Tag, you're it

I guess this is the week for tags.  We sold almost all the tags we had made last weekend, so that is what I felt that I needed to replenish before next weekend's craft sale.  This is the last craft sale of the season, and so I really don't want to make much, and be stuck with it.  Of course, if I am stuck with it, then I will have it made, so I will use it.  It's a win win situation. 
I don't feel like I accomplished much this week, so far, but I have my reasons.  I got a new die for my Big Shot right before Thanksgiving, that makes little rosettes.  I made the cutest little turkeys that I put on top of licorice sticks, and I loved making them.  So, I wanted to make rosettes, so I mass produced a bunch on Monday, and made them in to tags for Christmas presents. 
On Tuesday, I wanted to make a big ornament with the Ornamental Keepsakes stamps and Framelits.  I stamped out the ornaments I needed for the big decoration, but before heading to the Big Shot I stamped a bunch of small ornaments, so I could be cutting several sizes and styles with each pass through the Big Shot.  No sense in cranking that baby for one ornament at a time.  I made the big fancy ornament for a gift exchange on Tuesday evening.  Our Stampin' Up demonstrator's group had a gift exchange at our party, and we each had to decorate a jar, or tin, or canister, and put something in it.  I actually decorated a coffee can with the ornament on top, and a snack mix that I made inside.  (I forgot to take a photo, but Kay will post them on her blog in a couple days, and I can show you then.)  So, that was Tuesday afternoon during nap time.  The little ornament pieces I punched are waiting for assembly.

When I came home Tuesday night, I was kind of wound up, so I headed to the craft room, and pulled out some scraps of paper that I had put aside after our album class last week.  I thought these scraps would be perfect to make the folded star ornaments, so I sat and folded a bunch of those stars, and assembled them.  During nap time today, I stamped the end pieces, and decided to add "to and from" to one end so you could tie them on a package.  They turned out cute.  I love making those  stars, and thought about the beautiful origami set that Santa Clause brought me when I was about 11 yrs.  It had beautiful Japanese paper.  I think I will look for a set like that for my granddaughter for Christmas. 
Tonight after dinner I sat down with my punches and started playing around trying to come up with a Santa that I could put on top of candy packs for the sale.  I moved on to a snowman when I was not coming up with a Santa to my liking.  I went from making a snowman head to making a full snowman, and he is a telescoping style snowman.  He ended up as a gift tag, and I made about 20 of those.  They were fun, but once again a lot of putsy work. 
I feel like I am getting nowhere fast this week.  I guess I just can't keep it simple.  Everything I make turns in to a big production, a bunch of time, and not very cost effective for a craft sale, because I spend more time than I could ever get paid for!  LOL!  Like I do it for the money!! LOL!  I do it for the LOVE!
So I guess I could add a couple challenges into my projects, and I found a couple that apply. 
 SUO Challenge #59 says KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM, and I think the folding stars are just right for the challenge.  CAS-ual Fridays #80 is looking for gift tags, and I have got them.  Jingle Belles says ANYTHING (Holiday) GOES, and so does Crafty Boots Challenges.   So, take that!! challenges. I have gotcha covered.
So, even though I am up to my ears in crafty projects, I just had to get a few more Christmas things made for this sale.  Things I really enjoy making.  For next week the focus must shift.  The door to the craft room may even close.  I have cleaning, and shopping and baking to do.  I have knitting, and sewing, wrapping to do.  I have company coming, and a tree to trim, and a house to decorate.  Christmas is only 20 days away!!
But, I still have crafts to do tomorrow.  Come back and see. 
Mary Alice


  1. Gosh, look at all of those gorgeous tags and ornaments.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  2. Yes, those folded star ornaments are just perfect for the SUO Challenge! Thanks for sharing them with us. (Love the rest of your tags too.)

  3. Mary Alice - what a great looking group of tags! I love all the different color combinations! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  4. I enjoy looking at your gorgeous and whimsical tags, Mary Alice! I feel like I am in a tag candy shop! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. Beautiful tag! Love the different folds and technique you used for them.Thanks for sharing with us @ CASual Fridays this week!

  6. I love these little star ornaments! And such a cute surprise for the recipient! Thanks for joining SUO Challenges this week.

  7. Those stars really are fantastic! So glad you joined us this week at SUO Challenges!

  8. Darling folded star ornaments! Very cute and useful! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Challenge this time!

  9. How cool are your beautiful star ornaments??? Wow!


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