Thank You Pocket Packaging

I'm playing along with the Papertrey December 2013 blog hop. You can find all the details here. The challenge is . . .  

 to tie up your next paper crafting project with string. Tie on a tag, maybe a button or two.  Wrap your card front with several strands in different hues. Pair string with washi tape to create a banner in all of your favorite colors. Add knots, braids or twists with string and manipulate it in unique ways.  Let your creativity take the lead!  We look forward to seeing all of your creations tied up!

I was inspired by this project of Michelle Wooderson seen here. I saw it on pinterest and I immediately thought the idea would be cute for Christmas thank you's. I sewed up some glassine bags to create 2 pockets. The back pocket holds the thank you cards. The front pocket holds address labels and postage stamps.

I printed the vintage parcel post shipping labels on adhesive sheets.  If you would like to print your own I have included a link. You can print them in several different colors. Vintage Gummed Parcel Post Shipping Labels

As I have guys at my house I needed to create cards the guys wouldn't mind signing their name to. This was also a great way to use up the Christmas paper pads cuz you know I will need to get new ones next year.

Do you see the star? I had ordered clear plastic sheets from Joann's for some mini books and had an ah ha moment that I could use it with die cuts. You have to run it through several times but it works. A little acrylic paint and done.

 It doesn't get much easier than a big thank you stamp across the front. A little stitching holds it in place. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!!! Happy Holidays and Happy Hopping!! ~Rhonda

supplies used:
stamps: PTI - Thanks All Ways, Little Labels, and a lot more that I didn't write down. :)
paper: Teresa Collins Santa's List; My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas; Simple Stories December Documented; PTI - Classic Kraft, Stampers Select White,
ink: PTI Scarlett Jewel, Dark Chocolate
other: PTI Seeing Stars dies, snowflake dies, twine, Adhesive sheets; MFT Fishtail Flag Staxx dies; Glassine bags; sewing machine ; Vintage Gummed labels from link above

Tag and Taco Soup

Merry Christmas! May the holiday season bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones!! Absolutely the best sentiment ever. It is my sincere hope that you are enjoying time with those you love. 

This tag was attached to gift bags that held the ingredients to make taco soup. I can't send each of you a bag but I can at least give you the recipe. It is soooo easy and great for a chilly evening meal.

Merry Christmas friends! ~Rhonda

Taco Soup Recipe

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 cans Ranch style pinto beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 large can hominy
1 can diced  R
otel tomatoes
1 med. onion
1 pkg mild taco seasoning
1 pkg ranch style salad dressing mix

Brown beef and onion. Add to crock pot.  Stir in all other ingredients and cook on low for several hours.
Great served with torilla chips and cheese.

Servings – 6

Tags in Action

Presents are wrapped and TAGGED! I had so much fun making tags. Last year I said I would wrap presents instead of using just gift bags which I have done. So . . . for 2014 I am going to start making tags a lot earlier so I can use them as gifts.

I loved the long, skinny tags such as Have yourself a merry a little Christmas seen above and Peace on Earth below. I also used silver pipe cleaners to attach them. 

Jingle all the Way using gold and silver bells was fun. I also used a bell pick from Michaels on the big gift box. All the bells really confuse the nosey kid who likes to shake the packages.

The blackboard paper and silver star embellishments made a great tag. Love them on silver paper.

My favorite ones use the MFT Accent It Holiday Blueprints 9 dies and 3 stamp sets. MFT's Holiday Subway Art, Plaid Background Builder and PTI's Headline Alphabet. I sewed the great trim across the top.

I think this is a wrap for me!!! ~Rhonda

Burlap Hoop Tag

I have finally started wrapping presents. I promised myself last year that I would NOT stick everything into a gift bag. I have all the supplies and tools to create some fun packaging so no excuse to not use them.

I stopped at an Estate Sale on Saturday and found these wooden embroidery hoops for a steal. They are the perfect "tag" for some of my larger gifts. I put the burlap in the hoop and then trimmed the burlap close to the frame. I cut "Reed" out with my Cricut using the Bebas font in glitter paper. I didn't get super clean cuts but hopefully Santa is bringing me something for Christmas to help with that problem. 

The ribbon and red berry pick are from Michael's. All of that stuff is already 70% off. I had to do a little searching for the plaid ribbon but it is great for guy packages. Have a great day! ~Rhonda

Happiest of Holidays

I am really enjoying Tremendous Treats: Christmas. With the addition of the dies I am using these stamps so much more. Dies have really become an important part of my buying decision. What about you?

I used my new Rosette die for the base of my gingerbread man. I need to whip up some goodies using a little ginger.

Have a great day friends! ~Rhonda

Happiest of Holidays card
stamps: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas, Think Big Favorites #20, Background Basics: Houndstooth
paper: PTI - Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White; My Minds Eye 
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Versarmark
other: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas die, Limitless layers 1 1/4" circles; MFT - 1/4" Rosette die; The Twinery - Maraschino twine

Thanksgiving Combo

 How about a favor for the Thanksgiving dinner table?  Verve has the cutest turkey that I used to decorate my pillowbox. Hey Julee, sure wish there was a die for this little fellow.

