Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quick Crafts For The Holidays

Hello and welcome to the first group post for the October  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on October 15th at 10:00 EST!

Today I'm showcasing a fun new stamp set and dies called Christmas Cuts and Christmas Cuts Sentiments by Lizzie Jones! 

These were so quick and easy to make, not to mention fun! If you are in need of some tags for your gifts this year and want to mass produce them quickly, this die set is just perfect!

I just watercolored some pretty backgrounds, and cut them out with a circle die that was just slightly smaller than the tag dies. Then I cut the Christmas Cuts tags out of Stamper's Select white card stock and glued the watercolored circle behind them.

I stamped the sentiments in the new color Dark Indigo, then added Baker's Twine through the hole and tied a bow around the twine.

I love how easy it would be to customize these tags to match your wrapping paper or gift bags! I was even thinking you could cut a piece of your wrapping paper to go on the back of the tag instead of the watercolored piece. You can also use patterned paper, card stock or you can leave them plain with no backing. Lots of fun options!

Okay, so I have to be honest with you here, because someone will catch this, and notice that the snowflake tag and card are the same :) I was about to write up my blog post and I realized that I was supposed to make one tag and one card for this post.... but did I see that the first time.... noooooo.... I made three tags instead... Soooo, I took the twine and ribbon off of the snowflake tag and made it into a card :) Voila! 

I blended some Spring Rain and Hawaiian Shores ink onto Fresh Snow Linen card stock and speckled with those same colors for my background. I added the tag with foam tape and cut the ribbon and bow out with the new Simple Gift Bow Dies and adhered that above the tag with foam tape. I love that bow! So fun!

STAMPS: Christmas Cuts Sentiments
DIES: Christmas Cuts Dies, Simple Gift Bow Dies
INK: Dark Indigo
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White
OTHER: Watercolor paper, Peerless watercolors, ribbon, twine


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow with another look at some of the amazing new products coming to   Papertrey Ink   October 15 at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!

Melissa Phillips


  1. Look at all those great tags! So pretty. I adore your watercolored backgrounds that show through the tags. Great idea to use wrapping paper, too. You are forgiven for being completely human in not catching the requirements. I think you also show the wonderful versatility of being able to do just what you did! Wonderful, festive work! Big hugs to you! :)

  2. Love how you showed us that the Christmas Cuts tags look just as wonderful on a card as they do as a tag! Always look forward to seeing your projects, Kay.

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    1. oh so pretty and festive Kay! I love your beautiful watercolor against the pure white. Gorgeous! and I've done the same thing so many times. ugh. lol

  4. Gorgeous watercolor on the tags, Kay, and I'm in love with the grosgrain ribbon dies!

  5. Couldn't wait to see your post! You never disappoint! Gorgeous, bright and happy! Love the new dies and LOVE your creations!!!

  6. Beautiful post! Love your tags and your tag card! :)

  7. Love how you added color to your tags - just stunning with the white! And I smiled at how you saved the situation by adding the tag to make a card. If the tag is removable, it could be used on a Christmas tree by the recipient.

  8. Really wonderful is each of them. Fabulous !
    Best regards, Synnöve

  9. LOVE your tags Kay! Those simple water colored backgrounds are perfect and I loved your other ideas for backing them too! I always make a lot of tags for Christmas, so this set will be perfect for something new this year...thanks for the inspiration!! :0)

  10. I wouldn't usually be interested in tag dies as I don't make tags, but love seeing them used for cards! Beautiful work!

  11. Perfect! Whether a tag or a card, all are wonderful!

  12. Love the backgrounds on these simple tags and are on my shopping list :-)

  13. Very lovely tags with wonderful water colored backgrounds! And, love the card with tag and gorgeous bow!!

  14. Wish I could do an Oops like you, Kay! Your tags are fabulous but that card is spectacular. Makes me want to CASE it for my Christmas card but lots of steps for mass producing 100+.

  15. Gorgeous tags, and I love how you showcased the snowflake on your card, Kay! I'm loving the ribbon die, and your beautiful blended and speckled background, too! You always know how to showcase the goodies :)

  16. Hi Kay,

    I am sooooo envious of your talent! You make this feel so easy for mere mortals as me, but when it comes to execution I have two left thumbs. I WILL be pestering you until you give in and show us....ANOTHER VIDEO,PLEASE!!! You make me so very happy...sigh!

    María Alba

  17. Gorgeous tags. And, we have all made mistakes--what you have actually done is show how easily it would be to create a card out of a beautiful tag--a great bonus feature of today's products.

  18. You watercolor like no other Kay!! These are fantastic!!

  19. These are stunning!! I LOVE the pretty colors you used on your fun projects!!

  20. You are right, those ornaments look so fun and easy to create with almost any kind of background! These are so darling I think you will have these sold out fast!

  21. These are gorgeous Kay you have inspired me to want to buy these, But your tags are what really inspired me.
    Have a blessed day Diana


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