Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

Playing around with words here like I’ve been playing around with my fun crafty goodies! I’m back to the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge and I’m going back to Day 1 when Rudy the red-beaked reindeer (Dean Martin – what a hip cat) was the focus of the challenge.

Therese Calvird had a fabulous design (and I happened to have a deer stamp and die set from Concord & 9th that I was dying to use!) Here is Therese’s:

Concord & 9th’s Furry Friends Stamps and die set has all sorts of super fun images and one of the images I loved was the deer (which has a set of Christmas lights to go between the antlers and that just made me smile.) I decided to make it look like Rudolf with a glowing nose, no string lights needed!

I started my design with watercoloring the deer head and antlers (using my Gansai Tambi watercolors + Altenew pigment ink.) I also tried to create a foggy night background, without using grey, in watercolor. It’s a sky at least, right?

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The tag frame is the Decorative Tag 1 from Pretty Pink Posh. I thought it went nicely with my Rudolf head and background. I thought the white felt would be a fun touch for the frame – I’m slightly addicted to felt I must admit!

I used a clear red dot that I had left-over from a Paper Pumpkin kit for Rudolf’s nose. (My sister is a demonstrator, so if you are looking for some Stampin’ Up goodies or a Paper Pumpkin subscription and need a demonstrator I’m happy to share her!;-)

So, the next time I create 15 Rudolf heads (I am giving sets of 10 tags as Christmas gifts and I wanted a few extras so I could pick my favorites to use) I will use watercolor for the nose glow instead of dye ink painted on. I had hoped that it was going to soften as it dried, but I forgot that the ink doesn’t dry back the way that watercolors do so it’s a bit intense for my liking, but it’s done and that’s a good thing!

Thanks so much for stopping by! This was a super fun tag to make and I hope you get to do some fun making for Christmas!

Ruth

 

 

I love Christmas music and the fact that Ellen Hutson chose to use Christmas music as inspiration for her 12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge this year made my heart very happy! Also, I really felt like stars definitely came out that night, so the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stars fit perfectly for me!

My favorite tag for this hymn at Ellen Hutson was this clean and simple design by Ardyth:

The contrast of the light landscape with the darkened sky touched with splatters of shine definitely played into how I interpreted this hymn.

My tag came out like this:

IMG_20191214_103700618 I used a couple of elements from Heidi Swapp’s Oh What Fun collection (wood veneer and the Peace tag) that I felt were perfect for this song (star geotag + peace and star = yes!) I used some Finetec metallic watercolors for the splatters and a Navy Twinklette marker for the To and From. The tag die was from Fun Stamper’s Journey. I used a hole die from the Waffle Flower Stanta Tag die set.

Thanks so much to Ardyth for her beautiful inspiration tag and to Simon Says Stamp for featuring stars for their Monday challenge!

I hope you have a clear and bright Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

Gotta celebrate!

Do you have friends or family who have birthdays in December? I do and I often feel like I need to make sure that of all the people I celebrate these folks get treated well. Sometimes it happens, sometimes I fail, but this year I’ve at least got a card made for one of them.

I have a lot of great birthday products from My Favorite Things so when I saw their latest sketch challenge, I really wanted to use that as inspiration for a birthday card and I did!

Also, for inspiration I loved how Donna Mikasa used the Crown Die-namics and Queen for the Day Stamp Set. The design really fit the sketch perfectly and in the end I pretty much copied her design. Here’s her beautiful card:

For mine, I started with Black Legion Stonehenge Paper because the rocking the crown sentiment couldn’t be more true of this friend who attends rock concerts (and other events) regularly. I added Prima – Mixed Media – Metallic Accents paint to my panel, splattering a little around the edges. The color I used (purple in the palette) looks completely different depending on whether you’re painting on black or white paper. Both have a blue sheen, but the base color is purple on black and pink on white – pretty wonderful for a royal greeting! I cut out the Crown in Silver Sparkle Card Stock and added a few sequins from my stash here and there.

Here’s my card:

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Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-Namics was used for the sentiments – I was happy that I had a nice and regal option for those.

I’m very thankful for inspiration and wonderful products to use to make creating something for someone special easy and fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ruth

I’ve been so inspired by Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019! It’s been hard to focus on other Christmas tasks when there are so many ideas running around in my head, so I’m here with one more tag.

Day 16 brought in Waffle Flower as the sponsor. This one was a little bit of a no-brainer since I own the Waffle Flower die that was used to create this fun tag, but I kinda needed easy-peasy and my inspiration came from Rebecca Keppel. She used felt on her Waffle Flower Santa Tags die tag and also backed the felt with paper for easy writing, which I thought were wonderful choices! Check out her blog for her fun design!

I tweaked a couple of details, but essentially this die creates this specific design so there’s not a whole lot of space to get too original.

