Christmas in July Stamping with Mom

I was able to make an impromptu, weekend trip to visit Mom in South Carolina this past weekend. It was a quick visit, so I packed a change of clothes, toiletries and (of course) a Stampin’ Up! kit. With some down time on Sunday, Mom and I put together the collection of Christmas tags in the Love, Santa Tag Kit. This kit has been available for a while as a part of Stampin’ Up!’s Kit Collection, but I never realized how cute these tags are!

I’m going to share our finished projects (we followed the kit instructions very closely) and some tips for completing this fun kit. Let’s start, though, with the items that come in the kit:

Love Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, 158375The pre-printed elements in this kit are adorable and festive. The stamp set (shown in the top, right corner) is a great one! The kit is only $19 in the U.S. – the stamp set is worth every penny of that by itself. The other elements, Stampin’ Spot and cardboard box can be considered amazing bonuses. 🙂 Here’s a look at the photopolymer stamp set that came with the kit:

Love Santa Tag Kit stamp set, Stampin Up!, 158375Cute, right?! I’m going to share our finished projects, but let me start with some tips for completing the kit:

TIP ONE: Before you start punching and stamping and assembling, read the instructions and study the stamp set (if you wish to switch out one of the sentiments or elements, you’ll wan to plan before you start stamping).

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTIP TWO: Think ahead. If you wish to add the “to” and “from” stamp to the backs of these tags, stamp the words before you build up the front of the image. It will be more difficult to stamp on the back when the front has popped-up elements and rhinestones.  Don’t ask me how I came to learn this. Here are the backs of the Christmas tree tags before the fronts were embellished:

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingSTEP THREE: Hire a local helper to cut the baker’s twine that will be tied to each of the tags. The twine can be cut with the ruler provided in the instructions or along a piece of grid paper. This helper was very happy to precisely measure the twine for the tags.

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTIP FOUR:  It was super-easy to toss the kit into my travel bag – and I had nearly everything I needed. Thinking ahead, I grabbed glue, a couple of extra blocks and a full-sized Night of Navy ink pad. I didn’t grab my Take Your Pick Tool or tweezers. They would have come in handy for these little pieces, but I was able to complete the projects with the tools I had available.

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingTIP FIVE: Sometimes the woman you hire to cut the baker’s twine can double as a model for the finished tags.  How cute is she?!

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingAfter a short time playing with the kit, Mom has twelve cute tags for her Christmas gifts. Here’s a look at the tags we completed with the Love, Santa Tag Kit:

Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian KingWant a closer look at each? Happy to oblige…

The Santa Tags:Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The Christmas Tree Tags:Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The Berries and Boughs Tags: Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian King

The Taxi Cab Tags:Love, Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Mom and I enjoyed putting together these tags, and I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you today. We both kept talking about how cute all of the tags are and how awesome the kit is – especially for just $19. Mom will be happy to add these tags to her holiday gifts this year.

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Love Santa Tag Kit, Stampin Up!, 158375


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  1. What a beautiful model!!!!! She needs to be a permanent modeler.

  2. I’ll have to get these tags done now! I bought the kit cause they’re so cute, but never got them done… I may not follow instructions, I think they might be super cute on a card front! Maybe a fancy fold one!

    • I know these could be made into some great cards and 3-D projects, but I didn’t have time to pack up everything in my craft room for the trip. 😀 Glad you like them, Alaine!

  3. Suzanne Patt Cullen

    Dear Brian,
    How fun you and your mom got to put together the Christmas tag kit while visiting her for the weekend! I always love to “see” her. 😉 And now she has tags already made up and can check that off her “to do” list for Christmas ♥️🎄💚

    • …or she has (at least) 12 gifts to purchase before Christmas. 🙂 It was fun – thanks for your sweet comment, Suzie! Hope you are having a grand time with your family.

  4. Cute tags but your mom steals the show!

  5. Thanks for highlighting this kit! Maybe I’ll order a kit and invite 3 friends over to make and take home one of each for adding to their Christmas gifts.

    • That’s such a fun idea, Stella! They are SO EASY to stamp and assemble – maybe you’ll be able to introduce some new friends to stamping. All the best! ♥

  6. I absolutely love these tags Brian!!! Such a fun project that you and your Mom got to do together ❤️ You have a beautiful Mom!!! I will definitely be ordering this kit👍

    • It’s really sweet, Cynthia – and only $19. Mom’s a great artist and has a wonderful sense of humor, so we get along wonderfully. Such fun!

  7. Cute tag set ! I must say that your model just adds more cute to this kit presentation ! I think the tags could be used in many ways for craft projects for the holidays . Better put this on my next order !

  8. Very cute tags…and your helper is just adorable. Hi Mrs. King!

  9. You are such an awesome son! Hi Ms. Mary! So glad you two got to stamp together! 🙂

  10. Your mom looks great! Glad you got to visit and yep the tags are adorable!

  11. It’s always fun to see your beautiful mom crafting with you. The tags are so cute. Enjoy your day!

  12. The Christmas tree tags are adorable. So is your mom model!

  13. Your Mom is SO PRECIOUS……Love her fabulous modeling skills. The tags turned out GREAT.

  14. How fun for both of you! These tags make great cards too.

    • If we were at my house, we likely would have turned some of them into cards, but I didn’t have a chance to pack up my entire craft room (just in case) to make something other than the tags. She’ll use the tags, though. Thanks, Wendie!

  15. A huge hi and a hug to Mary! It’s been 4 Evah since we have had the pleasure of
    seeing her. Either you need to visit her more often or she needs to come and
    spend a week with you more often.

    The gift tags are awesome and I have totally skipped over that kit. What is
    wrong with me to have missed it?

    Thanks for sharing Brian and Mary looks fantastic!

    • Thanks for your sweet comments, Grace. Mom asks about you when we chat or get together, and I give her the updates. Happy to share her. ♥

  16. “Don’t ask me how I came to learn this.” You are too funny!

  17. Always love seeing photos of your mom. A fun project and one I had been on the fence about getting. Even better, the bags that are available!

  18. So nice to see you Mom again. I’m sure you two had a great time together!
    Sweet tags too!

  19. Sharon Broussard

    So great to see your mom again!! She is such a treasure!! I love this kit! I have several already made up for Christmas this year!!

    • They were simple and fun – so glad you like the kit, Sharon. It was fun to hang out with Mom and to share these behind-the-scenes pictures. ♥

  20. Almost as good as a video! Just seeing her puts a smile on my face!
    Miss Mary the secret influencer………love it!

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