Yes Virginia, there really is December Stamp Camp

In case you were wondering, there IS December Stamp Camp this week on 12/3, 4 and 5.  Between switching to Comcast this past week, decorating for the holidays, Thanksgiving and getting ready for surgery, I fell WAY behind.  But we will be doing Christmas Tags and Gift Card Holders as noted in the calendar.  Let’s take a look at what is have planned.

december 2015 gift packetsThese cute little packets hold 4 to 8 gift tags and make a perfect inexpensive gift for co-workers, neighbors and loved ones.  After all, who doesn’t need gift tags for the holidays.  The packets measure 8 1/2 X 6 3/4 and are scored X4.  2 small brads help form the 4 pockets.  I’ve added simple decorations at the bottom of each pocket and tied the package with ribbon.  Although I included 4 tags in my packets, you could easily slip 8 and perhaps 12 gift tags into the packet if you are using thinner cs.  I used DSP for all my tags.

december 2015 gift packet tagsHere you can see 3 of the tags I made.  I used 2 each of 2 different tags in each packet.  The tags are a breeze to make.  2 inch card stock slipped into a tag punch gives us our formed top.  Then we slip the bottom into the banner punch and voila – we have a tag!  I included a “to – from” on each tag and a small embellishment of some type.  These are fun to make and not difficult.  Wouldn’t a set of holiday owl tags or birds be cute?

december 2015 gift card enclosuresSmall envelopes for gift cards, checks or cash are a must in our household.  All the teenage grandchildren have asked for gift cards or the green stuff for Christmas.  I can understand as my taste is certainly far different from theirs.  I don’t think my granddaughters would treasure a pair of flannel ski pajamas the way I would.  These decorative envelopes are the perfect size for for gift cards or money.  The metal die cuts and scores the envelope.  The crafter simply needs to adhere the bottom and decorate.  As you can see here, my embellishments were quite simple.  The bottom 2 gift envelopes are DSP and are simply the reverse side of the other.  The top enclosure envelope is Night of Navy cs with some silver trim. 

december 2015 gift card enclosure backs

The view to the right shows the flaps of the gift card enclosures.  The bottom 2 gift envelopes have small hearts adhered to the tip of the flap and can be closed with a Glue Dot.  The top envelope has a small silver glimmer circle adhered to the flap and can also be closed with a Glue Dot

 

 

 

 

december 2015 metallic doily tagsAnother very very simple gift tag idea is to use the larger metallic doilies with a 2 inch circle of DSP adhered to the center.  Although hard to tell, I added Crystal Stickles to the “fur” of Santa Claus.  Dots of red Stickles on the Christmas Tree tag add a bit of bling.  Note how the back of each tag has the “To and From”,  These tags are an absolute breeze to make and could even be hung on the tree of the recipient.  Note the top tag even has a die-cut red metallic ornament embellishment.

 

december 2015 stamp camp washi

A Washi Tape ornament is another cute idea although I will admit my sample looks like it could be used for July 4th!  I think the navy with stars tape might have looked more appropriate with yellow tape – or a combination of 3 or 4 different patterned red Washi Tape strips.  I’ll have to give that a try!

 

december 2015 past tagsThose of you who have been crafting with me for some time might remember these punch art tag samples from the past.  I am going to craft new samples and add a bit more bling.  Many embellishments are available now that weren’t around when these tags were crafted. 

 

 

 

 

december 2015 stocking 1Another craft from the past – paper stockings with lots of embellishments.  The Bigz Stocking Die is one that I treasure.  I have used glimmer paper, felt, die cut ornaments, snowflakes, alphabet letters and ribbon in the past.  A stocking I crafted for Park District display included embossed card stock, a doily and a fussy-cut double poinsettia.  These can be simple or elaborate.  They can feature Santa, reindeer, ornaments, owls, birds, or whatever you have in mind.

I hope you can come to the Christmas Tags and Gift Card Holders Stamp Camp.  There will be samples you can CASE or you can be creative and do your own thing.  The one thing I am asking my regular crafters is to please let me know if you will be attending – and what you are most interested in making.  I know many of you are busy busy with craft shows and other holiday plans.  It is very helpful for me to know who is coming and what the interest is – stockings, tag packets, gift tags, gift card envelopes, punch art tags, etc.  This allows me to have the correct materials out for each person and not over plan for a limited number of attendees.  The dates/times are Thursday, December 3 from 2 – 9 PM, Friday, December 4 from 2 – 9 PM, and Saturday, December 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  

On a personal note, I will be having right rotator cuff surgery at Edward Hospital on Thursday December 17th.  Many think I am crazy to have this done the week before Christmas, but I need to get it over with and start the road to recovery.  We do not have Stamp Camp in January and I am hoping that by February, I will have the strength to stamp, or at least have learned to stamp with my left hand.  I can run the Big Shot with my left hand, so I know we will be ready for February Stamp Camp.

For those of you I will not see before year’s end, I wish you a very Blessed Christmas. 

Holiday Blessings, Rosemary – (H)630/759-3089 – (M)630/9651965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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