Card Recognition

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Farm house shaker tag




Happy Tuesday.  So I thought I'd go back to making cards, or perhaps I'd go back to making things that I actually "need" (i.e. holiday cards for my staff), but instead inspiration has decided to play along with Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist using Heather's tag as the inspiration.  (I promise this is the last one, deadline in a mere hours and someone has to go to work).  So when thinking about what sort of cityscape options I had in my stash (none in the answer), I thought why not turn it into a country scene?  I've used the PTI set On the Farm, some May Arts silk and burlap string and used the PTI tag and then cut out the centre with another die.  And on a slightly different note-- this is my 1400th blog post on my card blog-- what do you think I've done with all 1399 other projects?

Monday, December 15, 2014

celebrate Christmas ornament




Happy Monday crafty friends.  I'm playing along with the new PTI Make it Monday (Camouflaging Die Cuts) and the Waltzingmouse Stamps PJ party (deck the halls).  I stamped a background stamp to the bottom of the tag and then decided I didn't like it, so I took a note from the recent Ellen Hutson tag fun and games and added texture paste and glitter to the bottom to cover up the part I didn't like (now it's got a bit of sparkle).   Next I added some May Arts ribbon and presto, my ornament is done (PTI tag die, PTI word die, WMS sentiment).  Super simple.  And now I'm off to work, can't wait to share the photos from yesterday's craft fair on my work blog.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas tag



One more tag inspired by Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist, I'll go back to making cards one of these days.  Ellen's tag uses real wood birch, which at some stage I've had somewhere in my stash... but when I went digging, I couldn't find...  (if you saw my craft room you'd just smile and nod).  So I used a piece My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas paper (that I bought in the post Christmas sales last year), a Quickutz Reindeer that's long been neglected in my drawer, the My Favorite Things merry die, some Studio Calico wood veneer stars, some vellum, PTI sentiment and a tiny bit of embossing paste for some additional stars (been using the Simon Says Falling Star die cut as a stencil).  And then because I've already proven myself a May Arts ribbon addict, I used two different color silk ribbons and added a small piece of May Arts burlap string.  I got to go skiing yesterday (big grin), click here for a photo.  And today there's another Victorian Christmas and Craft Fair in our town, plus a small *cough cough* amount of laundry from the motel. Off and running.  Happy Sunday crafty peeps.

Friday, December 12, 2014

CAS Coffee Tag



I wasn't going to share this tag because I don't know... it wasn't "perfect"... or maybe I thought it needed something else?  A sentiment?  A little black/grey on the bottom?  Anyhoo... my friend ~amy~ wants to get to 300 entries for her amazing Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I'm going to share the tag I'm not in love with to help her.  I was inspired by the amazing Jill Foster's tag over at Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  I haven't used this Hero Arts coffee cup stamp in ages...  I like the idea of coloring around the image and I added some perfect pearls to the cup and some splatters to give it a bit more of an artistic flair.  But, the short answer is that one layer projects are HARD and Jill is so amazing....  so ~amy~, this one is for you.  Perhaps it'll get a make over when I have time?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

coffee tag, Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, take 2



Happy Thursday... a sucker for all things coffee-- and a total team player for fun challenges, I'm hoping along (again) for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, inspired by another one of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  Sharon's tag uses a technique called the "Copic Drip Background" and while I don't own any copics and don't have any ink refills, I do have a tiny sample of gesso (who knows what motivated me to buy it, probably some other challenge), but this was a perfect opportunity to pull it out and see what sort of mess I could make.  The only ink refill I have is classic kraft (so while pink would've been fun, I didn't have any), but I love the marbel look of the background.  The tag took a bit longer to dry then I thought, so impatient girl over here who likes to make and finish things in 15 minutes, might have to paint up some tags in advance?  In Sharon's tag she added some gesso to some corrugated card stock and I had some packaging material somewhere, but couldn't find it, so I found a piece of red card stock and added the gesso to it and then cut it out with the My Favorite Things coffee die cut.  I bought the Die-namics Tags (after Ms. ~amy~ did some enabling on the MFT coffee release, blame her) and I'm loving that several challenges have inspired me to think bigger tags.  The wreaths are PTI (thanks Denise for letting me use your purchase before you picked it up) and I've added May Arts silk and chervron twill to the top.  Happy hoping...  stay dry if you're in Northern California.  Below are the list of prizes... come play along!    

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug

●●Sponsorship prizes are eligible via random draw from linked hop participants only●●


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Blog Hop, Christmas Coffee tag



Happy Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop!  My fabulous friend ~amy~ has really out done herself by organizing a hop dedicated to coffee :)  

There are tons of amazing sponsors and PRIZES... so come join us!  My tag was inspired by Dawn's tag for the Ellen Hutson 12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist.  Can't wait to hop along and see what everyone else has made... 

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug

●●Sponsorship prizes are eligible via random draw from linked hop participants only●●