Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tag You're It #79 and (Belated) Happy National Cocoa Day

I'm squeezing in a tag Tag You're It Challenge #79 and the Winter 2017
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for National Cocoa Day.

Here's the inspiration tag from guest designer Leigh.

Sadly, this is the last challenge for Tag You're It, after 3-1/2 years of 
wonderful tag inspiration. I just had to join the last challenge and here's my tag.

A mug was inked with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink and adhered to a tag.
I adhered a snowflake on the mug, and the "cocoa" and whipped cream.
The sentiment was stamped on the tag with brown ink and I added some
"snow" with Distress Stickles.

I'm also linking this to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (belatedly) for
National Cocoa Day which was yesterday, December 13th.

Yep, "Hawaiian time"--that's me!
Thanks for stopping by.

CAS(E) this Sketch #251

I made it under the wire with Sketch #251 from CAS(E) this Sketch,
a little number from me.

Going through my stash of die cuts, I came up with this take on the sketch.

On a kraft card base I layered an ink distressed woodgrain piece, topped with
my favorite Santa and a diecut sentiment, highlighted with a white pigment
pen. Done and done!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, December 21st 
and as the winner, you could be joining us on a future sketch!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #363

And here's my take on this simple sketch.

For the focal point on the card, I white embossed three trees, then ink distressed
with Distress inks. After spritzing water over the piece, I trimmed it and adhered
it to a Stone Gray card base.

The sentiment was white embossed on a scrap piece of black card stock and
cut with a fishtail banner. The banner was adhered to the card and finished
off with "snow" from a white pigment pen, and sequins.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could win a
$50 MFT gift voucher as the random winner of the weekly challenge.
Hope to see you in the gallery!

Monday, December 11, 2017

MFT December Release Replay

It's time for My Favorite Things December Release Replay when the Creative
Team is challenged to share more ideas using the latest release.

I used the Stitched Tag Corner Square STAX for a bold, graphic (masculine!)
birthday card. Five shapes were cut from watercolor card stock, inked with
Distress inks and spritzed with water. 

They were arranged on a Stone Gray card base--a couple were popped up with
dimensional tape--and the card was finished off with the sentiment and some
enamel dots.

 Visit today's post at My Favorite Things to see how the rest of the Creative
Team took on the Release Replay Challenge.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist

another one of my favorite seasonal challenges that I look forward to every 
year--and I managed to make two tags for the challenge.

Day 7 featured Heather and Elena and a color challenge using pink, mint, and gold.

Cracked Pistachio was the closest color that I had for the minty sky and I
ink distressed most of the stitched tag, then spattered some water over it.
I assembled the deer on the tag and added pink hearts to the stag's antlers.

I stamped the sentiment and threaded some twine through the hole. As I 
was getting ready to take a photo of the tag, I noticed that I forgot the "gold".
Luckily, I had a scrap of gold card stock that fit perfectly under the sentiment.

Day 10 features another color challenge but this time, a bright palette. Sharon
and Svitlana created such beauties and I couldn't resist joining them.

This tag bears a resemblance to my card that I shared earlier for MFT's December 
Release. The row of houses was cut from watercolor card stock and this time, I used
Zig markers to color the tops of the houses. I brushed water across the top and let
the colors blend. 

A tag was cut from black card stock and white embossed with the sentiment. White
acrylic paint was spattered across the top of the tag and the row of houses was
adhered over it. The tag was finished off with the black and white twine.

I'm hoping to crank out a few more tags, if time permits. I love the versatility
of tags, from simply being tied onto a gift or adhering it to a card base for a quick card.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Giveaway!

It's time for the winter edition of our favorite blog hop--the 2017 Winter
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I believe I missed the last hop--too much traveling!--
but I loved seeing all the coffee, tea, and cocoa inspiration and I managed
to put together a card for this season.

I colored up the Cozy Lady by Brandi Kincaid for Ellen Hutson and decided to
mask off a bunch of take out coffee cups for her to hold. Looks a little dangerous,
I agree, and when I shared a pic on Instagram, some folks offered to help her
hold some! (Thanks, Ivy!)

* * *

And in honor of the hop, I have a small giveaway of coffee related goodies
for one lucky commenter. These are duplicates that I bought and what better
time to share them than with coffee lovin' friends.

(Prize package includes: Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice and matching Lawn Cuts
Unity Stamps Fall to Go, Neat and Tangled Warm Wishes and Doodlebug Designs
  Latte Love Shape Sprinkles)

Just tell me if you're a coffee, tea, or cocoa lover--or all three! The deadline
to comment is the last day of the hop, December 15th, and I'll announce the
winner a few days after that. One comment per person, please! 😘

I just realized that my card has more of a "fall" theme than a winter one,
probably because I colored her before Thanksgiving. Oopsie!

I'm off to peruse the entries! Big thanks to Amy and her crew for another
successful hop that brings us together, one cup at a time! 🍵☕

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #250

Can you believe it's the 250th sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here it is, compliments of our teammie Leigh.

And here's my take on it--an all stamped card!

It's been a while since I've stamped an entire card without a diecut piece in sight.
I stamped flowers and leaves on a piece of watercolor card stock and painted in
colors with Zig markers and blended them with water.

After the piece was dried, I cut it with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a
Stone Gray card base. I stamped the sentiment and finished off the card with sequins.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of my teammates interpreted the
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, December 14th
and as the winner, you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!