12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 11

I did it! this is my last tag, day 11, for Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 11 – Deck the Halls with Kelly Griglione. Kelly wanted to see one of two choices and I chose: 1) be inspired by the title of the song and “deck” out your tags with pine branches, holly, berries, etc.

I cut the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas holly die from Kraft card stock that was stamped with the Penny Black Christmas words background. I layered the negative cut piece over another piece of kraft, sponged the hollyhocks with distress inks, shaped the leaves, and inlaid the images. I added stickles to just the tops of the berries, sponged the edges and sprayed all over with Imagine gold sheer shimmer spray. it’s finished off with a gold ribbon through the hanger, again from the Ellen Hutson shaker globe die set.

holly tag on Kraft copyright linda snailzpace.com

so much inspiration, as always, but I ran out of time to make any more for the fun challenge.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 12 Part Two

day 12 of of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 12 – 12 Days of Christmas with Julie Ebersole. Julie’s tags inspired me with her foiling technique; yay, I can foil! I watched the video and learned what I’ve been doing wrong. I painted this tiny bird for a partridge in a pear tree from the mama elephant holidays bitties set with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, die cut matte gold foil card stock with a lawn fawn winter tiny tags ornament die and foiled the berries with red foil.

a partridge in a pear tree tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 12

this is my tag for day 12 of of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 12 – 12 Days of Christmas with Julie Ebersole. Julie’s tags inspired me with her clean and simple design, along with the lyrics three French hens. I I started bypass paining the background with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, then the birds and then the bias binding with the same paints. i used stickles on the pom poms and added a mama elephant sentiment from the mini merry messages stamp set.

three French hens tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 10

day 10 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 10 – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer with Adelina Starace. I was inspired by the lyrics, ‘But as for me and grandpa we believe.’ I painted this mama elephant reindeer with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and attached it to a brown plaid piece of paper that was die cut with a mama elephant scallop trio tag. I added stickles to the hat and glossy accents to the nose and jingle bell.

mama elephant reindeer tag copying right linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 9 Part 2

my second tag for Day 9 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 9 – Holly Jolly Christmas with Carly Tee Minner. Carly’s bold ‘holly jolly’ tag inspired me, along with the lyrics, to create this second tag featuring a Burl Ives snowman with Rudolph; one of my favourite Christmas shows. The images are Inkadinkado, painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper. I used a mama elephant sentiment on a tag and finished with a green ribbon.

burl ives snowman and Rudolph tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 9

my tag for Day 9 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 9 – Holly Jolly Christmas with Carly Tee Minner. Carly’s bold ‘holly jolly’ tag reinforced the lyrics already staying in my head: ‘say hello to friends you know and everyone one you meet.’

snowman tag in green and violet copyright linda snailzpace.com

so I used the mama elephant hello die, layered to make it look like snow on the top edge, added a Penny Black sticker (retired) and I used the same green card stock to cut the hanger, once again from the Ellen Hutson snow globe die. I finished it off with some Lawn Fawn hemp.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 8

well it’s a good thing the deadline for the tags is December 16. I’m up to Day 8 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 8 – We Wish You a Merry Christmas with Emily Mydlowski. I was inspired by the figgy pudding lyrics, and Ardyth’s tag colours and how the snowmen popped against the background. I painted the Clearly Besotted penguin with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut, and attached it to the front of the mama elephant framed tags union square die. I stamped the inside with a Darcie’s sentiment.

holiday tag featuring clearly besotted penguin with figgy pudding copyright Linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 7

I’m up to Day 7 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge

December 7 – A Marshmallow World with Heather Meeson. I love the red and white striped snowman hat and scarf on Heather’s tag and that’s what inspired me. I used the Inky Antics marshmallow friends image, painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and added glossy accents to the straw and red stripes – not exactly arthritis friendly so it’s a bit wobbly. to finish it off, I fussy cut, and attached it to some doodlebug paper on foam tape and added a green bow. the sentiment is from the same set.

marshmallow mug Christmas tag copyright Linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 4

this is my tag for Day 4 of the Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 4 – Sleigh Ride with Lisa Spangler. I love Lisa’s sleigh with an adorable bunny and how mr. bunny helped during her painting session so I was inspired to add some bunnies to my tag.

I masked off the upper portion of the tag to sponge the background with distress inks; the bottom snow bank was die cut. snowflakes were stamped with hero arts white ink and I added stickles to the edges of the snow banks. I painted the images with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, die cut with coordinating dies and popped them all on foam tape. I added glossy accents to the sleigh trim and stickles to teddy’s hat and finished it off with a sentiment.

two bunnies watching teddy sleigh ride tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

I’m also playing along with the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 90 – COLOR INSPIRATION: i used the colours on the images.

