Friday, December 22, 2023

Celebrate with Christmas Gift Tags

I know that when I get to the point of making Christmas tags, it is because I have finished all of my cards, mailed them, and am wrapping gifts days before Christmas. My family enjoys the handmade tags and I make new ones every year to add to our previous ones that we save from the past. Christmas crafts have always been a part of our holiday celebrations and activities. 

I had a little time today to make these tags and they were pretty quick and simple. The fun part was choosing fun colors for the characters, the actual tags, and the twine or ribbon. I want to make more but I have so many chores to get done in addition to holiday baking, cooking and wrapping gifts. 

Products used:

Sizzix: Christmas Characters stamp and die set

Versafine: Onyx Black ink pad

Crab and tree: Reverse Confetti tag dies

Snowman: My Favorite things tag die

Various cardstock and ribbons/twine/stretchy cord

Googly eyes

Merry Christmas everyone!!


Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Sparkly Joy

This is a very texture-y card which has been my favorite kind of card since I was a child. The background is a piece of soft, flocked, raised-patterned vellum and the mug and red elements are glittery cardstock. I made it for the Time Out Challenges #253 Sparkly theme and today happens to be Hot Cocoa Day!

Products I used:

Pretty Pink Posh: Winter Mug dies

Honey Bee Stamps: Country Christmas Wreath stamp and die sets

Joy die: Not sure of the brand (Papertrey Ink possibly?)

Versamark ink pad

Gina K: fine Detail White embossing powder

Joann Fabrics: flocked vellum

Lots of die cutting and piecing took place to make this card. Then arranging the greenery was tricky for me. I die cut two "joy" pieces and adhered them together for thickness. That's it!

I mailed my cards this morning but I want some extras around just in case. I need to make some fun tags, but so many other things are keeping me busy right now! Friday I plan to bake and I am looking forward to it!

Happy holiday season!


Popcorn Garland

"Christmas decorations" means all sorts of things: ornaments on the tree, wreaths, figurines and villages, the tree skirt. I tried once to make a real popcorn garland for our tree, but the popcorn kept crumbling. I guess the secret is to let it get stale for a day or so before trying to string it. So, here is my first successful popcorn garland...a paper one for our Christmas Craft Creations December theme: Christmas Decorations.

Products I used:

The Greetery: Popcorn Garland die

The Stampa Barbara Collection: Wood Pine stamp

Versamagic Cloud White Archival ink pad

Ranger: Distress Oxide ink pad in Antique Linen

Buttons Galore: Clay mint candy shaker bits

Stickles: Red and Green

I could not wait to get this new popcorn garland die in the mail and it has such authentic details in it like the real thing! The clay candies add a realistic touch as well! I stamped the pine boughs first on a red card base, then die cut the popcorn garland. I lightly dabbed little bits of distress ink on some of the popcorn, then adhered the candies. I "hung" them on the "tree" then added red and green Stickles. All that was left was to stamp and die cut the sentiment for the center of the card!

We hope you will join us this month with a Christmas decoration themed card. Check out all the ideas the team has for you!!! And be sure to put our graphic for the challenge on your entry for our current post.

Happy Holidays!