Holiday Tags

I LOVE holiday tags. I am a tagaholic, for sure. I mean, you saved all those teeny little pieces of card stock and Designer Series Paper for a reason, am I right? (Just go with it)!

Right after Halloween and after I’ve made my Thanksgiving cards I like to jump right in to making tags. Yes, I do make Christmas cards, but I need a little break between card-making holidays and tags fit the bill. Here are a handful of the tags I’ve created so far:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

You’ll notice that I’ve used the Year of Cheer paper a few times – that’s because I had a lot of pieces left from making a carousel book.

Here’s a shaker tag I made with two of the leftover pieces:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Who doesn’t love a shaker tag? And here’s one of my favorites I made using the Star of Light stamp set and matching Starlight Thinlits with gold embossing. It’s like a little sandwich!

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Scraps of Crumb Cake? Check. Here I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for added shine:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Pool Party Palooza Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second installment of my Pool Party Palooza. This time, however, it really is all about the color, as this project is a cute little tag that you can use at Christmas time.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter |

Once again I’ve pulled out the Hang Your Stockings bundle, which was originally featured in last year’s Holiday Catalog and was “promoted” this year to the Annual Catalog. Hooray! So if you have a craving for crafting something for Christmas you can check out the Holiday section of the catalog and check out the selection of Christmas stamps, dies, and bundles.

Back to our Pool Party Palooza:

For this tag I paired the Pool Party with some Smoky Slate card stock. The circle element behind the stockings (stamped in Pool Party) has a scalloped circle cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock, and the stitched circle on top of that is cut from Sahara Sand.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter |

The Noel element is a die cut from the coordinating set of dies, Christmas Stockings, and after I cut it I adhered it to the Smoky Slate piece of the tag and then trimmed the ends of before attaching the tag to the Pool Party base.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter |

TIP: Sometimes when you cut out your framelits you get little bumps or ridges on your card stock, so much so that sometimes your paper looks like it has polka dots on it. No worries! Just grab your bone folder and gently rub the bone folder across the card stock. You may also need to flip the die cut over on the reverse side and repeat that process.

Now get out there and do something creative today, okay?

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

Christmas Tags that Sparkle and Shine

Who doesn’t love a little glitz and glamour? Especially on a cute Christmas tag?

If you raised your hand, you’re excused. Seriously? How can you not love a little sparkle and shine, especially at this time of year.

Oh, Scrap!

Ya know, you can hold on to all those teeny tiny little pieces of paper you have left from all that Designer Series Paper, or you can take those little gremlins and turn them into tags. You can even, if you happen to be a hoarder like me (and I say that with pride), you can even use those little snippets of ribbon you have saved in a big plastic bag. Yes, Virginia, we can save all those things and still come out smelling like a rose.

Sparkle Shine December 2016 1

So I had all these pieces parts of Candy Cane Lane DSP lying around and decided to use them up by making some gift tags. And I couldn’t resist using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle to make them. But when I got done, they all looked just so sad and dreary.

Glimmer Paper to the rescue!

Dazzling Diamonds? Got it. Glimmer Red? Well, yeah, you got me there. It’s retired. But hey, I’m using up those scraps, so just go with it.

Sparkle and Shine Christmas Tags

Rudolph really does have a shiny nose now. Yay!

Sparkle and Shine Christmas Tags

See that smile on the gingerbread man? Well, trust me, until he got that bow tie upgrade that smile was a FROWN! Everybody looks happier with a little bit of sparkle. Don’t we all?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Have a very happy Christmas and a joyous New Year, my friends!


PS – “Tags” for visiting. (it’s a disease)

Nordic Noel Christmas Tags

Yes, I’m that person. I love to make my own gift tags.

And yes, it’s December. Yes, you feel guilty cause you’re here admiring all this beauty when you have a thousand other things you really should be doing. But hey, no sweat! Sit back, relax, drink a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, or tequila, and check out these tags!

So in betwixt and between all the things yours truly should have been doing, I spent some time making gift tags for the presents that I have yet to buy and wrap. I really liked the Stampin’ Up!  Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper and so I made my tags using that as my inspiration. I love the mix of non-traditional colors with the traditional red and green.

Nordic Noel Christmas Tags

Now, unfortunately, as I sat down to work I realized that the green in the pattern is Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, of which I have zip, zero, zilch. But not to fear, I DID have a Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker, so I just colored the smaller stamping images so I could fudge not having a full pad of ink. Oh, and no Garden Green card stock, either, BT Dubs!

If you’re like me you probably have about a thousand holiday stamping images and sets to choose from. So rather than just stick with one simple set, I used a couple of different ones from Stampin’ Up!: Letterpress Winter, Cheerful Christmas, and Christmas Tagables. The snowflakes were also made with Stampin’ Up! product, the Festive Flurry framelits.

Nordic Noel Christmas Tags

Let me tell you, it was a lot of fun cutting out all those circles. Yeah, it was. And I got to color in the little hearts on the big tags…I love to color. Sigh. Oh, for the simplicity that was kindergarten… And yes, Virginia, there still is a need for eyelets. I hate to have ripped tags, so I added them.

Nordic Noel Christmas Tags

Okay, you’ve been here long enough – time to get the show on the road! Here’s hoping your holidays are bright and your Christmas wishes are granted!

Card and Tag Swap

Close to My Heart swap for Christmas

It has been a long time since my last post but I promise you I have been busy! So here is the set that I am submitting for a card swap.  The cardstock is Twilight, the B&T paper is Wonderland, and the stamp sets I used are December 25th and Christmas Love.  Never realized before how much I really like the Twilight color! The tags were sponged with Spring Iris, as well.  Can’t wait to see what everyone else has done.

Christmas card and tag swap

Christmas is coming… Way too fast!!

It certainly always seems that way, doesn’t it?  This year I participated in a couple of card swaps and am actually hosting a “12 Days of Christmas” tag swap.  Looking forward to seeing those!

Here is my card for the swap (Christmas cards) – it had to feature metallics:

And here are my tags for the 12 Days swap (had to have at least one embellishment and one piece of chipboard – and brads and eyelets didn’t count!)  – I did the Nine Ladies Dancing:
No more crafting now until Thanksgiving is over – and then I have a lot of projects I would LOVE to make – but we’ll see what actually gets done!  Have a Happy Turkey Day…. and eat more Beef!  LOL

Dimensional Details Bonus assignment

Bonus assignment

These tags were made using a stamp and resist technique.  The base image was stamped using white acrylic paint.  The whole tag (including the image) was then inked with color-I used a distress ink in brown for both, then a green for the left one and a pink for the right one.  The next step was to stamp on the inked tag. The colored image on both was made using Staz-On ink. Interesting technique, and I can see using different colors, using it as a background for a layout, cards, the list goes on!