Saturday, December 23, 2017

Doggie Christmas Gifts for Brownie and Sophia

This year I was wayyyy behind with my Christmas tag and card making
But with the flu and a nasty head cold behind me this week...
I kicked it into gear and got a lot done.
(I feel so much better now)

Yesterday I had SO MUCH FUN working on two gift tins for Brownie and Sophia...
My daughter's boyfriends 2 adorable dachshunds.

I filled two clear topped hinged tins with teeny little Milk-Bones...
created a belly band and a personalized gift tag for each
and asked my daughter, Chelsea...who does amazing hand lettering...
to personalize each tag.
The tags were die cut using MFT Stitched Tag Die set
I topped each tag with a double looped bow
that I created with the DecoFun Bow Maker
and a looped piece of silver cording
(so that the tags can be hung on Brownie and Sophia's Christmas tree)
I chose 2 different print doggy Christmas papers  
and LCI metallic card stock for the belly band on the tin...
and the tags.
I used Clarity Stencil Brushes and ink lifted from ink pads
to add background color to each tag

The stamp sets used to create the tags are:
Sparkle and Sprinkle: HOT DOG PUPPY Stamp Set # 564
and
Newtons Nook: FURR-EVER FRIENDS

I colored each image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
and made sure that each image colored image looked like Brownie and Sophia.

I've got some photos to share...
Wanna see?

This is Brownie's tin...

 I filled the tins with lots of tiny Milk-Bone treats..
created the belly band with one of the prints and green metallic card stock
I used the same green metallic card stock for the larger (mat layer) tag


I love that the lids of these tins are clear
In the past I've filled them with candy...for non-canine friends 😀

Here's a close up of the print ...


The belly band slips onto the tin easily...


My daughter...Chelsea...
is so talented when it comes to hand drawn lettering.
(Something that I'm NOT good at...at all)
The little paw print is a stamped image from the FURR-EVER FRIENDS stamp set.


Sophia's tin was created the same way as Brownie's tin...
This time...I colored the image to look like Sophia!


I used another adorable doggy print for the belly band

and this time...
I use red LCI metallic card stock for the band and larger (mat layer) tag.
I created another double looped bow with the DecoFun Bow maker
to finish the tag...
along with the looped silver cording.
I have to note that without the DecoFun Bow Maker..
I'd be in BIG Bow making trouble!
I CANNOT tie a bow...at all.
I am seriously bow-challenged.
BUT....since getting the Bow Maker...I can make bows..in a snap..
and they're perfect every time!

I'm happy with how the tins turned out...
and am happy that Chelsea added the personalized brush stroke lettering..
I think that the brush stroke lettering makes the tag!

The tins were lots of fun to make...
If I have time...after doing some baking today...
I'll head out into the studio to create a few tins for 3 of my favorite humans
(Which..by the way...will NOT be filled with Milk Bone treats!!)
But just in case I get caught up in baking until the wee hours...
I've got a few tags on stand by for their tins

and these

Thanks for visiting today, my friends
Wishing you a Merry Christmas...
and a most beautiful Holiday Season!
Michelle.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Few More Tags

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
Today I've got a few more tags to share with you.

Today's tags were created with the following supplies and materials:
Stampin Up stamp sets: White Christmas & Jolly Old Saint Nick
DIE SET: MFT TAG STAX
Card Stock used for the tags: 
LCI's New  CURIOUS METALLICS ~ RED LACQUER
LCI's GMUND MATTE FOREST GREEN
LCI's  SILVER MIRRISparkle
For stamping:  Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Card Stock
COLORING: Copic Markers
Ribbon: DecoFun BOW MAKER RIBBON
For bow making: DecoFun Bow Maker
Other: Clear Wink of Stella

I love this print ribbon from DecoFun..
and decided to use the DecoFun bow maker to create a single loop bow for this tag.
The image was colored with Copics 
and the larger tag was die cute with the tag STAX die set 
  using LCI's GMUND Matte Forest Green card stock
(Love the stitched detail)
The images are from the White Christmas stamp set.

The second tag was created an image from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set.
It was colored with Copic markers.
I added  Clear Wink of Stella to the snowman and snow.
Te tag was topped with the red print Merry Christmas Ribbon fro DecoFun Bow maker.
The larger tag layer was die cut using LCI's SILVER MIRRISparkle paper .
The sparkle of this paper is AMAZING...and its gentle on your trimmer...
(unlike some other glittered paper and card stock)  

Here's a close up of this cutie pie snow man...
and the gorgeous LCI sparkle paper.


The last tag that I have to share today was also created with the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set
and the image was also colored with Copic markers.
Clear Wink of Stella was brushed over the fur on Santa's Cap.
I finished this tag with a double loop bow...created with the DecoFun Bow maker...
using this wonderful green print Merry Christmas Satin Ribbon from DecoFun Bow Maker.
The larger tag was die cut using LCI's Curios Metallics Red Lacquer card stock

Here's a close up of Santa....the ribbon...and the shimmery metallic card stock

It felt good to be "creating " again...
I've missed spending time in my studio while I wasn't feeling well.
Working on tags for a few days was a good way to get back to doing what I love..
in small doses.
I've given up on the notion of creating a significant number of Christmas cards at this late date
but I'm hopeful that by the end of the week I'll feel well enough to spend an hour or two here and there in the studio...
where I'll hopefully make (at least) a few Christmas cards.

Thanks so much for visiting today...
I hope that today's tags have inspired you to create a few tags of your own!
Have a great day!
Michelle

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tag Time

I REALLY needed to create a few Christmas tags...
and with Christmas being one week away
I thought that I better crack the whip with myself...
and get started with the tag making.

I had some great new DecoFun BowMaker ribbon...
Some awesome LCI card stock
and a few stamp sets that I had set aside for tag making.
I use MFT's STAX Tag Die set for all of the tags.

Today I'm sharing the first 3 tags that I created...

I created the first tag with a a new-to-me stamp set from Crafter's Companion
called Winter Joy
I stamped the image onto a die cut tag cut from LCI's ENVIRONMENT Kraft Card stock
I wanted soft vintage like colors for this tag...
So...The image and background color were created with  
and assortment of Distress Ink colors.
I added some detail color to the image with Copic Markers
The larger mat layer tag was created with 
LCIs MirriSPARKLE SPARKLE GOLD Glitter Paper 
The GOLD Ribbon is from The Ribbon Place (DecoFun).
I used heavy gold thread to gather and tie the ribbon. 

Here's a close up...


I wanted to create another tag with this image...
A brighter version...with more vibrant colors.
Stamping it onto white card stock...and coloring it with Copic Markers
I use the same DecoFun Gold ribbon to top the tag.
The larger tag was created with LCI's GMUND Matte Merlot card stock

I was happy with the brighter version...
and the addition of the Merlot tag layer against the bright ornament colors
The gold ribbon has such a pretty sheen...This makes me want to try the silver version..




The last of today's tags was created with the Mistletoe stamp 
Also from the same WINTER JOY stamp set.
I stamped the image onto LCI's ENVIRONMENT KRAFT card stock.
I colored the image with Copic Markers.
The large tag was created with LCI's Curious Metallic RED LACQUER card stock.
I topped the tag with DecoFun's ROYAL STEWART Plaid Ribbon


Here's a close up...
You can see the metallic card stock shimmer in this photo...


This year I'm wayyyyy behind with my holiday tag making....card making...gift bag making...
and other holiday papercrafting...
(Thanks to having the flu )
So...I was really happy to get started with the tag making.

Thanks for visiting today, my crafty and creative friends...
Hope to see you again tomorrow...when I'll be sharing a few more tags.
Michelle