Cards

Tags on Tags, on Tags

Recently, I feel like I’ve entered a very creative period when it comes to crafting and card making. It feels great! Especially after going through some stints there where I found it tough to be creative whatsoever. I’ve just been letting the ideas flow, and I’m excited to share some of them with you in the coming weeks. This week – tags! I’ve been making them like a crazy person.

Gift tags

I think when you’re in a creative rut, the best place to start is somewhere simple. And that’s what I did here. I had recently gifted two coworkers with some soap, and I  wanted to personalize the bars I gave them, so I grabbed a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had previously painted (but had no idea what to do with), and just started cutting tags out of it. I used a die that seems to no longer be available from Simon Says Stamp (womp), but I really liked the simplicity of the whole thing. I also added some initials to the tags to personalize them.  So, that got the wheels turning. I painted more panels in the same striped fashion and started cutting tags from them.

Gift tags

After that I just couldn’t stop! :)  I started painting some watercolor paper with  really loose and haphazard washes of color, and made more tags in a rainbow of colors. Now, I have no shortage of cute embellishments for packages, and I’m also selling them in packs of 10 in my Etsy shop.

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

kimberly

DIY

DIY Favor Labels

Well, we’re experiencing somewhat of a heat-wave here today, with temperatures expected to get up into the near 40s! I do like the colder weather, but it’s been just a bit too cold for me. After a week of weather in the single digits and teens, I’ll happily take 39 degrees. I suppose we’re luckier here than those in other parts of the country who have been experiencing some hellishly cold weather so I should be thankful for that. In celebration of today’s “warm” weather, I thought I’d share a project I completed way back in the summertime (July, I think?).

Apple Butter with DIY TagsAlthough I had to make over 100 of them, the little circular labels I made for our homemade apple butter wedding favors were conceptually pretty simple. Smaller circles glued onto bigger circles that had a scalloped edge. I also designed the labels to have a front and back, and created the text as well. For the bulk of the job, I used my silhouette cameo to cut the circles and print the text, but you could easily use a circle cutter and your own handwriting.

DIY Favor Label Pieces

I used:

  • My Silhouette Cameo to design and plot the text, then to cut the circles. If you don’t have a paper cutting machine, you could easily purchase a circle cutter, like this one, or this one. Or something like this one, if you’re feeling especially fancy.
  • White cardstock for the center circles (of course you can use any color you want!)
  • Tan/Brown cardstock for the larger scalloped-edge circles (I had to use two different browns because when I ran back to the store to get some more after I had used up what I bought, the store was sold out of the color I had been using)
  • Glue (a glue stick, rubber cement, any old lightweight glue that is suitable for paper will work)
  • A single-hole punch (to punch a circle through the center of the finished label, in order to string the twine through)
  • Jute twine to attach the circles to the jars
  • You may also want a nice ink pen or a marker, to write on the label once it’s assembled.

Assembled Label

After cutting out all of the circles (double the amount of white ones, because my labels were two-sided), I glued them all together, inserting a larger scalloped circle between two white ones, making sure they were centered (although not all of them were perfect). Then, I used a single hole punch to punch a little hole at the top, through all three pieces, in order to attach the label to the mason jars. Then, I went to town, tying them all onto the jars, one by one. A single knotted bow seemed to work alright, but I found out pretty quickly that the best way to get the twine to stay on the jars was to add a little dot of hot glue in one spot underneath the twine, to affix it to the jar – a little tip from me to you :)

Apple Butter Jars with DIY Labels

These were definitely a labor of love, but I was really happy with how they turned out.

kimberly