Christmas Tags - Christmas in July

Over the weekend I was doing a virtual crop with the girls at Kitchen Keepsake.  I posted over the weekend some of the projects I was working on for the challenges so here's another.

The challenge was for embellished tags and I did several.

First, I did some using some InkaDinkaDo stamps - the Merry Christmas Tag and the Naughty or Nice tag both came from the Inkadinkado Christmas Tag Wishes Clear Stamps , and the SnowFlakes tag came from the Inkadinkado Christmas, Holiday Words.  

The two tags (Merry Christmas and Naughty and Nice) were actually inspired by a set that Sue Neal had done with one of her kits.  It is no longer available but you can see it here.  I found Sue online when I was planning a trip to Utah with the ladies from Hilltop Memories.  Sue teaches classes in the Utah area, and taught a class to the Hilltop group when we were in Utah.  Even after that trip, Sue thought to reach out to us when she came to Florida and taught more classes at one of the Hilltop Memories winter retreats.  

If you haven't seen her kits, check them out here as they are fabulous.  The instructions are clear, all of the components are precut, and you learn different techniques.  In fact, I just bought some of the newer ones.

But I digress ... For the tags the Merry Christmas Tag is stamped in a reddish burgundy ink and embellished with Stickles.  You can see the stickles on the snowflake and the dots.

For the Naughty or Nice tag, it's stamped on a pearlescent white paper and embellished with bling.

and for the Snowflakes tag, it's embellished with bling and striped cording.


One other tag I did for this challenge was to mimic the sample that was provided which was something Suzanne found on Pinterest.  See the pin here.  This was my first attempt and it looks good, but is not as neat as the pinterest one.  The pinterest sample used circle punched colored papers and I chose to use a tree stamp (Hampton Arts Ditto), which I cut out and then mounted together.  I like the look, but need to practice some to make my cuts neater, but you get the idea.

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More from the Christmas in July Virtual Crop

Playing along this weekend with the Kitchen Keepsake Group.

Another challenge was to make a Christmas card using non-traditional papers.

I made a few for this challenge, using a paper pack I had. - It's a 2009 Paper Pack from My Minds Eye called Complete Boy.  Must have been something  just for Michaels because it wasn't listed on their website in the retired section.  I have old product and I'm not afraid or ashamed to use it.

This first one is using some of the paper as well as cardstock, plus I had an embellishment from the My Minds Eye 2011 Lost and Found Christmas Set.


The next one uses papers from the same pack, and a Hampton Art Ditto Christmas Stamp (PS0689).


and finally, using the same paper pack and a stamp from a Michaels Reflections Stamp set.


I have old stamps too .... but the thing about stamps is they never go bad.  You can use them over and over, and they store easily too.


A few more Halloween Cards ...

So this past weekend, I was cropping with some friends at the house.  In between the drama with Comcast (another story all together), I did get some cards done.

I was using up some Pink Paislee paper I had on hand.


This one was from the Hocus Pocus line and I mainly used the sticker sheet from the line.


made from the same Hocus Pocus line of paper and stickers.  The ribbon is crate paper.  The sticker sheet was cool as it had the banner stickers.  I just used them on a darker background paper so they would pop more.

And finally ...


This one also used the Hocus Pocus paper line.  The skeleton was part of the design of one of the sheets of paper.  I used a translucent white Smooch ink so he is sort of irridescent.  The ribbon is by Sticky Trims.  I also used some orange stickles to make the skeleton look like he was in a picture frame.

I've pretty much been working on cards all weekend, so I'll have more to share in the days to come.

Some Halloween Cards ....

Last weekend I was at the Hilltop Memories Creepover crop.  For me, the crop was more about some much needed R&R then actually accomplishing any projects, but I did manage to complete some Halloween cards while I was there.

These were done with some leftover papers I've accumulated.

This first one was using Making Memories Spook Alley Paper, and Reminisce Verbal Creepy Paper, the buttons are Studio G, and the striped trim is called sticky trim.


