Monday, December 11, 2017


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Birthday Blooms Stained Glass

I revived an old technique for this card, but with a twist. The Stained Glass technique usually involves heat embossing vellum, and then coloring the back of the vellum with markers. But for this card, I used the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers on the front, and the colors are so much more vibrant!

A huge advantage to using the alcohol markers is, if you accidentally get ink on the embossed lines, or even outside the embossed lines, it is incredibly easy to clean it off with the Color Lifter. I mean like "piece of cake" easy! I did cheat a little with some contraband - the cut out in the center was made with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle die. It was so much easier than trying to tear it!

If you click on any of the photos and zoom in, you can see how it really does look like stained glass. I deliberately made it streaky to give it depth and texture. I could have easily laid down smooth color, but really wanted the stained glass look to look like.... stained glass. Make sense?

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS, Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeee....two tiny snowmen! Can you believe today is the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS? I hope you have enjoyed seeing something new every day as much as I have enjoyed creating those new things!

These snowmen were colored the same day that I did the reindeer used on Day 3. I sure do love to color.....have I mentioned that lately?

Smiley from Millan.Net

Anyhoo, these tags used pretty much the same items as the reindeer tags with the exception of the background, which is Tranquil Tide.

And now I'll let you in on a little secret. All these tags, plus a few more, were because my BFF Barb (the one responsible for my addiction....*ahem* I mean hobby) suggested we each make some tags and exchange them. "Come on," she said, "it'll be FUN!"

At first I was reluctant, mainly because we don't have very many wrapped gifts to use them on at this point in our lives, but also because I was at a loss for ideas. Well, once I got going, and the ideas started flowing, it was hard to stop! So Barb, if you're reading this, THANKS for the kick in the butt I needed! Love you, Sweetie!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS, Day 11

I have to tell you, it was a huge shocker to me that the Quilt Builder Framelits are not carrying over. I have seen SO MANY cute things on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers using these dies that I thought for sure it was so popular that it would stay. Guess I was wrong!

The coordinating Christmas Quilt stamp set has some adorable little adornments for the quilt, like the blanket stitch border and star. And, of course, the greeting! I used the whole suite on this tag, right down to the Stitched Felt Embellishments!

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