Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top Dog Dies Guest Post: A Typical and Not-So-Typical Use for Tags

Today I've got two projects using the Top Dog Dies Gift Tag Set.

Love how the smaller tag has a dotted mat around the edge, and that the set comes with a tiny "to" and "from".  The other neat thing about this set is that both ends are different. Did you notice? I think it's a small detail that adds a lot.

The first project is what you might expect from a tag die ... a tag! To mix it up a bit, I die cut the larger tag shape from an old pair of my son's jeans. I was quite impressed that the die handled that strong material very easily. Two different patterned papers are used for the smaller tag (I saved the other half of the floral tag for another use). Instead of punching a hole for the gold thread, I used a little pink button and sewed the thread through that. I also didn't match the edge of the inside tag with the outside tag ... subtle, but I think it looks more eclectic that way. Finally, I'm really happy with the tiny "to" on the tag. So cute!

I picked up the wooden container at a flea market to use as a gift box for my friend's birthday present. That was FIVE years ago. Somehow I keep forgetting to use it. Hopefully this will be the year! I have her tag all ready : )

The next project isn't a tag at all, but a ...


Right? Do you see it!? I think each of the 10 ancient tombstones are a different shape, with only using the two tag dies. Remember how each edge is different? That's two different looks, then you have the two different sizes (up to 4 combinations now), then I chopped of the middle hump on some of them (another combination) and finally I made some of them really tall and really short depending on where I cut them in half.

Here's a closer look at the worn text on these old grave stones. This is from the CAS-ual Fridays Out Loud stamp set which is great because it has four different fonts. I just inked up different parts of the text, STILL ON THE PACKAGING, and used my finger to stamp it. Boy did that feel good to be so completely lazy and not even mount the stamp before stamping! And it totally gave me the I'm-so-old-the-words-have-worn-off look I was going for.

Hope you enjoyed these! Thanks for looking!

 Top Dog Dies is a new online store that offers their own brand of wafer-thin and steel-rule dies, along with dies from brands you already know and trust, including Little B, Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, Savvy Stamps and Cheery Lynn Designs. Top Dog Dies is also the leading U.S. retailer for Tattered Lace, a new line of intricate dies designed by British designer Stephanie Weightman.



  1. Seriously you are a genius!!!!! Tag tombstones??!!!! I LOVE it! Total and utter cleverness!

  2. You are just too clever for your own good!! Love these Kelly!

  3. Now that's u being a genius yet again :)

  4. Oh, you are so very clever. Jeans tag and a funky graveyard. Love them both.

  5. Haha! Your card just makes me smile...too stinkin' cute, Kelly! Love it! Your tag is beautiful, too!

  6. Ingenious, as ever, Kelly! Truly love how your creative brain works!! Your friend is going to love that gift now that you have it all ready at last! And, please, as if the cemetery wasn't enough, the gravestones blew me away!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family!! Hugs, Darnell

  7. You are amazing, Kelly ... not only is your tag jean-ius ... that skeleton-adorned graveyard is so cool ... and creative ... and fun! Anita :)

  8. awesome projects...way to rock the tags!

  9. You are so creative, Kelly, but then we've all said that all along.. ;-) Those gravestones are perfect. And cutting a tag from jeans? How do you come up with these things? That's why we need you for inspiration.

  10. Love your snowman post, but this one knocked my socks off. I would have NEVER thought to use the tags as tombstones, but they are perfect! You are brilliant!


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