Friday, November 23, 2012

TE Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge - November

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It’s Black Friday, and it's also time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge and a BIG Black Friday Sale at Taylored Expressions!

As a special surprise, we are releasing a new product today, Labels Stacklets 3 (which coordinates with the popular Frame It Up 1 Die). Also, it wouldn’t be Black Friday without a sale! Just enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2012 on your order at the TE Store Friday through Monday to save 10-30% off your entire order! The earlier you shop, the MORE you save! Details on the TE Store homepage.

The question for November is:

As crafters, we often talk about a hand-crafted Christmas. How much stamping do you do for the holidays?  Do you mail hand-stamped cards, make gift packaging, tags, handmade gifts?  Or do you stamp year-round, but not so much for Christmas?  Please show us some handmade tags and share a tip or two on how to keep stamping fun for the holidays.

I am a year-round stamper. I used to stress myself out every Christmas by trying to make enough cards to send out, but our Christmas list is quite large, and I just don't have enough time to make handmade cards for everyone anymore. My stamping style has also evolved over the years, too. Five years ago I was content to mass produce my Christmas cards, but I rarely do that anymore. I'm not a big fan of mass production, primarily because I get bored of making the same design over and over again. :) I do like to make handmade gifts for the numerous people who work with my daughter (teachers, therapists, para professionals, etc.), and this is pretty much a year-round thing for me. Today I have a set of 6 handmade Christmas tags to show you.

The base of my tag is the 2nd to the largest Labels Stacklets 3 which is cut out of Choice Snow White cardstock. To make a sturdier tag, I always double my base (this also helps to hide stitching on the back of the tag). I used a mix of patterned papers from the Doodlebug North Pole collection for the next layer. The PP layer uses the Frame it Up 1 Die (this layer creates a perfect 1/8" border).

Each tag has a layered tree which was created using the Trim the Tree Dies. The top layers were added to the base of the tree with foam tape. I also added a silver die cut star to the top of each tree. I stamped, colored and fussy cut each of the woodland creatures and added them to the tag with foam tape as well.

At the top of the tag, I added a silver eyelet, then added hand-dyed seam binding, Divine Twine, jingle bells and a Mini tag that reads Merry Christmas (from Many Minis - Holidays).

Detail shots:

Once I finished making the tags, I made a matching card with the scraps that I had accumulated. I used one of the smaller Labels Stacklets 3 as my main image panel.

Are you curious how I began my creative process? I first began by deciding which TE stamp set(s) that I wanted to use. I chose Woodland Winter, which was illustrated by Doug Applegate and part of his Apple Doodle Ink collection. I also used Many Mini - Holidays because I knew that I was going to add mini tags to my tags. :) I also had planned on using the new Label Stacklets 3 and the Frame it Up 1 Die as it is one of my favorite tag shapes. From there, I started pulling out various supplies:

Next, I decided how I wanted to design my tags by playing with my supplies and creating my first tag. On my first tag, I added stitching between the 2 different patterned papers, but in the end the stitching was covered up by the tree and woodland creature, so I didn't add stitching to the others.

I searched through my ribbon stash and decided that I wanted to use seam binding, so I dyed my own. This is a very simple process. I cut some seam binding and put it into a ziploc bag. Next, I start spraying mists into the bag, seal it, scrunch the ribbon to spread the colors and continue the process until I get the desired color. Even though it's November, it's still pretty dry here, so I took the ribbon out of the bag and let it air dry. You could also use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.

Finally, here's a photo of my card and all of the tags:

Please be sure to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see their take on the studio challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Woodland Winter, Many Minis - Holidays (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: North Pole (Doodlebug), Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Silver Bling (Bazzill)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Labels Stacklets 3, Frame it Up 1, Trim the Tree, Mini Tags, Medium Scallop Border (Taylored Expressions), Markers (Copic), White seam binding, Mr. Huey's Mists: Mint Julep, Shine, Silver (Studio Calico), Divine Twine, Eyelets (WRMK), Jingle bells, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.


  1. Oh goodness, Stephanie, your tags are too CUTE to use! lol! I LOVE them and might have to case these! Adorable!

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  3. Stephanie! These are so fun and cute! I love the bells and the ribbon treatment and you have a perfect group of darling woodland animals. LOVE! XOXO!

  4. I agree... Too cute to use! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday weekend. :-)

  5. OMG....these are SO ADORABLE, Steph!

  6. Goodness are these Ever CUTE Stephanie!! Wowie! Love the Sweet critters from the woodland set and the fun layered Christmas trees too! Thanks for the Super tip on dyeing the seam binding ribbon! 8-)


  7. OOOH I would SO feel fortunate to receive one of your homemade cards or tags! :) You are an INCREDIBLE artist! I just found your blog through a card someone pinned to Pinterest! THANK GOD FOR PINTEREST! I'm gonna stalk you regularly now! :) I have a large collection of stamps but... I don't feel i could pull off anything of this level of amazing ... yet!

  8. Such a cute collection of tags Stephanie and I love the pretty card! Great way to utilize your scraps! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Absolutely adorable!! Love the cute tags with the little friends! and the matching card is gorgeous! ;D

  10. What fabulous tags Stephanie. I love the holiday twine. Your card goes perfectly with the set of tags. :)



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