Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 25 Tag

Hi folks! I hope you're having a great day!
With gift wrapping in full swing, I'm still creating tags and using them as fast as my fingers can put them on the packages. Today's tag is a bit larger than the ones I've been making with my Sidekick... a #5 size made from kraft paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby for half off. 

To the tag base, I adhered some paper from the Idea-ology 8x8 Tidings Paper Stash. Then using Tim Holtz Mini Stencils set #31, I added a layer of Ranger's Distress Grit Paste. First time using this... and I actually called my husband into my craft room to show him how cool this stuff is. I should have bought this product ages ago. It's amazingly smooth for having grit in it! You almost need to try it yourself to understand how buttery smooth this texture is. Anyhow... continuing on, after it was dry, I pulled out my new package of TH Christmas Paper Dolls and chose this little guy... so cute... love the skates around his neck. I popped him up with fun foam glued on with Distress Collage Medium, tied on a piece of hand-stained or I should say inked, seam binding and this darling mitten charm from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Now to quick write a name on the back and put it on a gift.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Five Little Gift Tags

Hi dear friends!
I have a few... five to be exact... gift tags to show you today.  These are so much fun to create... quick, easy, and filled with all my new Tim Holtz Christmas goodies. I cut the tag bases, of course, on my Sizzix Sidekick.

Just wanted to stay in touch. 
I'm sure you're all busy with Christmas preparations, so till next time...

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ladies Diary With Sympathy Pocket Card

Hi folks and Happy Weekend!
I finally got around to posting this last in my series of sympathy cards. I truly love the color combination of this one and the gorgeous Prima flower.

The base and tag are Photo Play papers by Julie Nutting. .. the Belle Vie collection. The frame was cut with the Alterations Ornate Frame 2 with Kraft Metallic paper in gold. I did two layers on this, the bottom one being plain white cardstock. I love the shadowing effect it gives plus more stability.

My other papers are from The Graphic 45 Ladies Diary collection. I purchased the Prima flower at Hobby Lobby. I purchased several packages at a store in Tennessee, since I haven't seen these at our nearest location. As usual, I should have gotten more. That seems to always be my cry after the fact.

The antique bronze filigree is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the gem is by Bo Bunny.

Have a wonderful Saturday and the rest of the weekend!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

More Sidekick Christmas Gift Tags

Hi friends!
So, I have a slight change in schedule. I got so excited making these little tags with my new Tim Holtz Sidekick, that I wanted to post them today instead of that last sympathy card.

Again, I did a variety of papers and embellishments, mostly using TH Thinlits dies and Idea-ology products.

I had forgotten about sentiments, so I pulled out the seasonal Chit Chat stickers... perfect size!

Another heat embossed on.

This is my favorite so far. I love this red plaid from the 8x8 Yuletide Paper Stash... it reminds me of an L.L. Bean flannel shirt.
 If you have any questions, please ask. I think they're all pretty simple, though. 
Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Some Mini Gift Tags with My New Sidekick

Hi folks!
I'm switching things up today with some Christmas gift tags made with my new Tim Holtz Sidekick. I have to confess, when I heard Sizzix was coming out with this, I said to my husband I certainly don't need another die-cutting machine. I have a Vagabond and a Cuttlebug, why would I need anything else. Then I watched Tim's Live presentation on Facebook and changed my tune. The convenience of having a small machine right beside me as I work could be invaluable. And it has proved to be just that. I LOVE this tool and I wonder how I struggled along without it.
Now to the tags.
My prep on these took longer than the actual assembling time. I started by cutting out a ton of tags from any and all Christmas paper scraps and my Christmas TH 8x8 paper stacks. Then I lined up all sorts of small embellishments and die-cuts made with my Alterations Christmas dies. I won't go into much detail on these. This first was heat embossed using one of the stamps that came with the Sidekick and white embossing powder. The tree die is from Thinlits Home For The Holidays.

This one is folded and opens like a card.

The dies are from Thinlits Festive Greens and Winter Wonderland. From Idea-ology are Tiny Bells and Wood Slices.

The dies are Thinlits Home For The Holidays and Labels.

Sizzix Bigz Candlelight.

The first of many. 
I'll be back with the last card in my sympathy series.
Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Bird & Berries With Sympathy Pocket Card

Happy Monday!
I trust you had a pleasant weekend. I did lots of online shopping for Christmas gifts and other necessities. As one whose lived a few years, I can say that life would have been SO much easier had we had internet shopping when we were raising our family. I know a lot of folks my age who don't want a computer, but really, they don't know what they're missing.

I have today another in my sympathy card series. Really, if you change the sentiment, this could be used for just about any occasion. The image is one I bought online, the papers are Bo Bunny and Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft. I bought the berry stems at Pat Catans and the brown bloom is from the Prima Amber Moon collection, Bramble. 

