Friday, December 2, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas TAG 2

Another great tag-making day along with Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of Christmas. Be sure to check out Tim's steps to create this awesome tag below.

If you stopped by yesterday for Tag #1 you already know that I have opted to make ornaments for our tree this year inspired by Tim's tags. Here's what I came up with...

The shape of my "tags" creates just a few challenges, but nothing that can't be figured out with a little adjusting. For example, the On The Edge die would not work on my design at the bottom of my tag, so I just moved it up a bit where it looked nice. 

Another issue to contend with is that my ornament is wider than Tim's tags so there are larger areas of open space that need to be filled. This is why I put the Christmas muse token on a swivel clasp hanging to the left of my reindeer. It attaches at the top with a hitch fastener.

As a substitute to the wreath that Tim used, I used one of these miniatures from my local craft store. I snipped off the red bow and the gold thread...

...and trimmed the back of the wreath short and flat so it wasn't so bulky.

I didn't have the star that Tim used, but I did have some of his Foliage Idea-ology pieces, so I took the flower shaped one and pinched in the petals to create a star shape.

I started to put the star right onto a type charm, but it seemed to need a little color, so I punched a 1/2-inch circle of Cranberry cardstock and stuck it on the type charm first, then glued the star down. The hole in the center bothered me so I snipped off the prongs from the back of a brad and then glue the brad head in place.

I really like the burlap that Tim used on the top of his tag and was tempted to run to the craft store in search of some. But then I remembered that I had some old cross-stitch cloth stashed away from many moons ago and pulled that out in hopes of finding a natural looking piece, and I was thrilled to find exactly what I needed! I simply cut a length of it to use as a ribbon.

This cloth is so old, I can tell, because it has a Ben Franklin Crafts price sticker on it and it's been about 15 years or so since that store closed.

Here's the finished ornament once again, hanging on our tree. 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by today. I am having tons of fun checking out everyone else's Tags inspired by Tim. And in case you didn't know it, you can go to Tim's blog each day of his 12 Tags and at the bottom of each day's post there are photos and links to tons of other artists' who have created tags too. Nothing will inspire you more!


  1. Another lovely ornament. It really works beautifully with the different shape. Look forward to seeing day 3!

  2. I hopped over to your blog from Tim's blog and I love your tag even more close up! I love all the ways you made adjustments. Your tag is gorgouse and I hope you are extremely proud of it!

  3. what a wonderful job to use it as an ornament. Looks great on your tree!

  4. Totally amazing Annette! I love your tag for Day 2!

  5. Beautiful ornament. I love the fact that you used cross stitch cloth. I have quite a bit of that stashed in my closet and had not thought of using it. Thanks for sharing. The shape is what caught mu attention from the link on Tim's blog.


  6. You are so creative, Annette! I would never have thought to use Aida cloth in place of the burlap, but how perfect! Still love that you're doing ornaments . . . . got to get my new Cricut set up! TFS!

  7. You are just too clever here! Love your take on today's tag! It is so fun to learn what others do to improvise! BTW, Simon Says Stamps and Show is Stars this week, just in case you want to enter! I forgot or would have added a star!!

  8. I love how you adapted the tag to make an ornament. Fabulous!

  9. Love this, you did a gorgeous job!!

  10. I am digging the shape of your tags! Love that take and beautiful work as well!


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