I also made a card using the little turkey. I think the peek-a-boo chevron is a fun addition to the card. The sentiment is made with the double-ended banner die. After I die cut the shape I put it back in the die the opposite direction to get the pointed end.

Here is a look at both projects. I just need to make a few more and my Thanksgiving table would be complete.

I can't decide what to put inside my pillowbox.  Any suggestions? ~Rhonda

Give thanks pillowbox
stamps: Verve - Bountiful Harvest, Happy Fall
paper: PTI - Vintage Cream, Text-style Fall Prints and Patterns; October Afternoon - Seaside
ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
other: PTI - Essential Pillowbox, Mat Stack #3, Double-ended banner, Enchanted Evening button, twine; Snug Hug seam binding; Copic Markers - sorry I didn't write them down  

Counting my Blessings card
stamps: Verve - Bountiful Harvest; PTI - Gratitude Journal
PTI - Vintage Cream, Text-style Fall Prints and Patterns; October Afternoon - Seaside
ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
other: PTI - Double ended banner die; MFT Peek-a-boo Chevron die

Snowflake Tags

Tis the season to begin some tags or it won't happen. These were simple to make. I stamped Tag Sale #7 with the background stamp first. If you have background stamps you need to be using them. It is amazing how make interest they add to a project. 

The top snowflake I spritzed with Mister Huey's Shine. I love the added sparkle. I have been using my sewing machine a little more as well. It is really nice when you are making several of the same item. 

Thanks for stopping by! ~Rhonda

Snowflake tags
stamps: PTI - 2012 Birthday Tags, Background Basics: Postmark
paper: PTI - Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White; Authentique - Wonder Collection; Hobby Lobby - vellum
ink: PTI Spring Moss, Scarlett Jewel
other: PTI - Tremendous Treats Christmas die collection, Tag Sale #7; Spelllbinders - Snowflake Wonder dies; EK - Large Edger oval chain punch; The Twinery - Honeydew; Mister Huey's Shine; buttons - stash; Hobby Lobby - White cotton perle thread; sewing machine

Time is . . .

the MOST valuable thing that anyone can spend! I love this sentiment. It is a great reminder. A quick card using PTI's Hands of Time. 

You can hardly go wrong when you are stamping lots of grungy effects. I think the key is to keep layering the colors and stamps. I think sometimes I "quit" to quick.

I hope you are enjoying sweater weather in your part of the world. ~Rhonda

Time card
stamps: PTI - Hands of Time, Grunge Me, Crackled
paper: PTI - Canyon Clay, Vintage Cream
ink: PTI - Canyon Clay, Orange  Zest, Summer Sunrise
other: PTI - Hands of Time; Making Memories - brads

Autumn Tags

I went a little crazy playing with re-inkers, distress inks, etc and created a pretty paper that I turned into tags for autumn.

The 1st tag is the gratitude tag. I die cut the apple several times from cereal box cardboard and then went to town with the glitter. I hope you can see the background stamping near the bottom of the tag. LOVE it!

The 2nd tag is the leaf. I used the chicken wire stencil across the bottom. Modeling paste is really easy to use and dries quickly. You need to give it a try. 

Have a great week! ~Rhonda

Gratitude tag
stamps: PTI - Fall Elegance, Background Basics: Postmark
paper: PTI - Classic Kraft
ink: too many colors to count
other: Martha Stewart glitter; PTI - Apple Prints die, Just the Ticket, Tag Sale #5; cardboard from cereal boxes; Hug Snug Seam binding;

Leaf tag
stamps: PTI - Leaf Prints, Just the Ticket
paper: PTI - Classic Kraft
ink: too many to count
other: PTI - Tag Sale #6, Leaf Prints die, twine, Just the Ticket die, Canyon Clay button; Crafter's Workshop - Mini Chicken Wire stencil; Liquitex Light Modeling Paste; Hug Snug Seam binding


Are you dressing up for Halloween? What is your favorite candy? Do you decorate big time? Our neighborhood gets together for hot dogs and chili before the kids start knocking on doors. It is a great time to connect before everyone starts winter hibernation. 

I used BB:textstyle II on my typing paper to add a little interest and then put the block alphabet letters on top. 

Some distress ink around the edges of the typewriter die toned down the bright white. What do you think about my cheesecloth spider web? I much prefer this one to the real thing. Be safe. ~Rhonda

Boo card
stamps: MFT - You're just my Type; PTI - Background Basics: Textstyle II
paper: Basic Grey- Bowties Collections; PTI - Stamper's Select White
ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; PTI - Smokey Shadow; Ranger Distress - Pumice Stone
other: MFT - Your Just My Type die, Blueprints #6; PTI - Block Alphabet die; The Twinery - Mandarin twine; Xyron Machine; Making Memories - Spook Alley Spider brad

Shine Brightly

The Verve Diva Dare for October is Tag, Your It! So you are supposed to make a gift tag or a tag on a card, or be inspired by a tag. I went with a tag on a card. I got out my re-inkers to create the background paper for my tag. The yellow just happened to be in the right place for the word brightly. Happy coincidence! 

