Tuesday, November 20, 2012






CHRISTMAS  BOTTLE  TAGS
TUTORIAL

Here is one of the items which sold out fast at the craft fair I participated in Nov 10 [see earlier post].
I was told by my friend Maria, a fab crafter in her own right, to do these but I didn't really think I needed to make that many - boy was I wrong!

The nice thing is you can put these on WINE or WATER BOTTLES, and I think on any present which they could slip on to....maybe bubble bath bottle. right? 

They are super easy to make - I used the following:

Stampin' Up! Punches
 2.5 inch Circle Punch
1. 3/4 inch Circle Punch
Holiday Stocking Punch 
Scallop Border Punch
Corner Punch or Small Circle Punch
Small Oval Punch {optional}

Cardstock in minimum of 2 colours for tag
Cardstock scraps for stockings  
Glitter Cardstock for accents  {optional}
To: and From: rubberstamps {optional}

Instructions 
[using cardstock of choice] 
TOP OF TAG 
1)  Punch a 1. 3/4 inch Circle from cardstock 
2)  Position 2.5 inch Circle Punch around the negative circle space
created from step 1, and punch. You should now have a cardstock "ring". 
This is the ring that will be at the top of the tag. 
3) Create a  rectangle from cardstock - about 3 x 5 inches. 
4)  Place the 1-3/4 Circle Punch in half-way of the top edge, punch.
5) Glue your ' RING' to the top - matching the circle inside edge to 
the newly created half-circle top edge of tag. 
Trim the cardstock from  outside the ring using a Corner Punch to create corners at top.
This helps to create the top of the tag's neck.
6) At this point, I lightly score a line across the top of the tag, on either side of the ring - just so it bends a little when draped over a bottle neck.

BASE OF TAG
7) Decorate the base of your tag! 
I used the Holiday Stocking Punch from Stampin' Up! (2011 Holiday Mini) 
and created all sorts of stocking pairs - which parts I mixed up in a
pleasing fashion.  If I add a mix of glitter or shine or velvet cardstock - it really 
makes those stockings pop!
8) Trim the length of your tag if you need to, and add a nice border accent
near the bottom. I often used the Scallop Border Punch for this, but I also
used just strips of scrap cardstock.

OPTIONS
Emboss the cardstock for the Tag base,
Sponge ink over edges, 
Sprinkle glitter over tag as accent,
Add embellishments: buttons, brads, ribbon, etc. 

BACK OF TAG
8) I added two small oval tags {used Small Oval Punch} in vanilla cardstock, and stamped
To: on one oval, and From: on the other oval.  Tied them loosely together with baker's twine, and 
glued them to the back.  You can decorate the back of the tag more but its most likely not needed.

VOILA - DONE!
This sounds more than it really takes to make these - you can get in the swing of things and 
make several of these in a session! Get some cocoa and brownies together with friends or family and have a yummy TAG-MAKING TIME! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SWEET!
 SHORTBREAD BLISS CONTEST!

Hi!
Just wanted to share a contest from Gaylea and their partners in which YOU 
could win a KitchenAid Grand Prize {beautiful range, fridge and dishwasher - sweet!} and many other opportunities to win one of their fab stand mixers!  I have one, but I am hoping for the Grand Prize because boy, could I use some new lovely appliances!

Here is the link:


HURRY!  Contest Deadline: DEC 13th

gOOd LucK !

Sunday, November 4, 2012


 HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR!   HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR!


Hey hey crafters!

I am busy today making more projects for my part in the West Rouge Holiday Artisan Sale this coming Nov 10th.  i am really looking forward to setting up my table, bringing my lovely daughter....wish I could bring Pepper {my adorable pooch}....maybe I can sneak him in - in a large Christmas Stocking, hmmmm.....

I love christmas fairs - they are so homey and it feels great to be doing a shared event with others from your community as well as visitors from elsewhere!  

If you're looking for hand-made gifts and stocking stuffers....and holiday cards, tags....come on down SATURDAY Nov 10th!  

Location = 270 Rouge Hills Drive in the West Rouge Community Centre.
Scarborough 
{east end before Pickering}
Directions:  drive to Port Union Road and enter through Lawrence Ave East or Island Road which both lead to Rouge Hills Drive. 

The West Rouge Community Center is in a very unique-looking building and its a really great place, so come and join us!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch All Over the Page and YNS



Hi Crafters!

Here I am getting a start on Christmas projects!  One of my chosen themes to run with this year is the snowflake as I love them!  Pure and white, they add a touch of the true holiday spirit in my opinion. I am positively dripping in them around our home - crystal snowflakes are on the swags, on the tree, even my jewellery! 
So I started by buying Martha Stewarts Punch All Over The Page " Scallop Snowflake " and here is two of my projects using it!  Its my first 'all over the page' [is there a shorter name for this? lol!] ...and once you get the hang of it, it can go pretty fast.  But I won't even say what happened to me the first time using it - but it cracked everyone up who saw it!!!

My first card is also using some of my other more recent buys - YNS's  Tall Globe Stamp & Die Set and Ellie Loves to Skate Stamp.  On top is a border die from designer Donna Salazar for Spellbinders. It is called Creative Pages Two. The border die is interesting because it has holes to enable you to hang crystals, or charms - something I will like to try soon! 

But you can see the snowflake background works on its own in a very simple fashion!  I also plan to make a luminary with this punch, so come back to visit! 

Cheers!
xx