Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The first Noel .......

Happy Wednesday!

Middle of the week already .... and I must say I'm really enjoying having nothing to do and no-where to go.  The weather's been awful so it's nice to be able to stay at home, cosy and warm!) .... I wish there were more clear weeks in the diary!
All the housework's done, even the ironing pile has disappeared!  Better make the most of it though, as next week is filling up fast ...... so far there's 2 craft sessions (yeah!) ...... Chris has got some friends coming over to stay for a few days from Wednesday, to celebrate his graduation (that's going to be one messy evening!!) ..... I've a friends birthday at the end of the week (still need to make a card for that!) and hubby's got a leaving party for a work colleague.  Plus I have to go party dress hunting (oh joy!) ..... something to look forward to, or not!!

I'm still tag making for Loll's 12 Tags of Christmas Event ..... I'm up to number 8 so only 4 more to go ...... will I get them finished before the end of the weekend, I hope so!

For today's tag I've gone for a vintage look .....

Tag #8
I've used the Tim Holtz Vintage Noel die (it's first outing of this year) ..... cut it from white chipboard, then painted it with Black Gesso. Once that was dry I gave it a coat of Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint and left it to do it's magic.

This was the result .....

I rubbed some White Fire Treasure Gold gilding wax around the edges, using my finger, to cover where the paint was thinner and hadn't cracked.

For the background, the white tag was inked using Peeled Paint and Festive Berries Distress inks, flicked with water to remove some of the ink, then I stamped randomly using an old script stamp

To add a little more interest and some texture to the background, I used Texture Paste through Tim Holtz's Holly stencil, and whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled just a touch of gold glitter over the top

Once everything was dry, I attached some die cut foliage to the centre of the tag and then placed the Noel over the top, adding the glittery poinsettia to give a real festive finishing touch.

With only 42 days to go before the BIG day ...... it's time I started thinking about the gifts I need to buy that these tags can go on!  Better make a list.

Thanks for popping by ....... it's time for a coffee and a mince pie I think, mmmm!
Oh yes, the mince pies have found their way into the cake tin already ..... shop bought ones I afraid, My lot go through them too quickly ...... I can't bake them fast enough, believe me I've tried!!

Enjoy the rest of your evening.
Cheerio until next time



  1. WOW!! This is just outstanding! I love the wonderful colors of your BG and what a great look you achieved with the Noel! I'll have to try to remember the idea to use crackle paint over black! The greenery and poinsettia are beautiful! Sue N

  2. STUNNING!! Every time I come for a visit ... I'm WOW'd :) This is amazing ... love the colours ... and the texture from the embossed holly with glitter, and the crackled NOEL, and foilage ... and your gorgeous, glittery poinsettia! :) I think I've listed everything! :) Beautiful ... how lucky that someone special will get this with their gift ... it is a gift in itself. Thanks for playing along Linda! Loll xx

  3. Fabulous tag Linda. Love the textured background and beautiful embellishments. Enjoy your week.

  4. Love all the mixed media on this one! Beautiful poinsettia and greenery, and the bell in the middle of the poinsettia is fabulous!

  5. Crackle paint, glitter, rusty bell, what's not to love!! Your tag is gorgeous! Anne xx

  6. Another gorgeous tag (I'm reading your blog backwards, trying to catch up after a busy week!). I love all the texture on this tag! Stunning!!

  7. Oh my Karen, you are so talented at making these beautiful and stunning tags! I love, love this one! The inking is just beautiful, love those colors, the sentiment done in the crackle finish is a beautiful added touch. I love that font too! The greenery and poinsettia is gorgeous and pulls this tag all together. Hugs, Brenda


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