Showing posts with label Paper Scraps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paper Scraps. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

TagMania! Gift Tags Gone Wild


Every year I make gifts of gift tags. They're something everyone can use, easy to mail since I have friends all over,  and a great way for me to use up scraps.  I love seeing these small bits come together and never really have a plan.  So far I've made 9 sets between Christmas and Hanukkah lol. I think I have a problem!


There is the traditional collection with lots of red and green ( or burgundy and cream) with some splashes of black that remind me of Santa's suit.  This year, I added tiny jingle bells to some of them. 


But since not everyone decorates in traditional colors, there are the contemporary sets with lots of bright colors and silver and gold. 


They're easy to package as gifts. Perfect for girlfriend or hostess gifts. 


They're perfect for when you find a bag of last year's tags and ribbon you saved because you're a maker and you re-invent things. 


They're great for when you saved a branch from the greens you cut from your yard to add to your Christmas decor and you get an aha moment and make a wall hanging in 5 minutes and you get to give your husband that look that says "you doubted me ? " 


OK my name is Carol and I think I may have a slight tag problem.







Monday, November 26, 2012

Wreath Makeover With Paper and Ribbon Scraps

Scrappy Wreath

I had a productive weekend getting some Christmas crafts and gifts done, including this wreath makeover  that’s going to hang next to one of my trees. Yes, I said “one of”. No, the Hoarders people are not parked outside my house. Yet.

Scraps Wreath

I started off with a pressed wood wreath frame that you can find at most craft stores. I had a wreath from last Thanksgiving that I decided I no longer loved so I pulled all the stuff off of it which is what the white spots are. If people open gifts at my house, guess who hoards the scrap ribbon to re-use? I pulled out a couple of pieces and wrapped my wreath form.

Wrapped Wreath
The rough ends where the ribbon joined won’t matter since they’ll be covered up. The next part I thought I tool pictures of and oops. But to decorate my wreath, I used a Tim Holtz die to cut holly leaves, and branches from chipboard. Ran those through an embossing folder to give them some texture and then dabbed on some inks in metallic brown, green, and gold.  Went to my paper scraps and pulled out some black and white polka dot papers and made rolled flowers. And then to my embellishments stash and grabbed some off white paper roses.
Embossed Holly Leaves

Hot glued the leaves and flowers on over my ugly ribbon spots.

Frosty Scrappy Flowers


Woodland Wreath

I finished the whole thing with a bright red ribbon ( another scrap) and it will hang next to my Whimsical tree that’s filled with lots of red, lime green, black and white.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Punched Leaf Wreath for Cards, Packages, Etc.

Mini Leaf Wreath Card

I love my die cutting machines but sometimes you just have to punch things ya know? I like to use up scraps if I can and punches are a great way to do that. So here’s how I made my punched leaf wreaths that I used on the gift bags I shared yesterday as well as some cards.

For this project you will need:
  • Paper scraps
  • Leaf punch
  • Glue

Mini Leaf Wreath

Punch an assortment of leaves from your paper scraps.  I had some embossed papers and some patterned papers in my scrap stash.

Mini Wreath Bae

For the wreath base, punch a large circle from another scrap. This one is 2 inches. Then use a smaller punch and punch out the middle of your circle.

Wreath Base 2

Voila. Wreath form. Glue your leaves so they cover the wreath base. I kind of angled mine and used Ranger Glossy Accents but any quick adhesion glue will do. You could use glue dots or foam dots too.

Mini Wreath focal

This one I adhered to a card using foam dots. The one below I used on my gift bags.

Punched Leaf  Wreath 2

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stay Away Hoarders People. Wherein I Use My Paper Scraps.

I wonder if the Hoarders producers have ever thought of doing a crafter’s edition? Specifically paper crafters. I always have scraps left over from making cards and there’s no way I’m just going to throw them away. Not after I fell in love with all of that paper in the first place. But I confess, the scraps add up. Tags are the perfect way to use them.
Christmas Tag Supplies (2)
I cut tags out using my Cricut Expression ( Plantin Schoolbook cart) and gathered up some scraps from my Christmas cards to cover the tags with and punched shapes from other scraps to use. I usually have a stash of tags from the office supply store but I actually ran out and had to remember which cartridge had a tag shape!
Christmas Tag Step 1
Trimmed my scraps and laid out two pieces for each tag.
Christmas Tags Step 2
I tore some of the pieces and left the others as they were cut because I was also going to use up some scrapbook borders I used in my cards.
Recollections Borders
Then I just played with different combinations and added some of my punched shapes, glitter glue, self adhesive rhinestones etc.
Christmas Tags Closeup

The one on the right actually used a scrap of glittered ribbon that was left over.

Christmas Tags 2

Christmas Tags 3

This is also a great way to use up those onesie twosie embellishments.

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