Merry & Bright Gift Tag

I hope each of you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We certainly did!  After the main meal and before dessert, we have a tradition of a team activity.  This year, we had our own version of the Food Channel’s “Chopped” show.  Two teams had mystery containers and were asked to create desserts.  The ingredients to work with included cream cheese, cocoa nibs, sweet potato tortilla chips, dried cranberries, lady finger cookies, and the team’s choice from six Mexican spices.  As the judges, my mom and I sampled the finished dishes.  It was a lot of fun!

If you’re like me, you’ve turned your attention to getting ready for Christmas.  Whether you’re an in-the-store shopper or an on-line shopper, you’re going to need to make gift tags for all the bargains that you find.  Today’s post focuses on the cute Merry & Bright gift tag pictured in the center of the banner picture and also pictured below.  This tag was inspired by one that Mary Fish posted.

Here are the directions and tricks for making the gift tag:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Use the scalloped topper die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies to die cut the top of the tag.  This die cut is really cute.  The hole that is cut is in the shape of a heart!  Be sure to save the heart piece.  You never know when you may be able to use it in another project.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use your choice of building scenes from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies collection to die cut a scene.  I used the piece that has the church.  Determine which piece of the building scene you want to use on your tag.  Cut the building scene to 2″ wide.  Leave about 1 1/2″ of white space under the buildings to have room for your sentiment.  [Tip:  If there are extra buildings or trees in the 2″ wide section, simply use your scissors to trim out the extra pieces.  I cut out part of the building that was next to the church!]
  • Stamp “Merry & Bright” from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on the bottom of the die cut piece.  I used Garden Green ink for the stamp.
  • To add the scallops underneath the bottom of the die cut piece, I had to scour my die collection to find something that would work.  I used the scalloped edge die from the Window Box Thinlits collection and Real Red cardstock to make the edging.  It is so much fun to challenge yourself to look at your dies and stamps in different ways.
  • To finish the tag, adhere the scalloped edge under the die cut piece and trim any excess from the sides.  Use dimensionals to attach the die cut piece to the tag.  [Tip:  The mini dimensionals are perfect for adhering the tree and church!]  Use a piece of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon to add a bow to the top.  And, finally, add your choice of a small embellishment to the tree.

This is the perfect project to work on while you’re watching your favorite show or just winding down from the day.  I bet the tag would also look great on a card front.

Below are the main products that I used to make the gift tag.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Hearts Come Home – Christmas Card

It is almost November!  Isn’t that just crazy?!  And, it’s definitely not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of the designs that my husband, Bruce, and I will be sending to friends and family this year.

The focal point for this card is the amazing tiered winter village scene that is created with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies.  They are fun to work with and were also used in another card that I recently posted.  You can see that post here.

After you get the pieces together for the Hearts Come Home Christmas card, you’ll find that it is a pretty easy card to finish and great for mass production.  It’s perfect to do when you’re watching TV with your family, Skyping with friends, or listening to the radio and crafting.  Here are the main pieces and basic steps for the card:

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock to create your card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Thick Whisper White cardstock will give a sturdy base for this card.
  • Believe it or not, the “snow background” is from one of the patterns in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP)!!  I think it is just perfect for this card.  Don’t you?  The “snow background” DSP is cut to 4 1/4″ x 3″.
  • The three levels of the winter village scene are cut from Whisper White cardstock.  The effect is even more spectacular in person.  Trust me!
  • To test where I needed to make the die cuts for the card, I started with three pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I die cut each piece using a different layer of the winter scene.  There are three dies in the set.  Then, I used my test pieces to determine how much room I needed between each and taped the three die cut pieces together.
  • Next, take another piece of Whisper White cardstock (or a scrap piece of cardstock) cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as your model.  Put the taped pieces on top of your model piece and allow the left side of the model piece to show about 1/2″.  Draw pencil or pen marks on your model to show where each die should be cut.
  • Adhere the DSP piece to the top of your card base, as pictured.
  • Adhere the tallest die cut piece on top of the DSP and card base.  In the picture above, this is the die cut piece with the double trees and snowman.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the second die cut piece on top of the first die cut piece, as pictured.  The bottom and sides of this piece will be flush with the card base.  Cut some of the mini dimensionals to make sure you adhere the trees and church steeple.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the final die cut piece, stamp “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas” using Pool Party ink.  The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped, third die cut piece to the front of the card.
  • And, there you have it!  A gorgeous Christmas card that you will be proud to send this season.  I hope you enjoy making this card!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy getting started on your Christmas cards!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie