Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends here and I’m honored to be a little part of your life with you in some way…I hope you know that!

**This is a pre-scheduled post to wish you all a special happy day.  I’m away spending time with my family right now, so sit back with your favorite beverage for a time out and I hope you enjoy today’s long post.**

Just wanted to share BATCHES of the cards and creations that I’ve made for the Holidays this year.  I know that I make lots of creations, but for the purposes of mailing cards, I try to keep these particular cards as “mail friendly” as possible, so these are more simple in style for me, but really enjoyed making them and just had fun:

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I tend to do bulk cards in a set of 4-6 so that I don’t get “bored” with it or run out of a certain supply or something! LOL!  So this first set of 6 cards is using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Winter Woods”.  I stamped up the scene background and then covered the entire panel with double stick adhesive and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter.  (The deer I added is from a favorite Newton’s Nook stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.)  The white heat embossed greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Itty Bitty Christmas”.  (I think this set was probably my favorite to do!)

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I just *had* to get these penguins in there somewhere! LOL!  These set of cards are actaully all just a bit different, but I colored up the penguins from the “Pablo the Penguin” free stamp set included with the Making Cards Magazine for December and cut them out in different ways and then mounted them onto cards.  Some of them use some of the free papers that were also included with the issue.  So this is another set of 6 cards that were mailed out.  Love those cute penguins with the different hats! LOL!

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Here’s another set of cards that I’ve made to send out, but because these were even more simple than the ones above with very little stamping involved, I made 8 of these.  (So if you’re counting, I’ve made 20 total so far…not including some other special cards I’ve mailed out to people along the way.)  – I absolutely fell in love with this die set from STAMPlorations called “Two Reindeer” and was so excited to see that I had won a gift certificate from their blog and this was something that I knew I would be getting right away!  This was cut from gold cardstock and mounted over a piece of various different Stampin’ Up! pattern paper from my stash…it’s always nice to be able to use up more of my hoarded paper stash!  The sentiment is again from the Stampin’ Up! “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set.

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Now I didn’t want to leave out a couple of cards that I made especially for my boys.  They know their mom likes to stamp, but they know I have to add in a bit of my goofy humor with them as well! 🙂  So of course I had to pull out this fun Simon Says Stamp “Gnome for the Holidays” card kit (sold out) to make them!  I think I ended up using ALL of the wobblers in the kit too!  I told my son that this is me wobbling with the presents about to drop everything and my hubby is trying to save everything! LOL!

Here’s a little wobbler action for you too…

And of course I had to make another card for my other son too…

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I absolutely feel in love with all of those cute gnomes that came out everywhere this year for crafting…so I still have more that I didn’t get a chance to use, but thought this would be perfect for my son with this trendy style design…of course using a wobbler too!  And I do love him GNOME matter what! 🙂

For some reason, I thought the wobbler action on this one was more fun! LOL!  Not sure if it’s because of the weight/size or what…but cool to see the difference.

And whilst in the middle of making up all of these cards to mail out, I also had fun playing with the Christmas Advent Calendar that I had purchased from Brutus Monroe a while back.  Because it’s an “Advent Calendar” you start with December 1st and open each day.  So each day to open was pretty cool because there was a new surprise stamp inside!  So I took each day’s stamp and made a tag for each one clear up until today’s last window to open: (obviously previously opened and made to finish! LOL!)

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I will show by the week.  So this is week 1 with the first 5 days opened.  The stamp that I received for each day is noticably featured in each tag.

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And these are the tags made for week 2.  The angel tag was made with Deco Foil in the background.

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These are week 3 tags made.  The purple colored tag on the left bottom is actually a shaker.  The window sheet was glaring in the camera.

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This is week 4 of the tags.  Hubby picked out the candy canes as his favorite of all of them.  Mine was the stockings tag.

