Today Is The Day For The Spring 2023 Release!
Good morning, everyone, and welcome to release day!
First up, let's take care of some very important business. We have winners to announce! We have one randomly selected winner from each day of introductions.
On Day 1 I asked "Do you make personalized Easter decorations or gifts?"
On Day 2 I asked "Do you fill Easter Baskets for your loved ones?"
Megan Swindell said
On Day 3 I asked "What is your favorite first sign of Spring?"
Kathy L said
The winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to our store. Congratulations to all of you and thank you to everyone for playing along! Please contact Customer Service (email@example.com) within 30 days to claim your prize.
The release will go live today at Noon ET, but I thought we could all use one last bit of inspiration before the launch.
I wanted to make a couple of gift tags. Spring is very busy around here with weekly birthdays (literally), Easter, Mother's Day...there's a lot to celebrate! So I knew a couple of pretty floral tags made with the Pocket Tag Die would come in handy.
I used the Banded Egg Details Die to add a tulip to the pocket of this first tag. I kept things really simple otherwise, just adding a contrasting scalloped pocket edge. The tulip comes on a shaped base plate, but there's no reason you can't use it wherever you want a tulip to grow. I love that Glacier and Daffodil color pairing. It just sings "Spring" to me.
Next up, I wanted to add a more dimensional flower so I reached for the new Gathered Garden die. I kept my tails long when I cinched my flowers, so I just used them to sew my flower directly to the pocket. Adding the beads made it feel even more secure, since I sewed through all the layers to attach them. I used the leaves with the ray pattern (I used just one thread to sew these on) to fill out the floral element a little. I lined the pocket with another panel of felt, so there are no exposed knots.
I also wanted to add a bee, so I sewed this sweet fella straight to the tag rather than the pocket. I like that it extends the design a bit and it looks like he's giving the gift card a little smooch for good luck!
These came together so well and I am grateful to have them on hand for when we inevitably need something to make a gift card feel special (as we're sprinting out the door, naturally).
Thank you so much for joining me over the past few days. It's been a lot of fun to share these new designs with you and I can't wait to see how you will bring them to life! The release is today 3/4 at Noon ET so set your clocks. Happy crafting and I'll see you again soon!