Monday, February 19, 2018

Back in the Studio!

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I've missed all of you these last 2 months!

My last blog post was right before Christmas...
and since then...I have had the flu twice and have spent the remainder of my time 
purging...tidying and reorganizing my studio.

With my studio FINALLY being back in order this week
I was looking forward to getting back to creating!

As it turned out..
I got the studio back in order just in time..
because yesterday I was asked to create a few dozen basic book marks.

I had to get the book marks done relatively quickly.
I chose the stamps that I wanted to use..
Got out some ink...card stock...ribbon...twine...
markers... pencils...and metallic card stock for matting.

And this is what I came up with
(WARNING: The photos are just so-so.....sorry about the bad lighting)
Actually...
After not sharing something ...anything...here at my blog for 2 months...
I must be "rusty" 
because I forgot to take the photos before I placed each book mark 
into it's cellophane sleeve.
So...in addition to poor lighting...
we have photo-glare...from the cellophane sleeves!

Anyway...here we go...
The book marks in the first three photos were created
with Gina K's MY ANCHOR stamp set
This stamp set has lots of really great images an sentiments.

The anchor image has lots of nice detail...
and a beautiful sentiment to match

I love this little scene...
I added some color with Copic markers


I paired an IO quote stamp with the Gina K lighthouse.
I added some color highlights with Copic markers to the lighthouse


This book mark was created with a Dina Wakley stamp set...by Ranger


The next two photos show book marks crated with stamps 
from 2 different Carabelle Studio stamp sets.
Copic markers were used to color the images.
Both were fun...whimsical images to create with and color.

This is the 2nd stamped and colored Carabelle Studio image


For the next book marks...
I dug out a Tim Holtz stamp set that I have had for approximately 10 years...
(maybe more!)

I like the quote that is part of this stamp set
Here's a close up..

The book marks in the following photos 
were created before the holidays with an assortment of stamps
Some were created with in only...
some are Copic colored...
and the flowered set of 5 book marks were colored with water color pencils.






I enjoyed getting back to creating with this book mark project...
and am now ready to dive back into my much loved card making!
YAY!!
I've missed card making...
a lot!

Tomorrow I'll deliver the book marks to the shop that requested them...
along with 3 dozen cards!

And hopefully...tomorrow evening...
I'll be back in my studio...
making cards!

Thanks for visiting today!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Michelle.

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