Thursday, August 10, 2023


 Hello everyone,

Time for a new challenge over at LITTLE RED WAGON  and Jan is out hostess this week and her theme is.. Craft with Kraft - use kraft paper..

Not hard at all and even, like me, you don't have kraft in your stash, you can use office manilla folders..

Not a bad substitute and you get three tags out of the front and three out of the back,
 but I glue mine together to make them thicker..

Sorted out some Christmas type papers 

and used some left over music papers I bought from a second hand book shop..

After covering the front of the tag,
 I ripped up papers, yes I did, I just jumped right in and ripped them up.

added them on top of the music sheets in layers until I was happy..

Then die cut my stag head and sprayed him...BUT...not a lot happened.
I had to really work at getting colour on this guy, must have been the manilla paper, the ink just soaked in and disappeared.
Eventually some ink stayed so let it alone..

Used this punch to punch out an eye and added black ink with a marker for an eyeball
leaving the tiniest bit of white showing.


Then to heck with it, I sprayed him with water, a lot of water and the ink finally reacted
and I got a splotchy deer.

So, I popped them on the tags when he was good and dry
and added a lacy corner die cut, 

In my Christmas box of stash I had left overs, so sorted through to make clusters
that didn't entirely match, but didn't need to.


Then remembered this berry, pine cone and branches die from Honey Bee stamps..LOVE.

added the berries to my foliage and a giant pink bell that jingles perfectly..

and finally, three tags done and ready for Christmas..
So there we go, 

Do come and join in HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by..
I'll see you later with DT post #2..


Challenges to enter...

The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge   [anything Christmas goes]

Crafting Happiness challenge   [anything goes]

Peace on Earth Christmas challenge   [anything goes - optional mood board]


Janette said...

Three gorgeous and very creative tags, love them Chrissy.
Did the 'big parcel' arrive..heehee I hope so, happy dayz..hahaha/xxx

jimlynn said...

To think these started out as manilla folders is just amazing. So beautiful and I love the deer. VERY pretty and perfect to put on a package for Christmas.

Valerie-Jael said...

I always love seeing all the steps to your wonderful, finished pieces! Big hugs, Valerie

Margreet said...

Love your stag onthe gorgeous tags!
xxx Margreet

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

More incredible creations with bits and bobs, put so well together, love these tags Chrissy.
Faith x

Chris said...

Fabulous festive tags Chrissy- great use of your envelopes, love the way you built the background, the majestic stags and the foliage. xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

fantastic and great tags Chrissy

gr karin

Paperesse said...

Wowsa! You nailed this kraft challenge, Chrissy. These are some awesome tags!!!

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning tags Chrissy beaUtiful makes and love the kraft..
Thanks also for joining in our PEACE ON EARTH CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE XX

Conniecrafter said...

Fantastic tags, I love the deer on them, nice that you stuck with them they turned out cool! Like the touch of lace and the tree pines and bell combo to top it all off!

*Vicki* said...

The deer are wonderful and I love these festive and beautiful tags with the music sheet added to the base! Love the details!

Sarah said...

Such great tags Chrissy and the bells finish them off brilliantly xx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous Christmas tags Chrissy,love all the dies,papers and bells
Carol x

Darlene said...

Oh Chrissy, these are just gorgeous! Beautifully crafted!! YOU GO GIRL!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

pinky said...

You definitely must have a magic wand in that craft room of yours Chrissy. These are just gorgeous!!

Doni High said...

Great Christmas tags, Chrissy! Awesome that you thought to use the manila envelope.

JanR said...

Three tags - wtg, Chrissy! They are so fabulous! Especially loving the little bells.

Imke said...

Lovely tags with so many details, Chrissy !


Kate said...

Such amazing tags, Chrissy! I think the tags could be gifts in and of themselves!!

Brenda said...

Sounds like the stags were a bit frustrating for you, but I love the way they turned out. 3 absolutely gorgeous tags!

samantha's cards said...

What lovely Christmas tags, thanks for joining us at THAIC.