Christmas, New Year and Winter

Day 20 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 20 was Waffle Flower Crafts. I was so shocked to discover that I don’t appear to have any Christmas sets from Waffle Flower – I’m sure I have and they are just hiding somewhere in my craft room! As I decided at the start of the challenge that I was going to use my festive stamps rather than repurpose my non-festive sets, I turned to my Ellen Hutson stamps for my take on Lindsey M-P’s cute stocking tag!

I enjoyed working with non-traditional colours so much yesterday, I turned to some more non-traditional colours again today!

I stamped and embossed the stocking before masking it off and smooshing some abandoned coral distress ink onto the background. When I removed the mask, some ink had bled through it, but I simply lifted it off using a bit of water. Once it was dry, I coloured the stocking using my Twinkling H2O paints before stamping a sentiment from the same Essentials by Ellen set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 19 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 19 was Technique Tuesday – they have some wonderful stamps and dies! I particularly love some of their sentiment sets and so I decided to use one of my favourite sentiments from an older TT set that I haven’t used for quite a while.

I loved Jill Dewey Hawkins’ pink/mint tag – so simple but effective and this is my take. It was fun to create with non-traditional colours!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Silver snowflakes

Happy Saturday!

The colour combination for this week’s Color Throwdown challenge is one of my favourite festive combos – blues and silver.

I decided to use the heat embossed background technique that I first tried as part of Online Card Classes’ Merry Making class last month. This time, I created a base using some older Stampendous embossing powder and then stamped and embossed the beautiful Hero Arts snowflake background. I love this technique and still can’t believe how the powder from the stamped image just melts into the background to create a completely smooth base!

I wanted to add a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, but it didn’t stand out very well against the background so I added a vellum oval – I love how you can still see those beautiful embossed snowflakes through it!  To finish off the card, I added some Lawn Fawn snowflakes.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – Happy Holidays.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Day 18 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

I was so pleased to see that the Day 18 sponsor was Avery Elle. Yay! One of my favourite companies! I loved Tracey’s die cut wreath and used her tag as my inspiration.

Whilst I have the wreath stamp set, I don’t have the dies so I ended up creating a circular tag. I coloured the image using my Twinkling H2O paints and stuck it to a brown base that I’d cut using a Spellbinders die.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 17 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

Jillybean Soup was the sponsor for Day 17. I LOVE Jillybean papers! They are so cute… I MAY have quite a few in my craft room! I thought Kristine Davidson’s tag with a tree made from rolls of paper was absolutely wonderful PLUS it would be a great opportunity for me to use some of my paper mountain!

I rolled some papers around a pencil and stuck them individually before creating the tree design. I added a glittered star and trunk to finish it off. I cut a tag from some patterned paper but when I placed the tree on top, I felt that the paper was far too dark for the tree, especially the trunk. To lighten it a little, I sponged on some Picket Fence distress ink – I was very happy with the how it softened the colour!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 16 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

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

The sponsor for Day 16 was Ellen Hutson. I have some wonderful Essential by Ellen stamps and dies and so it was quite difficult to decide what to use for today’s tag! I really like the set of tags that Lindsey M-P created for the challenge and got to work on my take!

I loved how Lindsey used a stencil for the background to one of her tags and so I stencilled a brick base onto my tag before adding the die cut Ellen Hutson tree!

Now, confession time! When I stamped the greeting, it wasn’t quite centred… I was so concerned that it was straight, I completely forget to centre it! To balance it out a little I added a few die cut starbursts to the background – I think they work ok!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.