Friday, November 24, 2017

Dashing through the Snow

It's the day after Thanksgiving, better known as 'Black Friday' to savvy shoppers,
and we're bringing you a new challenge at Tag You're It. 
It's a great excuse to stay home today, away from the crowds and create a tag.

Our featured artist for this challenge, is Jessica Frost-Ballas, and she's given us this
frosty pink yummy to case.

And here's some more inspiration from me:

Loved the pink, loved the snowflakes, and cased her deer with a stag head at the tag's top.
Created a shaker with a iridescent sequin mix from Poppystamps.
the window is also from Poppystamps: Evangeling Floating Square.
Platinum embossed wood snowflakes scattered on top.
Sentiment is an old Memory Box die called Curved Dashing.
There's plenty of inspiration on the Tag You're It blog from our designers. Come by and take a look.
You have 2 weeks to play along. We love to see what you do.
Thank you Jessica, for a beautiful tag to inspire us!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Believe for 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Good Sunday morning to you!
Rushing to post this tag for 25 Days of Christmas Tags, before church.
On Day 15 Tracey featured Muse, and Christmas Visions, a Christmas Card Club.
Chriss Blagrave was my inspiration with her gorgeous all over snowflake embossed tag.

Didn't stray from her simple design, with the exception of my focal piece.
She used a penguin, I added the sweet Santa from PTI's Believe.
My snowflakes are PTI's Silver White Winters & What the Doodle: Snowflakes.
Chriss edged her tag with black emboss, I used Stampendous Shabby Blue EP.
Tag: PoppyStamps Stitched Main Street Tags.
Neon Amplify puff pain and Stickles Chrystal.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A little Naughty

Hi everyone! Are you playing along with 25 Days of Christmas Tags?

Avery Elle is the featured stamp artist today, on Day 18 of Tracey's blog.

I just adore this sassy cat from Avery's Dear Santa set, and took inspiration from my 
friend, Michele Ferguson's tag today. Michele's, 'shut the front door', sentiment
brought a chuckle, and love casing her touch of good humor!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cozy Winter Wishes

Day 14 of 25 Days of Christmas Tags, Tracey features the folks at Concord & 9th.
I found a stamp and die set from last year I'd never used, and went to work,
with Lindsey M's tag as my muse.

Really very easy with all the sweet die cut elements. Plan to make a dozen of these and have them ready for packages.

C9: Christmas Cottage
PTI: Basic Bookmark die

Lots of time to join the fun on Tracey's blog!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Card Concept: Retro Holiday

Welcome to a new post for the Card Concept Challenge.

Retro Holiday ~ Sheer joy!
Here's some inspiration for you.

I tried to recreate the feel of that fabulous wreath with the baubles from PTI's Vintage Ornaments 2,
and this Clean & Elegant Card.
Lots of masking, and a few stamped images from Cloche Quarters: Winter.
Sentiment die: Big Ticket Basics
There are plenty of styles you can choose from.
See them all and more inspiration from our designers on the Card Concept Challenge Blog.
Good luck and happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 8

I'm playing catch-up with a trio of tags for Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

Saw Tracey's tag she did for Sunny Studio's day, and loved the reindeer on 
the snowy tag.

My deer is from PTI, and is called Dash Away All.
Tag: PTI Holiday Tag Along.

Embossed stag with Stampendous Aged Silver.

Next embossed stag with Stampendous Shabby Pink

And one in a chalkboard style with a red embossed stag. 
Paper on bottom from Betsy's Winter Wonderland.

Play along on Tracey's Blog:

Create Along With Us - November

I just love Create Along With Us, PTI's release week case of designer's creations.
The month of November presents us with holiday wonders, florals, new dies, and 
designer papers. Always enchanted with the whole affair!
This month Melissa won my heart with this layered and lovely tag,
 attached to a Pillowbox.

I didn't stray far from Melissa's rustic style and colors.

I did have to improvise, not having the tag, star or new stamps Melissa used... yet.

