Friday, November 14, 2014

Twelve Tags of Christmas ... Day Twelve

Hi everyone.  Can't believe that it's time for my last tag for my "Twelve Tags of Christmas" Event.  I have really enjoyed sharing my tags with you and have LOVED having my wonderful friends join me as Guest Designers for this event.  I hope we have inspired you to make some tags for your Christmas.  The link will remain open for a couple more days, so there's still time to play along.  Come join in the fun and link up your Mixed Media* Christmas tags below

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

Tag #12

How I made Tag #12:

I started with the faux mother-of-pearl technique (love this technique and can't get enough of it!!) :)  Click HERE to see my video tutorial on this fun technique.  I sponged over top with two shades of brown distress inks (Antique Linen / Brushed Corduroy).  I then inked my En Francais script stamp with dark brown ink (Vintage Photo), stamped onto a scrap of paper first, and then stamped my tag.  Love the softness of second generation stamping.  I die-cut three holly from olive card stock and then sponged more ink around the edges to make it darker.  The holly leaves have been coated with green glitter glue, and once dry, shaped with my stylus and mat.  Three small red glitter covered balls are the berries.  I cut out the "PEACE" from my Cameo ... once in dark red card stock and twice more in white and layered them together with glue to make a thick embellishment.  I sponged the edges with a dark red ink and then coated it in red glitter glue.  Again I've used seam binding for the ribbon, dying it with Brushed Corduroy ink misted with water, scrunching, and letting it dry - love it!

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Today's special Guest Designer is Deepti ... she is a constant source of inspiration for me.  Deepti is a true artist --- she sometimes includes hand-drawn elements on her projects.  She has a wonderful sense of colour, design and balance. She is another busy person!  We are Design Teammates at Addicted to Stamps & More, Addicted to CAS, and Mixed Media Card Challenge blogs and she designs for the Fusion Challenge as well. Deepti is also on the design team for STAMPlorations and CAS-ual Friday's Stamps.  Take some time to check out her blog, Dee’s Art Utopia … you’ll be glad you did!

Details on how Deepti made this gorgeous tag below, can be found by clicking HERE.

Here's Deepti's tag ...

Beautiful Deepti!!!

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I hope you'll join us and link up your mixed media Christmas tags below.

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 until Nov. 16, so there's still of time to play along.

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.

Meet the Judge ---

This is my youngest son, Jeremy.  He has a degree in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts Education.  He currently works as an Art teacher at a Secondary High School in the Lower Mainland.  Jer is excited to look through all the amazing entries and pick the top tags and winning entry.  The winners will be posted on Nov. 20 on this blog.  Thanks to all that entered ... there's still a few more days for anyone who is still wanting to join in. :)

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Again, I want to thank you for joining me for my Christmas Tag event.  I really appreciate those that took the time to share their wonderful tags ... they are all so creative!  And thanks to those that left messages of support ... it means so much! :)  If you didn't hear back from me, that's because I wasn't able to find your email address ... one of these days I'll figure things out :)  Just to let you know that I read ALL the comments and appreciate each and every one!

If you want to check out the whole selection of tags (mine, guest designers and entrants), I've created a Pinterest board --- click HERE.

And a big thank you to all my Guest Designers --- Susan, Kylie, Shirley, Nancy, Ingrid, Lee-Anne, Bonnie, Shery, Julia, Marina, Vicki and Deepti ... you all did an amazing job. The tags are so creative and all very unique and I know that you've inspired many ... you girls are the BEST!! :)

Come join our mixed media Christmas tag party!


Unknown said...

Hi Loll! Stunning tag again! I love your technique, I must give it a go one day soon!
I can't believe it is the last day! I really enjoyed seeing two gorgeous tags each day! Are you sure you don't want to do 365 mixed media tags? :)
I don't envy your son's job! It's gonna be a tough one! He's a pro though so I'm sure his choice will be the right one :)
Thank you for letting me be a part of your lovely event, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Deepti is a very talented crafter with the most amazing taste. Her tag is gorgeous! Love the traditional look and the big poinsettia is wonderful!!
Big hugs,
Ingrid xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Another super tag Loll the pearl effect technique looks really good as a background


Lee-Anne said...

Simply love your faux mother of pearl technique, Loll...that background is stunning! Such gorgeous sparkle on the sentiment and holly! Deepti's tag has such wonderful color and depth...something I always admire in her work. So thrilled to be a part of this awesome event...thanks for having me! Jeremy has a lot of beautiful tags to choose from...they are all winners in my eyes! And I bet every single designer had an awesome time making them thanks to you! Hope you continue to hold events like this's that for putting on the pressure?

nancy littrell said...

I Love your M of P technique background Loll! You have the most creative way of making all your backgrounds Glow :-) I love your French Script stamping, die cut Peace and beautiful dimensional and glittery holly leaves. TFS and inspiring us for Twelve Days my friend :-)

Deepti is one of my very favorite Mixed Media artists. Her gorgeous poinsettia with the beautiful words background is a wonderful example of her detailed, creative Art.

TFS girls and Loll a Huge Thank You for your amazing Tag Event :-)

Loll said...

I agree Lee-Anne! Every single tag is an artistic delight ... and every tag is a winner in my book! I hope to have this event again next year ... it was so much fun! Loll xx

Bonnie said...

Oh, Loll, you're the best! Thanks for all the inspiration! I love the tags now and can't wait to do more. (You can bet I'll warn DSIL not to throw any away!)

Bonnie said...

I forgot to add how pretty the FMOP technique is on this tag and the holly and matching ribbon! And a handsome son too!

