Dec 10 2008

Stamp Simply Celebrates! Day 11 – Blog Candy and More!


Welcome to Day11 of Stamp Simply Celebrates! If you are new here, check out Party Central for a full rundown of our 12 day schedule. Feel free to jump in anytime at all!!!

Anyone can play ANY of the challenges by ANY of the hostesses during our 12 days of Stamp Simply Celebrates!!!You DO NOTneed to have a Blog to play uploading your project to SCS ( is not only permissible, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. When doing so, use the KEYWORD SSC08. Thanks!


AJ Otto The Willow Garden – Are you wrapping gifts yet? Probably! Ill bet you need some pretty tags to dress thosepackages up well, be sure to check in on AJs Featured Project today to see all her Gift Tags. And then play AJs Challenge so you, too, can have some nice gift tags on hand!!! Be sure to stop in at AJs today!

You can see more tag samples by checking out the Blogs of: Heather, Janine, LeAnne, Jerri and Sharon (that’s me, just scroll down).

Jerri Jimenez A Touch of Grace – Today Jerri will grace us with her Featured Project which is abeautiful 6 x 6 Scrapbook she made, which is certain to be a real treat for the eyes. Jerri also has BLOG CANDY to offer today (think scrapbooking made easy), so be sure to stop in to see Jerri!!!

Other scrapbook samples can be seen by checking out: Barb, Jennifer.


Deb Saaranen Dream in Color – Deb has an offering of BLOG CANDY for us today!

Jerri Jimenez A Touch of Grace – Jerri also has BLOG CANDY to offer today so be sure to stop in to see Jerri!

Today I wanted to play along with AJ’s Challenge to create some gift tags. Well, I really went simple — LOL!!! Take a look:


We have friends who own a sugar bush** (see below) and we always like to have some gifts of syrup on hand, all wrapped and ready to go for those times when you need just a little something you may not have counted on. I got 3 bottles ready today with my cute, and simple, little tags. I first wrapped each bottle in clear cellophane wrap. I love that stuff and try to always have many rolls on hand. It can make even a simple gift look festive at any time of year. And can you see the top of the cellophane — it is cut flat. Rather than leave all the peaks the paper naturally forms when you pull it all up, I like to give it a haircut. I just bunch it all up together nice and tight in my hands and then clip across it with my scissors so I get a nice flat top. I just like that look on my syrup bottles.

Editing to add: So many are asking me what a *sugar bush* is — gee, makes me chuckle. A sugar bush is that area of the woods that a person owns with hard maple trees that are tapped for sap to boil into syrup. The sap is then boiled in the *sugar shack*. I asked my DH if these terms were slang to this area — he thought not — I didn’t really think so either. ARE these common terms to most of you??? LOL!!!


Here’s a closer look at the tag. The maple leaf is from First Fruits by Papertrey Ink, stamped with Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight, then overstamped with a sentiment from SU’s Star Studded Christmas in Versa Fine Onyx Black. It is cut and embossed with my Petite Circle Nesties by Spellbinders. The matting is with myunknown Bronze Brushed Metallic paper from my stash and I used Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware by SU for my hanger. The ribbon is May Arts white satin, so soft, in two difference widths.


Here’s a look at the back of the tag. Just cut another circle with the Nesties, stamped on the To/From and adhered it to the back of the tag. SO simple to make, yet I think they look a little fancy or special because of the Kaleidacolor ink, the Bronze Metallic paper and the hardware. Fun!!!


And here I just wanted to show you my To/From block. I put this together a month or so ago and will leave it in tact until all my holiday gift wrapping in finished. I have created 2 To/From sentiments on this one block — one a little larger than the other, so I have a size to suite whatever I need it for. Sure comes in handy during the holidays!!! The smaller green sentiment is done in Brayton Font and the bit larger sentiment is done in Times New Roman Font. There are 3 sizes of font in each font box purchased. And the block they are on is the smaller of the 2 rectangle stampers that come in the Rectangle Stamper Set.

And again that wraps it up for tonight!!! Thanks again so much for stopping in. We have one more dayof Stamp Simply Celebrates! and I do want to point out that tomorrow I will have 2 posts up, so be sure to check them both out. One will be for my last Blog Candy offering and the other will be our regular Friday Stamp Simply Challenge — and it’s really a fun one this week that I think will give you a ton of layout ideas for simple cards — so try to come back if you can!!! Thanks so much!!!

38 responses so far

38 Responses to “Stamp Simply Celebrates! Day 11 – Blog Candy and More!”

  1. C Burke says:

    These will make nice gifts. I’ve never heard of a sugar bush before.

  2. Linda C. says:

    You’re such an enabler!!

  3. bunny says:

    Lovely tags!!

  4. Michelle says:

    I love how you use the hardware pieces on your tags, Sharon! And this party you’re throwing has been so much fun! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  5. barb schram says:

    What a great idea leaving your block with your letters ready to go…Thanks for that tip! Your tags are wonderful on your gifts, Sharon!

    I didn’t know you gave haircuts too, who knew? LOL Hope you are doing well, take good care!

  6. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Such great ideas and inspiration from everyone since “Party Central” started. Thank you to everyone for all their efforts. I know I have spent WAY too much time on the computer – but it sure has been worth it. Thank you to you and your team for their efforts.

  7. Oh I really like those tags 🙂 WOW and beautiful gift.

  8. Janine says:

    These are gorgeous Sharon and they look like they would work up quickly!!

  9. StampinCathy says:

    Love your tags. Thanks so much for such a fun and inspiring celebration.

