I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas - Day 12

And last but not least.  Tim Holtz graced us with the finale tag of the season.  And what a wonderful way to end these last 12 days.  Not with one tag, but ideas on how to use the tags in different ways, including a gift card type tag.  Fantastical!!!

So as you know, I don't own his entire line of products... but if Santa is listening... I put a list out for you to see just what I NEED!  Its not a want... its a NEED!  I hope you are listening closely.

I logged on at 1 am my time to see just what he had created for us and to see if I might be lucky enough to win a prize from him.  But it wasn't meant to be.  But he is doing some grand prizes afterwards, so all is not lost just yet.  Wouldn't it be great if I could win that Vagabond!!!  Then I could bless someone with my manual embossing/cutting machines.  Yes, I would indeed.

Ok, I'm just going on and on.  So here is what I did to create my tag.   I had to sleep on this to figure out how I could make it and indeed, I came up with a good idea.  Once again, I put my cricut in action to design an ornament that was worthy of me creating and putting on this final tag.  Then I remembered that someone on the Cricut Messageboard had created an Ornament cutfile using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.  Since half the work was done, I just needed to modify it to make it similar to the ornament that Tim used.   Denise Hill is who I need to give credit to, so if you know her, tell her I mentioned her on my blog.  The one thing I had problems with was welding the words in the middle of my ornament.  I have had troubles in the past doing this and went back to Diane aka Capadia's blog for some assistance.  But my patience was wearing thin and it was getting the best of me.  So Diane, if you're out there and see this... kudos to you to for your helpful tutorials.

I cut my ornament using 2 layers of grungepaper since my grungeboard has designs on it and I didn't want that for this ornament.  After gluing them together, I inked them with Fired Brick distress ink and used my clear Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint and layered the ornament with it and set it to dry.  The background paper used is Graphic 45 Christmas paper that I had no idea what I was going to use it for when I bought it... but it was perfect.  I didn't want to loose any of the image, so I cut a shipping tag from a folder.  I don't have a paper distresser, so I just left the tag as is, but I inked it with Walnut stain around the edges.

I just happened to be able to purchase Tim Holtz mini Christmas stamp sets, so I was all set for the December calendar stamp.    For the final added touch, I was going to attempt to make some pine cones since I don't have any.  But this is all about being creative and using what you have, so I used a MS branch leaf punch and cut out a few and glued them down adding some Xmas Red Stickles as the berries.  

And finally, what you are waiting to see, my final Day 12 Tag:

I think I did a beautiful job!!

My ornament crackled nicely I think.

How do you like my leaves and berries??

Recipe:
Shipping Tag
Graphic 45 Christmas Paper
Xmas Red Stickles
MS Leaf Punch
Ribbon from my stash
George and Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge
Base Camp Cricut Cartridge
Tim Holtz Grunge Paper
Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
Distress Inks:
Walnut Stain
Fired Brick
Vintage Photo
Frayed Burlap

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