Friday, November 8, 2019

Festive Friday - Gift Card Holder Trio

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Hello, friends, and welcome back to another Festive Friday! We're getting closer to the holiday season every week and I for one cannot wait! I'm particularly ready for ornaments and jingle bells and iced sugar cookies this year. Anyone else?


I have a set of three gift card holders to share today. They don't match, but they do coordinate thanks to the Holiday Greetings and Leaves & Berries Background sets from Simon Says Stamp. These came together quickly, but they still look lovely which is what I'm usually going for this time of year.


For the first gift card holder, I gold embossed the leafy "Merry" image from the sentiment set onto a white Gift Card Cozy. I very simply colored the leaves and berries with Zig markers and embellished the berries with Garnet glitter. Simple, but the end result is sophisticated.


The second gift card holder is even simpler. I began by die cutting my Gift Card Cozy shape and then masked off everything except the front panel with post-it notes. I stamped the Leaves & Berries Background in Rockin' Red on the red cardstock to give a subtle tone-on-tone appearance. Then, I just heat embossed the sentiment from the Holiday Greetings set using gold powder. I love how the greeting pops with that gold embossing!


The third gift card holder is just as easy. I began by embossing the sentiment using gold powder. Then, I stamped the snowflakes (also from the sentiment set) using Versamark. While the ink was still sticky, I sprinkled it with Pearl Perfect Pearls. The powder sticks to the ink and gives the snowflakes a shimmer without the texture of embossing powder. I really love that subtle sparkle!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you're enjoying getting crafty as the weather turns chilly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Gift Card Holder Trio

Friday, November 1, 2019

Festive Friday - Naughty Or Nice Tags

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Welcome to November, Friends! It's the first Festive Friday of a brand new month and we're inching closer to the holiday season.

Today, I wanted to bring in the big guy himself to decorate a set of tags. I saw the Holiday Characters set from Ellen Hutson a couple of months back and I was immediately smitten. That Santa just has such a sweet face, I couldn't wait to bring him home!


I began by stamping, coloring, and cutting out the Santas. Then, I die cut the tags and very, very lightly stenciled on a haze of subtle polka dots around the outside edges (in reality they're a little easier to see, but I couldn't get a great photo for the life of me). I stamped the sentiment from the Retro Holiday Greetings set in Evergreen ink from the new Pinkfresh Studios line. This is the first I've had a chance to try them and I'm looking forward to experimenting even more very soon.


Next, I die cut the same tag shape from aqua cardstock and stamped the "To:" and "From:" from the Speed Tagging Christmas Sentiments set from The Greetery. I adhered those to the reverse of the white tags for a nice contrast from one side to the next.


I attached the Santas with foam tape and embellished their hats with glitter and pom-poms. The texture and sparkle are so nice with simple tags like these. I finished things off with bits of cherry baker's twine. These tags turned out so effortlessly festive and I'm super excited about that. Sometimes using just the right sentiment is all you need to pull a design together.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a crafty weekend planned. Enjoy and I'll see you again soon!

Naughty Or Nice Tags

Friday, October 25, 2019

Festive Friday - Shaped Tree Tags

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Good morning, friends! Thank you for joining me for another Festive Friday! If you've spent any time around here you may have noticed that I love a shaped tag. So today, I thought I would pair a new set I picked up from Altenew called Festive Foliage with the Speed Tagging Christmas Sentiments from The Greetery to create a fun trio of cheerful Christmas trees.


I used Spruce and Seafoam inks to stamp the tree foliage. I love that you can opt for a two step version or a single step version with this set from Altenew! I wanted the heart to have a presence, but I didn't want it to be too strong (and potentially obscure my sentiment) so I chose to very lightly sponge It's A Girl ink around the edge of the solid heart image before stamping it into place. The result is a really lovely, barely-there halo that I'm totally digging.


Then, I stamped the sentiment from The Greetery's set atop the heart and added a die cut bow (also from the Speed Tagging Christmas Sentiments set). I embellished each bow with a tiny red rhinestone and then glittered a few of the dots in the foliage with silver glitter. I just did the dots randomly and I like that it doesn't look too planned out, but it adds a nice touch of sparkle.


You could simply stamp the "To:" and "From:" on the back, but I chose to make these folded tags. All you have to do is prefold your cardstock and die cut with about 3/4" of the top of the die hanging over the edge. Easy! I stamped the insides with the "To:" and "From:" from The Greetery's set and then adhered them to the fronts. A little white crochet thread finished things off nicely.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you're enjoying this little series of mine. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon!

Shaped Tree Tags

Friday, October 18, 2019

Festive Friday - Christmas Stripe Tags

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Good morning, friends, and welcome back for this week's Festive Friday post! I'm really enjoying getting in the holiday spirit before the panic of seasonal preparation sets in. Every year I try to pack in just a little more than I probably should, so getting my tags made well ahead of time makes me feel like I'm really on the ball. I may only have two gifts purchased, but gosh darn it, I have tags!


I decided today to make a big(ish) batch of tags, but I kept them nice and simple to make the process streamlined. If you have a stamp platform, things go even more quickly and smoothly. I was able to whip up this set of six tags with very little fuss.


I bought the Tag'd stamp set and die from The Stamp Market several months ago, but this is the first time I've actually used it for tags (I've used some of the sentiments for cards though). I also pulled out some of their new inks and cardstock for a nicely coordinated set of tags.


The baker's twine is a great way to pull those festive colors in once more, but simple crochet thread would be a great option if you didn't have quite the right colors on hand. I like to try and keep the scale of the package in mind when I'm wrapping a gift, and I think these tags are a great size for bigger boxes. They'll also be perfect for adding a pop of color to more neutral wrapping papers!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I've received some very fun packages in the past week or two, so I hope to make some cards to share around here very soon. Getting to tuck into those boxes is my reward for wrapping up a few home projects lately and I can't wait! Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!

Christmas Stripe Tags

Friday, October 11, 2019

Festive Friday - Stocking Pocket Tags

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Good morning, friends! Do you realize there are only ten and a half weeks until Christmas?! Ten and a half weeks! I'd love to get ahead this year, so it's time to get cracking!


Today, I have a trio of pocket tags made with Concord & 9th's Stocking Stuffers set. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this set when I saw it during their release countdown. It's totally cute and the stocking is such a great size. I decided to treat myself to a new set and I'm so glad I did!


I began by stamping and coloring the stockings and fillers with Copic markers. I die cut those pieces along with the cuffs and toe and heel details and an extra stocking for each tag. I also cut the inside slider pieces and stamped those with the "To:" and "From:" greetings from the Christmas Care-A-Van set from The Greetery.


I sandwiched two stocking pieces (one colorful, one blank) with foam tape, tucking the "To:/From:" piece inside. I adhered one stocking filler on the top of each sliding piece and embellished each with a touch of glitter to make them sparkle. I finished up by using the heel, toe, and cuff details to dress up each stocking. Then, I adhered the stocking hangers to the back to use to tie on a bit of crochet thread. The end result is adorable and I can't wait to attach them to my packages this year!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope to see you back here again for Festive Friday next week. Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!

Stocking Pocket Tags