Monday, 16 November 2015

Large Christmas Tag, Pine Branch, Male/Female

I hope you've had a chance to play along with Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event...  but if you haven't as yet the good news is there is still time to join in.  If you want to, of course :)

My entry for today ties in with a tag that featured on Day 5 of the event.  I took one look at that tag and I knew exactly what I wanted to do...  I just didn't know how huge it would end up being!!!

Here's my tag...




It didn't have the bird on it initially...  or the paint splatters.  They were the parts of the design that I had to think on once my initial idea was mapped out.

Oh yes...  and one quick note to my readers.  This is NOT a green Robin!!!
My husband had mean things to say about this bird that I shall not repeat.  All I will say is that there are plenty of other birds who struggle through Winter...    not just pretty Robins.  Enough said!!!

This tag (below) is the one that inspired me to play along...




Other than the pine cones hanging off the branch (I echoed the dimension using Collall 3D Glue Gel), the only other details I've mirrored are the splatter background and the three Christmas embellishments in place of the three jewel embellishments.
(PS...  I purposefully invested in the Tim Holtz 'Splatter Brush' for the splatter effect and was not disappointed). 


Dies used:
Memory Box/Open Studio 'Finnegan Fronds'
Memory Box 'Distressed Tag'
Papertrey Ink 'Library Card Tag'

Stamp:
Penny Black 'Nature's Gift'

Other:
Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'
Tim Hoktz Distress Ink 'Peeled Paint'
Tim Holtz Distress Paint 'Picket Fence'
Metal Embellishments and Elasticated Cord from stash
Black Jewel embellishment

I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but I've also used a sheet of Tim Holtz 'Kraft Core' from his 'Shattered' collection for my largest tag die cut.  It just adds a little 'extra' something visually that doesn't involve any work on my part.
Ssshhh....  Don't tell!!!

Other challenges I'm entering...







(Bird and White Tag cut from snippets)




(Favourite Hobby and Why)...
Mine's making tags, or cards...  or gift bags or boxes.
Why?
It keeps my mind occupied and is helping me to 'mend'.  
Long story, but if you want to know more read my 'About Me' tab section on my blog.  


(Challenge #388 'Birds/Animals'


Week #337 'Anything But A Card'


(FM 234 'Baby It's Cold Outside'/Winter Theme)


(November Challenge 'Anything Christmas'





(CCC 05 'Precious Metals')


(Anything Goes)



I hope you have a good week...
AND
Thanks for stopping by...  I really do appreciate it.

Donna...

58 comments:

  1. So pretty Donna I love the black background. Thank you for linking to the 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

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    1. Thank you, Tracey. I've been very dubious about paint splatters... but that splatter brush works a treat for me :) Wish I had known about them sooner as there are other brands that do the same thing!
      PS. Other challenges linked to were just an added bonus. Made to support your challenge... irrespective of any potential 'goodies'.
      Take care. x

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  2. LOVE the look of this great tag. ME LOVE SPLATTERS!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Hello Sarn :)
      With my newly acquired splatter brush I think I may be learning to like them. Too soon for love though!!!
      Have a good week. x

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  3. LOVE those realistic pine cones Donna and that sweet little bird! Have a great week my friend! Hazel xx

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  4. Terrific tags TFS Craft Rocket Anything Goes challenge ....Lis DT

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  5. Absolutely stunning Donna! The pine cones are so realistic - really dimensional. And I love your little finch! :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Thank you, Di :)
      How are you doing today?

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  6. What a super tag, very elegant! Thanks for playing at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

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    1. Thank you, Claire...
      It's nice to have new challenges to play along with :)

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  7. Very nice tag, thanks for sharing with us at The Friday Mashup.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa...
      First time playing along :)

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  8. Beautiful tag Donna. LOVE the dark large tag with the splatters. Really sets off your smaller tag. Your bird, pine branch and cones are so pretty. I think this bird is called a Reed ... and is the name of the die from Memory Box, so I knew it wasn't a robin. :) Great design. Thanks for sharing at my Twelve Tags of Christmas event.

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    1. Hello, Loll :)
      Thank you for your very kind words. I had forgotten that Memory Box/Open Studio had 'reinvented' this bird die from that earlier set of theirs. They like to do that sometimes, don't they? I know that they 'reinvented' the fFlower Mound' die not that long ago.
      My husband simply believes that if you make a Christmas card/tag with a bird on it MUST be a Robin. I obviously don't share that point of view! Plus it wasn't his taste at all :(
      This has been a lovely event to watch unfold, Loll. Some very gorgeous inspiration. Take care :)

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  9. This is a gorgeous tag. I love that background of Kraft Core paper.Brilliant idea; not much worjk but it adds lot of interest. You smart girl :). The bird is a cutie!

