Monday, December 5, 2011

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

***This is my second post for today. To see my Sweet November reveal, please click here.***

I'm back with Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas gifts series. 

12 Days of Christmas: My step-granddaughters in North Carolina at age 8 and 10 are right on the cusp of no longer believing in Santa Claus. Twelve days of small packages arriving in the mail will {I hope} help keep Christmas a magical time for just a little longer. It's purely for fun and not really about the gifts. 

I have double dipped with the following projects. I noticed that the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest over at Splitcoast Stampers theme was to "Play Tag" so I changed the order of my small packages around in order to showcase a tag the 5th Day of Christmas gifts. I cut the tag shape with My Favorite Things Tag You're It Die-namics - once with patterned paper and then again with plain cardstock and layered for stability purposes. For the first tag, I also used the Wonky Scallop Border Die-namics as a decorative border, cutting twice and slightly off-setting for a layered look. For the second tag, I used the Postage Stamp Edge Die-namics for the bottom border.

For the main image on both, I stamped the Pure Innocence Making a List onto Copics X-Press it cardstock then used a combo of paper piecing and coloring with Copics, matching her dress to the pencil with some older paper from my stash. After attaching the image to each of the tags, I placed a dimensional dot underneath the head portion and curled the piece of paper in her hand forward for dimension. I punched four small holes with my Crop-a-dile at each end of the tag, inserting ribbon through them, securing the pencil by typing bows. I then cut the corners of the Authentique "5th" piece to create a tag look and then slipped underneath each pencil. The basic design was the same for both with a few changes here and there, including different paper choices. 

Products: My Favorite Things stamp and Die-namics, Authentique, Echo Park and Basic Grey dp, PTI buttons, May Arts ribbon, Copic Markers
Copics: Skin-E000, E00, E11, R20; Hair E55, E57, E29, E49 (brunette), E50, E51, E53 (blonde); Shoes-C00, C3, C5

And since I am in dire need of Christmas cards, I used the same tag design for a card. Since I still have 30 something to go, shortcuts must be taken whenever and however I can find them! Another shortcut was to use the layout for this week's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge. Yet another shortcut was to simply stamp the Holiday Hugs image and the sentiment directly onto the paper, highlighting only certain parts of the image with Copics and paper piecing. I finished things off with a flower created with the Prima Donna Petals Die-namics. Simple and easy!

Products: My Favorite Things stamp and Die-namics, Authentique, Echo Park and Basic Grey dp, May Arts ribbon, Queen & Co Pearls

As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you back here soon.



  1. ADORABLE, Nancy!!! Those tags are just so sweet! Love the card, too!!

  2. I don't know how you keep coming up with these awesome little gifts, they are so cute I would never want to use them...just have them on display!
    Love how the pencil matches their dresses, these are just too cute Nancy! The card is fabulous too, love the vintage vibe it has and the snowman's scarf is so cool looking!

  3. Ur tags are soo stinkin' cute!...
    TFS!... =)

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  4. These are SO gorgeous Nancy!!! WOW!

  5. Your pencil tags are so adorable Nancy! Great mix of papers! The card is beautiful too! Good luck in the contest! :D

  6. Oh my, Nancy, these are adorable. Love the paper piecing and all the layers. So, my kind of project! Good luck with the contest.

  7. These are adorable little gifts!! Love the details and cute MFT girls! :)

  8. I love those wee tags Nancy! Adorable!