December 31, 2019

Tags of Christmas - december '19

Happy New Year's Eve! It is so hard to believe that it is the last day of 2019. However, it is exciting because the last day of the month and that means we are posting the 12 Kits of Occasions for December! Marcia, Marcia's Stamping Pad, is our hostess this month and what an amazing kit she put together for all of us with the most charming collection of stamped images, die cuts and embellishments many of which are new to me! Marcia packaged our kits up so beautifully and wrapped like a present. I did not unwrap my kit until I finished all of my Christmas preparations--cards and tags and clean up!

How beautiful is this?

These are the cards and tags that I made for this month...








Please make sure you visit the 12 Kits of Occasions and see what we talented teammates made for this month!


Happy New Year

Happy New Year's Eve!

Not only are we beginning the next year, we are beginning the next decade! For me I have set some goals for myself for this year and also for the next decade. Do you set goals for yourself at the beginning of the new year? I want to slow down and take more time for the things the I enjoy--time spent with family & friends, pick up a book and starting reading again, use stamps that I had to have but still sit un-inked! I would love to hear what some of your goals are??

Let's get on with today's card...


 I started off by ink blending some Distress Oxide Inks to create a night sky. Once I was pleased with the panel I flicked a bit of gold watercolour onto the panel. The Headline Type Alphabet was used to die cut Happy New Year from gold shimmer cardstock! Once the panel was dry I glued the letters down to the panel. I would recommend using a small T-square or ruler for assistance getting the words lined up!


Cheers to a fabulous year and decade ahead!

December 24, 2019

Stroll Down Memory Lane

Well here we are on Christmas Eve!

I am still scrambling getting things done for the big day--wrapping up the last of the gifts and preparing for tonight's dinner. Christmas Eve will just be my family--my hubby and the two kids, appetizers for dinner and Christmas movies by the tree. Christmas day we are heading to my sister's for a big family dinner and then on Boxing Day to my mother in law's house for another family dinner. Busy, busy, busy like Christmas always is.

I am up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a collection of some of my favourite Christmas cards made with A Jillian Vance Design products. I hope your join me as I take a walk down memory lane!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

December 18, 2019

Christmas Cards Wrap Up

Can you believe that Christmas less than a week away?
I can't believe that it snuck up on me so fast this year! November as you know was consumed with Christmas Tags and once it was over for this year I had to kick into high gear to get this years Christmas cards finished up. Note to self, next year I need to be making them all year--lol!

I corralled up all the cards that I did manage to make during this past year and saw I needed quite a few more. Sometimes mass producing cards can be difficult but I decided to make batches of cards at one time and ended up with four different designs. I am sure I should make up a few more because there is always that moment at Christmastime that you need just one more!

I have linked the products at the bottom of the post. The stamps I used for the MFT Snowflakes are retired but I linked to the new sets that are similar!

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 Superstar

Ready for the winner of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Superstar?
There were 20 people who participated every day of the event.

Congratulations Joyce Ann!

Joyce created fabulous tags for all 26 Days!

The prize for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Superstar as announced HERE  is the fantastic mini Make up bag created by Kim Heggins, a very talented sewer and who has an Etsy shop at Running Stitch Design, selling her fabulous handmade bags. Definitely worth checking out for those last minute Christmas gifts! Here is the prize she has made for this year's winner. A cute winter theme makeup bag! just send me an EMAIL to me with your name, mailing address and email address and we can get your prize out to you right away.

This last post closes the books on year 9! Thank you once again to everyone who participated this year. My heart is so full!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Decade!

December 17, 2019

Holly Jolly Christmas


I am up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with another Christmas card. I hope you have a chance to pop over to the blog to see how quick and easy this one is to create for those last minute cards we all seem to need to make in those last few days before Christmas!

Thank you so much for stopping in today from your busy Christmas schedule!

December 10, 2019

Merry Little Christmas

There are still 11 prizes from the 25 Days of Christmas tags that have not been claimed! 

Click HERE to see if you are a winner!

I am up on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a Christmas card that can be mass produced using the Merry Mistletoe die set.

 I hope you head over to A Jillian Vance Design to see my instructions and tips for mass producing this card.

A closer look...

December 9, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 - Winners

Thank you once again for making this year's 25 Days of Christmas Tags the best one yet!
So many absolutely incredible tags created for your inspiration by my sponsors and guests. The 2019 - 25 Days of Christmas Tags Pinterest Board has a total of...378 pins and 824 followers so far!

