Category Archives: Christmas

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

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Such a treat to be joining an incredible group of women for the 5th Annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop! So much thanks and appreciation to Latisha for putting this together each year and for inviting me to participate! It’s always fun for the bloggers and the hoppers, and it is especially fun to host a give away on each and every blog listed below… Just our way of saying thank you to each of our faithful readers and paper crafting community! So, thank you so very much for stopping by!

If we haven’t crossed paths before, my name is Lori Craig. I am very blessed to work with some amazing people in the papercrafting industry. Day-in-and-day-out, I am starting my tenth year as the advertising manager at Splitcoaststampers.com – the largest online resource for stamping and papercrafting with forums and the largest cardmaking gallery in the world.

I also have the pleasure of being a Copic Certification and Workshop Instructor for Imagination International – the North American distributor for Copic Marker! This will be my 8th year with Copic, and I love traveling around the country and spending my time with people who are just as crazy about color as I am! Maybe our paths have or will crossed soon! :)

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Today I am sharing two one of my favorite projects from 2016… First, this is a card that I made as a guest designer for Verve Stamps back in the spring. The set for this card is called Beautiful Things. The flowers and the sentiments are just perfection. Orange (Copic YR04 – single color blend here!) is a favorite color, and I consider kraft cardstock to be the perfect backdrop for almost everything! :)

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And, second favorite would probably be this one. I made these cards using a Copic Wide marker back in the spring to free-hand florals. (Original post and step-outs are HERE.)  I loved the richness of the red and the acrylic look that I got with my Copic Markers hand-drawing these flowers. I also loved the crisp black mats. Clean and simple.

Check out my giveaway! 

And here is a photo of my giveaway… I pulled out a few of my favorite things from Imagination International (the Copic Marker people!) because that is the one manufacturer I work with most frequently!

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  • an awesome grid paper journal – I personally love these… I shared about them HERE … 6×8 square grid Red Rubber SenseBook 
  • two Sepia Multiliners – for journaling or sketching – water and Copic safe
  • X-Press It foam mounting tape and double sided tape – for card making and papercrafting
  • PLUS $25 to spend at Imagination International Inc. for Copic Markers or any of the products in the III store! 

To enter my giveaway, just leave me a comment and let know what type of crafting or hobby you plan to enjoy through the new year…especially if you are exploring something new-to-you!  :) Edit to add: I’ll select a winner on January 8th. 

After you leave me a comment to enter my drawing, visit my dear friend, co-worker and Splitcoaststampers partner in crime: Lydia Fiedler!  

If you are jumping in mid-hop, the full list of participants is here: 

Thank you so much for stopping by and

have a wonderful, blessed New Year! 

The Week of Joy

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This is one of my favorite weeks of the year! The stress of Christmas is behind – for the most part. The new year lies ahead… The kids have another week or more off from school, and it’s just a laid back time around our home. It’s just a time of low-key JOY for us!

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I wanted to share a few last minute tags that I created last week before we left to enjoy our Christmas with family!  Easy tags that I dressed up with some simple stamping and foil accents!

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This simple one ended up being a favorite.. I started with the Build-a-Tag 5 from Taylored Expressions and stamped with snowflakes from a retired set called Winter Wonderland in Salt Water Taffy TE ink.  Then instead of writing a to/from on my tag, I just a J (for Jen!) from Silver Deco Tape from Imagination International with a “J” die from the Poster Graphic Alphabet dies. I love the decorative flair to these letters!

DTG2510S-2 This 1″ glitter Silver Deco Tape is just wide enough that you can cut narrow dies with it! I adhered to a scrap of paper and then ran it through my Big Shot. And then I glued it to my tag with Glue Marker.

 

 

DFT610A-2To finish off my tag, I ran a strip of decorative Foil Tape down the left side of my tag. Love the rainbow of colors in this tape collection!

 

 

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Next up, I used a My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts to stamp a few poinsettias and the same Build-a-Tag 5 die from Taylored Expressions with a strip of red foil to add a little glitz.

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Finally, a replay of the tags I showed you last week with a hint of chocolate colored Decorative Foil added – yes, I said CHOCOLATE FOIL. Yum. This was a gift for my brother and he commented on how cool this tag was… I call that a win!

I’ve been trying to spend some time in my craft room during this week of joy! Of course, that had to start with a little bit of cleaning and organization after the Christmas crafting marathons… Tomorrow morning I’m going to the duck blind with my husband … definite JOY!  I don’t have a hunting license for this season, and I’m not buying one for just one day… so I’ll be taking photos and possibly watercoloring a landscape… If I come up with anything inspirational, I’ll be sure to share! 😉

I do have another paper project to share in a day or two, and I’m participating in a very fun project over the weekend, so stay tuned!

