Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cookie Tag - Friends with Flair 5-8

"The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city."

----------Carl Van Vechten

Hi, Friends....

I am here with a project for this week's Unity - Friends with Flair.  Recently, a neighbor came to the rescue while my guys were gone and changed my empty propane tank for me.  (How do the tanks always know when my guys are gone for a few days??  Ugh..)  This same Good Samaritan neighbor had a birthday this week, so I made a plate of cookies for him for both a thank you and a birthday gift with this cookie tag.  Fun, huh?

I used two Unity stamps I received in grab bags.  The focal point stamp says "Happy Birthday - Make a Wish".  The other one that I used as a background stamp can be found in the Unity Aug. 2014 KOM. 

Since this tag was for a guy, I wanted to give it some texture.  I just got this new DCWV Burlap Paper Stack and wanted to see if it would die cut very well.  I used my Sizzix Fancy Labels Dies and met with what I would say is a measure of success.  This material is paper-backed burlap, which is great for being fray-resistant, but it was a little thick for my dies.  I ran it through several times and only had to snip a few of the more recalcitrant threads.  I am satisfied and will die cut this and similar material again.

I wasn't as successful at getting a good result with my stamp.  I used Tsukineko - Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.  I probably should have brushed some tinted gesso over the burlap first to give a better platform for the sentiment, but the "birthday" word is readable and that's what counts.  Our friend will be kept busy trying to decipher what the other words say while he eats his cookies!!  Ha! 

Here's a close up of the top of the tag.  I snipped a bit off the corners of the tag to give it a more pleasing look to my eye.  You can see a glimpse of some my new DCWV Corrugate Neutrals Stack which I tore at the top and bottom for more texture.  The yummy cookie paper is a scrap from the DCWV Snack Stack (not sure if you can still buy this...I got it on a Hot Buy at JoAnn's).  

Other products I used for the tag include:
Inspired by Stamping - Fancy Labels 3 Dies
Distress Inks - Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue

Here's a shot of the plate of cookies with the tag.  Would you like my favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe?  I use this one from Jif with these tweaks:  use dark brown sugar, any brand peanut butter, substitute real butter for the Crisco, and reduce salt to 1/2 tsp.  Oh, YUM!!! 

Ding, ding, ding:  New Follower Introduction Time!!!
Donna Bowman (corgidusty) of Donna's Crafty Place
is my newest follower.  Donna is the creative genius behind the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog and makes some awesome projects.  She also makes gorgeous cards, including ones for her position on the DT for Christmas Card Challenges.  This almost makes me want to drag out my Christmas things again...(which have only been put away for about a month!!!!  Ha!)  Donna, thank you so much for becoming a follower!  This ginormous smile is for you!!!
Thank you for stopping by today. many of you are hungry for some cookies???  :)  You're welcome!  lol... 

Have a lovely weekend!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this tag in the following challenges:
1. Unity Friends with Flair 5-8
2. Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 175-176
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental 
4. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - April 2015
5. Word Art Wednesday Challenge #182 - Anything Goes Family Friendly


Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the

Michele Henderson said...

Great idea for a birthday tag! Love it!

Bananastamper said...

Yum is right! Those cookies, both on your fun tag, and on the plate, look super yummy! I definitely have a weakness for peanut butter cookies. Reminds me of helping my Great Grandmother squish them with a fork in her old-fashioned kitchen when I was a very little girl. Fun project, and such a great way to say thanks!
Shanna :)

Ruby said...

Lovely tag. It makes a gift stand out more.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Hi Janis! First, I just love the kitty picture with the "no calories" saying - oh so cute & made me laugh! And 2nd, I just love, love, love your tag! Love all the texture and it's perfect for a guy. My brother loves cookies so I may have to borrow your idea for his bday next year. :-)

Donna Ellis said...

I know your neighbor enjoyed those delicious-looking cookies, Janis! Wow! And yes, I know how you must feel about being alone when something happens that is "the guy's job" LOL I hope that doesn't happen again! LOL May your week-end be especially wonderful, Janis! hugs, de

SARN said...

Mmm, yummy, thank you for the cookie! Great snippets use on the tag. xxx

Brandi R said...

Wow! What an awesome and super delish tag! LOVE it ♥

Linda said...

what cool project

Gaylynn said...

Yummy looking tag Janis!!!!!!!!!!

Teresa Doyle said...

I LOVE tags and this is a great one!

Oh, and YES please! about the cookie thing! LOL

Dr. Ivy said...

Yes, I am now hungry for some chocolate chip cookies. Very beautiful tag and I am sure your neighbor loved the gift.

Di said...

Great tag Janis! So nice to have such helpful neighbours too.


Di xx

Sue D said...

Your cookies look yummy and the tag is perfect. I bet your neighbor was happy to receive this. Thanks for the review of the burlap paper.

Daniella said...

I knew they were peanut butter cookies from the first pic! And they look DELICIOUS!! Yum!! I know your "Good Samaritan" will be delighted by your tag and cookies! I love the burlap! It is perfect!!

Davi said...

Great guy tag, I like the burlap for the nice texture! Im sure he appreciated the cookies as well as the tag! Peanut Butter are my fav!!

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D- said...

Your tag is perfect. I bet he will loVe it and the cookies. LoVe your FWF tag. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

I bet your neighbor will be watching for empty propane tanks to change all the time now. I bet he loved the cookies. The tag is awesome.

Stampsnob. said...

This is so rugged and textural FANTASTIC...............Lis

Lagene said...

Great idea and great Birthday cookie tag!

ionabunny said...

Hmmm cookies. What a fun tag. Hugz

Karenladd said...

What a great tag and the perfect use for that photo-realistic cookie paper!! I have some DCWV burlap too and will have to try die cutting it myself. I love the added texture but my favorite part is your imagining your neighbor squinting at the sentiment and deciphering it as he nibbles..ha! A treat, and entertainment all in one package!

jenn shurkus said...

such a sweet treat! thank you for joining us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!