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Hello, friends!  Sorry it has been so quiet around here...I've been busy, busy preparing for today's big reveal of the new Make It Market: Tinsel & Tags kit from Papertrey Ink!  I'm so excited that the day is finally here when I can share all of the details of this new holiday kit.  I know several of you have been waiting ever so patiently(?) :-) for a holiday Make It Market kit and I hope it does not disappoint.  There are so many different parts and pieces to this kit, so this is going to be one of those long, grab-a-cup-of-coffee-type posts.  Hopefully it can serve as a resource to you when you get your kit and start creating!  

As usual, there is a Pinterest board for this kit, found HERE which contains images that inspired the kit as well as some images to jumpstart your projects using the kit.  I will also be adding all of the Tinsel & Tags DT projects to this board as we go along.

Like I mentioned during sneak peeks, we have done something a bit different this time around in that we split the kit into two parts.  The main Tinsel & Tags kit is filled with the bulk of the exclusive items...stamps, dies, patterned paper (+ a few other goodies I'll tell you about below) and the Trimmings Addition is filled with all sorts of ribbons, trims, embellishments and more.  The Tinsel & Tags paper pad is included in the main kit, but it will also be available separately...yay!  I know that I like to make multiples of things during the holidays and one paper pad is definitely not enough.  Many of you have expressed wanting these options...we are trying our best to make these kits what you want them to be!  :-)

A complete kit content list can be found at the bottom of this post.  The kits and extras will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern time tomorrow, October 1st from the Papertrey Ink website.  There will be a banner on the home page which you can click on to bring you directly to the kit ordering page or it will also be featured on the main page under the "Featured Kits" heading.

So, without further ado, let me introduce to you the main Tinsel & Tags kit...Tinsel & Tags Main Kit

And the Tinsel & Tags Trimmings Kit...

Tinsel & Tags Trimmings Kit

I have THREE videos for you today!  This first one is an overview of the main kit where I show you everything and tell you a little about how the different elements of the kit work together...there are so many different mix-and-match options between the samps and dies, it deserved its own video...


Are you ready to see this kit in action?  I'm not going to do supply lists for each project today...pretty much everything I used is from either the main Tinsel & Tags kit or the Trimmings Addition.  The main colors in the kit are Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Pinefeather, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow with a touch of Sweet Blush and Ripe Avocado.  I pretty much stuck with those ink and cardstock colors for all of my projects today.  If a project uses something outside of the kit I will make note of it.  

NOW, let me show you everything!

The first thing I want to show you is an assortment of ornaments I created using the Scenery Die set included in the main kit.  These dies were designed so that they could be layered to create dimensional ornaments, tags, toppers and more.  The main kit includes 6 half-ball clear ornaments which coordinate perfectly with the dies.  These clear ornaments will be available for puchase separately as well, so you can purchase more if you'd like.  The main kit also includes a jar of faux snow for you to fill your ornaments with.  


I put together a little how-to video that shows in detail how these ornaments go together, along with a few assembly tips and tricks.  


The diecuts are pretty enough that they can be cut from plain cardstock and then just layered over top of eachother with foam adhesvie for lots of's super quick and easy to create keepsake ornaments!  There is a small banner stamp and die included in the kit which fits inside the ornaments as well.  There are stamps in the set so that you can stamp the year on the banner.  The years 2014-2016 are included in the set.


If you like something a little more detailed and colorful, that's definitely an option too!  There are stamps in the stamp set that coordinate with all of the different elements on the Scenery dies...trees, deer, snowman, and the house, so you can stamp on the elements and make your ornaments more colorful.  Here I diecut the elements from various colors of cardstock and sort of paper-pieced them as well as stamped on them with the coordinating stamps.  Notice the cardstock "bow" at the top?  That's a stamp that's included in the mini Sprigs set and there is a die to match as well...think of all of the different things you could use that cute bow for!  


