Christmas Mouse

In just a few days I’ll be transitioning from making holiday-themed cards to making more winter-themed cards. I’ve enjoyed making holiday cards this year, perhaps more than any other year! I’ve learned that I really like glitter – although I’m happy to have finally wiped up all the glitter covering my dining table on which I make my cards!

This card plays on the ’Twas the Night Before Christmas poem line that says “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” I envision a certain mouse up and about checking out the stockings!

Christmas Mouse

Now it’s time to go wrap some packages and get the stocking stuffers sorted!

Holiday Cheer!

This is a “just because” card. I’ve been wanting to give the Paper Smooches “Hot Concoctions” stamp set a try for awhile.

Holiday Cheer

Given the holiday season, I thought a peppermint stick would be a fun addition. Initially I had the top of the cup, what would be the beverage, stamped on kraft cardstock. But the kraft just wasn’t working with the other colors. The bright turquoise and red of the My Mind’s Eye “Winter Wonderland” papers make me happy!

Supplies: Neat and Tangled Home Sweet Home (candy cane); Spellbinders die

Hero Arts 2013 Debut

As soon as I saw the new Hero Arts stamps, I knew exactly the card I wanted to make first! I revisited the tag I’d made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge based on Jennifer McGuire’s tag. At some point I plan to stamp the bird onto watercolor paper and color with paint. For this card, I simply stamped the image with Versafine ink on kraft cardstock and heat embossed it.

Hero Arts 2013 Debut Card

I combined the poinsettia die’s center section as a flower with the branch die.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock; Fiskars border punch

Day 11 of the 12 Tags of Christmas

Today I’m sharing my take on the Day 11 Tag by Carolyn Peeler for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge. I drew inspiration from Carolyn’s soft color palette and glitter border.

Day 11 Tag

For my first attempt with the tag, I created a gold tinsel glitter, but I decided that silver would look better with the light pink and blue that I had used to color the stamped skater. Unfortunately, I don’t have any dry silver glitter. I drew a border with a Versamark pen (although I think I’ve been storing it wrong, as it seemed to be dry) and heat embossed some American Crafts Zing silver glitter embossing powder. I then added a line of Ranger Silver Stickles to fill in some empty spots. I’ve added silver tinsel glitter to my wishlist! The sentiment was created on my computer.

Copics: R11 (coat); B21 (mittens); B0000 (white sections on hat and mittens); N1, N3 (skates); E00 (skin)

Supplies: Recollections ribbon (Michaels)

Day 10 of the 12 Tags of Christmas

Today I’m sharing my take on the Day 10 Tag by Maile Belles for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge. This tag was a fun one with which to try different ink combinations.

Day 10 Tag

I simplified the background by stamping with the Hero Arts “Snow Dots” background stamp. For my first take, I kept my trees and sentiment very much like Maile’s, but then I glued it together with a glue that warped the paper. 🙁  For my second take, I decided to make the trees and sentiment more symmetrical. I added some glitter paper above and below the tree section. And I topped the tree off with a star from the Lawn Fawn set.

I’ve had so much fun with these tags, I really don’t want the inspiration to end!

Supplies: glitter paper (Target); ColorBox white pigment ink; Recollections ribbon (Michaels)

Day Six of the 12 Tags of Christmas

I’m back sharing another tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge at Ellen Hutson‘s. This one was inspired by the Day Six tag by Teri Anderson. I had some fits and starts with this – I had the tag assembled and then after photographing it, I took it apart and made some adjustments. Rather than make twine trees, like Teri did, I used two different Paper Smooches stamps on patterned paper. I added a few pearls to the trees as well. I used the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Studio Calico/Hero Arts “Spread Joy” set. This has been one of my favorite sentiment stamps this season.

Day Six Tag

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Lawn Fawn, My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park); Glitter Paper (Colorbok)

Another Tag – 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

I’m sharing another tag I made for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge over at Ellen Hutson‘s. My head has been swimming with ideas from the tags shared thus far. I went in a couple of directions before creating this tag inspired by the Day Four tag by Jennifer McGuire. I was also inspired by the Day Two tag by Claudine Hellmuth, which includes sheet music. Because I had a kraft background, I decided to color the bird blue (just the opposite of Jennifer’s tag). Even though the stamp I used for the bird isn’t specifically Christmas-y, I decided to “go with it”! And with our gray skies here in the Pacific Northwest, the blues and pinks added some much needed color to my world! Like Jennifer’s tag, I went with “Joy” as my sentiment.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Copics: E35 (branch), RV23, RV29, RV 25 (flowers); YG03 (leaves); Y17 (bird’s beak and flowers’ centers); B0000, B02 (bird)

Supplies: 5/8″ circle punch; Fiskars border punch; Twinery twine; May Arts twine

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Ellen Hutson is having a 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge and I decided to play along. All of the tags have been beautiful and inspiring!

I’m sharing a tag inspired by the Day One tag by Sharon Harnist. I simplified her tag considerably!

Although I first considered paper-piecing the skating couple, an October Afternoon stamp, I colored them with Copics. I finished the tag off with a shimmery ribbon tied at the top with twine and some silver bells.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Copics: E35, E37 (man’s jacket); B95, B97  (man’s pants); YR000 (skin); R35, R46, R39 (woman’s jacket); G24, YG67 (woman’s skirt); C3, C5 (skates); Y23, E33 (woman’s hair)

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (red); Spellbinders circle die; Michaels ribbon

Simple Scrapper December Premium Membership Blog Hop

Welcome! Today we’re hosting a Simple Scrapper Team blog hop using this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates.

In keeping with my “scrapping with the seasons” approach, I scrapped three Christmas season layouts.

The first captures Christmas morning for my sons from 1994. My youngest was just a year-and-a-half old at the time. I created the flairs digitally using both elements and papers in my stash. I did a bit of hue and saturation modification so that they would match the colors in the paper.

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For my second layout, I used non-traditional holiday colors to bring out the colors in the photo. A few years ago, we toured Christmas Tree Lane in Oxnard, California’s historic district. Taking nighttime drives to view lights is one of our favorite holiday traditions.

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Lastly, I scrapped the Langley, Washington, holiday parade. We’ve been attending this the last couple of years. It’s small-town holiday fun at its best. The layout came together quickly with the new collab at Design House Digital “Here Comes Santa.”

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Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership! Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 4. You may enter from multiple blogs.

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Check out the inspiration from the rest of the team:
Sue Althouse
Kate Christensen
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Mandy Ross

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Neat + Tangled Holiday Tags

The Neat and Tangled Design Team are sharing holiday tags today on the blog. While you’re there, be sure to check out the amazing creations shared yesterday as well! And did you hear, Neat and Tangled was featured in the Moxie Fab Stamp of Approval!

In addition to the tag shared on the blog, I created a smaller tag using the presents and bows from the Elves at Work stamp set. I created this tag for my husband who prefers traditional holiday colors. I can imagine creating these tags with presents colored to match the gift wrap. Happy Friday and last day of November, everyone!

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