This year's linkup is full of amazing tags created by you during the event! I can't even begin to tell you how humbled I am to see how inspired you were by this year's event!

1216 tags linked up in total--wow, wow, wow!

 So many wonderful, festive tags once again this year. It would be such a shame to see all the your tags from the linkup to get buried on my blog. Please join the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Flickr group and add the tags you created for the event HERE. Such a great way to see all of the tags and be inspired in one place!

With the help of the winners have been chosen for this years event.
Prizes have been drawn from commenting on the posts on this blog during the event, the posts done for the event by my sponsors/guests and from the tags linked up following the set guidelines outlined the first day of the event HERE!

****Winners you have until Monday December 16th, 11:55 pm EST to email me HERE with the subject line to read '25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 Winner'. Include your full name, mailing address with postal/zip code, email address and the name of the prize that you have won

If you have not claimed your prize by the deadline I will need to draw another name, sorry no exceptions!

Altenew - $20 gift certificate

Ellen Hutson - $25 gift certificate

Newtons Nook - $25 gift certificate

Uniko - £25 gift certificate

Reverse Confetti - $25 gift certificate

Avery Elle - $25 gift certificate

Denise Bryant
Sunny Studio Stamps - $40 gift certificate

Picket Fence Studio - Prize one - $25 gift certificate

Picket Fence Studio - Prize two - $25 gift certificate

Pink & Main - $50 Surprise Package

Simon Says Stamp - $50 gift certificate

Studio Katia Prize one - $25 gift certificate

Studio Katia Prize two - $25 gift certificate

Stamplorations - $25 gift certificate

CAS-ual Fridays - $25 gift 

Paper Sweeties - $25 gift certificate

Concord & 9th - Prize one - $25 gift certificate

Concord & 9th - Prize two - $25 gift certificate

Waffle Flower - $25 gift certificate

Pretty Pink Posh - $25 gift certificate

Neat & Tangled - $25 gift certificate

Paper Smooches - $25 gift certificate

A Jillian Vance Design - $20 gift certificate

Lawn Fawn/Lawnfanatics - $25 gift certificate

Birch Press Design - $25 gift certificate

Jillibean Soup - Prize Package

Heffy Doodle - £35 gift certificate

Honey Bee Stamps - $30 gift certificate

Hello Bluebird - $25 gift certificate

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you everyone for participating this year! 

There is ONE more prize for this years 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 Superstar! This special prize is for one person who participated in ALL 26 Days of the event and that the tags were made according to the contest guidelines! If you could be a 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 Superstar link your name up here by 11:55 pm EST Sunday, December 15th and I will draw one name! 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous year ahead for 2020!

December 3, 2019

Rainbows & Snowflakes


Hi there, I am up on the Jillian Vance Design Blog today with a fun rainbow snowflake card. Head over to the blog to see how I downsized a full cover plate to fit on my square rainbow background.


Thanks for stopping by!

November 30, 2019

All is Calm, All is Bright

Welcome to the November edition of the 12 Kits of Occasions!
If this is your first introduction the 12 Kit of Occasions is a group of 12 friends the each take a turn at creating a card kit for one month of the year for each of the 12 members to create cards with and post on the last day of the month! It all began in 2013!

Lindsey Larsen, Occasional Crafting, is our hostess this month and she sent us all the most beautiful Christmas kit with stamped images and die cuts in black, olive green and copper! I had a hard time using the supplies and not hoarding them, so gorgeous.

I couldn't let the opportunity pass to make a couple more tags, so let's get things started off with those...

Please head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions blog to see he gorgeous creations made by my teammates, you won't be sorry!

Have a wonderful weekend!

November 29, 2019

The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019 - Bonus Day 26

If you are just arriving for the first time all the details and the linkup can be found HERE!
For this year's event Pinterest board  click HERE!

Welcome to Day 26 our bonus day and our last day! We have Hello Bluebird as our final guest!

Some of the designers from Hello Bluebird are my guests today...

From the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Design Team...


Anja Curvers
Special Guest

...and a couple from me!

Thank you all so much for visiting every day for the past 26 days!

Remember that you still have one more week to finish up your tags and add them to the main link for your chance to win one of the many prizes sponsored by 26 amazing companies!