Monday, November 19, 2018

25 Days of Christmas Tags {Days 1-9}

I had so much fun over the weekend starting {and catching up} on Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I participated on Day 4 as a design team member with Reverse Confetti, but haven't had a chance to do anything else! I was so happy that my weekend was free from other commitments so that I could just focus on getting these done! I'll only be sharing days 1-9 today so that my post isn't a million miles long, so stay tuned for the rest. 
For Day 1, I was inspired by Marge Craft's Tag. I loved how her little bunnies had on some festive sweaters. They reminded me of these sweet mice in the Christmas Critters stamp set so that was my starting point. These stamps have always been a favorite of mine!

I hadn't planned on making three tags for Day 1, but I've kept all of the Christmas Critters dies connected, so it was easy just to get a lot of pieces in one run of the die cut machine, so I put them all to use. I did have to die  cut a few extra pieces, but it just made sense.

The sentiments are from the Christmas Critters sentiment set, and I just love the font and all of the sweet things they say. I added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the inside of the mice ears and then added some clear crystal glitter for some holiday sparkle. I also added some extra glaze to the heart in the mug as well.

The bow is from the Corner Adorner: October stamp set and I just love the extra pop of color it gives these tags! I tied them up with Pure Poppy Baker's Twine. I like to add lots of pretty ribbons tied up in bows on my Christmas packages, so I find that a simple slip of twine makes it easy to attach when it's wrapping time!

For Day 2, my inspiration for these two tags is from Enza Gudor. I love the foliage that she used paired with the big red bow. I was having so much fun, I decided to make 2 tags using a potpourri of sets to achieve the look I was going for. The tag bases are die cut from the new MIx-Ups Pocket Tag Dies, from Papertrey Ink. I have used them a TON for many of the tags I've created, however, I didn't use the pocket feature on any of them, but the unique shapes of the tags made me reach for them again and again. 

I had the amazing opportunity to have Taylor {of Taylored Expressions} as a table mate on my trip to Kansas at Stamping Away! She is hilarious, sweet, genuine and we had a grand time! She brought a lot of her new release [at the time} and I fell in LOVE with the Buffalo Plaid Background stamp. I ordered it as soon as it became available and it looks so great with my tags! I've actually used this quite a bit as well, just warning you! LOL! It gives my tags the exact feeling I was hoping to achieve!

The red tag uses the new Forest Floor: Winter stamp set and the sentiment is from the Sentiment Staples: Season's Greetings. The "wishing you happy holidays" portion is stamped onto a strip that is die cut using the Skinny Banners Die. I had mentioned that I was hoping to get a chance to use some of the new PTI sets that I didn't use during the release, and boy have I! It has been so much fun!

This tag uses Corner Adorner: October {linked in Day 1} as well as the label portion from Forest Floor: Winter {also linked above}. The "noel" sentiment is from the gorgeous Penned Elegance: Christmas. I also added some red Nuvo drops on both of the tags for some added color and interest.

By the time I got around to Day 3, I realized that there just wouldn't be time to make multiples tags for each day, so this one is quick and easy, but I love how it turned out! I was inspired by the tag that Emily Midgett made. I really liked the grey buffalo background, so that is what I used in my design. Day 3 was sponsored by Concord and 9th and they had graciously given this set to all of the Stamping Away attendees, so I put it to good use!

I added the greenery and some Nuvo drops around the sentiment circle as well as some dropping down from the top of the tag.  The "may your season be" portion is embossed in silver powder. 

I tied up some flannel plaid ribbon with a bow of True Black Baker's Twine for some added contrast!

 I'd already participated in Day 4 as a Reverse Confetti Design Team member; you can see my tags HERE if you're interested. I decided to make another tag just because I can't seem to put these sweet little Snow Bunnies down! I colored the images using copic markers and then die cut them using the Snow Bunnies Confetti Cuts.
The pattern paper with the words on it is from the Warm Hearts 6 by 6 pad and the pink snowflake paper is from the newly released Winter Solstice 6 by 6 paper pad. I did some machine stitching at the top for some added interest. 

