Penguin Tags

December 24, 2010

For our gifts to kids, I decided to make some tags that were a little more fun.


Noel Tags

November 22, 2010

I had forgotten to post these tags.

Actually, now that I think about it, I don't know if I made one last design to go with these ones and just forgot to take pictures of them.

Anyway, here are some lighter, less traditionally coloured tags:

Bursts of Christmas Energy

November 19, 2010

With all the Christmas-y inspiration around already, it's sometimes hard for me to come up with something I want to make. It's almost like I get over-stimulated. I want to make what everyone else is making and it's hard for me to focus on what I can make with my own tools and supplies. But, ever so often, I catch my breath, calm down and focus.

I think that's why my Christmas crafting always happens in waves. This year, I made a single Christmas card. That was at the end of October.

That card was sandwiched by the bursts of Christmas energy I had in the middle of October and beginning of November when I promised my friend I'd help her with a little fundraising project for the youth group at our church. I made a whole bunch of gift tags for them to sell.

And now that I've spent nearly 3 weeks watching KWerner's Holiday Christmas Card series, I've finally found some inspiration (and time) to sit down and create a few more Christmas cards.

Thank You

November 18, 2010

The other night, Andrew asked me to make three Thank You cards for his clients as he was finishing his last sessions with them. I ended up making four. I know, what can I say, I'm just that kind of wife.

Anyway, I quickly put the cards together and was intending to finish it off with some white dashed lines around the edge, above the strips of paper but decided against it in the end. This saved me some time and effort, but mostly it was because Andrew had specifically requested that I make some cards that were a little more masculine as they were for his male clients.

These aren't exactly the most masculine cards, but at least they don't have dainty dashed lines all around them.

Luggage Tags

November 13, 2010

Over this past year, we've flown quite a bit and we've realized that we need more distinguishing features on our luggage to make collection easier. I'm pretty good at spotting out our suitcases, but with the upcoming move, we have a total of 11 pieces we'll be looking for so I figure we might need a better way to find our bags than me keeping my eyes peeled. I might be just a little busy with our kids at that point.

So I figured the first place to start was with luggage tags. I've been trying to play around with a design in my head for a while but the other night, I finally broke down and figured, I had to use up my supplies anyway so I might as well make a couple of prototypes and see which one I liked best.

This is what I ended up with:

I kept the front pretty simple. Not sure if I want to keep our name on the front of it though. I'll probably have to work through a couple more designs for that part. And I plan on using a couple different colours so the boys won't have pink tags. Not that it really matters that much.

In the back, I used a piece of vellum to keep the adhesive film from sticking to the tag. Along one of the edges, I carefully sliced open a space with a hobby blade to create a slit for cards (i.e., with our information).

I checked on the tag a couple days later and it was holding up pretty well except that the adhesive film was starting to pull apart. Guess that's what you get for using the cheap dollar store stuff. I think next time, using a more heavy-duty adhesive film or even taking the tags to be laminated at an office supply store might work a little better.

Magazines Up For Grabs

November 11, 2010

After packing away all of my magazines, idea books and catalogs, I found some extras.

If anyone would like them, I'd love for them to be adopted into a loving home. Here's what I have:

I found a box with about 6-7 of Stampin' Up!'s Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalogs. I have absolutely no clue what to do with them, but if someone else can use them and save them from being tossed into recycling, they're all yours!

For whatever reason, I received doubles of these magazines and catalogs from Stampin' Up!. Not sure if anyone would find the information useful, and the products may be out-dated but you can look through them for some inspiration.

And lastly, I have these 3 Paper Craft magazines.

Just leave a comment if you're interested. First come, first serve. I'd prefer not mailing, but if it has to be done you'll have to pay for all shipping costs.

Merrymint Tags

November 1, 2010

These tags are made using American Craft's Merrymint collection that I bought last year. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought two packs. But what's a girl to do with two packs of Christmas paper?

The more I looked at it, the more I realized there were pattern papers I had no clue what to do with.

So I started easy. Chose simple patterns that I knew how to work with.

I really loved using Stampin' Up!'s markers to colour in different parts of the stamp. It was time consuming but I think the finished look makes it worth the effort.

There's still a lot of busier designs I haven't used but I'll tackle those with another project, hopefully soon.