On this ornament I did a little watercoloring.  I diecut the layers from watercolor paper and stamped everything with the coordinating images, then used my waterbrush to blend the ink and create a watercolor look.  


I also used the Scenery dies to create a coordinating card using the same technique...


The ornament is filled with the faux snow indluded in the kit, but I also added a bit of regular glitter on the trees, house, snowman and deer for a little added sparkle (regular glitter not included in the kit).


The scenery dies definitely aren't limited just to creating ornaments!  I found lots of other uses for them as well.  Here I created some little pop-up gift toppers by adhereing the scenery layers to the large slotted tag die that's also included in the kit.  


Since each layer of the scene is a seperate diecut, you are able to pick and choose which layers or how many layers to use.  Also, a few snips with your scissors and you can customize the scene to remove any parts you don't want to use.  For these I wanted to use the little dimensional minature Holiday House die included in the Trimmings kit, so I just trimmed away the house from the Scenery dies and replaced it with the 3-dimensional version.  I also trimmed away a few of the trees, then just folded everything upright to create the little scene.


What a fun way to dress up a package..using just paper, dies, and stamps!  You could make a hundred of these.  :-)  


Do you like that little dimensional Holiday House?  I'm kind of addicted to them!  I made about 40 of them in the past week.  I put together a little assembly video that shows you how I put mine together...I think there are some helpful tips for making it go a little smoother...


So let me show you a few more ways you an use the Scenery dies...they can also be used individually instead of layering them.  Here I used each one individually, layered over the large circular slotted tag die from the main kit.  I stamped on them with the coordinating stamp images included in the Tinsel & Tags stamp set.


So, a little more info about the slotted tag die...I just love it!  It's sized to fit the Scenery dies as well as the clear ornaments that are included in the kit, so you have tons of different options.  This die cuts slits in each side so you can put a strip of paper or ribbon through the slits to attach it to a package, jar, gift bag, whatever!  It will accomodate up to a 1 1/2" wide strip of paper or ribbon.  There is some beautiful 1 1/2" wide cotton ribbon included in the Trimmings kit which works perfectly with the tag.  Here I used 1 1/2" strips of paper which were cut from the Tinsel & Tags paper pad.  The tags were cut from papers in the pad as well.


The Scenery dies can definitely be used on cards as well!  Here I used the the layer with the house, snowman and single tree to create a shaker card.  Everything here was diecut using dies from the kit, including the scalloped circle frame -- it's the backing die for the ornament and I cut the circle out of the center of it using the snowfall layer from the Scenery dies.  


The pretty leaves and flower at the top are from the Tinsel & Tags Sprigs stamp set and dies included in the main kit.  The large banner die is also included in the main kit.  The trendy geometric paper along the bottom is from the Tinsel & Tags paper pad.


So I've told you all about the fun Scenery dies included in the kit and how there are stamps to coordinate with them...but here's another fun thing.  The stamp set also includes 5 large circular tag images, similar to what we usually do in our holiday tag collection stamp sets (except these are a little larger).  Each tag image has a negative space in which one of the other stamp images (house, snowman, deer, trees, leaves) nests inside so you can easily create multi-colored tags.  There is a smaller circular tag die in the kit that coordinates with these images.  So many mix-and-match possibilities in this kit!  Here I created an assortment of different little treat containers using several of Papertrey's Favor It dies (not included in the kit), each one with a fun tag created with the stamps from the Tinsel & Tags stamp set stamped in Smokey Shadow ink. 


Each tag is attached to the treat container by an embellished mini clothespin from the Trimmings addition kit.  Each clothespin has a fun embellishment that coordinates with its tag.  The clothespin for the house tag is embellished with a little 3D house created using the miniature Holiday House die from the Trimmings kit...


The Noel tag features little leaves and berries from the Tinsel & Tags Sprigs stamp set...


For the tree tag I used one of the tiny bottle-brush trees, also from the Trimmings addition kit...