Thank you for stopping by… Wishing you continued Christmas blessings and JOY …

Season’s Greetings


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I’m having a wonderful week prepping for the holiday, and I wanted to share a quick tag project I did early in the week. There is a MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group at my church, and we are a long past the preschool stage at our house, but they graciously invite me to be a mentor mom… I love these moms, their tender hearts for their children and the fellowship we enjoy. I wanted to take each of them a small token of love…

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I also love decorating with pine cones…. This is a centerpiece I made for my dining room table… It has some large sugar pines from California, along with shed antlers that my daughter and husband found laying in a field, some faux-evergreen and some glassy tiffany blue ornaments. It’s all arranged in a box my husband made from barn wood off of the barn on our property in Missouri. It’s become a special part of my Christmas!

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I love this Simply Stamped Pinecones set from Taylored Expressions. I had my doubts about it being simple, but it really was… I would not pull your leg over something like that… I stamp for fun, not frustration. Easy peasy to line up! Love.

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The pinecones were stamped free-hand (without aMISTI) and it was easy! The ink colors I used were all Ranger Distress Inks:

  • Old Paper – bottom layer
  • Brushed Corduroy – middle layer
  • Walnut Stain – top layer

I did use a MISTI to line up my sentiments.   This scallop bottom tag is Gift Card Holder Tag from Reverse Confetti, and the round top tag is Build-a-Tag 4 – it is my favorite in the collection. So easy to use! The gift bags were something I picked up after last Christmas for $.10 each… score.

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Finishing cut out cookies today, and a party with my BUNCO girls tonight! I have another card to share tomorrow after my party. Have a GREAT day as you finish your Christmas prepping and partying… Tis the Season!

Christmas Delivery

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I have two more Christmas cards to share with you today! I am getting excited for the Christmas holidays. I love the time with my family, and the laid back calendar, but I have several things to tackle between now and the 20th for that to happen… don’t we all? :)

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This cute stamp is one I’ve loved from Verve for several years. Such a cute image to color! I used colors from my favorite custom Copic set (you can see the color list here!) to color my reindeer and then cut my pieces with Taylored Expressions Build-a-Tag 4.

When I had my general layout done, I added some pizazz with XPress It Deco Green Glitter Tape.  I really like using this tape for a few reasons: 1) It sticks… sounds crazy, but some don’t, and I’ve had good luck with this! 2) It is easy to apply, it doesn’t wrinkle or stick so tight to anything other than your paper – the application is smooth and bubble free. 3) It is smooth to the touch. You’d think with the shimmer and shine this has that the feel would be chunky and scratchy – it’s super smooth. 4) It is super easy to lay rows of the thinner tape next to each other without visible seams – this is two pieces of the green glitter tape side-by-side.

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This next card is one that I started at my stamping retreat in October…The design was a swap from the uber-talented Tracy McNeeley I stamped the elements at our retreat and then came home to finish assembly. The poinsettias are from Birch Press. Stamped and then die cut… These were super easy for me to line up – and with my MISTI, I was able to make several flowers without any trouble. The die cut flower pieces are popped up for dimension with XPress-It Double Sided Foam Tape.

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I have accented the left side of my card with silver Deco Glitter Tape from XPress-It. This comes in a wide 1″ roll, and I LOVE it! It has the same features that I like about the skinnier tapes, but it cuts like butter – even with scissor. I trimmed the far left edge of this glitter tape with scissor after applying to my card front. Nice, clean and straight cut… So easy…

I’m off to the phone store. Both of my girls needed new phones so I can reach them when I want to talk to them. So, in the spirit of nothing is ever fair, I got an upgrade and we played the hand-me-down phone swap-a-roo.  I detest the phone store, so if I’m not back in a day or two… give me a shout. Make sure I survived!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sparkly Christmas Tree Tags

 

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I’ve started making my Christmas tags… even when I do not take time to stamp all of my Christmas cards, I like to make a lot of tags. I keep my wrapping fairly simple with solid or minimal pattern papers and add a hand stamped tag!

At a stamping retreat in October, I received the Take a Bough bundle from Concord & 9th as a door prize! (Thanks Greg and Angie!) Loved all of the elements to the set! I’m planning to have my girls help me make some of the dimensional trees, but today, I used the O Christmas Tree stamps for making a few cards!

