Friday, 5 September 2014

A Little Box of Tags

The monthly swap theme for one of the Facebook groups I'm in was to make a little box with 4 matching tags, and being a little nervous of tags (as I've said before) I thought I should sign up and challenge myself.

I've only made one box before so I thought I'd start with the tags to get a rough idea of the size the box would need to be.

So I started by die-cutting the 4 tags from a piece of purple cardstock, and shaping the end using a Stampin'Up punch.  The card had actually been used as packaging material on a couple of second hand stamps I bought recently, and I just loved the colour so had kept it for a special make.


I also stamped and then punched 5 'Just for You' labels to go on the tags and the box.  I wanted a vintage feel to the tags, so I went through my stash until I found just the right vintage floral images, reminiscent of a summertime cottage garden, cut them out and then distressed the edges with scissors.

After seeing how much card I had left over (and keeping another sheet for later - lol!) I worked out that I'd be able to make the box and the cover for a mini-book too!  So I trimmed up another 2 floral images for the book front and the box; and made a little accordion fold inner for the book.

I stamped the pages with a mixture of images and quotes and edged each page in a metallic purple to match in with the tags and box, and then glued them into place.

I layered up the tags by wrapping a bit of ribbon around the base, then placing the floral image on top, followed by the label and a little brass flower.  I then tied some matching pink and purple ribbon through the tag opening.  I used the same ribbon on the spine of the book and around the box, and added some more metal findings as embellishments.  I'm really pleased at how it all came together and I think I'm finally overcoming my nervousness with tags!!

These are the lovely tags and box I received from Bev in return.  She has a blog that's well worth a look here:

Thanks for reading :o)


I wish to enter my make into the following challenges:

Vintage Stamping Challenge - Challenge 24 Anything Goes - here:

Frilly and Funkie - A Summer Garden - here:

Vintage Utfordring - Challenge 86 - Create or use a tag - here:

Divas by Design - Tags - here:

Crafting by Design - September Anything Goes - here:

Sisters of Craft - September Anything Goes - here:


Reves2Scrap - Challenge No 4  with a colour twist - here:


  1. This is such a beautiful box with so many tags...thanks for joining us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

    1. Hi Margreet - thanks for your visit - glad you like it :o)

  2. I love the box and the tags are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this with us at Divas by Design.
    Hugs Sharon. x

    1. Hi Sharon - hope to be popping by Divas by Design again soon x

  3. What a fantastic idea and so beautifully created. The box and the tags look really pretty. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  4. This is so sweet and beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

    1. Thanks Nancy :o) Always enjoy a chance to play at Frilly and Funkie!

  5. Wow what a creative idea and so pretty too. Thanks so much for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges this month
    Claire xx

    1. Hi Claire - thanks so much for your visit :o)

  6. Wow, beautiful tags! I love the box idea. So creative. Thank´s for joining us at Vintage Utfordring. Hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs, Åsalill

    1. Hi Asalill - thank you so much :o) I had not seen your challenges before but they look good so I shall be back again!

  7. What a fun idea :-) thanks for taking part in the sisters of craft challenge Gill DT