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And here is the final last week of the tags from the Advent Calendar.  Really cool to have all of these tags on hand for gifts!  I needed them! 🙂

And of course I wasn’t done with the Advent Calendar box itself because I thought I could “recycle” the little window flaps on the box because they had some cute images on them for each day…so I cut them off with my scissors after I opened that day and kept them:

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So I thought it would be fun to use them to create a card!  They had numbers on them, but I have covered them up in certain ways so that they’re not showing.  The cover die on the card base comes from Brutus Monroe as well.

Whew!  Now to get finished up with my wrapping and “merry making” before the big day!  I hope you are or have enjoyed yourself a wonderfully HAPPY Christmas day no matter how you’re celebrating it!  Thank you for spending some of your time here on my blog today!

Leaving you with this video of a wonderful song and light show that is just not Christmas for me without this music. Enjoy!

I’ll be seeing you soon my friends!

Teddybear Tags for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to December!  We have already arrived at the final month of the year!  Can you believe how quickly this year went by?!  The first of the month means it’s time for a new challenge to start over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that it is an always “ANYTHING GOES + A CRITTER“.   I love adding critters to my crafty projects so it’s easy for me!  🙂

Since I’ve been on a tag making binge, I’ve got some more to share today:

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Isn’t this the cutest little bear?!  We’re sponsored this month by Beccy’s Place and I have opted to try out this cute freebie that she has offered on her blog called Stanley’s Bauble.  (Click on the link to grab it for yourself!)

I thought he was too cute and I wanted to try coloring him up in a couple of different ways and even a couple of different sizes too!

I just took my Sunny Studios scallop circle tag dies and die cut a couple of them in my selected color choices of course to match up with his bauble and then I’ve die cut some coordinating circles and pattern papers to match.  He was fussy cut out and placed over top of the tag.  I’ve added some silk ribbon for both and added a twine bow around them.

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Here’s  closer view of the Stanley’s Bauble red and black tag.

For this tag, he’s a bit larger than the other an he was popped up over the tag with some foam tape.  I’ve colored the bauble hanger with a gold gel pen and then went over the red bauble with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer view of the smaller tag.  The light has caught this one just right to where you can really see the glitter brush over the blue bauble.  I’ve also colored his bauble hanger with a silver gel pen.

The circle layer behind the snowflake paper was cut from some silver glitter paper.  I’ve taken a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip and cut it out, sponged it with blue ink and glued it above the bear.  Since he was smaller than the other bear, I had room for a sentiment.   He was just attached with glue this time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these teddybear tags today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I will see you again tomorrow for some Whimsy Stamps inspiration!

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I will be adding these to the “25 Days of Christmas Tags” event and I was inspired by Anja’s tags from Day 7 Sunny Studio Post.

Challenges:

  1.  Fab ‘n’ Funky – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Penny’s Paper Crafty – Anything Goes
  3. Polkadoodles – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – #374 Anything Goes

Wintertime Penguin Tags

Hello friends!  I’m on a roll with the tags and back again to share some more fun tags that I’ve been working on!

Vicki-DDSWintertimePenguins-tagsCheck out these adorable penguins having some fun doing winter activities!  Penguins are probably one of the top animals that I love!  I have SO many penguin stamps in my stash and seem to keep on collecting more of them…so of course I was super excited to be able to add this Wintertime Penguins Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios to my collection as well!  🙂

There is seriously so much fun you can have playing with this digital set and if you like penguins as much as I do, then stay tuned in as I will be sharing even more creations using this same set in December!  You will see what I mean by all the different things you can do!

For both of the tags, I’ve used several dies from my stash to create my own tags.  I took a stitched scallop circle die (MFT) and cut two of them out in the blue and pink colors along with a small tag cut with the same colors for the very top.

On one of the scallop circles, I used a circle die (Hero Arts) to cut out the center to create the “frame” for the front.  I then took some snowflake papers (MFT) and cut out another circle that was slightly larger than the opening to attach behind it.  I also took some pretty shimmer white paper and cut a “snow slope” for both penguins with a stiched border die (Lawn Fawn) and then cut it out with the same circle die as the snowflake papers.

