Terrific Tags!

Oh, how I love making tags! Check out this new set from Stampin’ Up!


The stamp set is called That’s The Tag and the matching dies are called Timeless Tags Thinlets™ (by Sizzix). I highly suggest getting both sets! These tags are addicting … and a great way to use up scraps. Make them for any occasion!

Here are some close-ups:

You can do simple stamping and coloring ….


… easy layering …


… more layering  (there are several word choices)…


… and use up lots of scraps!

Thanks for stopping by.

Make Your Own Coloring Cards

Here’s a belated Fabulous Finds Friday…

It’s no secret that coloring books are hot, hot, hot!

And what stamper doesn’t love to color? So putting them together is a natural fit. Luckily, there are plenty of stamps that make it  easy to create coloring cards — a perfect gift for all ages. I recently made a gift packet for a 10-year-old girl and it was such a fast and easy project — just stamping the images with water resistant black ink (I alternated between  VersaFine Onyx Black and StazOn Jet Black, both from Imagine Crafts) and mounting the images to fold-over cards (I used 4-Bar note cards.)

Here are a few:

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I found some great images from Dare2BArtzy and Hampton Art Stamps (check out the Color Me collection by Angela Porter!) There are many others out there.

As you can see in this photo, you can use a variety of coloring tools…

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For my gift, I bundled a bunch of (uncolored!) cards, coordinating envelopes (with a single image stamped on the front) and a pack of colored pencils. I’m going to get several sets ready for Christmas! This is also a great travel gift, especially if you include a few postage stamps.

Thanks for stopping by … now go color something!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Fun with Templates

A few weeks ago I found some old envelope and box templates. I haven’t done anything with templates in a while, so I left them on my desk thinking inspiration might hit. (Of course, it was equally possible that they would be buried under the mounds of OTHER ideas sitting on my desk….)

Then I got a package from Basic Grey showing off their new paper and embellishment lines (always such a treat!)

“Ah ha!” I cleverly said to the dog, who totally gets me. “These papers are attractive, double sided, and sturdy enough to stand on their own (without being layered on other cardstock). Cool paper. Nifty templates. It’s like peanut butter and chocolate — two good ideas that get better together.” (The dog perked up at the mention of peanut butter.)

I literally closed my eyes and picked one 12×12 sheet from the new Picadilly line, tossed in a few matching embellies, and came away with one card set in a fun little package.

(I used a piece of self-stick Velcro to close the flap.)

(An inside look.)

The envelope box holds 6 to 8 cards and envelopes. (The template, called “Stationary Box Template #11848, is an old one from The Envelopes Please. It can be found at Verses Rubber Stamps.)

After making the box, I had enough card stock left over to make four coordinating cards. (Actually, I could have made five cards, but the family had the gall to want to eat dinner. So I stopped at four.)

I thought about making the cards all the same, but I wanted to use up some random images sitting on my desk, so I made them all different:

(matching embellishment from Basic Grey)

(girl and bird images from Crafty Individuals. Sentiment from Inkadinkado. Backgrounds from Hero Arts)

(dolls from Hero Arts; bottom border from Basic Grey)

I also found a template from Draggin’ Ink (check them out — a ton of templates) to make an adorable take-out food box, so I made this, using another sheet of Basic Grey Picadilly:

Too much fun! Do stop by Basic Grey and check out the new lines: Picadilly, Indie Bloom, Little Black Dress and Nordic Holiday.

Thanks for stopping by!