Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Look Back

It's been an interesting year.  A mix of wonderful things and tough things.  I didn't stamp as much as I hoped, but I still managed to do eighty-four posts regardless.  Maybe I'll break that hundred-post ceiling in 2017.  Who knows?  Before this year ended, I wanted to take a look back at some of my favorite cards made in 2016.  Click on the pictures to see the original posts.  :)

A lot of these cards were made during the summer, my most prolific time stamping this year.  I moved my studio in November to my boys' old room.  I'm still settling in to the new location and figuring out how best to make it work.  I love all the extra space.  Not to mention, it is fantastic to have my cardstock in the same room! 

It's been fun to look back at this year's creations.  Here's to a brand new year, new creations, and new experiences!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Hip Reindeer Tag

Welcome back for the second December installment of Ink It Up!  Every second and fourth Wednesday, Leigh Penner and I post a project using uninked sets.  I am showing the last of this year's Christmas tags for my family.  It's actually the second design I created, but I wanted to save these for my Ink It Up post because I used three different new stamp sets.  Three!  They are from the Candy Cane Lane Stamp of Approval kit by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Not only that, I used Nuvo Crystal Drops for the first time.  I love them!  Gimme all the pretty colors, please.  :)

Isn't that darling?  I cut the two tag layers using Tag Sale #8 from Papertrey Ink in Pure Poppy and Kraft cardstock.  On the Pure Poppy base, I stamped the Peppermint Stick Background in VersaMark ink.  I did the same thing on the Kraft tag layer, but using a sentiment from Merry & Bright Boughs.  I like the subtle background it created.  I stamped the word "noel" from Hip Holiday on the bottom in black ink and then glued the layers together.

That adorable reindeer is from Hip Holiday.  I stamped him in Dark Chocolate ink on white cardstock and then cut it with the matching die.  I added his little nose using Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops.  That stuff totally holds dimension!  They are just as high and rounded as when I first squeezed it out.  Love!  I was so tempted to add drops of different colors to his antlers to mimic Christmas lights, but I ultimately decided to keep it simple.  That way the focus is on that cute red nose.  I popped up the reindeer with dimensionals and added him to the tag.  Lastly, I tied on some red and white baker's twine.

I'm really pleased with these tags.  I like the simplicity!  I have fun making the family tags every year and my kids love to guess whose is whose.  It's one of my favorite traditions now!  Be sure to pop over to Leigh's blog, To the Full, to see her post today.

Stamps:  Hip Holiday, Merry & Bright Boughs, Peppermint Stick Background (Catherine Pooler Designs)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); VersaMark; Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Hip Holiday dies (Catherine Pooler Designs); Tag Sale #8 die (Papertrey Ink); Red Berry Nuvo Crystal Drops

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Penguin Tag

Here's another set of tags that I made for this year's gifts.  Two of my kids suggested a penguin, so I used this one from Punch Pals by Stampin' Up.  Other than the hand cutting, this is a quick design.

I cut a tag base using the Tag Sale #2 die by Papertrey Ink.  I also cut it out of patterned paper from the Winter Frost dsp stack and glued them together.  I cut another piece from white cardstock, first with the tag die, and then with the In the Meadow die by Papertrey Ink to get the snowy slope.  I covered it with Crystal glitter and glued it to the bottom of the tag.

I stamped the penguin on white cardstock and colored it with Stampin' Up markers.  I added glitter to the scarf using a glue pen.  After fussy-cutting the penguin, I adhered it to the snowy hill on the tag.  Using the Tag Sale #10 die, I cut banners from both white and Pool Party cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Winterberry with black ink, layered them together, and glued them to the tag.

As a final touch, I tied on some white satin ribbon.  The tags turned out darling!  My kids really loved this one.  I'll be back tomorrow to post the last tag design for this year.


Stamps:  Punch Pals (Stampin' Up); Winterberry (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Pool Party, Winter Frost dsp stack (Stampin' Up)
Markers:  Pool Party, Going Gray, Tangelo Twist (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Tag Sale #2 die, Tag Sale #10 die (Papertrey Ink); Crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart); white ribbon

Monday, December 26, 2016

Joy Wreath Tag

It's been a lovely Christmas weekend.  My college kids are home and we got to Skype with our missionary on Christmas day.  I'm popping in to post one of the tags I made for family gifts.  This one uses the Wondrous Wreath set by Stampin' Up.

I cut Kraft cardstock with the Tag Sale #4 die by Papertrey Ink and stamped the word "joy" in the center.  It's from the Merriest stamp set by Avery Elle.  I love the font in that set!  I stamped the wreath in Garden Green ink on white cardstock and then stamped the second leaf layer in the same ink.  I stamped the berries in Real Red ink. 

The dies for this wreath gave me fits!  It's easy to line up the main wreath die, but the center piece was a pain.  You can't see through it.  I only managed to cut one of the centers perfectly aligned.  I even tried cutting first and then stamping, but that didn't work well because the die edge impresses into the cardstock so the stamping wasn't even.  There are several discarded wreaths in my trash can.  Except for the die struggles, however, these tags were quick to make.

