I love supporting causes with my crafting so when I heard about a crafty friend, Lydia (YT: Kitty Kard Kreate) asked folks to create tags to accompany holiday gifts for children at a homeless shelter, I was definitely in.

20161113_182931-1I thought something whimsical and not gender specific could be useful to the shelter distributing the tags and gifts so my mind immediately turned to the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds and Crazy Things. I used the following Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color them up with wild and wacky colors: Persian Green (033), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Blue (036), Fluorescent Green (004), Yellow (050), Orange (070), Scarlett (023), Light Pink (026), Dark Pink (027) and Light Violet (081)

20161113_183035-1-1Because I had the coordinating Crazy Birds Dies and Crazy Things Dies, I die cut extra layers for all the eyes and wings of the birds (to add a bit of dimension), and I die cut lots of holiday accessories to mix and combine with the birds. I LOVE how the dies do not leave a big white area around the images to create a more integrated look. Then for a little shine and sparkle, I added Icicle Stickles over top of the white areas of the Santa hats, Glossy Accents on all the birds’ eyes and candy canes, and Wink of Stella on various parts of the birds.

Then I hand cut some tags from an old Crate Paper Snow Day paper pad that amazingly seemed to have the same crazy colors I had used to watercolor those birds! As the paper is not double sided, I cut enough of the paper to glue two pieces back to back, which was also good to make the tags feel more sturdy. I inked the edges of both sides with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Worn Lipstick or Picked Raspberry. I also used up some Shimmerz ivory and pale pink scraps with my Prima Pineapple Doily Die to create a little backdrop so that the birds would stand out from the busy patterned tag bases. Lastly I punched holes at the top of each tag and added ribbons, fibers, bakers twine bows, and jingle bells for a little fun.

20161113_183009-1-1These tags are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Shine Bright Like a Diamond Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Just Keep On Creating Anything Goes Challenge
Not Just Cards November Challenge
Card Mania Tag You’re It Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with an Optional Anything But a Card Challenge
Penny Black and More Anything Christmas Challenge

 

 

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