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Saturday, December 10, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - Day 10

Woo hoo!  I'm caught up (for now...)!  Today over the 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist it's another color challenge.  This time it's woodsy, nature colors.  I pulled out my Lawn Fawn stamps again to make this tag which is most definitely inspired by Heather Meeson.


I love having a stash of gift tags ready to go!

12 Tags of 2016 - Day 5 (Frozen)

Being a preschool teacher, you can only imagine what comes immediately to my mind when I see "Frozen" as the theme for Day 5 of the 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist. Somehow, I managed to resist all references to Olaf, Elsa and Anna for my tag though.  :)  Instead I took my lead from Brandi's tag.


You may be scratching your head.  Let me explain...I wanted to make my tag on vellum as she did, but as I was rummaging around in my blue scrap drawer (looking for the piece of blue vellum that I was sure was in there) I discovered a pretty, sparkly blue paper that already had adhesive on it.  Score!

I also made my tag in a circle shape and used foliage and a gem.  The hardest part for me, also inspired by Brandi, was to keep my tag sentiment-less.  I always feel like I need to add sentiments to projects.

Working outside the comfort zone today...good stuff.

Can you just imagine this little garland hanging in a frosty window?  Ho ho ho!

12 Tags of 2016 - Day 7 (Sketch)

The 12 Tags With a Feminine Twist challenge for Day 7 is to base our tags on the provided sketch.  I went literal and followed  guest designer Melania Deasy's lead to make my tag.


Here is the sketch we used:

I wonder if my tag has a little too much going on.  I was hoping I had plain silver washi tape in my stash but I only had patterned so that's what I went with.   C'est la vie...

I didn't have the right color of blue pearl for the center of the snowflake but here's a little trick that I picked up somewhere a bazillion years ago...Copics.  I just colored it with one of my Copic markers and wa-la!  The perfect blue.

Ho ho ho!

Friday, December 9, 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - Day 3: Foil

Oh my!  I've had this DecoArt foil for well over a year - maybe 2? - and I love the idea of it, but haven't used it yet.  Enter the 12 Tags of 2016 With a Feminine Twist: Day 3 challenge.

The general foiling rule is that you need to use a laminator.  I don't officially have a laminator and that's my excuse for not doing it.  Carissa showed a technique using glue though so I gave it whirl here.


Can you see it?  It's hard to see, but I added foil on the bottom of the skirt, little spots on the skirt and her hat.  I wish I had some little bells to add to the bow, but not a one is in my stash.  But the glue trick worked - woot woot!

Carissa also showed how to stretch a die by cutting it twice.  Sweet technique!

After the fact:  So after I linked up my tag I decided she need a little more oomph.  I added some sequins to finish her off.


Jingle, jingle, jingle...


12 Tags of 2016 - Glitter

Day 2 of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist is all about glitter.  Let's bling it up, shall we?


Designer Julie Stainton used a reindeer die cut with gold glitter and I instantly flashed back to this die that I haven't used in forever.  I blinged up my reindeer with some glitter too and kind of went vintage-y with distressed edges and an old book page.

Merry Christmas!

12 Tags of 2016 - Day 1

This is so wonky doing the tags in a random order.  :)  I'm just getting around to the Day 1 tag.  Ellen Hutson's team teamed up with Art Impressions in this combo challenge (Mix It Up Challenge and Teal, Green, Red & Pink color challenge for the first day of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist).

I love Art Impressions images - fun and funny.  I've had this lady for a long time and she never fails to make me grin.


The colors on my tag are similar to those on guest designer, Sandy Allnock's:


Happy Holidays!

12 Tags of 2016 - Watercolor

Day 8 of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist has us using watercolor techniques on our tags.  Well, as luck would have it, I just picked up the new Color Bursts assortment from my LSS the other day.  What a great excuse to whip them out!


I used Cerulean Blue on the background of a tag I cut from watercolor paper (similar to GD, Marie).  I also added a smidge of shading on the mountains (the diecut I *accidentally* picked up at the same time I got my color bursts...) using watercolor crayons.

Let it snow!