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October 30, 2014

Paper craft project no. 292: Merry Christmas CAS card + mixed media Christmas tag

2014-10-30 CAS Merry Christmas

I missed the last couple challenges at Less is More and all week I’ve been wanting to play in the current challenge, Recipe Week #195 – Newsprint. Found 10 minutes to squeeze this card in. I stamped the Christmas bells on gift wrapping paper that has a newsprint design and fussy cut it. I stamped the bells again on scrap cardstock, colored just the ribbon, poinsettia leaves, and berries with Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers, and then cut out the bells. I paper-pieced this onto the newsprint bells. I stamped the snowflakes in HA soft pool ink before adhering the bells. I also stamped the sentiment along the bottom. I gave the berries some sparkle by applying a bit of crystal stickles on them and the card is done. Clean and simple, and best of all — quick! :o)

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges: Festive Friday #43 (I was inspired by the bows/ribbons and red in the photo); Addicted to Stamps and More #119 – CAS (entry #2); Aud Sentiments #118 – 2- or 3-Word Sentiment; and Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Snowflakes.

Oh, and it’s my turn today to share a spotlight project at the STAMPlorations blog. I created several one layer mixed media Christmas tags and I’m sharing one of those tags. I’ve got a step-by-step photo tutorial here.

And lastly, I’m having a design team call for a new challenge that starts on January 6. If you enjoy making one layer cards and Christmas cards, please check it out here. If you know someone who’d be interested, please pass the info along and thank you in advance! :o)

Thanks for stopping by!


October 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 288: Thankful tag

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag 613 Avenue Create

Hello and welcome to another challenge week at 613 Avenue Create! It’s Anything Goes again with the optional twist of Bags, Tags, Boxes & More! I used an image provided by our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, to create this fun Thanksgiving themed tag. I printed the image on white cardstock. Because I know I’m bound to screw up coloring the image, I printed 4 of this cute girl on the sheet.

I’m still getting used to the Chameleon markers, but I am slowly getting the hang of coloring with them and I actually find them easier to use than other alcohol markers. There is definitely a learning curve involved, but you can’t really overcome that curve without practice! And practice I did — I screwed up coloring on 3 of the 4 images on my sheet (my blending wasn’t right, or my layers didn’t look good). On the last image, I managed to color everything except the hat without any problem. I didn’t want to start all over again so I went back to the other images, colored the hats, picked the one that looked best, fussy cut it, and then paper-pieced it onto the 4th image.

Because I have just the primary set (blue, yellow, red, black, and green) + a couple of neutrals (br2, br5, and bisque) to work with, I had to improvise when it came to coloring the girl’s apron and hat. So to come up with orange, I laid down the yellow first and then applied the red over it. Same thing I did with the tofurkey (I’m not a meat-eater so I’m sayin’ that turkey isn’t a real turkey, okay?) — I laid down the yellow first and then applied light brown (br2) over it.

As for the tag, I blended Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy before stamping the trendy fall leaves in Memento inks (Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco, and Tangelo) and “thankful“. I also added a black sticker stitch along the bottom. I adhered my Thanksgiving girl to the tag with foam tape and finished the tag with ribbon and jute twine. Here’s a close up of the tag:

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag

I’d like to enter my tag to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #118 – Holiday (mine’s for Thanksgiving); Hiding In My Craftroom #171 – Any Holiday; Sweet Stampin’ – Anything But A Card; and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 206: A scrapling and a tag

2014-06-18 A scrapling and a tag

Here’s a quickie post. I wanted to make a couple more for the current challenge at Virginia’s View hosted by no other than the super-wonderful Virginia Lu. It’s to include a recycled item in a tag or scrapling. I actually made the scrapling (right) a couple of weeks ago but I felt it needed a partner and I’d planned on doing a few more. But then life got in the way (i.e. tons of doctor appointments and lab tests, DH getting sick, more rush writing projects). Tuesday night I was able to get some serious crafting done (made 5 cards and 1 tag, and shot 2 videos) and got a tag made to go with my scrapling :o)

For my scrapling, I used a 2.5″ by 11″ 100# cardstock as base. It was left over from when I made a card that I needed to print a digi stamp on. I collaged leftover papers from the scraps I used to make this tag. They’re scraps of scraps…couldn’t throw them away so I saved the tiny bits and put them in a ziplock. Knew I’d be able to use them ;o). The doily is also a leftover from an earlier project. The stamps (background and funky birthday cake) are from the sets I’d designed for the STAMPlorations July release. I colored the birthday cake with markers and then fussy cut it.

