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Halloween-Inspired Gift Tags

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Halloween is just around the corner. If you gift little treats to co-workers, friends, classmates, etc, how about adding a fancy-schmancy Halloween (ish) gift tag? Even if you're not into Halloween, I think you might find some inspiration in these pretty paper supplies!

Supplies needed:
Wooden shapes (I think Target has a great price for these)
Black and white card stock (I used some from My Mind's Eye, Sweetest Thing: Honey)
Orange card stock (My favorite basic colors paper pad)
Adhesive tape runner (or glue dots)
Embellishments (I LOVE these gold puffy letters, black adhesive pearls, white enamel dots, translucent arrows, die cut shapes and gold stickers from Heidi Swapp)

Step 1: Make your own gift tag base in two quick steps. 
      a. Cut a piece of card stock 2.62 x 5.25 inches. If you want, snip the top edges off to look like a               shipping tag.
      b. Punch a hole at the top of the tag and, if you're feeling fancy, add an eyelet using an eyelet    
          setter (I use the Crop A Dile tool).
Step 2: Emboss your plain colored card stock and trim down to a square that fits onto the tag base. Is it an exaggeration to say that these American Crafts' embossing folders might change your life? I think not. If you've used embossing folders in the past, these will blow.your.mind. 

Adhere the embossed piece to the tag base with adhesive tape runner.

Step 3: Embellish. I added 'boo' in puffy gold stickers to a little wooden shape and taped that down, added a vellum butterfly from my stash, a plastic arrow and a couple of black adhesive pearls. I finished the whole thing off with black lace ribbon through the eyelet. 

Pretty dang cute. 

The other tag is made with the same formula. For this one, I painted the wooden square a minty green color so it wouldn't be so Halloween-ish. The embellishments were hanging around in my stash - a piece of gold vellum, white enamel dot, die cut leaves from the Maggie Holmes Confetti floral dies, and a 'lucky' sticker from Heidi Swapp's Hello Beautiful collection. Finished off with orange embroidery floss. 

What do you think about these non-traditional Halloween tags? Would you be happy to receive them attached to treats? (You don't have to lie, I know the treats are the exciting part. ;) ).

Card Making: You Are Amazing (with free printable and cutting file!)

Wow, I really do have a 'type.' A layout type, that is. I'm naturally drawn to this layout and I make it without thinking. Next time, I'll mix it up, promise!
I love this background paper - Basic Grey paper from the Capture line. I also love the 'You are amazing' embellishment that I created in the Silhouette Studio software. 

I love this embellishment so much that I am going to give it to you for free! Yay! If you don't have a Silhouette cutting machine, you can still download the pdf and cut them out by hand. 

Mini Wooden Circle Memory Album

This project combines so many of my loves- paper crafting, mixed media, and mini scrapbook albums. 
This wooden circle scrapbook pocket album uses pre-cut wooden circles as the base for a creative take on a traditional album. The best part? It uses up lots of your little scrap papers and bits!
*I originally designed this tutorial for CraftsUnleashed.com.

Card Making: Sketchy Circles (Five Layouts)

I decided to make five cards for co-workers who are moving to a new, less-than-desirable building. I wanted to make each one a unique layout but keep a theme. I recently cut several sketchy circles with my Silhouette Cameo so they made the perfect 'theme.' You can get the free file for the sketchy circles here.

Card 1 Supplies: Kraft card, sketchy circles, handmade mixed media background on white card stock, washi tape, enamel dots, scraps of paper, a couple of stickers
Card 2 Supplies: Kraft card, sketchy circles, printed paper, vellum, brad, hello stamp, washi tape, enamel dots, shapes cut from my Silhouette Cameo, scraps of paper

Card 3 Supplies: Kraft card, printed card stock, sketchy circles, butterfly and hello cut from Silhouette Cameo, pennant/flag craft punch with mixed media paper, pom pom ribbon, enamel dots, washi tape

 Card 4 Supplies: Kraft card, mixed media background, washi tape, hello stamp, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, pom pom ribbon, scraps of paper
Card 5 Supplies: Kraft card, mixed media background paper, shapes cut with Silhouette Cameo, sketchy circles, washi tape, enamel dots, scraps of paper, 

So, you can see that I basically used the same supplies for each card so they definitely match but each one is very unique due to the colors and layouts. Isn't it cool how that works out?

Are you working on any crafts with a theme?

Card Making: Ice Cream Social

You might have seen yesterday's post where I showed a card that was a departure from my usual style. Well, today's card is also very different than usual. The color scheme is more my speed but the ice cream cone is very different for me. 
Patterned paper
Ice cream cone embellishment
White phrase sticker
I recently bought the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher stapler and I'm obsessed. It's a snap to attach embellishments to the page and it looks so cute!

I've been watching too much Law & Order: SVU because the red distress ink looks like blood to me. Maybe I should switch to a more light-hearted show, ha!

Card-Making: Dream Big

This weekend, I made a few cards that are way different than my usual style. Here is one of them. It's mostly the dragonfly that isn't my style but it went so well with the color scheme, I had to use it. It turned out great!
Supplies used:
'Dream BIG' sticker
Lace ribbon
White card stock

What crafts are you working on right now?

Make It: Pops of Green, Yellow and Pinks

I've fit tons of hiking in this summer, which makes me a happy camper. (No pun intended but okay, maybe pun intended.) I'm really trying to capture all the fun I'm having so I'll remember these moments. I'm working on a 6x6 album of my hikes so I thought I'd show you one page.

Do you match your scrapbook pages to the photo? If I were to match the colors of my photos, they'd all be green and blue because they are all from hikes. That is too limiting so I rarely do that.
I started my album with a color scheme: black/white, mint and peachy colors. Well, that stuck around for a few pages (I'll post them later) but then the album took a decided turn towards POPS of color! This entire layout was inspired by some paper flags/pennants I made from thick white paper, watercolor, ink, washi tape and a flag craft punch. I am so in love with these flags that I decided to build an entire page based on one. 
So here's the breakdown of the page, should you want to try this look yourself. The layout is my go-to style so I probably need to mix it up a bit on my next page. 

I'm making a lot of embellishments myself, which is really fun! (But time consuming, I must say). I made several of these embellishments with my Silhouette Cameo, which is the one craft tool I can't live without.

How are you preserving your summer memories? Share your methods in the comments!