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    1. Hello Stella :)
      I was blog hopping today and came across the phrase 'less labour intensive' in relation to card making. That sums up Holtz's 'Shattered' Paper Collection completely, doesn't it?
      Hope you're doing ok. I've gone tag crazy to support Tracey this month!!!

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  10. This is a gorgeous tag Donna, a thing I do not make! mainly time..
    beautiful effect with the splatter brush, think I might invest in one..
    love your design with the birdy..
    Pam x

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I watched Holtz's 'How To' tutorial demonstrating his new brush and knew I needed it. Sunrise Crafts was the cheapest price I found :)

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  11. A gorgeous tag, love the effect you have achieved on the dark background too. Crafting is therapy, so you craft to your hearts content, it is our expression of what lies within and through crafting we can relax and enjoy our inner creativity.
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at As You Like It this week.
    Lorraine DT

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  12. A lovely tag for our Christmas themes Donna, many thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week and Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

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    1. Thank you, Brenda :)
      Just started on my Penny Black stamp collection. Appreciate you taking the time to stop by :)

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  13. An absolutely gorgeous tag design :-)
    Thanks for sharing with us at As You Like It challenge!
    Hugs, Kat x

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    1. Thank you, Kat. Glad you like it :)

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  14. Hi again Donna, I meant to say yesterday that your tag would also fit in very nicely at Stamping Sensations where we have a fab prize.

    B x

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    1. Thank you, Brenda :)
      I shall go and link that up right now. X

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  15. Very nice tag! I love your splattered background; it sets off the focal point very nicely. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

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  16. Lovely tag and fabulous background. Thank you for joining us over at Friday Mashup.
    Hugs,
    Norma

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    1. Thanks, Norma. Glad I found out about that splatter brush!!!

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  17. This is large, but it is magnificent down to the last splatter, Donna! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Do you like splatters too, Darnell?
      Thanks for stopping by. X

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  18. Fabulous and beautiful tag.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts and
    Penny Black and more Challenges;-))m

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    1. Thank you, Mervi. Glad you like it :)

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  19. Really gorgeous tag!! Love the pine cone images with your dark snowy background! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Craft Rocket Challenges! Hope you will join us next time! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

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    1. Hello Vicki. Thank you for stopping by :)
      Happy to join in with new challenges when I can!
      Donna

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  20. Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. Have a good week :)

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  21. So beautifully done! Love those stamps! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More! Hope you'll join us again next month!

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    1. Hello Ellibelle :)
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I love these stamps, too. Stunning set to play with. Need more in my collection!!!

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  22. Love the tag with the splatters as a background for the smaller tag with the pine and the sweet bird! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers.

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    1. Thank you, Susan :)
      As a splatter 'newbie', I was apprehensive to say the least...
      Glad it worked out!!!

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  23. I love your non-robin, and the pine cones! Great background too. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.

    Lynne

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. I love my non-robin, too :)
      Appreciate you stopping by...

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  24. A gorgeous tag, Donna, and perfect for our challenge this month at Stamping sensations! Thanks for joining in and good luck!

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  25. I love your tag.. and I could tell right away it was not a Robin.. what is that old saying If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all. (LOL) Tell your darling hubby I said "it is gorgeous!" Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge LesLee xx

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    1. Hi LesLee :)
      I'm afraid this is a house of harsh critics!!! If it's not my hubby it'll be my daughter... Guess it's a wonder I post anything sometimes. (LOL).
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave such a lovely comment :)
      Donna

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  26. Love the tag on the card this is lovely TFS Craft Rocket Challenges Lis DT

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  27. Beautiful tag .... Thanks for playing along with the HLS Mixed Media challenge. Linda xx

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    1. Thank you, Linda :)
      Glad you like it.

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  28. What a lovely tag!! Thanks for sharing it at CAS-UAL Chic!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie.
      I like to play along when ai can :)

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  29. A gorgeous tag Donna. I love the cute robin. Thank you for joining us this month at Penny Black and More and good luck in or prize draw.

    Shirley

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    1. Thank you, Shirley.
      I'm working on adding to my Penny Black stamp collection at the moment!
      Would love to play along again soon...

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