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Friday, December 3, 2021

Gift Tag Tutorial - How to Make Stunning Tags for Christmas

Pink Christmas gift tag

Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and I’m back with a quick and easy project tutorial. A handmade gift tag is a beautiful way to dress up your packages. Although they may look complicated, they are easy to make. To make these tags, I will use Stamperia Pink Christmas. Also, I will be using the Graphic 45 ivory ATC size tags along with my Graphic 45 metal tag die set.

Once you have your supplies, cut 7 background papers for the tags. For this step, I am using 4 papers from the Collectables sheet and 3 papers from the 6x6 paper pad. If you don’t have the metal die set, you can hand cut the papers for your tags. Then, glue one tag to the front of each tag.

gift tags

Next, we will use the metal foliage dies in the set to cut two pieces for each gift tag. This will add some dimension to the tags. I am using plain white cardstock for my foliage.

Once that is done, it is time to start fussy cutting pieces from the Pink Christmas papers! I selected images from the 8x8 papers and the Collectables papers. Each gift tag will have a sentiment on the front along with an image from the collection. I also used some of the wooden shapes to add dimension to 3 of my tags. Arrange the pieces on the front of the tags until you are happy with the overall look.

Assembling the Gift Tag

Once you have everything cut, it is time to assemble the gift tag. I will start by gluing the stem portion of the foliage first. If you don’t add glue to the leaves, it will allow them to lift up and give your gift tag dimension and texture. Then, I add foam squares to the larger image on each gift tag. We are slowly building up the tag, one layer at a time. Then, I will glue the smaller elements to the tag front. Finally, after my tags are assembled, I will use Stamperia glitter paste on the foliage for some extra sparkle.

glitter adds sparkle to the gift tag

Once the glitter pate is dry, the final step is to add ribbon or trim through the loop in the top of the gift tag. I am using a faux fur trim intertwined with gold thread. This will give my tags a wintery and shabby chic feel.

The best part about these tags is that you can make them with any paper collection! I hope this post has inspired you and that you will try making your own gift tag. The FotoBella online store has so many gorgeous Christmas collections to choose from. Stop by today to choose your favorite ones!

Happy crafting!

~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team Member

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Bright & Cheery Thinking of You Card

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Chris here, and today I am so excited to share this Bright & Cheery Thinking of You Card! I have to admit beside fall colors, I love butterflies! And the Autumn Glory paper from the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit is absolutely stunning.

Just look at this paper.

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I thought this paper would be just perfect to cheer someone and let them know I was thinking of them. So let me show you how you can create this Bright & Cheery Thinking of You Card!

Supplies

Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Washi Tape; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Layered Stickers; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Foam Stickers; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Frames; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Decorative Brads; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Clusters; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Basics Kit

5 x 6 1/2 inch card base, Thinking of You Stamp, Flowers from stash, Dimensional paint (to color flower center if needed)

Creating your Bright & Cheery Thinking of You Card

Start by cutting a a 4 1/2 x 6 inch piece of the Autumn Glory paper. Matte onto yellow paper from your basics kit. Adhere to your card base.

Add Chipboard cluster from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Clusters to your card.

Stamp “Thinking of You” on a strip of yellow paper from basics kit.

Banner cut edges of stamped strip and add to card.

I love adding extra dimensional to “ layered” chipboard! So add miscellaneous flowers from your stash and a chipboard stamp from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit.

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You can see my little flower had a white center, so I recolored it with dimensional paint to coordinate with the card. Add butterfly to finish off your Bright & Cheery Thinking of You Card.

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I hope you are inspired to get creative with this kit!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fall Colored Cheery Hello Card

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Greetings! It’s Chris again, and It is no secret that I love the colors of fall and love to create with those colors! I love to create with these year round! SO I love when I can create cards that can be used anytime of the year! SO I am excited to share this Fall Colored Cheery Hello Card with you.

Supplies

Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Washi Tape; Simple SS Vintage Country Harvest - Layered Stickers; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Foam Stickers; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Frames; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Decorative Brads; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Clusters; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Basics Kit

jute, tag, card base

Creating your Fall Colored Cheery Hello Card

Let’s get started by cutting a 3 1/2 x 4 inch rectangle from your green paper in your basic papers kit. Then, adhere it to the top right hand side of your card base, as in image.

Now, cut a 2 x 6 1/2 inch strip from your Simple Stories Happy Harvest paper from your Essentials Kit. You can choose which part of it to cut. Adhere to the left side of card base, centered.

Moving on to our layers! Cut out a Element from the 4 x 4 Elements paper. You can see below what I chose, but feel free to make it your own! Mat it onto the orange Basics paper. Then, adhere to the center part of the card.

Add layered sticker and Foam “Hello” sticker greeting.

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Finish your Simple Stories Fall Colored Cheery Hello Card with a jute bow and a little touch of washi tape.