  10. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Your tags are so pretty, Sharon! They add such a nice touch to the simple, but elegant wrapping! Thanks for all the inspiration during your wonderful celebration!

  11. What beautiful gift tags and simple too! Love how you’ve used the hardware … excellent idea!!!

  12. Bev J. says:

    Really nice for gifts;pretty packaging. tfs

  13. Jerri Kay says:

    Those are fabulous tags Sharon, perfect for your gift presentation!

  14. Selma says:

    I love how you always make a gift look so elegant. What is a sugar bush – I’ve never heard of it.

  15. michellegall says:

    wow this is so much fun love your tags on a realy cold snowing day what the pefect day to to get ready for christmas and stamp have to stop by and get some ideas first have a awsome day sharon

  16. AJ says:

    Sharon- the tags are just beautiful- love that maple leaf!
    and I have never heard of sugar bush, I have heard it referred to as maple trees 😉 But we aren’t in sugar bush area!!

  17. What wonderful gifts! Homemade maple syrup – yuuummmmy!! The tags and wrap are just perfect! One might even say “just rite!” :O)


  18. Mary Kunze says:

    Love your tags. I spent to much time last evening looking at the JustRite site, I do not have any of their products and could not decide which ones to purchase. I know what a sugar bush is because I have lived in the UP most of my life. I discovered during this 12 days that you are in the UP also. Love all the fun things that you are doing this week. Happy Holidays.

  19. Anita says:

    Cute tags! What a neat gift!

  20. Jean says:

    Hi Sharon, Love the tags….I would enjoy some of the wonderful maple syrup. I have really enjoyed getting invloved in your wonderful blog. thanks for the opportunity to get to know other bloggers…..

  21. Carol says:

    These gifts are beautifully wrapped! I just love how you used the hardware on the tags and 2 different widths of luscious satin ribbon! You have such a talent for making the most simple items just do a dance all by themselves! Love it!!

  22. Kathy says:


    Love the tags! Since you asked, in Southern California we don’t have sugar bushes. Nor did I have any idea that there really was any such thing as a sugar shack. How funny that it is so common to you and I am so clueless. Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful talent with us all. Congratulations on the 1 million mark!

  23. Val S says:

    Your tags are awesome! I love how you used the little hanges on the tags. I would never have thought about doing that and it looks fantastic! I had never heard of a sugar shack or sugar bush until we visited Quebec a few years ago. We have a lot of pine infested beetle trees where I live…not too many maples!

  24. Val S says:

    Your tags are awesome! I love how you used the little hanges on the tags. I would never have thought about doing that and it looks fantastic! I had never heard of a sugar shack or sugar bush until we visited Quebec a few years ago. We have a lot of pine infested beetle trees where I live…not too many maples! Thank you for these past 11 fabulous days. I have enjoyed seeing all of the challenges and even tried one or two. Congrats on your milestone!

  25. Velta says:

    Your tags and ideas are, as always…perfect 🙂

  26. Juanita says:

    Us Canadians are full aware of the maple syrup industry terms you are tossing about. I think we did a whole unit on it in elementry school.

  27. Cindy H. says:

    Oh, Sharon, your gifts are so gorgeous, as always!! Beautiful tags! I have been admiring the PTI stamp set that you used to create the tags. It’s on my list!!

    I was not aware of the term *sugar bush*, but that doesn’t mean anything, lol. I have heard of a *sugar shack*. When you explained what it was, I guess I thought it might be called a maple tree *stand* or *farm* here in the Northeast. Not sure though:)

  28. Shelly says:

    Pretty tags! They finish the gift off just right.

    I remember the terms about syurp maqking from when I grew up in the north. But anyone who has always lived in the south probably wouldn’t be familiar with them. We don’t have the right kind of Maple trees to get sap from or the seasonal changes that are needed to make sap run. But we also don’t have snow. : )

  29. Linda Bizjak says:

    What a beautiful and thoughtful gift idea. I love the maple leaf on the tag, and the syrup sounds so yummy.

  30. Some one else wrote that as a Canadian she studied the sugar bush as a unit in school. Are you kidding? Our class went to the bush every year and I had the priviledge of joining my ds class when he went! I am pretty sure those terms are not regional but common to all locations that have a maple industry. However if you live in Florida…

  31. Marsha says:

    Sugar bush, Sugar shack = all new to me. Love your creations. Thanks for sharing each day and for this great Celebrations you have put together.

  32. Steph J says:

    Just found this blog today & I am so inspired!

  33. Darlene says:

    What cute tags. I love the hodgepodge hangers.

  34. Curt OBrien says:

    I certainly won’t feel so ignorant next time someone talks about a sugar bush! I learned something today! Great project! Best, Curt

  35. gail says:

    I had never heard of a ‘sugar bush’ and my family is from Warkworth, Canada and always participated in the sap letting, using the “sugar shack” is something I remember hearing but not the “sugar bush”. Very Interesting, and it does seem an appropriate term. May be they dropped that term when they moved to California.
    Thanks for sharing your talent. g

  36. Barb says:

    Very pretty tags and thank you for the education on sugar bushes and sugar shacks ;). I never heard those terms before either.


  37. cynthia says:

    Love those tags. They look so elegant Thanks for sharing.

  38. Bonnie Sharp says:

    I know exactly what the terms mean! It is so fun to read about it again. My dad and grandpa used to make maple syrup in his sugar shack. I remember walking back the trai, through the sugar bush to the shack and watching the steam rise while they boiled the syrup! I loved to eat the taffy he would make by pouring it on the cold snow………of course we would usually end up not eating supper because of that………! Such great memories – Thanks Sharon

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