Sunday, November 23, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags


Today  I'm playing along with Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.

I simply love making tags!  They are quick and easy, and you can keep them CAS or dress them up as much as you like.  They really do dress up a gift, especially if you wrap your gifts in butcher paper or white paper because that lets the tag do the talking :)   I know some families who keep recycling gift tags year after year and people wait to see which one they will get, or there is a certain tag that gets you a special something if it is one your gift.  Needless to say, you can have loads of fun with them!

The flip side is it can be excruciatingly painful to see your tag end up in the recycle bin with all the Christmas paper.  Think that is why I only  make them for hostess gifts now!  The anal crafter in me wants to shake some people and say "Did you not notice it was hand made, with lots of fun details and papers as an extra special something on your gift?!"  As you can guess, it took just one Christmas of making tags for gifts and I was cured LOL!  However, fear not, these will be put to good use on gifts for co-workers, teachers, coaches etc. as I don't have to witness what they do with them!  Okay, enough about my anal retentive side!  Time to move on to my tags.  I couldn't just stop at just one so I made two!

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This tag uses two of my favorite things about Christmas:  Snowflakes and "JOY"!  Went for big, bold and in your face so you don't miss it LOL!  Love it!  Five dies and some dimensionals made for a quick and easy tag.  Thinking this would be great on a card too so may have to go round two with it.

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For my second tag, I used the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for this tag and pulled the colours from one of the pin cushions.  This adorable Christmas tree die from  Lil' Inkers was calling my name and I couldn't resist making it a gingham as per the pin cushion pattern.

By the way, there are some pretty amazing prizes to be had over on Tracey's blog.  Sponsors include:

  


 



   

Plus you have an opportunity to win by simply leaving a comment on my post!  You can check out all the contest details HERE.

Thanks for popping by today!


What's In It?
TAG 1
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (MME), Kraft, So Saffron, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  VersaMark 
Accessories:  Tag Die (MFT), Tree Die (Lil' Inkers), Christmas Word (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), 5/8" Saffron Satin Ribbon and 1/4" Red Satin Ribbon (Michael's) Dimensionals
  
TAG 2
Paper:  Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Tag Die (MFT), Snowflake Die (PTI), Joy Die (WPlus9), Silver Half Pearl, Silver Twine, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Verve Stamps Holiday Release ~ Day 4

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops

It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 4 of our November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everything previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now! And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our holiday spotlights!

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the blog, today's hop list is a bit lower down.

Today's spotlight is on the November 2014 Release Collection, so grab a treat and hop along!

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I have been humming Amy Grant's song all day after making this card - though I am dating myself by mentioning this song LOL!  Pulled out my dwindling The Sweetest Thing MME paper pad to use up some scraps, and paired it with a tweaked version of a Deconstructed Sketch to create this card. Was a very masculine card initially, so I dressed it up a bit with the pearls and punched daisy chain.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE November 2014 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!
November 2014 Collection

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee8. Teresa
2. Laurie9. Andrea
3. Marisa10. Christyne
4. Amber11. Nancy
5. Diana12. Maureen
6. Charmaine13. Janelle
7. Stacey

Time to hop on over to Amber's blog to see what wonderful card creation she has for us today, and once you are done the hop, you can head on over to the Verve Store and do a little Christmas shopping wink, wink.







What's In It?
Stamps:   Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Real Red, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:  Black 

Accessories:   Chicken Wire Embossing Folder ( Cuttlebug), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Daisy Chain Punch (Martha Stewart), Crimper (Fiskars), Twinkling H2Os, Silver and Cream Half Pearls, Twine, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Verve Stamps Holiday Release ~ Day 3

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! And the wait is almost over... everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store tomorrow (Thursday, 11/20). So come hop along with us and see our first looks at today's featured products!

If you have come here from Chaitali's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the blog, today's hop list is a bit lower down.

Today's spotlight is shining on the Weary World set and Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the coordinating Starry Stable Die Set.

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I simply adore this Nativity image (as well as the many fabulous sentiments from Christmas carols in this set) so I had to use it.  Since Christ's birth was a very humble birth, I decided to keep things very CAS.  A woodgrain embossing folder in the background to represent the stable he was born in and neutrals for the surroundings.  The star and baby Jesus are in yellow to signify God's glory and the touch of twine added that little something, something.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Weary WorldStarry Stable Die Set
Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Laurie9. Teresa
3. Chaitali10. Andrea
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana13. Maureen
7. Charmaine

Time to hop on over to Amber's blog to see what wonderful card creation she has for us today.   Then  make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 4 of our Holiday Release Hop!


















