Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Tuesday with Tara {take 109}

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Guess what arrived after last week’s blog hop post went live?  My package that included the freebie stocking die, which I hope many of you will have arriving soon at your homes after you did some retail therapy in the online store 🙂  So, as promised, I’m sharing one final “Christmas in July” creation… on the first of August 🙂

I decided to go with a tag… which would be fabulous hanging on a gift bag or bottle of wine as a gift, or it may end up the focal point of a card later on!  I die cut the gorgeous stocking die twice, once out of kraft and once out of the silver glitter cardstock.  I taped up the back of the glitter die cut to keep all those detailed pieces from going anywhere, then layered the kraft die cut over it.  I love the contrast of the neutral kraft over that glittery base!

I inked up a manila tag with a variety of green & blue Distress Oxide Inks, then added a bit more shading a stamped sentiment in Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  A few brown toned sequins worked well to mix with both the kraft & the glitter elements.

I pulled some pre-inked pieces of crinkle ribbon from my stash that coordinated nicely with my tag and added a little piece of Christmas idea-ology by Tim Holtz to finish it off!  All in all, it’s a pretty simple project, but something as detailed as this stocking die doesn’t need much to look complete!  Plus, I think I managed to make something completely different than everyone else who did the hop, which can sometimes be a challenge after you’ve seen their amazing inspiration pieces!  If you missed the hop, check it out HERE.


Thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,




Supplies I’ve used:

Dee’s Distinctively Stocking Die

Silver Glitter Paper

In the Making Retro Merry Christmas stamp (love that the words are separate so I can rearrange them!)

Distress Oxide Inks (a variety from set 1)

Manila Tag #8

Crinkle Ribbon (inked with assorted Distress Inks)

Christmas charm by Tim Holtz idea-ology



Tuesday with Tara {take 107}

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

If you follow us on facebook or have been browsing the online store lately, you may have noticed Scrap n’ Stamp is celebrating Christmas in July with a variety of Christmas goodies on sale all month long!  I decided to join in the fun and pull out a few Christmas supplies (bought in after Christmas sales!) that had not yet seen any love… I’m featuring a stamp by Impression Obsession, dies by Tim Holtz/ Sizzix and watercolor painting  with Colorburst.

I stamped the ornament collage image in black Archival ink on watercolor cardstock, then misted water onto my craft sheet and squeezed a small amount of ColorBurst into the puddle. I mixed and painted with a brush, gradually adding more water and color to get the desired look. I’ve used two different shades of blue, plus a touch of green and a mix of sepia (brown) and cooper (metallic).

I wanted to add something extra to the ornaments, so decided to try painting on some transparent texture paste.  It’s a unique look, with very visible brush strokes.  Kinda cool… but I think I’ll stick to good ole Glossy Accents next time 🙂  I do love that copper shimmer in the bows, though!  And it looks fabulous in my splatter spots as well!

The title is a combo of a positive cut of the ‘merry’ die by Memory Box and a negative cut out of ‘Christmas’ by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I love these together, and added some torn kraft glassine paper behind them to add some extra dimension.

My card is on a 5×7 kraft card base, which framed this larger stamped image & the die cut words quite nicely.  I don’t normally do larger cards like this, but sometimes it’s best for the design 🙂  I hope you like it and I hope you are checking out all the specials on Christmas goodies in the online store!

Next Tuesday we are hoping to be back with another BLOG HOP for you to check out with more fun Christmas inspiration!  Hope to see you then!

Inky hugs,



Materials Used:

Holiday Words 2 dies by Tim Holtz/Sizzix

Merry script die by Memory Box

Ornament Collage stamp by Impression Obsession

Black Archival Ink

Watercolor Cardstock

Colorburst (shades of blue & brown/copper from brights & earth tones sets)

Kraft Glassine by Tim Holtz

Transparent Texture Paste

Assorted card stock

TBT – Christmas But Not a Card

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

It’s Throwback Thursday and wether your cards are done or not this post is for you!  Although it is ‘Not a card’ it certainly wouldn’t take much to make it one! Enjoy this post from November 2014—

 Told ya’ll I’d be back soon!! Happy Sunday to my friends in the U.S.!!  Happy December 1st to my International friends!!  I’m here today with my first official blog post as an Eclectic Ellapu Design Team Member–WOOT WOOT!!  I’m stoked!!  I’m a member of the EE Purple Team and teammate PurpleCinn (aka Tabatha) chose the December theme and challenges us to create something for Christmas-But not a card!