The snowman tag features a little snowman clothespin -- there is a coordinating individual die for the little snowman as well!  I also clipped a bit of the miniature tinsel from the Trimmings kit into the clothespin.


And my favorite....these little deer!  They are so, SO cute.  There are four of these little resin deer included in the Trimmings addition...


My tag set above uses the two-step tag images, but you can definitely get creative and use all of the bits and pieces to come up with your own tag designs!  Here are a few that I created.  These use a mix of stamped images from the main Tinsel & Tags stamp set as well as the Sprigs set, both of which are included in the main kit.


The small banner stamp and die that fit inside the clear ornaments are also the perfect size to fit across the small circualr tag die from the kit.


There are definitely some fun options for creating handmade gifts too!  It just so happens that the clear ornaments and the Scenery dies are the perfect fit for the top of a wide-mouth mason jar...just think of the possibilities!  Gifts in jars are so very hot right now...what about creating some adorable little winter scenes to top off your jars?   I used the clear ornaments from the kit and just snipped off the little hanger loop using a wire snips to create these adorable snow globe toppers.  These are going to be my teacher gifts this year! 


The miniature 3-dimensional Holiday House die from the Trimmings kit fits perfectly inside the clear ornaments, as do the little bottle-brush trees and resin deer. By using a combination of diecuts from the Scenery dies and the miniatures from the Trimmings kit I was able to make lots jars, each one with something special inside and I still have some little things left.  The tinsel, greenery, and trims from the Trimmings kit are perfect for putting around the base of the snow globes.


This one with the little deer inside just might be my favorite!  The blue scallop trim along the base of this one is also from the Trimmings's adhesive backed, so it works perfectly for easy to just peel off the backing and adhere it to the clear ornament.


I used the smaller circular tag die to create a hang tag for each jar.  Some I stamped with images and sentiments from the stamp set, and some I used the pre-printed tags from the Tinsel & Tags paper pad.  The tags are specially printed with a little outline that acts as a guide for placing your die on the paper to get a perfectly cut tag every time! I show this in detail in the intro video near the top of this post.  I tied some baker's twine around each jar lid (twine NOT included in the kit) then attached the tags with the peppermint-striped twist ties included in the Trimmings Addition kit...just a simple, fun touch!


I had so much fun creating these snow globe toppers that I just kept on going!  I decided they were the perfect thing to decorate my holiday table as well.  I always host Christmas Eve dinner at my house and I've made it a tradition to create some sort of fun handmade table decor that always includes a place card with each guest's name on it. I thought the snowglobes were perfect for this! 


I purchased a box of just the rings/lids for the wide-mouth jars and spray painted them to match my color scheme.  I printed the guests names onto cardstock then diecut them with the small banner die from the main kit and stamped on them with the coordinating banner image.  Each one is filled with a miniature Holiday House die from the Trimmings addition and a few diecuts from Scenery dies, along with some of the faux snow from the main kit.  Super inexpensive to put together.   


I created some matching napkin rings using the large Circular slotted tag from the main kit stamped with the Noel tag, along with a bunch of the little flowers and greenery images from the Sprigs stamp set.  



I created just one to start with, and when I was happy with the design I assembly-lined them, and even though that was a lot of stamping they came together quickly.  A strip of paper from the Tinsel & Tags paper pad is inserted into the slits and wrapped around my cloth napkins.  



Here is another card and jar ensemble that I created using lots of the stamps and dies from the Sprigs set -- all of which are included in the main kit.  


I diecut a two of everything from the Sprigs set, then stamped on all of the diecuts and arranged them into a wreath, using the scalloped circle from the Scenery die set as my base.  The large banner fits perfectly across my "wreath" and the bow diecut is the perfect finishing touch.


The large slotted tag is the perfect thing to wrap around a jar.  I used the wide luxe cotton ribbon from the Trimmings kit to slip through the tag.


