When you need a Tag: Day Seven

These are my favorites. (Well, maybe they’re tied with the tag I’ll share tomorrow.) I love these Cookie Cutter Christmas Characters! They are absolutely perfect for tags, and I am happy as can be that they are back for 2017. Stampin’ Blends make coloring these a complete delight.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

  • Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas, Seasonal Chums (To/From)
  • Color Palette: Crumb Cake, Memento Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise
  • Accessories: Angled Tag Topper Punch, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Stampin’ Blends, Washi Basics Pack 3, Candy Cane Washi, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

I’ve always used Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay to color this snowsuit wearing cutie. I probably ought to unleash some other colors, but I like these so well! It’s my Cookie Cutter Cutie and I’ll color as I want to.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas

There’s a special kind of genius in the Stampin’ Up! Home Office. The people that design the artwork for our stamps are flat out amazing. I mean, who looks at a gingerbread cookie figure and says “hey, if we turn it upside down, it’s a reindeer”????? Pure genius.

Tomorrow’s the last tag – stop by and let me know what your favorite has been!

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When you need a Tag: Day Three

Beachy Little Christmas is a natural for those of us living in the tropics. The images are charming and the string of lights on the palm tree is a very familiar sight in the islands. Some neighborhoods are well known for their elaborate lights and displays, and it’s a treat to be driving home after a long day and find yourself surrounded on either side of the road with sparkling lights, stars, figures, and those crazy inflatable characters!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Beachy Christmas

  • Stamps:  Beachy Little Christmas
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils

This is another super-portable project that’s small enough to tuck into your bag. I chose the watercolor pencils because the design is very small and detailed, and the pencils are quite forgiving with small spaces. I didn’t add the watercolor with an Aquapainter, but you certainly could if you prefer that look.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Beachy Christmas

This one is even quicker and easier with just the palm tree! I used Stampin’ Blends on this one and it was REALLY fast!

You don’t need to live in the tropics to have palm trees on your Christmas tags, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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.