Tags – Cutting Directions

Are you ready to get some gift tags made?

Clear a space off your work area – kitchen table, craft desk, the floor, or your bed – we are going to get busy with some cutting 🙂

You will need three items to do this.  Four if you want to print these instructions off for your reference.

  1. Paper trimmer that is large enough to accommodate 12 x 12 card stock.
  2. Two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock in the colors of your choice.  NOTE:  Patterned paper, CARD STOCK weight, can be used on these tags.  The lighter weight patterned papers are not really good for this.
  3. A bone folder.

That is all you will need.  Both pieces of the 12 x 12 card stock will be cut exactly the same way.

These first cuts will be made vertically down the 12 x 12 paper.  You will have a total of five (5) strips after this first go round.  You will have two (2) 3-1/2 x 12 strips, two (2) 1-3/4 x 12 strips, and one (1) 1-1/2 by 12 strip.

  1. With the 12 x 12 piece of card stock aligned in your paper trimmer, make the following vertical cuts….
  2. 10-1/2 inches,
  3. 8-3/4 inches
  4. 7 inches
  5. 3-1/2 inches.  You will be left with two (2) 3-1/2 x 12 pieces of card stock when you finish this set of cuts.

Working with the 3-1/2 x 12 strips, remember there are two (2) of them.  You can cut them at one time or separately.  Depends on your trimmer capabilities.

  1. Turn your 3-1/2 x 12 strip(s) horizontally in your paper trimmer and cut at…
  2. 8 inches and
  3. 4 inches.

You will have a total of six (2) 3-1/2 x 4 pieces of card stock.  These will be your tag bases.

Next, you will be cutting the 1-3/4 x 12 strips.  Remember, there are two (2) of these also.  You can cut them together or one at a time.

  1. Place the 1-3/4 x 12 strip(s) horizontally in your trimmer and cut at….
  2. 9 3/4 inches,
  3. 6-1/2 inches,
  4. 3-1/4 inches.

You will have a total of six (6) 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 pieces.  Plus there will be two (2) 1-3/4 x 2-1/4 pieces of scrap.

The final piece will be the 1-1/2 x 12 strip of card stock.

  1. Place the 1-1/2 x 12 strip horizontally in your trimmer and make your cuts at….
  2. 10-1/2 inches,
  3. 9 inches,
  4. 7-1/2 inches,
  5. 6 inches,
  6. 4-1/2 inches,
  7. and 3 inches.

You will have a total of six (6) 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch squares and one 1-1/2 x 3 inch piece of scrap.

Now repeat these directions on your second piece of card stock.

Once you have completed all of your cuts, you will then move on to scoring and folding the tag bases.  Each 3-1/2 x 4 inch piece will be scored and folded at 2 inches.  You will end up with a folded tag that measures 3-1/2 x 2 inches.  You will have six (6) of one color and six (6) of your other color for a total of 12 folded tags.

The 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 pieces will be used as mattes on your tags.  Run them through an embossing folder, round the edges, distress the edges, ink the edges…..whatever your heart desires.  The 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 pieces will be mounted on your tag in any fashion you desire.

You can watch my YouTube video on these cutting directions if you find my written directions “clear as mud” 🙂


Tags Till Christmas

If you have read my blog entry titled “Tags, Tags, and More Tags” you will read that a punch comes with the stamp set.  That is incorrect.  You will receive only the stamp set.

To get the Thank You items – Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon – you DON’T ORDER THESE ITEMS.  They will come separately from me after you place your order for the items listed on my blog entry of Tags, Tags, and More Tags.

When you place your order you will be asked for an email address to be contacted by me.  I will send you an email requesting your mailing address and the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon will be mailed to you from my home.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on my blog and I will answer your questions.

To see what this stamp set looks like when used on gift tags you can watch my video.

Cutting directions for the red and green tags will be uploaded in the  next couple days.  There will also be video of some of the different techniques I used to make some of the tags.

Handy Man Bulletin Board

My Son-In-Law’s birthday is tomorrow, November 12th.  I’m already late on getting this to him but I hope he will forgive me when he finally gets it.

