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Monday 30 December 2013

The holly bears the crown.

Well it is time for another of Linda's 12 tags of Christmas....yes still playing catch up!but before I start I want to wish you all a happy and healthy new year! Fingers crossed that 2014 brings good things for all...healthy and happy times..
So all the details can be found here and this is sponsored by Linda's fab funkie junkie boutique. there are some great prizes and also a voucher for 10% or 15% discount if you complete all 12 and the bonus 2. So Linda' s gorgeous tag #10 can be found here...and mine is below .
( I went for a monochrome...no shock there then and used kraft feel for mine, but used same stencil and kept layout fairly similar )
"Art, to me, is the inter­pre­ta­tion of the impres­sion which nature makes upon the eye and brain. (Childe Hassam)"
I started by masking, as Linda had a central area and then applying Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous white texture paste through the new holly Tim Holtz stencil. When dry I applied frayed burlap all over my tag. I then edged the tag using tonic edge distresser. In the areas where I had not applied the paste I added some vintage photo through the same stencil.
Following Linda's lead I added distress glitter (tarnished brass) to the berry areas.
For the frame I cut the ornate frame from corrugated card ( from Linda's boutique) and lightly inked areas with Vintage photo. I added the same sentiment as Linda, stamped in coffee archival and clear embossed...a trick learnt from Alison.( aka butterfly).
I added holly leaves cut from kraft resist and inked over with script from Santa's letters set...adding rusty wire twirls and also some rusty bells for berries.
I added some dyed seam binding and that finishes the tag #10.
I am linking this up to Linda's 12 tags, tag #10 here .
I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year...I am still on a blog break...spending time with my family ..just trying to catch up with finishing these tags and DT posts ...see you all real soon 


  1. Beautiful Trace, love that corrugated frame! Wishing you and yours all the very best for 2014 too! Hugs, Anne x

  2. I do like this...lots!! So many little details, the twisty wire, the fabulous frame, the corrugated card frame...the list goes on. Wish I'd made it. Nice one Trace, Happy New Year x

  3. This is a beautiful tag, Trace. I love the neutral colour palette, the texture and the composition. Hope 2014 is a great year for you, full of creativity and joy. Julie Ann xx

  4. Gorgeous take on Linda's original Trace and I love your colour palette!

    Have the most wonderful creative New Year and much health and happiness for you and your family!!

  5. That frame is wonderful! Love your tag.

  6. this is just beautiful Trace - really love the monochrome - neutral tones - fabulous - I hope you had a great Christmas and all the best for 2014 xx

  7. Such a fabulous take on Linda's tag Trace - so much texture and the holly leaves are just stunning.

    With all best wishes 2014 - may you have a happy, fun filled and creative year. Jennie x

  8. Great to see the traditional elements turnt in too a steampunk tag! Love it! Best wishes for 2014! Hope it will be a healty year with fun moments and a lot of creativity! Warm greetings, Gerrina

  9. Love it! Can't believe that all the Christmas loveliness will soon be put away for another year though. So here's to a happy & healthy 2014 filled with crafting delight for us all :-)


  10. Gorgeous tag, I love the holly leaves & rusty bells. Happy New Year.

  11. Fabulous contrasts and textures my friend. Love it.
    Wishing you a wonderfully creative new year filled with love, peace, health and happiness.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Wonderful ideas on the tag Trace. I love the leaves from the stamped paper

    Happy 2014

    Chrissie x

  13. Love this tag, Trace! The texture and stenciling is gorgeous! Happy New Year! Hugs!

  14. Such an elegant tag Trace.
    Wish you and your family all the best for 2014, kind regards, Alie

  15. Beautiful tag Trace - I love your frame. I have seen you use it before and had to get me one!
    Happy New Year!!

  16. Oh Trace this is absolutely beautiful. I still need to play catchup! Have done up to ( but not posted that yet) and so need to do the rest and the bonus tags.
    Happy New Year to you.

  17. Fantastic, love the use of the corrugated cardboard.

  18. Oh this is just fab, Trace! Love the color palette. The holly cluster with those stamped holly leaves and rusty jingle bells is terrific. The Ornate Frame die cut in corrugated cardboard is wonderful too. Totally terrific take on my tag!

    Wishing you and your family the best of the best in 2014!


  19. LOVE the corrugated frame! The berry stencil is fabulous too. Gorgeous tag! Happy new year to you, and may it bring you many blessings!


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