Lawn Fawn supplies used:
Snow Cool snowflakes stamp
Oh What Fun sleigh
Smooth Sailing bunny and coordinating dies
Tiny Tag Sayings ‘merry wishes’
Stitched Simple Wavy Borders die
Silver Sparkle hemp cord

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 6

my tag for day 6 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 6 – Home for the Holidays with Michele Ferguson. Michelle created a cozy cabin scene and I was ready to use a cabin but the current situation influenced my thoughts – people may not be home for the holidays and may have to spend it wherever they are. This little mouse is cozy in a walnut shell so that’s where my creativity took me.  I painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and matted with Ellen Hutson essential circles and the hanger from the EH shaker globe die set.

round Christmas mouse tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 5

I’m up to day 5 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 5 – White Christmas with Jessica Frost-Ballas. Lisa’s tag inspired me with her polar bear and northern lights. I have all the Daniel Smith paints Lisa used and I was looking forward to trying her technique to create a sky; I love painting skies. But, all my attempts with DS paints and Arches cold press watercolour paper were trashed. My conclusion is that I am too used to painting on Arches hot press watercolour paper and using Twinkling H2Os that have very different characteristics, not to mention my painting style is controlled. While it was fun trying Lisa’s technique, in the end I used my usual twinks and cold press w/c paper to get the result I was ok with.

polar bear tag copyright Linda snailzpace.com

I painted the memory box wood bear stamp with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped it on foam tape; it was sprayed all over with imagine sheer shimmer spray clear that doesn’t show.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 3

I’m up to day 3 of Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 3 – Here Comes Santa Claus with Therese Calvird. Therese inspired me to use black card stock for the houses instead of my usual white. I used a portion of the mama elephant hilly neighbourhood die and attached sponged yellow card stock behind. I sponged the shadows and sky and added a mama elephant Santa.

santa tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 2

I’m trying to catch up on Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

mama elephant Lamb on musical background paper tag copyright linda snailzpace.com

December 2 – The Little Drummer Boy with Ardyth Percy-Robb. Ardyth’s tag is whimsical with a gingerbread playing the drum. nothing similar in my stash although I did create a whimsical tag for the phrase, ‘the ox and lamb kept time.’ this mama elephant lamb looked like he would enjoy a beat; plus, I attached a mini wobble to see him in action. I painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper and cut with coordinating dies. I used a sunny studio tag die that includes a die to add a border and the reinforcement; I thought the red glitter was festive.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 1

I’m playing along with Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge for the seventh year; this year’s tags are based on the designers’ favourite holiday songs.

snow globe tag copyright Linda snilazpace.com

December 1 – Silver Bells with Sandy Allnock. Sandy used the Ellen Hutson Shaker Globe and airbrushed a purple sky with buildings in the front of the scene. I used the same die but die cut silver card stock and sponged distress inks for the sky: chipped sapphire and dusty concord. I added snowflakes with a white pen. I used a portion of houses from Elizabeth craft designs die, sponged with chipped sapphire distress ink and added stickles to the rooftops. the windows were cut separately and then I painted shadows on them with twinkling H2Os and a size 0000 watercolour paint brush before adding shine with a clear glaze pen. I added stickles on the snow bank and added two layers of a silver peel off sticker sentiment. finally, I added a white sheer ribbon with a silver thread edge.

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Thank You Ellen Hutson Twelve Tags 2019

i was absolutely shocked to see that i was the random winner of the Ellen Hutson Twelve Tags 2019 challenge! i had to get hubby to check to see if i was reading the winners’ post correctly and yes, one of the tags i entered was posted so it was true.

if you follow me you know that Christmas is challenging for me because of my son’s brain cancer diagnosis in early december and his birthday at the end of december right after christmas. the 12 tags challenge has been a tradition for 6 years now; it gives me something to focus on and feel productive during the holidays.

thank you card for ellen hutson copyright linda snailzpace.com

so, this is the card I sent to Ellen Hutson. i painted the poppy stamps wreath, die cut with hot press watercolour paper, with twinkling H2Os and added glossy accents to the berries. the WPlus9 sentiment fit perfectly.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 12

this is my tag for day 12 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas. down to the wire but i did it.

santa, elf and rudolph tags

inspired by Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, i love Julie’s creative tags. i ran out of time to fussy cut but i’d like to try tags like hers another time. all the painting i did took up most of my time and then computer problems yesterday so i couldn’t upload. then today i went to upload and the link expired too early but thank goodness i could email them in. that’ll teach me for creating at a snail’s pace. anyway, it was a lot of fun and i always learn something new.

