Camelia Tags and a Gift Bag

3 camellia tags

I’m back with some more tags. Previously, the Power Poppy blog has inspired me to deconstruct those gorgeous floral images, and it may be my favorite twist on the usual stamped and colored card.  This time, I printed and colored the Camellias digi stamp.  I was experimenting with shading some acid green leaves, and the finished image turned out *really* vivid!

purple camellias full image

I decided that maybe the flowers would be most effective in small doses, so I die cut a slew of tags. I backed all of them with lavender card stock, and then stamped and heat-embossed small sentiments on each. Several of the Power Poppy stamp sets have a perfect, tiny “For You” that’s just perfect for a gift tag.

several camellia tags

My newly-crafted tags inspired me to make this little gift bag for my friend Dani, who gifted me a couple of ink pads.

camellias gift bag

I cut the bag pieces from card stock that is a much brighter light green in real life! Then I die cut a butterfly, outlined the shape with stickles, added some acetate for backing, and assembled the bag.

gift bag lawn fawn die

I filled it with some Speculoos-filled chocolate cups from Trader Joes, and tied the top with some lavender seam binding.  I tied my tags together with twine and then attached them to the bag. I think it looks very springy!

camellias gift bag close up



Power Poppy Camellias digital stamp
Copic Markers
Avery Elle tag die: Simply Tags
Simon Says Stamp tag die: Tiny Tags
Lawn Fawn Treat Bag die
Hero Arts butterfly die: Antique Butterflies & Flowers Framelits
Paper Source Lavender card stock and twine

It’s Never Too Late For Tags!

Bells tag

Hi there! I had grand plans to write several blog posts about my Christmas crafting, but then I caught a bug over Thanksgiving that has really thrown a wrench into those plans! However, I’ve really enjoyed making all sorts of tags this season, and I thought I’d share those with you.

3 tags

The tag on the left is my take on the chalkboard trend. I heat embossed (with white powder) a sentiment from Power Poppy’s Joyful Arrangement Stamp set onto a a die-cut tag from Papertrey Ink.  I couldn’t believe how perfectly everything fit! I added some sweet greenery cut  with Impression Obsession dies. The candy-striped twine is by Lawn Fawn.

The center tag uses that great cool santa from Ellen Huston’s Tis the Season stamp set. A little copic coloring, a pom-pom and a few jingles bells finished this tag off. I’ve got a variation on this tag further down the post.

The right-hand tag is my CASE of Nichol McGuirk’s super cute No Peeking tag, using Mama Elephant stamps and Pretty Pink Posh dies and sequins.

3 tickets

Front back ticket

I really enjoyed making these ticket tags! Instead of making punching holes and using twine, I decorated some small clothespins (washi tape, super easy) and used those for attaching my tickets.  These tickets are only 2″ long, so tiny die cuts, gems and stickers look right at home.

Tree tags

Punched tree shapes let me make use of all of those sequins and enamel dots I seem to be hoarding 😉

Santa pocket tag

Here’s that santa again, but this time the tag has a built-in pocket (I know it’s hard to see!). I made this pocket tag by die cutting a folded piece of card stock, with the left edge of the die just off of that fold when I ran it through my Big Shot. I secured the edges of the tag with 1/8″ Scor-tape, and it will juuuuust fit a gift card in that pocket, so using strong adhesive is key.

Round ombré tags

These round tags use stamps and a die from Papertrey Ink’s Tinsel and Tags kit. I created an ombre look with Avery Elle pigment inks.

More tix

Merry Christmas Eve!

Christmas Cards: 1 Stamp, 2 Ways

two cards 1 stamp

It’s already December and time to start crankin’ out those Holiday Cards!  I usually make a large batch of cards for my Mom to send out, and they usually need to be completed by Thanksgiving (!). This year, I had a time crunch (travel for a wedding), so I decided to keep it simple.

I found a real show-stopper of a stamp set called Nature’s Peace by Stampin Up! The main stamp will cover an A2 card base, and I just loved that hand-lettered-looking sentiment, as well as all of the animals, flowers and flourishes around the edges.

Stampin Up! set "Nature's Peace"

For my first set of cards, I wanted a folk art look, something that reminded me of Redwork. I decided on pigment ink, because I wanted a bright and smooth and vibrant effect, and “Cherry” from Avery Elle fit the bill.   I decided to heat emboss with clear powder to add just a bit of textural interest and deepen that red color.  I experimented with adding twine or a little sparkle, but I found the image striking enough. I did round the bottom corners. This card was entirely one layer, btw.

red card

For the second set of cards, I thought about a starry night sky, and did my stamping (with Versamark ink) on deep blue card stock. I used silver glitter embossing powder and just love the way there’s sparkly bling, but you can still pick out the details of the snowflakes and the stars hanging off the tree.

blue card

I attached the blue card stock to a white base, using Scrappy Glue.  I’m one of those people who can’t line ANYTHING up, ever. So I find that glue gives me enough “slide time” to get everything straight.

I get my envelopes from Paper Source.  There’s one near me, and they have soooo many colors of card stock and envelopes. I typically bring my cards into the store and compare and select right there.

back of all my cards

Comments? Questions? Let me know 😀

Festive Thanksgiving Treat Bags

treat bag angled

It seems like I just finished making Halloween candy boxes, and now I’m making these darling little treat bags for my in-laws’ Thanksgiving open house.  They’re relatively simple to make: just a couple of dies, patterned paper and some foiled Dresden turkeys. And hot glue – can’t forget the hot glue!

ghirardelli square

I chose double-sided paper from Basic Grey’s Persimmon collection.  This might be my very favorite autumnal collection of papers, as I find navy and orange to be such a sharp color combination, and I love that the prints range from vintage flowers, to bold stripes and tribal designs.

striped treat bag

I happily mixed and matched patterns, and really like that the design of the die allows for a glimpse of the inside paper pattern at the top of the bag.

