Saturday, November 10, 2012

White Christmas Tag Swap

Spoiler alert: if you're participating in the White Christmas Tag Swap with me and you don't want a sneak peek -- please skip this post!
This was a fun -- but extensive -- swap, where we each had to made 16 of the same tag to exchange!  I started off early sort of by accident, when I was going through my ephemera and accumulated a pile of smaller pieces of really nice papers.  I just started gluing them randomly onto tags when I had a free moment.
Then, I added a piece of doily to all of them for that White Christmas look I was going for.
Then I found an antique scan that I really liked, of a little girl in a snow outfit with just hints of green and red, and I printed it onto off-white muslin.
I cut out the printed fabric and sewed it with a cute stitch on the reverse of the tags I'd covered with ephemera.  Then I started embellishing!  I added a layer of white tulle, and then vintage lace at the bottom; I glued trim over the lace for another dimension.
I sewed three vintage mother of pearl buttons and, for a little pop of color, three beads that I hope look like berries over them.  Then I used silver glitter on the edges...
and tied some crinkly seam binding through the hole to finish them off!
It was another project with many steps, but I really enjoyed working with the neutrals -- and I really had to restrain myself there!  They came out just like I wanted them to; to me, they really evoke the theme of White Christmas!
I am so glad I finished these, and the matchbox ornaments I showed you yesterday, as early as I did.  Because, as I mentioned the other day, I hurt my right arm and it has gotten worse!  I basically can't do anything that involves lifting my arm, which is just about everything.
Now I'm wearing a splint and ice is my best friend; hopefully it heals quickly because there is so much I want to do!  (Heavy sigh.)

15 comments :

Tami Hacker said...

Sorry to hear your arm is causing you more problems. Healing hugs to you!

I am excited to be in the White Christmas tag swap as I love your tag!

I am just starting on my tags. Too many interruptions like Jordan's accident.

Connie said...

These are so cute!

Dee in N.H. said...

Those are beautiful! I love that sweet girl that you printed on the muslin. I hope your arm gets feeling better soon!

Kathy said...

So sorry the arm has gotten worse. I well know how frustrating it is when you have things you want to do and your body won't cooperate!
Love your tags, especially the touch of glitter.

Susan said...

Beautiful tags! I hope your arm feels better soon!

Linda Pruitt said...

Sorry to hear about your arm! Your tags turned out just perfect! Love them!

Gypsea said...

All are so beautiful! Take care.

Wendy said...

These are so lovely Laurie! Hope your arm gets better really soon!

Linda said...

doctoring for the arm? i know what it's like and hoping you get better very soon! Too much fun coming up. your tags are fantastic-beautiful!

lynnc1025 said...

You always do such lovely work. Your blog is one of my favorites. What type of printer do you have? Are you happy with it? I need a new one and I was impressed with the quality of the vintage print on muslin.

Robin said...

Your tags turned out beautifully! I just adore the lace, and that vintage image on fabric. I hope your arm heals quickly.

Hugs,
Robin

Tamatha said...

Ooops, I peeked!! They are gorgeous! Mine are still in progress with drying time needed so it's going slower.
Sorry that your elbow is still bothering you-hope it feels better soon.

Creative Wings Boutique said...

Oh Laurie I am sad u hurt ur Arm. Ur tags r sooo pretty.

Melinda Cornish said...

these are so pretty and delicate. I think white is so pretty for a vintage christmas!

Lydia said...

Oh, these are darling Laurie:)

PS- No, I have not jumped off the earth, just working 5 jobs. Thinking about you:)

Lydia