I had asked my daughter what his favorite color was and what kinds of things he likes.   I told her I had planned on making him a bulletin board for his home office when he does the monthly budgeting, which he is really good at, by the way.  She told him what I was doing and asked what he wanted.  His response was “Red and silver.  Like Craftsman.”  First it threw me for a loop because she TOLD him what I was doing then I went all wonky because I had no idea what to do now.

I had planned on making his bulletin board on Lynn Claredge’s (liveupstairs) “Grid Card” thing.  I was going to have a photo of Carissa and Jaime attached to the cork then have little thought bubble like things all over the board with things they are planning and thinking about.  A desired trip to Italy, a cruise to some exotic port, a new house.  Well…that idea was now out of the picture.

Handyman Bulletin Board

This is what I came up with.  Since he desired “Craftsman red and silver”, I’d give him something sort of like he wishes.

The papers used on his cork board are all retired Stampin’ Up! “Thoroughly Modern” and Real Red textured 12 x 12 card stock.

I’ve used the White Gel Pen on the face of the tool box in a couple places.  You will see where in the photos later in this post.

I have used some embellishments I had to get from a local craft/hobby store since I don’t have stamps of these images.  I’ve also used foam core board to strengthen the embellishments for using as push pins as I’ve designed them to be.

I’m surprised this turned out to be fairly simple to do.  Once I got off my “High Horse” and came back down to the real world then the wheels began turning.

Image from the internet

I went to a well known tool internet site and looked at the images of their tool boxes.  They all looked pretty complicated and I was not sure how I was going to do this.  I hit on this tool box.  Dragging the image to my desk top I selected the print option on my computer and chose to make this image 8 x 10 and to fit the entire page.

Once I had that printed out to a good size I went into my room and began to seriously think about what I was going to do.

First, I used Repositional Adhesive on the outer edge of the paper and secured the image to a  self healing mat I have.

Craft knife to cut pieces out

"Drawers" placed on black card stock

Using a craft knife I cut the image into pieces that would be placed on the Real Red 12 x 12 textured card stock and on Basic Black 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.

This was a bit of a challenge for me, since I’ve not done this before, and I was not sure where to begin so I just “winged” it.

Shading the card stock

Using the image as a guide in shading

I carefully cut the copy paper image so I could fold it away and use a Sponge Dauber and Chocolate Chip ink to do the shading on the “lid” of the tool box.

Folding the copy paper back in the areas to be shaded is the technique I used.  The results were pretty good.

Highlighting with the gel pen

Highlighting and shading completed

Using the white gel pen and the Chocolate Chip ink I did the shading and definition of the lid and highlighting of areas.

Really, this is quite easy to do.  Fold the copy paper back to the desired area and do your rubbing with the ink or lightly trace the area with the gel pen.  By this time I was beginning to feel less out of my depth and getting more stoked about what I was attempting.

Marking the drawers and the handles

Scoring the area of the handles

Marked and ready to paint

Using my ruler I placed it on the lines of the copy paper image and then pulled it away from the card stock.  Using the gel pen to mark the “drawer” definition and the Bone Folder to mark the area to be painted with silver acrylic paint for the drawer handles was not very hard to do.

Test fitting the pieces

Making sure I have not missed anything before it gets glued

After I was done with the shading, highlighting, and painting I gave these pieces a “test fit” to make sure they would all assemble together and look somewhat like the original photo did.

Looking pretty good right now, so it is time to get the cork board/bulletin board ready to mount papers and this piece pattern thing I just finished.

Cork board/bulletin board

Papers attached and pattern piece adhered

I mounted the “Thoroughly Modern” paper to the cork using Mod Podge.  The Creamy Caramel polka dot paper is supposed to be a “Peg Board” with the darker, Close to Cocoa paper as the frame.

Using Mod Podge I attached the tool box pieces to the red side of the board.  Looks pretty awesome, if I must say so myself 🙂

Sticker embellishments from the craft store

Reverse side of the embellishments

As I selected each embellishment I removed the foam tape from the backs of the pieces.  I would not be using it in this application.  It would just be in the way so the foam tape is carefully removed.

I’m going to be using some heavy duty adhesive to permanently stick these embellishments down so a bit of the foam tape left on the back is not going to cause a problem.

