Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 Tags of 2016-December

Hello crafty friends and visitors! Well, this winds it up for Tim's 12 Tags of 2016! I can't believe I'm done early--early for me, that is! I was a little befuddled by this one since I don't have a good portion of this month supplies. I was going to allow myself to skip this one, but later decided not to let the lack of supplies stop me from finishing out the year.


Tim really finished the year out with a bang! I am loving the crisp look of the tiles against the polka dot background and those sweet little jingle bells on a bed of winter greens on Tim's festive December tag. And I'm so happy he provided a link to his video on the Shadow Press Station--I completely missed that the first time around! Well, I still don't have the Shadow Press Station, so I made one for myself out of cardboard. Rather crude, but I was afraid if I ordered one at this late date, it might not arrive in time. My makeshift "station" seems to do the job quite well, but I'll be adding the real thing to my crafty shopping list!

I made all of my tiles using some chipboard from a canned cat food box and Tim's Merriment Paperstash. I don't have the Christmas Shadow Press set, so I used my old Moments set. I mixed up a couple of  embossing powders by Wow for my drop shadow and Handwritten Holidays die cut.  I love the sparkle! The Numeral Token is backed with a punched circle embossed in Ranger Embossing Tinsel. "Wish" is from my first ever owned set of Remnant Rubs and the Mirrored Star is colored with sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative alcohol inks. I used a tiny jingle bell to dot my lower case "j".

I substituted Tim's Poinsettia stencil for the Polka Dot one and used Black Soot Distress spray since I don't own a Christmas-y red. I gave my burlap Textile Surface 2 coats of gesso and allowed it to dry overnight between coats prior to stenciling. So sad I didn't think to take a photo--it really was so pretty! I distressed ever so lightly with Walnut Stain ink and even added a little messy sewing.  I have to pat my sewing machine on the back--that's a lot to sew through for a little rinky-dink machine!

I used Holiday Greens, mini and Mixed Media Christmas Thinlits for my "Christmas whitery" as Alison puts it. I had some pretty card left over on my work table colored with Evergreen Bough  and Perfect Pearl Heirloom Gold that I pulled into service for the holly. The French Horn is from my stash.

The beautifully dyed seam binding is one of many Secret Santa Christmas gifts from my good friend  Autumn of Sew Paper Paint--isn't it gorgeous?! She also made this stunning reverse canvas especially for me, which I treasure! The jingle bells are from my stash. I remember purchasing the jingle brads a while back, but for the life of me I don't know what I did with them!

Well, that does it for another year! Thank you, so much, Tim for your wonderful inspiration and instruction throughout the year! You have such a giving heart, and we are truly blessed that you share so much with us! Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!

I'm sharing my tag with the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers #179 Christmas With a Twist My twist is the black poinsettia background and a bone on a Christmas card.

Thank you for stopping by today and for your heart felt comments! They are especially meaningful this time of year, because I know you are so busy! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Sara Emily


  1. Well, my sweet friend, you've simply perfected Tim's tag!! Wow!! This is absolutely amazing!! I've been staring at the pictures, absorbing all of your stunning details!! I haven't even begun to start my tag yet...I've made all the other 11 months of the year, so I have to do this one, but I haven't had a chance yet...you have totally inspired me!! I love the background and the texture and the sparkle...it is all so spectacular!! The holly and berries and twigs are fabulous touches!! You have done a perfect job improvising with the supplies you had!! I love, love this my friend!! I'm not kidding - you've inspired me to get my tag done!! I hope you have a wonderful evening my dear friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Sara,
    I too used the poinsettia stencil, but who would have thought to use it in black. It makes a perfect backdrop for all the wonderful details on your tag. I really like how "moments" shows up on your polka dot background. Definitely a winner tag.

  3. Beautifully done Sara, a brilliant finish to the 12 tags year. Only 5 more sleeps!!! Xxx

  4. Oh, I am loving the blues in the background Sara, it feels wonderfully cool and wintry and the 'moments' is a great message for this time of year too - we all need to take a few moments to breathe!! I love your mixed greenery at the bottom with those lovely pops of red too! Just waiting for mine to dry but I have got very red fingers! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. WOW! I truly think this month's tag is a feat of ingenuity! Those chippy patchworks are amazing and so worth the extra effort. Oh dear, I do hope to have time to dive in with this one. I just love your awesome background and do wish I could have seen the before. The papers and gorgeous bundle of mini greens are wonderful together! I see you have new goodies! I'm in love with that set, especially the berry stem. Thank you for the sweet shout out, you are a dear! Lots of love, Autumn

  6. Beautiful take... I love the gold word!!!

  7. Such a beautiful tag, gold and red are perfect! And Autumn's gift is wonderful.
    Merry Christmas Sara Emily!

  8. This is beautiful, Sara Emily, I just love the black background especially and really shows off the "joyful" perfectly! Love your Christmas whitery and that French horn!!! Just a beautiful tag :-) I also missed that shadow station the first time around but you certainly did a great job managing without - the results are just perfect! Hugs :-)

  9. Beautiful tags. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  10. Wow! Wonderful selection of your beautiful projects, Sara! Just a brief not to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, and to thank you for your on-line friendship. I hope that 2017 is especially good to you, and that the promise of new beginnings creates wonderful journeys! hugs, de

  11. Wonderful! You are way too productive for it to be sooooo close to Christmas!!
    Sandy xx

  12. Simply fabulous! So creative. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  13. Hi - what a stunning tag! Love the colour, design & all the elements.
    Thanks for joining us over at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see you again - good luck!
    Bev (DT) x

  14. Wooooow, what a brilliant tag this is, Sara! You really did a fantastic job with this one, my friend! I adore every single detail of this stunning design! The colors are just fabulous and and you used your dies beautifully, as always! Bravo!
    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Lots of love to you! Branka xx

  15. I am back to thank you so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this month! Sending all my hugs to you! Branka xx

  16. Fabulous work, love all the amazing decorations, just wow!. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  17. Beautiful work....you make gorgeous creations. Thanx for joining us again at Noor Design UK.
    xxx Plony

  18. stunning take on Tims tag Sara - really wonderful! I hope you had a fabulous christmas lovely lady! Thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel xx

  19. Love your background and can't believe you made your own shadowpress, worked a treat!

  20. This is a fabulous tag with so many gorgeous embellishments. Beautifully designed.
    Thank you once again for sharing this with us at Noor Design UK.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  21. Fabulous take on Tims tag Sara Emily. Love the colour ways you've used - they have a real 'happy' factor. Every month this year you've created a beauty . its been a pleasure to stop by ( when I've been able ) to admire .
    Left you a message on Fb earlier , Hope you picked it up .

    Happy New Year lovely lady
    big hugs x

  22. Love your tag Sara Emily! Everything on it is beautiful. Thanks for playing along on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  23. Yummy scrummy detail on your tag. fabulous Sara! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils Ruth xx

  24. Another amazing Tag Sara. I really must give these a go......maybe this year.
    Thank you for entering my Christmas with a Twist challenge at CCM.
    hugs Kimx


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