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How to Make Gift Tags at Home

Want to know how to make gift tags at home with the Buffalo Check background stamp and your Stamparatus?  I’m aiming for masculine today.  What do you think about these ones?

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Wanna know how to make them?  Scroll on…

Plaid is big.  Well, actually plaid isn’t just big, it’s BIG!  Have you noticed it’s THE design element of the season? 

Black and white, green and red, blue and silver.  There’s a different colour combination to suit just about everyone out there.  And you can create it easily with your Buffalo Check background stamp and Stamparatus.

One inking and impression will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home

Two inkings with your Stamparatus will get you a background like this.

How to Make Gifts Tags at Home to SAVE Moola for Stamping Supplies!

Which one is YOUR favourite?

I promise you’re going to love how easy peasy these are.  First let’s take a quick look at the short supply list.

So let’s learn how to make our own plaid to dress up quick 3x3 gift tags super quickly.


How to Make Gift Tags at Home


To get two-toned plaid like this here are the steps.

Step 1: Place your Plaid clear stamp on your Stamparatus.  Leave a little bit of clearance around the stamp (I left about an inch)  Place your cardstock also about 1” below the top of the Stamparatus.  Hold in place with a magnet.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 2: Ink up your stamp with a Night of Navy pad.  TIP: Hold your ink pad as flat as possible and pat several times over the rubber.  Make sure to repeat over some areas so the edges of the ink pad colour are softened.  TIP:  A well inked ink pad is essential to good coverage.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 3: Lower the acrylic plate onto your cardstock and stamp image  TIP: Don’t be afraid to apply pressure on the stamp especially around the top and edges.  TIP:  Check your impression to make sure it is fully inked.  If not, re-ink the stamp and stamp again until you are happy with the coverage.  CLEAN stamp well.

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 4: Lift plate out of the Stamparatus and move to the left ONE hinge.  Ink stamp with the SECOND colour and stamp. 

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


Step 5: Clean stamp, remove cardstock, cut to size and use on your gift tags.  

How to Make Gift Tags at Home


I really like the little space left where the Vanilla shows through and the overlap of the green and navy.  To show up the vanilla even more, I added the tag to a plain Very Vanilla box I created with my Gift Bag punch board.  A simple strip of the left over plaid decorates the side and the Braided Linen trim adds a happy bow. 

Don't you Just LOVE How to Make Gifts Tags at Home?

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on – 1 piece 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” TIP: I cut my paper to be about the same size as my background so I don’t waste., 1 scrap piece
  • Plaid stamped cardstock – 2 3/4” x 2 3/“, cut AFTER stamping
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 3” x 6”, scored at 3”
  • Night of Navy cardstock – 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
  • Tranquil Tide glimmer paper – piece at least 2 1/2” square


How to Make Gifts Tags at Home the EASY Way!

Isn’t it fun to create gift tags perfectly coordinated for your boxes and presents? What fella wouldn’t love to see this gift with HIS name on it (bow included!)?

And now you know how to make gift tags at home, you can make every colour under the rainbow for all the occasions you celebrate! 

Varied Vases Watercoloured Gift Bag Tags

How about some quick and easy Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags?  Just like I do every Sunday, this project is a fast and fun one.   

Not a ton of supplies or techniques.  Just simple designs.  

So whether you’re just starting out or need a handmade item as you are running out the door, I give you all the measurements, design and my top tips to make it yourself! 

Take a peek at today’s design.

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Everyone needs cute gift bags for small gifts.  A gift card, some lip balm or hand cream, a pair of socks.  This one is lightweight, made with the Tea Room Specialty paper so there’s no extra bulk.

With all these pretty designs, it was hard for me to decide which one I should use!

Varied Vases Watercoloured Bag Tags

Not to mention a great deal.  With 24 12”x12” sheets in one package, this bag clocks in at only 40 cents! Pop on your own Varied Vases watercoloured gift bag tags, and you’ll have time to spare…and excited gift recipients too!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

OK, while this one’s maybe not quite a five-minute project, it IS speedy to put together.  What makes it quick and easy?

  • two step stamping with the pretty Varied Vases set
  • Aqua painters and stamp pads to watercolour
  • A punched banner edge
  • The gift bag punch board for our bag

Let’s make it!

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  • Coastal Cabana card stock – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Mango Melody card stock – 1 1/4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Dotted tulle ribbon – piece your 12” long

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags


  1. Stamp vases and greeting in Memento ink onto watercolour paper.  TIP1:  Use your Stamparatus [if you want to make more than one] for perfect stamp placement.
  2. Pick up ink from the lid of your stamp pad and add a light wash of colour to the flowers and vases.  I used Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana.  TIP2: No need to clean your Aqua painter when using the yellows and erd.  But do clean it by wiping onto a piece of paper towel before moving into the blue for the vase water.
  3. Insert one end of your cardstock pieces into the triple banner punch.  TIP3:  Turn your punch over to make sure your pieces are centred before punching out.
  4. Glue Mango Melody on top of Coastal Cabana, then glue watercolour paper on top.  TIP4: Use liquid glue to adhere for the best hold.
  5. Punch a hole with 1/8” hole punch on straight edge and insert ribbon.

