Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Tags of Twenty-Twelve

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
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)
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)


  1. Fab creation.
    Thanks for joining us at SimonSaysStamp!


  2. Wow this is a stunning project. Love all the beautiful detail. Thanks for joining us at MMCS challenge this week.
    Diane xx

  3. Beautiful! Maybe, "Save this tag in a special place for an upcoming Christmas surprise." Love the gems on this. Thanks for playing along with Tuesday Throwdown.

  4. A very beautiful project,just amazing details, thanks so much for joining us at CES this week,Karenx

  5. Great idea and a stunning tag too. Yolanda's wording is almost exactly what I was going to suggest. Great minds think alike! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  6. This is fabulous -- love the rich shabby-chic look you've achieved and the "cracked-china" heart. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges!

  7. The colors and the design with all the details looks very pretty.

    Scratch card printing
    membership card

  8. what a great idea - i love the tag .. the vintage elements are beautiful
    Thanks for joining us at LCI this fortnight
    Lisa x

  9. What an incredibly sweet and creative idea! Love how this turned out...its gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at MMCS


  10. This is so very lovely. Thanks so much for playing at CES Challenges xx Jenny xx

  11. This is beautiful, what a lovely idea. I love the soft colours and the gorgeous flowers, everything really! Thanks so much for sharing with us at LCI this week, good luck! Pami x