Have you noticed that the summer is creeping closer and closer to an end? I’m starting to see pumpkin recipes on Pinterest – it’s a sure sign that change is in the air! I live in Florida, where we still have a good three more months of warm (or downright hot weather,) so I’m quite happy to sit and flip through the new Holiday Cards & More, Volume 9, while I anticipate cooler weather, festive crafts, and I can pretend it isn’t 90 degrees outside.
Although it’s fun to start thinking ahead to the coming days, you might say “Hey, this is still August, and I’m not quite ready to fly ahead to winter.” And that is totally okay. Today I’d like to share three projects from the Creative Tags section that inspired me. But I took their inspiration and created non-holiday tags. So whether you’re ready to get started on Christmas crafting, or if you just need some fresh ideas and inspiration, this is an issue for you!
First up, Chan Vuong’s No Peeking Tag. I have really studied Chan’s artwork. I don’t know if it comes easily to her, but she sure does make layering stickers and papers look so easy. I adore her whimsical, cute style and the way she puts products together!
Inspired by the layers and shapes, I created this pinwheel tag using Echo Park’s We Are Family collection. I pretty much stuck to Chan’s same layout and just changed up the elements. I’m trying to get better at using the stickers in my crafty stash, and Chan always inspires me!
Next up is Tracey McNeely’s Merry & Bright Tag. (This is Tracey’s first published project in Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking! Congrats Tracey!) The fun angles and trendy color combo on this tag grabbed my attention right away!
The last tag I’d like to share today is by Miriam Pranter. Isn’t this watercolor and emboss resist technique just beautiful?! This is a technique I love to use, so I couldn’t resist (pun intended!) giving this simple layout a try.
I used stamps from The Stamps of Life, as well as some aqua embossing powder, to create my tag. After embossing it, I brushed over the tag with diluted ink to create a watercolor background, and then added the die-cut/embossed banner.
I hope that you’ll grab a copy of Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 and when you peruse the pages, that you’ll find holiday inspiration, as well as everyday crafting inspiration too! Leave a comment by Friday, August 22 at 5:00 pm for a chance to win your very own copy of Holiday Cards & More, as well as a stash of holiday supplies to get your holiday crafting ON! Then, hop on over to my blog for one more chance to win this festive issue! Thanks so much for joining me today!
Celebrating the season all year long,
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