I stamped the bow in Real Red ink and cut it out with the matching die.  I added Ruby Slippers Nuvo Crystal Drops over the berries for dimension and a touch of glitter.  I love how it looks!  I popped the wreath up with foam tape, and once I tied on some red satin ribbon, the tags were done.  I'll post the other two tag sets this week, so stay tuned.  :)

Stamps:  Wondrous Wreath (Stampin' Up); Merriest (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Garden Green, Real Red (Stampin' Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Wonderful Wreath dies (Stampin' Up); Tag Sale #4 die (Papertrey Ink); Ruby Slippers (Nuvo Crystal Drops); red ribbon 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Peace Nativity Tag

Welcome to the first Ink It Up post for December!  Leigh Penner and I post something twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, using uninked stamp sets.  My project today also includes a die that hadn't been used yet, along with a new color.  I needed to make a tag to include in my missionary son's Christmas package.  He specifically requested one even though he won't be home for the usual mystery tag tradition.  He's been gone a month now.  I couldn't let him down!  I miss that boy.

I cut the tag using Dark Indigo cardstock and the Tag Sale #4 die by Papertrey Ink.  It's my favorite tag die, so I use it a lot!  I cut the Nativity Border die by Taylored Expressions out of silver glitter paper first and then with the tag die so it would nest nicely.  After gluing it in place, I embossed the word "hope" from Spirit of Christmas by PrintWorks with white powder.  I stamped another sentiment from that set in Dark Indigo ink on a white Double-Ended Banner die cut.  Once I punched a hole in the end, I tied white ribbon through both pieces.  I used a bit of narrow silver ribbon to add a bow just above the tag.

Very simple, but I thought it was appropriate for my son while serving on his mission.  Our home life is adjusting to his absence, but it has been hard to let him go.  He's loving it, however, and that's all that matters!  I will be posting the rest of this year's tags once I get them finished.  Make sure you pop over to Leigh Penner's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up post.

Stamps:  Spirit of Christmas (PrintWorks)
Ink:  Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink); silver glimmer paper (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Tag Sale #4 die, Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey Ink); Nativity Border die (Taylored Expressions); white embossing powder (Filigree); white and silver ribbon

Here's another nativity tag that I created last year.  Click on the picture to see the original post.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: I Can't Even

The last two weeks are a blur.  My son Ben left for his mission yesterday and I miss him terribly.  Between his preparations and the house basement repair, not to mention plenty of other things, I feel completely depleted.  Drained.  Because Life.  Can I quit being an adult now?  HA!  Life keeps moving on.  In all the crazy, I forgot my Ink It Up post again.  So this stamp set by Stamping Bella immediately came to mind.  It's called the chicks who "couldn't even".  Seriously appropriate, because this is exactly how I feel right now.

Humor is the best medicine, right?  I'm also listening to Christmas music this morning.  Don't judge.  I bought the brand new Straight No Chaser and Gentri Christmas albums.  Music always makes me feel better.  My house feels very empty right now.  I'm counting down the days until my two oldest kids come home for their college break at the holidays.  Usually I wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to my vast Christmas music collection, but not this year.  I need a shot of happy.

I love the adorable chicks in this stamp set.  Who hasn't had days or weeks like this?  I bought it earlier this year and it's been sitting in my unused stash patiently waiting its turn.  Today is it!  It was very therapeutic to color this simple image with my Copic markers.  I mounted the panel on a white scalloped card base.

Simple and to the point.  This card makes me smile.  Inside, I stamped the chick lying flat on its back.  lol  But yes, I can do this.  Just give me a few days!   :)  Hop over to Leigh Penner's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up card.

Stamps:  the chicks who "couldn't even" (Stamping Bella)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, C3, E08, E19, E42, E55, E99, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y26, Y35, YR15, W5
Misc:  Noted: Scalloped A1 die (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Wishing You Unicorns

Oh my goodness, I am sorry this post is late!  I have been so scatterbrained lately and completely forgot to get it ready.  Leigh Penner and I post twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, to share a card using uninked stamps.  I chose to use this adorable Magical Unicorns set by My Favorite Things.

I cut white and black cardstock with the Sunshine Layers dies by Wplus9 Design Studio.  On the white piece, I stamped a random pattern of sunbursts and colored the centers with a Y13 Copic marker.  I then embellished the suns using Lemon Drop and Sugar Cube iridescent glitters by Martha Stewart.  You know I love all that sparkle!

I stamped and colored the unicorn image using various Copic markers.  I added silver Wink of Stella to the horn and hooves.  The wing is a separate piece of cardstock that I glittered with Sugar Cube.  I cut a white cloud with the Clouds 1 & 2 dies by Papertrey Ink, did some shading with a C1 Copic marker, and covered the whole thing with clear Wink of Stella.

I stamped a sentiment from Magical Unicorns onto a Double-Ended Banner die cut.  I layered a second banner underneath cut from Spring Rain cardstock.  Once I finished all the bits and pieces, I adhered it all to a Spring Rain card base.  It turned out super cute!

Make sure you hop over to Leigh's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up post!

Stamps:  Magical Unicorns (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, Y13, B000, B00, B02, R20, R30, RV13, RV14, RV17
Misc:  Double-Ended Banner die, Clouds 1 & 2 die (Papertrey Ink); Sunshine Layers dies (Wplus9 Design Studio); Sugar Cube and Lemon Drop glitter (Martha Stewart); clear and silver Wink of Stella pens; glue pen