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Pool Party Palooza Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second installment of my Pool Party Palooza. This time, however, it really is all about the color, as this project is a cute little tag that you can use at Christmas time.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

Once again I’ve pulled out the Hang Your Stockings bundle, which was originally featured in last year’s Holiday Catalog and was “promoted” this year to the Annual Catalog. Hooray! So if you have a craving for crafting something for Christmas you can check out the Holiday section of the catalog and check out the selection of Christmas stamps, dies, and bundles.

TIP: the next Holiday catalog goes live on September 1, 2017. Any bundles in there that catch your eye are worth considering for purchase, as once they transition to the Annual Catalog (if they do so) they’re no longer available as a bundle. So you can save yourself 10%!

Back to our Pool Party Palooza:

For this tag I paired the Pool Party with some Smoky Slate card stock. The circle element behind the stockings (stamped in Pool Party) has a scalloped circle cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock, and the stitched circle on top of that is cut from Sahara Sand.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

The Noel element is a die cut from the coordinating set of dies, Christmas Stockings, and after I cut it I adhered it to the Smoky Slate piece of the tag and then trimmed the ends of before attaching the tag to the Pool Party base.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

TIP: Sometimes when you cut out your framelits you get little bumps or ridges on your card stock, so much so that sometimes your paper looks like it has polka dots on it. No worries! Just grab your bone folder and gently rub the bone folder across the card stock. You may also need to flip the die cut over on the reverse side and repeat that process.

Now get out there and do something creative today, okay?

Here is today’s supply list 

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

 

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

Pals Blog Hop December 2016 Sparkles and Shines

Pals Blog Hop December 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and/or shine for a finishing touch. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing, Nicole Watt.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Who doesn’t love a little glitz and glamour?

If you raised your hand, you’re excused. Seriously? How can you not love a little sparkle and shine, especially at this time of year.

Oh, Scrap!

Ya know, you can hold on to all those teeny tiny little pieces of paper you have left from all that Designer Series Paper, or you can take those little gremlins and turn them into tags. You can even, if you happen to be a hoarder like me (and I say that with pride), you can even use those little snippets of ribbon you have saved in a big plastic bag. Yes, Virginia, we can save all those things and still come out smelling like a rose.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

So I had all these pieces parts of Candy Cane Lane DSP lying around and decided to use them up by making some gift tags. And I couldn’t resist using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle to make them. But when I got done, they all looked just so sad and dreary.

Glimmer Paper to the rescue!

Dazzling Diamonds? Got it. Glimmer Red? Well, yeah, you got me there. It’s retired. But hey, I’m using up those scraps, so just go with it.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

Rudolph really does have a shiny nose now. Yay!

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

See that smile on the gingerbread man? Well, trust me, until he got that bow tie upgrade that smile was a FROWN! Everybody looks happier with a little bit of sparkle. Don’t we all?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Have a very happy Christmas and a joyous New Year, my friends!

Amy

 

“Tags” for visiting. (it’s a disease)  To continue with the hop, click to go to  Lynn Tague or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  3. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit
  4. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Karen Zaring Browning at StampWithMeKZB.com
  8. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  11. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  14. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  15. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  16. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  17. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  22. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore    Yo! Here’s where you’re at!
  23. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  24. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Winter Wishes – Pals December Blog Hop

Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at the Pixel Maven’s Retreat, number 23 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects.

Yes, it’s December. Yes, you feel guilty cause you’re here admiring all the beauty that is the Pals December Blog Hop when you have a thousand other things you really should be doing. But hey, no sweat! Sit back, relax, drink a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, or tequila, and let’s get the party started!

So in betwixt and between all the things yours truly should have been doing, I spent some time making gift tags for the presents that I have yet to buy and wrap. I really liked the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper and so I made my tags using that as my inspiration. I love the mix of Calypso Coral with the Brown Sugar, Soft Sky, and the traditional red and green.

Now, unfortunately, as I sat down to work I realized that the green in the pattern is Garden Green, of which I have zip, zero, zilch. But not to fear, I DID have a Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker, so I just colored the smaller stamping images so I could fudge not having a full pad of ink. Oh, and no Garden Green card stock, either, BT Dubs!

If you’re like me you probably have about a thousand holiday stamping images and sets to choose from. So rather than just stick with one simple set, I used a couple of different ones: Letterpress Winter, Cheerful Christmas, and Christmas Tagables. The snowflakes were made using the Festive Flurry framelits.

Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun cutting out all those circles. Yeah, it was. And I got to color in the little hearts on the big tags…I love to color. Sigh. Oh, for the simplicity that was kindergarten… And yes, Virginia, there still is a need for eyelets. I hate to have ripped tags, so I added them.

Okay, you’ve been here long enough – time to get the show on the road! Here’s hoping your holidays are bright and your “winter wishes” are granted!

The next stop is Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery, number 25 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.

Winter Wishes Blog Hop Lineup:

Here are the supplies I used to make my tags: (note: at the time I wrote this post the Festive Flurry dies were still available in the closeout section. I’m sorry to say that they are now sold out).

Card and Tag Swap

card and tag swap

It has been a long time since my last post but I promise you I have been busy! So here is the set that I am submitting for a card swap.  The cardstock is Twilight, the B&T paper is Wonderland, and the stamp sets I used are December 25th and Christmas Love.  Never realized before how much I really like the Twilight color! The tags were sponged with Spring Iris, as well.  Can’t wait to see what everyone else has done.

Christmas is coming… Way too fast!!

It certainly always seems that way, doesn’t it?  This year I participated in a couple of card swaps and am actually hosting a “12 Days of Christmas” tag swap.  Looking forward to seeing those!

Here is my card for the swap (Christmas cards) – it had to feature metallics:

And here are my tags for the 12 Days swap (had to have at least one embellishment and one piece of chipboard – and brads and eyelets didn’t count!)  – I did the Nine Ladies Dancing:
No more crafting now until Thanksgiving is over – and then I have a lot of projects I would LOVE to make – but we’ll see what actually gets done!  Have a Happy Turkey Day…. and eat more Beef!  LOL

Dimensional Details Bonus assignment

Bonus assignment

These tags were made using a stamp and resist technique.  The base image was stamped using white acrylic paint.  The whole tag (including the image) was then inked with color-I used a distress ink in brown for both, then a green for the left one and a pink for the right one.  The next step was to stamp on the inked tag. The colored image on both was made using Staz-On ink. Interesting technique, and I can see using different colors, using it as a background for a layout, cards, the list goes on!