For my tag, I recycled several items: a page from a 1967 issue of Reader’s Digest (background, middle), scrap burlap and strings, and cosmetic sponge that I turned into a flower. The cosmetic sponge is one of those in a pack of 50 or so that I bought from the dollar store several months ago. It mostly had orange and yellow inks on it so I simply added a bit more to it by stamping on it for texture. I snipped off some of the sponge to create the petals and I used my Shiva oil paint sticks (yellow and orange) to further color the edges. I also added a bit of white to the edges with my white PITT artist pen. I stuck an old brown button in the center. I stamped my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations), distressed the edges a bit, added the burlap ribbon and twine, and it’s done :o)

2014-06-18 Hello tag   2014-06-18 Birthday scrapling

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week :o)


January 12, 2014

Paper craft project no. 111: Dream

2014-01-11 Dream
An A2 card with a mixed media feel to it. Last week, I bought a box of Avery manila shipping tags for my tag art. Here’s one of those tags where I used designer paper, gel medium, gesso, stamps, stencil, scraps (the 3 images in the middle I punched out from botched ATCs that I didn’t want to throw away), sequins, burlap, jute twine, distressing tool, inks, and markers. (I forgot to photograph each step in creating the tag, but I’ll be creating something like this again and will include a step-by-step photo tutorial next time.)

I based the layout of this card on the sketch at Fusion. I’m also entering this card to the following cool challenges: Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes; A Creative Romance – Something New (tag from a new box of Avery tags, new stencil); CAS-ual Fridays #125: In A Word; and Simply Create Too #52 – Anything Goes.


Stamps: VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters, VIGNETTE: Chevron & Arrows, VIGNETTE: Live, Love, Laugh (STAMPlorations)
Inks: Potter’s Clay, Toffee Crunch, Espresso Truffle, Peanut Brittle, Tangelo (Memento); Jet Black (Ranger)
Markers: Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Black Soot, Mustard Seed (Ranger)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Canson); Designer Paper (Prima)
Other: Gel Medium, Gesso (Liquitex); Burlap Ribbon (The Paper Studio); Manila Tag (Avery); Stencil (Hero Arts); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Jute Twine; Sequins; Foam Dots
Tools: Tim Holtz Distressing Tool; Corner Rounder Punch


Thanks for stopping by!


September 1, 2013

Holiday Tags No. 47: Holiday wishes, be merry, holiday cheer

2013-08-31 Holiday Tags-A
Stamps: sentiments, Christmas trees (STAMPlorations); newspaper background, mistletoe (Hero Arts); December 25 tag (Inkadinkado); diamond background (Stampin’ Up), doily (Darcie’s)
Inks: emerald green, sienna (Ranger Archival ink); vintage photo, crushed olive, peeled paint, barn door (Tim Holtz Distress inks); tuxedo black (Tsukineko)
Other: ribbon trims (Offray); ATC die cuts (Sizzix); embossing ink (Ranger); gold embossing powder (Stampendous); heat tool (Inkssentials); curly label punch (Stampin’ Up); jute twine; We R Memory Keepers crop-a-dile

I created these tags for the Holiday Gift Tag Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and in Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog – Anything Goes. I had a few tag dies but I thought I’d use the ATC die (2.5″ by 3.5″) because I wanted tags that are a little wider than usual. (And besides, my ATC die is new and I wanted to use it right away!) For the sentiments and Christmas tree images, I used  stamps from my STAMPlorations™ line. In a couple of weeks, 7 holiday clear stamp sets that I designed will be available on the STAMPlorations™ website and my Etsy shop. And on September 6, I’ve got a holiday papercrafting challenge starting at the STAMPlorations™ blog. One crafter is going to win all 7 sets (60+ individual clear stamps). Interested? Please join other papercrafters by visiting the blog — I’ll have all the details there on September 6!

Here are more photos of the tags:

2013-08-31 Holiday Tags-B

2013-08-31 Holiday Tags-C2013-08-31 Holiday Tags-D


August 17, 2013

One Layer Tags No. 36: Big tag, little tag

2013-08-17 12 Tags of 2013 August
Meet big tag and little tag. The big tag is made from medium-weight chipboard that I hand-cut. It’s 8 inches tall and 4 inches wide. The small tag is 4.75″ tall and 2 3/8″ wide and is from Inkssentials. I created these tags based on the Tim Holtz August tag challenge. The challenge is to create a tag (or two or more!) with a travel theme (literal or figurative) using the masking technique. Basically, it’s a one layer tag stamping challenge :-)

I don’t have the stamps Tim used to demo the tags he created, but I do have lots of Tim Holtz stamps from Stampers Anonymous so I pulled them all out and picked the ones that could work for a travel-themed tag. I also had travel-themed stamps from other companies so I took those out too and used them in the tags. Really had fun making these tags because I got to play with my favorite distress inks.

I’d love to give these tags a home so if you’d like to own these tags, leave a comment. I’ll randomly pick one winner on August 31 and snail mail the tags :-)

Edited to add: Congratulations to Jean! You were randomly picked to receive these tags. Please contact me through this link and include your snail mail address. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

Stamps: Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Collection: Lost and Found, The Journey, French Market (Stampers Anonymous); different stamps by Hero Arts, DoCrafts, Fiskars, and Stampabilities
Inks: jet black, sienna, coffee (Ranger Archival inks); frayed burlap, vintage photo, antique linen, wild honey, walnut stain (Tim Holtz Distress inks)
Other: medium-weight chipboard, jute twine, kraft tag (Inkssentials), sponge, crop-a-dile (W R Memory Keepers)
Techniques: masking, distressing, layer stamping, and second-generation stamping

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