Welcome to the CHRISTMAS IN JULY blog hop, hosted by the Cookin' Up Creations Master Chef Challenge Team! The temperatures outside may say summer, but it's cool in here!! We hope our projects and craft ideas will help you get a head start on your holiday crafting. If you have been following the hop route, then you should have come from Michelle's blog. If not, and you would like to follow along the complete blog hop itinerary, please start at the Cookin' Up Creations Blog so you won't miss any of the fantastic projects and inspiration the "chefs" have cooked up for you.
I used to hand make all my Christmas cards each year. But it got so overwhelming because of how many I was sending out, I decided to start doing the photo cards. That way the relatives got an updated photo of the kids and I took pressure off myself to get the cards finished in time. Christmas time is hectic enough without adding that stress to myself. However, one thing I do continue to make each year are my gift tags. A lot of the time I will whip one up as I am finishing a LO using all my scraps I have. They don't take long to put together and since I make them for all occasions, not just Christmas, I usually have a nice stock of them when I need one. The great things about gift tags, if they can be made pretty generic so no matter what type of gift you need one for, it will work. And they can be any shape and size as well. I created this set in about 30 minutes. And it only took that long because I was watching TV at the same time.
This next set took more time, just because I created each one differently. And this set is larger in size as well, so I just made four for this set.
For the first one I paper pieced the wreath by using some leaf punches and red rhinestones:
the second card in that set is just made in the shape of a normal tag. However I added the paper with the ornament on it and mad it so it would hang off the edge. Since there are no rules to making gift tags, It's fun to make them be not so uniform.
I didn't want to leave the tag so flat looking though so I added both glossy accent and crackle accent to the ornament. I know it's hard to see in the photo though. Then I added the buttons for a little more embellishing and called that one finished.
This third one was quick and fun at the same time. I mounted one of the journaling cards that are in the Echo Park paper collections to some card stock and used it as my base.
On the last tag, I ran the size I wanted through a crimper to add some texture and then inked the edges.
I hope that I have been able to inspire you to make your own gift tags. whether it be for Christmas, or any other occasion. And now, for following along with me and listening to me ramble, I'd like to offer a small RAK. to be entered into the random drawing for this, simple become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you are now following me. If you are already a follower, just leave me a comment letting me know that as well. I will use random.org to choose a winner from all those who do those two things. Easy Peasy, right?
And now, I'd like to thank you for stopping by! I hope that you have enjoyed the hop so far and now be sure to hop into your sleigh and head on over to Tamara's blog to see what holiday inspiration she has cooked up for you. Our blog hop continues through Sunday evening, July 22.
Be sure to leave a comment on each team member's blog, as well as on this one, for your chance to win a prize package valued at more than $50 from a*muse / studio consultant Renee Zieglmeier. The winner will be chosen at random from among the blog hop and crop participants.
And be sure to stop by the Cookin' Up Creations forum for our CHRISTMAS IN JULY CROP this weekend, starting Friday, July 20 and continuing through Sunday, July 22. There will be more Christmas and holiday inspiration, challenges, and games. We would love to have you come play along.
In case you get lost along the way, here's the order for the hop:
Cookin' Up Creations blog (featuring Annette)
Sandy <--- You are here