Monday, 19 December 2011

Tags For All

The Stampin' Up! Tags For All set has been well loved and used this Christmas season. In particular, I pulled the stamps out to make about 50 tags for our school's annual Christmas Fair. Our year runs the charity cake stall, and we use these tags to help decorate the packaging of the cakes.

I like to stamp for stamping sake, but I especially love to stamp for a purpose.

In addition to the Tags for All stamp set, I also used various dies to cut out the tags, include the SU Sizzix Two Tags die.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hot Cocoa Christmas Pouches

When my teen-age son was young, I often sent in goodie bags to his teachers at Christmas. Now that he's older, he wants to acknowledge his teachers without making too much of a fuss and losing that cool factor. He wanted to do more than a card, and we decided that hot cocoa packets with a decorative folded cover would be just the trick -- easy and discreet to carry into class, but something special and festive.

These Cadbury cocoa pouches are available in twin packs, and when folded over, they tuck neatly into a card.

The folded cards were made with 6-inch squares of designer cardstock. The cocoa packages are a half-inch thick, so the cards will need to be scored to accommodate the thickness. I scored the 6-inch square cardstock at 2 3/4 inches, and then I flipped the card and ran a parallel score at 2 3/4 inches again.

A decorative strip was added to the sides of the card.

While this dresses up the card, my primary reason for adding the strips was to make the card a bit longer to better hide the cocoa packet.

You need two strips at 1 inch by 6 inches. Adhere these strips to the edges of the card. They will run parallel to the scored lines.

Next, cut a strip of ribbon, 30 inches in length.

Determine the middle, and center and glue the ribbon into position in the middle of one side of the folded card.

Now you'll want to add your artwork on top of the ribbon.

I've used Stampin' Up's Tags for All and colored the snowmen with markers. Obviously, you want the artwork to be small enough to fit on the folded card. Use a liberal amount of adhesive tape on the back of the artwork so that it helps to keep the ribbon in place.

Tuck the cocoa packets into the folded card. You might want to use a small amount of snail adhesive or a mini glue dot to help keep the cocoa packet in place.

Close the folded card, and tie the ribbon nicely in the back of the card.

The pouches look sweet from either the front or back!