Tags…tags….tags – oh so FUN!




Good Morning! How we all doing? The calendar is telling us that Christmas is just 10 days away! If you are like me, when you see the 15th….it becomes reality – the hour glass has turned.

As I look at my house with “stuff” here and there I am proud that I am not stressing about the “what still needs to be done” scenario that we often put on ourselves….as on Tuesday my kitchen counter was lined up with Reindeer Tags waiting for their noses to dry and when John came into the kitchen he heard a quick, “Don’t lay anything on the Reindeers”….and then I heard a laugh from him!

I have a bunch of pictures for you today and I hope that I am inspiring you to find some time and just have fun with products that I know you have stashed…that is what is BEST about making tags…you get the best of both worlds…a great finished product and you use up odds and ends that you have!

The tag to the right has the retired wooden snowflakes….I found a package of them and the lightbulb went off….not only did I say USE THEM UP but I was happy with the simplicity of using them – trust me….do a “search and rescue of your stash”….you will be amazed at what you find!

This year I decided to go a bit whimsical with tags as truth be told I wanted to get to know the Stampin’ Blends better so how and what is the best way to accomplish that?



Simple….here is the secretPRACTICE!



Not only did I have fun but it was a learning process and in the end…I had a bunch of tags completed and I learned a bunch! Am I the best at it…NOPE….Did I learn along the way….YEP…I just kept trying a different “touch”…a different “color”…a different “stroke”…I really do not know what I am doing but I just kept practicing and in the end – I had a ton of adorable tags!

At the end of the post today I will share with you my simple formula in making tags…remember, tags can be so many different sizes and shapes. I just tend to stick with one style and let the production line roll!

In the below picture you can see that I colored the reindeer with (2) different main bases for his body. The one on the left the main color is the Ivory Marker and the one on the right is the Light Crumb Cake Marker. I ended up liking the left one better as I preferred the “red – lighter” cast the end result gave. Again, just exploring and practicing….the name of the game!








I shared with you before that I think that this bundle, Seasonal Chums is a keeper one. It is designed with the “back” of the image as well but I just “snipped” it to make it for a tag. Don’t forget – this bundle IS being carried over but it will NOT be in a BUNDLE FORM so if you do not have it….I would SWOOP it up to save the 10% bundle discount.

Just look at these images…true classics and the design of this set is just wonderful! I think that we often forget (I know that I do) to use the other die cut images that are in the die cuts…there are some super shapes that would be great “fillers” for projects!









Here is a super close up picture for you……I truly have no clue what I am doing but I do know one thing….it was FUN! I added a wee bit of Pink to the inside of the ears and cheeks…a quick and easy touch that I do think makes him have character!

What did I do with the nose? Well….I used the Light Cherry Cobbler Blends but then I put some glossy accents over top. I am sure that many of you still have it in your stash from when Stampin’ Up! sold it but I have also linked it for you if not. It is not only a great “glossy shine” it also can be used as an adhesive….(You also can find it in Michaels….Hobby Lobby etc…)








Let’s peek at the adorable snowmen….did you smile? I hope so as they make me smile each time I see them. Let me tell you, these were super fun to color. Remember, NO RULES on what is the right way or wrong way. I just kept picking up markers and went to town….so rewarding and relaxing.

Here is a tip for these little guys…..I used the light Pool Party just around the edge of the snowmen and then used my color lifter to soften the edges…..this gives the little guy a sense of “roundness” and when I put him against the DSP that has Pool Party in it…..(from the Coffee Cafe Collection) it just POPPED!









Pretty in Pink is this little guy. You will see at the end of the post that I used Kraft Wrapping Paper with a simple Red bow for many of my gift wrapping. When it is all said and done….who cares about the colors as after all they are just TAGS…and TAGS are meant to be a “one and done” type of thing….this is why I chose TAGS to be my practice guinea pigs!

Here is a great place to buy fun wrapping paper….Michaels….yep – they have some great papers in bins for just $1.50 each…that is my “stock up” place of choice as not only is it a great price…the selection is usually good (very plain, clean & simple….just like I like it) and the quality to wrap it is super!