Want to make the bag too?

  1. Cut Designer Series Paper to 6” x 12”
  2. Make bag according to instructions on your gift bag punch board
  3. Adhere together with Tear and Tape adhesive
  4. Add one gold library clip to hold the bag together and the tag on

So who needs a gift bag tag In your life right now?  Give this quick and cute one a try.  Here are all the supplies if you need anything.

I do really appreciate your shopping with me.  Thanks!😊

Stampin Up Varied Vases Watercolored Gift Bag Tags

Like quick and easy projects?  How about this five-minute watercoloured Christmas one?

Or a special occasion three-panel card?

There are so many different options for fast and fun projects you can get crafting today.  And when you do, this Varied Vases watercolored gift bag tags can be at the top of your list – think how fun you’ll have and how special the recipient will feel.

Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

OK, I’ve got a mouthful description for you today – the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner!  Wow!  You’ll be happy to know I’ve managed to get it all into a short video!

How about we see the project first though?


Do you like the sheen on the greeting?  I love it!  A smooth, glossy surface you can create easily with your Stamparatus.  With perfect placement, you can build layer on layer of enamel for a gorgeous finish.  Take a little closer peek.

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

The Accented Blooms stamp set is lovely. It just about jumped out at me on page 16 when I first got my Annual Catalogue.  Small wonder it was on my very first order and it’s seen an ink pad or two already.  It’s the reverse words that do it for me.  Well, that and the pretty flower border.  And the fact I can use it with my Tailored Tag Punch?  Definitely worth the price of admission!

So here you can see I’ve combined a couple techniques on one card.  Watercolouring, which as you know is one of my all-time faves 😄.  And the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

But you know, if you’re not in the mood for enamel and just want to emboss every Stampin’ Up! colour you own, the Stamparatus is your go-to tool too.  Just press on that magic little triangle below to let me show you how.


The Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus an Innovative Stamp Positioner


Pretty quick and easy isn’t it?  Wasn’t that triple (well octa) time watercolouring fun?


My Stamparatus is getting lots of love lately.  There are so many cool ways to use it – and I suspect we’re only getting started!  Did you see how it can save you money too?  And the hinge stamping is just so neat.

When you can do more with the tools you own, don’t you feel virtuous? 😇  So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet and grabbed your own Stamparatus, now’s a perfect time.  Then you can play with the coloured glass technique! 

Or maybe you want to see if you can watercolour the Accented Blooms flowers in fast motion too?  Here are all the supplies I used so you can get started right away.


embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

If you didn’t check out the video, jump back up there and do it now!  See how you can create awesome finishes like the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.



How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

Raise your hand if you’d like a bit more moola – I thought so! – today I want to show you exactly how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches. 

My video is the fourth in my series for the Stamparatus,  what I’m calling the best darn stamp positioner available!  

Not only do I want to show you some cool tips today, we’re going to make this super cute card (and I’ve got a surprise project at the end of the video so be sure to watch it right to the end!)


everyone wants to know how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus


Aren’t these little-masked buddies the cutest?  And you can see just how quickly I put them together – and reduced waste – AND saved money with my video.  But first, let me show you the card from another angle so you see just how darling the narrow note cards are!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

I love almost instant gratification, don’t you? 

And even though card making gives us a pretty immediate sense of accomplishment, for even faster pats on the back, I’ve gotten into smaller cards lately.  These narrow note cards at 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” are so wonderful.  Pre-scored, with envelopes, and in sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, they are a breeze to work with! 

Not to mention a steal of a deal!  You get 20 in a package so the cost works out to only 55 cents per card.  Perfect for thank you’s, invitations, and itty bitty greetings, they’ll save you time in your craft space! 

But let’s take a peek at my latest video right now so you can see this card come to life!


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus



So, pretty quick and easy, yes?  Do you have other builder punches you’re just dying to try out?  Maybe the Cookie Cutter for Christmas greetings?  Or think how FAB it will be with the Vases Builder punch like you see on this classic navy and white thank you!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Make Your Own Trio of Raccoons!

Here are the supplies and measurements for the adorable trio of raccoons on my narrow note card so you can make it yourself.

  • Narrow note card and envelope
  • Bermuda Bay designer series paper – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”, plus piece about 3” square for the envelope liner
  • Gray Granite card stock – 2 pieces 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Smoky Slate – 1 piece 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Thick Whisper White – scrap at least 2 1/2” x 3”

So go grab your Stamparatus, inks and builder punches!  It’s your turn to make up a whole host of critters for just about anyone on your card-giving list! 

