Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monogrammed Gift Tags

I've been wanting to make these since the dies came out!  At last I found a few minutes to play.  The idea is pretty basic, but what you do with it can be exceptional! I chose the Capitals, Double Stroke (link is below) and opted for using chipboard. I knew I wanted to use the leafy ribbon for a garland.

I found out very quickly that Distress inks bleed on the chipboard, so there is no point in using it for work with detailed stamps.  I was happy with Versafine Olympia green as well as some other pigment inks, but chose the Versafine because it had the best green!  I did use Distress inks for sponging around the outside edges of the tags.

I wanted to do a vertical garland, but this looks awesome as a swag garland as well!  For the vertical version, you might want to use some strategically placed Glue Dots and hang it against a wall so it doesn't twist.  The leafy ribbon is a bit of a free spirit!  On the other hand, you can make two of each tag and glue them back to back with the ribbon running between.  Then it won't matter which way the garland twists.  The bells at the bottom give it some weight so it hangs straight.

Here is a close-up of the bottom tag. I used Distress Markers and a Gold Gel Extreme for the dots. The buttons are threaded with 4-Ply Waxed Linen Thread which makes it easy.  The buttons are held on with my beloved Glue Dots.

Here are some tags made for gifts.

This tag was stamped and clear embossed.  The Holly motif is from I'm Telling You He Comes Down the Chimney stamp set and coloured with Distress Markers.

Unfortunately, this one doesn't show that it is glittered!  I re-inked my Essential Glue Pad, stamped the letter and then added Glitter Ritz from the Vintage Christmas set.  Then I didn't touch it for 24 hours.  I even burnished it a bit with my fingers.  Gee I wish it showed in the photo!

This tag is embossed with Gold Embossing powder and embellished with the little copper bells.  Pretty darn easy!
Thanks for having a look! Suzanne

Here are the thumbnail links to the products: 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Flourished Noel - Card

I'm letting the paper do the heavy lifting for me today!  Gorgeous, isn't it?   The Christmas ball ornament was sponged with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and the Quietfire stamps were stamped with Versafine Crimson.

Thanks for visiting!  Happy creating, Suzanne

Here are thumbnail links to most of the items I used today:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Season's Greetings Card

Recently we were talking about stamping in a circle and Holly did this wonderful blog post.  I gave it a little test with this card!  I was fascinated to see the holly motif, when repeated, turned into a square!

Without the little ring of decorated paper, the card seemed bare. Hard to believe that little addion seemed to help!
The holly leaves and berries were coloured with Distress Markers and I made a crude little jig so I would be stamping at 90 degress from the last holly sprig.  I definitely used a stamp positioner to position the Season's Greetings!

Thanks for stopping by!  Suzanne

Here are thumbnail links to most of the supplies I used for this card.

Friday, November 9, 2012

I Will Honour Christmas

You know when I first penned this, I asked the Design Team about the British spelling of honour and would it bother anyone?  They said they liked it.  And after all, I rationalized, it was a quote of Dickens....

This card turned into a little bit of everything.  It's has Spellbinders and Memory Box and Sizzix.  I just adore this little Sizzlit snowman. He was coloured with Distress Markers and actually has some blue sponging around the edge of his body because he was originally going to be on a white background. He's such a happy little guy, I want to put him on all my cards!

I've always loved a card that Wanda did a few years ago with the Merry Christmas snowflakes as a background using a resist technique. (The links on that page will probably not work because we have a new website - Sorry!)  So my version was to stamp the snowflake stamp with VersaMark ink, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat; then sponge Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China over the paper.
Now Wanda would have known that she had to remove the clear embossing before she stamped over it with VersaFine Lagoon Blue, but she wasn't here!  And her ESP wasn't working!  However, it's not too much of a mess....
It was a little bit of a trick to trim the Memory Box die behind the Spellbinders Grand Decorative Oval diecut, but I more or less finessed it!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Suzanne

Here are the supplies I used.