For these tags…this is how I rolled…

  • I cut Thick Whisper White to 2″ X 5″ and then used the Banner Triple Punch for the decorative end
  • I stamped the images on scraps if paper….cut them out and colored them with the Blends. Make sure that you use the Memento Ink with the Blends….
  • I cut the DSP a wee bit larger than the image….sometimes it was 2″ and sometimes it was 2 1/4″….just have a little bit on each end to make the image POP and then mat it with a solid piece of cardstock that is a wee bit bigger than the DSP.
  • I popped the images up with Foam Adhesive Strips….I found this to be a perfect choice. I loved that I could “bend” the adhesive but I really….really liked only having to peel off on release paper.


Where did the sentiments come from? Well….“Merry and Bright” was from the November Paper Pumpkin and the “happy holidays” was from a Simon Says Stamp that I have. You know me…..I do love my sentiments and I am always on the lookout for the perfect fit and font for my needs.

The moral to this tag story is…just have fun in creating and making them. Use what you have….tailor it to the color scheme of your papers and ribbons and use up what you have. It truly is as simple as that. As I am finishing them up…I toss them in a container so they are all in one spot….this way I am always “armed and ready for wrapping duty” at anytime.








As you know me as being “SIMPLE SUSAN” you can see from the below picture how I roll for the holidays! I tend to be a Kraft Paper or a simple and fun Polka Dot person with a BIG WIDE BOW….and to me that is both FUN and DONE!

Here is another idea/tip….tags make a fabulous gift to give. I have put tags in a Mason Jar with a spool of Bakers Twine and a pair of Paper Snips….now that is what I call a HOME RUN…not only a great gift but a super practical one!







Happy Weekend to all and if you are starting to travel, please be careful. This is such a busy time of the year and I know that many of my friends “peeps” are rolling in from Colleges now. My oldest peep Will….is leaving today after school (he is a teacher) and spending the holiday traveling Spain…..true I am a bit sad that he will not be home but I am thrilled that he has the time off and ability to see a different country.

I do hope that you can find some time to give making handmade tags a whirl….it is a stress buster as if you are creating….you are having some “me time” and we all love our crafting time!!!

So…what do you think???? Do these tags perk your day up!?!? I sure do hope so….now go make it a FABULOUS day!






Woot-Woot….FREE SHIPPING, again!





Well…Who would have known!

Stampin’ Up! is having another day of FREE SHIPPING….so yep, that is a win-win for all….time to take advantage of this offering! If you are anything like me….when I hear FREE SHIPPING…..I do a HAPPY DANCE!

But remember…..








No matter how small….or how large…..you will enjoy FREE SHIPPING!!! 🙂 







This week is all about the good old fashion “keepers” of the holiday crunch time…..Wednesday will be inspiration for the “check givers” this holiday season….CLICK HERE to see an old post but I will see you on Wednesday for some new and current inspiration! I know you are out there….there are those of you that love to “write that check” and I have you covered!

I must admit, I am shocked that Stampin’ Up! is offering the FREE SHIPPING again but I’ll take it….it is a GREAT time to stock up on the basics and a great time to take advantage of the retired product that is walking that stampin’ plank…. 🙁





A “quickie” with a wow!






Happy HUMP day to you! I have a super fast card for you today that will make you stop and say….“I can do that” but here is a secret…YOU can do ANYTHING! I just love a card like this that has a huge WOW with minimal time, effort and products used!

I loved the comments about John’s new girls…and at the end of the post I will give you an update! He is making me laugh and I think his girl, “Rosie” is going to be a little hurt that the new girls might take her spot with her Daddy! Let’s get to this quickie card!

I think that it is fair to say that this stamp set, Painted Harvest….has had it’s showing on just about everyones blog since its debut in September. This stamp set and punch are being carried over but it will NOT be available as a bundle starting in January so you know what to do….SWOOP it up now to save that 10%!








The other shining stamp that I used today is one that I simply adore….for me, it was a KEEPER at first SIGHT – it is Watercolor Christmas. This set will always be on Randall Lane as you know me….when I see a gorgeous font, great sentiment, classic & practical….I HIT THAT BUTTON.

This stamp is leaving us but it will stay with me, I just love it…again, you know what to do – HIT THAT PAW PRINT as this is one fantastic stamp!







I know, I know….it is super frustrating to see the retired list but I hope that you know me well enough that when I tell you…just because something is being retired does not mean that it is “a loser product”….nope, it’s not that at all…..as there are many products that Stampin’ Up! might retire….but they will always stay on Randall Lane. True, I am selective with what I keep but there are definitely some that I will always keep!







I think that it is fair to say that this card today is one that you can make in the masses! I just LOVE IT when that happens! I did use my MISTI to stamp the sentiment as I wanted to make sure that I had great coverage with the Real Red Ink before I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over it to heat set it. PRESTO…..a sentiment that shines!

