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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Joy

Graphic 45 is having a contest this month for a gift tag.  I couldn't resist.  I confess, I am a tag addict.  The only 12 step program I am willing to go on is the 12 days of Christmas.  As soon as I read about this contest my mind started whirling and I had to get out my selection of Graphic 45 papers. (I keep them in a special locked box in a secret panel behind a picture of - ooops never mind.  Can you believe that I just didn't have enough and had to make a trip to the scrapbook store for more paper? Neither could Johnny Luv.  Oh well, after the trip, I sat down and began to craft my tag.  I'm telling you it took time, days to get this project done, you'll see why in a minute.  At any rate here is my gift tag.


Now here is part of that took so long.  I altered a sleigh to go with the tag.  Can we say over achiever?   My daughter tell's me yes, we can.  (She should talk, she created an entire altered book for an English report.)
The sleigh is covered in Graphic 45 papers as well as the tag, it had to match didn't it?  I had such fun sanding all the edges and distressing them.  My craft area is still a disaster and one of my puppies has been running around with paper dust and glitter in her fur and I had to remove a sticky rhinestone from her paw.  She is my best helper or is that hindrance?  After I put the little bird/flower arrangements in the sleigh I decided it needed one last finishing touch and made some two sided Christmas stamps from more of my hoarded paper.  I tucked them in using Tim Holtz pick thingies.
Check out the back of the sled, I had a Weird Harold moment (If you to young to know what that means, you just too young.)  I had to add the "spare tire".  OK so sleighs don't have tires but a spare runner just looked stupid.
One last shot from the front.  I think I'm going to search for some deer for this thing.  Dad's a saddle maker, I'm sure he wouldn't mind crafting tiny little harnesses for me - not.

The hardest part of this project is yet to come.  Which one of my many friends or family am I going to give this to?

Oh, by the way, did I mention this post is graphic heavy.  Oooops, sorry.  Better late than never.

This has been entered in the Charisma Cardz Challenge
It has also been entered in the Color Create Challenge

Sled - Michael's
Paper - Graphic 45
Black Cardstock
Tim Holtz Picks
Flower picks - Michaels
Gold paint pen
Stickles - gold and red
Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, and Mahogany distress ink
Recollections Rhinestones
Craft Smart green acrylic pain
Prima flowers
Offray Ribbon
Martha Stewart Micro beads
Cheery Lynn Die
3 M Foam Tape
Dollar store greenery pipe cleaner
Floral Pick from stash
Tim Holtz die
Wreath from Dollar Store
Glittered Chipboard letters K & Co.


  1. Totally beyond awesome! Your talent knows no bounds. Yay for the lucky person that gets this as a gift:)

  2. OMG, Mary Anne. That is absolutely gorgeous. It must have taken hours with all that wonderful detail. I don't know which I prefer - the tag or the sleigh (or both!!)
    Sue S.

  3. Mary Anne, that is absolutley awesome. Wow, magnificent. What a wonderful thing , anyone one of your friends or family would be honored to receive it. It is beautiful hugs Cathy

  4. It's not hard to decide, whom you should send! ;-) ;-) ;-) lol!! This is AWESOME & very festive! I esp luv the back of the tag, the Christmas tree! How cool is that??!! ok, i'll be waiting by the mail box. lol lol lol ;-)

  5. Wow, what a stunning creation! Gorgeous tags, and love the sleigh, all so beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week!

  6. Hi Mary Anne,

    Magnificent Christmas decoration. Beautiful work ! Bravo !

    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week!

    Hugs from France

  7. WOW!! these are so beautiful and the detail on both the tag and the sled are amazing ... thank you so very much for playing along with us at CCCB

  8. So pretty. The tree is gorgeous! With all those bells, you should also head over to our challenge #49 Music is All Around at; but THANK YOU for sharing your creativity with everyone!

  9. Gorgeous gift tag! Love all of your details. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

  10. this is amazing! love all the details. fabulous project!

  11. Wow, these are beautiful, love the sleigh! Thanks
    for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  12. What a beautiful tag & even more stunning sleigh! Thanks for sharing at Crop Stop Challenge Blog this week!

  13. This is stunning!!!! Beautifully done!!!

  14. wow, these tags are gorgeous...I too luv tags...and have a knight in motorcycle you have a super fabby weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  15. Well, thank you for coming over to to enter your creative lovely!

  16. WOW! Your tag was amazing enough, but that sleigh to match is over the tag gorgeous! Good luck with the contest.
    Hugs and smiles

  17. Such a pretty creation.Thanks for joining us at Charisma this time and good luck in the draw!

    Lisa x

  18. Very very pretty, thank you for joining us at CropStop Challenge.

  19. Your altered sleigh is gorgeous! I would keep it for myself if I were you :)

  20. Such a beautiful creation.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

  21. Wow!!! So GORGEOUS! Thanks for joining us this week at CCCB!!

  22. Wow this is one amazing project! Thanks for joining us at CASE study.

  23. Wow! Gorgeous much detail! Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Charisma.
    Joyce xx

  24. Oh wow these are great! What a fabulously colorful CASE! Thanks for sharing this with us at CASE Study Challenge! :)

  25. This is stunning Mary Anne, but you linked the wrong blog to our challenge at Crafty Ann's. I managed to find you and have changed it for you. I mention it in case you need to change it elsewhere too. Thank you for joining us for our last challenge of the year.
    Ann x

  26. Thankyou so much for joining in our photo montage inspiration last week with Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog , hope to see you again this week

  27. wow what an amazing project, it must have taken you hours.goodluck at charisma this week

  28. Wow what a fab project, gorgeous colours and papers with so many stunning details. I love it!thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Claire xx

  29. Wow - how stunning!! Thanks for playing along with us at Colour Create this fortnight, Juliexx

  30. WOW doesn't even come close! This is amazing!! Thanks so much for playing along at CASE Study!

  31. Perfect Christmas items you have made here. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx PS Wishing you and your family a Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2012

  32. what a fabulous project! Just love the vintage Christmas style! Thanks so much for playing with us in the Belli Challenge! Please stop by and play with us again! Our next challenge is "Christmas Cards" on the 21st! One last card before that big day!
    Merry Christmas!
    Belli Challenge DT Coordinator & Owner