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Gift cards!  I’ll admit, after driving through one too many mall parking lots this holiday season, I appreciate that kids like gift cards.  They get to pick out exactly what they want and I keep my sanity…and holiday spirit 🙂

There are many ways to make a gift card holder; this one uses a die cut by Ellen Hutson that allows the front panel to be pulled back to reveal the gift card safely ensconced inside.

To make this gift card holder I cut an A2 panel out of Neenah card stock.  The images are a mix of Ellen Hutson, for the string and light bulb, and Memory Box, for the doxie and trees.

By stamping the santa’s hat first and masking it I could stamp the doxie and make it appear as a single image.  I added a sweater to the pup and used some of the smaller images that came with the Memory Box set to add a pattern to the sweater.  Then I colored the doxie and his accouterment with copic markers.


I used a combination of Lawn Fawn ink, My Favorite Things ink, and copic markers on the trees to have a variety of greens.  Next, I stamped the Ellen Hutson string and light bulbs, colored them with copics, and layered them with glossy accents.  To give each bulb the appearance of glowing I added a ‘halo’ of light by coloring around each bulb in yellow and then coloring the sky with 3 different shades of blue copics, getting progressively lighter as I got closer to the bulbs.

To finish the card I shaded below the doxie and trees in warm grey copic markers and then coated the shadows and some of the trees in stickles for some shine.

Then it was ripped open!

Tags galore

In the last minute rush before Christmas it was time to make gift tags!  IMG_0963

This first tag was made by cutting a circle of Neenah card stock and stamped with an Impression Obsession background stamp in Versamark ink.  Using a sticky embossing powder and heating it with my heat gun allowed me to cover the image in glitter.  The fireplace and stockings are a My Favorite Things die that were cut out of card stock and attached with Ranger multi-medium matte.


For the next tag, (on the left) patterned paper was cut out with a Sizzix tag die and whole reinforcer.  The stag die is from Ellen Hutson and was cut out of gold glitter wrapping paper once and black card stock several times.  Each black die cut was glued together and then the gold glitter die adhered to the top.  Once dry it was simply a matter of attaching the stag to the tag with Ranger multi-medium matte.

The final tag was cut from black polka dot acetate card stock with a Lawn Fawn die.  The sentiment and laurel wreath are Ellen Hutson dies that come from the companies 2014 Holiday collection.  Before adhering the laurel wreath I covered it in Versamark ink and coated it in a sticky embossing powder.  Once the embossing powder was heat set it was covered in glitter.  Although it doesn’t show well in the photo the tag has added dimension due to the glitter 🙂

That’s it for today!

Oh, snap!

To make these quick tags I used a combination of a Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson stamp sets.  The jar image from Hero Arts was stamped in Memento ink on Neenah card stock, cut out, and the edges blackened with a Memento marker.  I repeatedly stamped the gingerbread image using two different color inks.  I colored the gingerbread men’s bowties in with copic markers and then outlined all the white parts of the gingerbread with white gel pen.

A smaller tag was cut out and the sentiment ‘oh, snap!’ inked in Versamark ink and heat embossed with some red embossing powder.  To finish the tag some twine was wrapped around the neck of the jar with the smaller tag looped through.

Thanks for visiting!

Doxie Love

In the last minute crunch before Christmas it was time to make tags!  Doxie tags!  These cute images come from a Memory Box stamp set – there are several graphic trees, dog accouterment, and holiday images.

All four doxies were stamped on Neenah card stock with Memento ink before coloring them in with copic markers.  The word dies were cut with a set by Ellen Hutson out of a gold glitter wrapping paper.  The tag on the left is made with a Sizzix die and the one on the right with a Pretty Pink Posh tag die.


After cutting out the doxie images I placed three of them on this black and white tag and realized it was overpowering my cute pups!   To counteract this I used the same Sizzix die to cut a second tag which I then cropped using a scalloped border die by Lawn Fawn.  Once I’d adhered this second tag component to the first I had a focal point on to which to adhere my doxies and sentiment.  After that it was just a matter of die cutting the hole reinforcer out of the same gold glitter paper and adding some ribbon!


For the second tag I used a My Favorite Things (MFT) background stamp to add interest to the all white tag.  To add texture,  I laid a MFT hearts stencil over the tag and covered it in a  gloss texture paste.  When I removed the stencil I got subtle glossy hearts across the whole tag!  A second piece of white card stock was cut using the Pretty Pink Posh tag die and cropped with a hill border die for the ground.  Once that was adhered I added the doxie and the tree, from the same Memory Box stamp set, to the tag.  A smaller tag was created from a Lawn Fawn set and repeatedly stamped with a holly image and colored in with copic markers.  Next, I added the ‘Christmas’ sentiment die cut and some ribbon.  The final touch was to add some Stickles to the tree.

I hope you enjoyed my tags!

Celebrating a birthday

When your little sister turns 12, you try to create something as sweet and girly as she is!  Pink – check!  Sequins – check!  Cute little girl image – double check!  Personally, I love having an excuse to create something cute!

The little girl image is from Neat and Tangled.  She was stamped with memento tuxedo black ink and colored in with copic markers.  The celebrate sentiment is from Ellen Hutson and using a memento pen I extended the line of the sentiment to create a backdrop.  The card panel was cut down using a Mama Elephant scalloped die cut.  To finish the card I placed it on some rainbow stripe paper and cut and die cut a small pink panel for the top.  To finish it off I added some pink and red sequins!

Have a wonderful day!