This one was done with Reminisce papers - Lil Witch and Verbal Creepy.  The colors in the photo are not true as the background paper is actually more to the orange side.  The stamps are by the Stamps of Life a set called Banners4All, I also used stickles to outline the banners and for some accent.

And the third one actually my favorite.


The paper is from the Teresa Collins, Halloween and Trick or Treat from the Spooktacular Line, and Making Memories Spook Alley Bat Newsprint paper.  The stamps are one of those mini sets you find in the dollar bin and is by Inkadinkadoo.  The diamonds are popped up for dimension.   I also used Smooch Inks on the skeletins.  The buttons are Studio G and teh rhinestone is Michaels line.

This weekend I've been been cropping in my studio, so tomorrow I'll post some more cards I've made.

Playing Catch Up

I wanted to post on some of the events and projects I've been working on the last couple of weeks.

About 2 weeks ago I went to a crop put on by Scrapbooks Etc in Bonita Springs.  It was their Halloween crop, and they did it in a Wizard of Oz theme complete w/yellow brick road.  It was way fun, and I really got some work accomplished.

First, here's a picture of the characters from the Wizard of Oz.  They even had a professional make-up person come in to do the make up - we were having lunch at the hotel cafe and it took me a minute to even recognize them.

Scrap Etc Wizard of Oz

I did get some work done while I was at the crop.  There were two make-n-takes.  

One was a cute S'more kit.

Halloween Smore Kit

The other was a Halloween Canvas which was lots of fun to do.  We received the stamps as a gift when we arrived at the crop, and then worked on the canvas in 2 parts - first doing the background with the stamping and embossing, and then doing the banner flags.  Very cute and I can see using the same concept with other themes.

Halloween Banner Canvas

It was amazing to see how each canvas came out, some were more purple in color and some were more brown or beige in color.. They looked the same yet different.  The one black triangle flag is done with chalkboard paper so you can write on it with chalk.

Check this Out

OMG ... this is so me.  I can so see it in the garage right next to my husband's black tool chest.

I already have a large wooden tool chest with my stamping supplies in it, but I can see me using this one too - plus they have a whole collection of pink (or lime green, if you prefer) tools, tool bags, boxes and chests. and pink pegboard too.

I got a laugh when their website listed scrapbooking as one of the ideas for using their products.  Great marketing.  When I did a google search it looks like Sears is one of their distribution chains, although I haven't seen it in the retail stores.

This is making me want to do up my scrap space.

All good things must come to an end.

I love going away to weekend crops, but really a weekend isn't nearly enough.

This past weekend, I got quite a bit accomplished and met my goal of completing the card kits.  I learned some new techniques, and got to try some new products.  I had a great weekend hanging with my friends, telling tales (including a few ghost stories) and making plans for future get-togethers. 

The next crop will be in just 2 short weeks up in Sebring which is a2 favorite crop of mine.  I can already taste the fried green tomatoes.  I've already booked my room for the next Bonita Springs crop, I have Creepover in October to look forward to, and then there was talk of perhaps an Alaskan Cruise-N-Crop in the summer.  So many plans, and I want to do it all.  I just need to work on the budget some to make sure that I can afford it all.

I thought seriously of just leaving everything in the trunk of the car but in the end I unloaded, partly because I want to fill the new ArtBin totes I bought and partly because I wasn't sure how the heat of the trunk would affect the adhesives.  Now, I just need to decide what projects I want to accomplish.

After every crop, my schedule is messed up.  I came home yesterday and promptly took a nap, so stayed up most of the night.  It's going to be a long day at work today.  Probably just about the same time I get my schedule back on track, I'll be heading out for the Sebring crop which will mess it all up again.

Make-N-Takes from the Crop

Another late night, but I figure I'd just do a quick post here before I go to sleep for a bit.  I did find my card reader so I can post some pics from the Make-N-Takes we did at the crop.

The first one is from Friday.  It is a beachy themed card with vellum we colored and the ultra fine glitter on the sun.  I really love this card. Crop MakeNTake - Relax
It's got a "real" straw and one of those umbrellas.

