Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Refuse to Give UP!

Since I returned from my trip to Scotland and Ireland in the middle of October I have been seriously behind on my crafting...especially card making and scrapbooking!  I have pictures to scrap, paper to be used, embellishments to adhere and so on but they don't seem to be making their way to finished products!  I have been working on some little gifties for a group of girls.  We all have a love a paper and scrapbooking and we call ourselves the Sharecroppers.  Now, we have nothing to do with farming or harvesting crops...many of us probably can't even grow silk flowers (me!) but we call ourselves that because we are the greatest at sharing.  We crop together....someone will say "Does anyone have a fill in the blank and a half dozen hands might shoot up!  We love to share so someone coined the term Sharecroppers for us.  Anyway, there will be 18 of us gathering this year at a friend's house for food, drink, games and SHARING! :)
But I can't show my gifties as some of those ladies read my blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise.  It's simple but useable and I'm hoping they'll like it.

I did go to the tag class at Archiver's a week ago with 2 of my Sharecropping friends, Cyndi and Christine.  It was a lot of fun and we had fun stamping, embossing, painting and doing all kinds of techniques.  Some of the tags were so cute...

Like this one...made with a wooden cut out, painted and some bling adhered to it and backed it with some pretty two sided paper.
 This one was a tree pattern embossed on a piece of green Core'dinations cardstock, sanded, inked, and Stickles "adorned".  It was then adhered to a piece of burlap.  Too cute.
This cute little gingerbread man was cut out with die and then adhered to a canvas tag that we stamped the tiny snowflakes on.  Cute and easy!

This one took a little more time because we colored the car with pencils and did blending with Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) and then cut it out.  I could have done a better job stamping the sentiment but oh well...

The next two were just die cuts but sure make cute tags with little extra bling or any additional embelishments:

This last one I would do differently if I ever did it again...It is a Sizzix die and embossing bundle that creates this great tree.  We then inked it to bring out the embossing and used Stickles to highlight the word "Hope".
We added some Stickles on the holly leaves and then a little bling for the berries.
I do love that gingham ribbon!

Anyway, I REFUSE TO GIVE UP and hope to be back with some fabulous crafting, card making and scrapbooking ideas soon!  But first there is a dog to bathe, a floor to vacuum, a turkey to roast, a pie to make, etc!

Hope you all have a wonderful crafting day and a fabulous Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, and good food!


  1. Looks like you all have a great time coming up with some good gift exchanges. You will get back into your crafting soon, probably after the holidays wrap up a bit.

  2. Like the variety of tags and especially like the texture & detail added tags.

  3. I love all of your fun tags- they are all so different!!! I know what you mean- I am just getting back and feel overwhelmed- I haven't even been in my craft area yet! :)Amy


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