The Holiday Hop #1

There are all kinds of things happening around the inter-web these days.  Christmas time always seems to bring out the coolest challenges.  I know I normally front loaded my blogs with several challenges at once, but for the next few days that isn’t going to happen.  I am going to have multiply posts with just a few challenges on it.  I promise, if you prefer my normal way of blog posting it will go back to that after the season is over.

Now for the challenges.

tag-1Over at Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom they have the 12 tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist challenge going on.  Each day they have a different theme for that day’s tag.  I am a little behind (kids had the stomach flu this week), but I am getting myself caught up.

Day 1’s tag was asking for the colors red, teal, green and pink.  I ek-gorman-eh-12tags-d1pulled out a pre-made Ranger tag and backed it with some red card stock.  I then die cut trees from a Sizzix by Tim Holtz die.  I trimmed the die down to fit the tag and applied it.  I then pulled out a Do Crafts holiday stamp pack and stamped out a festive deer.  I colored the deer in using my copics, making sure that I highlighted certain areas with a bright green, teal, and pink.  I pulled a bit of scrap card stock and colored it with the same green and teal copic markers.  I stamped out an Essentials by Ellen Hutson sentiment.  I finally grabbed some heavy white acrylic paint and added dabs of snow all over the card.  I splattered some shimmery white paint to look like falling snow.  Finally,  I trimmed off the top of the tag, and punched a hole in it to add satin ribbon in all four colors.  I don’t know if the tag feel into the feminine category, but I feel it is at least fun.

tag-1Ellen Hutson’s Mix It Up Challenge used the same challenge colors as the first day of 12 tags of Christmas, but I had another project in mind.  The Mix It Up products this month were both Essentials by Ellen Hutson and Art Impressions.  Then you had to also use the colors, red, teal, green, and pink.

I pulled out a 5×7 canvas and smeared red and pink Dylusions paint over the surface.  After the paint dried, I  started gluing down strips of green, ek-gorman-mix-it-up-eh-aiteal and white christmas paper onto the surface using matte medium.  I laid the strips of paper out in a x-mas tree shape.  Using my Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush markers in light green, dark green and teal, I outlined the tree adding some dimension to the over all picture.  I pulled out my Essentials by Ellen Hutson Up the Happy stamp pack and started stamping the sentiment over the tree in white chalk ink.  The main sentiment I added some black highlights to help it stand out.  Next I pulled out my Art Impression Reindeer games stamp and stamped out the wonderful woman onto some card stock.  I colored her in using my copics focusing on the four challenge colors within her cloths.  I added her to the canvas with some dimensional tape.  Finally I pulled out the Essentials by Ellen Hutson sparkle stamp set and added the sequins to the back ground in black ink.  I added a bit of wink of stella over different areas of the canvas and called it a day.  I’ll be honest, this one is already gone and given to a friend as a ‘thank you for all your help while my kids were sick’ gift.

pp324Finally today, the gals over at The Paper Players have a great ‘snowflake’ themed challenge.  You would think that this one would be easy, but with some many different snowflake options in my stash, I struggled where to start.

I decided to KISS this challenge, or in other words, ‘keep it simple ek-gorman-pp-324stupid’.  I pulled out a Darice embossing folder and some blue textured paper.  After I embossed snowflakes all over the paper, I trimmed off a half an inch off the card stock and backed it with some navy blue card stock. I grabbed my sanding block and sanded down the embossed snowflakes and then ran just a little bit of white ink over everything.  I grabbed another scrap of navy card stock and trimmed it up.  I heat embossed a holiday sentiment with white embossing powder and added the strip with some dimensional tape.  Finally I added a snowflake sticker cause the simple card needed something.  I know the card is very KISS, but I think it works.

That’s all for the moment, but I will be back soon.


  1. I like your simple snowflake card. Great idea to sand and sponge with white ink, adds texture without bulk. So glad you played along with the Paper Players snowflake challenge this week.


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