Saturday, December 8, 2012

And the Winner Is:

And the Winner is: [insert my name here]. Well, that's what I am hoping for!

Today's post is all about a tag (not a boy, sorry).  Ellen Hutson has a 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist blog event going on and I am joining in. I was inspired by Jennifer McQuire's tag on Day 4. I happen to think that JM, as I like to call her, is a fantastic lady and super talented. She shares so many products, tips and techniques on her blog and on the blogs of others.

So, I had a design already for me, provided by JM. I had some of the products or alternatives. The final product however just didn't end up looking like hers at all. Luckily, I made another tag - why waste all that distress stain on your TH craft mat or the second snowflake rosette on the TH die? (That's right, I call him TH!). So, I am submitting the second tag I made:

How was I inspired by JM?
Instead of stamping on the acetate as per JM I embossed it with a script embossing folder instead.
I stamped snowflakes in white on the lower layer (not on top as JM).
The snowflake rosette and ribbon replace the bird and branch
I made the rosette using metal packing tape and coloured it with alcohol ink. (I only have 3 Copic Markers: red, grey and brown).
I did colour the bling as per JM but with Stazon (not Copics)
I did try to get a similar colour base but I used a piece of cardstock lying around and it absorbed so much of the Broken China and Silver distress stains that it ended up looking like Iced Spruce instead. I tried to reintroduce the blue colour by using teal Stazon on the embossed parts (and bling)

Doesn't sound like I followed her example at all now does it?

Confession: First go, I added the foam tape to the white layer - duh! I did rip it up and attach the white layer flat to the acetate then added foam tape to the underside of the acetate as per JM. (In real life the white paper looks just like it has been ripped up and wrinkled - never mind)

Because I am a sharing kind of gal and admit my [crafting] disasters, I shall show you my first attempt:

This tag was just too big! I altered the size for the second one. Of course I don't have a tag die - why would I spend $$$$ on that when I can just cut a rectangle and go from there? Turns out it might be worth the investment ;)

Same inspiration from JM as for the tag I am actually submitting, but this time I stamped a script stamp with white stazon on acetate. I really love how this looks! Must try it again, especially as my white stazon pad was bone dry and is hardening up from lack of use. This first time I also was inspired by Kittie Caracciolo who added strips of corrugated paper to look like hills on the bottom of her tag (see Day 5). However, it doesn't really look right  with only one layer and it flattened out a bit when I adhered it.

There's a confession for this one too: I didn't line the white up with the acetate properly - how could I, the acetate is clear!!!! I decided to cut the corners after adhering as I didn't think I could line them up properly afterwards - again, I reiterate: how could I, the acetate is clear!!!! I tried to cover the faux pas by adhering a bit more white behind the 'exposed' clear piece as it was bugging me. Did it work? Not so much.

Some good things about the creative process:
I got to colour some seam binding ribbon with distress stain. I didn't add too much colour as I wanted it to still match the white paper piece.
I broke my new rule of using old stuff (I'm big on rule breaking!). A little, cough, parcel may have arrived from Inspiration Station ($10 international shipping! Of course you need to buy 10+ items to make the postage cost even out though right?) so I played with some *new* stuff: TH distress stain and metallic distress stain, TH mini rosette die,  and WRMK fancy corner chomper (LOVE!). I love my WRMK corner chomper and crop-a-dile so it's not surprising.

However, I did use some older stash items: bling, ribbon = snot, a Stampin' Up french script background stamp and snowflake stamp, plus the unbranded word stamps may never have been used before.

Here's the official stuff now

I am entering this tag to 3 challenges:
Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist (Day 4, Jen McQuire):

Simon Says Stamp (who also ship internationally I'd just like to add!) Snowflake Challenge:

Artfull Crafts (NZ!) Christmas Tags and Wrapping:

Materials: Stamps by Stampin' Up! and unbranded, Stazon ink, Sizzix embossing folder, WR Memory Keepers crop-a-dile and Corner Chomper, Tim Holtz distress stains, distress ink pad, alcohol ink and mini rosette die. Apart from the bling and metal packing tape, the rest is stuff lying around literally on my messy desk: Cardstock is packaging, acetate is Spellbinder's packaging, ribbon = snot.


  1. Love the acetate and those gorgeous colors.

    1. Thanks SmilynStef - I appreciate you stopping by :)

  2. Gorgeous tag!! Love the fabulous embossing! Very pretty!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


    1. Thanks for stopping and commenting Melissa! So glad the embossing worked LOL after the first one didn't turn out how I wanted :)