Monday, November 03, 2014

Twelve Tags of Christmas ... Day One

Hi everyone.  Well it's finally here --- yay!  :)  I'm so happy to have my Christmas Tag Event starting.

Over the next twelve days, I'll be sharing one Mixed Media Christmas tag each day that I've made.  My tags are small (2 1/8" x 3 5/8"), but they have lots of fun elements.

Several of my wonderfully talented and creative friends are joining me for this event. Each of them has a unique and creative style that I'm sure will inspire you (as they have inspired me!).  I'll have a new Guest Designer joining me for each of the twelve days.

I hope that you'll follow along and be inspired to make some tags of your own. Come play along with our fun Mixed Media Christmas tag event and link up below.

Prize:  $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations for Top Tag

Everyone who enters a mixed media Christmas tag(s) is eligible to win. The Top Tag will be picked by an independent judge.

Here's how to play ...
  • Make a Mixed Media* Christmas tag (any size)
  • Upload to your blog or favorite gallery (Flickr, Splitcoast Stampers, etc.)
  • Include a link to this post on your blog or gallery
  • Add your link below to join the event
  • Enter as many times as you'd like --- new creations only please (no backlinking)

The event is open for two weeks, so there's lots of time to play along.

* For this event, Mixed Media is defined as stamps + ink, plus two other elements which add texture and/or dimension.

Tag #1

Here's how I made Tag #1:

I sponged the tag with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy distress inks.  I overlayed the Starburst stencil and sponged more Brushed Corduroy on top.  I inked my Season of Joy (SU!) stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink and stamped at the top of the tag. The flourish is a die-cut (Flourish #6 by Crafty Ann), cut from olive card stock, sponged more olive ink around the edges, and then coated with Granular gel medium.  The poinsettia was cut with my Silhouette Cameo from red card stock, and then coated in red glitter glue to give it some sparkle.  I added gold liquid pearls and gold stickles to the center of the poinsettia.  To finish I used a red stain ribbon.

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My first guest designer is Susan (aka susanbri at Splitcoast Stampers - SCS).  Susan and I met through SCS, and soon found out that we lived in the same city. :)  We are both CAS gals at heart, but we have a mutual admiration for the fancy Christmas tags. Susan doesn't have a blog, so I am including a link to her tag in her gallery at SCS, where you can find all the details on how she made the gorgeous tag below.  I hope you'll also check out her gallery of beautiful creations.  FYI, you need to be a SCS member in order to leave comments in Susan's gallery, so if you're not, please feel free to leave a message for Susan on this post ... I will make sure she sees them! :)

Here's Susan's tag ...

Susan, you are the one that inspired this event. :)  After we talked about all the beautiful mixed media Christmas tags on Pinterest, I couldn't wait to get started creating.  And after making several tags, the idea of having a tag event was born ... thank you, dear friend!! :) xx

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See you tomorrow with another Mixed Media Christmas Tag and special Guest Designer!

Come join our mixed media Christmas tag party!


Unknown said...

Yay! It's started! :)
Beautiful tag, Loll, Love your poinsettia and the granules on the leaves look great!
Susan's tag is simply adorable! Love the star-y night!
Ingrid xx

nancy littrell said...

OMG. Loll...I am so excited to see your special Twelve Tags of Christmas Event Love after all your time and creativity needed to get your event organized, etc. You must be Thrilled!
Your 1st card is amazing with all the gorgeous mixed media elements. I Love Susan's beautiful starry and fun tag too. TFS my friend.
P. S. I plan to play later today. What fun!

Susan said...

Thanks so much, Loll, for honouring me by asking me to be the Day 1 guest designer!! I had such fun creating my tag and I'm looking forward to making more during your Twelve Days! And looking forward to seeing your other tags and those of your guest designers!

Betty said...

can't wait to have time to get started on some tags - looks like lots of inspiration and fun!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun idea! May you get TONS of entries :)

Lee-Anne said...

Well these are both wonderful tags to start off your event! Loll, love the rich colors and the texture on yours! And Susan, love your starry tag...the blue and gold are gorgeous! Looking forward to each and every day of this fun event!

Tracey McNeely said...

Lol it isi funny we both started today! I love your tag, so much eye candy! Susan's tag is fabulous in the distress ink! Thank you for the invite, I am linking up!!

Kylie said...

Loll, this event is going to be so much fun! I can't wait to see everyones creations. Your tag is brilliant and I love the addition of the granular gel! I love that season of joy stamp! Susan, your card is so beautiful with that brilliant blue and bright yellow. Love the non-traditional colours! Great start, ladies!!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on the start of your tag event, Loll ... and with such a gorgeous tag ... the gel medium is amazing ... the flourish looks completely dewy! Love Susan's tag ... such bold, vibrant colours and a lovely sentiment! Anita :)

Shery Russ said...

Both are AWESOME tags, Loll! I love vintage feel of your tag, and I love the blue and yellow/gold combo of Susan's tag -- the watermarks and twinkling stars are just super!

My Paper Epiphany said...

What a fantastic idea! I love your tags so beautiful!

Susie said...

Great idea, Loll! Count me in! I'll be playing along later in the week - can't wait. Time for some sugar and spice :)

JJ said...

Beautiful Loll, looking forward to the others.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx

Linda said...

Congratulations on your fabulous event Loll! I'm a little late in coming to the party ..... but better late than never! Linda xx

Deepti said...

These are fabulous, I love the layers on the BG of ur tag and the starry blue of Susan's tag is awesome!

Brenda said...

You are off to such a great start with this tag Loll! I love the colors on this one and I love how you have left some white space on it. These tags might be little, but they pack a powerful punch and will on the gift packaging as well. Susan's tag has a bit of magic feel to it and I love it! We talk about the magic of Christmas all the time and Susan has captured that magic in this stunning tag. Hugs, Brenda

Lisa Lara said...

Wow what beauties by you and Susan. I love your stencil bg Loll.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your sweet comment, Loll! I have linked my tag! One more special tag just for you ;) xxx