Monday, January 19, 2015

Its a Tag! Its a Card!

Full disclosure alert! I don't personally use the cards I make to send. It is RARE that I send a greeting card. Ironically I am one of the WORST card senders on planet earth. I 'gift' my cards, in bundles, to 'card-worthy-friends'. I love making tags. But they are not greeted with enthusiasm by my usual card receivers...My sisters and 'card worthy friends' can't think outside the card evidently! This is my attempt at a 'compromise'. A a an envelope.

Looks more like a card than a tag. Right?

Surprise! A tag! (The "card" is more like a pouch.)

Front of that pesky tag. 

Back of tag with place to write a note.

Sneaky Tag
~Base card PaperTrey Ink Kraft card stock - top edges distressed using TH 370 Paper Distresser, edges smudged with pink
~Washi tape
~Hero Arts Garden Flowers stamp/die set (Christmas gift!!!) colored with Copics, highlighted with Sharpie white paint pens, and Smooch
~Flower button tied in place with white/green twine (quit hoarding 'cute' buttons Nancy! USE THEM!)
~Tuft of some really cool green 'stuff' I bought at a floral shop (came in a 20ish"  x 30ish" sheet - paid a whole dollar for it!) It's HUGE - why am I 'hoarding' it!? I bought it last summer on a sister's trip...finally putting it to use. If we would just plan another sisters trip I wouldn't have to hoard stuff! #AlgonaRocks
~Tag base - Kraft card stock
~Tag design papers: Ki Berry Blast (back of tag); Prima Madeline Collection (front of tag)
~Assorted ribbons
Challenges | Inspirations
DRS - colors
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - create your own: ink; twine; Copics coloring, Tim Holtz 370 Paper Distresser; button
Crafty Cardmakers - something old | something new (old: button | new: stamp/die set)
Fairy Tale Stampers - flowers
Ladybug Crafts - flowers
Die Cut Diva's - anything
All Sorts - spring flowers
Docerela Creations - red or pink + embellishment

Potential future musings: There are actually Bed Bath & Beyond tips? Who knew? This is where my small-towness rears its small town head! 
Sharing one of my New Year Resolutions (Warning! It's a harsh one!) 
And ribbon prohibition.
Stay tuned for details!

Here's to thinking outside the tag, trips with sisters, cool shops in small Midwest towns, and keeping New Year Resolutions!

Nancy in Iowa


  1. Very clever and so creative! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. I think it looks great, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xx

  3. Nancy, this is really a cute and pretty way to use a tag! Beautiful card. I love tags and love to make them - but then they SIT since I'll send the card but then what do you do with the tags!!! I'm going to have to try this so I'll have the tag and the card!

  4. Beautiful card/tag very creative love the wonderful flowers, colours and design, thank you for sharing this with us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    lorraine x

  5. What a fun card love the flowers and the colors. Thanks for joining the DRS designs challenge.

  6. What a fun and creative card/tag!! Love all the details. Thank you for playing along with DRS Designs this week!

  7. I love tag cards...and hidden pockets! The pink/kraft color combo is one of my faves. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Nice card, love the tag coing out of the card. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. Lovely flowers! Thank you for creating this and joining in our challenge at Allsorts this week!

  10. It's a tag and a card! :) LOL... wonderful creativity.

  11. A happy hello to Nancy in Iowa, from Nancy in SC who used to be from Iowa:-)) I love anything and everything that comes tucked away in a pocket, and your sweet tag/pocket combo is gorgeous! The recipient is going to love it!!
    Thanks for joining in the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

  12. What a fun design.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  13. Great idea to please everyone... Thanks for sharing it with us on the Craft Hoarders challenge this month and hope to see you again soon :)

  14. Adorable Card! Great idea!
    Thanks for joining us at Docerela Creations!
    DT Member Sara

  15. A wonderful tag. Thanks for joining us at Fairytale Stampers

  16. Great card, love pockets and tags. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Blog.

  17. Very nice, Nancy! And you are NOT the worst card sender....I am! I make cards FOR A LIVING and rarely mail one out myself! ;) Thanks for playing along in the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!


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