Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tags and Snow

Hello!  It's December already.  I can't believe it. This year has gone by so quickly. So many things have happened to our little family, both good and bad.  We are so blessed and happy though, overall. 

December means it's time for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas. His first one is here:
Of course it's amazing and gorgeous and inspiring.  Of course I don't own all the supplies he uses, but I made do.  I have to say up front though, that I hate my tag.  It didn't turn out at all how I wanted.  There are parts of it I am satisfied with, so I am calling it good and moving on to the next one tomorrow.  Like I always say, it doesn't have to be like the example. 

Here is mine.  I cut out all of my paper shapes with my Silhouette.  I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE!.  I cut out the tag, the word Noel, the leaves, the flourishes and the rolled roses. I cut them all out with one sheet of white card stock and then colored them with ink. That made it easy.  I love easy.

Now for the parts that I didn't succeed at. The leaves and flourishes I colored with Distress Inks.  I let them dry for a couple of hours.  Seriously, like TWO HOURS.  I put the white paint on them to make them look like they had snow on  them, and the ink bled.  Now my snow is yellow.  WHO WANTS YELLOW SNOW ON THEIR PRETTY TAG??!! No one.  Not me. I don't think Tim would either.  Darn it!!  The other part that I am not satisfied with is the "Noel" shape.  I love the shape of it, it is gorgeous.  I didn't have any silver glitter, so I used white. It blends into the background and disappears.  I don't even know if you can tell in the pictures what a pretty shape it is.  Oh, well.

Here is a close up.  You can't see it in the pic, but the Distress Rock Candy Stickels on the flowers is pretty.  Can you see my yellow snow?  So gross!!  Oh, well.

Can you see the shape a little better here?  It says "Noel" but it also has a flourishy sprig of holly attached at the bottom. I love it!  I think I will cut it out again and use it on some other projects.

On another note, the wintry theme of Tim's tag was very appropriate today. Our world is covered in snow.  Here was a picture out my back door this morning. 

Here is a picture just a few feet away from that door. My husband and his friend Simba.  They were baking in front of the fire.   Cozy!!

I hope you have a great Advent season leading up to Christmas. Leave a comment or a link if you are following along with Tim as well.  I would love to stop by and peek at what you have created.  Stop by again soon and see what else I create as I follow along with the 12 Tags of Christmas.


Nancy said...

Your tag is just gorgeous Jess. I love all the sparkly details. I have been thinking of purchasing the silhouette machine. I am not ready for snow, but I love the month of December. It is always festive!

Heidi Smith said...

omg! nooo that is a gorgeous tag! I was pinning it before I even read anything about it. it totally stood out to me. your "yellow snow" is one of my favorite parts. didn't even dawn on me it was supposed to me snow. it just looked like wonderful variegation to the greenery. BRILLIANT idea cutting all the stuff out of white CS and inking/stamping it. I will have to remember that. your Noel and roses are the best!! love them both. I will be lifting this later! :)

Diane said...

I thought the yellowish was supposed to be shading on the greenery too. I love your tag. I love that you replaced the pine cones with white roses -- it gives it such a pretty, soft look, and the soft Noel goes with them. You are too hard on yourself! (Don't tell TH, but I like yours better than his :) )

maxine said...

Lovely tag

Kat said...

That's an adorable tag for winter, now it's time to make one for spring/Easter. I really can't believe Spring is almost here. I have a silhoutte to, I think you did a great job on the tag we are always so critical of our own creations.