Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inspiration is Everywhere

There is something about the Christmas season that sends me right back to traditions. I think it's about the only thing that does, but I do miss Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas. So the other day I went bopping about the internet (I love the internet--I must say this at least once a day) and found Ellen Houston's 12 Feminine Tags of Christmas. I was inspired by Rhonda's Palazzari's tag.

I started with a tag, attached vintage music paper and then did a marble swirl with distress paints - sorry, can't remember which ones - I didn't have her colors. But I did apply a layer of matte medium over the paints which Rhonda did. Brilliant. The best part was that I could wipe away all the extra glossy accents I had to use the to attach Joyeux Noel!

Attaching that was such a pain, I wondered what else I could put there. Another AHA. Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is flourishes. Love flourishes. So searching in my supplies I went. And what do you know? I found one (big 

I started with holly leaves from a Tim Holtz die, colored them with two green colors of Distress Stains, spritzed a bit of water, dried them and then applied a generous layer of Perfect Pearls in Pearl. I love what this does to paper - not only do you get sparkle, the paper becomes sturdier. 

I cut the star from cardboard, peeled away some of a layer, and used some silk acrylic gold paint. So lustrous. While I was rummaging I found some little wreaths which I thought could be modified into a perch. 

A little smeared stickles (making a come-back in my Christmas crafting this year), a few vintage holly leaves, and A LOT of glue --- finally just resorted to the ole' glue gun --- and I was done. One for me, and another for a Christmas card. 

 It was a great time in the Fun Room.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Sooo pretty! Love the backgrounds, especially, and those blinged out leaves and pins.

  2. Hi Sara! I LOVE your tags! Wow! Those are so pretty. Love the backgrounds! They make such a nice "canvas" for you to pop those holly leaves and cardinals! I also wanted to thank you for your nice comment you left on my blog. The melt art stuff is so much fun! And once you know that you need to "dedicate" certain things to strictly be beeswax play won't be disappointed that you might ruin a favorite brush or craft sheet. Have a wonderful holiday season! <3 Candy

  3. These are just gorgeous - I love the backgrounds and the birds facing each other for a little chat! Fabulous!
    Alison x

  4. These tags are fabulous - no need to buy gifts - just give these little gems out!


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