Thursday, December 1, 2011

Michael Strong Holiday Tag Blog Hop

Welcome to the Michael Strong Tag Blog Hop.We hope to give you some Holiday inspiration for the Season of 2011. 13 blogs have joined together to make sure you see lots of creativety with some of Michael Strongs favourite stamps.
Not only do you get lots of inspiration, but there is also a prize to win: Michael Strong stamps!
While you are hopping, you also collect 13 letters and make a sentiment out of it. This sentiment you mail to: Hetty (  and on the 7th of December the prize winner will be announced.

And now for some creativety:
Here are the tags I made for the blog hop! I had so much fun that I made 4 tags with the numbers of the new year. I might make a card out of it. I cut the numebers with my cricut and used George and Basic Shapes font cartridge. For the base of the tags I cut some paper in the size of 3 x 5,5 inch.
I used Tim Holtz movers and shapers snowflakes and cut
some masks out of the TH mask sheet and placed
them on top of the tags.
The tags were placed in a box and sprayed with
Puerto Rico glimmermist.
When you take the masks of the tags it looks like this.
Take your tonic distress tool, some ice spruced distress
ink and your blending tool to deepen the color of the tag..
Now you can go ahead and decorate.
All the tags are a little different.
This one is with Michael Strong's Chrismas tree
and ornament (as a charm) and
Tim Holtz townscape die.
For this tag I used Tim Holtz rosette
And Michael Strong's cloisonné circle
and dog. The circle is embossed in siver
and the dog is colored with pencil.
For this tag I printed a mini-calendar.
If you like this too, you can find this
online: HERE.
On the last tag I used Michael Strong's
Snowpal. You see also snowflakes. Those are
cut with Tim Holtz movers and shapers. i used some cheap
glitter rubber that now is available everywhere.
The sentiment is also by Michael Strong on one
of the banners cut out of a Tim Holtz die.
As you have seen on tree of the tags I have some
charms made out of the Michael Strong stamps.
I used shrink plastic to make them. I stamped the image on the
shrink plastic and cut it out. The tree with a die,
but the ornament and the snowpal with scissors.
Before heating the shrink plastic, color your image with pencil
and make a hole for the ribbon.
This is to show you how small the image became.
I used the middle size Christmas tree.
I finished them with adding glossy accent.
In the hole I put a tooth pick to keep it open
for the ribbon.

These are all the Blogs that participate, so if you get lost come back here to see where else you can go.
Mind you: people from all over the world are taking part, so it can happen that their blog is not in the air yet.
Go back at some later moment in time and see what beautiful artwork they have made.
1. Hetty -> you are here
4. Judy
10. Diana
11. Dorly
12. Heidi
13. Herma

Now all you need is a letter for your scavenger hunt. My letter is the last one of my name: "Y".
Happy Hopping and Hunting!
Have a creative day!


CraftyJo said...

Lovely tags Hetty, great idea making them tell the year. There's a lot of detail too - thanks for describing them and pointing-out all the lovely stuff on each of them.

Anonymous said...

Wat zijn dat prachtige tags!

Marjie Kemper said...

Very pretty! Great idea to spell out the year. What fun to do that every year and see how your style changes. Love the way you used the on-the-edge dies!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE! Trena said...

Wow Hetty! What a great tags. Very artsy!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Else49 said...

Great tags Hetty and thank you so much for the quick 'workshop'

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Your tags are wonderful. Michael Strong's stamps are really cool.

Katje said...

Your tag is very lovely! Thank you for the tutorial as well. I love the shrink plastic charms (yours came out so much better than mine).
Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love 'em all, HettY
mary l.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your idea to have 4 tags with the year- and I love your resist technique and the shrink plastic idea- awesome!!!

1922 Designs by bev allaire said...

Hetty! I love them all, but the four "year" tags are my favorite.
bev a

Heidi said...

Wonderful tags! Love that technique and it looks soooo good on the tags!

ModernaDesignsArt said...

Hetty, awesome tags and a cool color combo. TFS the steps for making them.
Thank you for organizing this Blog Hop!
Dorly Weitzen, Israel

CarlavdM said...

Wauw hebt errug leuke tags gemaakt.

Jill P said...

thanks for hosting this. lovely tags

Laura said...

Hetty, your 2 0 1 2 tags are just GORGEOUS!!! I love everything about them! The blue color is sooo pretty. Blue is my favorite color! I like the way you added the new year's numbers to each of them...they will be a nice decoration for New Year's Day too! Thank you so much for taking the time to give the tutorial on how you created them! You are awesome!!! hugs, Laura

Laura said...

Your tags that "spell" 2012 are GORGEOUS!!! I love the idea of numbering them so they are NEW YEAR'S tags too!! ANd I love the blue color and how you varied each one. You are amazing!!!

Michelle W said...

Thank you Hetty for hosting this Holiday Blog Hop. It was fun seeing all the tags. Such a talented group! Your tags are awesome! Thanks for such detailed instructions.

Mistys Mum said...

I love the idea of the year date on the tags - what a great idea for a New Year card, or even a special event. I love all the detailed information you have given

Rosie Guiher said...

Wow great tags Hetty!! would look great on a calender!! thanks for sharing!

miatagal said...


Love your tags. Your creativity is so.... inspiring!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful tags Hetty...this should be a really fun hop!!!
Jan Castle

Kathie McGuire said...

This is fantastic Hetty!! It reminds me of the project I learned from you long ago. The "year" calendars. This tag project is so wonderful!!!

Celeste W. said...

I love these tags, Hetty! The tutorial is easy to follow!