Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 26 with STAMPlorations

Hi! I’m happy to be here for Tracey McNeely’s  25 Days of Christmas Tags with today’s sponsor, STAMPlorations, on this 26th day!

I have 3 tags to share with you and here they are:

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I designed my own sentiments and printed them on vellum (Stampin’ Up’s works very well) and I also made a PDF version of them for you.

Please click here or on the image below for a printable version of my sentiments.

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I’m like to play this 1rst tag at Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #153 – Silver and Gold Theme.

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  I’d like to play this next tag at  Simon Says: Christmas To Die For. img_3848_edited-1

I stenciled over a print of my own holly sketch/painting and then used 2 sizes of the TAGplorations luggage/tag nesting dies to make a frame for the tag. I love the red and white striped paper.

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 There are lots of prizes and sponsors, including STAMPlorations. Be sure to visit Tracey’s blog for all of the details. Her linky will close December 2, 2016 at 12:00 am (EST). Prizes will be announced on December 9th on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,

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AAA Cards Game #78 – Circles

I’m happy to be here today with a post for AAA Cards Game #78 – Circles.

Our sponsor for this game:

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We’ll pick a top winner and some runners up.
It could be you!
Our sponsor this fortnight is Stampendous.
Thank you, Stampendous.

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I hope that you are inspired to play along. Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members’ blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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We’d like you to……………………………………….

Play…. Play around with your interpretation of the theme each challenge
Enjoy… trying new things and experimenting
Be Inspired … by the DT’s examples of CAS cards
Create… something that makes you happy!

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2nd Giving Thanks Blog Hop & Linky Party

Hi! I’m glad that you are here today for STAMPLorations’ Giving Thanks Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Cornelia Wenokor’s blog. Her card is gorgeous, isn’t it!? I love the bright green “Thankful” and the beautifully embossed and colored basket of apples. I have never used Yupo paper and colored with alcohol inks, but Cornelia’s card makes me want to try it. (Or make an apple pie! 😉 )

As you can see, we’ve got a lot of friends participating in today’s hop. You can participate in this hop multiple ways too. See all the details at the bottom of this post. After you are finished here you can continue hopping along by following my link to Amy’s post (at the bottom) or see the Inlinkz (blue frog button) under my badge at the bottom…… https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/427533497066991616/soWaayG0_400x400.png   or you can start back at the STAMPlorations Blog.

I had a blast using the Be Thankful bundle! Here’s a quick look at the BUNCH of projects that I have to share with you today:

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And here’s a peek at just the start of the fun I had creating projects for this Blog Hop.

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I heat embossed the apple bushel basket in white. Then I enjoyed water coloring the die cut images differently.

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I had a lot of fun creating projects with the Be Thankful bundle.

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I love this word die!
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 I also used the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies for these cards.
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Next, I used a gorgeous stencil, Fall Floral Trio, on this card:
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I used several masking techniques on this final card. I love the technique of combining masking and ink blending!!! Seriously, I have a callous on my left thumb right now. I think it might be from all of the ink-blending?!

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I did some masking by sponging over a “Thankful” die cut to add the sentiment. To make the plaid design, I used Post-it labeling tape. Besides the die cut basket, the card itself is 1-layer.

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I made the card base slightly smaller than the standard 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ so that the card, with the basket overhanging the edge, will still fit in a standard envelope.

I also made a tag with the Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.preview-stamplorations-luggagetags

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I made a stencil with the hugs die and sponged red and yellow ink through my homemade stencil.
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I love this cheery set of cards. 🙂img_3323_edited-1

You should be off to visit the incredible card-maker, Amy Tsuruta of Coffee Loving Cardmarkers.

If you get lost along the way just stop back at STAMPlorations’ blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
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Prize Info
Giving Thanks Hop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will receive a $50 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $15 gift certificate for herself and a $15 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Instagram account will win her choice of Giving

    Thanks

    bundle (Be Thankful, Oh So Grateful, or Many Blessings)/
*Commenting ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific.
Giving Thanks Linky Party – Link up your creation at STAMPlorations’ blog.
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive the Be Thankful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Oh So Grateful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Many Blessings bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
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*Players have until November 30 to link up their projects to the linky party.
Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 20 to claim their prize.
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Grateful – Vellum Leaf with Plaid

   Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.img_3724_edited-1

I created the plaid background by first masking off the center third.img_3742_edited-1 Then, I repeatedly masked off the top and bottom third (taping over the masked-off center as well) and sponging on ink.img_3747_edited-1 I love using this technique.

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I used ColourQ’s colors, but missed the link up! UGH.

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Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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A Plaid Leaf

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by several fun Fall Challenges.

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I created the plaid leaf by first sponging an ombre background (red to yellow from the stem to the leaf tip). Then I repeatedly masked off portions of the leaf and sponged on ink. I love using this technique.

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I used a “Thankful” die from CUTplorations.

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I sponged on a red band and attached the white panel to the orange cardstock.

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I really like this card. A plaid leaf!? Sponging, ink blending, lots of red (my favorite color to use when making cards), ombre Autumn colors? I don’t normally make the same card twice, but I may have to repeat this one. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

Challenge #25 (Stripes & Plaid)

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UPDATED Thursday, December 1, 2016: I so very happy to share that Virginia chose this card as one of her TOP 10 favorites at Virginia’s View Challenge #25. (Sadly, her last challenge.)

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