Started with Tagsale #4, and instead of a star, Damask Snowflakes.
Double Ended Banner stamped with Background Basics: Christmas, an old set that 
fit the banner perfectly.
My sentiment is from Beautiful Berries: Winter, stamped onto the round tag
from Bite Sized Tags.
All those Christmas ferns are from Spruce & Sprigs.
Oh yes and that wonderful Pillowbox die, and I'm ready to present someone 
special with an inserted gift card or small item with holiday flair! 
Melissa, always love your inspiration!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Photo Card for MIM

MIM this week is with Ashley, and she is reminding us of a previous tutorial
she did with stamping on our cards.
I don't send photo cards as an empty nester, but I thought it would be fun
to do it with last year's photo of early Christmas morning and 8 of the 11, posing
for grandma. Sheer torture before opening presents!

From left: Reagan - 11, (holding Jack), Carson -16, Noelle - 6, Little Eli - 2, Shepherd - 5, 
Garrett - 13, Ana - 12, and Nate - 11. 
3 blessings haven't arrived yet, and are MIA from the photo!
Stamped Beautiful Berries: Winter and added a double die cut of Big Basics:
Merry Christmas, from glitter paper
I have pictures in front of the fireplace each year of the grandkids and plan to do
more and line them up for all to see.

Thanks, Ashley! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas card

I'm playing along with 'Inspired by All the Little Things', where
Colleen Voelker is the featured designer. You can read all about Colleen,
on the Inspired blog, here:

Colleen picked this photo inspiration for us

So much inspiration here, I took a bit of this and a bit of that and
came up with this:

PTI: Cloche Quarters, Cloche Quarters Winter Fillers, Wonderland set, 
Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs, Noted: A2 dies.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Very Merry

Merry Monday is featuring a photo and color scheme chosen by 
Marcia Hill, this week.

Kraft and Red! Love the theme, and couldn't wait to join the fun.

It's an all PTI card.
My wreath was created with PTI's Beautiful Berries: Winter.
Stag is from Dash Away All, 
 To The Point: Edgers die
 Plaid Builders, and bow from Merry Kiss-mas.
A bit hard to see, but I scored the bg with my score buddy.

Play along for a few more days here:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 1

Another tag using SSS snowflakes for 25 Days of Christmas Tags.
Pretty Pink Posh tag.

Play along on Tracey's blog here:

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 5

Day 5 at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags features Altenew.
I made my chalkboard-esque tag with Altenew's Garden Treasure and 
Halftone Holidays. Nice and simple one layer.
Play along on Tracey's blog:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags - Day 4

Day 4 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags welcomes Reverse Confetti.

I went through my stash of RC to look for Christmas stamps, and 
found none! 
Not to worry, I have their Scalloped Tag Layer and Topped Off Tag,
and combined them and with the center of the 
Sand Dollar die.

Ink Sponged bg and sentiment from PTI's 2012 Holiday Tags, and done!
A perfect gift tag for a son and family that lives on the coast.
Jeanne Jackna's tag, using the Topped Off tag die, and her use of cool blue inspired me.
Honestly? Jeanne always inspires me!
Are you playing along? So many incredible sponsors and gc to each shop! 
And... the best part? Tags ready for Christmas!

Hook up here on Tracey's Blog:

Blog Hop for Dawn

Hello, and welcome to a hop in honor of Dawn McVey, from PapertreyInk,
who is currently recovering from surgery in a hospital in Washington, DC.
Dawn is an incredibly talented designer, and has designed several stamp sets 
available through PTI. I knew she had many, but was surprised at just how many 
were listed under Raspberry Suite.
Among them is this set, used to make her card, called Cup of Cheer.

I also used a Cover Plate, Quatrefoil, Dawn designed, 
and Holiday Greens Borders, all personal favorites. 
Dawn can't have flowers in recovery, but I added as many of her happy florals as I could,
hopefully to bring her smiles! 
Here's a peek on the inside,

Dawn also designed the Tucked In Series. This one is from Thinking of You.

Dear Dawn, as you continue to heal and grow stronger, know
that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many who love and appreciate you,
and are counting the days 'till you're back blogging!

Friday, November 3, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags Day 3

It's Day 3 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, hosted by Tracey McNeely,
and the stamp co. featured today is Cas-ual Fridays.

Cuteness overload on Tracey's blog today with so many sweet tags.
Here's mine, using Cas-ual Fridays' Merry KissMas.

Shona Chambers, my inspiration, used this stamp set, and reminded me I had it to play with.
You can find 25 Days of Christmas Tags, here: