30 posts categorized "Tags"

11/26/2020

Thu 26

Vintage Sled Christmas Gift Tags
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a few Christmas gift tags I created using the new Vintage Sled Die. Grab an assorted mix of colored cardstock and let's get busy! I die cut the sled 9 times using red, pink, green, aqua, teal, light gray, dark gray, kraft, and black cardstock.

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I assembled the slatted pieces with foam tape. I used a small fussy scissor to trim long thin strips of foam tape. I applied them to the base of the die cut sled, than lay the slatted pieces on top. You can also use liquid glue if you do not want a raised look.

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After the sleds are assembled, set aside. Let's die cut all the trimmings!

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I used the tree tops from the new Collage Dies, Pine Tree Collage, Wooded Glenn Collage, and Little Orchard Collage Dies. I also used Bauble Snowflakes Dies but unfortunately they are no longer available. However, Jolly Snowflake Trio Dies are  a perfect swap! I used the same cardstock colors plus I added white to die cut all the trimmings. 

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Now have fun layering the leaves in different colors, shapes and patterns! Layer each cluster with a snowflake and a gem.  The pink sled and red sled are my favorite!
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I also added some shimmer to the sled, cluster of leaves and snowflake.
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All the sentiments are from the stamp set Christmas Tiles. I used bakers twine in different shades to tie the tags to some candy canes. The tags can also make cute ornaments!

Hope you enjoyed this post and make some vintage sled gift tags!!!! Have a great weekend!

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11/18/2020

Wed 18

Pinecone Christmas Tag
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have something a little different to share today.  This month is the 10th annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event hosted by Tracey McNeely.  There are tons of tag inspirations each day for 25 days with chances to win prizes.  One way is to create a tag inspired by one of the tags.  When I saw one of Bobbi Lemanski’s beautiful tag on day 15, I couldn’t help myself to join in.

I didn’t use a specific tag die, and you don’t need one.  I started by die cutting a piece of Bristol paper and pattern paper from the Christmas Plaid pack using the 2.5”x3.75” Rectangle Basics die.  Glued them together then trimmed off one corner with my paper trimmer.

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Flipped the cut-off corner piece to the opposite side and used it as a guide to trim off that corner.  Punched a hole with a hole punch and the tag is ready to decorate.  

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The Pine Cone Stackers were die cut from suede cardstock and the edges sponged with white gouache paint using a sponge dauber.  The direct-to-paper method was then used to add color to Memory Box watercolor paper before die cutting the Forest Pine Branch and Mistletoe Swags from them.  For the pine branch, I used Lucky Clover and Evergreen Bough distress oxide inks, but it wasn’t dark enough, so Mowed Lawn and Pumice Stone distress inks were applied on top.  For the mistletoe, Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany and Seedless Preserves distress inks were used.  Copic markers BG99 and RV69 were used to color the edges of the die-cuts to cover up the white and give them a clean look.

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The pine sprig from Antique Pine Label was die cut from Bristol paper and left uncolored.  Assembled the tag, then splattered with white gouache paint for a snowy look.  The Peace Cheshire Script sentiment was die cut three times from black cardstock and once from the gold Polished Foil paper.  Stacked them onto another piece of black cardstock and a black shadow was fussy cut from it.  Thread a black ribbon through the punched hole to finish.

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One great thing about tags is it could easily be turned into a card if you don’t want to use it as a tag.  So with the leftover die-cuts, I made another tag for a matching card!  And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Enjoy your day.  

 

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12/23/2019

Mon 23

Hanukkah Gift Tags
by Anne Thompson

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. It also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day's supply of oil allowed the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days.  --Wikipedia

Hanukkah this year began at sunset on Sunday December 22nd and the first candle was lit on the menorah.  Families celebrate by lighting one candle the first night, two on the second and so forth during the eight days of Hanukkah.  They recite prayers, sing songs, children play a game with dreidels (a spinning four-sided top), and gifts are exchanged.  And there's chocolate (gelt) and latkes and other delicious foods.

02/05/2019

Tue 05

3-D Valentines...Circle Frames, Hearts, and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

3-D Valentines for gift tags/home decor/ornaments...

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These were so much fun to put together!

I started with some papier mache-ish circle and heart ornament forms that I purchased ages ago at a local craft store.  The circles are about 3 3/4" in diameter and a little less than 1/2" thick, and they already have the gold cord attached for hanging them up.  The first thing I did was to color the edges and overlap a bit onto the front and back of each shape using a red Memento marker.  That way none of the kraft paper showed once I added the decorative papers and die cuts.

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Let's look at these two first, inspired by this month's pink and red challenge.

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I used the same dies for each of these:

For the one on the left, I covered both the front and the back of the circle form with white cardstock Wrapped Circles.  It was important to use Scor-Tape to attach the papers to the cardboard form.  On the front I used the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame cut from a nice red cardstock, attaching it with glue dots under each of the hearts.  I then added tiny pink roses between each of the hearts and popped up the central heart from the die cuts with three more tiny roses on it.  I added a pink bow and another rose at the top, on the edge near the gold cord loop.  

For the one on the right, I used a shimmery pink cardstock for the Wrapped Circles on the front and the back.   I added the red cardstock Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, popped up the center heart, and added tiny red pearls at the ends of the vine spirals.  I tucked some red stamens and three tiny red roses under the center heart and  popped on two larger roses.  I then finished it with a large pink satin bow next to the gold loop at the top.

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For the one on the left, I cut Wrapped Circles from red/white dot paper.  I added the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94114 cut from white cardstock.  A cluster of flowers in the center, some small white pearls  on the frame, and a white satin bow finish this one.

For the one on the right, I cut Wrapped Circles from red cardstock for the front and back of the form.  I then cut the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from white cardstock before cutting it again with the Wrapped Circles die and then placed it on top of the red circle.  I used a few red pearls to emphasize the hearts and a larger one in the center before adding a few red stamens and a red/white polka dot bow at the top. 

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This heart-shaped one was a little different.  I didn't have a heart die that was exactly the right size or shape, so I traced the cardboard heart on the back of the red dot paper.  I cut it out a little bit smaller than what I traced to make it fit, one for the front and one for the back.  What did work really well with this shape was the center section of the NEIGHBORHOOD HEART FRAME 94102.  I cut it from white cardstock and added a cluster of white flowers, some red and white stamens, and a white satin bow on top of the gate.  Because I'd already used a bow, I decided to attach pearls around the outer edge, graduating them from largest to smallest on each side of the gold loop.

No forms to work with?  Die cut (or punch) circles or heart shapes from cardstock and layer them up to make a thick base.  Or use cardboard from cereal boxes or packing boxes or fun foam.  You can always cover the edges with narrow ribbon or cording. 

Valentines Day is coming soon!  Now if I can just stop eating the candy I've already purchased to go with these ... 

Happy Crafting!

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12/20/2018

Thu 20

Simply Stamped Gift Tags with Winter Greenery, Bold Christmas Greetings and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto

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Add the final touch to your Christmas gifts with simple tags created using the realistic botanical images from the new Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set.  They're ideal for simple stamping  - or layering - and they complement our favorite Memory Box holiday greetings.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a set of six tags to identify the great gifts you'll place under the tree this year.

 Cut smooth white cardstock to about 2-¼" x 4-¼" and cut or punch two angled corners.  

Stamp the Winter Greenery branches and leaves with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis or Shady Lane and Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  The pink "joy" card on the left was created by stamping off the Shady Lane ink before stamping the image on the left.  Stamp the center branch with a freshly-inked stamp - then quickly stamp the branch again, partially behind the center branch.  

Stamp the stars - also from the Winter Greenery Set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red or Charming Pink.  

The words are from the Winter Greenery,  Bold Christmas Greetings or Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamp Sets.   Stamp them with Tulip Red, Charming Pink, Silvery Shimmer or Gamma Green Brilliance.  Dry the inks.

Attach 3/16" gold eyelets - they add a  warm brightness on the tags stamped with silver too.  Attach red or fuchsia cords.

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Special thanks to everyone from last week's STASH CARDS - MANY THANKS class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards and all of the new techniques.  Enjoy the "stash extras" you received - you'll be able to make several more class cards with those supplies.  Thanks too - Jan and Jenny - for the great holiday treats!  Thanks to Erin and Lynne too - for helping us find the right products and supplies for our class cards.

Hope your holiday prep is  just about done - but save some time to make the quick holiday treat wrappers I've designed for Friday's post.  See you!

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12/03/2018

Mon 03

Tags, Tags, Tags, Tags
by Anne Thompson

I've been making tags for holiday gifts using some of my favorite smaller dies from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection.

First up--the tags that feature the Fancy Deer Circle Frame.

