Dec 21 2008

Christmas Tag Swap

Every year for at least the past six years, I’ve been involved in an alphabet Christmas Tag Swap with an online group, Creative Stamping Friends.  28 people choose a letter to design their tag around, plus a cover and back that lists the names of those who participated.  The theme of the tag must match the letter…in my case I did I for Ice Skating…a winter theme.  We make 28 of the same tag and send it to the Hostess.  It is fun to look back thru the years and see the different people who have participated and the designs on the tags.  Part of the requirement is that the letter appear on the front of the tag somewhere to identify the alphabet. I take all my tags and hang them together on a huge binder ring to display them and keep them all together. 

This year I used the stamp set, Winter Post and Baja Breeze as my base tag.  I stamped the snowflake with Baja Breeze in the background.  The skaters are stamped with Basic Brown ink.  I added some snow drifts at the top and bottom of the tag and used some Tombow Multipurpose glue and Dazzling Diamonds on the icicles (Martha Stewart Goo Punch) and along the top of the snow drift.  The snowflake is an retired Stampin’ Up! punch with a white mini brad in the center.  The I is from Lovely Letters (yes…I realized AFTER I was ALL done that I stamped the letter upside down!  Did you notice?)  I added some Soft Sky stitched ribbon I had left from the In-Colors last year.  I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!

I did a bunch of my wrapping today…will try to finish up the bows and wrapping tomorrow (just my DH’s left to wrap and he was home all day).  Still have some stamping gifts to make up along with my tags for packages.  Hopefully it will all get done!  I really could use another week to prepare!


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