Friday, November 2, 2012

12 Tags of Christmas Week #4

I have finally completed my Week #4 Challenge Tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas hosted by Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie.

I am still far behind, she is already on Week #7!! Luckily you do not have to enter these in any order as long as you have them all completed by December 17th 2012.

For this challenge Linda went with a more "Country" Theme. (She is just so very talented.)  Here is a picture of her Inspirational Tag
  
I am almost too embarrassed to show you mine...but since this is something I chose to stick with I just hope you guys take it easy on me :-)

This is  my Tag
Mine turned out a little more Victorian Country with all the lace I added but I think that was ok.

For the background I found a free Red and White Checkered pattern that I just printed out on regular printer paper. I then used Tim Holtz "Brushed Corduroy" Distress Ink to tone the red down for a more country look. 

You can purchase the "Brushed Corduroy" Distress Ink in Linda's Boutique 
I then used an old Christmas Card and cut out the Red and Green Wreath. I bordered the wreath with pretty lace.  This I think is what gives it that "Victorian" feel.

I cut the phrase "Christmas Greeting" from something I must have saved a while back. I apologize for not knowing whom to give credit. 

I don't have a cutter, so I had to use my Xacto blade to cut it from the collage it was on. It is slightly crooked but oh well, part of the charm I guess....lol.
I found a pine cone from my yard and sprayed painted a clear gloss lacquer to help keep the color fresh and so it doesn't crumble later on. 

The green leaves and berries are part of an old wreath accessory I used as a little filler to give my tag a little more "Umph"!!!
I wrapped the top of the pine cone with burlap string so it did not look so naked...haha.
I also used the burlap string along with a red button to border the top of the "Seasons Greeting" phrase hoping it would look a little straighter.  It didn't but I liked it anyway so I left it.

You can also see I used burlap string to make a shoestring bow on the top right corner of the lace as well as the top.
It has been and continues to be a challenge for me to come up with something with very limited materials. I think I am hanging in there pretty well though.  (Not to toot my own horn...lol)

Hope you guys like it. Would love your feedback.  Thank you so much for dropping by.

Until Next Time, Happy Sales

18 comments:

  1. I think your design is beautiful..Ilove it..love them all..how crafty..I am so not crafty..I try to be..but am inspired...good job..

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    1. Thank you Brenda! That means so much! You honor me with such kindness.

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  2. Linda's tag is very nice, but I like yours even more. It has a natural look, your details are clever and pretty. I think all the pieces on yours work well together, they just fit better.

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    1. Thank you!! How absolutely wonderful to hear an amazing compliment like that....(your check is in the mail....lol)

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  3. Lovely work with these tags Traciem- you have co-ordinated all your additions so well and they really do have a warm country feel to them!
    Seems so strange to have a white Christmas where we live in Australia - it is always in Summer!
    I love the look of your shabby altered book on the sidebar. Is there a post with more pages to view?
    Wishing you all the best in your Christmas tag creations.
    Suzy

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    1. Thank you Suzy. As for the altered book on the sidebar, that is from Pinterest. Just click on the image and it will take you there.
      Hope that helped.

      Thank you again for making my day a whole lot brighter.

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  4. I love the warm Victorian country feel of your tag, Tracie! The gingham is perfect and your vintage wreath image is beautiful. The lace is looks wonderful and the pinecone and holly are the perfect finishers. So great to see another tag from you in this challenge. Hope to see more!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I am definitely being challenged...lol

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  5. GORGEOUS!!! You've captured it all and made it your own with this stunning tag. The design is so wonderful :)

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    1. You are so wonderful to say such beautiful things. Thank you so much for your support and feedback. It makes my day!!!

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  6. Yours is lovely Tracie ~ really pretty! I'd love to see some extra glitter added, perhaps around that edge of that Christmas Greetings snippet but then you know me... I always associate sparkles and glitter to you my sweet friend ~ you always shine in my eyes!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. hahaha, The funny thing is I thought about adding glitter......I decided not to since it would be hard to get it in the right place and have it stay :-)

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  7. Absolutely stunning work Tracie, I am loving your tags! I love to visit as you are always up something wonderful.
    Hugs ... Carole xox

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    1. Carole, I always love seeing your name in my comments. I love hearing what you have to say. It is like have your best friend come over to see the new outfit you just paid WAY too much money for...lol

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  8. Tracy I think your tag looks fantastic, you should not feel bad about it at all and I really, really mean that. I love how you have added the lace and given it that Victorian look and the addition of the pine cone and berries makes it look really Christmassy, totally love it!

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    1. Astrid, it is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback from you. You are and continue to be a great source of inspiration to me.

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  9. Hi Miss Tracie, do come and visit here ...

    http://circleofblissprayer.blogspot.ca/2012/11/grateful-for-friendships.html

    For you... Carole xox

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    1. Oh Carole, you are wonderful.
      This was a wonderful surprise that came out of left field.

      Thank you again. Things have been a tad rough for me lately and your beautiful words were a lifeline I was not expecting.

      You have such a kind and gentle soul.

      I can not find the right words to convey how much it means to me.

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