Well here we are, the last week of our Holiday Tag-a-Long. Wow. Is it just me or did the last 4 Wednesday's go by really super fast?
So. I have a small confession to make. Remember how I said I wasn't going to buy any new supplies for my tags ... just use what I already had? Well, I kinda sorta cheated a little. I didn't mean to, but I met a friend for lunch last week. And the cafe was "conveniently" located next to one of our favorite shops that happens to carry some crazy beautiful embellishments, like these sequins.
Aaaagh! They're like jewels!!! And I didn't even buy them with my tags in mind. I just bought them ... just ... 'cause. I was feeling a little guilty 'bout that, but then my lack of discipline led to a lovely moment of inspiration for this week's color theme ...
Hot Pink & Kelly Green
For some reason I had "Baltimore Album" on my mind and I've always loved this classic laurel wreath. I started with the embroidered branches, then added my pretty new colorful sequins, a few pink knots and some green leaves and voila!
It's a bit bigger than the template because I wasn't going to frame it. But it didn't look finished so I added the pink border and the ribbon trim ... which you can't really see except up close. But it makes for a more elegant finish.
I also thought a lot about embroidering the year or a monogram or a little festive word in the middle, but I couldn't make up my mind. So I left it blank.
Next was this stitched wreath with the teensiest little irridescent flower sequins ever.
I embroidered a simple feather stitch wreath and randomly added the flowers with greens knot.
It looked a little naked so I added the white knots in the middle. Not sure if I like them, but they're staying. And solid pink for the entire tag was too much for me, so I added the green fabric and then covered the seam with a pretty white ribbon/bow.
Last but not least ... I used the fabric as the feature.
I was just going to add the 2 ribbon stripes and be done with it.
But it reminded me too much of the ugly tube socks I used to wear for gym class. NOT the look I was going for. So I girlied them up with little embroidered bows and some sequin hearts.
I love them.
In fact, I'm pleased with all my tags.
And I LOVE Amy's tags too, of course.
We hope we've inspired you to make some pretty tags too. Or that you've at least enjoyed seeing our creations. If so, then we have succeeded in our mission to spread some pretty, crafty holiday cheer. Thank you to everyone who participated! Please keep adding your lovely tags to the 2012 Holiday Tag-a-Long Flickr Group.
But you know what? I've decided to sell my tags. I know, you might think I'm crazy. But I've already had my fun designing and making them and for me, it's always more about the making than the having. I've listed them in my shop as their original sets, if you're interested. UPDATE: SOLD OUT!