The challenge this week at Papertrey Ink was to use layers. This card came together quite quickly until I started stamping the flowers and foliage. It was only after I had stamped everything, that I remembered that for these builder type floral arrangements with matching dies, die cutting and THEN stamping is the only way to success. I had to start over but when I put it all together, I was very happy with the result.
I am so far behind, that I think I am first!
I have had no time to enter any of the usual challenges, and the 25 days of Christmas Tags was only 12 days long for me before the wheels fell off.
Because of being busy with other things, my “new” drawer is starting to overflow as well. There are many amazing stamp sets in there, that definitely need to come out and play. One of them is the plaid maker from Concord and Ninth. This is a brilliant stamp set both in its simplicity and engineering. What is great about it, is that they had the clever idea of making the thin lines of the plaid on a wide base with two of the thin lines on it. The lines stay straight and the wider stamp stays upright when lining it up in the Misti. I rarely make more than one card front at a time, but this plaid maker stamp is “the best” for mass production. Just keep stamping the pattern in black on to various colours of cardstock. The thin lines are not necessary as you have a lovely Buffalo plaid without them, but you can add them at a later date, to co-ordinate with whatever image and occasion you opt to work with.
I have so many things to do, I thought I would skip this week’s Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink, but when I saw the topic was photo ornaments, I had to participate. I have a brand new grandson to show off ( November 15), so of course, he had to go on the photo ornament.
The ornament is nothing special, but this little guy is the star of the show. I am thinking now that I need to go back through my photos and pick out a baby photo for each grandbaby and make an ornament for each. The most difficult part is finding photos that will fit within the frames that I have. Today, I used the scalloped oval die from Shakers and Sprinkles, but next time I will try using the Shaker Tree die if I can find photos that will work.
Just so you know…………….that is not baby spit up on my sweater. I was in such a hurry to get to the hospital, I slopped toothpaste all over myself. I dabbed it off, but unbeknownst to me, it dried back all white and gross looking again.
Wow where do the days go? I feel that I am in a movie where the months of the calendar are ripping off and blowing away in the wind to show the passage of time. I am extra excited to announce that I am a Grandma again to a sweet little boy. He gave his Mom and Dad quite the ordeal, getting ready to come “earthside” as his Mom noted, but all was forgiven with one look at his angelic little face.
Today I am posting a couple of tags. Day 10 features the sponsor Winnie and Walter. I am channeling the tag of Lindsey M-P, as I just received the Happy stamp and die from Winnie and Walter and it has the same look as the Merry die that Lindsey used.
Day 11 features the products of Studio Katia. The tag of Amanda was an easy choice as it was a shaker card, and the only Studio Katia product that I own right now is the beautiful sequins that I ended up using in my shaker tag. I also loved the bright colours used in these tags.
My Canadian friends will think I am crazy to be posting a Thanksgiving card as our Thanksgiving was October 9 but here is the deal…………………A while back at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, I picked up the cover plate used in this card. In the feeding frenzy that was going on at the shops at the carnival, I thought this die contained raindrops. My idea was that I would use it to create a stencil so I could use embossing paste and make my own raindrop patterns. Imagine my surprise when I got home and actually looked at the die. There were these cut half circles below the raindrops…………….what were they all about? Then I actually looked at the name of the die………………………..Ruffled feathers……………………………..light bulb came on over my head. They were stylized feathers to be made dimensional and not raindrops at all. Now I have spent mega bucks on things and not batted an eye, in fact, in Vegas I have spent mega bucks for nothing at all, but suddenly it had become my life’s work to justify the five bucks that I spent on this die. I did use it to make a raindrop stencil, I looked on the internet and saw that someone used it to make a shake roof on a 3 d house and took note of that, but when I came across this stamp from Judith and Heather, I knew it was the perfect image for the cover plate.
So here it is, and I am not so crazy after all as I can say a hearty Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.
I am thinking it might be a good idea to do all my tag catching up on one Blog post, so that followers aren’t getting 3 or 4 blog posts in one day.
I will start with the Day 8 tag. The sponsor for Day 8 is Sunny Studio. I was inspired by the cute little single image scenes in Mendi’s tags. I was also inspired by my own desire to use this nifty little stamp set that I had not yet used. It wouldn’t be the first stamp one would think of, when making a Christmas tag, but I had fun making it work.
Here is a catch up tag from Day 3. Sponsor is Casual Fridays. This is a bit of an easy one as my tag dies of choice are from Casual Fridays. They just seem to be the right size and shape in a majority of cases. It isn’t hard to tell that the inspiration for my tag comes from a combination of Kimberly and Kelly’s tags. I used the exact layered tags as Kimberly did and I used the slice of a sleigh idea from Kelly. The To and From on my tag is hidden below the smaller tag. Unwrap the Magic sentiment is from Hot off the Press.
Next up is a catch up tag from Day 7. The sponsor is Birch Press. Unfortunately, I don’t own any Birch press stamps or dies. Using Tracey’s tags as inspiration, I substituted a Cheery Lynn die. I used my Scan and Cut to make an outline of the snowflake in red cardstock. I had recently bought a jar of Fractured Ice embossing powder from Emerald Creek Trading Co. and I was anxious to try it out. It is a thick clear, yet slightly greenish embossing powder with dark flecks that look like dirt particles or debris in it. Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It is actually beautiful, as it reminds me of the pond ice I used to skate on as a kid. That ice was not pristine either, but rather had small twigs and leaves suspended in it.
Today’s sponsor is Reverse Confetti and I did not have any stamps from them. I do have the All Framed Up Die which is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES, so I wanted to use it here. I took inspiration from Michele Ferguson who used a reinforcement die to turn a frame into a tag. The image in the tag is from Hero Arts Naughty Elves.