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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

STAMPlorations are guesting on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely ......

Happy Wednesday .....

Welcome to Day 22 of the 7th Annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely

It's so exciting to be part of this amazing event.  
I'm here as part of the TAGplorations team from STAMPlorations who are today's sponsors.

For my tag I've used the brand new STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees along with the CUTplorations Tags #1 Nesting dies

I cut my tag from Kraft cardstock and stamped one of the trees across the bottom and heat embossed in white

The sentiment is from The Christmas Reindeer stamp set from the Bee's Knees range at STAMPlorations and I used a stencil along with some white texture paste for the snow, sprinkled with crystal glitter to add a touch of sparkle

I stamped the same tree again, this time onto white cardstock.  I stamped it 4 times, heat embossed in white, and fussy cut them, cutting each one down following the layers so that I could decoupage them and add a bit of dimension before attaching it to the tag using foam pads

All of the trees were colored using ZIG Marker pens and I added a few dots of glitter glue for the decorations

To finish off I added a strip of scalloped cardstcok across the bottom of the tag

You can see the rest of the STAMPlorations Design Team's Tags over on Tracey McNeely's Blog today.  Have fun with the challenge and Happy stamping!

I'm also linking this tag up to the 12 Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends.  

I've missed playing along each day but at least the linky is still open so I can squeeze this one in before the deadline.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's back to the Santa project for me ..... it's taking me a while!  Hope I end up on the Nice list this year!

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

It's TAGplorations time .......

Happy Tuesday .......

I hope you're enjoying your week. It's another busy one in the craft room, although I'm not actually working up there .... I've taken over the kitchen, to complete a rather large project for Santa.  Yes, it's that time of year when I'm one of Santa's little helpers ....... more about that later!

How about a little more inspiration for this month's TAGplorations Challenge over on the STAMPlorations Blog.

The theme for November is All About Gratitude ....... with the optional twist of polka dots.

There's a few of my favourite techniques on this little tag ..... inlaid die cutting, hidden words, ink splattering and, rubber stamping of course.

I stamped the pretty STAMPlorations Blossom Spray #2 onto a white tag, cut using the largest die from the CUTplorations Manila Tag Nesting dies

I then used the CUTplorations word die ... Thanks and die cut the word down the length of the tag.  In places I've only used part of the die, cutting over the edge to get a more random look
When I reached the bottom I made sure to cut the word 'thanks' in full ...... the die fits across the largest of the manila tags perfectly!

I die cut more of the word from plain white cardstock, layered them with the ones cut from the tag on top, and then inlaid them back into the tag, giving the look of embossing.
You can see I also cut the word from a piece of  dotty card which I found in my stash and layered this on top of the complete word at the bottom to add even more dimension.

A little cut off strip of the dotty card adds a bit more colour, and I finished off with some coloured ink splatters

There's still time to play along with the challenge. Just remember that your project must feature a TAG on it somewhere.
There's prizes up for grabs ..... a $10 gift certificate for the winner, and $5 gift certificates for the top 2 picks.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I think I'd better go and scrub my hands and put on some clean clothes.  We're going out for something to eat this evening and I'm currently covered in red and green paint and I'm sparkling just a little bit!!!

Cheerio until next time .......

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Welcome to 12 Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends ..... Day 11

Whoo hoo! .... hello again

Welcome to Day 11 of one of my favourite Blog events of the year.  Yes ......Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll & Friends is currently underway .......

When Loll invited me to be one of her Guest Designers again this year I immediately said Yes!
It's always a pleasure to be part of this fun event ....... and you all know how much I love making tags!

I'm loving Kraft card at the moment and I think it goes so well with white to give a real snowy look.

I cut my tag and heat embossed in white, some pretty snowflakes onto the background .....

and then added some texture paste through the Tim Holtz Speckles stencil .... I love using this to create the look of falling snow.  I sprinkled the texture paste with fine crystal glitter while the paste was still wet to add a touch of sparkle

White ink around the edges, applied with a stencil brush, finishes off the snowy sky.

