I actually had a bit of inspiration last night, which you might want to mark on your calendar because it happens so rarely. I have decided that, instead of making everyone cards for their birthdays this year, I am going to make everyone a tag, and then for Christmas I will make each family a mini album with slots for their tags, giving them a remembrance of “The Tags of Twenty-Twelve.” I think this will be especially poignant for the four young families who are having babies this year.
The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to politely, and appropriately, insist that everyone put their tags somewhere where they’ll be able to find them come Christmas. I am disabled and am not responsible for taking care of anyone but myself, and I know how hard that would be for me to do. Everyone else has families and jobs, and I'm sure they don't need one more thing they have to do. So, if anyone reading this has any ideas of how to word a request that the tag's recipients keep their tags somewhere where they can retrieve them at the end of the year, I would be mighty grateful.
My favorite part of this tag is the pretty heart with my niece's age on it, shown above. I decided that, in keeping with "The Birthdays of Twenty-Twelve," I would add every person's age to their respective card. Here I cut the heart out of white chip board, stamped the "28" on it, then embossed it twice with Metal Art's UTEE. Once it was cold, I made cracks in the enamel, and it looks like old china with cracks in it. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture that shows the tiny cracks, just the large ones, but you still should get the idea.
01-11-12: Edited to add: Lots of happy dancin' going on here because my tag made it into the top three at Tuesday Throwdown! This is my first time ever making it into a top three, and I am both excited, and honored.
Melissa Frances 5th Avenue paper
Stampabilities Wire Dress Form stamp
Foam stamps for the number "28," but I don't know who made them
Martha Stewart Small Flower punch
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found trim
Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die
Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trinket Pins
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Charm -- bird
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chain Tassels
Mubbleberry Bear paper mini-rosebuds and flowers
Bling and ribbon from stash
CES Challenges~~anything goes
Simply Create Too--more than two layers
Crafty Creations Challenges~~heat embossing
Fab 'n'Funky Challenges~~use something new you got for Christmas (Tim Holtz Chain Tassels)
My Mum's Craft Shop~~use something new (Tim Holtz Chain Tassels)
Simon Says Stamp~~use something new (Tim Holtz Chain Tassels)
Stampavie and Mor~~hearts
Ladybug Crafts Inc.~~-anything goes using your new stash (Tim Holtz Chain Tassels)
Party Time Tuesdays~~anything new (Tim Holtz Tassels)
Tuesday Throwdown~~something shiny (bling and the embossed heart)