I never buy gift tags. I always think to myself that I am going to make them, and sometimes I do, but last year I ended up writing the to and from on the gifts in sharpie marker. No lie!
So, this year I whipped up these babies. I actually had most of the stuff all ready because I had made extra embellishments for the advent calendar and gift wrap projects that I did earlier this month. I cut the tags on my cricut. Easy peasy! I just told it to cut a bunch of them, and then walked away to do other stuff. (You will notice that some of these tags are different sizes; I trimmed some of them to make them fit in the pockets of my advent calendar, then decided not to use them in the advent calendar.) After they were cut, I matted them on patterned paper. Although thinking back, it probably would have been even easier to have the cricut cut the shadow for me, but I'm still kind of a cricut novice, so I didn't think of that until I was almost done.
I also had stamped a bunch of these adorable critters to use with the gift wrap project. When I am stamping and coloring, I often find it easy to do multiples. They had been colored in and stickled already, I just had to cut them out. Some of the tags I stamped onto directly - that saves time with the cutting out!
And for the tags that I didn't have stamped images for? I used some leftover die cuts and stickers! voila! I didn't bother with the 'to' and 'from' because I don't have a stamp for that, and I didn't feel like adding all those tiny alphas, easier to just write it in when Im ready.
I tied the ribbon on while I was watching tv one night because I don't plan on having a place to tie the tags onto the gifts.