Friday 14 December 2012

12 Tags of Christmas

    This will probably be my last post before Christmas....and here is my one and only Christmas tag - made into a door hanger for the 'Simon says' challenge.

    When I first saw the Simon says challenge I thought I wouldn't be able to do it...mainly because I don't own all the materials needed...I hunted through all the tags and thought how amazing they all there and really I doubted that I could do anything like that...I was inspired to do something though (Tim Holtz work really does inspire you!) I began to think...what can I do with the things I already have and what could I achieve here?....

    So here is my Tim Holtz inspired Tag (door hanger)

 If you want to see which tag inspired me - here is the link - Christmas Tag

    First problem I had is that I don't own a diecutting machine - so to make the roses I drew flowers freehand and cut them out myself. I followed Tim's instructions to make them...cut them from ivory card and edged them with Antique linen DI.

 I do have two leaf stamps so did some wrinkle free distressing on card with Peeled paint and Antique linen DI's and then stamped the leaves and cut them out, inking the edges with more DI's.

I drew holly leaves, did wrinkle free distress in Peeled paint and Gathered twigs, cut them out and covered them in clear ink before embossing them to give that wonderful holly leaf shine.

For the poinsettia, I cut out petals, stamped a floral image on the petals with antique linen and then embossed. The center of the flower gave me a few problems and basically has been is the only thing I actually dislike on this hanger - but it is the best of several bad ideas!

I don't own any word stamps, and I didn't want to copy the original tag - I wanted it to be inspired by rather than an exact copy of. I did want some wording on this hanger though, so I used some adhesive letters to add the word 'Joy' I chose a beige colour as black would have been too harsh against such a delicate coloured background.

The base of the tag was ivory card edged in Gathered twigs DI. The music was stamped with the same DI ink and the flowers arranged on the card. Then it was all placed onto a wooden door hanger.

    All ready for Christmas! I really enjoyed making this and I do hope you like it.....

    Thank you for reading this - and thank you all for making me feel so welcome in the craft blogging community for the last month. I wish you all the very Merriest Christmas ever and a very happy New Year

      Love and hugs
        Laura xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

   I am entering this into the following challenges -

Simon says stamp and show - Inspired by Tim's 12 tags
Stamptacular sunday challenge  - Anything but a card
Anything challenge - Anything goes
Simon says stamps challenge  - What's your favourite? (Distress inks & embossing powder)
Do you stack up - Christmas
Christmas at sweet stamping challenge - Anything goes
Vintage stamping challenges -  Challenge #3 Pocket full of posies
Crafty mess challenge  - Vintage Christmas
thankful thursday challenge - Anything with music
Little miss muffet challenges - It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
DL.ART Thankful thursday challenge - Red and green


  1. Stunning tag - and it makes a wonderful door hanging! Your flowers are gorgeous, and I love the music background.
    Alison xx

  2. Like you, I don't have all the dies for cutting leaves, but stamping them and cutting them by hand doesn't make them any less perfect - in fact they look incredibly lifelike. I love the embossing and distressing on them. All in all a stunning door hanger. If it is your last post I send you very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas with friends and family. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. Laura, your door hanging is beautiful! I love the deep rich color of your poinsettia. It's so lovely. And the sheet music background behind the poinsettia just sings "Christmas". Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. This is absolutely amazingly gorgeous! LOVE all your attention to detail--like the gorgeous poinsettia! Fabulous creation! :)

  5. You are so clever and what you have created is very impressive. A truly stunning effect.
    Thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping Challenges
    Dot x

  6. Wow! This is so impressive, particularly as you have cut everything out yourself. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'! Tracey x

  7. Wow, how talented you are to draw and cut your own flowers. We're not good at anything paw- cut but luckily have a die cutter.

  8. Wow what a gorgeous door hanger, really stunning! Thanks for joining us at VSC this month
    Claire xx

  9. Gorgeous door hanger. The poinsettia is very striking set against the music background. Love the JOY font too. Tracy x

  10. You certainly didn't need any additional materials or equipment to make this--you succeeded in making a gorgeous door hanger with what you had! I love it! The flowers and leaves are especially beautiful, and hand-crafted--really lovely work! The vintage design is fabulous! Thank you for sharing this gem with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Hope to see you again next week! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  11. A wonderful door hanger, the flowers are amazing. Thanks for joining us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

  12. This is really beautiful with such great attention to detail.

    Thanks so much sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges.

    B x

  13. This is stunning! Still gorjuss flowers & the colourways are outstanding.

    Thanks for joining us at craftymess

    Tracey dt

  14. Awesome tag I love the colors your flower is gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday anything with music challenge DIANA L.

  15. Wow brilliantly done! Love your doorhanger tag! Thanks for sharing at Little Miss Muffet Challenges. Good luck and hope to see you again soon. Hugs Frea, DT Member LMM Challenges

  16. This is BEAUTIFUL, Laura! It has all my favorite things: music, flowers, the word "Joy" - I LOVE it! And you put a very special touch to everything - thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!

  17. Stunning tag - love those flowers.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

  18. Gorgeous door hanger, Laura! Very artistic and beautiful design! Thanks for sharing it for the Little Miss Muffet Christmas challenge!

  19. Your tag is beautiful! Love the combination of the gorgeous poinsettia and white roses. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  20. Fabulous creation - just gorgeous! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin and we hope to see you back in the new year :)



  21. A stunning make thanks for joining us at Crafty Mess this week x

  22. Wow, your tag is just beautiful. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin. Merry Christmas and good luck. X

  23. Oh magnific tag. Thanks for playing with us at Little Miss Muffet challenge.

  24. What a gorgeous tag. Really, really stunning. I love all the different elements you've used. Thanks so much for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x


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