Treat Bags

I’m using the Deco Bag Dies by Paper Smooches for my base. I recommend using Scor-tape to hold it together, as you’ll want a strong adhesive.  Be sure to line up the edges of the bags carefully, because the die is designed to make a slightly roomier shape than a flat pocket.

deco die

The medallions are cut from the Sizzix Brenda Walton Medallions Decorative Strip Die  and the Sizzix Mini Paper Rosettes die. If you choose to use the lacier Brenda Walton medallion, don’t bother punching out all of the little holes.  Just start folding along the score lines and most (if not all) of the little bits should fall right out.  You’ll need hot glue to assemble the rosettes, and you can adjust the size depending on how tight you make the centers.

paper strips

I found my foiled turkeys on etsy, but is a great source for all sorts of Dresden trims and shapes.  The turkeys were hot glued to the medallions and then the medallions were hot glued to the bags. Each bag will hold one Ghiradelli square, my favorite kind of treat!

treat bag group

Instead of turkeys, you can die-cut label shapes for the center of the medallions to create fun place cards.  I bet gold heat-embossed leaf or feather designs would look wonderful too.

Turkey Medallion


WHOO’s Afraid on Halloween??

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I’ve made some fun favors for a Halloween party: mini hand sanitizer holders with a seasonal flair. The owl on the front can be removed and hung as a decoration.

a Parliament of owls

I was inspired by this tutorial (for the holders) and by this tutorial (for the owls), but I made a few changes to fit my materials and design.

wood-grain embossing folder

I used a wood-grain embossing folder to make that tree bark texture on the wrappers.

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Hand sanitizer sitting in the base. The original instructions called for using a square punch to make the opening for the mini bottle, but I ended up trying out all of my oval dies, squares, and rectangles until I found a label die that held it tight without tearing.

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I love this Moon!  I just heat embossed a sentiment from Waltzingmouse’s Vintage Witch stamp set, cut out 2″ circles and used some distress ink to create a shadow.

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For the branches, I used the Sizzix Festive Greenery decorative strip and a little distress ink to add depth.

different species

These owls could be projects in themselves! The tutorial I linked to shows how to use copics and layered die-cutting to give the look of paper piecing.  I actually used the the solid die to cut the backing piece and then embossed the detail die onto that for my coloring guide.

Looking messy!

The coloring looks very messy, but going outside the lines means no white paper shows through!

Looks much better!

This owl looks much better now that it is put together!

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After I assembled the owls, I cut a backing piece from decorative paper and sandwiched some string so the Owl could become an ornament. I found that 3D Zots glue dots worked best at securing the owl to the wrapper but –with patience–could be peeled away cleanly.

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So many different combinations!

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The CASE of the Halloween Raven Card

Raven 1

Last year, Waltzingmouse Stamps released a very cool Halloween stamp set called All Hallows Eve. It had a spooky ruined church, plenty of gothic text and script, and a simply superb raven. I had especially admired this card by Tosha Leyendekker and so this year, I decided to make my own version.

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I had similar, but not the same supplies, and I knew I wanted to make a smaller and simpler card. I didn’t have any ideas for a background when *suddenly* I was reminded of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and the “infernal art” that covers the walls. I selected a Hero Arts background stamp and used Delicata silver ink on dark grey card stock to create my “wallpaper.” I rubbed some Black Soot Distress ink around the edges and corners to add some depth.


I looked through my dies for a frame, and found that Spellbinders Floral Ovals—die cut in black— looked a bit like wrought iron. Sponging black and silver inks and smearing on some Black Soot stickles further distressed the frame. For the center, I blended many shades or yellow, red and orange (or green, yellow and black), and then lightly misted with some shimmer spray. Finally! I got to stamp that raven with Versafine ink. Was there ever a bird more suited to Black Onyx?


On the inside of the card, I used Perfect Pearls to make the sentiments stand out. I find that it renders detailed stamps more finely than trying to use heat embossing.

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For a finishing touch, I selected a dark grey envelope and used more Waltzingmouse stamps (Hocus Pocus) to create a sinister gate border.

Raven group

Spooky Halloween Matchbook Candy Holders


I’ve made an exciting discovery:  the Sizzix Matchbook Notebook die makes a box that’s the perfect fit for a Ghirardelli square! I immediately gathered halloween papers and trims and set to creating.

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I really got a lot of use out of my Tim Holtz rub-ons.  I like adding some spooky words and phrases to make sure the recipient knows that this is a scary treat.

hand scale box

To close the boxes, I attached eyelets and then tied a bow with some Lawn Fawn twine.

witches brew


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I’ve been waiting for a reason to use this 3D eyeball!

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I actually hate siders, but put fear aside to decorate one box.  Maybe the “Poison” box will provide the bug spray??

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Here’s a wicked witch, stamped and heat-embossed on plain card stock. Stamps are by Waltzingmouse.

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My favorite “inside” decoration. The background is Distress ink.

 Ghirardelli makes a Pumpkin Spice Caramel square (delicious, btw) that would be seasonally appropriate, but any flavor square would make a nice “grown-up” treat for a friend.