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Wednesday 6 December 2017

Joyous Noel

Hello all!  We're moving on to Tag 3 of the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas today, and for this one I've travelled quite a long way from Linda's funky inspiration tag.

I've pretty much followed the layout but I've gone in a different direction with style and colour.

As Linda says, red is her favourite colour, but it's one I'm really not used to working with.  The red of the holly berries, both in the paper and the actual berries, is about as much as I can take!

I used design paper for my background, and it does sort of have stripes (the major feature of Linda's tag) in the shape of the staves of music.  It's from the 8x8 Anna Marie Designs Christmas Jingle pad.

I don't have the transparent tiles, but I had a lovely time making my own little tiny tags for the word J-O-Y-O-U-S.  I used another paper from the same stash, this one a lovely soft green with a subtle woodgrain pattern.

I cut the tags using one of the tiny dies from the Tim Holtz Framelits Tag Collection, and then inked up my Christmas Alpha foam stamps for the first time (also Tim Holtz) to create the lettering.  They're stamped in Archival Library Green - a good match for the holly.

More dies in action to cut the word NOEL (from the Vintage Tidings Thinlits)...

... and some more of the gorgeous Holiday Greens Thinlits too.  I have them in the regular and the mini-size, so you can always find something which works for what you're making.

So far, they've featured on each of the Funkie Junkie tags I've made this year, and I'm really enjoying them so I decided they would appear instead of the tinsel at the top of this tag.

And there's some more greenery tucked in behind the NOEL too.  The pale ones are cut from the same paper as the tiny tags (but un-inked) so that it all ties together nicely.

I also couldn't resist adding some extra words - well, this is Words and Pictures, after all - so I got out the Christmas Clippings again to find some suitable phrases.

The little frosted berries are from my stash.  I love that they're exactly the right colour to work with the holly berries on the papers.

And they provide just that tiny touch of festive sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  There's a non-12-Tags-of-Christmas project coming up next - I know, weird, huh?! - so I hope you'll be able to check that out, and then we'll be back on the Funkie Junkie trail.

Look forward to seeing you soon, either here or elsewhere in Craftyblogland.

And as, when all the summer trees are seen
So bright and green,
The Holly leaves a sober hue display
Less bright than they,
But when the bare and wintry woods we see,
What then so cheerful as the Holly-tree?
Robert Southey

I'd like to enter this as Tag 3 in the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique


Pamellia said...

This is fantastic Alison! I love that you went with a similar layout but changed the palette and design completely, it's just wonderful! The red and green holly and berries are always so festive, and I love that the design carries from the paper to the die cuts! A really gorgeous take on the original! hugs :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous tag Alison, love the style and colours. Have a nice day, hugs, Valerie

Dorthe said...

Beautiful Alison, love the use of tiny tags tied to the big tag, for your word ,Gorgeous, - and the die cut holly and Noel . The berries adds such sweet touch.
A wonderful kind of old fashioned "card" .

Hugs, Dorthe

Helen said...

what a fantastic tag!! the berries are fabulous.

Redanne said...

Such a beautiful tag Alison, I love the gorgeous background paper and the 'tiles' you made are so, so pretty. The holly and berries are lovely additions too (red being my favourite colour, I just love the berries)! Anne xx

Chrissy said...

Beautiful tag Alison..love the holly papers and dies...gorgeous.


froebelsternchen said...

This is GORGEOUS! I love those tiny tags and all the wonderful colours and the special extras!

Connie said...

Your tags are marvelous . . . so elegant:) I love your Wood Look Yule Book, too. Everything you touch turns into winter wonderland magic.
Have a sweet day.
Connie :)

SewPaperPaint said...

This is just gorgeous Alison! What lovely papers and the foam stamps were perfect for this! I love your use of green with the pop of red. A beautiful and inspiring take. Merry Christmas, Autumn

Patty O'Malley said...

Gorgeous tag, Alison! I love it!

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a gorgeous tag Alison, never heard of Anna Marie papers, but I checked out the pad and they are truly lovely! You have used them so well here too! Love the tiny tags around the side, all together a great design in lovely colours with just the right amount of red! Well done for keeping the tags going!

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous tag Alison, the ting tags make a great festive edging.
Yvonne xx

Sue said...

This is really lovely Alison, those red berries add the perfect finishing touch, and of course the words are perfect! Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Absolutely stunning tag Alison, there’s so many amazing details to look at and admire,wonderful
Donna xx

Dortesjs said...

Beautiful tag, I wish you a merry Christmas ;O))
greetings from Denmark - Dorte

Hazel Agnew said...

You can never have too much greenery Alison, and the balance with the red is perfect for me.
Interested to know whether you use all these tags. Shame not to, but mine get all messy on the back!
Loving the musical additions....was chatting to Andrea about our connections! Small world! Xx

Cocofolies said...

A superb tag Alison, onto very beautiful paper... I love your stamped letters on these tiny tags!
I wish I can enter also one day the 12 Christams tags challenge of Linda (or at least, take the time quitly to create some of them... I have so many TH materials too rarely used, sadly).
Well, first use of your trees&Flowers quotes on my blog in the middle :) xx

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful take on Tag no 3 Alison, love the colour tones with the Christmas music script background. The little tags look fabulous.
Avril xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a beauty... Love the letters! So festive and gorgeous!!!

maj. said...

Such a beautiful Christmas tag Alison!!!

Kate Yetter said...

What a pretty tag with traditional colors. I really love the holly and berries.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Ooooo I missed this little beauty Alison, full of festive greens. Without a shadow of a doubt this marks the season and just like Winter those frosted berries reminds us that mother nature is very much around showing her face with that pop of red. Most delightful.
Warm Hugs & Wishes Tracey xx

Jackie PN said...

I do believe this is a new favorite!! So beautiful Alison!!
You have mention these papers a few times now, pity they aren't available here is the US, they are beautiful and nice to see something very different for a change!

Your tiny tags really make this- what a splendid idea!
Jackie xo

have you decorated yet? My husband decided he wanted a new livingroom floor, so tore out the carpet and awaiting the flooring, might not get a tree up this year "(

Candy C said...

As always, Alison...this tag is lovely. Love the color palette. Love all of your soft little die cut greenery. Love the holly and music in the background. Just a beautiful tag!

My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous greenery. So nice to have a little holiday color. Hugs-Erika

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

WOW! It's not red but I am totally enthralled with it. Your greens are lovely and that patterened paper is gorgeous. Love what you did with the foam stamps and the tags. It's a total work of art. Thank you so much for sharing it with my visitors!



pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this Alison! Having just (finally) bought the Winter Greens and I am a bit addicted! The paper you have used is fabulous! Hugs, Chrisx

craftytrog said...

I love your version of the tag Alison! Very festive! xx

Julia said...

What a lovely tag, I love those greens. The tiny red berries on the paper match in with the real berries and everything about this is just right. x

Fliss said...

Love the music background here and the slanted text looks fabulous. Great traditional colours too.
Fliss xx

Julia Aston said...

A festive Christmas tag with the lovely holly paper, the die cuts and pretty tag letters! Very unusual colors for you Alison!