Pinspired Challenge #24

If you didn’t read the news on the Pinspired Challenges site, as a team we have decided to close down the Pinspired challenge site at the end of the year.  Challenge #24 is our final challenge. We want to thank everyone who has participated this past year, as well as our sponsors for their generosity and support!

The winner of Challenge #24 will receive a stamp set of their choice from Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

I was inspired by both the snowflake motif and the colors in the Pinterest image for my card.

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Now, it’s your turn. Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. The winner will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the stamp set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps. We can’t wait to see your creations!

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Tim Holtz December Tag

Like many of the Tim Holtz projects on which I’ve worked, this month’s 12 Tags of 2013 was not finished in a single sitting! It took a couple of tries for me to be happy with the design and execution. That being said, one of my favorite things about the Tim Holtz projects is that they push you to try new techniques and products.

Dec2013TimHoltzTagI followed the directions on the December tag post, substituting supplies as needed. The focus of this month’s tag is the frosted film and Clearly for Art used for the die-cut poinsettia. The Clearly for Art product is covered with the film, die cut, colored with inks (on the frosted film side) and then curled with the application of heat. I could have used a few more hands during that process! As Tim explains, “if you don’t like the shape you created, simply reheat it and it will flatten out completely allowing you to reshape it,” which I did more than once!

While Tim’s tag features one of his newest stencils for a background pattern, I stamped my background with the Seasonal Catalog stamp in Vintage Linen for a tone-on-tone look. Tim used a splatter brush from Liquitex to apply Picket Fence paint. I used a toothbrush, since I don’t have that tool. The toothbrush delivers an even dusting of the paint. I would have liked a few more drips and a more random pattern, which the splatter tool appears to provide.

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Christmas Window

I’ve mentioned before how much I like children’s picture books. I miss the days when my sons were young and we read them together. And unfortunately I just can’t get Ginger, our golden retriever, interested. 🙂 I recently “read” Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree and created a card inspired by the book.

In the book, Mr. Willowby’s tree is too tall, so he trims off the top and gives it to his maid. She, in turn, finds it too tall and trims off a bit, and so on and so on until mice use the tiniest of tree tops for their Christmas tree. I thought about cutting the top of the Memory Box tree die and bending it a bit, but in the end just used the cover photo as a jumping off point for my card.

MrWI used a Poppystamps die cut cat in the window to help create perspective. The various layers are adhered with dimensional adhesive to the dry-embossed card base.

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Penny Black Peace on Earth

Today, I’m sharing Christmas tags created with Penny Black’s Tagged [51-007] and Wings of Peace [51-011] Creative Dies.

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I cut Penny Black “Mix and Match” papers with the two dies at the same time, positioning the tag die first and then setting the dove die inside. I stamped and heat-embossed the tags with sentiments from Yuletide Greetings [30-132] and backed them with tags cut from metallic cardstock. I really like the deep jewel-toned cardstock with the silver and gold accents. These tags came together very quickly!

Day 9 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the tag that Teri Anderson created as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s.

Day9TagI cut the skates from three cardstocks – white, black and silver. I pieced the skates together with the silver cardstock as the base. This was decidedly less labor intensive than the way I crafted the skates for this tag. The tag background of two patterned papers is on a craft-a-board base. I covered a different patterned paper with frosted film for the die-cut snowflakes. The effect is subtle, but noticeable! I also applied Wink of Stella to the cut-out sentiment for some extra shimmer.

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Pinspired Challenge #23

The winner of this challenge will receive three digital stamps from Some Odd Girl.

For my card, I was inspired by the color scheme of bright blue, red and white in the inspiration image, as well as the holiday theme.

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I stamped Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp with Bahama Blue ink for my background, onto which I added the die cuts. Yes, this card does look a lot like the tags I shared last week! (I actually had this card made several weeks ago for this challenge.) I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of those birch die cuts.

Now, it’s your turn. Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and will win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. The winner will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the Some Odd Girl prize. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp

Day 7 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the tag that Paula Cheney created as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s.

Day7TagAt first glance, you might think “Huh?, This isn’t like Paula’s!” And it isn’t in terms of dies or stamps. My take-aways from Paula’s tag were  the colors and use of patterned paper. I have loads of patterned paper pads, and I had a fun time die cutting the curtains, window scene, cat  and tag background from various patterns, finally finding a mix that I liked. The Memory Box tree was first cut and then dry embossed. I tried several tree die cuts before settling on this one.

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Tim Holtz Skates Tag

There’s just something about a pair of ice skates that says winter! Since I first saw the Tim Holtz skate die cuts from summer’s CHA, I’ve wanted to try them on a project.

DecTagI cut the skates from grunge board and applied gesso to them. I tried the gesso method after trying to paint the grunge board raw. I just wasn’t able to adequately cover the raw grunge board with the paints. The grunge board acted like a sponge with paint. After the gesso application, I painted the skates with Distress Paints – Picket Fence on the skate bodies, Black Soot on the heels and Brushed Pewter on the blades – and got good coverage. After the paints dried, I lightly sanded the skates for a distressed look. For a bit of sparkle, I added Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter with Glossy Accents as the glue.

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For the background, I cut a tag from grunge board with the Tim Holtz tag die and covered it with a piece of patterned paper from the Merriment stash to which I’d applied the Frosted Film. The Frosted Film in easy to apply and gives a nice finish to the paper. Something to note, the tag size just exceeds 6″ in height. I was using a 6″ x 6″ pattern from the paper pad, so rather than cut the tag down in height, I used a strip of paper at the bottom that is rotated 90 degrees to the other paper. The Word Band covers up the paper seam.

I laced the skates with the Natural Hemp Cord. I considered baker’s twine, but the Hemp Cord texture seemed more appropriate. I used a needle to thread the cord through the holes in the skate die cuts.

I applied the Picket Fence paint to the Word Band, let it dry a bit, and then rubbed it off leaving paint on the recessed words.

This isn’t “whip up a tag in a few minutes” project. This tag took a couple of days of trying things out and letting the die cut skates dry between the various applications of gesso, paints, and Glossy Accents! That being said, I really like how the skates turned out. I think it would be fun to make some as Christmas ornaments.

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Poppystamps Merry Little Christmas

How’s your December going? Have you bought your Christmas tree? I’m sharing a card created with Poppystamps dies and stamp set which was inspired by the cut-your-own tree farms and the Christmas tree lots that many of us visit at this time of year.

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The tree decorated with sparkling lights is the card’s focal point, which I placed against a snowy treeline. I added a smaller pine tree next to the decorated tree for some balance. I used a patterned paper background to provide additional color and to echo the color of the tree lights and heat-embossed sentiment.

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Another Day 4 Tag from 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Today, I’m sharing another tag as part of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s. This is a “Take 2” of Day Four’s tag by Kittie Caracciolo combined with the deer card by Julie Ebersole in this post.

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I really like the red, gray and white together. At first I tried making this same tag with gray, but decided to throw in the red deer to mix it up! I also cut the snowbanks in the woodgrain cardstock, as well as the trees, to provide more texture.