21 December, 2016

Christmas tag

Half-time in terms of being GDT at CRAFT-alnica can only mean one thing: time for the second December challenge that's themed "Christmas tag".
As I usually don't do tags, I must admit this one turned out to be a real challenge for me, too. This is what I finally came up with: a rather simple Christmas tag featuring a stitched image of Santa, accompanied with a little Christmas note. 
On the back side of the tag, I placed a festive patterned paper on which I placed a piece of punched red cardstock and a strip of white for the recipient's name. 
To make it a little less boring, I used a couple of tiny white pearls.
As tags are usually to be tied upon something, I punched a hole in its upper part, but then the project came to a rest. Digging through my stash for a piece of yarn or ribbon to make a festive bow, I just could't find the matching one. 
I even thought of starting all over again, but then the solution came in form of a couple of days spent at my sister's place. Or rather, in form of a chocolate shop I visited to get some goodies and a friendly salesgirl who offered to decorate the box with a ribbon. As it happened, the box was meant for a friend, but when she decided to open it right away, I couldn't help but get my fingers on that ribbon. And the part of it that looked like golden raffia turned out to fit perfectly to the white-bearded man :)
But where the heck is he hiding? 
Doing some grocery shopping at the Ljubljana market, I couldn't help passing by the flowergirls, where this wonderful winter bouquet caught my eyes. A bunch of green foliage and yet full of colours, it's a great way to bring a little Christmas home...
Not to mention the beautiful smell of pine it spreads all around :)

And as this is probably my last pre-Christmas entry, I might be just on time this year wishing everyone happy holidays with those who matter most. 
I even managed to dig out my idea of Christmas at the age of 5, which I find particularly funny due to details only a child's fantasy can produce: a four-bumped camel to make sure all of the wise men travel comfortably, Mary's fashionable outfit featuring high heels and flowers in her hair, Joseph wearing green trousers and a purple T-shirt, the scent of incense spreading from the box of king #1 directly to the noses of the Holy Family, a rather crippled Christmas star and above all, a bouquet of flowers that is floating in the air for whatever reason. 
Proportions speak for themselves and I'm not sure how the wise men are going to get through the little door behind Mary to see baby Jesus, but in the end one can only wish for more of this childish, carefree way of seeing things. Especially in a world where the alternative offered is fear, hatred and a heartbreaking collapse of humanity.
Now what is your task? To play along in the CRAFT-alnica challenge, create a Christmas tag and link it up here to win a really cool prize. Exceptionally, the challenge will run until January 10, which gives you an additional week to recover from the holiday madness and a chance to try the goodies Santa will leave under your Christmas tree ;)
And as "Santa is coming to town" happens to be the theme of our December Fadengrafik ChallengeI'd like to invite you to play along there, too. Link up your festive projects here, the only condition being your entry featuring some kind of paper embroidery.

- 613 avenue create: ATG
- gem of a challenge: ATG Christmas
- alphabetchallengeblog: U for Use something red (cardboard, yarn)
- basteltanten: ATG
- brownsugar: red, green and white
- C.R.A.F.T.: Christmas
- christmascardsallyearround: ATG Christmas/holiday
- come and get it: Christmas
- crafting from the heart: ATG
- crafty calendar: Christmas
- crafty catz: ATG
- craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
- craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2: ATG as long as it's Christmas
- craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
- hollyjollychristmaschallenge: anything but a card
- inspiration destination: ATG
- pennyspapertake: ATG
- pile it on: any holiday/celebration
- scrapping4fun: Christmas
- 12monthsofchrstmas: welcome to the North Pole
- throughthecraftroomdoor: ATG
- useyourstuff: Merry Christmas
- winterwonderland: for someone special/happy New Year
- wordartwednesday: ATG
- pinspirational
- crazy challenge: ATG
- sunnydaycrafting: ATG
- lovetocraft: ATG
- friendship challenge: Christmas
- crafting with an attitude: ATG
- cardmania: ATG