I silver heat embossed the sentiments along with some snowflakes and then added my colored penguins over top.  Then when I flip it on the back side I can put my “To: and From:” on it.

Vicki-DDSWintertimePenguins-tag-pinkHere’s a closer view of the pink tag.  For the digital image, I used Word on my computer to add the penguin and place it over one of the “ski” images from the set and enlarged it to make it look like a snow board instead of a ski!  Then printed it out.

I’ve used my Copics to color her up and fussy cut her out.  I even added some shadow on the snow hill for her.  I took a glue pen and covered her hat trim with glitter.

Lastly, I found some more pink ribbon and tied some silver bells over it with some white twine in a bow.

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And for this little guy…he cracks me up….I made him using Word again, but this time I actually took the “sled” image and sized it down so that it would fit on the penguin’s feet to make it appear as if he is ice skating!  I did it for each foot.  LOL!

I’ve colored him up with the Copics again only using more blue tones instead of the pinks and did the similar traits to it like the other one.  I did use a clear metallic gel pen to color the “blades” of the ice skates.

Hope you’ve been enjoying my tags so far!  Thanks so much for dropping by and I’ll see you again tomorrow for a new challenge!

I’m adding this to the “25 Days of Christmas Tags” event and my inspiration for these tags came from Cassie’s tags on the Day 24 Heffy Doodle Post.

Challenges:

  1.  Digi Choosday Crafting – Anything Goes
  2. The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes N2719
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  4. Aud Sentiments – Christmas or Winter Sentiment
  5. Krafty Chicks aka 4 Crafty Chicks – #483 Monochrome

Believe Tag

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and maybe even took advantage of some great Black Friday deals today?!  I was happy about shopping a little bit this morning and almost forgot to post about my tag here! LOL!

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The scene on this tag was always a fun vision in my head from a child!  I would imagine Santa in his sleigh flying over the moon under a snowy night sky.  I love the peace and magic of it all with even little critters stopping to watch and listen to the magical sleigh bells ringing in the night.

I constructed my own tag the size I wanted and snipped off the top edges to make it look like a tag.  It was made with Navy cardsock.  I punched a hole at the top and made a reinforcer with white Glitterstock.  I then took some white watered down paint and splattered it over the background for a snow fall effect.

I bought this set a few years back from Newton’s Nook called Whispering Pines and I’ve used the coordinating dies to create the scene at the bottom.  I took some white Glitterstock for the snow the critters are sitting on.

For the “moon” I punched out a circle from vanilla cardstock and sponged around the edges of it.  I took a glitter brush pen to go over it.  The Santa’s sleigh was given to me from a fellow blog friend that I’ve attached over the tag.  I die cut the sentment from red cardstock.

Lastly, I’ve added some red striped ribbon from my stash and tied on a couple of silver bells with white twine around it.  Those bells make a fun jingle sound like I imagine from my scene! 🙂

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Here’s a tad bit closer view of the tag.  Here you can some what see the shimmer on the moon and the sparkle on the snow ground where the critters are.

Have a great evening my friends!  I’ll see you soon!

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This is of course another tag for the “25 Days of Christmas Tags” going on.  This one was inspired by Kim’s tag on Newton’s Nook Day 3 post.

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  2. Little Red Wagon – Snow
  3. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Trees
  4. My Time to Craft– Christmas Scene

I’m Going to be Tagging You!

Hello friends!  This year I’ve been really inspired with all of the cool tags I’ve been seeing lately during this festive season and I wanted to join in on the fun too!  So you’re going to be seeing lots of tags from me scattered within my postings for the next several days!

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The inspiration that I’ve been seeing comes from Tracey’s 25 Tags of Christmas Event and this is her 9th year of doing it!  Every day there has been some really cool and inspiring tags, so I had to join before the time runs out!  I did make a tag earlier in THIS POST  (Tag inspiration from Day 2) for the first one I’ve shared…but a few more are to follow starting now:

Vicki-BMTags-Day 1 and 4I’ve been wanting to pull out a few of my Brutus Monroe products and haven’t had a chance to take the time to play with all the fun things!  So I decided making tags would be a quick and fun way to play around a bit!  These were really fun to make!

