Friday, 23 October 2015

Folded Tag, Candy Cane, Male/Female

It's time for a new Tag You're It challenge, everyone...  and I have a little confession to make!
But before I do that, here's my tag...




... and here's Kara's tag that was used for inspiration this time around.




As for my confession?

I have never heard of, yet alone seen Candy Corn before.  I even double checked with my husband and he didn't have a clue either!  I guess it's just one of those things that hasn't made it over to the UK...  like the MISTI :(

Needless to say my daughter knew exactly what it was (she spends a lot of time online) and proceeded to tell me how it used to be available just for Halloween but now you can have it year 'round...  Is that right my American friends/passers by?
I wonder if you can make your own?

This doesn't tell you how I came up with my design, though, does it?  After all, I'm very aware it looks nothing like the original!

Well firstly, I made the jump from 'Candy Corn' to 'Candy Cane' as they are both edible, sweet and instantly recognisable - allegedly!  

Then I chose to do something I wouldn't normally do - I took a free illustration off the web as I couldn't find a candy cane stamp that I liked...  
Just printing an illustration off the web and sticking it down doesn't sit right with me though, so I printed off two copies, cut the red pieces out of the one, stuck them to the other and then mounted the whole thing onto card and cut it out again!
Then I used a deeper shade of red to colour over the red pieces on the candy cane and added on some extra lines here and there...  just to give it a bit more realism.

Kara's design has a lot of white space, one central image and four colours - if you include the black and white.  
I stuck to this design brief but brought Kara's outside edge pattern to the middle of my design.  The only way to do that without it looking cluttered was to use my Martha Stewart/All Over The Page 'Aspen Flurry' Punch, and then place a piece of black textured card behind.

The Stitched Holly Leaves (Memory Box) were used to bring the colour count back up to four.  Rather than use the berry that came with this set I cut a button from the Poppystamps 'Stitched buttons' die, put some Ranger 'Glossy Accents' on top and used that instead.

If you look really closely, can you see what else I did before gluing down the pieces?

I put my folded tag through my Cuttlebug with my Memory Box 'Shimmer' Stencil to add some subtle extra dimension to my mini make :) 

I'm beginning to realise that I love adding texture to my cards and tags!

Before I use this tag, I may 'bling it up' a little with some Christmas bells or charms.  I couldn't do that today though as Tag You're It is a Clean and Simple challenge!

I wonder what you will do with Kara's design if you chose to play along?

Donna...


PS...  I'm also adding this little tag to Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge as the holly, (berry) button and the piece of black backing card were all cut from my snippets collection :)




Hope you have a good weekend...

22 comments:

  1. Oh Donna, I love your tag! I think going with a candy cane is a perfectly clever CASE idea! Believe me, you are much better off without candy corn, it is probably all corn syrup and dyes! I love your cut out snowflakes and that wonderful holly and button design!

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    1. Thank you, Kara...
      You are always very kind with your words :)
      I doubt Candy Canes are particularly good for you, either... although I have had some with natural colours and flavours in the past :)

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  2. Hi Donna - I only learned recently about a candy corn too. Seems bit like seasied rock to me :)

    LOVE your tag!!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Hello Di. Glad I'm not the only one who didn't know!!!
      Have a good weekend. Birthday celebrations planned, perhaps?
      Hugs to you, too... and I fixed my 'about me' page (yay)! How's that for tech progress?

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  3. lovely tag Donna and you just taught me about candy corn x

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    1. Hi Ruth :)
      See... it's not just me!!!
      Will email you early next week. Hope things are improving :)

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  4. No candy corn? That's too bad because it is sinfully delicious! I'm sure it's nothing but sugar but we all need our guilty pleasures! :) I think your candy cane tag is a perfect transition from the Halloween inspiration to Christmas!

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    1. Oohhhh... Nothing but sugar? Now I'm thinking about Candy Floss!
      I bought my daughter a Candy Floss maker last Christmas that literally only needs sugar. So yummy :)

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  5. Phew that's a lotofwork for one tag, but it's gorgeous xxx

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    1. Thank you, Lesley :)
      Yes... a lot of work for such a tiny thing. But keeps me busy so makes me happy :)

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  6. Super festive tag Donna. xxx

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  7. Perfect Christmas tag Donna, love your decoration.
    Hugs
    Pam x

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  8. Donna this a fab tag! I've haven't seen candy corn in Holland either; we dove have the candy canes. But it's all artificial colors and syrup. You know: A minute on your lips, a lifetime on your hips":)
    You tag is perfect!

    I read your story...So heartbreaking what happend t your family. My time is limited now due to studying for an exam in November. I will be back :)

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    1. Hope your exam goes well :)
      I'll miss seeing your fab creations while you are gone. I really love your style :)
      Take care. X

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  9. Donna, your post was ever so engaging, especially discovering that candy corn isn't as 'universal' as I thought it might be (although the only time I see it where I live, in Canada, is around Halloween, and even then, it's not for very long). Your translation of candy *corn* to candy *cane* is brilliant...and ever so pretty! Funny....I'm craving a sweet treat right now *grin*
    ~c

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    1. Ha Ha... A few of my other UK followers have all said the same to me - they've never heard of it either!
      Wonders what 'sweet treat' you decided on???

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  10. Your candy cane and holly tag is gorgeous! Wow never had or knew of candy corn... wow! I eat it if its in front of me but don’t normally buy it. ( I eat any thing that is in front of me lol)

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    1. Yes... I was completely stumped when I saw Kara's tag and only showed my daughter on the off chance she might have known what it was! So glad she did or who knows what I may have made?
      Mcvities digestives and hobnobs are my new best friends at the moment... although I do love homemade candy floss, too!!!

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  11. Wow great, great take on the challenge love, love it.

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