December 20, 2015


This past Monday, December 14, was my most recent monthly Stamp-In Workshop. 

For quite awhile now, my Stamp-In participants have been treated to being able to create four cards that I had designed for them. Sure, every once in awhile, I would deviate a bit and offer three cards and one non-card project. But, they seem to like making cards. So, basically, that is what I stick with.

For my December 14 workshop, however, I was not having them make ANY cards. The first time in history that has ever happened. You see, what with the December 14 date being so close to Christmas, I guessed most of my girls had finished with their Christmas card making. 

BUT . . .

Maybe they weren't completely ready with their wrapping and decorating. So, I came up with four projects that would be useful this close to Christmas.

THUS . . .

Just for this month, I renamed my workshop to Santa's Elves Workshop. It seemed a more fitting title. And, just to be goofy.

One of the four projects the girls made was a set of three gift tags. 

I pre-cut Whisper White cardstock to a little less than 2" wide (so it fits comfortably inside the tag punch) by 3 1/4" long, and coordinating Designer Series Paper the same size, only this layer was 3 1/2" long. 

They had several decisions to make when constructing their gift tags. They had a choice of ribbons, baker's twines, DSP designs, which tree they wanted to stamp, which of the tag punches they wished to use, and various washi tapes.

You can see in my first sample tag that I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch for both my layers.

The layer of Designer Series Paper serves no real purpose except as a little added decoration. I love the way that teeny bit of coordinating design extends past the bottom of the white tag. Just a little added whimsy if you will.

For next two tags, I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. For the first tag, I also colored in random ornaments with Crushed Curry and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.

The cute trees, as well as the To and From, come from the Festival of Trees stamp set (page 71) and are punched out with the Tree Punch on page 167.

On each of the tags, I glued the punched star to the top of the tree, then popped up the tree on the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.

These tags are so much fun -- if a little time-consuming -- to make. I know that I am a pack rat who saves pretty much everything, especially if someone made it for me. But, being gift tags, I'm sure most of these little treasures end up in the trash. What a heartbreaker! 

How are you doing on your gift wrapping? I have two more gifts to wrap, and then I'M DONE! 



  1. Those tags are a gift in themselves. Happy Holidays!

  2. Those are really cute. I love the idea you had for the workshop.

  3. You made such pretty Christmas tags.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Merry Christmas.

  4. I really love this idea! They are so cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Merry Christmas!

  5. Super cute tags! They look way better than the ones I bought from the store. Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

  6. Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. It was featured this week. We hope to see you again!!