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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.

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.

 

Time to Celebrate!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘Celebrate!’ and Happy Little Stampers is our sponsor.

For my card I used one of my old wood-mounted Amuse Studio stamps. I love using it for celebratory cards! Anyway, after I embossed it, I blended some distress ink to create the background and added some light shadows using a Prismacolour pencil.

I decided to use a black card base for added impact so once I decided where the image was going to go, I embossed a small Penny Black sentiment. I stuck the image on to my card, but felt that the card still needed ‘something’. After pondering for a while, I decided to added a banner that I’d cut from some gold mirror card – which I think finishes the card off quite well!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Ros from Mikey’s Mom blog. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

I’m also adding this to the current Just Us Girls challenge – silhouette stamping.

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

 JUGS silhouette

Day 11 – 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 11 was Studio Katia. I only have a couple of products by them as they are difficult to get hold of in the UK.I do however have a wonderful die set and I used that as the base for today’s tag. I love the elegant tags that Tracy Freeman created for the challenge and pulled out some products from Simon Says Stamp for my take.

I loved how Tracy used a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on her poinsettia, and wanted to add some glitter to mine. I applied Stickles with a paint brush at a card class a few weeks ago and decided to see whether the Tonic Studio Nuvo glitter drops could be used in the same way. I’m happy to say that I ended up with lovely glittery petals! So difficult to capture in a photo!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Joyful Trees

Hi everyone!

Although I’m not quite ready to say au revoir to my Autumn stamps just yet, when I saw this week’s sketch for the Freshly Made sketches challenge, I wanted to create a Christmas card with it.

I pulled out a couple of my older Hero Arts Christmas stamps and got to work! I stamped the tree background image with distress oxide ink and then embossed it with clear powder. I masked off the white trees and then blended a mix of regular distress ink and distress oxide ink. The sentiment is from a wood-mounted set. I love my clear stamps, and the convenience of the MISTI, but sometimes you just can’t beat those wood-mounted stamps can you?! After I had embossed it, I even used a circular punch to cut it out. Totally retro crafting session today! Anyway, I mounted it to a gold circle and called the card done!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 1 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi everyone!

I love to make tags for the gifts I give at Christmas but I must confess, while I am usually pretty good with Christmas cards, I am often finishing my tags early on Christmas morning!

I’m so happy that I found out about Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! This event is so inspirational and I hope to keep reasonably up to date – provided I do, I should have at least 25 tags done by the end of the month. Each day has a sponsor and I am going to try to use products from each sponsor wherever I can.

Simon Says Stamp was the sponsor for Day 1 and I must say all the inspiration tags were amazing. In the end, I took Jo Nevill’s beautiful tag and put my own spin on it using stamps from Simon Says Stamp. The main image is from a Simons/Clearly Besotted collaboration for Stamptember 2014 – isn’t it fabulous? Anyway, both the image and sentiment are embossed in gold sparkle powder so this tag is really sparkly in real life.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – ‘Christmas Gift Tag’.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.