Sunday, 5 February 2017

Red Snowflake Tags

Wooden red snowflake tags with pearlsTo make these snowflake tags I have used scraps of corrugated Kraft card, small wooden tags (The Works), red snowflake embellishments, pearl flat backed gems, Butchers red and white twine and wooden beads.
10 Wooden Tags - The WorksRed Snowflake Tag
The finished tags measure approximately 3ins x 2.ins.
I cut out the tags using the corrugated Kraft card, then attached smaller wooden tags to them using red and white Butchers twine and a wooden bead
Red snowflake tagsRed Snowflake Wooden Tag
The wooden red snowflakes were Christmas parcel tags from Sainsburys.  They were glued to the wooden tag using PVA glue, and then the tag was edged with faux stitching using a red gel pen.
Red snowflake tag, globs of glueMy choice of flat backed pearls was governed by the fact that, unbelievably, I have run out of small clear flat backed gems, but work well nonetheless, perhaps making the tag look a little posher.  I also needed to add the pearls to cover the hole used for string it originally had threaded through. Please excuse gluey globs!!
Red snowflake tag with pearl embellishmentThese tags would look good on a parcel wrapped in a plain kraft paper, or a on a plain red paper with matching string or ribbon.
What I do with all my stuff I make ……..????
Susan asked what I will be doing with all the things I make, especially now that I don’t work and no longer have the staffroom table to display my wares.  Well Susan, the café I like to take Iris on a Wednesday for her scrambled egg on toast is hoping to diversify and have a little crafty section as a side line, so I am going to take a small selection of bits to see how they go, but I really don’t want to start making “en masse”.  I was also asked before Christmas if I would like a stall at a craft fayre, sadly, I had to decline as I had absolutely nothing to sell, so all the Christmas stuff I will be making in the coming months, cards, tags etc. will be put away just in case it I am asked again.
I shall also be going backwards and forwards to nursery from April onwards to collect Iris when Laura returns to work, so I will be keeping my ears open for any other opportunities, but again, I have no desire to make dozens of the same thing.  I use a lot of my stuff myself, and I give quite a bit away too like a box of birthday cards as a present.  As a “retired” lady I don’t want the hassle of making stuff to order or in bulk, I get bored easily these days, so making ten of anything would really be enough for me.  I suppose it’s the making I like, working to a tight budget, followed by the blogging and sharing ……. selling isn’t that much of a priority at the moment.   


Kazbomps said...

I think red goes so well with kraft card. Another winner here. Karen x

misteejay said...

Another set of lovely tags Helen. The pearls work perfectly with the red & kraft colours.
I was just thinking how organised and ahead of the game you are for next Christmas.
Toni xx

ali said...

Thanks for answering that question I wondered what you did with all your creations, I am so glad you are back blogging again you inspire me over and over again with your creativity


Sue said...

These look great Helen!
Thanks for taking the trouble to respond to my rather nosy enquiry. I'm sure your crafty makes will be a big hit in the café and at this rate you'll have a stack of goodies for a craft fayre this year if needed! I don't like bulk making either, but have made the odd box of cards for gifts which went down well. It is the making that I find rewarding too - selling is fine if the opportunity arises, but not the prime objective. My inspiration (such as it is) goes right out of the window if I'm asked to create to order. Thanks again.

Cheryl W said...

These tags turned out great. Love the extra touch of pearls on them. I'm so with you on the reasons for crafting. So many people say I should try to sell some cards, but I really don't do it with a "business" in mind. It's all just a fun, creative exercise for me.