There are options for really getting creative with the stamps and dies in the kit like some of the examples I've shown above, but there are also some fun quick and easy options for when you're heading out the door and need to wrap something up quick!  I mentioned there were pre-printed tags in the paper pad - there are some that coordinate with the large slotted tag, and others that coordinate with the small tag.  Here I used one of the larger images along with one of the clear ornaments to make a really quick and easy package topper that also doubles as a gift in itself!


I diecut one of the larger tags with the scalloped circle ornament backer die and created a quick ornament. I attached my finished ornament to the slotted tag with some removable adhesive so that the recipient can easily remove the ornament and hang it on their tree.  


A couple more fun things before I wrap up this record-long post!  I thought it might be fun to use the little Holiday House die to embellish a strand of lights, but then I happened across these fun LED branches that I thought would work perfectly.  


I made the houses out of plain white cardstock, then punched holes in the bottom flaps before assembling them so that I could place them over top of the lights.  I wondered if they would get too warm, so I was super cautious and kept an eye on them...happy to say that they did not, but if you're going to try this, always use caution and keep an eye on them.  :-)  In real life they have a cute little glow about them, especially when the rest of the room is dark.  You'll just have to imagine (or try it for yourself!) because I couldn't get a good picture. :-)


Ok...I'll leave you with one last card that I created using lots of the little floral/greenery elements from the Sprigs set, along with the large banner image and one of the coordinating sentiments.


I added some of the blue scalloped adhesive trim from the Trimmings kit across the top edge.  So pretty and I think they'd be pretty easy to mass produce.  


Well, that wraps up my projects for today!  Whew!  I know that was a TON of information.  I have a few more projects to share with you tomorrow.  I wanted to show you how a few of the elements in the kit will work with some of the other basics you might already have in your collection.  There are some fun options there as well, but you'll just have to wait until tomorrow.  To see even more of this kit today, be sure to visit the other DT blogs...

The Tinsel & Tags Kit as well as the Trimmings addition will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm Eastern time tomorrow, October 1st.  Here is a detailed break down of all of the elements included in the kits...

The following items are exclusive to this limited edition main kit and will not be available again after the limited quantity of kits is sold out.

  • Tinsel & Tags stamp set ($24)
  • Tinsel & Tags Sprigs stamp set + label ($6)
  • Tinsel & Tags Basics die collection ($19)
  • Tinsel & Tags Scenery die collection ($29)
  • all dies come packaged in red polka-dot organza bag that can be reused


The following items included in the main kit are expendables.  They will also be available on the kit release night as individual items in case you are in need of extras to complete any holiday mass-producing.

  • Tinsel & Tags 8-1/2" x 11" paper pad ($13)
  • 6- Clear Tag Globe Halves ($4)
  • 24 gram jar- Faux Snow ($5)

The total retail cost of the main kit is $100.  



The following items are exclusive to this limited edition trimmings kit and will not be available again after the limited quantity of kits is sold out.

  • Tinsel & Tags Holiday House die ($8)


The following items included in the trimmings kit are expendables.  Depending on customer demmand, we may or may not carry these on a regular basis in the future.

  • 12- Natural Clothespins, 1-7/8"  ($3)
  • 4- Miniature Hand-painted Resin Deer ($3)
  • 6- Miniature Sisal Trees ($3)
  • all miniatures come packaged in red polka-dot organza bag that can be reused
  • 1-yard Silver Tinsel Trim ($1)
  • 24- Candy Cane Striped Twist Ties ($1)
  • 1-yard Tiffany Blue Adhesive Scalloped Border Trim ($2)
  • 1-yard 5/8" Black Grosgrain Stitch Print Ribbon ($1)
  • 5-yards 1-1/2" Red Ticking Stripe Luxe Cotton Ribbon ($10)
  • 5-feet Miniature Artificial Pine Garland ($3)
  • all trims come packaged in aqua gift box that can be reused

The total retail cost of the trimmings kit is $35.