Thursday, August 15, 2013

Holiday Gift Card Challenge

I've only recently began venturing into the world of making gift tags. And, OF COURSE, I decided I really like it. I swore the whole time I was scrapbooking and everyone was making cards that I wouldn't do it! I didn't need another vice, I would say. I've got enough going with the scrapbooking. .... well, guess what happened? Yeah, that's right. I started making cards. Now, I'm addicted and rarely scrapbook. And, as everyone knows, once you go cards, it snowballs. The gift tags are fun. So I plan to do more in the future. And, I made a holiday one last week for the PaperCrafts Holiday Gift Card Challenge.

I found my Holiday Cards and More (Vol. 8) issue to be uber inspiring. As usual. Which I feel compelled to define my meaning of "inspring". I flip through the magazine, methodically view each project, and sometimes just open it up to a page and start glossing through the beautiful artwork only to ooh and ahh and think "I want to make something like that. I have to remember this." and so on and so on. ... VERY rarely, if ever, does the magazine make it up to my desk with me and I produce something inspired! ha! But a girl can dream, right?

I was inspired and reminded about one of my favorite new stamp sets of last season, Peaceful Pinecones from PaperTrey Ink. I impulse ordered that baby as soon as I saw it appear on their website last year. And, I still love it! It was loads of fun to see beautiful projects made with it and think - "I have that stamp!". (Doesn't usually happen. .... with the number of stamps I have, I don't see how odds go that way, but nonetheless.)

My paper is some that's been haunting my stash for eons, from the K&CO. Brenda Walton, Peppermint Twist line. I've loved all that paper (and it's a good thing, because I see it everytime I open that drawer! What does the paper do? Have little paper babies when we are not looking?!)
After stamping the pinecones and branch in cocoa, chocolate, and olive inks, I used my glue pen to dab spots somewhat strategically and add "Crystal Snow" (Stampendous). I did that some last year on projects and love how the snow looks on the pinecones. I stamped the sentiment, making a white folded banner (I really have to break down and buy a die to make this easier! I'm so stubborn sometimes.), and adhering it with foam tape. The burlap ribbon is CTMH that I cut in half lengthwise to thin it down. I then secured a red button with red twine from Doodlebug Design. It turned out so cute. .... I'm afraid this might make me want to make tags for our gifts this year, but seeing as it's a struggle to even wrap them all, I'm hoping my common sense prevails and I don't bite off more than I can chew! (Wouldn't be the first time, believe me.)
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  1. Hey Mandy! Thanks for linking this up to the Holiday Gift Tag Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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