Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards and Banner Flags

Thanksgiving Place Cards
If you are looking for some easy Thanksgiving crafting ideas you are in the right spot. Here, I have six different charming ways to personalize your harvest table. You could get these done this weekend and still have time to do some cooking. 

1. Chalkboard stickers on a stamped tag. Super easy. On a #5 manila tag stamp some warm colors of playful designs. Then Use a basic office label sticker that has been painted with chalkboard paint to place on top of the tag. Write the name with white colored pencil (oxymoron) Yes, you could use chalk, but the smears :( Next tie on a ribbon and tie the tag around napkin. *tip: paint several labels that come on a sheet you will want extras for mistakes and let dry well, you make need another light coat. When removing the sticker from the original paper remove any extra paint around the edges of the sticker before adhering to tag. 

Thanksgiving Place Cards

2. Printed fabric stitched to pretty card stock. Find a pretty fabric that will show the black printing. Adhere fabric right side up to the shiny side of freezer paper with an iron. Trim paper to 8.5 x 11" to fit in your computer printer. Simply print out the names and trim, remove freezer paper and sew to card stock. Fold card over to make place card.  
*tip: use two sided scrapbook card stock for a finished look. You will have to use your own measurements here depending on your font size. 

Thanksgiving Place Cards
Thanksgiving Place Cards

3. & 4.  Embroidered felt leaves on tags. All you need is some different colored felt and embroidery floss and tags. Do some basic embroidery running stitches on different felt, colors, cut out the leaves and glue on to some manila shipping tags. 
*tips: do several leaves so you have many to work with. write out your tags before attaching the leaves in case you mess up a name. you could also stamp the name. replace the white string with a nice ribbon.


Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving Place Cards

5. A different variation on the above. Using a strip of colorful card stock write out or print the names and attach the felt leaves.  Lay the tag across the plate if you don't have place card holders. (which I didn't)
Thanksgiving Place Cards

6. Stamped name on fabric and glued to tag. Again super easy and nice fabric tags with no sewing.  I adhered fabric to Heat n Bond. Then I stamped the fabric using Dark Brown Chalk ink by Colorbox. Then bonded the stamped fabric to the manila tags with an iron.
*tip: whenever stamping on fabric test the ink on the fabric and make sure you have a well inked ink pad (or brand new). another option is to use the freezer paper technique from above and just use a glue stick to attach the fabric to the tags.

Thanksgiving Place cards1 

Thanksgiving Bunting
Now, if you still have some crafting stamina left, try this so adorable thankful bunting/banner... which ever you want to call it. 
I used the same felt leaves to make these banner kraft tags which I bought here on Etsy. I used some polished hemp cord and it turned out so awesome. Hang it on a mantle, on a door, in a window, across a mirror or anywhere to help celebrate our thankful day. 
Thanksgiving Bunting
Thanksgiving Bunting

*tip: you could cut out your own banner flags and use what ever paper you wanted. 

I hope you are inspired. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Thanksgiving Crafting!



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fox Tags - Blog Drive-By





















Hi there bloggers and visitors, I just wanted to say hi with a quick blog drive-by.
Playing with the fox stamp and that ubiquitous chevron stamp, I know....trending! Or even past that, right? 
I will try not to make apologies for the kitsch.
Have a nice day.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What Does the Fox SayFox

What Does the Fox Say?
November 2013
Sorry, I couldn't resist.  But hey, it is trending, and I am not one to follow trends but I find this amusing. "What Does the Fox Say?" was featured on Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live last week and many other places I don't know about. So, if you haven't heard about this Video  you will and why not? It's fun and just plain silly, also it's  good clean fun, if that is important to you.
Go check it out.....
You will Smile! 

Here are some cute little fox tags I have in my Etsy shop.
A set of ten (10) oh so cute, and rather cool little tags.
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Here I stamped some gorgeous rich fall colors with one of my ornamental stamps. Of course, all my stamps are hand carved.
These would be perfect for Thanksgiving table place cards, wine gifts, hostess gifts and any other gift you can think of. 

November 2013

And speaking of trending...we have ALL seen the craze with Chevron patterns. I  too have been enjoying this motif for about a year now, and I am certainly guilty of being a follower on this one. The bright funky harvest colors are so bold.  I think these tags are swell.

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 All of the tags are stamped with pigment ink which I find gives the richest, best color. The impressions are more solid and if you use a well inked ink pad that makes it better. The tags below I deliberately stamped with a lighter hand. This set has softer harvest colors with a playful swirl stamped pattern.
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Oh, the fox is back, and hiding in the grass.
Not exactly sly, but quite cute.
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This little girl fox is hanging out with a cheery yellow flower. Yes, foxes are girls too. 
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These beauties below are perfect for a wedding or wedding related gifts.
They are handpainted with gouache and stamped. They have an amazing finish and overall feel.
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And, finally, I have some pretty little botanical collage tags. I never stray far from collage of any kind. sigh.
November 2013

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great day.
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