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I hope you are inspired to create with this beautiful kit!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Place Cards Graphic 45 "Midnight Tales”

Happy Thanksgiving! ReNae here with the FotoBella design team bringing you a quick and easy project for place cards to adorn your holiday table!

Place Cards

ReNae here with the FotoBella DT. Here’s a recipe for fun while the turkey is roasting, and the pie is baking. Gather the family together and assemble these darling cards! Next have the kids place the cards around the table. Now everyone will have a personal memory of the day! I used left over Halloween paper called “Midnight Tales” by Graphic 45. Here are the steps to make these adorable place cards:

Supplies Needed for Place Cards

Supplies for your cards include Midnight Tales Paper Collection, Midnight Tales Coordinating Cardstock, Graphic 45 Tag Pockets & Butterfly dies, Die Cutting machine, Corner Chomper, Paper Cutter, Tape Runner or Scor-Tape.

Cutting Pockets and Tags

Begin creating place cards by cutting two pockets of each color (Yellow, Green and Orange) Next, cut six tags from the “Hallowed Eve” paper. Cut the tag in half 1 1/4” from bottom edge to create a strip. Round all corners of the strip using the Corner Chomper. Next, adhere strip to bottom of pocket using tape runner.

Finally, adhere pumpkin paper to front of pocket using tape runner. Cut two rectangles of each color measuring 3” x 2 3/8’ then tuck inside each pocket. Your cards are now ready to personalize.

Place cards

Personalize the Place Cards

There are lots of ways to display the place cards. You can place it inside of a decorative holder such as the one pictured, or simply place on top of dinner plate. Remove inside tag and write the name of the guest on the tag or use alphabet stamps. Your guests will love searching for and finding their seat assignments!

This is a fun activity to do on or before Thanksgiving and is also a great way to decorate your Christmas table. Just use the new “Let it Snow” paper collection by Graphic 45.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Hello Fall Greeting Card

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Fall can be a beautiful time of the year. And the Simple Stories Country Harvest line from FotoBella! shows off all of fall’s beauty! The colors of this line are gorgeous!!!

Chris here, and I am so excited to share this Hello Fall Greeting Card with you! Just look at the sampling of those beautiful colors and yummy goodness available at FotoBella!

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The card we are making today is actually a window card letting your lucky receiver see a peek inside the card! So let’s get started creating your Hello Fall Greeting Card!

Supplies

Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Washi Tape; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Layered Stickers; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Foam Stickers; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Frames; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Decorative Brads; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Clusters; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Basics Kit

5 1/2 inch card base, jute

Creating your Hello Fall Greeting Card

Start by tracing your frame from the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Frames onto the top layer of the card base. Cut out window.

From your Basic papers kit cut 2 5 1/2 inch squares from the orange/brown paper. (Set one aside from front of card.)

Cut a 5 inch square from the Changing Seasons paper and mat onto one of your 5 1/2 orange squares. Adhere to the inside of your card.

Close card and adhere a layered sticker from your Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Layered Stickers, centering your layered sticker.

Open your card and cut a 1 x 4 3/4 inch strip of green from your basic papers kit. Banner cut ends and adhere to the inside of your card.

Adhere “Happy Fall, Y’all” sticker from your Essential Kit to banner. Note: this sticker should be place so that it doesn’t show when your card is closed.

Using your “set aside” 5 1/2 inch square orange paper, trace and cut out window to match card front and adhere to your card front.

Adhere your Chipboard frame around window. Add a jute bow to finish off your Simple Stories Hello Fall Greeting Card.

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I hope you are inspired by the gorgeous colors in this kit!

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Fabulous Fall Home Decor

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Fall Greetings! Chris here and today I am excited to share this Fabulous Fall Home Decor. This project is quick and will make a great addition to your fall decor! This project is created with my Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit from fotobella!

Supplies

Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Washi Tape; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Layered Stickers; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Foam Stickers; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Frames; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Decorative Brads; SS Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Chipboard Clusters; Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Basics Kit

12 inch square wood frame, jute, paint, scalloped circle punch

Creating you Fabulous Fall Home Decor

Paint the wood frame. I chose to dilute my paint with water to allow the wood grain to show through the paint.

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Punch scalloped circle from Happy Harvest paper from your Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit. Add washi tape to punched circle.

Cut Forever Fall paper to 11 x 11 to fit inside your wooden frame. Add Scalloped circle to top right hand side of Forever Fall paper and add a jute bow.

Detail cut truck from the Happy Harvest paper from your Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - 12x12 Collector''s Essential Kit.

Adhere Forever Fall Paper to wooden frame. Adhere detail cut truck.

Add the detail cut truck to background paper for your Fall Home Decor.

Next, add “fabulous Harvest” from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest - Foam Stickers. Add tag behind truck cut out on your Fall Home Decor.

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Adhere background paper to frame and Add finishing touches of foam butterfly stickers to background and flowers and pumpkin to frame.

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I hope you are inspired to try this Simple Stories - Country Harvest Kit from FotoBella!

Then, follow along with me and create your own Fall Home Decor!