Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and everything else, pocketeers!  I finally finished all my wrapping and all my gift tags for the year.  The tags might be better than the gifts this year.  I went with my library theme, and the "title" on each borrowing card is a slight hint as to what's inside.  Wanna see?  (I promised some people I'd post them, so just go ahead and say "yes.")

For Dad, the first one I finished:
 Yep, there's that deer again.  For his present, even the deer has to do with the present. 

And then my sister-in-law's.
 Lots of Tim techniques here.  The little Facet, the Stickles...
I love that Santa stamp.

This one is for my brother:

 I used Tattered Angels masks on this one, and another of those Inkadinkado stamps.  And my bi-color ticket stamp pad.

Then for Mom, because she loves retro Christmas (being the Christmas of her childhood), I used one of Tim Holtz's holiday stickers on grungeboard as a centerpiece:
With a Sizzix holly die, lots of Distress Ink, and LOTS of Perfect Pearls.

Finally, for Alex, I went back to the snowy blues and silvers, with some new stamps and an old favorite:
Three guesses as to what I was watching while I crafted these.  Here's the hint:
(It's a lamppost.  In the snow.  And this is me we're talking about.)

I used the new Vagabond to cut the swirls and such that I put behind/around each pocket.  Just thought it gave them a more finished look.  And it was an excuse to play with the new machine :)

I hope you all are having beautiful Christmasses with your families and whoever else is close to you.  And if you don't celebrate, I hope you're having a good day anyway.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas in Sepia

First order of business:  I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL!  *happy dance*

Okay now that that's out of the way, on with the catching-up-on-blogland.  It's December, and I've squeaked out some crafting time - not a lot so far - but I've done some tags and I'm really having fun with them this year.  My Christmas color palette seems to be sepia this year.  You know, those antiquey browns that Distress Inks come in, that give such a warm and aged look to everything you use them on.  And I've been going nuts with the inks. 

Also, I seem to be on a psychic wavelength with Tim Holtz.  I'm really not trying to be pretentious by saying that.  But check it out.  Last Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, before Tim started his 12 Tags of Christmas, I did this tag:

Ok, see the ticket?  That's a Tim stamp.  I wanted just the 25 to be red, so I pulled up last year's tags and used his method for creating a custom ink pad to get the effect I wanted. 

Well, damn if Tim didn't use that stamp and do a custom ink pad for it for his very first tag of Christmas this year!  I know, not much of a stretch, but with all the techniques he uses, what are the odds?  He even did the 25 in red!  Now, I do copy Tim's techniques, but I try not to copy his exact creations.  And now it looks like I have done that.  Oh well.  I kept makin' tags...

Mom got these beautiful Ink-a-Dink-a-Do clear stamp sets for Christmas, and I loved this reindeer:

Isn't he beautiful?   Especially in gold.  And there had to be snow. 

So then I wanted to do a tag inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols.  So I scrawled the lyrics all over a tag to start, and let them take me from there.

Do you recognize the lyrics?

They're from "The Peace Carol" by John Denver and the Muppets.  On A Christmas Together, which is probably the best Christmas album ever released.  (You may disagree, but that's ok.)

And then I finally had the inspiration for the tag I'm most pleased with.  (I know, I'm so vain about my creations, but really, it turned out just like I wanted.)  I stayed up late on Tuesday to finish it:

And then two days later, Tim's 9th tag was this.  Now, the paper rosette was bound to show up sooner or later, but on a tag that was all sepias with black accent?  Seriously?  Cue Twilight Zone music. 

Okay, so maybe it's not significant, but these little coincidences have been amusing me all week.  I know that Tim's tags are professional quality, and mine not so much.  But I've been having a lot of fun doing tags, and there are lots more techniques that Tim rolled out this year that I want to try.  But I promise, I won't be too much of a copycat.  I'm just using the techniques, honest.

More to come!