What's In It?
Stamps:   Weary World (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Kraft, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, So Saffron (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen 

Ink:  Black, Chocolate Chip  

Accessories:   Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), Crimper (Fiskars), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Dimensionals 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Verve Stamps Holiday Release ~ Day 2

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops

Welcome back to Day 2 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release!  Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Thursday, 11/20. So come hop along with us and see what's new at Verve!

If you have come here from Chaitali's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the blog, today's hop list is a bit lower down.

Today's spotlight is shining on the Pinecone Christmas set illustrated by Chaitali Narla and the coordinating Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set.

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I went with another traditional card today using this wonderful pine cone image.  I love pinecones!  A pinecone wreath decorates one of our doors and huge pinecones on red ribbons hang from various places for decoration at Christmas.

I used the Flourished Trim Die to create the bottom border, stamped a snowflake from Merry and Bright in VersaMark and added a half pearls to the centers for a little something to the red panel.  I stamped the pine bough, popped up the pinecones, added this fabulous mix of solid and scripted word sentiment, and a few sequins from the Holiday Sequin Mix for a little something, something.  A touch of gold twine finished things off nicely.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!
Pinecone Christmas

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Laurie8. Stacey
3. Chaitali9. Teresa
4. Marisa10. Andrea
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana

Time to hop on over to Amber's blog to see what wonderful card creation she has for us today.   Then  make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 3 of our Holiday Release Hop!












What's In It?
Stamps:  Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps)   

Paper:  Kraft, Real Red, Forrest Foliage (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Forrest Foliage, VersaMark (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Crimper (Fiskars), White Half Pearls, 1/4" Moss Satin Ribbon, Gold Twine (Michael's)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Verve Stamps Holiday Release / Mojo Monday #372

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops



Welcome to Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  Over the next few days the Verve Divas and special guests will be spotlighting 3 new sets, a Plain Jane and 2 coordinating die sets! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Thursday, 11/20. So come hop along with us and see what's new at Verve!

If you have come here from Chaitali's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the blog, today's hop list is a bit lower down.

Today's spotlight is shining on the Light My World set illustrated by Chaitali Narla and the new Holiday Sequin Mix

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Today's set is a wonderful set which covers Christmas, Hanukkah and Nirwali.  I went with a traditional Christmas theme for my card, using this beautiful candle and poinsettia image along with the traditional Christmas colours of red and green.  A little gold string was tossed in for some sparkle as well as a few sequins from the new Holiday Sequin Mix.  Let the Christmas card making begin!



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products, an introduction of our 2 fabulous guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

Light My WorldHoliday Sequin Mix
Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Laurie8. Stacey
3. Chaitali9. Teresa
4. Marisa10. Andrea
5. Amber11. Nancy
6. Diana

Time to hop on over to Amber's blog to see what wonderful card creation she has for us today.   Then  make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of our Holiday Release Hop!













What's In It?
Stamps:  Light My World (Verve Stamps) 

Paper: 
Authentique (Wonder "Expectation"), Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Kraft (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen
Ink:  Black
Accessories: 
Scallope Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Twinkling H2Os, Cream Half Pearls, Gold Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Pin Cushion


We have a new sponsor, STAMPlorations, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Pin Cushion!  A randomly selected participant in the Pin Cushion challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to use at  STAMPlorations, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!




I honed in on the red and teal colour combination as it was perfect for a Christmas Tag and it was a great way to play along with fellow Crew Member Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags challenge.

I used Reverse Confetti`s Tag Die, WPlus9's "joy" die, Cuttlebug's Snowflake die, stamped some background dots using PTI's Polka Dot Basics and finished things off with a touch of bling.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Pin Cushion Designers


Guest Designer, Melody Rupple
Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Pin Cushion for the challenge details and to play along with us!





What's In It?
Stamps:   Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper:  Taken wtih Teal, Real Red, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:   VersaMark 
Accessories:   Tag Die (Reverse Confetti), Snowflake Die (Cuttlebug), Joy Die (WPlus9), 1/4" Red Satin Ribbon, 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Bling