Monday, December 16, 2013

Day 5 Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Today is the final day of posting a tag to enter Ellen Hutson's Annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist. My tag today is inspired by Kelly Alvariz of Lawn Fawn. Her tag presents a fierce Yeti in feminine holiday style. I don't have any stamp creatures close to an Abominable Snowman and this is very much a stretch for me. But I just had to give this tag a try since Kelly's gave me a big hug smile. Here is my tag with an alien snow angel. Thanks Kelly for the fun!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Day 4 Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Ellen Hutson continues her annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist. My tag today is inspired by Kittie Caracciolo designer for day 4. I have enjoyed her scenic stamping designs for several years. And now she creates dimensional works with die cuts. 

Now a look at how Kittie inspired me to look at my own supplies and tools. I don't have many dies that are specific nature shapes. However, the trees from CottageCutz Dies-trees and moose set worked wonderfully. So I started with a search of my stamps to complete a scene. I colored the background with peacock feathers distress stain. The distant ridge of trees is stampscapes's-row of trees. The large white diecut trees and the recycle corrugated snowy hills are painted with Acrylic Paint-Distress Dabber, metallic pearl. The boy on a sled is a stamp from a stamp company that is now closed. The snowflakes are dots of Viva's Pearl Pen-ice white. I previously used the pearl pen only to add a few highlights on a project. But once I got started on this tag I couldn't fun I couldn't stop giggling! Thanks Kittie for terrific inspiration...the dimension is so fun to create! Thanks for stopping by...hope you will consider playing too!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Day 2 Twelve Day of Tags with a Feminine Twist

Ellen Hutson is hosting another "12 Day of Tags with a Feminine Twist". It has become an annual favorite tradition of my holiday season. Daily for the first 12 days of December she provides very inspiring tags created by fabulous designers and then it is our turn to create and share our tags. This is Julie Ebersole's Day 2 Inspirational Tag: A newer holiday tradition for me is to be in line for Ellen's Black Friday sale which begins at midnight PST. This year I was ready and bought my goodies before dawn Friday morning...and then amazingly they arrived in Tuesday's mail. So my thoughts immediately went to breaking out my new a girl does what she has to do-LOL! Julie's tag featured a window with a mini scene with layers of dies cuts so it didn't take but a few split-seconds to be inspired! Here is the tag I created:
I started with inking a watercolor paper for the tag base and then misting with Heidi Swapp's gold lame mist. For the window background I blended Tim Holtz distress inks. To add dimension to the background I inked an additional layer the paper stencil leftover from the foliage die cut. With enthusiasm I worked with my brand new dies--Memory Box Fresh Foliage is a muti-stemmed die which provides lots of opportunities to use it in parts. I spent considerable time playing with different possible window arrangements. The Elizabeth Craft Designs 709-Birds die also provided several choices. This set provides a solid bird die as well as the left and right facing birds with intricate cuts and two different wings. I almost got side-tracked into making a 3-d bird ornament...but that went on my future project list. For now I decide to make a high contrast bird. And a close up showing some of the sparkle:
With the with window complete I embellished with Memory Box's Frosty Border, crystal stickles, Stampendous holographic mini stars and finished with a MFT sentiment. Many thanks for your wonderful video and all the inspiration in your tag. There lotsw more fabulous inspiration on Ellen's Classroom Blog as well as some opportunities for some terrific prizes...hope you join in the fun!