Yes, I have a MISTI and I use it regularly as I love to have great coverage. A stamp positioning tool will become your BEST FRIEND in a jif and I am over the moon that Stampin’ Up! has created an amazing positioning tool that will take it to the next step…allowing you to stamp multiple layers (as I have in this card) without having to stop and clean before going to the next layer.

I know that you all have seen on just about everyones blog…the hype and excitement of  the Stampin’ Up! positioning tool that is coming out….the Stamparatus! This IS soooooo exciting for us and with the 1st wave selling over 27,000 in less than 15 minutes you can see that there are a bunch of excited stampers out there! This is a very exciting and innovative product launching for Stampin’ Up!







You will have the opportunity to reserve one now and this IS THE ONLY WAY you will be able to get one before the Annual Catalog in June of 2018. You can CLICK HERE to reserve one and the great news is the window for this pre-order is through the end of the month and it will start shipping in March.

After you CLICK HERE – you will see the promo box that says THE STAMPARATUS IS HERE. This is where you can go in and reserve yours.



You WILL NOT be charged when you reserve yours….this is a reservation, a new system to Stampin’ Up!.



When you look at this card, you see the layers of this wreath with a variety of colors. This is so easy to create because of the (2) different stamps that are in this set. I used Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist. This stamp set is so forgiving that it always makes us look good!

I stamped the Lemon Lime Twist 1st and then turned the stamp a wee bit to stamp that color off and then finally went over it with the Garden Green. NO STRESSING ALLOWED when using this stamp….please do not take the time to worry about how they are lined up….it is like MAGIC….always a great looking end result and talk about easy!







Please remember to use the Embossing Buddy before you heat set an image…..this will make sure that any unwanted embossing powder does not get on your project. Once you get in the habit of using it….it will become your friend with the results it gives. Another tip, I like to turn my Heat Tool on and let it get good and hot before I take it to my project to heat set….I think that it goes faster which will help to eliminate warping.

I know that the below picture is not the best…but I wanted to share and show you how important it is to get in the habit of using an embossing Buddy. I 1st took the embossing buddy and tapped it all over where I was going to put the sentiment. After stamping it several times in Real Red to get a great coverage I then sprinkled the clear embossing powder! Clean and crisp…just like I like it!






Well…there you go! A super fast clean and simple card that you could whip up in NO TIME to send….and send proudly! If you want to save a bunch of time, just eliminate the clear heat embossing. To me, it’s just a little extra touch that adds a bit of specialness to the card!

You know by now, a card is not one of my cards without a fun envelope! Today is no different. This paper is from the Quilted Christmas 6 X 6 DSP Pack….this has been just a wonder addition this season to our DSP Stampin’ Up! sure does know how to make amazing offerings!

I do hope that you will give this card a try. It is so easy and quick and the little accents of the linen thread and the wee little bits of red glimmer paper for berries, add that special touch!







ALPACA UPDATE: I am being good….like REALLY GOOD in staying OUT OF THIS…..John is just soooooooo darn tootin’ excited for his girls but he is QUICKLY finding out that there are many, many things that need to be done before they come. It does make me laugh as I really think that he thought….I will surprised her and PRESTO….have 4 girls plopped off!!!

Yesterday morning he had someone come to check out fencing as he learned that they cannot stay in the fence that we have….I guess that they are escape artists and can climb through a horse fence so those modifications need to be made. Trust me, it would be my luck to be driving down the back roads to come to my house to see one loose!!!!

He did ask me if it was an option to move Oscar into a different field. I guess my silence to him was enough of an answer….he really is so funny about these. There names are a hoot….I cannot remember them off the top of my head but I do remember Ruby…..she is an old girl that has had many babies…I will keep you posted on their arrival!

Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you on Friday….and I promised – you will be “smitten”!!!!



Last call….for FREE SHIPPING!



This is my 2nd Post today…..CLICK HERE to see the 1st one….and a reminder that…



will be coming to an end in just a couple of hours!


I can personally vouch that my fingers and computer have had a workout on Cyber Monday Shopping and I cannot tell you how excited I am that Stampin’ Up! has offered this for today! (yippee!!!)

You know that this is a HUGE RARITY for Stampin’ Up! to offer this and it is a great time to stock up on the basics even if it is just one pack of paper….cause’ no matter how small or how large your order is….




Finish up your dinner….grab your computer and shop away……I am in a “WIN-WIN” situation at my house tonight…..there is a football game (John will watch that…yippee!) and “The Voice” (I will watch this – woot-woot!) so the dogs and I will be multi tasking watching and shopping away!



FREE SHIPPING…and a free card from me!



Now I ask you….would you just BUST OUT LAUGHING of you saw this dear little grasshopper delivering your “goods” I just could not resist as he is just the CUTEST!

I do not know about you….but…..when I hear FREE SHIPPING….I perk up, especially when Stampin’ Up! does it as they RARELY do it so when they do – I say….






We all know that shipping with Stampin’ Up! can get very pricey (I am always honest with you) and shipping in general is just an extra expense that sometimes “we just do not figure in” but when you think about it – it is pretty amazing that we are able to ship like we do!



If you are anything like me….FREE SHIPPING makes me PERK UP!



TODAY is the ONLY DAY…..so if I were you…..I would take full advantage of it! Stock up on the basics that you use over and over….paper, adhesives, envelopes, blades for your trimmer, dimensionals, ribbons (especially linen thread and bakers twine)YOU GET IT….the things that you always use!

I know that you do not need me to enable you to cyber spend but truly, if I were you….I would take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING – this is HUGE for Stampin’ Up! and I am just over the moon happy that they are offering this to us!






To “sweeten” the day/deal of free shipping…..please do not forget to use the Hostess Code of 4F7HTQPU….this will make you even happier because…..you will be able to receive potentially 3 addition goodies from me with your order TODAY! (please see below)


  • Every order of $75+ will receive a pack of Very Vanilla Envelopes (a $6.50 value)
  • For the first 10 orders I receive of $75+ you will receive a brand spankin’ new set of Standard Cutting Pads for your Big Shot (Now this will make you smile….as we all hate to “cave in” and purchase new ones and when they “warp” – I say YUCK)
  • This handmade card from me….one of my all time favorites that I have made and one that I know will make you smile! (see below)


If your order is over $150+……PLEASE DO NOT USE the hostess code…..I want you to take full advantage of the Stampin’ Rewards…but know that you will automatically receive all of the above (this is a great time to go together with a friend to place an order to receive your own Stampin’ Rewards…..just sayin’)





I have blogged about this card before and I know that you are going to adore having it. If I were you….I would take FULL advantage of this Bundle, Hearts Come Home Bundle…as it IS being carried over but it will NOT BE AT THE BUNDLED PRICE next year (why not go ahead now and save the 10% on the bundle as well as the 10% in shipping).

You can click here to see the blog post I did featuring this sweet card. The best thing is…..I will be sending you the card so you can see and feel it to CASE away!






We all know that today is known as CYBER MONDAY and trust me….I am up well before this blog post goes off as I am one that loves a deal and I simply like getting my shopping done so I can enjoy the season.

These past several months have truthfully been the “pits” with my “left paw” but I am well into therapy and I am ready to be back in full swing! I do plan to start my “kits” in January….I admit, I am “trying to be patient” but it is tougher than I thought to bend that silly wrist!

I know many of you have missed my kits and trust me, there is a side of me that misses them as well…as it makes my heart happy knowing that you are able to sit, create and FINISH a project!

Enjoy this day….CYBER AWAY and please feel free to email me if you have any questions…..(besides therapy today….I will be cyber shopping so I am close to the computer)

I have created a big list below of the basics that I know that I use all of the time that might make it easier to click into your shopping cart…..remember…..I am just like you….a PROUD STAMPER so I know what we all like to use! (I hope that this will help you click away……but just have FUN and take FULL advantage of this FREE SHIPPING DAY!  🙂


p.s. – I will SHIP your goodies with your NEW OCCASIONS and SALE-A-BRATION CATALOG….I will be able to order them on December 1st  (yikes…it is this Friday) so you will have SUPER Happy Mail from me!






HOT off the press from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! just announced that on Monday, November 27th…they are doing something that they RARELY DO…..and that is FREE SHIPPING for all orders!


Free shipping runs from November 27 12:00 AM to November 27 11:59 PM (MT)





This is my 2nd quick post today…..click here to see the 1st one that has a BUNCH of great deals….you know me….always wanting to keep you up to date on deals!!!!

Don’t forget….this FREE SHIPPING from Stampin’ Up! is just for 1 day…..a GREAT time to stock up on basics……

Enjoy the rest of your day!


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