Friday, December 25, 2015

TAWS post #99 - Happy Birthday

Hi Friends!  Meredith here for my final Alley Way post.  It's been an amazing year with this wonderful crafty team.  Thank you Alison and Chrissie so much for this fantastic opportunity.  I will miss being a part of such a phenomenal group.  For my last creation I used Happy Everything in combination with Branching Out to make this fun birthday card for my darling husband.
Thanks so much for following along with my Alley Way crafty adventures.  I will likely be taking a bit of a crafty break for a while but will be back!

Happy Christmas and wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Crafty Hugs!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

With love...

Wishing you a beautiful and magical holiday - from our family to yours!!  See you in 2016!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

TAWS post #98 - Merry Christmas Tag!

Hi Friends!  Meredith here with a super simple tag using Point of ViewCake Day and Happy Everything.  I have very little time right now so I'm putting together tags that are easy to mass produce so that I can adorn my gifts!  

I used a few different Hero Arts ink for both the background and the present images.  I used my Hero Arts black dye ink for my sentiment. 

I punched two holes at the top and used some heavy gold cording.

I hope your holiday planning is fun and productive!

Crafty Hugs!

Monday, December 14, 2015

TAWS post #96 - Holiday Tags

Happy Monday Y'all!  I'm here today with a fun tag to add to some of my holiday gifts!  I made a bunch of these using the awesome Alley Way set called True Colors.  I used a pre-cut manila tag, the kind you buy at your local office supply store.  Using these saves me time when I need to make many of them.  I like the vanilla color that the manila tags lend.
I used my Hero Arts ink in Pale Tomato, Wet Cement and Tide Pool to stamp the large hearts.  I then added the gold hearts with my Delicata gold pigment ink.  I added some red/white bakers twine  as a finishing touch.  I will be writing my To: and From: by hand which is why there is no other sentiment.

I love the hearts in this set so much!  I'd absolutely use this exact tag as wallpaper in my house!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafty Hugs!

Friday, December 11, 2015

TAWS post #95 - Joy

Hi Friends!  Meredith here with a super fun project to share!  First off, I will tell you that I was inspired by the amazing Jennifer McGuire who did this on her blog a few weeks ago (genius!).  I used the adorable Moosing You set and my colored pencils (Prismacolor) to create this ornament.

I first stamped my image using Hero Arts black dye ink. I colored it in with my Prismacolor pencils and then added some Flowersoft to ground the image and to add texture.

I made a ton of these using different stamps to hang on our tree and to add as gift tags to wrapped gifts!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Crafty Hugs!

Monday, December 7, 2015

TAWS post #94

Hello!!  Meredith here with some easy and super fun holiday gift tags using the newly released set Swee-Tea.  I white heat embossed the beautiful flower onto good quality watercolor paper.  I then used my Distress Markers to simply scribble in a bit around the flowers - no technique at all - just quick scribbling.
 I then used my water brush and a few sprays of my pearlized water (water mixed with white Perfect Pearls pigment powder in a fine mist bottle) to create the watercolor effect you see in the background.

  The deer silhouette is a die from Maggie Holmes and is attached with a bronze craft staple.  I used the sentiment 'with love' from the same stamp set and added some May Arts jute twine as a way to attach it.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Happy Monday!

Crafty Hugs!

Friday, December 4, 2015

TAWS post #93 - Tags!

Hi Friends!!  I'm here today with a fun holiday tag using the new set called Melt Your Heart Out and it's free right now with the purchase of $85 or more! (before tax and shipping).  I used this set to make a few tags to add to some delicious jars of peppermint rock candy that I made with my children. I also used the new set Happy Everything for the sentiment.
I, once again, took inspiration from Jennifer McGuire in a video she did recently showing the "halo" technique that I did above.  I stamped my image and colored it with my Copic markers.  I then created a mask for my image and sponged over the top with Hero Arts ink in Butter Bar.  I used the Fishtail Banner Stax Die-namics from MFT to cut my tag.  The beautiful twine is from May Arts and I purchased it at Simon Says Stamp.
I'm using these tags to decorate some of our handmade items for the holidays!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Crafty Hugs!

Monday, November 30, 2015

TAWS post #92 New Release Blog Hop - Happy Everything

Hi Friends!  Thanks SO much for joining me today on the Alley Way's final blog hop!  I've put together my project today using a fantastic multi-sentiment set using the set called Happy Everything.

I also used another new set called Point of View.  Totally adorable!  I added some gold heat embosseed hearts for a bit of shine and texture.  I used Delicata gold pigment ink and gold heat embossing powder from Recollections (Michael's house brand).

I combined both sets to make many different holiday cards to send to friends and family.  These sets are fantastic together!  

Thanks so much for coming by today!  You will find the entire hop list below so that you can follow along!

Crafty Hugs!

Friday, November 27, 2015

TAWS post #91 Peek Day 1 - Point Of View

Hi Friends!  I'm here today with my last sneak peek for The Alley Way Stamps!  This set is ADORABLE!  It's called Point of View and it has so many cute mini borders.  Here I've used the adorable polka dot border combined with another new set called Happy Everything which includes the sentiment and tiny stars.

I've used some Hero Arts ink and my Delicata gold ink combined with gold embossing powder to give this simple design a bit of texture.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Crafty Hugs!

Monday, November 23, 2015

TAWS post #90 - You Color Our World

Hello!  I'm here today with a simple and fun creation that I made using the newly released sets called From Us and Rain or Shine.
I used my Cracked Pistachio and Wild Honey Distress Inks along with my Kurtake watercolor pan to create the bright background that coordinated with the paper airplane images.  I stamped them onto paper from an older Studio Calico kit and hand trimmed them out.  I used 3D foam adhesive to put them on the card.
I stitched around the edges with black thread to make the panel pop!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Crafty Hugs!