Sunday, December 10, 2017

Concord & 9th Script Tags

Playing along with the "Where Creativity Meets C9" Challenge for Concord & 9th, and this week it's "Anything Goes."

Thought it would be a perfect time to do more tags and use my  Sophisticated Script and Sophisticated Script Upper stamp sets!  
I got these in the bundle package and they are awesome!

Our "Schirmer" side Christmas is next Sunday, so I took the opportunity to make some tags for our nieces Emily & Mariel, and our great nieces, Maggie and Kate!

Used 2-sided patterned paper and a Memory Box Pocket Gift Tag die.  Think the pocket will fit a Ghirardelli chocolate square, too.  The letters are really easy to line up... and make people think I have excellent scripty handwriting! :)

Inspired by Nichol

I saw these wreath tags by Nichol Spohr during Tracey McNeeley's "25 Days of Christmas Tags" celebration and fell in love!

I used PTI's Rustic Wreath and cut out and glued together 3 wreaths from some glossy embossed papers.  Pulled the leaves up to add dimension and added some little punched gold circles and red Liquid Pearls.

A mini tag stamped with an image from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Teeny Trees" set.  I could make these all day!  Thanks Nichol for your inspiring design!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make it Monday: Fan Brush Trees

This week at Papertrey Ink, Betsy had the coolest tutorial about making pine trees using a fan brush and watercolors!  I had to try it out!  My card also fits the theme for this week's CASology challenge...

Here is my card...

I actually didn't have a true fan brush, but I did have some bigger (or smushed?) watercolor brushes that did the trick.  I sponged the background with Tim Holtz Distress inks in blues, splattered some water on the paper, then used watercolors in a tube and mixed some blue/green colors together.

I splattered on some white acrylic paint mixed with water for the snow, and added a sentiment from the Winter Village stamp set in Jet Black Stazon ink.  Was so glad to have my MISTI, because it needed several impressions to get full coverage over all the background paint!

Lastly, I painted more white acrylic paint lightly on the bottom, then sprinkled it with Crystal Snow glitter before it dried, and added a few glitter touches on the branches using a glue pen.

I feel like Bob Ross!  This was so much fun, and anyone can do it!  Thanks, Betsy!

Happy Feet SFYTT

I love this sketch from the SFYTT at Reverse Confetti this month!  So many fun things to do with those background squares and rectangles!

I chose images and dies from Love You S'more, and the Happy Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts for my card,

Love this patterned paper from last year's DCWV Collection "Merry Little Christmas."

Added a little sparkle here and there to match the glittered patterned paper and I'm doing a happy dance!

Sunday, December 3, 2017


I'm participating in my first ever challenge round at CASology!  This week the theme IS round!

I thought a snowman made with its three round snowballs would do the trick...

I used PTI's Stitched Circle Tag die and a snowman die and mini stamp set by Sizzix, which I got last year from Simon Says Stamp.  I couldn't pass up some big polka-dotty paper for this challenge!

I stamped a sentiment from one of my favorite sets of all time, "It's a Wonderful Life" by A Muse Studio, then embossed it with silver powder to match his silver hat.  Keeping with the round theme, I added pom pom snowballs for my embellishment.

I will definitely be back to play another round at CASology, so much inspiration to be had there!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pastel Deer

Time for tags!  Got to play along with the "Tag You're It" Challenge, and was inspired to make a pastel deer tag after seeing this sample by Jessica Frost-Ballas...

I made similar deer tags last year with this rubber stamp from Memory Box called "Deer Collage" and sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I colored the deer with Copic markers then added sparkle with a Sakura stardust pen.

The background stamp is an old red rubber stamp by Penny Black that I got at the coolest store in Buffalo!

Penguin Sketch

Amy O'Neill has a great, versatile sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and there is a fun (and tricky for me!) color scheme at Color Throwdown, too...

I used Reverse Confetti's adorable set and dies, "Love You S'more"...

I used Stampin Up's brick embossing folder to make an igloo scene (inside and out :))

I tried my hand at watercoloring that little penguin.  Still need A LOT of practice lol!  I used Delicata gold ink for the fire and marshamallows, and grey and black watercolors for the penguin.  The ice bricks are glittered at the edges, and so is Mr. Penguin :).

So much fun to combine these sketches this week!