Smiley from Happy Tuesday!  I hope your week started off okay and your Monday was good.  I had the plumber in to work on a leak in the sump pump . . . . sounds like a fabulous time, doesn’t it?  At least I don’t have a waterfall in the storage room now.  It makes Mr. Stodgy happy! Smiley from (Don’t tell anyone, but he really does dance like that!)

If you read along yesterday, you know I’ve started something new at the end of my posts.  Instead of giving you a complete recipe of all the product used in written form, I’m now including photos.  My thinking behind this is that it will help answer some questions on what type of product I use and where you can find it.  I want to be as “helpful” Smiley from as I possibly can and answer your questions in the process; and so many of you do email asking about product.

I have a couple of big projects coming up, one is for a class I’m having here on Wednesday night for some girls that I graduated high school with.  Facebook has been great for all of us to get reconnected again and I’ve been promising a craft night . . . so . . . Smiley from we will do. More than likely we’ll be making a note book, so I’ll have that to show you maybe tomorrow! There’s a lot to do before I even begin to think of that. THEN I got a huge box of new playthings in today . . . . I mean huge. Okay, not one, there were two priority mail boxes! Get ready for some cool altered holiday items! Smiley from

Keeping with the holiday theme, I worked up a few more gift tags last night.  That brings me to five now . . . I shouldn’t need to many more.  Oh wait . . . . I might.  I always forget that Mallory ends up with more gifts to give than I do.

Now for all of you who say you just write the name on the package . . . seriously, these tags (yesterday’s and today’s) probably took less than 30 minutes to complete start to finish!


Using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper, the holly image from JustRite Holiday Cheer Set, was stamped five times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  The holly border was then stamped five times in Ranger Olive Archival ink.  To speed along my die cutting, I placed the images down on my cutting plate, placed my dies (cutting edge down – Spellbinders™ S4-114 Standard Circles – Large and S4-125 Scalloped Circles – Small) over the images, and ran them through the Wizard™ at the same time.  Easy peasy!  For the tag itself I used the #3 die from S4-283 2010 Heirloom Ornaments . . .

HollyGift Tags with Paper

I cut some strips of red cardstock, folded it in half and placed the die over the fold.  See the black showing through at the top of the die?

HollyGiftTags with Die

This gave me a fold and a place to punch a hole and tie my gold cord.  We’ll be able to write “to” and “from” on the inside.

I hope you have a great day and remember to take advantage of the adventures that come your way today . . . remember life is short (eat dessert first of course)!


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