I die cut some white card stock with the CUTplorations Stitched Snow Hills dies and layered the pieces onto the bottom of the tag, stamping and heat embossing the sentiment in gold

I finished off the tag by adding a beautiful die cut snowflake .... cut from white card and glitter card, layering them together to add dimension ...... isn't it pretty!  I think it's a Memory Box snowflake but I'm not sure ..... I haven't got the packaging!!

A simple white pearl in the middle adds the final touch.

I hope you're enjoying the Tag event as much as I am.  There's been some amazing tags created by Loll and her Guests over the last 10 days and it's not over yet.
There's still time to play along ....... just create a mixed media Christmas tag, any size, any style, which includes rubber stamping, plus two mixed media elements ..... that can be mixed media products or techniques.  Go on ...... join in the fun!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.
I've been busy prepping a workshop today for the weekend ..... we're going to be playing around with Galaxy Backgrounds ....... it could be a messy one!

Cheerio until next time ........

Warm hands ..... Warm heart

Happy Thursday ........

I'm back!!!  and I thought last week was busy!! 

Welcome to the first of two posts today ....... first up it's time for a little more inspiration for this month's STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge

Anything CAS goes with the optional colour twist ....... and this month, that's BROWN

I think Kraft card is about as brown as I get!  
This was so quick and easy to do ...... great if you're like me and still have all your Christmas cards to make ..... well, nearly all of them!  

Both the winter mittens .... how cute are those! 

and the sentiment, are from the STAMPlorations Warm Hands, Warm Heart stamp set.

I've simply stamped them onto Kraft card and heat embossed in white, then coloured the mittens with Prismacolor pencils.
This is a great little stamp set, cute festive images and great sentiments.  There's also a co-ordinating set of dies too so if you don't like fussy cutting you don't need to, the dies will cut out the images for you.

I added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder ......

and finished off with a little bit of faux stitching around the edge

Told you it was quick and easy.

Check out the STAMPlorations blog for all the challenge details, and you'll also find more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on there too.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

It's been all go again this week although to be fair, Monday was a write-off.  We only got back on the island at 5.45AM!  so I just went straight to bed, and didn't wake up until after lunch.  
And I did go AWOL yesterday ..... it had to be done, one of my crafty friends is having a BIG birthday this weekend (Happy Birthday Gill!) and she's away, so we all had lunch with her yesterday and got the celebrations started early.

I will share more about my weekend away once everything has settled down a little ...... though I will just say I had a great time on the retreat ...... and it was nice to catch up with the family too.

Cheerio until next time ........ you won't have to wait too long!

Friday, 10 November 2017

It's all about words .......

Hello again ......

Whoo Hoo!!!! Guess where I am!?  Yep .... I'm at the Bredbury Hall Hotel & Country Club  over in Stockport near Manchester, on this year's Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat.
As you've probably guessed this is a scheduled post as I should be in the middle of dinner, with the HLS boss herself .... Kylie, and the rest of the girls on the retreat ..... no doubt having a ball!

However, I might be off on a jolly but, the blog challenges still go on ..... this time it's the Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge

This month the theme is WORDS ......  just because ATC's are on the small side doesn't mean you have to skimp on the words ..... make them your focal point

I started out by colouring a large piece of cardstock using various colours of Distress Oxide inks and a little water to blend the colours, and then I cut it down into ATC size pieces (2.5 x 3.5 inches) ..... I got quite a few so I'll be using them as ATC bases in the future ........ watch this space

Each one of the ATC's was then spritzed with a mica spray to add some shimmer to the background, and I used various stencils and Distress Oxide inks to add more detail ......

Pearlescent paint through a stencil gives extra shimmer on one of the designs, and a touch of sparkle with a few die cuts stars and the odd dot of glitter glue .......

