Thursday, December 1, 2022

Hello Bluebird - Holiday Gift Tags

Happy December everyone! I have some fun holiday gift tags to share today plus a few tag making tips. I really enjoy making Christmas tags, but let's be real.... most often they do end up in the trash with the wrapping paper, so I try to limit the time invested in making them. That certainly doesn't mean they can't be cute! 

All the Hello Bluebird supplies you'll need for these are listed and linked below...

These are hinged tags which are very easy to create. I have posted a short reel over on my Instagram account showing how these are made. Click here to watch the reel! I like this style of tag because it's like a mini card.... you can decorate the entire front of the tag, then have plenty of room on the inside for the "to/from" plus a message. 

Here are some tag making tips that I have found to be helpful:

  • Keep the color palette limited or more neutral so the tags won't clash with the wrapping paper. 
  • When making many of the same tag, do all the die cutting first, then stamping, then assembling.
  • If using an image that needs to be colored, pick one that's quick & easy to color like snowmen. 
  • To jazz up the tags, use glitter paper for a die cut element. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Papertrey Ink - Deliver by December 25th Projects

Hello everyone! I have some projects to share showing fun ways to use the vintage postmark images from the Deliver by December 25th stamp set. This is such a useful set and the images are quite authentic looking. 

Here's the set:

As you can see there's a bunch of vintage postmark images included in the set.  I love stamping them in all different colors and adding as accents onto cards and tags. 

This first card is a collage style design.  I stamped a few of the postmarks in different colors and then tucked them around the poinsettia.  

Papertrey Ink stamps, dies, & stencils used to complete this design are listed and linked below:

On the next card I used three of the postmark images with a Santa theme.  They were a perfect accent around the large Believe die cut. 

For the stenciled Ho Ho Ho background on the first card and the stripes on this card, I have used Aleene's Snow Glitter paste.  This is an opaque white paste that spreads beautifully over any stencil.  

Papertrey Ink stamps, dies, and stencils used to create this design are listed and linked below:

Here are some gift tags I made using the postmarks as embellishments.  The size of the postmark images are just right for adding to tags.  

I decided not to make my tags into shakers.  I just backed them with colorful card stock that has been stenciled with dots.

Papertrey Ink stamps, dies, and stencils used to create these tags are listed and linked below:

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Papertrey Ink - November Release Countdown

Hi there! Papertrey Ink's November Release Countdown has started over on their blog. Check out the countdown posts here. You can get a look at all the projects from the design team using these new products ....which will be available for purchase at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday the 17th.  

I'm very excited to share a card I made for this release using a super fun new die set called Gingerbread Camper.  

This card is A2 size and I used all the space to create a sweet holiday scene for my gingerbread camper. I kept the background simple with some ink blending and white paint splatters.  

I then started building my gingerbread camper scene. The die set has everything you need to customize the camper.  The only other dies I used not from this set were the trees, which come from another new set called Gingerbread House.  You might be surprised to know that I only used white and kraft card stock for this entire card.  There's so many little pieces in this set.  I thought it was easiest to die cut the gingerbread parts from kraft and everything else from white.  I simply used Copic markers to color the white pieces before assembling.   Using Copics I was able to add shading and stripes to some of pieces. 

You can add lots of little decorations to the camper with all the die cuts included in this set. Once I had the camper assembled and my scene completed, I used a white gel pen to some highlights and dot detail.  I also used Stickles Glitter to give the snow caps a glistening look.  I left some space above the camper to stamp a sentiment which comes from an older Papertrey Ink set - Merry Mug

That's all for today but I will have more to share using the Papertrey Ink November Release products. There will be an Instagram Hop on the 17th so be sure to follow me over on Instagram - @oneallgirlstudio.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Spellbinders - Floral Reflection Release

Hello there! I have two cards to share today featuring new products from Spellbinders. The Floral Reflections Collection has some beautiful new dies and embossing folders.  I've created two very different cards using the new Tile Reflection 3D embossing folder for the background. 

For this first card, which is A2 size, I used the Tile Reflections Embossing Folder to emboss the pretty design onto some kraft card stock. I then used a white pigment ink pad to apply the ink direct to the paper. If you lightly brush the ink pad over top the embossed design, the ink will highlight the raised areas. I used one of the Essential Floral Reflection Etched dies to create a window in the center of my embossed panel. Next I filled the window with flower die cuts I created with the Sealed Wild Flower Etched dies

Here's the second card...  it is also an A2 size card design.  A CAS design, that's easy to mass produce and would make a great gift set of note cards.  

For this card I have again used the Tile Reflections Embossing Folder to create the background.   I then created a colorful focal point simply by layering the die cuts from the Essential Floral Reflection Etched set. I started with the largest and built the layers up by turning each layer 90 degrees. This was a quick and easy way to create a bright, bold, and impactful design. To complete this card I added a greeting in the center and some sequins for embellishment. Just a note is from the Smooth Lines Mix and Match Sentiments die set

Monday, November 7, 2022

Hello Bluebird - Merry Carolers Card

Hello there! We are in the home stretch to the holiday season. I’ve been busy making lots of Christmas cards so I think I’ll be well stocked when it comes time to send them out in a few weeks. 

The card I’m sharing today is a little more on the simple side (simple by my standards, lol). I created a small wintery scene with the sweet images from the Merry Carolers stamp set. Just FYI… anything in blue letters is a link you can click on to see the product.

I started with a white A2 card base to which I added a plaid panel. This panel was created with one of Hello Bluebird’s popular background stamps called Cozy Plaid.  I then used one of the Nesting Oval dies to create a base for my little scene. The oval was die cut from some light pink card stock. I darkened the top half of the oval with a blending brush and some Saltwater Taffy Distress Ink. I then added a snowy hill to the bottom half of the oval.

Next I stamped out three of the cute characters and the light post from Merry Carolers. I used Copic markers to color them …the colors I used will be listed below. 

Once I had the images arranged how I wanted, I splattered the entire scene, including the images, with white paint to give it a very snowy look. I then stamped “let it snow” three times just to the right of the lamp post. I adhered the completed scene to the card front with some foam tape to pop it up a bit. Lastly I added some die cut snowflakes

  • Reindeer fur – E41, E42, E44
  • Bunny fur – E30, E31, E33
  • Mouse fur – T0, T2, T4
  • Pink areas – R00, R20, R21, R22
  • Blue areas – BG72, BG75
  • Green areas – YG11, YG05, YG09
  • Black – N2, N4, N6
  • Red – R22, R24
  • Shading for white areas – W1, W3

Hello Bluebird - Holiday Gift Tags

Happy December everyone! I have some fun holiday gift tags to share today plus a few tag making tips. I really enjoy making Christmas tags, ...