SSS Making Spirits Bright Blog Hop

Hello, friends. I’m thrilled to be part of a fun blog hop celebrating the latest release from Simon Says Stamp…

I wanted to get a jump start on the Holiday Season, so I created a few Christmas tags using the new picture book dies. I like to make a bunch of tags to keep on hand so when it comes time to wrapping gifts, I’m ready to go…

I die-cut THIS Deer, THIS Snowman, and THIS Santa image from cardstock, specialty paper, and felt. I love that these dies will easily cut through a variety of material. For all the tags, I used THIS die (one of my favorite tag dies of all time) and stamped a sentiment from THIS new set underneath each image using my MISTI and THIS ink.

Let’s start with the Deer tag…

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and cut the deer pieces from THIS and THIS cardstock. I cut his scarf from THIS felt and added an emamel heart to it for decoration. I also added THESE for the eyes, just to add some playfulness.

For the Snowman tag…

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and applied THIS ink around the edges to add a bit of interest. I die-cut THIS glitter paper for the body and THIS and THIS cardstock for the hat and scarf. I used THIS cardstock for the nose and used black gems for the eyes and buttons. I used THIS on top of the hat for some shine.

For the Santa tag…

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and cut THIS felt for the suit and hat. I also used THIS felt for the beard and hat topper. I used THIS foil cardstock for the belt buckle and THIS cardstock for the belt. I added more of THESE for the eyes and added some color to his cheeks.

Here are a few tips…

*Since the die cuts out pieces and not the solid shape. I stamped two tags for each tag, one for the front and one for the back. I cut the image out of the front tag and adhered it to the second tag that was completely covered with adhesive on the front. This way the opening was covered with adhesive and I could inlay the pieces inside. It made the process much easier.

*Try adding some dimension to the image by layering certain pieces. As you can see with the deer, I added a few layers to the dark body part while only using one layer for the lighter parts. It adds so much dimension and makes the image pop…

*Try using other materials besides cardstock. I used felt, specialty papers, and foil paper on these tags…

*Adding embellishments to the image can really change the look. Just by adding the enamel/gem eyes, it gives a whole new look and can stretch the use of your dies…

I also stamped the back of all the tags with THIS stamp set so they are ready to go…

I’m a big fan of these picture book dies. Simon offers a whole collection of these. I’ve shared a card using them HERE.

There’s so much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my  talented friend, Kelly Latevola. You can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

Here’s the complete Blog Hop List…
Simon Says Stamp Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen 
Shari Carroll 
Nichol Spohr
Heather Ruwe (YOU ARE HERE)
Kelly Latevola
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Kathy Racoosin
Lisa Addesa

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this inspires you to create some Christmas Tags.

Simon Says Stamp is so generous and giving away a $25 gift coupon to one person at each stop on the hop…so be sure to leave a comment on every blog. The winners will be announced on the Simon Blog on Tuesday.

P.S. Looking for more inspiration using this release? Click HERE and HERE to see more projects I’ve shared using the new release products.

P.S.S. I’ve linked to all the new release products in THIS post.



  1. Kim Faucher
    October 14, 2017

    These are adorable! I love the eyes!!!

  2. Naama
    October 14, 2017

    Adorable!! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  3. Diane
    October 14, 2017

    Your tags are so adorable. Thanks for all the great inspiration.

  4. Cheyenne
    October 14, 2017

    How cute!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Lisa Tilson
    October 14, 2017

    These tags are so adorable! And the dies are the perfect size. I have been making a few tags lately and rally enjoy making them. Would be even cuter with these dies 🙂

  6. Kricket
    October 14, 2017

    I love the tags!! Using felt and 'paper piecing' are two of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us.

  7. Donna
    October 14, 2017

    Cute tags, Heather! And great use of the fun new dies!

  8. sharpstamps
    October 14, 2017

    Such fun tags.

  9. shira
    October 14, 2017

    Adorable tags. My favorite is the reindeer tag, its so cute.

  10. IWannaStampRightNow
    October 14, 2017

    I really enjoyed how you were able to keep the same color theme going on throughout all three tags!

  11. Gail Plaskiewicz
    October 14, 2017

    Oh my gosh, what cute tags! I don't do tags because we have collected so many over the years I could open my own store tomorrow! LOL I love all of them and I love how you used that thick ribbon on the top. I hope whoever gets them saves the tags because they are so precious! Thanks for showing us your cute tags and for giving us the chance to win something.

  12. LC Lamothe
    October 14, 2017

    Adorable tags! Love the fun touches you added to each one.

  13. Charo Blanchard
    October 14, 2017

    Love the simplicity of your tags, and the warmth feeling of the felt.

  14. Katie Kinde
    October 14, 2017


  15. Stacy
    October 14, 2017

    Awww. Those are such cute tags. Love how you tackled the eyes 🙂


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