Recycled gift tags

Hi, Vesna here. I think by now you know that I enjoy crafting with recycled items. Creativity doesn’t need to be expensive. I guarantee you that you already have supplies around your house that you didn’t even think you can use in your crafty projects.
As the year is coming to an end and you are getting ready for gift giving this holiday season, I want to help you with making those gifts extra special by adding a handmade gift tag.
Here is a list of supplies you will need:


*Cardstock (or blank gift tags that you bough ions ago on sale because they were cheap)
* Scissors
* Glue stick (double sided tape if you have one)
* Ink pad
*From/To stamp or alphabet stamps or Sharpie/marker to hand write from/to
* Twine or yarn or embroidery floss
* Plastic grocery bags
* Envelope with a security print on the inner side from all those bills and credit card offers

Cut the plastic grocery bag in strips and make a little bow. Stamp From/To on your tag. Glue the plastic bow on the tag.



Recycled gift tag

Or a variation made with the envelope paper. Cut a triangle to resemble a Christmas tree. Cut a small strip of twine, fold it in half and glue it on the bottom of the Christmas tree on the inner side. Add more glue (I used double sided tape) to the tree shape and adhere on your tag. Stamp From/To.

Recycled gift tag

Recycled gift tag

Happy gift giving and a holiday season. And best wishes for more craftiness and creativity in the upcoming year.

Recycled gift tags

In crafty spirit always,

Mixed media on-the-go


Hi, it’s Vesna!  I am being crafty in rainy Seattle where I have been for the last week on an assignment from my day job.  Like many artists I carry a small on-the-go journal.  But when you have to be away from home for 10 days, a journal doesn’t always cut it.  And I don’t want to pack to much stuff, it’s not fun going through airport security.

Here are some of the supplies I take when I have to be away from home for an extended period: a pad of Bristol paper, a watercolor set, some ephemera, coloring pencils/markers, washi tape, glue, small scissors, small embroidery kit.  Sounds like a lot, but aside form the Bristol pad, the rest I fit in a small lunch box (yes, one of those tin lunch boxes, this one with Spider-Man on it).

I want to share two projects with you: one with supplies I brought and the other with supplies I found during travel.

Collaged tags

This is a fun and easy project for anyone, and it doesn’t require too many supplies.

I stained some shipping tags with a bag of tea.  In my hotel room I’d have a cup of tea before bed time.  I sandwiched the tea bag in between the tags after I was done with the tea.  The next day when they dried up I used some of my ephemera (I brought a stack of postage stamps from real snail mail letters I’ve received in the past), a little bit of washi tape, strips of bias tape, I made a few marks with coloring pencils and voila!

Postage stamps

Collaged tags

And now for the other project: Paper Beads!

Whenever you travel look for touristy attraction fliers.  These can be found at the airport or a hotel lobby or sometimes at local restaurants.  You’ve seen them, those racks with pamphlets of local attractions, where to go, what to do.  Well next time grab a stack, the more colorful the better.

Cut them in 1″ strips and trim the strips into long wedges.  After that all you need is a round tooth pick and some glue.  Start rolling the paper on to your toothpick from the wider end of the wedge.  When you come to the last 1/2 inch put some glue and close your paper bead.

Paper beads

Paper beads

Paper beads

On this trip I didn’t bring additonal supplies to turn the paper beads into wearable art.  I have been a bit obsessed lately with making jewelry with paper beads.  You may see some of the jewelry I’ve made on my personal blog.

All for now!  Have fun!!!



Going with the Flow- Mixed Media Tag



Hello from Ohio!

When I received my Mixed Ephemera Paper Pack from Gauche Alchemy, I fell in love with this tag.  I didn’t want to use it until the perfect idea hit me.  Guess what???  I’ve got it!


I began by slapping on some modeling paste.  I didn’t take my time.  I don’t care about the blue that made it’s way into the paste.  I sprayed it with some orange ink, anyway.  dscn1459


Once my modeling paste was dry, I pulled out some items I knew I wanted to use.  This was my vision.  I was going to write the word “ART” inside the tickets, and it was going to be awesome!  dscn1463

I LOVED how I had decided to embellish the tag, so I began gluing the punchinella down.  Once I had the snowflake punchinella glued, I decided to add some creepy black netting.  I really like the look it adds.