Here’s my take:

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I used the Waffle Flower Santa Tags Die set. The red layer is red felt, the white is coconut velvet paper from s e i, I used a shiny black paper for the belt and pearlized cardstock in silver for the belt buckle and buttons. I decided to sandwich the ribbon between layers and I sewed the buttons on the front of this tag because hey, why not? Well, I realized later on that maybe I should have used red thread because I could see the white thread on the backside of this tag. Here’s a tag back without sewing:

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I love how the felt looks through the letters from some MFT tag die sentiments!

These were so much fun! I can’t wait to make the rest of this set (I’m making sets of ten to give as gifts to family and friends.)

I hope you have lots of time and inspiration for getting crafty! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

Tag along with me!

Hi, again! Thankfully for me, the Christmas season is also the challenge season so I’m here to share another challenge that provides tons of inspiration! These challenges really make it easy to create lots of (hopefully) wonderful projects to help to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year! My plan is to use what I create to share joy. I hope it works!

This time the inspiration is coming from Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019. Each day of inspiration comes from a specific stamp company or shop. Check out the details on the link above – you won’t regret it!

The inspiration for today’s tag comes from Day 1 when Altenew was the sponsor. Svitlana Shayevich shared this tag:

Christmas Tags. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

I loved pretty much everything about this from the colors to the graphic nature of the design. I also knew I had the elements necessary to create something similar so I went digging through my supplies and came up with a plan.

Here’s how mine turned out:

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Three different sentiments from a Close to My Heart stamp set.

I really liked the elongated banner shapes, so I extended my MFT banner tag die to make it work. I decided on gold cardstock from Recollections instead of kraft and I added a piece of washi from Paper Source to act as a base for the sentiment since my numbers were harder to read with the sentiment over them. Number dies are from Lawn Fawn and the snowflakes are from Concord & 9th. The sentiments are from CTMH and Elle’s Studio. The ink is from Altenew – hey, I didn’t even realize I actually did use something from the sponsor for this day! Small victory!

Here are the other two sentiments:

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Elle’s Studio sentiments – it was definitely fun to be able to vary the sentiments for this set of tags!

Well, I think that about wraps up this post (see what I did there ‘wraps’!)

I hope you feel inspired or at least excited about creating for Christmas!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!

Ruth

Hi! Remember me?

OK, so it’s not that I haven’t been creating, I just haven’t been blogging. I enjoy contributing to the Caring Hearts Drive and when I saw a sketch challenge that encouraged me to use products I have to create cards for this drive I thought it would be a fun thing to blog about!

The sketch is from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things.

Here’s the sketch:

Here’s my take on it:

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I love how this wintery scene turned out! I created another slightly different design using a different sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these and if you haven’t created cards for the Caring Hearts Drive please consider making some cards for those who are in nursing homes for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

Inspired!

Hey, there, blogging world! So, no I haven’t been posting on my blog, but I have been creating and today I’m finally sharing something with you!

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I have loved all the great tutorials (camp craft videos) that My Favorite Things has put out and was so inspired by a number of things that they have created and techniques they have shared during their two Camp Create sessions this summer!

I really adored pretty much everything about the 

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in June from MFT! July and August have the birthdays for both of my kids and my hubby and the bright fun colors in this kit along with the fun dies and the hearts in the flames meant that I really wanted to have the kit for creating for them!

Next, Barbara Anders shared this card:

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with a fabulous watercolor look and one of the best sentiments in the stamp set, especially for those birthdays with more than a few candles and I was on my way to creating something from the heart for my hubby.

And lastly, 

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inspired me to think outside of the box for how to use the dies from the kit!

So, onto my project!

I cut the candle and flame dies from the kit out of recycled printer paper and ran them through my Xyron X with the temporary adhesive cartridge. I have to admit I did a number of these cuts because I did some experimenting with colors and layout before my final card. It was easy to cut a lot of them since they are in groups of five! After I randomly placed the candle and flame masks on my watercolor paper I used my ink blending tools with the Cornflower, Green Room and Lemon Drop inks from the kit, but found that I liked just using Lemon Drop and Cherry Crisp instead (I had a theme – which had to do with the sentiment on the inside!)

Here’s a photo of the masked candles with the ink blending.

 

After I removed the masks I stamped the hearts on the flames in Cherry Crisp and flicked on some water then some Cherry Crisp ink refill mixed with Sheer Shimmer Mix-ables Mist:

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Feeling like I wanted a little more shine on the background I also added bigger splashes of the Mist:

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I loved the look of the sentiment on vellum so that the background could still be seen on Barbara’s card. I created a card base out of Cherry Crisp cardstock, created a mat out of the Lemon Drop striped paper from the kit, wrapped the vellum sentiment strip around the background and adhered it all together. Lastly, some red felt hearts from Spiegelmom Scraps shop finished off the front. And the inside was simply the sentiment that was my inspiration for the colors and a little more decorative stamping from the kit stamp set in Versamark ink!

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So, I’ve earned my badge for this project at least! I’m inspired by all the great ideas shared in camp and will definitely be using them as I create! Be sure to check it out if you like to get creative with paper!

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Thank you so much for visiting today! I might post more of my projects here again, soon, since this was really pretty fast to do, even with all the links!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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