I needed a gift tag for a Yankee Swap gift and wanted to take part in The Twelve Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist on the Ellen Hudson the Classroom blog. I was inspired by Paula Cheney’s tag on Day 9.

Simon Says Stamp and Show also has a challenge-Inspired by Tim 12 Tags.

Here is what I did to put on a pink gift bag.

Christmas tag

This really was all Tim Holtz products. I cut out two tags, dry embossed one with Tim’s Texture Fades Sheet Music folder. I glued the two together to add weight to the tag then rubbed it with Bundled Sage and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks.

His line of Sizzix dies, Tags & Bookplates, Stacked Christmas Words, Reindeer Flight and Tattered Poinsettas made up the embellishments.

Christmas tag closeup

The tag was a hit at the Yankee Swap. One of the participants took it from the someone who had chosen it and said “I just want to bag. You don’t have to give me what’s inside..” I choose to interpret that not as a disparaging remark about the contents but instead the quality of the tag.

On to more tag and card making. I hope you are all on schedule for your holiday preparations. Thanks for stopping by.



Simon Says Stamp and Show blog has a challenge this week: For the Love of Sparkle. The projects on this blog are vintage inspired. Here is my contribution.


I stamped a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp “Holiday Collections” on card stock. I stamped the image using Distress Embossing Ink. Using Ranger’s distress embossing powders dropped into the areas I wanted color, I heat embossed the stamped image. This was a technique I saw Tim Holtz demonstrate at one of his workshops. I finished the by coloring with Distress Inks. I then mounted the piece onto pearlized copper colored card stock and attached at the corner with cooper wire.

Here is a closer look.


Make It Monday #73: Stamping on Patterned Paper  and  Stamp It! Cards Week: The Thank You Challenge

Make It Mondays featured a tutorial for techniques stamping on patterned paper. The Stamp It! Cards Week asked for cards using stamping as the main focus.

Here is the card I did for these two challenges.

Supplies used: PTI Mat Stack 3 stamps, Simply Jane stamps, Mat Stack 5 dies and Fine Linen Pattern Paper; Spellbinders Label 22; Tim Holtz distress ink Antique Linen; Adirondack Archival Ink Blue Violet.

I’m taking Tim Holtz’s online class-Creative Chemistry 101. Today’s session covered the use of Perfect Pearls.

I used the Perfect Splatter Distress Technique on a piece of cream card stock. I also used some of the left over ink on my craft sheet to stain the white ribbon used for a bow. I then die cut birds and flowers out of that paper. Here is the resulting card.

A closer look:

Supplies used: Ranger Perfect Pearls, Distress Inks

Sizzix dies Tattered Florals and Movers and Shakers

Paper-Pixie Glen by Prima

Sentiment-Stamper’s Anonymous Studio 490 Natures Art

Bird punch-Fiskars

Make It Monday #58- Graduated Backgrounds

The challenge this week was to do a graduated background. I used Ranger Distress Inks to make a graduated color wash. From there I stamps several cups, cut them out and stacked them. I used the same inks to stamp the background pattern and to die the cord on the buttons. Here is the finished result.

Supplies used:

Ranger Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper, Antique Linen

Ink-adinkado stamps-cups

Papertrey stamps-Background Basics Stars and Framed Out #2

Papertrey die-Framed Out #2

A little more detail here.