I added some Duck Egg Nuvo Drops here and there to mimic the "flurries of fun"! LOL! I tied this tag up with a length of satin ribbon tied with a jingle bell and twine!

 Not gonna lie; this is one of my favorites! This tag is for Day 5 and I used the tag by Ellen Haxelmans as my inspiration! I loved her beautiful blended background paired with the gorgeously colored images! I chose to use the adorable Gingerbread people from the Gingersnaps stamp set as well as the coordinating Gingersnaps SugarCuts.
I stamped the sentiment directly onto the blended tag using black ink. This particular sentiment is from the Season's Greetings stamp set and I just love all of them! They work perfectly with all of these sweet images!

 The sucker, bow and candy cane have a coating of Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top. The gum drop and "boy" Gingersnap have glaze plus a sprinkling of glitter! That sentiment requires it, ya know! LOL!
The "snow" is created using the Card Front Element Builders. I added some extra snowflakes using Nuvo drops in varying size.

Day 6 is simple and easy; yay! I was inspired by the tag made by Debbie Marcinkiewicz. I don't even know if "inspired" is the right word; maybe a direct CASE?!? LOL! The sentiment that I used on Day 3 was so perfect that I used it again with a few die cuts!

Day 7 proved a little difficult for me since I don't own any of the Birch Press Design die cuts that most of the designers used. I loved the tag that Jeanne Jachna made. It look like stained glass so I decided to head in that direction!

I heat embossed the Holly image that is from the Botancial Blocks IV stamp set in gold powder to create the stain glass feeling. I colored the image with Copic markers. The sentiment, which is also from the Botanical Blocks set {which is on sale} is heat embossed in gold onto a strip of black cardstock.

I added some white paint flecks over the top for a rustic look. I also added some crytal glaze on top of the berries.

For Day 8, I was inspired by the tag that Jane Taylor made. I loved the blue tones with the beautiful tree! It totally gave me an excuse to use the new Enchanted Forest stamp set.

I die cut two tags from Linen Cardstock using the Tag Sale #6 die and adhered them together. I planned on doing a lot of ink blending, so I wanted to have the stability of a double layer. 

I stamped two of the trees directly to the tag as well as the snowflakes and the sentiment. The main tree is die cut using the Enchanted Forest Dies and popped up using foam squares.

I added a few sparkling gems from Studio Katia using liquid glue for some added sparkle!

The final tag I'll be sharing today is for Day 9! I was inspired by the tag made by Laurie Case. I fell in love with the beautiful foliage as well as the little deer on her sweet tag. I used the amazing Fawn and Flora stamp set for today's tag! I love this one so much and I am so happy I got a chance to use it!

As I was deciding on colors and things for the tag, I happened to try it out against the tag that I made for Day 2 and loved it, so I recreated many of the same elements for this tag.

The Buffalo Plaid, festive foliage and sweet fawn make this one of my favorites so far! I'll be back soon with Days 1-19 {or 20 since that is tomorrow}. Thanks for fluttering by!


Karen said...

Gorgeous tags!!! I think I need that Buffalo Plaid stamp.

Jane Harrah said...

Yu have been a busy little elf! Beautiful tags.

Kelly Lunceford said...

Thank you! Yes, you do!πŸ˜‚ it is one of those staples that you'll reach for again and again!

Kelly Lunceford said...

Yes I have!😊😊😊 thank you!❤❤❤

Cindy H. said...

Wow, such gorgeous tags! Lots to love and inspire us. Thank you!

jan metcalf said...

You are so inspiring! Would love to see how you have your supplies organized because it seems you can whip up adorable things in no time at all, with family and all that entails! Love your tags and cant wait to see more Kelly!

Jeanne J. said...

Kelly your tags are drop dead gorgeous - a treat I'd covet without looking inside the present! Wonderful eye candy!

Christmas Messages For Parents said...

Beautiful Tags, Have a great day.

Tracey McNeely said...

Kelly so many fabulous tags, I am always amazed how you tackle the tag event every year! So inspired by what you have done here.