Friday, November 16, 2018

Tags, Labels and Toppers

Oh dear, I'm late with my Daring Cardmakers post again!  To be fair, I did have a few housey things to do this morning, and then I got a bit 'diverted' by making a new Christmassy header for our Daring Cardmakers Facebook page - and of course, not being particularly tech-savvy it took me an awfully long time to do it!  It features the various tags and toppers from this week's challenge and you can check it out on Facebook HERE

This week, it's time to take our first "Step Away from the Cards" for this Christmas season.  Most of our team don't just make cards, and its fun to share some other crafty makes with you.  Of course we also ask you to join in and share some of your other creations with us.
Tags, Labels and Toppers

We'd just love to see the tags etc that you'll be adding to your gifts to show who they are for and from!  it doesn't have to be Christmas-themed, we give gifts for lots of reasons and they all look better with a bit of extra decoration!
Have I mentioned that I loathe making tags?  Of course I have - about this time every year!  I hate writing them too, which is why for the last couple of years I've been trying to make a tag and topper all in one piece, with the name of the recipient added in - the thought being that ours will be the only gifts looking this way so family and friends will know who they are from! 

So I've been playing around with a few ideas and I think this year I'll go with something along these lines.  The flat shape with the name at the bottom makes a good base for adding die cut snowflakes and other bits and bobs.  I love to make dimensional projects and getting to use all the goodies I've bought or, more often collected from last years gifts and crackers - it's such a shame to throw all the pretties away.  My OH gets mad when he catches me going through the 'rubbish' and setting aside anything that might come in handy next year!

For the base I created a Word document with the various names on, leaving big spaces between the lines and using a large font size.  Once printed I can cut them to the size of a large tag, ink the edges and start sticking stuff on!
I've used a large snowflake die for layer 1, then added a couple of holly die layers, one in glitter card the other in plain green card
Next I glued some berried in place and added a few loops of Bakers' Twine and a gold bell on more twine.
I covered the joins with a smaller white die cut snowflake and added a red raffia bow
To finish I glued on some red flat backed pearls
I can add a tring to the back to hang on my gift, or just stick in place with some double sided tape
Now I'll show you a second gift topper - it took about three times as long to make and I don't like it half as much! Which probably means I won't be making any more of these.
These paper stars, made from circles of double-sided patterned paper are not difficult to make, they are just far too time-consuming if you ne4ed to make a lot.
Then again, if you're the sort of person who crafts in front of the TV then twiddling pieces of paper between your fingers for these might be just the ticket.  Let me know if you'd like me to post the instructions
I used paper with glittered flowers on one side to make this star, and mounted it on a large die-cut gold snowflake.
I hand-cut the two banners, one white for a writing a name on
Regular curling ribbon was adhered to the back

I also have another topper idea half made, and if I finish it I'll share that with you another time!
That's all for today, I hope you'll join in with The Daring Cardmakers this week, we'd love to see how you decorate and tag your gifts
Thanks for looking, have a fabulous weekend


Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your makes are stunning I love them. Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Beautiful and detailed work! Love your creations!

Sylvia Ames said...

Love the embellishments on the first tag Kathy, great idea to print the recipients name on the tags. The second tag looks a little too fiddly but it does look fabulous and would be great for decorating a presi.

Sylv xx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Beautiful work today Kathy. Lovely detail photos

KarinsArtScrap said...

very beautiful work Kathy
Gr Karin

Katie Lamb said...

These are stunning

Jane Stillman said...

Both tags are beautiful, but I can understand why you wouldn't want to do too many of the second one lol

Angelnorth said...

Both pretty but I really like all the layers of different stuff on the first one, lots to explore and enjoy! Since it was the quicker one to make as well I’d vote you go that way!

Dawn said...

These are just beautiful. I would love to receive these. I would keep the toppers as they are just so lovely and hang them on my tree.