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I stamped my trees with waterbased green inks for the tree branches and used Tsukineko Espresso Truffle on the trunks. The bases are colored with Copic Markers (E31/E33) and then the branches are accented with Clear and Green atyouSpica Glitter Pen. I love the shimmer that the glitter pens add without any bulk or thickness to my project! The sentiment is embossed with Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder.  I love that this gold isn’t so brassy…

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The Spica glitter pens come in 24 different colors, and they are available in multiple set options or as individual pens. The micro-glass flakes in atyouSpica glitter pens are more reflective and brilliant than the glass beads typically used other glitter pen brands.

The pens are archival, non-toxic, acid-free, no-clog nib and pigment-based. I use them most often, just like I did on these tags, layered over color for extra shine. My stamping ink held tight with no running or smearing!

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One other way I love to use these pens is in my calendar. I don’t do a lot of fancy work in my day-to-day planner, but I still love paper and I like it colorful. The Spica Pens add a little bit of shimmer without bleeding through to the backside of my pages. You should be able to click and enlarge the photo. :)

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So that’s three tags down… About 2 dozen more to go! I do love Christmas crafting, and while I promise myself I’m going to do a little bit here and there through the year, I just can’t get into swing until the holidays actually roll around! I hope you are finding time to get crafty! See you soon!

Comfort & Joy

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Another Falliday Fest card to share with you… this idea came from Holly Brown and the challenge was to add holly and berries to your card. I am loving the Christmas projects that this set of challenges encouraged me to think about and execute! I didn’t get any mass production done for Christmas, but I have a LOT of fun ideas that I can pull together quickly now! Love that!

I loosely watercolored the blue and green background and cut with a tag die. Next, I cut the holly and berries from watercolor paper and painted loosely. This is a fun way to watercolor and not have to mess with sticky details!

The  holly die and the cute tag die are from Reverse Confetti, and this was so easy to make that I’m thinking of going into mass production for a handmade Craig Christmas card for the first time in too many years! The holly leaves are scored for easy creasing and dimension and the berries have two layers so you can easily add the highlight and a little depth! Details! Details!

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The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called Comfort and Joy! It embossed beautifully with a new embossing powder – Princess Gold from Ranger.  (You can also find it at Michaels!) When you emboss over watercolor, make sure that the watercolor is 120% dry (totally dry!) or you will have an embossing powder mess on your hands! (Ask me how I know!) I’d be extra careful and use an embossing static removal tool – I have lost mine, so while I was at this retreat, I (accidentally permanently, it seems because it came home with me) borrowed one from Jill Hawkins. (Sorry, Jill! I will think of you fondly every time I use it until we meet again!) 

Thanks for stopping by today… I’m fortunate to be pulling together some month end projects and crafting away. Happy Friday!

O Night Divine

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Christmas stash building continues… A few weeks ago I was working on the Shaker Card tutorial video, and fell in love with this little die set from Top Dog Dies. Unfortunately, they are going out of business and this is no longer available, but I loved the concept. The deer, trees, main panel and fancy decorative layer are all one die. LOVE.

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These are the last of the watercolor panels I made a while back. With light blues, aquas and light greens, they were the perfect backdrop for this little winter scene. The trees were cut from green and splattered with Dr. Martin’s Hydrous Titanium White Watercolor. Love the stuff because it’s extremely fluid and truly opaque. The sentiment is from the set Sing of the King from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.

Joy and Cheer

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Still working on Christmas cards for this year. Determined to get them out *early*… define early? I made several of this theme from a cute snowman from Our Craft Lounge (remember their cute stamps?). There were colored with Copic and were quick work with patterned paper from Simple Stories.

Warmest-Wishes I paired a few designs with a Lisa Johnson’s Designs set, Snowflake Splendor. Beautiful, easy-to-use snowflakes and coordinating dies.

I have several friends with December birthdays, so I loved this sentiment. This card is actually for my brother who turns a significant milestone in a few days. :)

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Coloring white is something we tackle in several different Copic classes, especially our Standard Certification. Of course it’s discussed and demo’d with Copic, but like most of the principles in our Copic classes, they are certainly applicable to any color medium of choice. I’m actually teaching several sets of certification classes next year, they are still our most requested classes. The trick with coloring white is to focus on subtle shading and not to over do it! Love this die from Scor-Pal – it’s a great little framing die with the dotted pointy top!

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How cute is this Sweater Weather cutting plate from Taylored Expressions? So sweet and easy!

Wrapping up the holiday to-do list today… Deciding who has been naughty enough that I can cross some items off of my ‘to-shop-for” list… totally kidding! It has been a year of special time together and blessing, so truly are focusing more on that as a family this year…

One more day of cards to show tomorrow – dare I say, I saved the best for last of this series… Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!