Nov 17, 2017

Vintage Santa and Sleigh Tim Holtz Christmas Tags


Hi there!  I'm back with more tags for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge by the Funkie Junkie.  I suppose this is the tag that I veered the farthest in my own direction so far.  I was inspired by Linda's great Santa image and layout.


I don't have the new Santa stamp Linda used on Tag 5, but I do have this amazing Tim Holtz Santa collage stamp from years ago.  I stamped it on inky card and matted similarly to Linda's design.  I thought it would be really fun to make my own "designer paper" background by repeating some of the sentiments from the new Great Outdoors stamp set.  I lined four of the sentiments up on my block, then stamped repeatedly from top to bottom on my tag in permanent red ink.  I didn't want the stamping to smear when I went back over with Vintage Photo on the edges of the tag.


I added a bundle of greens and one of the new Christmas Quote Chips, which I mounted onto black for contrast.  I stamped a postage stamp (one of my favorite details on several of Linda's tags) onto a cutout circle and tucked it beneath the layers.


I recently won this amazing Memory Box sled die and decided it would work perfectly with my composition, so I cut a couple and sponged the top layer to age it.


I need to check out the Dollar Tree again this year to see if I can find more jingle bells, because these are my last two gold ones!  Yikes!  I love using them on my tags.


Now, Tag 6 of Linda's was my favorite so far.  Sadly, my version lacks the umph and dimension she created.  I wish I had popped the white layer up and used brighter papers...


I drew a curve onto my white paper then used scalloped scissors to get the same sort of design Linda made with a beautiful die.  I embossed the white panel in Tim's Tiny Dots EF, then added gold ink along the edges.


I used the scallop die that comes in the Stitched Ovals set to create a layer for the bottom.  The tiny dots and stripes are from Tim's 2016 Christmas papers and the large dots at the bottom is BoBunny.  I really love the shadow effect created by cutting the Paper Snowflakes and the new Fluted Stars inside!


I just had to stamp a little tag and decided on some sparkly ribbon for the top.  I was so happy to find this blingy button in my button jar and thought it worked perfectly to tie up the topper.


I'm so pleased to have made it to the half way mark!  Here are all of my tags lined up in a row...


View all of my 12 Tags of Christmas HERE.

I hope you're inspired to play along and be in the run for one $50 grand prize gift certificate or two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  There you will find these and other incredible Christmas craft products to get you going!




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Nov 15, 2017

Christmas Carolers and Candycane Stripes 12 Tags


Hi sweet friends!  I'm back today with a couple more tags made for the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  These tags are so very Christmas with the traditional colors and imagery and I'm loving it!  I absolutely loved Linda's Tag 3.  I was inspired by everything she did, particularly the candycane stripe and crepe fringe.


I decided to do a partial stenciling of the candycane.  I taped my stencil onto half of my tag, then tapped with my Versamark pad and embossed with red EP.


I was happy to use some of Tim's new glitter tape to cover the seam.


I embossed the open side of my tag with the Tim Holtz Tiny Dots EF.  Since it didn't go all the way down, I used the new Christmas Quote Chip to cover the bottom half and mixed the text with a Metallic Holiday Small Talk sentiment to complete the phrase.


I carefully crinkled the crepe fringe and glued it to the bottom.  The snowflake was die cut from glitterstock and glued to a second cut from watercolor paper to make a hefty embellishment.  I added some twine and a tiny bell for my topper.


I truly love the bright crispness of this tag and all of the fun elements put together.  


Tag 4 was the tag that was hardest for me.  I was so happy to have the Victorian Carolers die, but I couldn't decide on a background.  I really wanted to bring green into my tag color mix...  In the end (after making three inky backgrounds that didn't work out...) I opted for Tim's holiday paper from 2016.  I just love the plaid!  Once I decided on that, the rest worked out easily.


I stamped this very old, but oh so wonderful hymn stamp onto inky paper and curled the distressed edges.  I cut my carolers from chipboard and sanded the edges.


I embossed the wish die in red and made a second cut from black for a shadow.  I used one of my failed backgrounds to cut the greenery.  I cut a tag from the paper pad and stamped a postage stamp onto it and tucked it beneath my layers.  I added a green bow to get my fix and some twine holding a Christmas Typepad Token charm.


I've told you before, but playing along with this challenges is one of my favorite things to do to get in the Christmas spirit.  I hope you'll play along and be in the run for one $50 grand prize gift certificate or two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  There you will find these and other incredible Christmas craft products to set your spirits bright!

View all of my 12 Tags of Christmas HERE.




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Nov 14, 2017

Handmade Purple Christmas Card with Snowflakes and Plaid


I'm over on the Tutti Designs blog today sharing this DIY purple "designer paper" collection tutorial featuring our exquisite Snowflake Corner die.  Learn how I used this Wendy Vecchi plaid stamp, an embossing folder, inks and embossing powder to make this card from scratch.  What fun!

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