Trace around the embellishment on Foam Core board

Use a craft knife to cut the shape out of the Foam Core board

These embellishments are going to be push pins.  They need to be very sturdy and strong.  Chipboard is just not firm enough to keep from bending.  I’ve opted for 1/4″ Foam Core board.

Tracing the shape of the embellishment to the Foam Core board then cutting it out with the craft knife is what I am doing.  It is so much easier to use the craft knife when cutting on this stuff than scissors.  The scissors tend to pinch the Foam Core and alter the shape of it at the edges.

E6000 adhesive

Applied to the Foam Core board

I don’t want the embellishment to separate from the Foam Core so I’ve chosen to use E6000 adhesive.  This is the really strong stuff.

It is also quite strong smelling stuff.  You don’t need to use in a well ventilated room, and it is not going to make you “high” but it does have a very strange odor.  And it is kind of sticky slimy when you get it on your fingers.  Washes off your hands with soap and water.  Not sure if it will come out of clothing though so just watch what you are doing.

Marking the "Peg Board"

Everything has a place and everything in its place

Once I had all the embellishments mounted on the Foam Core board and they were finally dry, I took each piece to the “Peg Board” side of the cork board and drew around the embellishment with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

The cork board is now beginning to come together and look like what I had envisioned it to be.  🙂

Generic Push Pins

E6000 to adhere push pin

On the back side of the Foam Core embellishments I used the E6000 to attach the push pins to the embellishment.

The push pins are just generic ones I got from my craft/hobby store.

A good dollop of the E6000 on the push pin head then pushed down on the back of the embellishment and allow the adhesive to puddle around the head to seal it on.

Oops, that's not good

Much better

Mechanics in the truck dealerships we go to from time to time, to have a truck worked on, display photos of family and friends on the inside lid of their tool boxes.

I printed out some really cute photos of Carissa and Jaime on copy paper and attached them to 1″ square pieces of Foam Core board and E6000 adhesive.  As the adhesive was drying the black of the Foam Core began to bleed through the copy paper 😦  Not a good thing.  I printed the photos again but this time on Photo Paper and that was much better 🙂


Putting the remaining embellishments on the outside frame, I left the foam tape on them and used it to adhere the pieces to the frame.

This project took about three days to do.  It will take quite a bit less time on the next one because I won’t have a slightly panic stricken hole in my brain, nor will I be saying “How am I going to DO this?”

I sure hope Jaime likes this 🙂

Bulletin Board


Late Birthday present

This is a late birthday present for my California daughter.  Her birthday was October 3rd.  I was out with my “Day Job” when her birthday came and went.  She was really great about waiting until after I got home to finally get her present.

The outside measurements are 18″ wide x 11″ tall.  Inside measurements are 15-1/8″ wide x 8-1/8″ tall.

The paper used on the cork face is a retired Designer Series Paper called Cottage Wall.  I’ve used various sizes of scraps to fill the space.


Naked bulletin board

This is how it started out life.  I found two of these at a discount store while I was out running errands.  My Son-In-Law has a birthday coming on November 12th and I have to get cracking on his also.

With  my limited time at home I’ve foregone the Christmas gifts and have concentrated on only birthdays.  There are so many people in my family that trying to make 26 Christmas  gifts in a month is more than I can handle by myself.  So I’ve opted for birthdays.

NEARLY everything is Stampin’ Up! products.  There are some things from my stash.

My daughter, Heidi Jo, is a “girly girl” and this was a bit of a challenge for me.


Die cuts and Paper Daisies

More die cuts and Paper Daisies

The die cut pieces of the flowers (bottom left and top right on the frame) are from two retired sets of papers.  I’ve used the scraps left over from other projects.


Wire and beads

Letter beads

The wire and beads are from my stash.  I felt the frame needed more than just the flowers at the corners.  Looked kind of empty.  I wanted to personalize it for her without going “over the top”.  Balance is what I was going for and trying to stick with the “Rule of Three”.  Having the wire and beading to cover the bottom and right edges was a compromise that I came up with.


Feathers and more beading

The flower, feathers, and beads are from my stash.  Don’t tell Joe, but I snuck in  his room and “borrowed” a pair of his needle nosed pliers to work with the wires that hold the beads.  This is a new foray into crafting that I’ve seen done on YouTube and have been a bit skittish to try.

