Watercolouring Is My Favourite

this is the tag i made for day 4 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge and its watercolour theme.

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if you know me, you know how much i love to watercolour images, so i was happy to see this technique for day 4 with designers Laurel Beard & Sandy Allnock. i was inspired by Laurel’s tags; i love the cute images she used for her focal point and the variety of colours, some of which i used.

i painted with twinkling H2Os as usual.

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Mauve Poinsettia

i really jumped around this year; here is the tag i made for day 11 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

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Day 11 Designers are Carolyn Peeler & Angie Backman; oh my goodness this was challenging! i struggled with the colour palette, but i was determined although a bit confused because the inspiration photo looked more like pink to me. Being sick all week hasn’t helped; it has affected my concentration.

Angie’s tag inspired me to use a shaped die cut so that’s what i started with – the same sizzix shape die i used for my silver and gold tag. i painted the poinsettias with gray, mint and mauve twinkling H20s and mounted it to a piece of taupe paper and i found a taupe pearl in my stash.

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Merry Mint Green

i created this tag for day 7 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge. 

Day 7 Tag Designers are Heather Campbell & Elena Roussakis. i was inspired by Elena’s tag: i love the gold sentiment at the bottom and the snowy background with the cute characters in the middle.

i used a pink debased background and a mint green glitter tree in the middle with the gold mirri die cut sentiment on the bottom.

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Merry And Oh So Bright

i skipped ahead to day 10 to create this tag for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

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Day 10 tag designers Sharon Harnist & Svitlana Shayevich used such a pretty inspiration graphic for their tags. i was inspired by Svetlana’s tag with the bright blue background and i used the colours of the snowman on the bottom right of the graphic. i painted this sweet Darcie’s snow woman and the sky with twinkling H2Os and added stickles to her snowflake crown; is it bright enough?

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Keeping It Cozy

i created this tag for day 3 of the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge.

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Day 3 Designers are Julie Ebersole & Brandi Kincaid and it was Brandi’s tag that inspired me; i love the browns she used with the pop of bright green and i feel like it’s a cozy scene.

i used coloured pencils on this older penny black wooden stamp image. i resisted adding glitter, which was a challenge unto itself.

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Silver And Gold

it’s Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge, a challenge i love playing along with; this is my fourth year.

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day 2 Tag Designers are Julia Stainton & Keeway Tsao and my inspiration for this tag was julia’s tag with the beautiful pink background. i painted the poinsettia with pink and gold twinkling H2Os, then coated it with shabby pink embossing enamel; it has a very fine gold glitter that doesn’t show. i used the debossed side and added a gold double ribbon bow.

i’m not necessarily creating my tags in order; i’m just going wherever my creativity takes me.

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Penny Black And More – CAS

we’ve got a very easy theme for you this month at the penny black and more challenge – to share your CAS (clean and simple) creations.

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i painted this penny black cling stamp, 40-174 winter illumination, with twinkling H2Os as usual. although i made a christmas card, your CAS creation can be for any reason.

remember, your focal point must be hand stamped, any company, just no digis please; a future guest designer will be selected from those who use a PB image and as always, you’ll love the prizes to be won from: Penny Black, Tattered Lace, Fantastic Ribbons.

visit the blog to be inspired by the rest the team and their lovely CAS cards.

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A Little Christmas Treat

I’m playing with some new crafty goodies and the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 17 – COLOR INSPIRATION:

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i was inspired by the bottom right photo to create these little treats for one of my specialists and his staff. i die cut the lawn fawn winter tiny tags mitten, stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the LF tiny tag sayings set and finished them off with a white die cut bow. i hope they like the ghirardelli peppermint bark squares as much as i do.

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Candy Cane Treat

I wanted a festive way to present a candy cane so I came up with this:

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i stamped the IO holly leaves (retired) and sentiment from the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp with versafine olympia green ink, coloured with watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the berries.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects, the Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green and the last Rudolph Days Challenge for 2017.

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Christmas Chickadee

i’m rushing now to complete my holiday to do list since a number of doctor appointments are interfering with my creative play time.

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i’ve had this beautiful IO Holly Chickadee (E7024) for eight years now and don’t use it as often as i should. it really is quick and easy to colour; this time i coloured with watercolour pencils and stamped the IO Enjoy the Splendour (D6165) in black ink. a perfectly flat card to mail.

