If you have followed my blog for a while you know that every summer as time permits I start making Christmas tags to give as gifts to my family on Thanksgiving Day. This summer I didn't get as many made as usual because of some health issues but I did get my tag designs started and I thought I would share with you what I have created so far...,.WARNING this is a LONG POST with tons of PHOTOS!
A tag design using the Tim Holtz Stocking Stuffer Bigz Die by Sissix
The sweet Gingerbread Girl is from Paper Sweeties "Ho Ho Ho"
stamp and sweet cuts sets. I colored her with Copics. The pine fronds are from a die I have had for years not sure of the maker? The snowflake is from Taylored Expressions I believe. And the "warm winter wishes" tag sentiment is from Lili of the Valley stamps in the UK. The "To and From" is from Papertrey Ink.
Next some lovely mitten tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps (now with Gina K Designs). These are reverse stamps so I used my MISTI and two colors of ink (Pure Poppy and Cherry Cobbler) and stamped them 4x to get a great impression and add the second tone of ink around the edges of the mittens:
I love how this turned out! I stamped the tags below on "Aqua Mist Cardstock" from Papertrey Ink.
The "Holiday Hugs" sentiment is from the "Candy Jar Christmas Fillers" stamp set also from Waltzingmouse Designs.
I love the two tones of ink and the red and aqua color combo!
And what are Christmas tags without jingle bells! :)
How about some snowmen tags? Here is one I made for my son who LOVES everything Harry Potter:
He is holding a wand made from a red/white piece of wire to look like a candy cane! :) And the glasses I found at Hobby Lobby in their Paper Studio Gem section.
These tags use the "Shape-Up" Series Snowman stamps
from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is from the "Candy Cane Christmas stamp set".
I wanted a top hat for my snowmen. This hat is from Paper Sweeties "Snow Friends Sweet Cuts"
This next tag was inspired by a tag that Debby Hughes created which I saw on Pinterest: HERE
I was surfing Pinterest for tag ideas and also saw these ornaments where the deer's head was made with a heart-shaped button: HERE
. The heart shaped button along with Debby's tag inspired me to create these tags:
I think next time I will draw in some eyelashes to highlight her green eyes! The antlers are made with the Sissix Bigz Die called Snowflake 2. The heart base is punched out from my lovely old heart scalloped punch. Some buttons, bling and googly eyes along with a holly embellishment and these were done! I am thinking about making more of these but possibly stamping a background on them or embossing them for more texture. I love how quickly these can be made! Punches are so fast!!!!
How about some more "punch" tags:
And some lovely stocking tags using a new Penny Black Die set called "Christmas Stockings"
I added some Stickles Diamond Glitter glue in the openings of the die cut for some sparkle!
Here are some made with music paper! Love this look...again inspired by Pinterest!
And if you know me then you know that I have to use red and green gingham papers to make my tags each year! I love gingham for that homespun look!
Speaking of Gingham...I call these next tags my "Cup of Christmas Cheer" tags! I posted a tutorial on YouTube for these and I have never gotten to 1000 views on a video that fast! I am a very amateur video maker so if you go look please be aware that tutorials are not my strong suit! LOL!
Hot Chocolate is a very big part of Christmas and winter in general at our house. I set up a hot chocolate bar every year complete with marshmallows and mini candy canes plus special Christmas mugs to drink it out of. Tim has a cup almost every day after school with LOTS of marshmallows on top! Just like these tags:
These tags use two sets of the marshmallows from Papertrey Ink's "Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers" stamp set
The teacups are die cut from the Tim Holtz "Tea Time" Bigz die by Sissix
. The small candy cane is a little bits die
from Taylored Expressions. I think these are my favorite so far this year and I will be making more of them!
Here is a smaller hot chocolate tag using the mug from "Candy Cane Christmas" from Papertrey Ink and the marshmallow stamp once again but trimmed down to fit in this smaller mug:
I made the "Hot Cocoa" heart tag on my computer.
I also made a set of snowman tags like this one below that were inspired by a Pinterest image which I can't find right now.....will try to add it later...
These use a retired Stampin Up "Two Tags" Bigz Die. The hat is from the Papertrey Ink Shape-Up Series Snowman Die set once again.
The scarves are torn pieces of flannel fabric. Love the frayed edges!
And here are some "Believe" tags using a Heidi Swapp die:
The sentiment "A Gift for you" is from Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers once again! (Linked above) The tiny tag dies are from Taylored Expressions. The large tag was made by cutting a strip of kraft paper. I left room at the top to wrap a strip of gingham paper from front to back to add interest.
I started this long post with a stocking tag so I thought I would end with some stocking tags:
If you have made it this far....Wow! This was a lot of pictures and a lot of tags! I like to make this post each year as it is an easy way for me to look back at what tags I made the previous year. I try not to make all of the same tags each year for my family members. I like to switch things up and keep it interesting since it is their Christmas gift from me!
Thanks for taking a look!
Happy Christmas Crafting!