There are Stampin’ Up! ribbons the beading is dangling from.

This flower and the beading is at the top left of the frame.

The construction was simple (fairly simple) after I selected the paper I would use.  Mod Podge was used on the cork and again on the back of the paper for adhesion to the cork.  I put a cover coat on the paper, as well, to make it look shiny.  The frame was painted with a gold acrylic paint from my stash.  There is something on the frame that caused the acrylic paint to have a crackle look in places.  I covered the acrylic paint and top part of the frame with Triple Thick Gloss Glaze for durability.  All of the embellishments are secured with E6000.  Just in case the bulletin board takes a header for the floor, a time or two, and stuff won’t fall off.


Tags, Tags, and More Tags

Have you started your Christmas shopping or creating?  Or are you still in the “thinking” stages of the gift process?  I am.

I don’t know about  you, but the selection of gift tags in most stores leaves a lot to be desired.  Usually you have to “spruce” them up with items from your stash.

“Have I got a deal for you”.  Yes, this is a quasi INFOMERCIAL.

  • Are your beautifully wrapped Christmas packages missing something?
  • Are you embarrassed by the gift tags available at your local stores?
  • Do you spend time trying to alter the store bought gift tags to coordinate with your wrapping paper?
  • Are you frustrated by the “kiddie” tags so abundant in local stores?

If you are ready to take this matter in your own hands (get it?) and create personalized gift tags for your Christmas gifts this year, then look no further.

For $39.35 ($47.35 for Wood Mount), plus tax and shipping, you will get everything you will need to create your own stunning gift tags.

  1. Tags Till Christmas Clear Mount Stamp Set ($22.95) available in English, French, and Spanish OR
  2. Tags Till ChristmasWood Mount Stamp Set ($30.95) available in English, French, and Spanish
  3. Both of these sets come with coordinating PUNCHES for nearly all the tags.
  4. Naturals White 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock ($7.50) to create your tags with.
  5. Champagne Glass Glitter($3.95) OR
  6. Silver Glass Glitter($3.95) to make your tags sparkle and shine.
  7. Gold Lame’ Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink($4.95) for a rich, solid gold look on your tags.


That’s not all!  Place your order by November 26, 2010 and you will receive these items FREE!  A $13.90 value, absolutely FREE as my Thank You for your order.

  1. 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Real Red Use this ribbon on your tags or on any other project AND
  2. Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Use this embossing folder on cards, winter scrapbook pages, as an added bit of texture to your gift tags.

You will have people asking you where you purchased these tags and how they can get them.  These beautiful handmade tags are not just for packages.  Proudly deliver your gifts of baked goods with your special tag.  Hang one around the neck of a bottle of wine or other adult beverage to give to the hostess of a Christmas party you attend.  Attach one of your beautiful tags on the outside of a gift card envelope or a card with money tucked inside.  Hang one of your awesome tags from the handle of a gift bag.  Even use them on your Christmas scrapbook pages.

What are you waiting for?  These items will be shipped directly to your door in plenty of time for your creative genius.  This event ends on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. Central Time.

Heat & Stick Powder

Glittered Dasher

Have you heard about Heat & Stick Powder?  Since I’m not much of a “Glitter Gal” I did not know there was such a thing.  Several months ago I purchased some, mainly because other people were ordering it (and yes I’d probably jump off a bridge along with everyone else), and it has sat on my desk since then.  I move it around instead of putting it away.

This time I decided to give it a try.  Hadn’t a clue what I was doing or how it works.  After doing some half hearted research I found that you use it, basically, the same way you use VersaMark and any embossing powder.

I have a video that shows how I used the Heat & Stick Powder on this card along with Clear Embossing Powder.

I’m still a child of fantasy at heart.  I still believe in Santa Claus and his reindeer.  The Dasher stamp with his magical antlers needed to have some kind of sparkle going on.  This was the time to use the Heat & Stick Powder and give it a try, see how difficult it is to work with.

