Holidays, Tags

Valentine tags

I came across these pictures that I took last year, and thought I would post them since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This Stampin’Up stamp set is one of my favorites. It’s called “Greeting Card Kids” and I love that the stamps have a nostalgic look of early twentieth century children’s book illustrations. I think the set is now retired, but it contains back-to-school, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas themes. I’m always looking for an excuse to create something with these cute stamps. I have used this stamp for Valentine’s, thank you notes, and thinking of you cards and tags. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and send someone you love a card!

Greeting card kid

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The color of these bags jumped out at me when I first saw them on the rack at Michael’s. I knew I had pretty peacock stamps that I bought a few years ago that I could use to make tags with to pair with the pretty bags. I used Close To My Heart’s “Circle of Love” stamp set and stamped the peacock and the feather on white cardstock and embossed. Copic markers worked great for coloring and Stickles for a little extra sparkle. I am happy that what I envisioned the tags to be turned out exactly as planned!

CTMH Circle of Love stamp set     CTMH Circle of Love stamp set

CTMH Circle of Love stamp set, Cricut tag card

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Bottle bling

PSX Key West lighthouse rubber stamp
Cheers to Fred!

A shout out to my friend Adriana for taking this picture with her iPhone for me, since I haven’t quite gotten into the habit of taking photos of my paper craft projects. I have a camera case hanging on a door handle, ready to grab & use at any time, and I still manage to forget!

I love pulling out pretty designer paper from my stash, grabbing one of my favorite rubber stamps, and picking out Copic marker colors to coordinate with the project. This one-dimensional card was made to hang off of a wine bottle, with a tag that pulls out on the side. The Key West lighthouse stamp is an old PSX rubber stamp that is one of my favorites. I knew the recipient would appreciate it, since he loves the island in the Straits of Florida as much as I do!

Here are a few photos I did manage to take on a recent trip to Key West. Enjoy your day!

Key West  Key West landscapeGulf of Mexico

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Wine bottle tag

Bottle_craft_002Just sharing a wine bottle tag that I made for someone special’s birthday (sending a shout out to Stephanie S!) I think it’s just too cute not to share!  I used the Totally Stampalicious stamp “Cafe Scarlette” and the sentiment from CTMH’s Piece of Cake stamp set. I wanted to use a pink & orange palette to make the birthday girl’s day bright and happy! A big thank you to my pal Bryn for taking the picture for me.


Wine bottle tag

The good news is…I love Totally Stampalicious stamps! I am lucky enough to own several (well, maybe more) sets of these stamps.

The bad news is…they recently went out of business.

They made some fun rubber stamp sets, including this one called “Stella Wine”.

Stella-WineThis is a great stamp set for paper piecing on the wine bottle.  I thought “Stella” would be a perfect addition to a tag to hang on a bottle of wine. My intention was to give this bottle to a friend to kick-off the start of her vacation, but I didn’t manage to get it to her in time before she left on her road trip. So, it wound up being a “welcome back from your vacation” present.

To make the tag, I used a piece of patterned cardstock and my Cricut machine to cut the tag shape, using the Art Philosophy cartridge. Next, a circle was punched at the end of the tag, and a crease was made to allow that part of the tag to hang on the neck of the bottle. “Stella” was stamped on white cardstock & colored in using Copic markers. Of course she needed a little bling, so I added some rhinestones on her ears for earrings. The stamped image was trimmed and the corners were rounded using a punch. After that, I glued it to a green cardstock mat.  The sheer ribbon was tied on, pop dots added, and the piece was adhered to the tag.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, punched it out with a round scallop punch, and added some Stickles for a little extra sparkle. It was attached with a couple of small glue dots. Isn’t she cute?

wine takes the bitch right outta meclose up wine tag


Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

I’ve had so many missed opportunities to post on my blog lately. I could figure out an excuse to tell you why I’ve neglected my little blog, but I won’t. I could tell you that I’ve been really, really busy…but I won’t do that either. Instead, I’m gonna share a tag project I worked on recently, and get back on track!

These pretty, tropical themed tags started out with using my Cricut. I know there are lots of versions of the Cricut machine available now, but I have the original machine and I love it. I started out by using the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the tag shape. On the tag, I stamped and embossed the image, and used ink & sponges to create the sunset effect.  Supplies used were: Stampin Up paper, Memento black ink,  Colorbox tropical color ink pad, my favorite old Stampscapes rubber stamp from 1995 called Palms w/Bungalows, embossing powder & heat tool, sponges for inking the sky, stardust Stickles to give the sand some shimmer, twine, ribbon (of course), and chalk to add some color on the hut roofs.


On the Paradise tag, I attached a scrap piece of black chalkboard paper, used a corner punch, and wrote with a pink Crayola chalk to write the word. In addition, I used the masking technique to create a moon in the colorful sky.

Did you notice my cool metal “frog and pin holder”? It is actually a needlepoint holder that is sometimes used for floral designs. I’ve wanted one for a long time to re-purpose as a card holder.  My sweet friend Celeste gave it to me as a gift, with a note attached that said Happy Blogging!  With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I will be making more tags and I also hope to finish my Recipe Recap project by the end of the year. Now that I’m back on track, I hope that you won’t have to hear me say shoulda, woulda, coulda anymore!


Pretty as a picture!

I have always loved this old picture of my mom and my aunt when they were little girls.  To make this tag, I first made a color copy of the picture, then used a Sizzix die cut in my Big Shot machine for the shape. After adding some pink and red embellishments, I punched a hole in the top of the picture and added a pretty ribbon. Wouldn’t this be cute to tie on a present?