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?

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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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Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending a Year of Cheer from the Inky Friends

Welcome to a new hop from the Inky Friends! This time we are doing something a bit different by showcasing how the awesome new Stampin' Blends Markers can be used throughout the year. I start by stamping the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (never use Archival ink with Stampin' Blends!), and then laying down the lightest color first, working in small sections. While the ink is still wet, I add in the darker colors for depth and shading. Then I go back over it with the light marker to blend the shades together. I love that we can customize embellishments with these markers, too!

You probably just landed here from Kris' blog, Paper Fairy Kris. She had October, and her theme was Halloween. Follow the links at the end of each stop to see the whole year.

My theme is friendship for November. Yeah, I know - not Thanksgiving, but thankful for friends! I had so much fun choosing and coloring the images for these cards, plus I mixed a little "something old, something new" as you will see.

My first card uses the Cheery Chirps stamp set that is retiring on January 2nd, but I paired it with a new embossing folder (called Scattered Sequins) that's coming in the Occasions catalog on January 3rd! The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams.

The bird was colored with Daffodil Delight light and dark combo markers, along with the light Pumpkin Pie maker, and the leaves with Old Olive combo markers. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the wings for a little shimmer, and the rhinestones were colored with the dark Daffodil Delight, too. See? Custom embellishments!

Up next is a fabulous, fun image to color - the beautiful rose in Rose Wonder, from the annual catalog. I used the Pink Pirouette combo markers and light Rich Razzleberry for the rose, and Old Olive combo on the leaves. And again, a few swipes of Wink of Stella on the rose petals for some subtle shimmer.

This time I paired the image with the gorgeous Painted With Love Specialty DSP in the Occasions catalog. You really have to see this paper in person....the pictures do NOT do it justice! The greeting was heat embossed in white on the DSP.

My last card uses the flower image from You've Got This and greeting from Hello Friend, both in the annual catalog. This time the Pool Party combo markers and Bermuda Bay light marker were used, with Daffodil Delight dark on the stamens.

Did you notice the die cut? That is from the new Petals & More Thinlits Dies, and the Petal Passion DSP is from the same suite. Oh, there is so much to love in the new catalog!!!

That's all I have for you today. Up next is Betty, over at Kitty Stamp. She has December, and her theme is Christmas. Can't wait to see what she colored!

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Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS, Day 10

Isn't this just the sweetest little stocking? It uses the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits die, which is a 19 piece die set! Besides the stocking (with heel, toe, and cuff pieces), there's a pillow box (great for treats!), snowflake, bell, star, holly leaves, mistletoe sprig, heart, tag, and trim pieces for the cuff. Sadly, this is not one of the items that is going to carry over, and it will only be available until January 2nd - unless it sells out before then!

The Year of Cheer Specialty DSP is also "while supplies last" as is the Tinsel Trim used here. Darn retiring items. Well, my consolation is the new things that are coming in the Occasions catalog next month. And the man in brown brought me a big box of goodies from that catalog on Tuesday!

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