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11/13/2016

12 Tags of Christmas

Hello again. Did some tags a few weeks ago, so I could join in the fun at the Loll & Friends Twelve Tags of Christmas. Haven't had a chance to write up some posts and share those tags, 'cause I've been busy trying to get some Thanksgiving cards done. Think I'm about to finish with that effort (got a couple more images to 'card up', and need to do inserts). Thought I'd do an evening post, and link up a tag. Remember: I'm tag challenged; there's some very awesome and beautiful tags that have been shared to provide some great inspiration. Even if you don't do tags, do take a look at what these talented, creative people do with little bits of paper tags, some trimmings & a lot of imagination! (and we'd love it if you joined in too!) The rules are in the sidebar at Stamping with Loll.

Day 7
 



 
- a kraft colored tag was  covered with white gesso, a rather patchy application - allowed to dry. Stamped with a script stamp using light brown ink (think it was Desert Sand). 
 
Using a technique demo'd by Jennifer McGuire a Tim Holtz Sizzix tree die was first embossed into the tag surface. I inked the tree die with a coating of Versamark, and then heat embossed this after embossing with a fine detail copper (think it was WOW, but not certain). It's a pretty look, but in my effort, the die cut a bit deeper than intended. No harm done though.
 
- tore a piece of music pattern paper, inked that with some DI (Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge? one of the yellow brown tones). Added that over the surface. Then used the same Sizzix Tree die to cut a blue shade of shimmer sheetz to add another die.
 
- snippet of white was stamped with the sentiment, edged with the same DI used on the music paper so that it didn't look so 'white'. Hunted up some ribbons and tied at the top. Sprinkled on a few gold & silver sequins, and called it done!  If you have any questions about the tag, I'll be glad to try to answer...it's been some weeks, but I can hunt up the products/supplies.
 
Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Our area is getting a lot of poor quality air (smokey) from the fires in the North Carolina area, and now we're hearing that a mountain area in our own state has got some fires raging. Hard to breathe for those of us having respiratory problems. It's a shame if arsonists deliberately set these fires!
 
Anyway, big hugs. I'll try to add some posts each day, if I can keep up!!! Anybody watched The Crown on Netflix? I've watched in its entirety 2 times, and midway through the 3rd viewing. Pick up something I missed each time. It's an excellent production with great casting.
 
 


31 comments:

Nancy Stislow said...

Mary, this is spectacular! I just LOVE all the techniques you used on this! Embossing the die was something I did try once and had a mess! Yours is beautiful. I love all the elements you added to your background too! What an outstanding job you did. So much to keep the eye busy for a long time!

Bonnie said...

You are not tag challenged, Mary! This tag is AWESOME! Love the tree die and all the mixed media elements that go with it!

Sheila H said...

You are rocking your tags, Mary. I have been meaning to try embossing with a die. You used some great techniques in creating this lovey tag.

Carol L said...

I really like the layering techniques you used to create this tag! The sheet music looks perfect wedged between the 2 trees - what a great look! I hope all is well where you live with those wildfires - I cannot imagine how scary that is, but do stay safe and hopefully the fires won't come any closer to your home! I don't have Netflix, so I have no clue what the Crown is all about, but enjoy :)

Susan said...

Love the mixture of techniques and papers, and the way you layered the trees. Fabulous tag!

Susan said...

Forgot to say - you are the third person who has recommended The Crown to me. Once I get all my Christmas cards finished for my fundraiser sale I will give it a try!

Loll said...

Love all the wonderful techniques that you've used on this amazing tag Mary. Embossing a die-cut ... cool idea. Will have to give that a try. LOVE the torn and sponged music, and the beautiful blue shimmery tree. Thanks so much for sharing at my tag event. xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, your tag is beautiful, love the colours and design.
Its something that I wouldn't watch Mary, not being a royalist, it's a bit different when watching historical Queens, but this lot are very firmly in the present. Good to hear that you enjoyed it. I believe its just started on our main TV channel over here. Take care of yourself, Kate x

nancy littrell said...

Oh my Mary, your tag is just stunning! I love your embossed die tree..cool technique and your die cut tree. All your layering is so creative and beautiful. TFS your techniques my friend. Hugs, Nancy
P.S. we have been married 51+ years too and Denny has been my best friend for 53 years :-)

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow Mary what a beautiful tag I love those trees, torn paper and colours it looks ACE
hugs
lorraine x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Another fab tag.

