Thursday 5 December 2013

Three Minute Christmas preparations with Tag It

Three Minute Thursday really comes into its own at this time of the year when everyone's rushing about like mad loons - so here are a couple of quick designs made with a very special stamp set called Tag It.  Come and see:

I'd previously stamped a load of the little Santa image from the set to make tags. They were quickly cut out with the coordinating Chalk Talk framelit and I punched a hole in them and threaded them with bakers twine.

When it came to a Three Minute Thursday card I spotted the tags and realised they'd make great card toppers. So with a little Seasons of Style designer paper and a touch of sparkle - here's the first one:

And here's the second:

I kept everything red, stamping in Cherry Cobbler and selecting only red papers from my pack. Just one of Stampin' Up's gorgeous sparkly rhinestones was enough to finish the cards off nicely.

So why is Tag It so special?  It's because each time one of these stamp sets is bought, Stampin' Up donates £2 to the Ronald McDonald House Charity which provides accommodation for parents so that they can be with their ill children while they are receiving vital treatment. This really is such a worthwhile service - I believe that no-one should have to go through illness without their loved ones being with them and particularly not children.

There are six fabulous images in the Tag It stamp set. It's available in wood mount £20.95 and cling mount £16.95 and coordinates with the Chalk Talk framelits.

Here's what you'll need to make today's project
Stamps: Tag It
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Season of Style designer paper, Basic rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Chalk Talk framelits, Big Shot

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Yesterday I had a laugh at my own blog! I schedule my posts so each morning I log on to check that Mr Blogger has obeyed my scheduling commands. Life (as I keep repeating in the most tedious way, sorry!) is very busy here and yesterday although I pride myself on my thorough proof reading, a mistake got through: Instead of 'come and see' I'd typed 'come an see' - just as if I was writing in the style of William in the books by Richmal Crompton. Do you remember the books? Here's a list of the short stories in the first book, Just William, with descriptions of each (from Wikipedia) that have set me off again:

  • William Goes to the Pictures – William's aunt gives him a shilling, so he buys sweets and goes to the cinema. On his way home he is obsessed with acting out what he has seen, much to the annoyance of the locals.
  • William the Intruder – William steals the attentions of his brother's new girlfriend.
  • William Below Stairs – William runs away from home after reading a book about a boy who ran away and made a fortune in gold. He gets a job working as a servant in an upper class house, not realising that he doesn't like work.
  • The Fall of the Idol – William has a crush on his teacher Miss Drew, but eventually discovers she has "feet of clay".
  • The Show – The Outlaws put on an animal show in William's room for money and finally decide to use his sleeping Aunt Emily as an exhibit.
  • A Question of Grammar – William's wilful misunderstanding of a double negative leads him to throw a wild party in his parents' absence.
  • William Joins the Band of Hope – William is forced to join the Temperance movement along with the other Outlaws, but manages to turn the first meeting into a punch-up.
  • The Outlaws – The first ever William story. William is forced to spend his precious half-holiday looking after a baby but decides to kidnap him and bring him to the Outlaws.
  • William and White Satin – When William is forced to be a page at his cousin's wedding, he becomes a figure of ridicule. However, he soon finds an ally in an equally reluctant bridesmaid, his cousin.
  • William's New Year's Day – William is encouraged to make a New Year's resolution by the sweet shop owner Mr Moss. He decides to be polite for New Years Day and ends up looking after the Sweet Shop.
  • The Best Laid Plans – A young man misguidedly enlists William's help in wooing his sister Ethel.
  • "Jumble" – The story of how William met his dog Jumble.

I definitely need to read these again so I think it might be take-away for tea tonight! See you tomorrow,


  1. Brilliant use of yer tags! LOL! xxx

  2. Beautiful tags and cards Vicky, lovely and festive!

  3. Love that tag image Vicky, cards look fab! Enjoy your reading:)
    Val x

  4. Fab card and tags, should have looked here before deciding on my Xmas cards, need to do QUICK, these would have been, oh! well. sigh!


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