OK–I’ve got something!!  I was inspired by Wendy Vecchi to try my hand at making my own home-made Christmas ornaments after reading her post at her own blog-Here and over at the Ranger blog, too-Here.  


This is a proto-type ornament, of sorts.  I want to have a creative activity to share with my Mom-in-Law when she visits for Christmas, so I assembled a chipboard ornament and went to Christmas-town on it!!


This is how my ornament started out.  I cut out lots of 3″ circles (this was before I learned, from Wendy herself, that the wooden ornaments are 4″) and fashioned the toppers from a bunch of rectangles that I fussy cut and scalloped punched.  As I am a cheap frugal crafter, I save the boxes from dry cereal and reuse as my ‘chipboard’.  Each ornament has 3 layers of chipboard glued together and the toppers are just two layers.


I’m going to start by rubbing a layer of Picket Fence DP over the front and back of my ornament.

 I really like the whitewash effect the Picket Fence DP gave the chipboard.  It’s a great first layer of color!


My next layer is Salty Ocean DS that I rubbed onto my craft sheet then finger painted onto the painted chipboard.  I love how the color settled into the painted surface of the ornament.  It’s uneven and rough and super cool!!


I used my Harlequin LS with Chipped Sapphire DI to stencil dark diamonds onto the front of the ornament.  I quickly covered with Sticky EP and applied heat until just shiny.


I quickly covered the melted Sticky EP with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and let cool.


 Aren’t those glittery diamonds fun?  I was hoping they’d be a bit darker so that they’d stand out more, but I can fix that later on.


Here’s the back of the ornament–basically an unembellished version of the front!  But even this looks pretty good on its own😉


For the topper, I rubbed Distress Embossing Ink over the front and back surfaces and then dipped into my little tub of Silver EP and heat set.  DONE!!🙂

Then, I added some stamping through the Harlequin LS and I outlined the diamonds with a fine tip black gel pen.  I did splatter more Picket Fence DP over the surface and you can see in some places, it made the black gel pen run.  I LIKE it!!  I rubbed Chipped Sapphire DI over the edge of the ornament with my ink blending tool and heat set everything.


These layered snowflakes were cut from my Cricut machine with the Christmas Cheer cartridge.  I used a piece of silver embossed card stock and vellum and I layered those with painted rounds of tulle.  They were blinged out with little blue rhinestones and glued to the ornament with matte gel.


I made the word banners from white card stock stamped with a sentiment from my Sunny Holiday Messages set from Hero Arts.  I inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire DI and adhered with matte gel.  I’m making sure nothing is falling off!!


I finished by stringing color coordinated glass beads onto silver cord and tying onto the topper to form a hanger.  Not too bad for my very first, homemade chipboard ornament!  And this is versatile, too–It can serve as a special Christmas gift tag or even as a nice way to send a note, because of the bare backside!  I love my backsides for note writing!!😉

I hope this homemade chipboard ornament has inspired you to make something for Christmas-That’s not a card!  Come on over with whatever you make-that’s not a card for Christmas, and join in with the Eclectic Ellapu Purple Team challenge.  It’s running from December 1st through January 31st.  Our first challenge in 2015 will be introduced on February 1, 2015.

Thank You sooo much for joining me today!!  I hope you enjoyed todays post as much as I enjoyed making this ornament!!  I hope to see you over at Eclectic Ellapu!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Chipboard (cereal boxes); White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Vellum; Tulle
  • Distress Paint, Stain, Embossing Ink & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Silver Embossing Powder
  • Stamps: Sunny Holiday Messages (Hero Arts); Background Basics-Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cricut Machine (Provo Craft); Christmas Cheer Cartridge (Provo Craft)
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Foam Dot; Scallop Edge Punch (EK Success); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Flat Paint Brush
  • Glass Beads; Blue Rhinestones; Silver Cord