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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Last of the tags

OK the wait is over here is the last of 12 tags made.  As all card makers know the first one you make always takes longer so i'll be reproducing a couple of the simpler tags for the rest of the gifts we are giving.

***The first card is a gift card holder.  I folded a 3" wide piece of whisper white and put the fold just above the bottom edge of the die.  This created a pocket.  I punched the front with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I put a small square of Candy cane fabric (currently on the clearance rack) in between and sewed it shut with a zig zag.  To my utter surprise....seriously a happy accident...I found a gift card will fit in it.  I used the ornament top from Sweet centers and embossed it in silver.  I added the tree branch from Watercolor Winter.  The ribbon is retired baja breeze accented with a candy cane button and some real red ribbon.
***The folded tree is half of the scallop circle die.  There are several folks on line that have tutorials how to fold them.  The base is a piece of wood veneer.
***I love the next tag it uses my latest purchase Watercolor Winter.  The base is very vanilla and uses an embosssing window.  The DSP is from Festival of Prints and a new wood button.  Makes it more masculine I think.
***The snowman is a combination of ideas from Heather Summers and Shana Gaff.  Isn't he too cute!
Pool Party and Cherry Cobbler go great together.
***The Santa tag is great example of making Christmas out of non Christmas DSP...this is Summer Smooches DSP.  The ruffle is whisper white in the vintage wallpaper embossing folder with 3 brads.  The belt is scalloped ribbon and the buckle....yeah you have it...a pop can top (or soda or Coke....depending on wherever you're from).
I hope these have inspired you to make some of your own tags.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

2012 tags...who has time to wait

With only a few weeks ( like 3 weekends) left to shop, bake, wrap, mail, create and whatever else I won't make you wait to see a tag per day.  I still have a few to show you so stop back by again.  The ones I have left include a masculine one and a gift card holder.  Here is an MDS page with 4 tags on it.  Just click on the page to make it larger to get a better look at these tags.
The tree card is made using the pennant punch and the festival of prints DSP pack.  The "tinsel" is using the scalloped pennant punch and a sliver of the glimmer paper.  I highlighted the embossed texture with some white ink to make it look like a frosty tree trunk.  I hand drew the lines in the scrap I used for the tree trunk itself.
The tidings of joy is another single stamp embossed in white.  More DSP and glimmer paper with gumball green ribbon.
The mitten one was SO easy because SU did the work for me.  I think these are still on the clearance rack.
The bird is so cute he even has his tiny wing popped up on a dimensional.  He is from the set for the birds.
I hope you enjoy these tags.  I can't tell you how much fun I had making them and each made the gift the went on that much more special.

Friday, December 7, 2012

2012 tag day3

Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  I felt horrible with a tummy bug (empathize with the Duchess of Cambridge although mine is a different reason) then as I started to feel better from that... Mr. Headache came along to let me know a big snowstorm was coming.
Anyway-here is another favorite.  This tag ended up being huge and I wasn't sure how to use it but when I wrapped a gift I could not find any ribbon that looked nice on it.  Ta-da- just the tag looked great.  The base is 2 pieces of soft suede.  I punched the snow flake and sandwiched a piece of pool party in between before sewing it together.  This tag shape is from an old template I had (so you don't have to have the two tag die but it sure is nice).
I made the reinforcing hole out of pool party.  Start by punching the small hole with your hand held punch and then center a 1/2" punch over it to get the perfectly centered circle.  A piece of pool party ribbon tied with pool party bakers twine is at the top.
I wrapped some more bakers twine around the tag and added a pool party brad.....ooops moment...I didn't want the brad to go all the way thru and I already sewed it shut so I cut off the prongs and used half of a really big glue dot.....crisis averted.  The tag is inspired by another stamp set that I don't have but what I do have is Pennant Parade and I stamped merry twice in pool party and used the banner framelit to cut it out.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I might make these for teacher gift tags.  I hope you enjoy...come back tomorrow I have a couple more tags to share.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 tags day 2

Here is another cute tag.  This one is going on a gift to my dad I hope he will love.  I am nearly done with Christmas shopping and sent my last planned Christmas card today...please don't hate me.  Being overseas we have some strict deadlines that hopefully will make sure everything arrives on time.
This tag base is gumball green cut using the two tags die.  I embossed in white the wish big which I bought as a single that option now.  Using the ornament punch I punched 8 from gumball green Christmas DSP.  They are folded in half and glued together  (you've probably seen other folks do the same thing).  Attaching it to the glimmer paper was a challenge.  Redline tape did not work so I used tombow liquid glue.  The ribbon is also gumball green.  Hope you enjoy.  Check back tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 Tags of Christmas Day #1

Welcome to a series of posts to help you/inspire you to make some great tags.  I do this every year and it is usually the first craft I make.  I always run out of time at the end of the holiday and after selecting the perfect gift, wrapping it with care and giving it with love in your heart do you really want to slap on an ugly sticker with a questionable reindeer to convey who your gift is for?
Just kidding...after some egg nog don't most reindeer look questionable?
This one is one of my favorites and came together quickly.  Using the two tags die as a base I used old olive, some DSP from the Festival of Prints and made a canning jar of peppermints.  My grandma always had a canning jar full of peppermints.  This little tag makes me think of her and miss her wonderful laugh.  Just click on the photo to make it a little bigger.  All of the peppermints have dazzling diamonds on them and one is popped up on a dimensional.  Thanks for looking and come back tomorrow.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holy Family Punch Art

Here is the masterpiece of my Christmas cards.  I wish I had the time, money and customs forms to send these out to everyone but alas I can only make one to go to some special friends.  The inspiration for the card came from seeing some primitive Holy Family figures made out of wood on Pinterest.  After I figured out the punch part I wanted to put them on a special card base so I decided to make a twisted easel (my first).  This fits in with SUO challenge this week for a special folded card.  I hope this card is a small reminder to slow down and enjoy what the Christmas season is really all about.