Vicki-BMTags-Day1 onlyThe “Joy Coffee” tag was something that I had actually started during the “Coffee Lovers Blog Hop” this last time and never got around to posting it!  I was trying to combine the two events together as the inspiration for that tag came on Day 1 from Jen Schow’s tag for Altenew inspirational tags post.  I like how she cut out the wording on her globe and I thought I’d do the same idea with the word “joy” over my coffee cup.

I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Cozy Coffee stamp set and colored in the coffee and fussy cut it out.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set, but only cut out the word “joy” from it and popped it up over the cup.  I also took the hearts from the stamp set and stamped them over the kraft background with kraft colored ink.

I’ve taken the Brutus Monroe Holiday Essentials stamp set and heatset the snowflakes in the background of the tag with BM Alabaster EP.  Also for the background, I took some metallic gold watercolor and splattered some over it as Jen did on her tag and I liked that subtle look to it.

I’ve taken some gold thread and made a nest under the cut out coffee cup that was popped up with some foam tape over the tag.  (The tag itself was an old die cut from my stash BTW!)  Added seam binding and twine at the top.

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For this tag, I was really inspired with Kim’s tag on Day 4 of the Uniko post.  LOVED the monochromatic red with all the sparkle!

I really love theBrutus Monroe Glitterstock and I didn’t have a large enough tag die that I wanted to use, so I took a tag from my stash and traced around the backside of the BM Red Glitterstock and cut out my shape.  I had some rouned rectangle dies (Hero Arts) which I made a frame with for the  BM Fallen Snow Glitterstock.

Within that frame I took the BM Holiday Essentials stamp set again and used several of the images to stamp over a piece of white cardstock with red ink.  (It was fun to create a stamped background panel for this!)  I heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set over a red piece of cardstock with the BM Alabaster Sparkle EP…it sparkles really pretty IRL!  I die cut the sentiment out with a banner die and tucked it behind the white frame I made with the stamped images.

I finished the tag with some sparkling clear sequins with some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops in the center of each one and then I added some white organdy ribbon with a bow at the top.

Hope you’ve been inspired in some way as I’ve been inspired to create these!  Thanks for stopping in and I will have a new post to share again with you tomorrow for the new challenge up at Cute Card Thursday so stay tuned! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  25 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 1 and Day 4
  2. Always Fun – #138 Anything Goes
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Try it On Tuesday – Inspired by a Song or Chstimast Carol (I was inspired by “Joy to the World” on the first tag and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” on the second with music notes!)
  5. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

 

 

It’s Festive at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Hoping you’re having a great week so far and a happy Thursday too!

We’re starting a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday today!  Woo hoo!  The challenge for this week is “FESTIVE“!  With the Holiday Season upon us, I think this is a great idea to get more creations done!

We’re sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps this week and I have been feeling festive myself and decided to make a fun tag with one of their images today:

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Now isn’t she just the cutest?!  The image is called “Christmas Hair Do” from All Dressed up Stamps.  When I’m feeling particularly festive, I like to wear fun holiday sweaters and such, but I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hair do like this one before.  LOL!

I’ve used my favorite Stitched Traditional Tag dies from My Favorite Things and cut the largest out from Jurassic cardstock from Brutus Monroe.  The two decorative paper strips on each end of the image are from the Sweater Weather paper pad by Brutus Monroe as well.

I took the die cut tag and ran the “cable knit” embossing folder (from Stampin’ Up!) over it and then added my image panel over top that was also cut with the stitched tag die on the sides.  Then I glued the strips on each end and stamped the “be jolly” sentiment in the corner.  I punched a hole at the top of the tag and added the red seam binding ribbon that was tied up with twine along with a snowflake button threaded with linen thread over top.

