Hello Stampers! I just wanted to share with you a cute little cardinal gift tag that I made recently. Isn’t this so cute! It’s pretty easy to recreate — all you really need is the Bird Builder Punch!
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Okay, back to the cute cardinal gift tag! The only tool you need to make this cardinal is the Bird Builder Punch and maybe a white gel pen for highlights and the eyes. Here’s a closeup of the tag:
Cardinal Gift Tag Punch List:
- 8 Branches, Mossy Meadow
- 2 Wings, Real Red
- 2 Bodies, Real Red
- 2 Wings, Basic Black
- 1 Body, Basic Black
- 1 Head, Tangelo Twist
The trick to make this Cardinal is to layer everything! The layer order, from bottom to top, is as follows:
- Real Red body
- Basic Black body
- Real Red wing (position above the head so the pointy end sticks out — may need to trim excess)
- Real Red body (trim the smallest tail feather before gluing)
- Basic Black wing (position over the face so the pointy end goes toward the back of its head then trim excess)
- Tangelo Twist head (you only need the beak so trim that small beak off and use some Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue to stick it on the face — optionally, you could put it behind the black wing/face piece and trim the beak out of the black wing so the orange peeks through).
- Basic Black wing
- Real Red wing
- Trim most of the branch off of the leaves. Leave about a quarter to half an inch. Position them in a circle and use some Tombow Multipurpose Glue to adhere them together.
Eyes and Highlights:
- To add dimension, I used a white gel pen on the wing, crest, beak and for the eye.
Here’s the front and back of the cardinal gift tag:
Here are some of the other tools I used to create the cardinal gift tag:
Here’s how it looks on the new bags from the holiday catalog! Isn’t this so cute!
Gorgeous New Photopolymer Stamps:
Stampin’ Up has released two gorgeous new stamp sets just in time for the holidays! The first stamp set is the Banner Blessings Set (which I just can’t wait to get my hands on, by the way). I love the huge greetings on this set! Here’s just two examples of an endless array of possibilities that you can make with this beautiful new set (click the images to go to my store):
The other set that Stampin’ Up recently released is the Gentle Peace set, which features a stained glass nativity scene and is a perfect canvas for those who love to color! This stamp set also pairs wonderfully with the new Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers! You can click the image to go directly to this item in my store:
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A Tuesday Morning Adventure:
Here’s one for you! I was on my way to work when, all of a sudden, my car turns off! There I am, in the middle of the passing lane, on a hill, at a full stop with no way to put my car in park, no way to put my hazard signals on and the power steering gone! So I took my foot off the brake slightly and steered (with all my might) into the suicide lane where I sat with my foot on the brake until help arrived!
Did you know about this little button called the shift-lock release? I had no idea what it did (there’s a clue in the name) until the police officer arrived. Apparently it allows you to put the car in park when you can’t shift! Get it? Shift, Lock(ed), Release? Boy did I feel dumb. Anyway, turns out my battery cable snapped in two. Here’s a pic for your amusement:
Lovely! Well anyway, one of my church friends came and bailed me out after I called my pastor in a panic (he lived really close to where I broke down but wasn’t home at that time). We put some electrical tape around the broken connector, which gave me enough juice to make it to an auto parts store. The new connecter was a mere $5 and, two hours after my adventure began, I was finally on my way to work. Even made it to the parking lot in time for the early-bird pricing! With 3 minutes on the clock until the price hike! That alone was a miracle — as most Seattleites (or other city dwellers) know, parking is expensive in the city. I’ll take any discount I can get!
Until next time! (Don’t forget to sign up for my black friday deals!)