Look at that little round “31” on the bottom.  That wasn’t supposed to go there.  It wasn’t a part of my vision.  dscn1472

Another small piece of ephemera made it’s way to the top right corner of my tag, somehow.  It’s alright, I guess.  I like adding twine to my work, especially underneath the focal point.  I put a small flower in the center of the twine circle to help hold my guy in place.dscn1474

I knew that this little guy needed some kind of background.  Although this is NOT AT ALL the route I thought I was going to be taking this tag, I wanted to incorporate my original ideas, so I grabbed the gray handmade paper that was in my first setup.  dscn1475

I needed a little something under the Kitty.  Again, I went back to my first idea.  I chose to add the cork star.  I found this wonderful “Poison” label, added some black ink to the edges, and popped it on top of the star.  Having the WORD “Poison” made me think I better add some ACTUAL poison.  I went for a small apothecary bottle and filled it with green Stickles.   dscn1477

Tags just aren’t complete without a string, ribbon, or lace.  I decided on a wide black lace.  I secured it with jute cord and added a little key.  I’m not sure why, really, but I like it.

As you can see, this is not at all what I envisioned this tag would look like completed.  I ABSOLUTELY love it. dscn1480

Here are a few close up photos to show the details:dscn1482


I’ll be honest, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get what I wanted.  But the more I look at it, the more I like it.  Sometimes, things take a turn in a different direction, and you just have to go with it.

Thank you all so very much for checking out this post.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.  Don’t forget to share your work over in Gauche Alchemy Studios on Facebook.  Check out some of our other projects on Instagram: @GaucheAlchemy.

Supplies used:


Snowflake Punchinella

Black Net

Gypsy Cord

Jute String


Paper Ephemera

Cork Star


Color Block Paper


Apothecary Bottle

Mixed Media Glue

Modeling Paste

Give me an A Give me an R Give me a T

Hello my fellow creatives!! I’m a happy camper, my FAVORITE time of the year is upon us!! FALL!!!!

This month’s theme is Art & Words.  I can tell you I struggle with lettering!  I do not like my handwriting and like my lettering in my art projects even less BUT seeing how this month is Art & Words I thought no better time than to practice AGAIN ha ha ha as I do think lettering and doodling do add a lot to a journal page.

I bought this book by Joanne Fink Zenspirations.  It’s a great little book full of ideas for doodling and patterning and some lettering.

And another fabulous wordsmith is Joanne Sharpe!  I’ve taken a couple of her online courses.

One of the supplies you need of course are PENS!  I have accumulated quite a few pens these past couple of years.  I used to subscribe to Art Snacks and Smile Create Repeat which was a great way to try out different pens.  And of course I have RUINED so many by writing on a medium that they are not compatible with.  I find that my Posca and Roller Ball write on pretty much anything!

These tend to be my go-to pens.


So let’s give it a try.  I decided to try doing a monogram.  I’ll give myself an A for effort :) sharing it with all my imperfections!!  I did do my outline first in pencil and then went over it with pens.


These were fun.  I used some artist tiles, watercolors and my Roller Ball and Posca pens.

So are you game?!?!  I showed you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours!  Post a pic on my post where you see the M monogram on my FACEBOOK page of your letter, word, only has to be one photo, but if you want to post more I say go for it!!!! and on September 23rd I will pick a name and send you a package of Artist Tiles and a White Signo Ball pen!  Looking forward to seeing your letter!  Now go A-R-T!!!!

BRRRRR It’s Cold Outside

Hello everyone! Alchemist Marilyn here with a wintry tag for your viewing enjoyment. I loved the colors and textures of this month’s challenge and decided to make something as chilly looking as possible. To accomplish this I decided to stick with shades of blue.

It's Cold Outside tag by Marilyn Hughes

I started with an extra large manila tag and painted it with Art Anthology Baby Blue Eyes. Then I stamped some text across the page using an old Stampers Anonymous stamp I had along with a postmark stamp I found. I then flicked white ink across the page. There is some reflection in the picture because the paint I used has glitter and mica in it, giving it a shimmery effect.

It's Cold Outside tag by Marilyn Hughes

I found an appropriate wintry image in my stash and cut it out using an oval Sizzix die and then circled it with Stampendous Shaved Ice. Using Ice Blue Stickles, I added accents to the lady’s hat and stole.

Winter tag by Marilyn Hughes

I then used another Sizzix die to cut out snowflakes from some pretty shiny blue paper I had and adhered them randomly across the page. Next I glued down mica fragments from Stampendous’s Encrusted Jewels Technique Kit to the top of the tag.

It was really fun to see if I could come up with a wintry tag that made me cold just looking at it. Considering I think “BRRRRR” every time I see it, I think I succeeded! Now let’s see what YOU can do with this month’s challenge!

Until later…………………