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11/04/2015

HLS November Christmas Challenge - Tags

Hello and welcome to the HLS November Christmas Challenge, and this month, the theme is TAGS!


Our Challenge Sponsor is Happy Little Stampers



The winner of this month's challenge will receive a free stamp set from HLS, so we hope you'll find time to join in with your Tags, anything as long as it's Christmas Themed, have some fun, perhaps be a winner. Here's what I came up with (and remember, I'm not great with tags! So if I can do it, so can YOU!)
 

 
 
- Tag created from 140# watercolor paper and an Elizabeth Craft Tag 3 & More die to die cut.
 
- used Viva Décor Inka Gold and some Maya Inca Gold ** dabbed on a craft mat, spritzed with water, and 'smooshed' the w/color tag around through it. (here's an excellent tutorial by Loll, and while I didn't have exactly the same products Loll used, it still creates some wonderful looks) 
 
 (**Photo of smooshing products below)
 
After the tag dried, used a TCW Christmas tree stencil, and some Viva Décor Glitter paste to make the dimensional trees. (not sure that the link is the color that I have, but you can see the product). It was extremely thick and hard to spread - and yes, I am always careful to put the cap back on quickly when using these pastes, so that it doesn't dry out. Doubt I will use this stuff again, but I might try to see if I can thin it.
 
Snow bank was torn paper, spread out some TomBow liquid glue, and sprinkled some Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Cloud over the sticky glue, and pressed it down, shaking off the excess.  Makes terrific snow.
 
- Lawn fawn Toboggan Together clear set for the penguin fun, stamped on white Xpress, colored with copics, then some WoS, and a coat of glossy accents. The companion die set used for the penguins, but after deciding to add in some more stamped trees, those were fussy cut with scissors.
 
- SU scalloped oval punch on a snippet of white, then stamped with HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments. A couple of Jolee packages & a Spare Parts Penguin brad were added for some more dash.
 
Happy Little Stampers has a brand new stamp release this month. There's some really darling sets available, and you won't want to miss seeing these. Now do be sure to check out what my fellow DT members have shared for the HLS November Tag challenge, and join in the fun. Hey, you could be the winner of a lovely new stamp set!
 
 
Thanks for joining me & Big Hugs & Blessings.
 
**Here's the products used, and the backgrounds made from the 'leftover smoosh'. The center bkground happened to be a piece of glossy c/stock and it really turned out nicely. On this center one, used a piece of plastic small bubble wrap to pounce into the 'smoosh liquid' and then over the c/s with a twisting motion. The others were just dragging the cardstock through the liquid on the craft mat.



 
 
 

43 comments:

Kathleen said...

This is fabulous Mary, I am rubbish at tags but I really love this , great background and super cute images. My only worry is the you will have to punch a hole through the top penguins head for the cord or ribbon.

Kath x

Sarah said...

Sooooo cute!! Love this tag Mary, a fabulous little scene and gorgeous penguins!! Doc Martin was brilliant...I always hate it when the series ends. I won't be giving anything away though so I don't spoil it for you!! xx

Team Clark said...

Oh Mary! This is fabulous! I love the cool background you've created, and thanks for the link to Loll's tutorial. :) The cut outs at the top of this tag are amazing! Love the color you added with the penguins and embellishments! So very pretty! Thanks for the heads up on the new HLS challenge. I'm really confused because I read CLEAN AND SIMPLE ONLY, but think that may just apply to the CAS specific challenge - help. :) Hugs, Autumn

jimlynn said...

Too fun, cute, AND pretty!!! Love the look of the Inca Gold - and it was actually even on my 'wish list' for a while! Shock, I know. Love the little penguins and all the fun they're having! A precious tag!
Lynn

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow Mary, this tag is really a delight!! Love all the details! Love so much the shape of the tags with the leaves diecut negative (in Italy I have never seen this!) and the background you have created is wonderful!! Your dimensional trees are just stunning, great work! The penguins are so cute!
Thanks for the photos! And congrats for your DT!

rachel said...

such a cute tag Mary - love those happy little penguins! Fabulous! Hope you and yours are okay! big hugs rachel x

Carol said...

This is so cute Mary, love the little penguins and the super backdrop you've created for them. Carol x

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! I love the tree stencil!! The colors are so beautiful!! And oh, the little penguins are so sweet!! Love this my friend!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bonnie said...

