I've come to the conclusion that December is not a good blogging month for me judging by the lack of posts this year and in past years. It seems that there is always something that needs doing and blogging has to take a back seat :(.
However, I did want to share with you the Tag Exchange from my stamping group. Luckily, it was the turn of one of the stampers in the group–Shawna–to instruct so I needed only to create my own tags and the little treats that I made for the group.
For my tags, I cut a long tag from Thick Whisper White and punched the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
I added a strip of the Presents & Pinecones DSP and then embossed a piece of Cherry Cobbler, using my favorite Embossing Folder, Cable Knit, and added it to the bottom of the tag.
I tied a length of the Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon around the tag to hide the join and strung a charm from the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments on twine from it. More ribbon was added to the top of the tag and finished with a piece of the Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine.
Finally, I stamped the To/From in Cherry Cobbler using a stamp from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.
The tags this year were truly remarkable! Be sure to click on the photo below so that you may examine the tags close up.
These mini mug treat holders for my ladies were CASEd from a video tutorial by Heidi Smith. These were very easy to make and used very little paper. And who doesn't enjoy Ferrero Rocher? (other than me, that is!)
Shawna had us make two very lovely cards. The cards do have some Stampin' Up! components though this is not a "must" when a member of the group instructs.
I really enjoyed making Shawna's first card. Because I generally use a lot of colors in my cards, working with this earthy color scheme was a pleasant change of pace! I also enjoyed the many textural elements on the card.
Shawna's second card used the Softly Falling Embossing folder as a nice backdrop for this lovely winter scene! We also got to work with Alcohol Inks and then die cut our creation for the card's sentiment.
It was a lovely evening, complete with a luscious sharing of sweet and savory treats!