I'm trying deperately to get myself in the Christmas spirit and get things done so I'm not so rushed this year (ha!). We had a snow storm last Friday which made it feel a bit Christmasy-that was so much more fun than all this fog and rain we've had the last few days! My kids certainly made the most of the few patches of snow that stuck to the grass and ground, including snowball fights and a 10" snowman (a bit pathetic, actually!)
Despite the weather, about half of my stamp group made it and we had great fun. I posted most of the other things we made last week, but never got around to posting my reindeer tag- he was definitely the favorite! I have to admit that he was not my idea, but I embellished him a bit more that his original creator.
The tag starts out with by cutting out a scalloped circle in Whisper White and Merry Moments Designer Series paper on a Sizzix machine and cutting the green patterned piece in half before adhering to the white background. The greeting was stamped using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to insure perfect positioning, although I usually just wing it! I added the green ric rac using Sticky Strip which is really sticky- the good news is that it sticks and the bad news is that it sticks, so you have to be really sure you want something stuck exactly where you place it!
Large Oval punch and a flower using the 5-Petal Flower punch- two petals were cut off to make the ears. From Chocolate Chip card stock, antlers were cut out using a flourish die on my Sizzix machine and the "hair" was punched from the Bojo Blossom punch and then the the oval punch to make it fit his hairline. After he was assembled, I drew eyes and mouth with black marker and accented with the Uniball white gel pen (the only white pen that actually works, BTW!). A little red rhinestone nose and he was stuck on using dimensionals.
For the ribbon, I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole and mount a jumbo pewter eyelet, and ran about 7 inches of Sleigh Bells ribbon through, tied with hemp twine and a jingle bell for fun! My kids loved the way he turned out and wanted to use these on their teachers' gifts, so clearly I will be making lots more of these!
Time for me to get motivated for work-hope your day is less dreary than ours here in Houston!