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and also these challenges:
Happy Little Stampers CAS November – Christmas – must be Clean and Simple
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November – Anything Goes + option : Tag
Winter Wonderland Challenge to use Traditional Christmas Colors of Red and Green.

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Christmas Tree Notecard

i’m playing along with the Impression Obsession ‘Tis The Season Challenge to create holiday projects and i’ve been working on plenty of those.
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this is a notecard made with the IO Christmas Minis (MC199) clear stamp set; i bought it for 50% so maybe it’s retired because i couldn’t find a link to the IO shop. i coloured with watercolour pencils, added red and yellow stickles and covered the trees with clear wink of stella.

i’m also playing along with these christmas themed challenges:

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Chalet Christmas Card

i’m almost finished all the christmas projects i’ve been working on; hopefully i’ll be done by next week.

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this is the card that i made a set of for my dad; his only request was for a ‘peace on earth’ sentiment so i chose this cling mount one from magenta. the chalet is a nellie snellen image that stamps beautifully; i coloured it with pencil crayons and for the first time i used a blue pan pastel for the sky.

i’m playing along with these challenges:
Stamping Sensations – one layer christmas cards
Happy Little Stampers CAS November – Christmas – must be Clean and Simple
Noor! Designs UK November – Winter

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Snow Cuddles

i’m still in christmas card mode, making this one for my husband.

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this cute couple is a wooden penny black stamp called ‘cuddle in snow’ that i painted with twinkling H2Os, starting with the sky and finishing off by adding plenty of snow and glitter; it shows up better at night, as you can see in this photo:

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i’d like to submit this card to these challenges:

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Christmas Greetings For Rudolph Days

this is my design team card for october’s Rudolph Days Challenge, which runs until the end of the month and is a great way to tackle those holiday cards.

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this adorable image is from a newer penny black clear stamp set called ‘snow much fun.‘ by the way, Buddly Crafts carries penny black stamps and has a page featuring PB Critters & Cuties Stamps here.

i painted the sky and image with twinkling H2Os, popped it on foam tape to a snow embossed background, added red pearls for the berries and glitter for the snow.

all you need to do to play along is make one christmas card; for more inspiration and to view the prize and simple rules, please pop over to scrappymo’s blog.

The Penny Black Holiday Head Start Challenge ends soon so i just have time to submit this card before the deadline.

i’m also playing along with these challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge – U for Unlimited/V for Vibrant
Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes for Christmas
Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

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Matchbox Snowman

i was happy to see the latest taylored expressions’ release included some coordinating stamps and dies for the TE matchbox die i bought when it was released earlier in the spring.

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i used the matchy snowman die set and of course the matchbox die to create this little treat box. i’m actually making four but it’s getting so overcast that i thought i best rush and get a photo of the one i finished so far.

i’m submitting this to these challenges:
Little Red Wagon – Leftovers: i used leftover scraps of christmas paper and the nose was die cut from a leftover scrap of watercolour paper that i had painted with twinkling H2Os to use on my trick or treat tags.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – NOT A CARD
Happy Little Stampers Dies – Always Anything Goes with Dies 

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A Tiny Christmas Treat Bag

i had so much fun making the treat bag yesterday that i made another but this one is tiny; it measures 2 x 2 inches.

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i used my scor pal and followed the tutorial at pootles’ blog to create this one.

i’m playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #41 Bags and Boxes and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – #15 – Anything Christmas Goes and the Winter Wonderland Challenge to Wrap It Up.

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Christmas Treat Bag

it feels strange to be working on christmas projects when we’ve had record breaking high temperatures. even though today it ‘felt like’ 110 degrees fahrenheit, days are passing quickly so i need to keep creating for christmas.

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i used my scor pal to make one of these 2-5-7-10 Boxes for the first time; i’ll know better next time to align the stripes more evenly. i think it took longer to tie the bow than it did to cut and score just because of my hands,  but i’m pleased with how it turned out and will make more.

i’m playing along with the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #41 Bags and Boxes and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – #15 – Anything Christmas Goes and the Winter Wonderland Challenge to Wrap It Up.

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Ornamental Christmas Tree

i created one more card just in time for the Taylored Expressions birthday celebration and 9th year sketch challenge:

i made a christmas card for my husband using the tree from the TE baby it’s cold outside stamp set, painted with twinkling H2Os and covered the ornaments with glossy accents. i used a clear glitter pen on the tree garland dots and coloured the peel off sentiment and holographic dot stickers with permanent markers. the image circle was popped on foam tape for some added dimension.

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