Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas in July: Tin o' Tags!

Submitted by Linda
Way back when, last July to be exact, I loaded up my car with stampin' supplies and headed east for LaQuinta.  I stopped to snap a pic of this famous landmark, and just for fun, texted it to my boys.

Right in Michelle's neighbor hood, is another landmark. This looks exactly like the chicken in front of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm. What kind of person has a chicken in their back yard? And how did they get it there?
 Anyway, I arrived and we got right to work on our stampin' labor of love: The Tin o' tags! Being teachers, we've learned that if we don't do our Christmas projects in the summer, then they won't get done.

Way back in January, Michelle and I made a tentative plan of what projects we wanted to do throughout the year, and even plugged in some dates. At that time, we also decided which tags we wanted to repeat from prior years, and which stamp sets we wanted to use for the new designs.  We divvied up the 'to do' list, and got to work.

Our goal is always to create a sweet assortment of tags of various sizes, colors and motifs. Here is what we ended up with:

 #1: This tag uses 'Beautiful Season', with a touch of red Stickles and Cherry Cobbler seam binding. (This one has been a favorite of recipients!)
 #2: This tag ended up being labor intensive, due to all the sponging. It uses last year's stocking punch and the glittery glimmer paper. (Because the glittery paper is so thick, it was quite taxing on the punch. Nevertheless, this is one of my favorites!)
 #3: We made an addition to the list when the "Wonderful Winterland" stamp set appeared in Stampin' Up's Winter Mini catalog. We couldn't resist this kiddo making a snow angel. We added white Liquid Applique on his hat.
 #4: This snowman family is from a retired set. Again we added snow on the ground, and this time, a bit of baker's twine with the black gingham ribbon. Can you see the touches of glitter?
 #5: This repeated favorite is from "Greeting Card Kids". I absolutely love this tag enough to punch, distress, color, and embellish.
 #6: We always like to included a 3 x 3 card, and this year, it was simply embossed with polka dots with a glittery punched ornament on top. Simple but elegant.
#7: We've used this 'contraband' (non Stampin' Up) stamp before, but this year we added die cut buttons with a real button out of my tin of old buttons. In the spirit of rustic, we also added jute instead of ribbon. And more sponging on the edges, of course.
#8: Here's another repeat from last year, using the stamp set "Tags Til Christmas".  We like the image punched with the Decorative Label punch, and the touches of glitter. Wintery!
#9: We used the Northern Frost die to punch out these snowflakes, and added a touch of bling in the centers.
#10: Each year we aim to make 8 full sized tags and add a bonus small tag. Somehow we ended up with 9 tags, and this time it was my turn to make the bonus. I used the Labels Collection Framelets, and this old, old, old 'no brand' stamp. I think it turned out very sweet.
Whew! Between the two of us, we created 800 tags total!

Next up, decorating the tins. Stay tuned.......

1 comment:

nanc' said...

Love these! I think it's such a great way to show appreciation for your volunteers. (And friends in Oregon really like when it arrives in the mail too!) Merry Christmas, sweet friends.