Sunday, 1 December 2013

Countdown to Christmas Day 1


Today marks the beginning of the traditional countdown to Christmas, have all got your advent calendars? If not then you can countdown with me here at Uniko Studio where each day I will be getting my festive spirit into FULL swing! I will be sharing lots of CAS and most importantly quick creative projects from cards, tags, gift wrapping & simple memento gifts. Hopefully it will give you some ideas & inspiration :)

So, let's open door no.1 and see whats inside...

Behind todays door is the simple bottle tag. I love this invention and even though I've used & kind of cheated by using the die from Papertrey Ink, they are really simple to make even without a die which would open you up to more possibilities in size, I will give a few tips at the end of the post.

I've only used a small selection of supplies (listed at the end of the post) and a batch of these would be easy to whip up in assembly line style.

I think you can see the sparkle of the snowflake die cut in the photo & I also added some extra sparkle to the stamped red label just for good measure! It is also perfectly fitting to enter into the current 'Less is More' challenge HERE which is to add SPARKLE to your creation.

To make your bottle tag without a die;

1. Cut a rectangle of card 2 1/2" x 7"
2. Score across the tag 2 1/2" down and die cut or punch a circle
3. Round corners of the tab with corner punch or use partial die cutting technique with a slightly larger circle die
4. At the bottom of the tag find the centre of the width and up each side measure 1/2" to 3/4" and use a craft knife & ruler to cut the V shape.
5. Decorate!

I have also made these into multipurpose tags in the past which also double up as a gift card holder. This is achieved by cutting two bottle tags out, cutting off or missing off the loop to hang the tag and leaving an inch to an inch & half gap at the top. Then secure this to the full bottle tag just around the sides & bottom of the die as to ensure you can slip the gift card in the top with just a part of it peeking out. Then just decorate as above or however you should please. You could also coordinate the colours with the shops gift card.

I kind of started with my festive spirit yesterday with the current Super FREE Saturday, which I showcased HERE on the blog yesterday. It is also available from the website HERE for free. The labels in the download are perfect for the centre of the snowflakes as you can see by yesterdays cards but they would also work inside other die cut shapes too.

Ok, you will be pleased to know that's all I have to share with you today, I've waffled on for far too long! I will be back tomorrow with more to share, until then THANK YOU for stopping by & don't forget that the Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale is still on over at the website HERE. The bargains are selling out FAST along with the Stunning Snowflakes & Designer Dies Snowflakes so don't leave it to the last minute or you might miss out!

Card Stock: SU! Real Red & Bermuda Bay, White from Stash
Ink: VersaMagic Red Magic, VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Uniko Studio Label Love: Thank you & Label Love: Christmas
Accessories: Uniko Studio Designer Dies Snowflakes, Hero Arts Prisma Glitter, PTI Bottle Tag Die & Limitless Layers Dies. Foam Adhesive.


  1. Great idea Beverley and love your reds and turquoise color scheme right now it's so fresh. X

  2. Love the idea of a blog count down Beverley....what fun!
    Been busy here with house hoo !

  3. Super idea, will be borrowing it for sure!

  4. Gorgeous! You've worked your magic in making a most lovely wine bottle tag...pretty, plus and inspiration+++++! Your Countdown is off to a most amazing start; looking forward to the days to come!

  5. Brilliant gift tag Beverly, I love that gorgeous die cut snowflake.

  6. Very pretty Bev. Love the sparkly snowflakes.

  7. I love the sparkle both inside and outside the bottle!
    Thanks so much
    Less is More

  8. What a great idea for a gift and it looks stunning too, love the gorgeous colors theme.


  9. Brilliant idea and the vibrant colours look very contemporary. Love what's in the bottle too!

  10. Beautiful project, I love the modern, clean look and fresh colors. I'll try to pop by every day! xxx

  11. This is such a fab idea!! Love the sparkly snowflake and that stamp! :)

  12. I love the sparkly snowflake, and sophisticated design of the tag.

  13. Hi Beverley,
    what a fabulous gift idea as bottles are very hard to disguise!! xx

  14. Fabulous creation, love your design

    Ali x

  15. Ha - thought I didn't need that die, either. But I now own it and am glad I do. Lotsa wine bottles change hands in this country ;)

  16. What a great idea, really blings up a bottle!


  17. Fab Card.. Love all the sparkle!

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    "Less Is More"

  18. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Beverley! Love it. Sorry for the lack of visits lately live is just far too busy!

  19. Finally having a blog catch up! This is great and I'll certainly be remembering this idea for the future. Love all the sparkle x


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