This tag is adorable, Mary! Love those sweet little penguins! And that background is so pretty even if it was a pain to do! I love the texture! Great smooshed backgrounds too!

Loll said...

Sweet!! Love your smooshed background ... the dimension trees are AWESOME!! And your cute little penguins look like they are having so much fun. Great tag Mary!! Thanks so much for sharing your tag at my Twelve Tags of Christmas event! xx

Liz said...

This is adorable, Mary! You've created a lovely scene and the little penguins are so cute! xx

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous tag Mary - love all the texture and the gorgeous colours you have here.
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

This is such a pretty tag Mary, those little Penguin's are so sweet and I can imagine how special some lucky person will feel to have your tag tied to their Christmas gift.

B x

Pippa said...

Great tag Mary - I love penguins!

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Love the tag.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

dutchess said...

OH that's just fabulous Mary....I just love that image and you are the queen of backgrounds! Xxxxx

Kylie said...

Mary those penguins are simply adorable but the work you put into the background is simply amazing. Beautiful, my friend xx

MiamiKel said...

So very very sweet !! You're gorgeous penguin tag would be an absolute joy to see Emma holiday gift - I wouldn't want to open the packaging !!! Delightful, Mary :)

Pat said...

Adorable penguins Mary and a really pretty smooshed and textured background. A fantastic tag! x

Stampsnob. said...

Adorable little tags will make happy packages..........Lis

Asha said...

WOW! LOVE the cute tag, Mary. Great to see Lawn Fawn in mixed media action!
hugs Asha

Petra Swart said...

You did a great job with this lovely tag, Mary!!! Love the cute little penguins and how you have done the stunning bg!!! The leaves at the top are so lovely!!!! This is really beautiful!!!!
Have a wonderful day
Hugz

Inkyfingers said...

Mary your tag is just adorable! I love the gorgeous shape to start with and then that beautiful textured background and the cute penguins make for a fabulous little work of art!
Hugs
Carol x

Charlene said...

Fabulous Mary!!! I really love the BG, was the first thing I noticed along with the adorable penguin's!!!!

Pia S said...

I'm no tag specialist, I do struggle with creating on such a small space. But you did a fantastic job with yours, creating this super wintery scene for your darling penguins!!

cotnob said...

A super tag Mary, you have created a wonderful scene for your cute penguins - a fabulous design.
Pauline
x

Bożena Adamusińska said...

The background is great! Thanks to your tag is remarkable. Full of joy and happiness, the only one of its kind.
hugs,
BozenA

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Mary your tag is great! I'm going to have to check out the challenge since my big stamp group will be doing a Christmas tag exchange this month. I find tags hard to do too.

pam said...

This is a fabulous tag Mary, fantastic background, gorgeous cute penguins! you have created a fabulous scene.
Pam x

Jean said...

super tag Mary, I love the background you made and the little penguins are so cute. Thank you for the link to the Inca gold tutorial, lovely background effects.
Jean x

crafty-stamper said...

Great tag love the cute penguins and great background
Carol x

Linda said...

This is just adorable...... those little guys look like they're having so much fun playing in the snow! Great job! xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is totally cute Mary! Well done! The background is awesome and could those little guys be any cuter? I think not. Love what you did with the tree stencil. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one!

Kim Heggins said...

FABULOUS!!!!!! I love your sweet tag, your penguins are adorable.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Gorgeous tag - I LOVE your background, trees and the cute penguins!

Anita in France said...

Have to disagree, Mary ... you're great with tags! What a gorgeous scene ... amazing background and texture-y trees ... and the most adorable playful penguins ... just fabulous! Hugs, Anita :)

LesLee said...

Great job... those little penguins are so cute.. I wonder who they are taking that present too!

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Mary, love the tag and designed beautifully, the texture is great.
I have another new blog as google+ butted in my other one and the commenting and all was not to my liking and I couldn't change is so you may want to come over and re join if you wish...ta.xx
 { aNNie}

Donna Ellis said...

How darling, Mary! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! XXOO

Carol L said...

What an adorable tag, complete with a whole family of cute penguins! You really went to a lot of fuss to create the smooshed look, and it was worth it! A great technique for a fun tag!

Donna said...

Fabulous tag and love that background, thanks for the tutorial and link!

alexandra s.m. said...

How adorable Mary and I love seeing pictures of your creative process!
Thank You~

Gail Townsend said...

Stunning, love the cute tag and such a fab background. xx