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Here’s a closer look at the image on the tag and my coloring with Copic markers.  I was trying to match up the colors on her outfit with the papers that I was using as I liked the sweater knit print and thought it would be fun to use with this image.

I’ve added some dots with a white gel pen on her cheeks, eyes and around the snowflake in her hair.  I covered the berries in her hair with glossy accents and took a shimmer glitter pen over the round ornaments hanging from her antler head band.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my festive tag today and that you’ll come join us this week over at Cute Card Thursday too!

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Stamps – #98 Anything Goes + ADU image
  2. In My Creative Opinion – 25 Days of Christmas Tags (my tag inspired by Kim’s tag  on day 2)25DaysTagsRedChristmas
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  4. The Holly & Ivy Christmas – Anytihng Christmas Goes
  5. Not Just Cards – November Anything Goes
  6. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

 

Z-Fold Gift Card Holder with Digi Doodle Studios for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop + Video Tutorial

*This is my 2nd post for today, please scroll down or CLICK HERE to see my “2 Crafty Critter Crazies post.*


Good morning friends!  Aaah!  It sounds like a great morning for coffee doesn’t it?!  Well it sure does to me anyway!  Today, my post is all about coffee…so grab yourself a cup, sit back and enjoy!

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I’m so excited today to share my post with you because Digi Doodle Studios is a first time sponsor for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Please be sure to check them out during the blog hop and CLICK HERE to stop on over at the Digi Doodle Studios blog and check out what’s happening there today as well!  There are lots of fun coffee themed products in the store and I’m thrilled to be sharing some with you today:

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Isn’t she just adorable with coffee in hand?!  This image is called “Ginger” from Digi Doodle Studios and I’ve got her all colored up front and center of my Z-Fold Gift Card Holder. (CLICK HERE to see all of the “Caffinated Cuties” Collection!)

If you have ever made a Z-Fold card, then this is something with a little bit of extra added fun with a gift card holder pocket on the inside, plus you can see how the card nicely displays on the front which is perfect for popping into an envelope to mail out to your coffee loving friend!

The papers that I’ve used for this work perfectly with the theme today which are also from Digi Doodle Studios called Coffee Break Digi Papers.  (I love that I never have to worry about running out of my favorite pattern!!)  There are also several sentiments from Digi Doodle Studios used on my project called Coffee Anyone Sentiments.

*If you want to see a video with detailed instructions on how to make one of these Z-Fold Gift Card Holders along with a sharing of the full collection of the digital papers that I’ve used on my project, check out the video below or CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube:

This is such an easy and fun project to put together especially for the up-coming Holidays, but as you can see this is very neutral so that I could easily use it for most any time of the year.

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Here’s a closer view of “Ginger” and how I’ve colored her up with Copic markers.  Of course if you know me, I had to add a bit of sparkle somewhere.  I took a glitter brush pen and added some sparkle to her pink bow, the heart on her coat and the lid and flower on her coffee cup.

I die cut her out with a stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of brown cardstock die cut with a scallop rectangle die.  For the around the edges of the image panel as well as the other sentiments I printed out, I sponged some Tea Stain Distress Ink around the edges.  The sentiment were cut out with a stitched circle die and then layered with a piece of brown cardstock cut with a scallop circle die.

To keep the image panel in place, a foam dot was used at the bottom panel so that when you pull up on the flap it opens up:

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And this is what is so fun, is that when you flip up the front panel, you see how it opens up with the fun coffee sentiments inside and the surprise gift card holder at the top!

I have an urge to go to Starbucks now! LOL!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun Coffee themed project today as well as the video tutorial on how to make one yourself!  I’d love to see yours if you make one!  If you have any questions about anything, please let me know!

Now to sip on some more coffee and join in on all of the coffee inspiration today!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Anything Coffee/tea/cocoa/cider related
  2. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC245 Anything GoesWWC245 - Anything Goes Challenge
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  4. As You Like It – Favorite Papers and Why? – Digital papers because I never have to worry about running out of my favorite pattern and I don’t have to worry about storage!