Monday, December 24, 2018

Celebrate Life Tag

Hello friends! It is Christmas Eve and in Sweden this is our main day of celebrating Christmas. Santa will arrive at here tonight to hand out gifts. He doesn't come through the chimney, but hand delivers, so he is pretty busy on Christmas Eve. Leo has been keeping an eye out for him all morning, but he won't be here until after dark.

It is also Monday and we are having our last Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of the year. This challenge runs for two weeks and the theme is 'Party Time'. Don't miss the last project by our December guest designer December guest designer Ann Barnes, with her blog Aksbarchitect Creates

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I made a cheerful tag this week, to celebrate New Year and the coming of a new year full of possibilities. The Inky Antics stamps I used are designed by my team mate Andrea Ockey Parr: the Queen's Quips and Muse News. I had such fun stamping with them. I gave the queen a simple dress, legs, feet and arms. The stamp stops about level with her hands. Sorry about the lack of step photos here, I was in a bit of a hurry, with all the Christmas preparations.

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The tag was die cut from a paper I had in my scrap box. Texture Paste had been smeared through Tim Holtz Tiles stencil and then the paper was misted with Distress Spray Stains. There are steps for the background in the original Summer Fun post. I stamped it with a text stamp from Andrea's Muse News set.

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The queen was stamped on watercolor paper with Jet Black ink and colored with watercolor paint. 

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Her dress was given a pattern with the three circle stamps in the Queen's Quips set, and Spiced Marmalade ink. 

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I die cut stars with Tim Holtz Sizzix Snowy Stars from glossy paper which had been colored with alcohol ink.

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

The title was die cut from the same glossy paper, using the SSS Celebrate die. The word 'life' comes from a sentiment stamp from Muse News.

Layers of ink - Celebrate Life Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

I love the 'scribble more' stamp from Muse News and stamped it at the bottom of the tag, to give her something to stand on.

A big thank you to everyone who has joined our challenges this year, we will be back in January with new challenges and new inspiration. I hope you will join us this week in our Party Time challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. The challenge runs over two weeks, so you have until Monday 7 Jan, 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in. 

Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 

Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.

I also want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you will have a beautiful time, with lots of joy. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today!  I will be back again before the end of the year. 

Happy crafting!



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  1. Gorgeous tag Anna-Katin :-) the little princess is adorable and I love the cheerful colours and artsy background, very cute :-)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and hope 2019 is a great one for you :-)
    Hope Santa brings the boys everything they were wishing for ;-)
    Lols x x x

  2. What a lovely tag, Anna-Karin! How fun that you dressed up the queen in orange, she could be ours, as orange is the official Dutch royal color! Thanks for your christmas card! The boys are getting big! Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! Hugs, Sandra

  3. This is so bright and wonderfully festive! I love the queen and her crown and party dress! I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a new year full of blessings and creativity! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing more in 2019. xx

  4. Anna-Karin, I hope Leo got to see Santa! That's a long day of watching, LOL! Love how you gave Andrea's girl a body, and the bright colors you chose. Happy New Year!! Maura xxx

  5. Love this royal chick and the bright color combo! Well done, Anna-Karin!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. What a beautiful project, the colors are amazing!!

  7. Such a fabulous tag! I love the layers of bright colours and your queen looks so happy to be joining the celebrations too 😁. Thanks for the smiles and I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays! Wishing you a happy and creative New Year! J 😊 x


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