In this card I inked the entire stamp first with VersaMark then followed it up with Chocolate Chip ink.  I applied the Heat & Stick in the same manner as you would embossing powder.  The only difference is this stuff is a bit heat sensitive.  Too much heat and you dry the sticky properties, not enough heat and you have not enough sticky.  The trick I found was to heat it until it all became clear then QUIT.  Sprinkle the glitter of your choice over the area with the Heat & Stick, tap off the excess and then give it another shot of heat for just a little bit.

Since I was using clear embossing powder on Dasher, while I heat set the embossing powder I gave the Heat & Stick another shot of heat at the same time.  That set the glue and the glitter is adhered, won’t fall off when touched.

On this card I learned two things.  I can, if careful, use two different products on one image.  That was fun.  Later I made another card with Dasher and used silver embossing powder on his antlers and clear embossing powder on his Chocolate Chip body.  That was fun!!

Color Block Cutting Directions

Thanksgiving Cards

Christmas Cards


The cutting directions for this card layout is below.  You will need two (2) sheets of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  The beauty of this Color Block style is it is suitable for any type of greeting card you can imagine.  Birthday, anniversary, get well, thank you, bon voyage, retirement, new baby, wedding, sympathy…..anything you can imagine.

You will have two (2) 5 x 7 cards and two (2) 5-1/2  x 5-1/2 cards.  I have made Thanksgiving and Christmas cards as an example for you.  Use the extra pieces as mattes behind your embellishments or stamped images.  Use all of the cut pieces or just a few.  This is a very versatile pattern.

The cutting directions, below, are for one sheet of 12 x 12 and one sheet of 8-1/2 x 11.  You will follow the same directions on the other 12 x 12 and 8-1/2 x 11 papers.

12 x 12 Paper:

  1. Place the paper on your trimmer and make your first cut at 7″.  Cut the entire length of 12 x 12 paper.  You will have one piece that is 7″ x 12 and another that is 5″ x 12″.
  2. Turn the 7″ x 12″ piece, on your trimmer, horizontally and cut it at 10″.  You will have a card base measuring 7″ x 10″.  Put this piece aside for scoring and folding at 5″ later.  You will have a 5″ x 7″ card after scoring and folding.
  3. Put the 5″ x 12″ piece of card stock on your trimmer, horizontally.  You will make two cuts.  One at 9″ and one at 5″.  You will have a 4″ x 5″ piece, a 5″ x 5″ piece, and a 3″ x 5″ piece from these cuts.
  4. Take the 4″ x 5″ piece and put it on your trimmer horizontally (5″ width being on the horizontal) and cut it at 3″.  You will have a 2″ x 4″ piece, and a 3″ x 4″ piece from this cut.
  5. Take the 2″ x 4″ piece and place horizontally on your trimmer (4″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 3-1/2″.  You will have a piece that measures 3-1/2″ x 2″ and 1/2″ x 2″.
  6. Take the 3″ x 5″ piece and place it horizontally on your trimmer (5″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 3-1/2″ and 2″.  You will have a piece that measures 3-1/2 x 3″,  1″ x 3″, and 1/2″ x 3″.

You will have a total of 9 pieces of card stock cuts.  Now do the same thing to the other piece of 12 x 12 card stock.

8-1/2 x 11 Paper:

  1. Place your paper vertically on your trimmer.  The 11″ length being placed top to bottom.  Your first cut will be at 5-1/2″ x 11″.  This piece will be your card base.  Later you will score and fold it at 5-1/2″ for a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card.
  2. Take the 3″ x 11″ piece of card stock and place it horizontally on your trimmer (11″ being on the horizontal).  Cut at 9-1/2″ and 6-1/2″.  You will have three (3) pieces that measure 6-1/2″ x 3″, 3″ x 3″, and 1-1/2″ x 3″.
  3. Take the 1-1/2″ x 3″ piece and place it horizontally on your trimmer (3″ being on the horizontal) and cut at 2″.  You will have pieces that measure 2″ x 1-1/2 and 1″ x 1-1/2″.

You will have a total of five (5) cut pieces of card stock.  Now do the same with your other piece of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.

Score and fold each 10″ x 7″ piece of cut card stock at 5″ for two (2) 5″ x 7″ card bases.  Score and fold each 5-1/2″ x 11″ card stock cuts at 5-1/2″ for two (2) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.

To see the full video on cutting and test fitting these pieces you can watch the video I made of this process.