Joy of Giving Tag Kit (with Mary King)

I want to tell you a little story today about an incredibly talented woman who I’ve known for a very long time. For purposes of this story, let’s just call her “Mom.” When Mom makes the journey from Charleston, South Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia, she and I often spend lots of time stamping in the Fungeon (that’s the whimsical name I’ve given my stamping basement – it’s a bit of a dungeon, but it’s always fun).

Mary King, Brian's MomIsn’t she beautiful?! While Hurricane Dorian made his way up the east coast earlier this month, Mom paid us a visit (I can always expect Mom to visit at least once during the annual hurricane season when she makes her way inland to avoid an aggressive storm). What fun! Because of some big projects at work, I wasn’t able to take off the whole week to hang out with her, so she was by herself for a while during the days.

While she was hanging out alone at the house, she wanted to make something, but she doesn’t always know where to start. That’s where Stampin’ Up! kits come in handy – they are great entertainment for stamping enthusiasts like Mom, and she could finish a project without much fuss. I gave Mom a choice of kits to play with, and she (very wisely) chose the Joy of Giving Tag Kit from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Holiday Catalog. I want to share a little bit about the kit, along with some of Mom’s feedback about it.

Joy of Giving Tag All-Inclusive Kit

Take your gifts from basic to brilliant with stepped-up handmade tags you create using the Joy of Giving Tag Kit. Each tag folds in half so you can stamp “to” and “from” on the inside. This is a great craft kit to have on hand for the gift-giving season. Here’s a look at the Joy of Giving Tag Kit:

Joy of Giving Tag Kit, Stampin' Up! 150700The kit includes the following:

  • Supplies to make 30 tags (10 each of 3 designs)
  • Joy of Giving Photopolymer Stamp Set (17 stamps)
  • Shaded Spruce twine
  • Poppy Parade Stampin’ Spot
  • Designer Box (Poppy Parade)
  • Clear block

Here’s a look at the photopolymer stamp set that’s included in the kit:

Joy of Giving (included in the Joy of Giving Tag Kit), Stampin' Up!These words and images will certainly come in handy even when all the tags are finished. I love all of the elements in this tag kit, but I really love this stamp set (that can be used over and over after the kit is complete)!

These are really great tags! Here’s a video Stampin’ Up! created to show you all of the items included in the kit:

Joy of Giving Tag Kit videoHere’s a look at the finished projects:

Joy of Giving Tag Kit Samples a, Stampin' Up! Joy of Giving Tag Kit Samples b, Stampin' Up! Joy of Giving Tag Kit Samples c, Stampin' Up!And don’t forget – they all come with a Poppy Parade designer box that can be used throughout the year. They are all pretty wonderful, right? I love that they are all folded over so that personal messages can be added inside – but the shiny, pretty tag front is still on display.

Mom’s Feedback

I asked Mom for some comments about her experience putting together the kit. In her quiet, unassuming way, her response was, “It was really fun. I like it.” She wasn’t extremely thorough in her response, but I knew how much she loved making them as she held her decorative box full of tags. I was able to pull a little more information out of her with my high-pressure interrogation. Each of the tags incorporates a little gold flourish sticker that goes above and/or below most of the sentiments. Mom struggled with the stickers (they are super-thin and very sticky), but she still added them to most of the tags. Even the tags without the flourish, though, were quite stunning.

Mom asked if she could keep the box and tags – of course! She asked if she could keep the stamp set – we had to have a little talk about that one.


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  1. Way to go Mary xox Give your Mumma another stamp set and kit for next year Brian, hehe xox I must get myself one!

  2. Love your mom, Brian❤️

  3. To answer your first question, yes, your mother is beautiful. I always enjoy seeing her creations. Great job, Mary. Pretty tags that are really cards. Have a wonderful day, Brian.

  4. Brian, giving a kit to your mom is the perfect entertainment while you’re at work. She’s not the only one that struggles getting started, casing you and other creative Demonstrators is a blessing and joy to me. Thank you many times over.

  5. Awesome kit. I always love seeing your mom but I bet not as much as you! Mary, I hope to see you in November and enjoy your tags! Hugs!

  6. Oh, Brian: I love all your posts, but the ones that feature your mom are my favorites! She is, indeed, a lovely woman and I get a great sense of joy when you describe your interactions with her.
    P.S. I hope she got to keep the stamp set. 🙂

  7. More Mary, please! Beautiful project but your mom always steals the show!

  8. Your Mom is BEAUTIFUL and I always SMILE BIG when I see her pretty face appear on your blog. THANKS for sharing this lovely lady with us.

  9. Brian, your mom seems so sweet. Thanks for sharing her with us, along with the great kit. Glad you had a nice visit!

  10. Glad to see Mom will get the stamp set, though not much of a surprise since she likely reads your blog and comments! Tags are terrific!

  11. You had me laughing out loud with this post Brian. What a beautiful photo of your Mom. I bet she’s a real southern lady. It’s so nice that she gets to visit you whenever she can and that you let her “loose” in the fungeon. Now you have convinced me that I really need to make these beautiful tags instead of just putting the peel and stick ones I’ve been using for years. They really are beautiful and wouldn’t the multipurpose tool be helpful in getting those stickers off the backing?

    • Hey Grace! I started flipping through my phone to find a picture of Mom – and didn’t realize I had this one (such a good picture from a dinner cruise in Charleston last year). These tags are a class act – you’ll love them.

  12. Lol, yes, your Momma has fans. On every coast!

  13. Such a sweet blog today Brian. It’s always fun to hear about your mother’s adventures when she visits!

  14. Love posts with your Mom. She is a delight – must be where you get your charm Brian!

  15. Brian, every time you have your mom featured on your posts, I get a big smile on my face, well…..I smile with your posts too but I get a bigger smile when I see her beautiful face.
    So glad she had fun putting these cute tags together, you should give her the stamp set and get her another kit just so she can have more fun when she goes back home.
    She is simply awesome, I also think that’s where you got your charming disposition.
    Give her a big hug.

    • Thank you so much, Maria! I’m so happy to know that my posts with Mom bring so much joy. I’m certainly grateful to have her visit with me and stamp with me. ♥

  16. Well, I just happened on this ??? I had wondered about your mom and leaving Charleston during Dorian ?? We were also on alert here in Charlotte . Loved your post about Mary`s stamping (as always)
    Pretty MAMA ! Love that picture !

  17. Awwww, my friend , I love when you share Mom with us , she’s such a cute and lovely person, oh I’m sure she did a beautiful job on her tags , your so blessed, Tfs hugs
    Frenchie ♥️

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