171: AG
4 Crafty Chicks #273: Inspired By A Christmas Song - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.
Cardz For Galz #8: Fave Christmas Colour Combo - Red & White
Crafty Girls Creations #9: AG



Continuing my Christmas tags - here is my offering for Day17 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I'm using Clearly Besotted's Pretty Poinsettia stamps and die. My inspiration came from Svitlana Shayevich's card with its burlap cardstock and poinsettia.

My second tag is for Day 18, inspired by Carrisa Wiley's tag with a tree and presents around it. The tree is from Lawn Fawn's Trim The Tree stamp set.

I'm linking both tags over at Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pink Birthday Cake & Tags

Hello friends! It's Thursday and you can almost smell the weekend. More importantly, where has the week gone??? December is but a fortnight away... how's that for a scary thought!

On to more pressing matters... I have one card and two tags to show you. The first is a CAS card that took me.... 37 minutes to make. Yes, you read it right. A little over half an hour... which is an all time record for me. And it being a CAS card makes this a mind-blowng accomplishment!

I'm using my very first Lawn Fawn purchase... Bake Me A Cake. I bought this 4 years ago and haven't used it in a very long time. I paper pieced the cake, added some Clear Wink Of Stella, a few pale pink bling and Glossy Accent for the cherries. So this is CAS! Look at all that white space... driving me nuts!
Lawnscaping #118: In With The Old
CASology #173: Pretty
Addicted To Stamps & More: AG


And now for the two tags: Let's start with Day 13. I was inspired by Tracey's card. Instead of a wreath, I went with the circular shape and made Clearly Besotted's Little Pudding the focal image. I used the Scalloped Tag Die to cut out the tag. Glossy Accents on the berries and some Stardust Stickles on the pudding complete this tag.
Crafty Girls Creation #9: AG

My second tag today is for Day 14. I've practically CASE-ed Tracey's little tag... again.  The stars of my card are the fox and a cup of latte. I cut the tag with Lawn Fawn's Tag, You're It die. The coffee cup is from Love You A Latte an the fox is from Critters In The Forest. The greeting is from Winter Fox.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Christmas

I'm linking both these tags at Tracey's 25 Days Of Christmas Tags and Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge - Tags.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Wish me luck with the tags. Still determined to do them all (dream BIG, I say!). Have a beautiful day, friends.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Flowers For You

Good morning friends. I've been getting inky with the brand new Swirl Centre Flowerhead stamp by Chocolate Baroque and created a simple yet elegant any occasion friendship card.

Here's how you make this card:
  1. Start by stamping 2 flowersheads with Versamark on water colour paper.
  2. Apply WOW Gold Rich Embossing Powder and heat set.
  3. Repeat above steps on 3 leaves (2 large and 1 small) from the Sunny Sunflowers sheet.
  4. Colour with Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral and Work Lipstick for the flowers and Peeled Paint for the leaves. 
  5. Allow to dry completely and fussy cut. Split one of the flowerheads in half and save for another project.
  6. Trim a piece of cream card stock ¼" smaller than the card base.
  7. Stamp sentiment on the cream card front and adhere the flowers and leaves around it as shown above. Pop-up the half-bloom on foam tape for added dimension.
  8. Cut a ½" strip of green glitter foam and adhere behind the cream card, with ¼" edge showing.
  9. Apply foam tape behind the rest of the cream card and adhere to the card base.
Here's a closer look at the large bloom. I literally slapped on the colours -  Abandoned Coral inside and Worn Lipstick toward the edges. Don't fuss - just keep it loose and easy. This card was a nightmare to photograph because of the glare from the glitter and gold. The picture does not do it justice. Make it and you'll see what I mean. :)
Craft Your Passion #288: AG
Crafting From The Heart #86: AG
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thinking Of You
Just Us Girls #319: Watercolouring
World Wide Open DT Challenge #5: November
Eureka Stamps #167: AG


Here's my tag for Day 10 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I'm inspired by Suzanne Bier's tag with the wee dog running away with a sled full of pressies. The main character is from Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Dog Park and picked festive elements from Holiday Party Animal to help set the scene. The little hearts are from Love You A Latte and I stamped the greeting with Riley's ABC.

Thank you so much for stopping by. We've had a gloriously sunny weekend with blue skies, cool air and falling leaves everywhere. Here's to the beautiful and safe week for everyone.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

All Tagged Up

Hello, friends. Hope you're enjoying the weekend. We've had a lovely sunny day here... bright and crisp. I love autumn afternoons like this. Anyways, on to the business at hand: tags for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge.

The first one is for Day 11, inspired by the bells on Beverly's tag and the snowy background on Tracey's tag. I'm using stamps by Chocolate Baroque. In blended Mowed Lawn and Bundled Sage followed by snowflakes stamped with VersaMagic Cloud White. Next, I embossed the bells with WOW Rich Gold on red card, fussy cut, popped up on foam tape and added some sparkle with the Wink Of Stella Gold Brush Tip.

Next up is my tag for Day 7, inspired by Wendy Ramlakhan's tag. The partridge and greeting are from stamps by Chocolate Baroque. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black, coloured with Graph'It markers and fussy cut it . I adhered WRMK Washi Tape and added some sparkle to the image with Wink Of Stella Clear Brush Tip. I inked around the tag with Frayed Burlap and Old Paper.

And finally, here's a tag for Day 6. This time I'm using Clearly Besotted Stamps to make a tag inspired by the cute red house on Marybeth Lopez's tag... but given my sweet tooth, I turned it into a gingerbread house. :)

I'm taking today's tags to Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags. That makes a total of 9 tags to date. But I am still behind on my goal. It's a slow crawl to the finish line! :)


Thank you so much for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay safe.


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