I've been checking out the entries for our Playdate No. 4 on the blog, and there are some fabulous creations. There are only a few entries at this time, but that won't make it any easier for Shay and I to pick a winner. There is still a little time left to participate in our Playdate No. 4 (You have until November 28, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.). And, if you are new to our Playdate, you are playing for a chance to be one of our guests during our next release. To read more about the details, check out our Playdate No. 4 post.
Silver Elegance Tree photo by Julie Mogford of a Cracker Barrel in store Christmas Tree (2013)
If you are like me, I've been pretty busy earlier this month, and only just had a chance to get crafty for a little while this weekend. When I reviewed the challenge images and colors, I just couldn't make up my mind, so I made a trio of tags. Each one is inspired by some of the aspects of the challenge.
I used one of my favorite sets from our October release - Winter Woodland! Apparently it is also a favorite with many of you since it has been sold out - but never fear! We expect it back in stock VERY SOON! For this first tag, I took my cues from the pine needles and pine cones, as well as the green, brown and silver colors. This tag started with a kraft tag that was still on my craft table that I had swiped through some left over shimmery mists from a previous project. It is subtle, but lovely when the light catches it. I think it is also a little unexpected on this tag with the contrast of the pine needles and pine cones rustic look. I used my Tim Holtz Distress embossing powders in Vintage Photo and Shabby Shutters. Finally, I stamped the two cardinals and then embossed them with Rockin' Red glitter embossing powder from JudiKins - a staple during Christmas and Valentines! The sentiment is from Happy Christmas, and a perfect small sentiment for a tag.
For my next tag, I really wanted to make a design with white embossing because I like how it looks on kraft cardstock. Since white was one of the colors, and kraft counted as my neutral, I brought in the green from the colors, as well as a deer from the scene. I decided to make this a one layer tag and I stamped the bow first, and then masked it so I could stamp the wreath. I added the sweet little doe and some dots around the wreath, as well as another small sentiment - all from Happy Christmas. I wish you could see the coloring more on this tag though. I did take a light green prisma pencil and colored inside the leaves carefully and a gold prisma pencil for the bow. I think this is simply elegant and could be easy to mass product.
For this tag, I only drew from the colors - blue, white and a neutral, my trusty kraft tag. You will probably recognize our cute little Stampet: Penguin, all decked out in ear muffs, scarf and mittens. He is also colored with prisma pencils, and the blue elements are fussy cut from cardstock. The happy winter sentiment is also from Happy Christmas, but I stamped it in two steps so I could fit it into a smaller space, leaving room for my white embossed snowflake flurries. You may notice that some of these flurries are a bit larger than those you have seen in the Scenery: Big Bang Flurries. You will want to stay tuned later this week for more details about these BIGGER flurries. *wink*
I hope I have enticed you to play along for our Playdate No. 4 challenge (you can't win if you don't play!), and maybe even inspired you to make a few handmade tags for this gift giving season. Shay, Winnie, Walter and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy your time with your family. We are so grateful to have you all as part of our winnie & walter family!
And, if you are so inclined, please join us this coming weekend for our Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale - more details coming very soon!