Each of the sentiments was stamped and heat embossed with a clear powder  ......

with a few white highlights here and there .....

Use your favourite phrases or sayings .......  or simply one word .... the choice is yours.

As with all of the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the challenge winner to spend in the HLS store ..... this month it could be you!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy your weekend. I'm enjoying mine!

Cheerio until next time ......

First post of the day .......

Happy Friday .......

I may be away from my craft room but ......... it's still a busy day on the Blog!

First up today is a little reminder about the Craft Stamper Blog challenge. We've already had lots of fabulous entries but there's still loads of time left to play along.

The theme is Anything Goes .... as long as there's stamping on there somewhere.
Check out the Craft Stamper Blog for full challenge details and all the rules.  When I say 'all' there's not many!

On to some inspiration for you now ...... fancy a Christmas card?

I must confess I did look at Christmas cards in the shops this week ..... didn't buy any though, well not yet anyway!

This design was quite simple to do .... a mix of snowflakes, and a couple of different ink pads and you're away.

I stamped the snowflakes randomly onto a piece of white card using a silver and a gold metallic ink

Once these were dry, I stamped the large snowflake with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold
You can see that my snowflakes do overlap in places, this creates the look of depth and layers

I splattered some gold and silver ink onto the background

And finished off with a festive sentiment

and a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder

Don't forget we have a challenge sponsor ..... the fabulous  RubberDance stamps

And the challenge winner (randomly chosen) will receive a stamp set of their choice .... nice!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a fab weekend.
I'm off on my craft retreat later today so mine's going to be a good one!
First though ....... it's a spot of Christmas shopping and lunch out with hubby .... Ho! Ho! Ho!

Cheerio until next time

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Drumroll please ......... post number 1000!!!!!

Hello again ......

Well we made it across OK ..... not too bumpy at all.

I said earlier that it was a special day on the blog today ....... why I hear you all ask
Well ...... Whoop Whoop!! .....  Yeah!! ....... Whoo hoo!!  
This is blog post number 1000!!!!  Now that's a lot of words.

It seems such a long time since that first Blog post back on Saturday January 14th 2012.  I was so nervous.  Who would want to read my blog?  Would I get any followers?  Would anyone leave me a comment?  WOW! was I surprised!

You did read it, you did become followers, some of you have been with me since the beginning, and I think I can say I've made some very dear friends along the way too ...... Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

I thought my 1000th post should be a special one ..... a look back at some of my favourite, and most memorable posts .... so grab a cuppa, this could take a while

I've shared quite a bit with you over the last 5 years or so ..... holidays and family celebrations ......

House moves, and birthdays ...... my day to day life really.
And you've seen this little guy grow up .......... from this cute little munchkin  .....

to this handsome chappie ......

But the main reason for the blog was to share my love for all things crafty.

One of my most memorable posts was from April 2012 ...... my entry for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012.  The reason why it sticks in my mind is, it was the first time that my tag was chosen as one of the monthly winners ..... I was so excited!!!!  That one post had over 1600 views!

There's been Design Teams, and Guest Designer spots.  Magazine articles and workshop projects and Blog challenges galore and you've been with me all the way.
Here's one of my favourite pieces from my time with IndigoBlu ...... from December 2013
I still love these stamps, and this is still hanging on my craft room wall.

The first time I was in print was very exciting ...... this was also whilst I was with IndigoBlu showcasing their stamps for Wedding stationary in the Create and Craft Club magazine

We've covered everything from CAS ........

January 2017
to Mixed Media and home decor ......

May 2016
June 2017
Wedding gifts ......

and lots of Christmas ideas ......

December 2016

It's been so much fun sharing my crafty journey with you all, it's nice to know you're there. I do appreciate your comments and support.

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to stop by ....... Love you loads!

We're off out for dinner this evening with my brother and his wife so I shall be raising a glass to you all ....... and, to the next 1000 blog posts!

Cheerio until next time ......
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