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Ho, ho, hope you’re having fun!

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:

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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

It’s all about that view!

Well, hello! It’s wonderful that I’ve gotten so many pages created this month and all because of a scrappy getaway at the beginning of the month. Such a blessing!

My layout today began on my scrappy weekend, but I finished it later – had to pack up, clean up and head home finally! It was nice to have an idea what I was going to do, though, so it came together quickly in the end.

I’m entering this into  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. 

I found a fabulous sketch on Susan Stringfellow’s blog: Sketch Savvy

This was perfect for my two landscape photos. Here’s what I created:

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No watercolor or stamping on this page, but I did use quite a few fun embellies, including a favorite new one – the Faber Castell Clear Texture Gems – it’s how I created those awesome clear drops (yes, those are dry and perfectly round and wonderful!) Can you tell I love the look? And they were so easy to do!

I used a quote from Ali Edwards Give Sunday  (thank you so much, Ali, as this was just what my page needed), printed it on vellum after tracing the png file in Silhouette Studio and making the color a lovely teal. I used a scalloped rectangle digital die cut file for the outside (and yes, I did this as a print and cut.) The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd as is the washi tape, some of the enamel shapes and some of the cardstock stickers. I just love that Bella Blvd uses the same colors in their different collections so it’s easy to mix and match to create the look I want on my pages!

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along with all of my pages! I won’t have another page to share for quite some time, probably, but hopefully I’ll have some cards and gift card holders to share with you as Christmas draws nearer, that is, if I’m not too busy creating like a crafty elf! 😉

Wishing you a wonderful, magical and blessed month of December!

Ruth

Supplies: Cardstock – Doodlebug Design Inc; Patterned Paper – Bella Blvd; Wood veneer – Chic Tags, Studio Calico; Enamel shapes – Bella Blvd, Freckled Fawn; Washi tape and flag – Bella Blvd; Cardstock stickers – Bella Blvd, My Mind’s Eye; Clear embellishing liquid – Faber Castell; Pen – Sakura; Adhesive – Scotch Quick Dry, Xyron, Zig, Die cutting machine and software – Silhouette; Digital die cut files – Lori Whitlock, Megan Hardy Designs.

Aloha, Hawaii, Rise and Shine!

So, it’s taking a while to actually get going in Hawai’i, but here we are on our very first morning enjoying breakfast. Something that I think makes Hawai’i more magical is that there aren’t problems with bugs like there are in places we’ve visited in the continental US, so almost every hotel and restaurant is open to the outdoors. While we were eating our breakfast there were birds walking around and a gecko climbing a column, but no wasps or flies making us uncomfortable.

For this story, I adored this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Stuck?! Sketches:

I saw the shaded area behind the layers as an opportunity to do some more watercolor techniques with Distress Inks and the banner along the left side was a fun place to put a film strip die cut (from Paper Issues).

I also was glad to see the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, because this is certainly qualifying as anything (and I always love seeing what their design team creates when they get to choose the theme!)

Here’s my layout:

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(I have lots of musings about this page, I apologize! I’ll get back to the pictures and techniques in a couple more paragraphs.) So another thing about  Hawai’i is that while the costs are high, meals are also incredibly generous. It might have been because we were all getting over the flu which left us lacking an appetite, but every meal was just huge – it made it easy to just snack for one meal and only have two major meals a day, which is quite convenient when there’s a lot of driving and exploring going on! 

I am sensitive to certain types of sunscreen and hate sunscreen running into my eyes, but I am also very sensitive to the sun, so I tend to get zinc-based sunscreens. The sunscreen stick I got for us to use in Hawai’i that was zinc-based left our skin even whiter than usual. It was a joke in our family that we were “Pasty” (pronounced “past” with a “y” at the end – this was my son’s invention and made our white faces smile.)

More details of the layout? Sure!

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For the yellow and orange solid pieces, I used the Distress ink pads directly on watercolor paper – the effect is obviously very bold and bright. I liked the contrast with the watercolor scribbles in the background (created with a Distress ink pad smooshed onto my craft mat and picked up with a water brush.) I scattered a few sequins around (they are from SpiegelMomScrapShop Etsy store – these were lemon from a summer mix with green and pink. She has awesome mixes and I love that I get can just a few to add some shine – I don’t need a ton to get the effect that I want.)

The patterned paper is from Bella Blvd (Freestyle banana), Hawaii was stamped with Sally’s ABC’s stamp set by Lawn Fawn with Distress ink and the sun and Aloha cuts are from the Silhouette store (I added an additional offset to create the orange layer around the Aloha.)

I had a blast creating this bright and fun page and am so glad to have another story of our trip documented!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop in again soon!

Ruth

 

Are we There Yet?

Yes, we did make it (and I scrapped the page to record the memory), but it wasn’t pretty! The good thing was that it was pretty when we got there, so it was worth it! Where am I talking about – Hawai’i! Yep, and it was me asking the question Are we There Yet?!

I started out with this sketch from Grand Diva’s Scrappy Friends challenge:

I liked that there were spots for multiple photos and that they were small since I was using pictures from my phone (and that phone did not have a great camera on it.) Also the fact that the photos were divided worked well for my page, too. Then there was the layering and the strips along the top – just a wonderful sketch for my page!

Shall we take a look?

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Die cuts (manual and digital), stamping, wood veneer, watercolor, distressing, washi – 5 of my favorite techniques all in one place (the distressing is something I felt was needed, it’s just not a favorite)

Now, I really loved the fact that artwork that was hanging in the hotel was on our room keys and that they let us keep them when we were checking out. I thought this would be a fun place to display them because it’s when we first saw them (and the artwork.)

The details:

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The map was created by stamping the image with Distress Ink and clear heat embossing it. To get the watercolor look I smooshed the ink pads for the states and the ocean colors onto my craft mat and picked them up with a slightly wet water brush. I colored around the land borders with a sepia brush tip pen from Sakura and drew the travel path with a fine tip pen from the same set. The wood veneer planes were smooshed into a Distress Ink pad and then set aside to dry to help them stand out a little.

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All of the solid colored papers were created with the same watercolor technique as before, just on a larger piece of paper. I love the ombre look I got with the “Let’s Go” die cut by using yellow into orange. The Lawn Fawn stamps were perfect for this story.

In general, I loved how I was able to customize my papers for the die cuts by using the Distress Inks to watercolor and how all Distress Inks seem to go together very well no matter what.

And I’m very happy that Kelly’s Scrappy Friends Challenge:

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allowed me to focus on the wonderful oranges and yellows that were in the artwork on our room keys!

The patterned paper and washi tape are from Bella Blvd and I used my favorite Scotch Quick Dry adhesive on the wood veneer pieces, my Xyron Mega Runner for the larger pieces of paper and my Zig fine tip and chisel tip glue pens for the smaller paper bits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got more to share in the coming days, so I hope to see you back soon!

Ruth

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