Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January Tag Swap "Baby It's Cold Outside"

   With the start of the new year I decided to start a new kind of swap. I got this idea from a friend, Mary Redford. She sent me a couple tags that she made for me. All I had to do was see them and I was in love. These are over-sized tags. They are 4"x6". I laughingly told her that a few more and I would have a Mary Book. That gave me another idea. Why not have a tag swap? I decided that each month I would announce a theme. This swap would be one for one. They would be the generous 4"x6" size of Mary's tags. They would be finished on both sides leaving a 1/2" bottom border unfinished so that I could score them and add double sided tape to each one before swapping them out. That way as each person received their return tag they would be able to put them together into their own tag book.


Mary Redford

Mary Redford

Mary Redford




   A few days before Christmas we had an ice storm. Almost everyone in the area lost their power. We were lucky. We didn't lose our power. Maybe if we had I wouldn't have thought the ice storm was so beautiful. I couldn't help myself, I stayed on the warm side of the window and took these beautiful shots through the glass. I cropped them and had them printed. I cut out my tag and edged it with glitter. Then I used scissors with a deckled  edge to trim them back some so that the glitter would show on the edges. I glued my picture in place. I used an icicle cutting file to cut out the icicles from white copy paper. I then mixed white pearl and blue pearl acrylic paint together making a very light cool blue. I painted the icicles and then I used an embossing pad to coat their surface and then sprinkled UTEE over them. I used a heat gun and melted the UTEE. I did this twice more. This is a technique called Cracked Glass. After they cool to room temperature they crack. I done the same with the lettering. The snowflake on the back was first stamped with the paint onto white copy paper and then cut out. Then I used The Cracked Glass technique on it. The smaller snowflakes were punched out of white glitter paper and a silver holographic gift bag. I layered them and then glued them in place. I finished the tag off with two decorative fibers for the tag tie.


Sandi Hamel

Carol Kirkland

Judy Lawson

Kathy Keller

  Jeanne McCarthy

Kathy Scholl

Barbara Hahn

 Jennifer Spirko

Donna "DeJa" Staton

Donna "DeJa" Staton

   These are the first tags of our new swap. I couldn't be more pleased. I'm sure that everyone is going to love their first tag. I know that I love them all. I can hardly wait to see what February's tag are like. The theme for February is "Vintage Romance". I am so excited. These are so wonderful! I can't imagine what our talented artists will create for February's "Vintage Romance".
Thanks for visiting and Thank you DeJa for the beautiful hostess tag.

Take Care


  1. They are all so beautiful! I would want to keep everyone, thank you for sharing.
    I am looking forward to seeing next month's tags as well, and then the book ....... what a wonderful year it will be!

  2. Oh how FUN!!!! I love the January ones!!