Hope the fires don't come near you and the air quality improves.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Gerrina said...

Beautiful tag! I like the orange; it gives such a sunny feel!
Hope the fires run out soon; such a pitty of all the trees and animals!

Daffodil Cards said...

Such a beautiful tag, love the texture you have achieved and the beautiful music paper and background, the the twine and ribbon tie too. GREAT effect.

Love the story of The Crown, seeing as I remember the stories, I lived history LOL. It's about Queen ELizabeth and Prince Philip from their early days. Great details and so well made me thinks.
Faith
x

Pat said...

This is a beautiful tag Mary and I love the impressed tree with the versamark and then the copper EP used to give it a lovely shine, and the music paper in that gorgeous orange shade goes beautifully with that and the second blue shimmery tree. Lots of interest packed into this pretty tag. I have had a go at that technique of dry embossing using the Versamark and then adding your EP and it took me several tries to get it right, and I also found that the impression went a bit deep, but yours looks absolutely perfect. Hope the wild fires are soon dealt with and that in the meantime they do not come any closer. The smoke must be very unpleasant and must make you a little nervous too. Keep safe. x

Brenda in IN said...

I have been worried about you and the smoke. I'm so sad that this could have been caused by arsonists. I hope it doesn't get closer from your mountain area fires. This tag is wonderful. I love how you "fixed" it. I love this die and may have to order it even though I have so many tree dies! You have made a fantastic tag with the coolest colors and inspired me. I love how you added the music paper and sponged on it. Be safe, my sweet friend.

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag, Mary!! It's so artistic and beautiful!! I love the techniques you used!! The tree is fabulous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Darnell J Knauss said...

Right back at you, Mary: looking at this gorgeous tag, I would never think you were tag-challenged! It's a wonderful technique that made me click to enlarge your photo and eyeball every cool detail!! Hugs, Darnell

Sue - said...

Wow that is a fabulous tag Mary. I'm tag challenged too - rarely make them! Hope your air quality improves soon.

Redanne said...

I love that technique of Jennifers and you have used it beautifully, the embossed tree is lovely and the die cut on top is superb! A really beautiful tag! Hugs, Anne xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
another great tag and beautifully designed also.
Love all the wonderful work involved with this super design.
Those trees are gorgeous too.
Oh I do hope you don't get affected by those fires.
That's all you need now isn't it.
I haven't watched The Crown yet as I am still watching Reign, and nearing the end of the 3rd series.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

pam said...

Fantastic tag design Mary, love the decoration and colour you have used.
Hope you stay safe from those fires.
Hugs Pam x

scrAPpamondo said...

Excellent tag, Mary!! Love very much the textures and the whole creation! Any detail is just perfect! Fab work, I pinned it!
https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524485567309/

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful...your tag is a gift in itself, so amazing!

Anita in France said...

So wonderfully detailed and pretty, Mary ... the sense of depth is fabulous! Wouldn't say you could possibly be tag challenged! Hugs, Anita :)

Olga Fink said...

A very beautiful tag Mary!
Sorry to hear about the fires creating problems!
xoxo Olga

Marcia HIll said...

I have been in awe of this tag and the other with the wreath, and am not sure why you think you are tag challenged...they are both absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Totally in love with both backgrounds, and I will definitely have to try the die cut embossing. Lovely, lovely tags Mary!! :0)

Brenda said...

You always say you are tag challenged, but I don't think so Momma Mary. This tag is gorgeous! I love how you did the technique of embossing a die into the paper with embossing ink. It looks great and I love the color of embossing powder you used. Love the script stamping and that music paper. Great inking and lovely trees. A tag worthy of placing on a Christmas package! Sorry to hear that the air quality is poor due to the fires and even more sorry to hear that their are fires in your state as well. I sure hope no one started these fires, but I know there are people who are fire bugs. Breaks my heart when nature is destroyed like this. So many animals loss their habitats and people can loose everything they own. Don't know what gets into people. Never watched The Crown, but it sounds good. Might have to try and look it up if I remember to do so! Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I had to biggify the photo of your tag to be able to see all the detail. It's really quite something. I'm impressed with it.

Birgit said...

Love this tag as well. It is cool how you have the tree set up perfectly with the torn music part. Really pretty. I don't have netflix and my friend visited me on the weekend and told me I should have it because of The Crown.

The Altered Paper said...

Beautiful mixed media tag!

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant tag love the tree and script background
Carol x