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  • I started with kraft cardstock cut 3" X 6" and scored it at 3" to make the folded base.
  • I cut some holiday paper (a Memory Box favorite from ages ago--only had a few scraps left) 2 7/8" square and adhered it to the front of the tiny card.
  • I cut three of the Fancy Deer Circle from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen to put each one on top of the decorative paper squares.
  • I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile in the upper left corner of each tag and threaded through some sheer off-white ribbon tied in double knots.
  • This is a great format--lots of room to write a message inside each tag.
  • Simple, easy, and perfect for gift tags for my dad, my nephew, and a guy friend on packages wrapped in kraft paper.

Next up--Joy Journal Frame tags

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  • I started with a 3" X 6" base again, this time cut from a light blue cardstock, scored at 3" and folded.
  • I cut the Joy Journal Frame from sticky-backed glitter paper which I stuck onto dark blue cardstock.
  • I then cut that with a scallop-edged square punch, added a small clear gemstone to dot the j and a big glittery gem in the upper left corner of each frame.
  • I threaded tinsel through the punched holes.
  • Perfect tags for Hanukkah gifts wrapped in glittery star-spangled paper!

Next, Winter Journal Frame tags

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  • I made these the same way as before, using white cardstock for the base.
  • I added squares cut from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper.
  • I cut the Winter Journal Frame three times from the white cardstock and added each to one of the squares.
  • I used the third separate snowflake to dot the i on each tag and added tiny white pearls in each snowflake center.
  • Each tag is tied with blue grosgrain ribbon.
  • Perfect for Winter Solstice or a late December birthday!

And last of all--a collection using all three dies in red and white

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  • This time I cut multiples of each image and stacked them to make a thicker detail on each tag--four of the Winter Journal Frame and three of the other two.
  • I used Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper for the squares and tiny white pearls to dot the i and add more interest. 
  • I tied up each tag with red-white dotted ribbon.
  • These look great on the red plaid Christmas paper packages!

These tags were a great way to use up both cardstock and decorative paper scraps from other projects.  If you're anything like me, there are always plenty of small leftover bits too good to throw away!

It's not even December 1st and I have all of my shopping done, all of my presents wrapped and many delivered, and only one more package to mail away.  Phew!  That's what can happen when one schedules knee replacement surgeries for Nov. 20th and Dec. 4th.  New knees is my present to myself this year!

Happy Crafting!

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11/13/2018

Tue 13

Typewriter Holiday Elements, Bold Christmas Greetings and Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame.  Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic  holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list.  The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds.  It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design.

Stamp the text block on white cardstock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Dry  the ink and cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.  Sponge the text very lightly with Delicata Shimmer Silver.  

Cut the Delicate Pine Frame from green cardstock.  Cut the birds from red glittered carstock.  

 Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Cut it with the coordinating dies of the Bold  Christmas Greetings set. Cut an extra set of the words and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY + QUICK cards class t Impress.  It was fun meeting new students and catching up with my loyal Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press fans too.  We used the just-released Birch Press Design triangle die sets and loved them.  Thanks Ann and Shari for helping everyone find the great products and supplies on their wishlists - and ordering more of the best-sellers!

Thanks for visiting...

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06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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05/02/2017

Tue 02

Tags are IT!
by Anne Thompson

Tags are IT!  I LOVE tags.  I try to keep a bunch of them on hand in a basket near the gift bags and gift wrap.  This time of the year--May and June--I seem to need a tag for something quite often.  Between May baskets, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day, and more I seem to be always wrapping up a present or sending off some little trinket or basket of pansies somewhere.  In straightening up things in my crafting area recently I found a couple packages of tags I'd picked up on sale after the holidays--some larger green ones and some smaller ones in weird mid-tone pastel colors.  So one afternoon I got out some nice white cardstock (I like  Neenah Solar White) and a stack of dies from the spring Memory Box release.

And this is what happened:

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 The smaller tags, 1 3/4 X 3 1/4, were the perfect size for many of the ocean-themed dies.  

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  • ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730
  • OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736
  • CHEERFUL CRABS 99722


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I also used the same sized tags with the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710.

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The larger bright green tags, 2 1/2 X 5, were perfect for a variety of the left corner dies.

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  • TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673
  • LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688

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I made one more large tag using the BIRDHOUSE TRIO 99599.

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By using white cardstock for the images, I can use a patterned wrapping paper or gift bag that coordinates with the tag color and add either a white or colored ribbon to attach the tag.  I love the crisp white against the tag colors.  And there's room to add a name or a tiny sentiment stamped on either the front or back of each tag.  You, too, can create dozens of tags in very little time! 

Happy crafting!

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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