Hey Crafters!! A couple of years ago I made some cute tags with the large Crescent Tag die. I made each one for each family member’s gift, excluding myself. And they were totally fun and I will add a few pics at the bottom of this post.
My daughter, Katie, saved her and Cody’s tags, this was before Millie was born. As I noticed Katie’s Christmas stockings out this year, she had hung their tags with their stockings and she even made tags for the puppy dog’s stockings too. Everyone had a tag with their stocking, except Millie and Nic. So, I got to work and created tags for Millie and Nic.
Katie and Millie picked out some cute felt cupcake decorations for their Christmas tree and Katie requested a cupcake tag for Millie. I was at a bit of a loss, even though I have a couple of cupcake dies! I’ve just been too frazzled to settle down and create much, but I (Nana), do have Cup Cake Lady in my car and she has helped us through many a tough acid reflux day or Card Class day, where I was asked last minute to teach class. Millie would go with me and Cup Cake Lady (whom is really an ice cream cone) would entertain Millie with her dancing and floppy arms and legs with cute green shoes, until her Mama came to pick her up about 30 minutes into class. She was the perfect inspiration, although Cup Cake Lady is much cuter than my Millie tag!! But this tag was Millie approved. Whew!
I have no idea how I ended up calling this funny ice cream cone, Cup Cake Lady, but it’s stuck and we love her. So, it’s okay and we’re rolling on. HaHa!
She was die cut from the Sizzix Pro Cup Cake/ pocket die, that I hand trimmed a bit too to try and get the shape of Cup Cake Lady, the cherry is from this die too. I used Copics and Bics to make the dots for the sprinkles. The arms and legs are white gross grain ribbon, that I also dotted with alcohol markers, which bled a bit, but I rolled on. The shoes were die cut from a Sizzix Halloween Witch accessories die that I also hand trimmed to mimic Cup Cake Lady’s real shoes. The socks were hand drawn and fussy cut from white paper and dotted as well. The hands are PTI Signature Series Snowman die set (the mittens for the snowman). A ginger bread man was stamped and die cut from a Stampin’UP! set and added to her hands.
The Quikutz Bouquet alpha set was used to cut the letters for Millie and shadowed with a darker color to make them pop.
Onto Nic’s tag. Nicholas…which I abbreviated as Nic. Katie questioned my decision and I’ve not heard back, so I hope it’s right. ;0 LOL Nic is going to school to write and conduct scores of music for movies, which I think is totally cool. He’s Cody’s best friend and he’s so engaging, when you meet him every single time, which I really like too. He went to Pumpkin Daze with us in Republic, MO this year and he wore a sock hat and a sweater, so I pulled inspiration from that experience, his love of music (so I knew I had to make sheet music that was a given, that I also stamped with some Christmas music titles) and Katie said he used to play the upright Base. These are the kind of people I love creating a paper craft for! All of the guess work is done. DONE. Just have fun creating. I took the new guitar die I bought this Summer from Joy crafts and a large guitar stamp from a Hanna Montana Disney stamp set used for gauging size and created an upright base template. The handle or neck and strings area are from the guitar die cut 2 times to elongate the neck and I the body of the Base was hand drawn and cut from water color paper for sturdiness (based on an image I googled for an upright base). I think it turned out awesome, and I doodled on it with some Copics and Bic alcohol markers. Love it!
The scarf, hat, shirt, pants and boots came from a Sizzix Dress ups die, Winter clothes. I often alter this “coat” and make it into a shirt for my masculine paper crafting, by cutting the feminine or childish curves off of it. I ended up using the Quikutz dress up body die for the body, and actually cut the arms apart and the legs apart to place them where they looked natural with my over sized upright base. And I love how this tag turned out! The greenery and berries was from an awesome craft store dumpster dive, amidst many rolls of ribbon, beads, etc. and I turned a small length of it into a wreath and stitched it onto the tag with some thick twine. The final finishing touch are the tiny jewelry tags, made from the SU jewelry tag punch, and stamped with small words, (Holiday, Hugs, Special, Just, For, You), each with a hole punched in the rounded tip with a straight pin and threaded onto a tiny safety pin.
Here are a few peeks from the original tags. Katie thought I got a bit carried away for the 2 newer tags. LOL What? What?