Wednesday, November 19, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags



Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.

I'm generally pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas colors, but for whatever reason, I went a little off road with this one.



I'm blaming it on my friend JJ since I was at her house and commandeered her Wonderland paper pad to create this.

I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper.  I knew I was going to piece the trees, but I wanted to see where they were going to be for the watercolor wash, so I stamped the trees in Versafine and then added the wash around that.

Then I stamped the trees on three of the patterned papers from the Wonderland pack and fussy cut them. I also used the woodgrain paper for the tree trunks and a neutral pattern for the ground.  Everything was adhered directly to the tag with the exception of the middle tree which was popped up with foam adhesive.



I added a couple thing strips of paper (also from Wonderland) to the top and bottom of the tag and then punched a hole and added some burlap string.

As an aside, for all of your folks without tag dies, I have a bunch of tag dies, but I'm also really lazy.  For I'd say 85% of the tags that I make these days (especially since I often mass produce when it comes to tags and I don't feel like getting out one of my die cutting machines (I mentioned that I'm lazy right?)), I just cut a piece of paper like I did here.  All you need is a hole and you have a tag!

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You will want to heat to Tracey's to check out the rest of the 25 Tags posts too.  Each comment on the 'taggers' posts earns you an entry to the draw.  You have until November 27th to comment on all the tag posts.

Oh, and shameless personal plug.  If you've been waiting for my Winter Trees set, it's back in stock over at Neat & Tangled, along with the rest of the recent October release.

Supplies Used
Paper/Cardstock:  Studio Calico - Wonderland 6x6 paper pad; Watercolor paper
Stamps:  Neat & Tangled - Winter Trees
Ink:  Versafine; Ranger - Distress Ink
Other:  May Arts - Burlap String; Kuretake - Glue Pen; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Scotch - Foam Adhesive

60 comments:

  1. Love your adorable paper pieced trees!!

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  2. Deeply in love with this tag! Your trees have such a beautiful movement to them! And the paper piecing is perfect! (by the way, I think that naming a dog Geronimo is brilliant :)

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  3. Just saw this on Tracey's blog and it is gorgeous! LOVE it!!!!!

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  4. i love your style Miriam! great tag. between water-colour, pattern paper and your stamp set, you have perfection my friend!

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  5. Love your comment about being a lazy crafter and not pulling out your dies! Definitely faster for mass producing too i have learned! Great tag!!! Love the non traditional color scheme! :)

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  6. wow just love the paper piecing on this card...love that you used blue trees and cream snow!

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  7. Great trees! I love the paper piecing! So pretty!

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  8. I absolutely adore your tag, especially the watercolor background, which is perfect for those trees! Great choice of (non-traditional) colours on the DP, too :-)

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  9. I so enjoy your honesty Miriam-too lazy to get all that out...so funny! And true right! You'd never know it though bc this tag is awesome-I enjoy those blues! And your stamp set of course. :)

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  10. Ohh!! I LOVE this. The layering of the pp is fabulous on these trees. Thank you for admitting that you are lazy and hate getting the die cut machine out. I think we all are like that in some ways!!

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  12. This is beautiful!!! Love your trees and colors!

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  13. Hi Miriam! I adore these trees! All the extra time you take really shows in your finished project, Miriam... fussy cut indeed!
    =] Michele

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  14. WOW totally fabulous.. love those trees and the watercolor background is perfect..

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  15. LOVE the paper pieced trees and the gorgeous inky background!

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  16. This is gorgeous! Love the soft colors on the trees!

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  17. Such a pretty tag. I really appreciate knowing that you are too lazy (like me) to get out your tag dies, etc. thank you for giving me permission to just cut a rectangle and punch a hole to make a tag!

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  18. The patterned paper adds to the whimsy of these happy trees.

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  19. Miriam, I absolutely love these trees and tag. Your paper piecing is perfect and I love the watercolored background.

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  20. the trees are so pretty - you can see them blowing in the wind. The background is great.
    Thanks for sharing a darling tag.

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  21. Such a pretty tag,
    love the papers on
    it and great design.
    Carla from Utah

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  22. Great wash behind the trees! LOVE the quick tag shape you came up with:)

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  23. Love the trees and the soft colors.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  24. I love this tag. It would look awesome on a card too. Well done.

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  25. LOVE your patterned paper trees! And that watercolor wash behind them is perfect-o!

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  26. Your tag is absolutely darling. Fun to see you guesting over at Tracey's.

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  27. Lovely tag--I like the water colored background and your choice of papers for the trees.

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  28. Awesome Tag!
    You inspire me Miriam!
    Thank YOU!!

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  29. Love the soft background with those fabulously paper pieced trees!

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  30. pretty tag with those awesome paper pieced trees!

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  31. Miriam your tag is beautiful i love that tree in those pretty non tradish colours! Thank you so much for joining me as my guest at the 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

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  32. This is so gorgeous and love the different patterned papers you used for the tree's. Such a brilliant idea!

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  33. This is the cutest. Lissag123@verizon.net

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  34. Wow! What an amazing tag! I love all the paper piecing! Those trees really work well with that technique. Love the splash of water colouring for the sky too. Fantastic! :-)

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  35. Love, love, love this! Had to check out your stamp set, which is now on my wish list!

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  36. Just like everyone else I love your paper pieced gorgeous tag! Darling!

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  37. The colors are wonderful! I love the wood grain for the tree trunks - so clever and fun! Just a fabulous tag! TFS!

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  38. Gorgeous tag! I love your use of pattern papers!

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  39. Awesome tag! Love those trees and your paper pieced versions look fantastic!

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  40. Oh my this is gorgeous! The paper pieced trees and water colored sky is simply amazing !!

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  41. Oh, I love those paper-pieced trees with the blue water colored background. Wonderful design.

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  42. Gorgeous trees!! Love the pattern paper and it goes great with the watercolor background!!!

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  43. Such gorgeous trees, Miriam ... so fabulous against the wonderful watercolour background! Anita :)

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  44. Totally just saw this on Tracey's blog. Yay! You rock, girl! I adore your little, paper-pieced scene, and the palette is so fresh! Great job!

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  45. BEAUTIFUL tag Miriam!!!
    LOVE your trees and the pretty papers you used to piece them & the rolling hill, LOVE your burlap string too, it is a lovely texture against the watercolour paper!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and for the reminder that we don't need fancy dies to make ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS tags :)

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  46. I love your water colored back ground & paper pieced trees! Great tag, especially from some one as lazy as you claim to be! ;-)

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  47. Stunning color choices and excellent pattern paper piecing to create those incredible trees!! I love the watercolored background and the way you always have attention to the details and are so precise and sharp in your creating!!

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  48. You call it "off road". I call it stunning and serene and oh-so-natural. Lovely.

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  49. Love the watercoloring! This is a marvelous tag!

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