Autumn Gift Tag

We hosted a delightful graduate student from Germany for a few weeks recently…she only stayed a few nights at our house, and the rest at an apartment much closer to the Arizona State University campus, but we enjoyed having her around and did some social activities together throughout her stay.  I even got her to stamp a card with me, and we checked out the Stampin’ Up! Deutschland website so she could see that there were demonstrators nearby to both her home and her mother’s home. You’re welcome, German demonstrators!

Anyway, just before she returned home I found a nice wall calendar from Arizona Highways magazine that was full of stunning landscape photos, and decided to give it to her.  At my insistence she’d taken a day trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and had been duly impressed, so I thought this might be a nice souvenir to see all next year.  I wrapped it up in plain kraft paper because I wanted the tag to stand out.​


I keep trying to master the Japanese style of wrapping at an angle…I think more practice is required!  Once I got it as good as it was going to get, I wrapped it 3 times with Linen Thread and secured it with a knot, leaving long tails to thread through the tag and tie in a bow.  Then I made my tag.

I used Kraft yardstick for the bottom rectangle and the larger of the banner panels.  The rectangle is layered with a piece of Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  The Whisper White layer is stamped with images from the Sheltering Tree set (I know – not Thoughtful Branches!!).  The sentiment is “For You” in German, from an old stamp set I purchased years ago from a German demonstrator.  Wish we could purchase all of the translated options in this country. I used it because I have it, not because she needed it since her English is nearly perfect!  She’s writing an academic paper in English with Glenn, and teaches MBA students in English.  Whew!

So much fun to use my stamps, paper and ink to make custom tags and cards!

What have you been making lately?  Send me pictures!!!

World Cardmaking Day is Saturday, October 1

Stop in to this free open house and make cards to donate to Banner Thunderbird Hospital’s Pediatric Department.  The nurses use these cards to reach out to patients’ families…help get them stocked up with handmade cards for the year.

Saturday, October 1
1:00 – 4:00 pm (come when you can, leave when you must)
Nancy’s Craft Room in Scottsdale
RSVP requested but not required.


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