The fabulous laser-cut wood leaves are from my favorite wood shop in Tennessee, which I totally missed visiting when we were there last month. Thankfully, I'm well stocked on those.
Have a great day, friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Deer Pocket Card Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello dear friends!
We have started off on another busy day. The Penmaker decided it was time for a new workbench. Since he knows I'm an in-depth researcher when it comes to price shopping, he put me to work. I found what he wanted. The website said our store had them in-stock, but when we got there twenty minutes later, the shelf was empty. Back in the car, drive forty minutes south, and what do you know, the last one in an horrendously beat-up box. He got it for an additional ten dollars off. That probably paid for our gas. At least he has it at home and can begin to assemble. And we had a lovely time together!

Card two in my sympathy pocket card series.
I used a variety of Kaisercraft papers, corrugate, and gold metallic kraft. The deer is from Tim Holtz Alterations Winter Wonderland Thinlits set. The florals were cut with Festive Greens. Also in the background are cuts from Stitched Rectangles and Labels Thinlits.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Thank you so very much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Series of Sympathy Cards

Hello there!
The Penmaker and I have been on the go, but I've managed to create a series of sympathy cards which are part of a special order. 
Here is the first.

The papers are by Kaisercraft and the metallic gold is from Tim Holtz. 
The flowers are 49 & Market. 

I'll be back with more in this series and some Christmas cards and tags.
Have a fabulous day, friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

Hello and Happy Sunday!
I have two tags to show you today. I cut a few #5 tags to make for some of my Christmas gifts from kraft paper. My dish of scraps is growing at an alarming rate, so I really needed to work on taking that down a bit. This piece of Tim Holtz Paper Stash Tidings was laying on top of the pile so I grabbed it first. Digging through, I found this tree die-cut as well.

The "peppermint" and "Special Delivery" I pulled from the TH new Christmas ephemera pack. I cut the Thinlits Labels piece using another scrap... Echo Park, I think. The dyed seam binding and Baker's Twine came with one of my Funkie Junkie Boutique orders as a gift.

For my second tag, I used a negative scrap from a scalloped oval die-cut.

The image is backed with gold glitter paper. It was another gift from FJB. The florals were cut out with Thinlits Festive Greens from Classic Kraft Paper Stash and gold glitter paper. The red seam binding is from my stash.

Enjoy your day!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

O Come All Ye Faithful Pocket Card

Hi everyone!
I'm finally off to a start with my Christmas cards. And to get me going was this set of die-cuts I received as a gift in my last Funkie Junkie Boutique order. They were ready-made inspiration! 

I made this card rather simple, which I'm going to try to do with all my Christmas cards this year. The base paper is from Photo Play's Julie Nutting Belle Vie collection. The pretty snowflake paper is from Idea-ology's Paper Stash Tidings by Tim Holtz. I purchased the gorgeous gold corrugate paper at Hobby Lobby in Tennessee for half off... and why on earth I only bought one sheet, I'll never know! What is wrong with me?

The die-cut under the music sheet (complements of FJB) was cut with Alterations Thinlits Stitched Rectangles. The paper is Idea-ology Deco Sheets in gold that I adhered to a piece of cardstock before running it through my Vagabond. I used Remnant Rubs Glided Accents on the corners. My tag has a wide gold eyelet and is tied with white organza and thin gold metallic ribbons.

I did the florals with Paper Stash Classic Kraft using Thinlits Festive Greens (my go-to die set for the fall and Christmas seasons). I cut the bow from Paper Stash Metallic Kraft and the two berries from red glitter paper for a bit of pop to the color palate.
That's one down!!! YES!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

You Are In My Thoughts Pocket Card

Hi friends!
Today I have a multi (multi, multi) layered card to show you. I guess I just couldn't quit on this one. Lots of layers with lots of craft foam in-between. I used the Prima Rossibelle collection with a sheet of Bo Bunny basic paper for the base and tag.

Prima and 49 & Market flowers with May Arts ivory burlap string.

Alterations Thinlits Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles dies plus Distressed Doily. The filigree corner piece was purchased on eBay. The "you" die-cut and the stamped "are in my thoughts" are done with Avery Elle's Sentimental Too.

Tomorrow, hopefully I'll be starting on Christmas cards. Am I the only one behind? It seems that every year my list of makes gets longer and my time shorter.
Hope to see you later in the week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Souvenir Views Pocket Card

Hi friends! 
I'm back again, and as I write this the Penmaker's tools in his workshop are still whirring away. Yes, he's nearly finished with his big order, which will be a relief to us both... and we're so thankful for the business.

I was able to find some time in my craft room, and created another masculine type card. Made from a mix of Bo Bunny and Kaisercraft papers with lots of different ephemera pieces.

I found this Prima Flair button in my stash, and layered it with a die-cut, then created in mini arrangement with a Petaloo tea-stained bloom and Alterations Thinlits die-cut foliage...

using the new Festive Greens.

I needed just a bit of metal... I always do on my masculine cards. I pulled this Prima banner paperclip from one of my storage boxes, and added it here at the top to highlight the"voyage".
That's all for today... please have a great day!

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