The next project we did Saturday.  It is a wood box with a slide lid that was called a card box, but could be used for other things as well.  We first stamped on it with a versamark then embossed with white embossing powder, then used the Distress Stain daubers to color.  After staining the box, we added some embellishments from Tattered Angels.  I've never worked with Glimmer Glass.  Who knew that you could heat it up and mold it so it's no longer flat.  Amazing stuff.  You may or may not be able to see it but the umbrella and the sun have the glimmer glass that I molded.

Crop MakeNTake - Box
I can see me trying this again.  It was fun, and surprisingly quick to do (unless you are an overachiever like some people - no names mentioned).

Oh well, it's off to bed I go.  At least today I'm making it before the sprinklers come on.  I'll have to give a final report tomorrow but I know I completed over 50 cards and a mini album, plus some ATCs.  I don't know what if anything I'll get accomplished tomorrow so we'll just have to see.  The next crop is just a couple of weeks away, so it's all good.

Utah - Day 6

Yesterday was a shorter day on the road because we have a class back at the lodge. 

We got up early this morning and found the remnants of our "snow" Thurs - frost
.  There were flakes below the roof edge on the porch and our picnic tables were covered in ice Thurs - ice
.  Did anyone tell them here that it's the middle of June ? From here, we started the day going out to breakfast at Thurs - blue plate

The Blue Plate Diner.  This is a diner profiled on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, and they had old fashioned fountain drinks plus Thurs - blue plate2
huge portions.  From breakfast we headed to the local scrapbook store called Thurs - heartland
Heartland Paper.  At Heartland Paper we were taking a course called Fairy Couture.  The class was taught by Pat Thurs - fairy class
and although it was not scrapbooking in a traditional sense, it was a fabulous class.  Several had to step out of their comfort zone, but in the end we all loved the Thurs - fairy

class.  The store was fantastic and had just about every brand/product.  They gave is a 10% discount on our purchases, and even sent us home with a goodie bag for prizes when we were back at the lodge.

After Heartland paper, we decided to make a stop at another Scrapbook Store - this one we were told about by some ladies at breakfast - this store was called Thurs - paper creations
Paper Creations.  The store was a little on the pricey side, but they also had a great clearance section, and some items we hadn't come across as yet so I'm pretty sure we all walked out with a bag.  After shopping it was time for lunch so we departed for the Thurs - lonestar sign
Lone Star Taqueria.  Lone Star is a Lone star - car
Diners Drive-Ins and Dives location, and although small, they pumped out the food fast, and it was delicious.  I tried Thurs - lonestar food
steak and chicken tacos and a handmade pork tamale - no complaints here.  From lunch we were headed back to the Beartrap Lodge but first we took a little detour and went past the lodge to the ski resorts.  We drove through Solitude and Brighton.  In Brighton, there was still some snow on the ground, so some went off to find it.  I didn't go, but I hear snowballs were made, and a miniature snowman (about 4 inches) was formed.

We headed back to the lodge to get set up for our next class which was a Top 5 Garland Thurs - margie top5 sample
taught by Margie Romney Aslett of the Girls' Paperie.   Margie came with her daughters Thurs - margie & daughters
who helped her with the class.  Many of us completed the pages Thurs - margie class scrapping
but a few were just too tired.  Margie had offered to teach a second class, but I know we wouldn't have been able to stay alert.  After Margies class, we just relaxed a bit and some of us fell asleep. Penny and Jackie had designed a beaded keychain with a Utah plastic tag attached, so in little groups we worked on and completed the project.  It was very cute.

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Yes ... I was one of those who fell asleep in a chair, and I'm sure someone has pictures.  Many stayed up and played some games, we had LCR (Left-Center-Right), Canasta, Bunco, and Pokeno around.  It was a good break we're about half way through the trip and a resting up a bit was what we needed.

Today we have a train ride and a visit to the Provo/Orem area.