Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Christmas Came Early!

A Christmas Tag:
I'll admit, I've been doing a {little} bit of online shopping lately...you know, that Christmas shopping we do for ourselves... Anyway, I stumbled across Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps {PPRS} while 'browsing' and immediately fell in love with their rubber stamps and matching dies!  I purchased a set of their Christmas Stamps {as well as, the matching die} and was beyond excited when they arrived in the mail!
{Close Up}
I simply punched out PPRS Christmas Cardinal on plain, white cardstock {in the Original Sizzix} and then stamped it with the PPRS co-ordinating stamp {notice the beautiful detail}.  I used Tim Holtz - Aged Mahogany Distress Ink {stamp pad} and embossed with a sparkly red... I LOVE the outcome! {and will definitely be doing more shopping!}
{Detail Shot}
 I started this tag with just a plain, manila shipping tag, traced it onto a piece of Brown Core'dinations cardstock and {hand} cut it out {attaching the two together}.  I then folder embossed the tags and distress inked with {Tim Holtz} Walnut Stain.  I found a couple of sticks outside, cut them to size and hot glued them to the tag {added a bit of 'snow'}.  I cut out a couple of holly leaves {from My Mind's Eye paper}, folder embossed them with snowflakes, inked them with {Tim Holtz} Bundled Sage and heat embossed them using a green sparkle.  
I cut a star {from an original Sizzix die} out of a pop can, folder embossed it and alcohol inked it for a 'copper' effect.  {I do wish that this came out a bit bigger, but it's always that size in between that I seem to be looking for...}
I attached a couple of red {dollarstore} rhinestones to the {red&white striped} tag which is My Mind's Eye paper, cut from a sizzix die. The PPRS sentiment {from the Christmas pack} has been stamped onto My Mind's Eye {Halloween} paper, and has been embossed with a clear sparkle. I added a Rusty Snowflake, which I bought off of Etsy, along with a 'dangly' crystal to the ribbon {from my stash} and tied a knot!

Now, I am not a big 'stamper', however, I have fallen in LOVE with Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps!  They have such cute, beautiful and versatile designs, be sure to head over to their site and, perhaps, do some Christmas shopping of your own!

Great Days!

**ADD ON** I should have mentioned that the 'snow effect' is a product called SnowWriter by DecoArt.  I did sprinkle it with some white/clear glitter afterwards.  It is, what I would call, an okay product.  It comes in a wonderful bottle {2fl.oz. for about $5 at Michaels} with a precision tip.  After the bottle is empty {waste not, want not} I might clean it out and fill it with Martha Stewart's Glittery Snow {this comes in a larger jar at Michaels for about $12}. If anyone has ever tried the MS Snow would you please let me know your thoughts?


  1. Oh wow this is simply gorgeous! I love the little birdy and the snow on the branch - how did you do that?

  2. Stunning tag, Jazz! Love your snowy branch! Amazing work, my friend!

  3. Your tag is stunning, so much detail and texture. Beautiful.

  4. YAY! What a FAB tag! Love, love, love all the texture and the bold red against the neutrals. The Cardinal is wonderful! Thanks for playing with us at Prickley Pear this month!

  5. That is gorgeous! I love all the detail you put into it. Great job.

  6. Wow! This is stunning! So many beautiful details. I love that you just picked up sticks for it. I haven't tried cutting a soda can yet. Maybe it's time! :) Thanks for playing with us at Prickley Pear!!! ~Hugs, Cheryl

  7. What a beautiful tag! Love your colors and details.

  8. This is fabulous! I will have to go check out those stamps!

  9. How absolutely beautiful this is! Love all the detail and the elegant touches. The embossing on the cardinal is fabulous, and how I LOVE the real sticks with their snow. Just stunning! So glad you found PPRS and so glad you played along with us for the November sketch challenge.


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