as usual, i painted these clearly besotted images with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, die cut with mama elephant bookmark die, lawn fawn sentiment and lawn fawn red sparkle twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 11

this is my tag for day 11 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

rudolph tag

 Lisa’s White Christmas tag  inspired me to create this. i love her pink background and layout. i painted this Taylored Expressions reindeer with Twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped him on foam tape. the background is sponged with distress inks and cut with Avery Elle bookmark. it might be a bit fuzzy but the mama elephant stamp says peace & love and is heat embossed with white ep, cut with altenew heart die.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 10

this is my tag for day 10 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

critter christmas tag

Lisa’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree tag is so cute featuring adorable animals with a decorated tree. i painted the mama elephant critters with Twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut them and popped on foam tape. these little guys decided my tree needed more ornaments so they’re each going to add one.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 8

this is my tag for day 8 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

snowman snow globe tag

Jessica’s tag for Let It Snow it so pretty; she used pink/purple/blue and created a shaker tag.i also loved the dark walnut on the wood base. i’ve been using those colours quite a bit so i switched to traditional colours and stamped this Stampendous snowman in the globe, painting with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper. i finished it off with a dark pink and green twine and sprayed it with a clear shimmer.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 6

this is my tag for day 6 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

polar bear tag

Lisa’s tag for Midnight Clear is gorgeous; she created a background with Daniel Smith indanthrone blue, and added cute animals. i need to check out that paint since i like staining and non-granulating watercolours. i painted a wash with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot pressed watercolour paper and added some hologram peel off stars. i painted the Hello Bluebird bear with twinks, cut with coordinating die and popped him on foam tape; i like using this sizzix die shape for tags.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 5

this is my tag for day 5 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

penguin tag

Adelina’s Jingle Bells tag is so adorable with a sweet penguin scene so i was inspired to create a penguin scene too. i painted these cute Clearly Besotted penguins wth twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, fussy cut and popped them on foam tape. i also liked Adelina’s extra tag and cute jingle bells so i added a mama elephant sentiment.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 4

this is my tag for day 4 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

holly tag

today’s carol is Deck The Halls. i love everything about Lisa’s tag; she used such pretty colours and the layout was so creative. i painted impression obsession holly with twinkling H2Os die cut from Arches hot press watercolour paper, added red seed and green seed beads from the home spun holidays sparkletz. the mama elephant sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of watercolour paper that was leftover from another project. i finished it off with lawn fawn twine in pink and green.

that’s it for today. i need a rest and your inbox probably does too; until tomorrow anyway.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 3

this is my tag for day 3 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

dog couple under mistletoe tag

Kelly’s tag inspired by I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus! featured a very cute bear couple and my stash of santas is limited so i used the penny black under the mistletoe image. i painted with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper, added stickles to their hats ad liquid pearls to the mistletoe. after attaching to red glitter paper, i enlisted my husband’s help to punch a hole and threaded it with lawn fawn gold glitter twine.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 2

this is my tag for day 2 of the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas.

penny black mouse tag

Ardyth’s tag inspired me with her favorite Christmas Carol, Joy To The World! featuring an adorable and very happy yeti. i started by painting the background with twinkling H2Os on Arches hot press watercolour paper die cut with a lawn fawn stitched circle tag die; then i painted this happy penny black mouse. the image had snowflakes already so i just filled them in with stickles.

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12 Tags of Christmas 2019 Challenge Day 1

this is the sixth year i’ve played along with the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas, an event i look forward to.

as a bereaved parent, the holidays are challenging so i like to immerse myself in a creative mess and be inspired by fabulous designers who take me outside my comfort zone. this week was difficult because i had to say goodbye to my sweet grandbunny after 11 years.

rudolph the red nosed reindeer tag

this year’s tags focus on christmas carols and day 1 starts with rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. THERESE CALVIRD’s tag inspired me with her attention to detail, pretty colours and i love the layered tag.

instead of holly, i used trees to frame rudolph; i painted the mama elephant reindeer with twinkling H2Os on hot press watercolour paper, adding a glow to his nose. i found a white shimmery paper at my favourite art store, currys, that i die cut with a lawn fawn circle tag die and discovered it takes distress ink sponging very nicely. i also learned i could paint on it so i used twinks for the ice, added liquid pearls for snow and popped rudolph on foam tape so he’s flying. finally, i added a small cheery lynn tag die stamped and white heat embossed with mama elephant sentiment and tied with doodlebug twine.

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