I inlaid the starry die stars into the constellation background paper. Gives such a clean look.

I don't think we will be seeing any stars at our house tonight. We are getting a much needed rain! ~Rhonda

Shine Brightly card
stamps: Verve - Shining Star
paper: Echo Park - Happy Camper; PTI - Stamper's Select White
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; PTI re-inkers Enchanted Evening, Summer Sunrise, Ocean Tides
other: Verve - Starry die, Sweet Scallop Tag die; Hug Snug Seam binding

Hopping Santa!

The inspiration for this hopping card is a new Vertical Aerobics class I started. It is held at Flight Deck Trampoline Park. I am doing my workout on trampolines!!! This may be old hat to some of you but I had a blast. You can't help but smile through the burn as you are hopping around.

I had some of the little Tremendous Treats Santa's on my craft desk and imagined Santa hopping around, getting his core in shape before he heads out Christmas Eve. Betsy's MIM #138 is all about inlaid die-cuts so this is a perfect fit.The inlaid die-cuts give a great sense of motion.

Hope you are having a great week! ~Rhonda

Hopping Santa card
stamps: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas, Destination
paper: PTI - Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
other: PTI - Tremendous Treats: Christmas die; Ranger Diamond and Christmas Red Stickles; Copic Markers C1, E11, C7, R22, R24, R29

Christmas Tree Tags - PTI October Blog Hop

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink's October Blog Hop.  The challenge is - This month we thought we would challenge you to get a head start and create a quick set of five gift tags.  They can be as simple or as complex as you wish, but be sure to make at least five! You can get more information here.

I am using Tag Sale #7 as my base. Love the deckle edge bottom. I used the Background Basics: Postmarks on all of my tags. I cut out lots of trees using the Believe tree die from different pattern paper packs. What is your favorite way to tie your tags? I tried a couple of different ways.

Oh my! Do you have shimmer paper? I'm in LOVE. The sheen is subtle but so pretty. I am going to find some more soon. I cut the "merry" and "25" from it.

The stars at the top of the trees were colored with saffron glitter glaze and glossy accents. Great shine! I also put my sewing machine to work on the punch border and merry.

Aren't the stars that follow the to/from great? These stamps are in the 2012 Birthday Tags set.


I am embarrassed to think how much time I spent on getting these to come together. Happy in the end but boy did I struggle. Enjoy hopping everyone!! ~Rhonda

Tree tags
challenge: PTI October Blog Hop create a set of 5 tags
stamps: PTI - Countdown to Christmas, Background Basics: Postmark, 2012 Birthday Tags
paper: PTI - Vintage Cream, Scarlett Jewel Shimmer paper; Authentique - Wonder Collection; Teresa Collins - Christmas Cottage
ink: PTI - Spring Moss, Scarlett Jewel
other: PTI - Believe die, Wonderful Words: Holiday, Double-ended banner die, Headline Number dies, Limitless layers 1 3'4" circle dies; Tattered Angels - Glitter Glaze Saffron; Ranger Glossy Accents; Sewing Machine; Zyron machine; red twine - stash

Friends Make the Good Times Better

Friends. Those special people who encourage you in your daily journey. I am thankful that I have friends who stay around for the messy days and the good days. The ones that tell me like it is the - the reality check.

As a card maker I have the privilege to use my hobby to encourage those same friends. This Chalkboard Greetings set from MFT is perfect. The large sentiment becomes the focus.

I made several of these to have an hand. Do you keep a box with special cards and letters that you have received? I do. ~Rhonda

Friends card
stamps: MFT - Chalkboard Greetings; PTI - Rosie Posie
paper: Crate Paper - Portrait Collection; PTI - Stamper's Select White, Black
ink: PTI - Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Fresh Snow, and Simply Chartreuse; Versamark
other: PTI - Rosie Posie dies, Happiness in Bloom dies, Mat Stack #4; Zing White embossing powder

Celebrate Autumn


Well I think fall is finally coming to North Texas. We are supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow which will be a welcome change. I pulled out PTI's Leaf Prints to make an easy fall card. I was inspired by this card from Debby Hughes at Lime Doodle Design. I loved ALL the detail on the top 1/3 of the card but couldn't quite pull out the Christmas yet so went fall. I used the large Front & Center #1 die to create the scallop on the green dot paper. 

I used lots of inks on the leaves. My combo's were Canyon Clay and Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise and Orange Zest, and finally Pure Poppy and Terracotta Tile together.

Do you have the Herringbone Impressions plate? It is perfect for fall.  

Enjoy your week friends! Maybe I'll need to make some hot chocolate. ~Rhonda

Celebrate Autumn card
stamps: PTI - Leaf Prints, Fillable Frames #7
paper: PTI - Text Style Fall Prints & Patterns, Stamper's Select White
ink: PTI - Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay
other: PTI - Leaf Prints dies, Herringbone Impression Plate; sequins from my mother's old Christmas ornament kits

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