Rudolph Reindeer Treat Box

i’m playing along with the poppy stamps challenge #31; the theme is ‘gift it’.

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design team member Pam Simpson created a beautiful and elegant pillow box, so i was inspired to make one too only mine is much simpler; and, if you know me, i chose a cute and whimsical image. i painted the poppy stamps rudolph reindeer with twinkling H2Os, cut it with the matching die and attached it to a tiny pillow box made from birch tree print christmas paper.

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Happy Rudolph Days And Twinkling H2O Tips

it’s the 25th so i’m sharing my DT card for the monthly rudolph days challenge, which runs until the last day of the month. visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired and have fun!

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as usual, i painted the sky and this adorable Darcie’s reindeer with twinkling H2Os, added some snow, a snow drift and a die cut sentiment covered in stickles.

i’ve painted most of my images with twinkling H2Os for years; i love these shimmery watercolour paints! if you haven’t tried them yet, i’d like to share some tips to show you just how easy they are to use.

Twinkling H2O Tips:

  1. Activate: spritz the paint pot(s) to activate.
  2. Wait: put the kettle on and wait at least 5 minutes for the paint to get to a syrup consistency.
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  3. Stamp: heat embossed images will help contain the paint in each section of an imagefor best results, use watercolour paper and a waterproof ink although twinks do blend well on kraft cardstock with a damp brush; too much water and the kraft paper will pill. the small image below measures 1″ wide by 2 1/4″ long and i painted it from dried palette paints that i reactivated.
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  4. Mix: the paint in the pot needs to be evenly blended with the water.
  5. Paint: either direct from pot method for more intense colour or from a palette where you can add water and/or mix colours. A little goes a long way!
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  6. Store: if you do want to keep the lids on for storage, let the paint completely dry in the pot; otherwise the lids will glue shut.

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Twinkling H2Os videos at Colourarte.

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Snow Globe Fun For Rudolph Days

it’s time for february’s rudolph days challenge and i had so much fun creating my design team card with this whimsical image from stampendous.

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i love this christmas visions stamp set because it has a few images that fit inside the snow globe along with a few sentiments.

as usual, i painted it with twinkling H2Os, added glossy accents to the ornaments and stickles to the snow; the background was created with a taylored expressions snow embossing folder.

the challenge runs until the last day of the month; visit scrappymo’s blog to be inspired to create christmas cards on the 25th of every month so you’ll be well prepared. have fun!

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Designing For Rudolph Days Challenge – January

it’s time for the first rudolph days challenge of 2017. i was so excited when maureen (scrappymo) invited me to stay on as a design team member; i love making christmas cards year round. i’ll actually be designing every other month beginning in February, but i’m playing along for fun this month.

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i painted this cutie with twinkling H2Os and used some red marianne design paper on the right and my own watercoloured background paper on the left that was embossed and sanded.

the challenge runs until the last day of the month; visit scrappymo’s blog to view the rest of the team’s inspiring cards and the challenge rules. have fun!

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A Wish For Peace

every year i make a set of cards for my dad to send out; sometimes he’s specific about what he’d like and this year it was a peace sentiment so he was quite pleased.

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i kept it clean and simple for mass production; i covered the card base with designer paper, die cut the ornaments, and hubby stencilled the snowflakes with distress inks while i die cut and layered the impression obsession peace.

i’ll be taking a bit of a break due to surgery but the minute i’m able to, i’ll be back to my craft table to create.

wishing you a peaceful holiday season and a happy 2017!

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 10 Second Edition

i couldn’t resist making one more tag for the day 10 colour palette that i love:

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my inspiration for this tiny tag was both designers, Heather Meeson and Kryssi Ng, who created scenes with some greenery and an animal.

i coloured on kraft with albrecht durer watercolour pencils, used adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, die cut with a lawn fawn tag die and finished it off with twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 12

i made it to day 12 and the inspiration is a different colour palette that i found very challenging but now that i finished my tag i might use these colours again.

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i was inspired by both day 12 designers to create this tag: i loved the stripes, greenery and focal point on Carolyn Peeler’s tag and i also loved the die cut joy sentiment that Angie Backman used.

i painted the stripes with a blue twinkling H2O and mixed my own colours of twinks to paint the poinsettias and added some tan coloured pearls; the wplus9 joy sentiment was die cut from kraft and layered.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 11

the day 11 tag inspiration is a really challenging one for me, but i love that this 12 tags challenge forces me to create outside of my comfort zone.

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i love designer Anna Wight’s tree shaped tag; although i don’t have any similar tree dies, i think this Darcie’s tree stamp works for the theme. (must be retired) i die cut with the paper smooches stitched tag die, coloured with albrecht durer watercolour pencils and added red stickles to the heart. i die cut a second layer and attached it with twine.