  1. A lovely stitched creation, and a wonderful drawing (I'm so glad you included that). We hope you join us again at Come And Get It, CarolG

  2. Such a beautiful tag - I'm in awe of that stitching. I have to say though I really think the drawing surpasses your efforts by a mile. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    Good to have you joining us at CRAFT this week.
    Happy Christmas Sheryl DT member xx

  3. Your stitching is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 A ensue Create.

  4. Der Anhänger sieht auch super klasse aus. Danke für deine 3. Teilnahme bei den Basteltanten.
    Viele Grüße Andrea

  5. This might be a simple tag but it really looks amazing. I love the effect the stitching has given your Santa Claus! Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar (Christmas Time) Challenge this month, lots of luck and I hope we see you again soon. Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT

  6. wow...so many fabulous creations!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at alphabet challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  7. Beautiful Christmas Tag Cheiro. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

  8. Very pretty tag! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  9. Cute! Thanks for linking up at Use Your Stuff.

  10. Your tag is beautiful, love the stitching! What a wonderful drawing, thank you for sharing. I love that bouquet too! :) Thank you for joining us at Sunny Day Crafting!
    ~DT Sherry x

  11. That is a great Santa face stitching pattern! I love every piece you've added to create this tag! Thanks for sharing this (and your 5-year-old-self's idea of Christmas!) with us at CCAYR! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  12. Thanks for playing with us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December!
    My best wishes for a very merry Christmas!
    Monica - DT

  13. Nothing simple about that tag, love the stiching and the Santa it has created.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny's.
    Jean DT xx

  14. nice!!
    Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  15. Čudovit tag. Sem ga občudovala že na Craft-alnici. Hvala, da se igraš z nami tudi na Pile it on. Vesele praznike in srečno v novem letu. Keti (DT)

  16. What an amazing tag. Thanks for playing with us at Crafting with an Attitude :) xx Mari

  17. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our December challenge 5 at Love to Craft, Hazel, DT - and also for all of my Craftyhazelnut challenges - hope to see you again soon x

  18. Krasen tag si naredila. Všeč mi je, da si obdelala tudi zadnjo stran. Lp, Tina

    1. Hvala, Tina, za obisk in komentar, predvsem pa tudi za povabilo, da decembra ustarjam z vami v CRAFT-alnici :)

      Lp, V

  19. Great Christmas tag. Very creative. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. I hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia

  20. Čudovit tag si naredila in všeč mi je, ker je obdelan tudi zadaj :-)) Lepo motiv si naredila. Tudi šopek v ozadju je zelo lep.
    Hvala, ker si bila naša gostja v CRAFT-alnici.

    1. Hvala tudi za to pohvalo, in seveda za povabilo k ustvarjanju :) Res je bilo krasno z vami.

      Lp, V

  21. Oh my, this is not a simple tag! Absolutely gorgeous! I cross stitch and I know how much work went into stitching that Santa. He is so awesome! So glad you joined in the challenge at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. Hope to see you in January.

  22. A beautiful tag!! A talented lady. Well done you. Thank you for sharing at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

  23. Lovely tag. Thank you for linking up to the challenge at 12 Months of Christmas.

  24. Beautiful tags
    Thank you for your lovely entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  25. Simple but effective tag, I'd never think to stitch Santa's beard.Thank you for playing along at Pinspirational Challenges, hope to see you back again for the next challenge!

  26. Gorgeous Tag thank you for joining us over on
    Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge
    Dianne xx

  27. Beautiful work! I love the stitching you gave to your Santa! Thanks for sharing it with us at the 12 Months of Christmas

  28. Gorgeous tag! Love the stitched Santa! Thanks for sharing with us at Winter Wonderland.

  29. Great stitched tag. Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR.

  30. Very, very cute tags! Sorry for the late comment. I would like to invite you to link with us again for our first Challenge this year at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the encouragement found in 1 John 4:18-19 which tells us, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us." Have a blessed day!

    JO ANN

  31. Stunning make , thanks for playing at {PIN}spirational Challenge Lisa DT


  32. Beautiful tag!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper