When you need a Tag: Day One

Most years, I host a Christmas tag crafting class, and the samples and leftover pieces ensure that I have plenty of tags for my gift-giving. The class didn’t happen this year (for a lot of reasons, some of them actually good reasons!) and I realized I was going to be in trouble without some quick action.

I ended up featuring tags at my Host event this month, and it made for some very happy Hosts and solved my problem as well. Over the next week I’ll share my projects: some are quite simple, and others take a little more time, but it’s my hope they’ll inspire you to create a few tags of your own.

I’m starting by sharing the tags I made with the Seasonal Chums bundle. In all honesty, this was a whimsical, what-the-heck kind of purchase, but I’ve used it much more than I anticipated and have been really happy with the results. Our Stampin’ Blends are perfect for coloring these images.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Tags

  • Stamps: Seasonal Chums
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Blends, Memento Ink pad, Big Shot, Seasonal Tags Framelits, Tags and Labels Framelits (retired), Candy Cane Washi (retired), White Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Sponge

I’m sorry if the retired framelits and washi throw you for a loop, but crafting is about being creative and I’m sure you’ll find an alternative. That Candy Cane washi was on the Clearance Rack for-evah, but now that the holidays are here it’s finally sold out. I stocked up because I loved the crisp red-and-white designs, and I’ve got a bit of a stash that I need to use up.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Tags

  • Snowman Color Palette: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie

These are not as time consuming as you might think. They’re small and the coloring is minimal – especially the snowman, who doesn’t require any blending. This is a perfect Holiday-movie-watching project, or a carry-along-to-the-kid’s-hockey-practice project, or even an airplane project!

There will be more posts with more tags over the next week – I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.



A Shining CASE

THIS CARD kept popping up everywhere I looked. I love the shine of the metallic foil paper! I knew I had to create one, but I didn’t have everything that Cécile used – she originally shared it a year ago. But crafting is a flexible, versatile art and I was able to make a card that was true to her spirit:

Maui Stamper Swirly Scribbles Cheers to the Years

  • Stamps:  Cheers to the Years
  • Color Palette: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Metallic Foil Copper, Metallic Foil Champagne
  • Accessories:  Heat Gun, Copper Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Seasonal Tags Framelits, Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits 

Maui Stamper Swirly Scribbles Cheers to the Years

Stampin’ Up! has a LOT of Framelit and Thinlit snowflakes! These are from Seasonal Tags, but you could choose something else – I really liked the clean lines on these since there was already a lot of detail in the card.

If I’d been thinking, I would have absolutely used our adhesive sheets to simplify adhering all the small parts on this card, but I used Tombo the Wonder Adhesive and it worked beautifully – I just had to give my fingers a good scrub when I was done.

Be sure to give Cécile a little love for her fabulous inspiration. (Her blog is in French, but Professor Google will translate if you ask.)  It was a delight to CASE her card.

Treats, treats, and more treats!

When Robbie is our club host (and we ALWAYS let her have Halloween) she goes all out. Halloween is her favorite holiday, and she spoils us with goodies and inspiration. This year was no different, and I thought you’d like to see her creations.

Maui Stamper Spooky Night

I don’t have all the details since I didn’t make these, but I know these little Hershey Bar holders use the Spooky Cat stamps and punch and Spooky Night DSP.

Maui Stamper Spooky Night and Painted Autumn Mini Treat Bags

These two Mini Treat Bags were filled with Salted Caramel Cocoa mix and everyone got one of these, too! The spider web doily is retired, but I loved the Black Glimmer Cat!

Maui Stamper Seasonal Chums


I made these little guys with the Seasonal Chums stamps and Seasonal Tags framelit dies. I discovered that stamping with Basic Black and using the matching Stampin’ Write marker to highlight the lines on the pumpkin was enough. The stems and leaves were quick to color and a little Wink of Stella gave Jack a proper gleam. Toe Bod Butts (Candy Corn, if you didn’t grow up in my house) fits perfectly in our 2″x8″ cello bags.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Trick or Treat Popcorn Box

Robbie filled the Popcorn Boxes with chocolates (long, long gone) and each box was a little different.  Like I said, she spoils us!

Maui Stamper Trick or Treat Popcorn Box

Maui Stamper Trick or Treat Popcorn Box

Trick or Treat!