Month: November 2018

Day 17 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 17 was Avery Elle. I love Avery Elle stamps and dies and as soon as I saw Carol Mayne’s cute tags using the Quirky Christmas set I knew I has to use them as my inspiration! The set is one of my favourite purchases this year!

I used a couple of shades of red and blue distress oxide inks for the trees. Totally different colours for me, but that’s part of the why I love this challenge so much – it totally forces me beyond my comfort zone!

I stamped a few snowflakes from the set and added a greeting before adhering the trees. Another tag done!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 16 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 16 was Ellen Hutson. I loved the design and colour palette that Kelly Griglione chose for her fabulous tags and decided to base my tag on hers.

I created my background with the Ellen Hutson Strings die and then added some handmade paper tree die cuts that I’ve had FOREVER! I embellished them with some Nuvo glitter drops and then added a sentiment from the retired Ellen Hutson Time to Sparkle set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas paper piecing

Hi everyone!

It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love design team post from yours truly and today I’m playing with Studio Light trees and some Echo Park patterned paper.

The Studio Light set has 8 individual trees and matching dies – usually I would be stamping and die cutting straight away but you’ll have to wait for later to see that!!

Now you know I rarely use patterned paper even though I have a MOUNTAIN of it! I received a few sheets from the Echo Park Christmas Gingham 6×6 pack in my DT supplies this month and decided to use a technique that I haven’t done in a long while – paper piecing!

Step 1 – stamp and fussy cut images

I decided to use four of the tree images that are roughly the same shape for my card – much easier to fussy cut a simple triangle! I stamped the images a few times on the red and green papers and cut them out, making sure I cut into the black outline.

The simple spindle tree was the only image without a bold outline, but I just cut a triangle around the image and hoped for the best… It actually turned out better than I dared imagine in the end!

Step 2 – stamp the base images

I then cut a panel of lighter paper and stamped out the trees using black ink.

It’s difficult to see in my photo, but some of the centres aren’t perfectly stamped – that’s fine as soon they’ll be hidden by the fussy cut trees.

 

 

Step 3 – stick the patterned trees

Once the ink was dry, I stuck the cut trees onto the corresponding images on the panel – it’s very easy to line up the images and as I cut into the black stamped outline, the ‘join’ is quite difficult to see.

Before adhering the base panel to my card, I stuck it to a strip of grey paper. I also cut a little star from the same paper and stuck it above the centre tree to act as a focal point.

The Studio Light set doesn’t contain any sentiments, but I don’t think you always need them for Christmas cards! If I were to add a sentiment to this card, I’d probably stamp a small strip sentiment to the right, just under the panel.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Studio Light tree stamps and dies*

Echo Park Dots and Stripes Christmas Gingham 6×6*

Archival Black ink

 

Day 15 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 15 was Stamplorations. The inspiration tags were amazing and I was particularly drawn to the yellow and red tag created by Shery Russ – it is totally different from my usual colour palettes, and not traditionally Christmas – I think that’s why I just had to use it as my inspiration!

I don’t have many of their products yet, so I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment die, some Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps and a Cuttlebug embossing folder for my take.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 14 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 14 was Muse Christmas Visions – the team came up with some amazing inspiration but as soon as I saw Kim Heggins’s gorgeous Gina K tag, I knew that would be my inspiration!

It looked like Kim may have used distress markers and water for her tag. I don’t have many green distress markers so I stuck with the regular inks. It was quite difficult to get the amazing contrast that Kim managed to achieve, but I was quite happy with how my version turned out in the end.

The sentiment is also from the Simon Says Stamp/Gina K Stamptember collaboration set (Joy of the Season).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 13 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event again this year.

The sponsor for Day 13 was Technique Tuesday. I don’t have many of their stamps but I do have a Christmas set, Twinkle On, which I bought many years ago in Archivers while on a work trip to the USA! I loved how Jill Dewey Hawkins used patterned paper for her tag base, so I just had to use that for my inspiration!

I stamped the small fairy lights image from the set multiple times across the tag base and then coloured it with my Twinkling  H2Os before adding a bold sentiment from the same set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.