Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quick and Easy Tags

Despite a whirlwind of familial visitations this weekend (literally someone new has arrived since Friday, although they have also all now departed), I was able to get a quick project completed, kind of.

We're giving the girls' teachers Saltine Toffee this year. In Ellie's class there is a class gift for Christmas, but not in Carina's class, so her teachers are also getting a giftcard to Target.

I wanted to be able to easily distinguish between the two sets of teachers, so I created different tags for each class. I did use the same stamp sets for both (October's Stamp of the Month, Holiday Magic, and the sentiment from Say it In Style). Both sets of tags were cut using the Cricut Art Philosphy Cartridge (Tag #3 at 5 1/2 inches).

For Ellie's class, I used the Believe Level 2 Paper Pack. The tag base is Topiary cardstock. The green star pattern is cut to 2 7/8" by 4 1/2", finished with a corner rounder. The red ribbon was picked up from a local craft store and it actually has a pattern of snowflakes in the center. I adhered this to the patterned paper and wrapped the edges around adhering them to the back of the tag. The white cardstock for the sentiment is 1/2" x 2 7/8". For the back of the tag, I cut white cardstock the same size as the green star pattern pieces. Since Ellie is now printing, she'll be able to address/decorate those piece and then I'll adhere them to the back of the tag. I used some Maraschino twine form the Twinery and a Kraft button to finish them off.

For Carina's class I went with a very differnt color scheme. The papers are from Nikki Sivlis Scrapbooker's Gingerbread Land line, which I was lucky enough to win last week (yay!). The light blue paper on the front of the tag kind of reminded me of kid's writing paper, so I stamped the sentiment between the thin lines, and then second generation stamped some snowflakes to add a little more interest. The trees are die cuts from the Gingerbread Land collection that I sponged with chocolate ink.

The back of those tags has a pocket for the gift certificate. The pink cardstock was cut 2 7/8" x 2 7/8", and I used a trim piece from Nikki's collection to add some definition to one end while corner rounding the other. The 'to' and 'from' come from The Craft's Meow's All the Merry Best stamp set. I'll use some green/blue Twinery twine (haven't quite decided which color yet) and a Kraft button on these tags too.

These really were a quick, easy project. Now I just need to make that toffee!

If you'd like to make some toffee too, here is the recipe (so easy, and so GOOD!)


* 40 saltine crackers
* 1 cup butter
* 1 cup dark brown sugar
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer.

In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Pour over the crackers.

Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Cool and break into pieces.

Supplies Used
Christmas Tree Tag (all CTMH unless specified): Topiary and White Daisy Cardstock, Believe Level 2 Paper Packet, Holiday Magic and Say it In Style stamp sets, Cranberry, Topiary, and Chocolate inks, Kraft Button, Cricut Art Philosphy Cartridge; The Twinery Maraschino twine, Ribbon from Michael's.
Gingerbread Gift Tag: Nikki Sivlis Gingerbread Apron and Gingerbread Love Papers, Gingerbread Border Strips and Ginberbread Love Punch outs; CTMH Tulip cardstock, Say it In Style and Holiday Magic stamp sets, Garden Green and Chocolate Inks, Cricut Art Philosphy Cartridge; The Craft's Meow All the Merry Best stamp set.


  1. SUPER duper cute tags!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the recipe for the toffee!! Must make that soon:)

  2. these are fabulous..thanks for the fun recipe...must try..