Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shaped Stamped Tags (for gift boxes)

Yesterday I showed you the little boxes I used to give money gifts for a birthday present.  After I had assembled and filled the boxes they just needed a finishing touch.

The colorful boxes looked nice but they needed some tags to identify the occasion and the recipient.

CTMH Perfect Fit  - Frames 2

My friend Melanie recently sent me some Close To My Heart stamp sets to try out and this frame set was just right for making tags for the boxes.  Perfect Fit - Frames 2 is a set of four frames which all have a corresponding cut on the Cricut Artiste cartridge. You can find this set HERE on Melanie's website.  The page number and size that you need to cut each shape is printed right on the storage sheet so there is no guesswork.

There is another set of frames with different fill patterns called Perfect Fit - Frames which coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge - you can see that set HERE.

Perfect Fit - Birthday

Melanie also sent me this stamp set called Perfect Fit - Birthday.  This is a set of circle shaped birthday images and sentiments.  You can find this set on Melanie's website HERE.  These circles are sized to fit perfectly inside the openings of the frame stamps.

You can mix and match the stamps to make custom labels or tags.  There are several other stamp sets that are sized to fit inside the circles in the frame sets giving you lots and lots of fun options.

For the "girly" tag I used the scalloped oval and inserted the inverse scalloped ring and "Happy Birthday To You" stamps.  I cut a full sheet of white shapes to allow for extras to stamp since I have a little trouble lining the stamps up.  One trick I found as I tried doing this is that you should stand up so you can look directly down through the stamp block to the shape you are stamping on.


I originally cut the scalloped shapes in white cardstock and stamped the image with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I didn't like the white looked against the box so I tried a few alternative colors for the tags.

I decided that the ivory cardstock coordinated with the box color the best.  I punched a hole in the top of the tag and tied a ribbon through the handles of the box.

For the "boy" box, I chose a different frame shape and changed the inverse scallop ring and the "Happy Birthday to You" in the center of the frame to the "Celebrate" image.  I first tried Salty Ocean Distress Ink but it was too bright for the box so I changed to Broken China Distress Ink.

You could use easily use two colors for these frames and fillers by stamping the frame alone and then adding the center in another color.

 The Broken China shade of blue was definitely a better match for the cardstock.

I added a small gem on each tag - I had to give them a bit of sparkle!

 If you'd like to see all of the new stamp sets that Melanie has to offer you can view the Spring catalog on her site HERE.  Melanie's blog is Courtney Lane Designs and you will find tons of inspiration there.  This card shows another stamp used in the center of the frame and raised up with foam dots.  You can see the post about this card HERE.

Melanie also has a giveaway each week so stop on over to her blog HERE to leave a comment and enter.  This week the giveaway is an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder bundle (two A2 folders, two 5 x 7 folders, and four borders!).  You can also see some special offers from CTMH on her blog, including the Stamp of the Month for March which is a lovely sets with two step roses stamps.

Melanie's website is HERE and she would be happy to help you with any questions or orders.

It's a little hard to believe but we are once again in the middle of a snowstorm - along with a large section of the country.  I hope you all are safe and warm and that your power stays on so you can do some crafting.  I have a pile of paperwork to tackle but after that is finished I'll be trying out a few more new things that have arrived in the mail recently. 

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