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i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 10

the tag inspiration for day 10 is a colour palette that i love:

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my inspiration for my tag is both designers, Heather Meeson and Kryssi Ng, who created scenes with some greenery and an animal.

i coloured on kraft with albrecht durer watercolour pencils, used adorable images from the memory box bunny wishes set, die cut it with a paper smooches tag die and finished it off with ribbon and twine.

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i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 9 Second Edition

i used the colour palette for the day 9 tag and leftover bits of my larger tag to create a small set of tags:

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my little tags were inspired by designer Sharon Harnist, who challenged participants to combine frosty white with beautiful metallic gold and/or silver, to create a classic elegant holiday tag! Sharon included a tree with a present on her tag and she also provided a couple of lovely inspiration photos of trees and presents so that’s what i went with. i die cut taylored expressions presents from gold and silver mirri and attached them to a white paper with gold threads.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 9

it’s a different colour palette for the day 9 tag and one that i usually find very challenging:

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my tag was inspired by designer Sharon Harnist, who challenged participants to combine frosty white with beautiful metallic gold and/or silver, to create a classic elegant holiday tag! Sharon included a tree with a present on her tag and she also provided a couple of lovely inspiration photos of trees and presents so that’s what i went with. i die cut taylored expressions presents from gold and silver mirri and attached them to a white paper with gold threads.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 8

the inspiration for day 8 is my favourite technique of all and one that i use almost every time i create:

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i love the colourful inspiration by artist Margaret Berg, who paints outside the lines beautifully, and designer Carly Tee Minner’s interpretation of it so that was my inspiration for my tag.

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i painted the lawn fawn stitched circle tag with winsor and newton watercolour paints and added snow. after i die cut the lawn fawn trees i painted them with twinkling H2Os, added stickles and finished it off with two ribbons.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 7

the challenge for the day 7 tag is a sketch:

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i was inspired by Melania Deasy’s elegant gold glitter tag.

this was a quick and easy tag and i finally used some of this gold/brown printed mirri paper that’s been in my stash for some time; it was already cut in strips so i just attached five of them to a base cut with a paper smooches tag die and added ribbon and twine.

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i’m also submitting this tag to the Paper Smooches December challenge: WINTER-HOLIDAYS-NEW YEARS!!!!!!

any tips for taking photos of creations with mirri would be greatly appreciated.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 6

the day 6 theme is a beautiful colour palette:

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both Day 6 designers Lisa Adametz & Jill Foster used the colours and focused on outdoor wintery scenes so i was inspired to create a wintery look with this cute penny black image.

i painted the sky and this cutie with twinkling H2Os and added snow, glossy accents to her nose and berries and stickles to her hat; the mat is a shimmer purple paper.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 5

the day 5 theme, frozen, perfectly fits today’s weather – only our second snowfall, but it looks like a blizzard again.

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my tag was inspired by designer Brandi Kincaid’s tag and her white circle, greenery and blue gems. my loose interpretation is that this transparent paper reminded me of the greenery and gems and all i added was a white glitter die cut snowflake and finished it off with a bow and twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 4

i’m up to day 4, which is another technique challenge: felt. store bought felt shapes are the only ones i’ve ever used since i’ve not had much success die cutting it myself – until now.

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Jennifer McGuire used die cut felt embellishments on a textured background so that’s what inspired me.

i die cut the tiny hero arts trees from green felt, added garlands of hologram stickers and attached each to a watercolour background that was die cut and embossed.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 3

the inspiration for the day 3 tag is a new to me technique to use foil:

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i was inspired by Carissa Wiley’s tag and her cute snowman with strips of foil added to her design.

this was my first attempt to use foil and it was fun. i used a laminator after i printed the Lilyboo Designs Digital Stamp – Ho HoHo from buddly crafts and used foil on scor pal tape for the strip and attached it to a gold mirri base.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 2

the Day 2 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist theme is glitter; i love the look but not the mess, which is why i usually use stickles even if the bottles are hard to squeeze with my hands.

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both talented designers Julia Stainton & Kay Miller used circle shapes to either feature a glittery image or as a tag shape so i was inspired to create a tiny simple circle tag. i die cut a house from the back of the teal designer paper from my day 1 tag and covered it with double sided adhesive paper and crystal ritz glitter.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 1

i created another tag for Day 1 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist using the colour palette of red, teal, green and pink:

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i was inspired by both Laurel Beard and Sandy Allnock, who coloured images for their festive tags.

this time i painted a cute penny black image (love at xmas) with twinkling H2Os and winsor & newton watercolour paints. the background is painted with teal and i used a teal paper for the base; of course i added stickles for the snow and around the edge of the image and i added white flocking for the fur trim. the sentiment is a gold peel off that i coloured with a red permanent marker.

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