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!


October Stamp Club Cards!

Every month, I have the privilege of spending a Sunday afternoon with a wonderful group of friends.  We make cards, catch-up with each other, enjoy delicious treats, and just have a great time.  Below is a picture of the cards that we made last Sunday.

As you know, my motto is “One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities”.  The next set that I will use to to show you three designs is the Christmas Quilt suite from the Holiday Catalog.  You’re going to love the designs.  Check back to see the first design, directions, and main products used for the card.

Here are a few teasers for the first design –

Happy stamping!

Holiday Catalog Release – It’s Here!!!!

The new Holiday Catalog has been released!!!!  If you would like your own copy to look through and don’t already have a demonstrator, leave me a comment.  I’ll be happy to get a copy in the mail to you.  Trust me – You are going to want to have one in your hands to be able to look through, mark-up, leave for your significant other as a hint for things you REALLY need!  Yup – been there, done that!!

Until you get your own copy, you can take a look at the catalog and some great videos that highlight the new products.  Enjoy!!

Here is the new Holiday Catalog!  Click on the picture below, and you’ll open a full PDF of the catalog!  Warning:  You need to get comfortable since it may take you some time to take a look at all the new products.

Below are a few videos that highlight the catalog and some of the new products.  Enjoy!

Happy Holiday Catalog Stamping,


Painted Autumn – Happy 1st Anniversary!

Our younger daughter and son-in-law celebrated their first wedding anniversary last weekend.   I wanted to make a card that had sentimental meaning for them.  The soon-to-be-available Painted Autumn Suite did the trick.

Sunflowers have a special place in our daughter’s heart.  Steph has always loved their bright, bold color and warmth.  Well, the theme of the Painted Autumn Suite includes sunflowers.  Just perfect!  Here is the card that I made for them –

The background on the card front is a piece of watercolor paper that I made with a smooching technique.  I used a craft sheet, used ink pads to add ink to the craft sheet, spritzed some water onto the ink, and then dabbed the watercolor paper into the wet ink.  This technique is so much fun!  In my next post, I’ll share a video to show you how I designed the card front.

The Painted Harvest stamp set is the focal point of the design.  It is a two-step stamp set that has amazing depth.  I used two colors to stamp the sunflower.  The larger flower stamp was inked with Crumb Cake.  The smaller second flower stamp was inked with Early Espresso.  Remember – When you use two-step stamps, use a lighter color on the base stamp and a darker color on the top stamp.  To finish the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry to stamp the flower center.

The leaves were also stamped with two colors.  The base is Old Olive, and the second color is Garden Green.  I love the depth and detail in the leaves.

The sentiment was made with two stamps.  By masking the Stylized Birthday stamp, I was able to isolate “Happy” and stamp with Early Espresso Ink.  The “anniversary” is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  Again, by masking the “happy anniversary” stamp, I was able to just stamp “anniversary”.

The card base is Crumb Cake, and the second layer is Garden Green.  The Painted Autumn Cardstock Pack has both these colors and Early Espresso.  The coordinating cardstock packs take the guess work out of choosing paper colors that highlight the other products in the suites.

The final touch for the card is a bow made from the gorgeous new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  You will love it!

Below are the main products that I used to make the card.  The new Painted Autumn suite will be available for purchase beginning September 1 with the launch of the Holiday Catalog.

If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like to have a copy of the Holiday Catalog, please let me know.  I would love to be your demonstrator and will get a catalog in the mail to you.  Just leave a comment on this post.  I’ll follow-up with you to get your mailing address.

Happy stamping!


Holiday Catalog – Sneak Peek!!

There is something magical about a new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Don’t you agree?  My annual catalog is looking a little worn since I have looked through it a bizzilion times!  In a few weeks, we will all have the new Holiday Catalog to peruse.  Here is a picture of the front page.  Take a good look.  You’ll be amazed at the number of products and projects that are shown.

As a demonstrator, I’ve been able to pre-order products from the Holiday Catalog during the month of August.  It has been so much fun to get my hands on new stamps, papers, embellishments, and more!  Below is a video of one of my favorite product suites, the Hearts Come Home Bundle.  It may remind you of the Paper Pumpkin holiday kit last year.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator and make sure that you have a copy of the Holiday Catalog.  Just leave me a comment.  I’ll follow-up and get your mailing address.

Enjoy the sneak peek!!