Summer has arrived in my neck of the woods and it seems more than a little odd to be thinking of Christmas, but I'm slowly squirreling away lots of projects that will make this Christmas so much easier for me when all my cards are made ahead of time. I have this fantasy that I will be able to sit down with a glass of mulled wine in the first week of December, put some Christmas music on the player, and write my cards without feeling rushed. I'll be so laid back that I'll be able to add newsy notes to people I don't get to see too often, and really enjoy the process this time instead of frantically scribbling messages so I can get on with all the tasks still waiting to be done. Aahhh - it sounds good doesn't it? Well if you haven't made a start on your Christmas cards yet, why not join us at the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge where you will have a weekly theme to inspire you and some prizes to be won. After all that talk about cards - the theme this week is 'anything but a card'! I thought about doing some home decor for this challenge, but decided on getting all the practical necessities completed before branching out. I have certain people who always get a bottle of wine from me at Christmas, and I always have a bottle wrapped under the tree for any unexpected visitors over the festive season, so I decided to make some wine bottle tags.
All the tags used the Papertrey Ink Wine bottle tag die and for this one I also die cut and stamped the multi layer tree from Polka Dot Parade #9. The sentiment was from Think Big Favorites #20 and I just cut some banner tails on the end. I cut the end of the bottle tag again in white card and added it to the bottom of the tag to add a little variety and finish off this bright, festive tag.
The next one is a little more muted
I used a Hero Arts fern and cone stamp and stamped it in Ocean Tides ink before colouring the cones with a Copic marker and adding some berries with gel pen and a little bit of glitter. I die cut the 'merry' several times and glued the words together to give a chipboard effect before painting over it with my Wink of Stella glitter brush. I added a block of ocean tides card to the bottom of the tag to give a slightly different look.
The final tag has a more masculine look
I cut the wine bottle tag in smokey shadow card and stamped over it with versamark ink and an Impression Obsession star background stamp. I then cut a round PTI tag and stamped and embossed it in white using a sentiment from PTI Over Under Easy: Holiday Additions Stamp Set. I added a metal snowflake charm with a black brad and scattered a few die cut red stars to add a pop of colour. This time I left the tag tails plain.
Here are all three together
I'd like to enter these into the
Glory of Christmas Challenge - anything goes
Crimbo Cracker - festive red
Christmas Stamping - anything goes
Crafts 4 eternity - use a die cut
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.