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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 9

i did it; i have 12 tags and your inbox can take a break.

the day 9 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is my favourite:

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Kelly’s tag inspired me with the whimsical foxes and bright pretty colours. i painted a wash on hot pressed watercolour paper with my own custom colour of twinkling H2Os and then painted the penny black mice with the twinks as well.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 5

the day 5 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

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Therese’s tag inspired me; i love the trees, especially the pink one with the raised dots. i die cut impression obsession trees from green glitter paper, attached them to white glitter paper and added some holographic peel off dots, some coloured with permanent markers.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 8

the day 8 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

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Sharon’s tag inspired me; i love the bird image with the greenery and her fussy cutting is amazing. of course with my hands, that would pose a problem so i used a coordinating die for my stampendous bird image; the holly are die cut too. i painted with twinkling H2Os, sponged a background with distress inks and added some pink and gold frantage.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 10

the day 10 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

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Julie’s tag inspired me; i love her mittens, the turquoise and the snowflakes added to the wrapping paper. i die cut these tiny poppystamps mittens from leftover alcohol ink backgrounds i made for my day 1 tag. i added snowflake stickers and stamped the sentiment. i might add white twine to the blue ribbon later when i have more time.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 4

the day 4 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

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Justine’s tag inspired me with the cute critters in a circle. i rarely heat emboss and never with images so i heat embossed the snowflake background and the sentiment. everything was painted with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and popped on foam tape.

i’m also playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 42 – Winter Holiday.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 3

the day 3 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

kelly marie’s tag inspired me with all the glitter so i used plenty on my tag. i started by creating my northern lights, then die cut the lawn fawn stitched circle tag and with double sided adhesive i covered it in glitter. i added more glitter to the rooftops and trees and painted everything with tombow markers on hot pressed watercolour paper and used coordinating lawn fawn dies. all the windows, doors and clock were coated with a clear glaze pen and all the images were popped on foam tape.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 2

i wasn’t able to start creating tags on day 1 because i wasn’t feeling well so i may have to double up on my posts if i’m to get them all done; i apologize in advance if you’re inundated with emails.

the day 2 theme for the Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge is:

be inspired by this Pinterest piece:

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Carissa’s tag inspired me; i loved her white ink sentiment stamping on black, the sparkle gems and the greenery. i stamped the penny black text background, heat embossed with white embossing powder, added a poinsettia sponged with green distress ink and some green gems. i used a penny black stencil on the kraft edge which i accidentally sponged over when i tried to move the stencil but i liked it so it was a happy accident.

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12 Tags Of Christmas With A Feminine Twist 2018 Day 1

this is the fifth year i’ve created tags for the annual Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018 Challenge and it’s an event that i love playing along with.

the day 1 theme is:

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Carolyn’s tag inspired me; i love how she divided up her tag into sections and i really liked the pink so i started with pink alcohol ink on glossy white paper but then i added purple and gold so more of those show. the watercolour paper poinsettia was smooshed into gold twinkling H2Os on a craft mat and the sentiment finished it off.  i had to photograph this off to the side because of the purple mirri paper reflections.

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Christmas Trees

i had some trees that wouldn’t quite fit on the christmas card so i used them to create a christmas tag.

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i painted the sky and trees from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth die set by Julie with twinkling H2Os and stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Retro Ornaments set. to finish it off, i added stickles to the stars and centres of the snowflakes in the sentiment.

i’m also submitting this to the august mix it up challenge at ellen hutson to pair EH with Avery Elle products.

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Christmas Lights

i’m working on my christmas cards; i know it’s a bit early, but i’m a slow card maker.

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i’m playing along with the august mix it up challenge at ellen hutson – this time the challenge is to pair EH with Avery Elle products. i used the lights and sentiment from the Avery Elle Retro Ornaments stamp set and the houses and stars from the Essentials by Ellen Home & Hearth die set by Julie.

i was inspired by the colourful houses in newfoundland and of course i painted the sky, houses and lights with twinkling H2Os and added some stickles to the stars.

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Green And Gold

i’m cutting it close to the deadline for the Essentials by Ellen March Pin-Sights Challenge but that’s because i scrapped my first card – an idea that only looked good in my mind’s eye.

this is the beautiful collection of photos for inspiration:

and here’s my quickly made card, inspired by all the green and gold:

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i splattered with twinkling H2Os, die cut the pretty pink posh border and added the essentials by ellen many thanks die cut sentiment.

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Balloon Bunny

i had an idea after i finished yesterday’s tag so i made another one for the ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge with paper smooches.

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i cut the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die from cold pressed watercolour paper, stamped the bunny from the essentials by ellen bear ware set and painted the sky and bunny with Sennelier watercolour paints.

i thought the leftover circles from the paper smooches paint palette die would make balloons for the bunny so i painted them with twinkling H2Os, drew in the balloon strings and added twine.

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Wish Big

i’m playing along with ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge and this time they’re mixing it up with paper smooches.

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i used the paper smooches Tag Stitched Die for the base, splattered it with two different green twinkling H2Os, and added the sentiment from the essentials by ellen wish big clear set.

the candles and flames were created with the paper smooches paint palette die, all painted with twinkling H2Os, and i added clear wink of stella glitter to the flames.

to finish it off i added another tag in the back, painted and splattered with twinkling H2Os, and ribbon.

i’m also playing along with the paper smooches march challenge to use GREENERY (Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year)! and my favourite colour.

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Celebrate Big

i found time to create a card for ellen hutson’s mix it up challenge.

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i painted the Ellen Hutson ‘wish big‘ by Julie hippo and sky with twinkling H2Os and used Sennelier watercolour paint for the grass. i added the sentiment, using my precision press, and attached seed beads from the 28 Lilac Lane ‘on lilac lane‘ and ‘hello, sunshine‘ jars.

to finish it off, i fussy cut the hat, attached a button, also from the ‘on lilac lane’ jar, added yellow stickles to her toenails and painted the background mat to match.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Day 2

the Day 2 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist theme is glitter; i love the look but not the mess, which is why i usually use stickles even if the bottles are hard to squeeze with my hands.

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both talented designers Julia Stainton & Kay Miller used circle shapes to either feature a glittery image or as a tag shape so i was inspired to create a tiny simple circle tag. i die cut a house from the back of the teal designer paper from my day 1 tag and covered it with double sided adhesive paper and crystal ritz glitter.

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12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Day 12

last but not least, and the one that took the longest, is my tag for day 12 of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2015 Challenge.

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i was inspired by day 12 designer sandy allnock’s ornaments made with yupo. i tried watercolouring on yupo over a year ago and found it to be quite challenging; however, when i saw sandy’s creations i thought i’d give it another go – i’m still not a fan, but it was something different for a change. yupo is a plastic surface used in the printing industry and adopted by artists; it’s water resistant, will not absorb a wet medium and needs to air dry. after two days of drying time, as sandy suggested, i covered the green bracts with glossy accents, which is difficult with my RA and hands so the pink ones got tossed and i replaced them with watercolour paper and twinkling H2Os.

the memory box grapevine wreath and stems with berries were also coloured with twinkling H2Os and i added a mirri gold wplus9 die cut merry sentiment, inspired by Dawn Woleslagle, a bow, some string and i have a tree ornament or a present tag.

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