Here’s everything I used today for these cards.  To get what you need and have it delivered right to your door, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for ordering through me!

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Now, did you get to the end of the video and see that super duper cute second project?  The exclusive project for my email subscribers?

how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Not on my mailing list?  Psst, don’t tell anyone, but right now you can get it free too!  Just click the button and it will be on its way lickety-split! 


You know, when I first started my Stamparatus feature videos, I thought “hmmmm, maybe three will do it”.  Well, I’m already up to four and I think there’s a couple more I’ve just gotta share with you! 

So keep your eyes peeled in the next little bit for more tips and tricks with this awesome Stampin Up stamp positioner.

And while you’re waiting for those, check out the first three in my series.

  1. The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamping Positioner from Stampin Up 
  2. The Stamparatus: A Stamping Tools Must Have?
  3. Stamparatus Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available


want to save money with the stampin up stamparatus?


We all love to get a deal, don’t we?  And what could be better than getting one that KEEPS ON giving us a deal?  

Well, now you know how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches, have fun making multiples – then think of ALL the delightful ways you can spend those saved-up pennies😉!




The Stamparatus: Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available | VIDEO

It’s time for my third video on the Stamparatus: why I have the best stamp positioner available!  If you haven’t heard about the Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus by now, I kid you not, it will change the way you stamp!  It’s available to order again on June 1st and I predict it’s going to be high on your list of must-haves! 

Here’s the card I show you exactly how I made in minutes with perfect alignment.

why I have the best stamp positioner available

You might remember I’ve been planning all along for a four-part video series, and this one makes number three.  But I just might need to stretch it out as I’m finding new ways to play with this awesome tool.  Keep checking back to see them here.   

But what’s up for today? I’m going to show you how you can get perfectly spaced, perfectly placed, alignment with multiple image stamping.  It’s completely different from my first video showing you how to get an exact placement with your two step stamps.  Didn’t see it?  Check it out here.

And in case you think it’s going to be much the same as my last video for creating multiple stamped images quickly and easily, think again!  This video showcases something no other stamp positioner can do – hinged step stamping.  But enough “talking”.  Let’s take a peek.

The Stamparatus: Why I have the Best Stamp Positioner Available

Now I realize that’s a pretty assertive statement.  After all, there are a few darn good stamp positioners out there and you might even have one yourself (like me😙).  But as I shared here there is currently NONE that will do alll THIS!

  • Hinged plates to repeat images down or across quickly and easily – if you skipped over the video, head back up and take a peek – this feature is so COOL and you’ll save tons of paper from thrown out mis-stamped images
  • Two reversible stamping plates (so FOUR sides to affix stamps on to build up your image) – just think how quickly you’ll be able to put together a two and three-step card with all kinds of images!
  • Removable plates (2) rather than just a permanently attached one – so you can use only one, or two together and they come out for storage so there’s no danger of damaging them
  • Etched grid marks on each plate – that makes it so easy to line up your stamps
  • Strong magnetic base with 1/4” grid marks to get perfect placement in a snap
  • Separate foam insert to cushion your photopolymer stamps so they stamp great
  • Two of four edges open to fit larger papers to stamp on – if you like larger sheets for scrapbooking like 12” x 12” or 4 1/4” x 11” cards, they fit out the bottom or side edge!
  • Rulers on two edges for quick measuring – so you know exactly where your cardstock and image placement is
  • Two bar magnets – that store out of the way when not in use – heavy duty for all your needs – and you don’t need to use them all the time either, just like in today’s video

why I have the best stamp positioner available

How about a couple other ideas?

As I showed in the video, I played around with a few more ideas using the Wood Words stamp set since they’re super to create repetitive images, not to mention fun.  Here they are for a closer peek.


why I have the best stamp positioner available


I stamped all the yellow stars first by moving my hinge down TWO hinges.  Then I cleaned the stamp off and inked it with Memento ink and stamped in between.  Perfect alignment!


why I have the best stamp positioner available


This time I positioned the heart on its side and hinge-step stamped it five times.  This way I could make a landscape-style card.

You can order the Stamparatus on June 1st!  And in the meantime, check out your stamps that will work for hinge-step stamping so you’re ready to get busy when you get yours. 

All the supplies I used to create these simple, effective designs are right here.  And when you order online with me, you get a special bonus I mail out.  This month, it’ a Silicone Craft Sheet absolutely FREE with an $85 order when you use this hostess code: MEF3FA79. 

Who doesn’t LOVE FREE?

why I have the best stamp positioner available

I’m having a ton of fun playing with my Stamparatus and learning about how YOU”LL be able to get the most out of it.  Here is another idea-provoking thought you might like.

Keep your eyes peeled here for my next video featuring the Stamparatus.  It’s coming soon!

We’ll be playing with this awesome tool in my Open House next week.  Then you’ll see exactly why I have the best stamp positioner available – and that’s not just blowing smoke up your skirt!  




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