Sandy said...

So very pretty Loll!
Sandy xx

Deepti said...

First of all a big thank you for having me over :) I am so honored. Your tag is gorgeous, love the BG and the touch of white texturing. I love the bold sentiment too :) Fabulous as always !!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Both you and Deepti ROCKED the tags today!! Beautiful job!!

Gramma Sarah said...

Oh my . . . how I have enjoyed all the tags and ideas. Loll, you inspire us all. Thank you. This last one with the poinsettia and French script uses two of my favorite items. And Deepti, your tag is awesome!!!!

Carol said...

Love your tag Loll, the faux pearl technique makes a lovely background with the script stamp. Deepti's tag is very striking too, gorgeous colours. Good luck to your son! Carol x

hellerlittle said...

Hon have a lot of thanks for the last 12 Days... You and the Girls did a wonderfull inspiring Job for all of your reads.
CU hellerlittle

cm said...

Two outstanding tags as grand finales for this incredibly inspiring, heart-warming series! Thank you for sharing such beauty with us over the past 12 days. Your son has quite the task ahead of him...and I'd better get after creating some tags of my own to add to the gallery.

AlisonC said...

Hi.Thanks for such an inspiring tag event. I stumbled accross it somehow and have followed the 12 days. I hope to upload a tag before the deadline but if not I wanted you to know I've really enjoyed it and have great plans! Also love the idea of using up all those bits of card and ribbon.

Brenda said...

Wow, I am loving your faux mother of pearl finish too!! This tag is stunning Loll! I love the colors that are in this one and I love the second generation stamping. The peace word is perfect, it's fun to change things up a bit and have a vertical greeting! And I love all the sparkle and shine!! Hugs, Brenda

Brenda said...

Oh a ps: I'm glad I'm not in your son's shoes of doing the judging!!! lol Hugs again! Brenda

Brenda said...

Sorry, it is me again Loll, been an emotional day today and I'm having a hard time keeping my mind together. lol I forgot to comment on your guest designer. Deepti's tag is amazing as well! I love the background on her tag and of course that poinsettia is so pretty. Add a touch of gold (it looks like gold in the pic) and you got a winner! Hugs, Brenda

My Paper Epiphany said...

What a beautiful tag to finish the event! The faux pearl technique looks fabulous - will definitely try it! I love Deepti's vibrant festive tag!

Linda said...

What a way to end this fabulous event ..... two stunning tags yet again!
I love the faux MOP technique on your background Loll and the glittery holly and sentiment are just gorgeous!
Deepti's tag is stunning too ..... love the beautiful poinsettia.

Thank you so much for hosting the event Loll ...... you're a STAR!! And thanks to you and your friends for all the fabulous inspiration. I've thoroughly enjoyed this week and can't wait to do it all again. Good luck to Jeremy in choosing a winner!!! xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Thank you Loll for being so generous in hosting your wonderful event. I've enjoyed looking at all the tags,some real works of art here :)

Big hugs
Donna xxx

Maura said...

Love the tag again, Loll. I have watched your video on the mother-of pearl technique and will definitely be "giving it a go"! Thanks for the event-lots of great inspiration to come back to time and time again!

Julia Aston said...

How fast did these 12 days go by??!!! I love the vintage colors on your beautiful tag today Loll - and Deepti's tag is just gorgeous with the green background, red poinsettia and gold stems - and what a handsome looking judge!!

Pamellia said...

Hi Loll! I'm so sorry that I'm late getting here. This month has just been so crazy for me. Sadly, I have two other tags that I just didn't have time to finish. Next year I will get a head start!

What an amazing event and all of your tags were just brilliant. I even grabbed a few images for inspiration for my family tags this year, hope you don't mind. Handsome judge, by the way...and so sweet that he is helping you!! Well, have a great weekend, big hugs coming at you :)

Jeanne H said...

Loll~Your tags and those of your guest designers are just lovely! I've enjoyed looking at all of them.

Barb Ghig said...

Another gorgeous tag, Loll! I love all the texture you added with the faux mother-of-pearl technique and all the beautiful sparkle on the Poinsettia and holly leaves...WOW!

This has been such a wonderful series! Thanks so much for sharing all of your tags and for inviting guests to join in the fun...Deepti's tag is amazing, as always! I can't wait to see which tag your handsome son decides as his fave! Have a great weekend!

Anita in France said...

Such a beautiful tag to finish with, Loll ... the mother of pearl with the elegant French script is gorgeous! Deepti's poinsettia is a dimensional delight ... such wonderful bright, traditional colours! Anita :)

Bobby said...

I've been way behind in keeping up with blogs so I've missed many of your tag posts. This one has to be my favorite of the ones I've seen. The background, the layered "peace", the holly. It is so wonderful.

Karen Dunbrook said...

Such a handsome son!! I sure would have a hard time picking just one since they are all fab.
THanks for such a great inspiring 12 days of tags.

Pam Sparks said...

Wonderful presentation Loll! Loved all your tags and enjoyed all your guests! Very inspiring and full of Christmas spirit! Thank you!

shirley-bee said...

I can't believe how quickly those 12 days went, Loll! It's been an absolutely inspiring series, and with so many fabulous entries. Don't envy Jer! Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the event :)

Susan said...

This might be one of my favourites of your 12 tags, Loll - even though it's not blue and white :) ! It's stunning - the mother of pearl came out perfectly and the rich red Peace stands out so well. Love the sparkle too!

Sammy said...

I've had a ridiculously busy week, so have just played catch-up. Thank you for all the stunning tags you and your guest designers made for our inspiration. This was certainly a fun event!