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a thank you & winter penguin tags

Hello everyone, I want to thank you all for all of the prayers, thoughts, and sympathies sent my family's way during this past week. My grandpa died peacefully, surrounded by family - me included. He will be missed SO much. The past week with family was spent remembering, laughing, crying, and feeling ever so blessed that he was a part of our family and lives.


Here is my Grandpa and Grandma with my girls a few Christmases ago. He was a man of few words, but was always there for all of us. His family was his life and all of us knew it. I want to thank Nichole and Papertrey Ink as a whole for letting me have this time to say goodbye and be with family.

I have projects to share with you for the Papertrey Ink November release that got put aside while I was out of town and I will share those with you in the coming days. 

One project that I do every year, and for various holidays, are tags for my girls, nephews, and some family friends. I keep the tags from every year and have been putting them in our scrapbooks afterwards.


My new set Winter Penguin, along with the coordinating dies, was perfect for this year's tags. The new Block Alphabet die set was perfect timing this month to add the names to the tags with Pure Poppy cardstock.


I used my new Peace Be Still impression plate on the Aqua Mist cardstock in the background that I swiped with some Fresh Snow ink to make the snowflakes pop just a bit more. The finished tag size is 2 3/4" x 4 1/4" - I cut the corners at an angle to acheive the tag shape.


I love how simple embellishments, like the pom-pom on the hat and the red rhinestones on the snowflakes add that perfect detail.

You can see past Christmas tags I have made: 201020092008 & 2007.

I will share more projects again soon!


all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted

Winter Penguin 2011 Christmas Tags

stamps: Winter Penguin

ink: True Black, Fresh Snow

cardstock: white, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy

other: Pure Poppy twill ribbon, Peace Be Still impression plate, Winter Penguin dies, Block Alphabet dies, Copic markers, red rhinestones (Kaisercraft), white pom-pom (Darice)