Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Curtain Call Candy Cane Challenge

Hi, I was struggling with making tags for holiday gifts until I saw the Curtain Call Candy Cane challenge here!

 I love red and white at Christmas and most of my paper was red, white and green. However, the tags I make each year for my children and husband's special gifts are BIG!! I actually made my husband's tag into a card. Please excuse the photos again. I finally have a working lens but the dreariness of the weather is making shooting in natural light difficult - because there is no sunlight lol!

 For this first card, I used Tim Holtz's sweater stencil with embossing paste colored with Fired Brick distress ink. I cut the ornament using Memory Box Classic ornament and adorned it with snowflakes from Sizzix. The Merry Kissmas stamp is from Simon Says Stamp Big Holiday Wishes!

This next picture is of a tag using Carriage of Love digital image from Make It Crafty. I love this princess carriage and decided to make it look like a peppermint candy using Copic Markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Be Joyful.

This tag was made using the Sealed with A Kiss digital image from Make It Crafty and the large snowman from Building Frosty Friends from Lawn Fawn. When I saw the gown I thought it would look beautiful colored with red Copics with some cool grays for shading on the white! I added Wink of Stella to the bow and the snowman's scarf and then some Frosted Lace Stickles to the snow! The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Peace on Earth.

This last tag is quite purposefully the messiest and the ugliest. I am also entering it into Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #8. I made the background of the sweater with Simon Says Stamp Peppermint Stripe Stencil and Fired Brick Distress ink and red Wink of Stella. I used the Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater set to complete the rest of the card! I couldn't resist adding a red pom-pom and googly eyes to the reindeer!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God bless, Susan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Y17 and You Brighten My Day

I just had to make this card for Sandy Allnock as a thank you for all the inspiration and learning provided on her blog and You Tube channel. So of course I had to use her favorite Copic color Y17 plus  few other yellows in that blending group and some Wink of Stella. The images are from Hero Arts Christmas Crystals and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Watts Up!! Please excuse the photo this should be the last one with that broken lens!!The image is actually not as vivid as it appears! It is shiny and more subtle in real life! Ok off to grab a new lens and practice more coloring!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa in a Bubble

I am still having fun with Julie Ebersole's stamps for Ellen Hutson. This time I used 'Tis the Season with Bokeh Dots - love, love, love this set!!! The small ornament and gift box are from Christmas Scribbles - more coming up with that set! The "bokeh dots" were heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Copics for the coloring. I added Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella to Santa's glasses and the dots on the Christmas ornament and the bow on the gift. I added a lot of red Wink of Stella to Santa's hat!!! The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson! This was a fun card to make and as I was making it I realized just how much I have learned over time from Online Card Classes especially Copic Markers for Card Makers. I often leave cards unfinished - still working on this - but am learning to work through the ugly stage and get to those finishing touches! Off to practice some more! Oh and please excuse the picture! Between Jim's old camera lens being broken - must borrow back a good one - and the dreary days here I am afraid the photo is dark! I think I might just have to start taking my cards directly outside in the snow to capture some light!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Having fun with Essentials by Ellen

I have so enjoyed working with some of the dies and stamp sets that Julie Ebersole designed for Ellen Hutson. I bought them right away when they were released! The stamps and dies are made of high quality materials and were easy to work with. Here is one of my favorites! The Santa Sweater from the 'Tis the Season set, and that adorable Santa is from the same set!! The small gift box is from Christmas Scribbles also from Essentials by Ellen. I colored these with Copics and fussy cut the sweaters! I actually used a piece of washi tape to ground the images- Julie uses a lot of washi tape so I used it here for more than just stabilizing dies! I just adore this set and I hope this card  makes a dear friend laugh at this stressful time of year! I apologize for the picture quality - turns out the lens on Jim's old camera does not have auto-focus and my focusing skills aren't what they used to me. So I ended up re-shooting the first one at night with my cell phone!

The second one I posted on Instagram last week. I made it for my daughter who comes over EVERY YEAR and wants the lights up on the house. This means endless hours of untangling the lights we took down in a rush the previous year after it had snowed!! There is an image of tangled lights in Julie's set that I just had to use to make a card for her!!!! I colored the little bulbs with Prismacolor pencils and tried to make a few look broken using opaque white acrylic ink from Copic. I made this at retreat so I was using Jennifer McGuire's pencils and Sandy Allnock's Copic white ink.....I think the mojo rubbed off just a little!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ellen Hutson's Tags with a Feminine Twist

Finally, got back to crafting after a busy Thanksgiving season before heading on to Christmas. I decided to actually to make tags this year to go on special Christmas gifts for my children and daughter in-law. I have two done!!!! So I am posting them here. The first tag was inspired by Kittie Caraciolo's beautiful tag filled with such elegant die cuts. I used Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia and a Spellbinders die for the frame. The paper is from Studio Calico and the vintage picture was cut from an old Kaiser craft paper line - I hoard soooooo much Christmas paper! Please excuse the photo I have switched to using my husband's old camera and am not quite used to it.

The next tag was inspired by Sandy Allnock's tag! So I hauled out my Copics and yes my Y17! I used Lawn Fawn Peace, Love, Joy paper for the background. The houses, stars and trees were die cut from Essentials by Eleen Home and Hearth by Julie Ebersole. The sentiment is from Essentials By Ellen Brushstroke Christmas heat embossed with Zing Silver embossing powder. The hills were die cut with Landscape dies from Mama Elephant. I was inspired by one of Nichol Magouirk's videos to add some white gel pen to the top of the houses to make it look like it had just snowed which it had here at home!! The bird is from Studio Calico. I added Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella to the stars and the houses.The sequins are from Simon Says Stamp. Thank you!!