Monday, December 10, 2012


Happy Monday! Simon is back with a brand new challenge for you!

Instead of 12 tags of Christmas this week, Tim Holtz has treated us to a new tag every month in 2012. You can see the archives of his 2011 Christmas tags here, and this year’s tags here

What does this have to do with anything, you ask?

Well...This week’s challenge is to find inspiration in one of his past tags!
Whether it is a design, technique, or other idea - and whether you incorporate your idea onto an ATC, card, tag, scrapbook page, or other item - just have some creative fun and get into the 12 tags spirit.

We can't wait to see what you Link up! You even have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher for!

I was super inspired by Tim's May 2012 Tag. As soon as I saw his use of stitching, combined with tissue, I knew what I wanted to try. I loved the texture that Tim created with his tag and I wanted to play around with that.

I mentioned in my last post  that I have been playing with the technique used to make chenille fabric. Thanks to my very talented fiber artist mother, I now know how to do this super easy trick.

But, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. 
Technique is great, but we need a specific project to put it on!
How about a Christmas Banner?
Let's take some strips of white and kraft to create our little banner bases:
 And down they go, onto a 6x6 scrap of kraft:
 With all of my strips randomly laid down, I grab some basic white tissue to layer on top:
After stitching columns down the tissue, right through the banner base, then we just cut down the center of each row:
 Then, with a bit of fluffing....
 Ta-Da! Tissue paper chenille! YAY!
 And then some notches get cut into the bottom of each banner piece:
With our banners all ready to go, we need some color and pizazz for the top. I just grabbed some Basic Grey papers from my stash and cut out lots of different sizes of circles and stitched them together into one long garland.
 My tiny attacher should come in handy for this:
All arranged and attached, with a spray here and a glitter there. Now, we need letters! A simple hand written letter punched out in a circle should do the trick:
 A final touch of some snow flakes and twine:
 Ah yes.... REJOICE!
 I just love the texture that stitching gives to that tissue.
A perfect little banner for the Christmas Season!
Thanks for the inspiration Tim!

Alrighty - now it's your turn!
Go make something awesome and link-it-up!

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  1. This is gorgeous!!! I love how simple it is yet stunning - something to rejoice about indeed - fabulous inspiration for this lil' insomniac taking a creative break - now if I could just get the hang of using my sewing machine without jamming it up so quickly....LOL! :D

  2. OMG this is fabulous...and so very you! Love how you did it and the step by step instructions.

  3. Hi Ashli, lovely banner, very textural and I love the natural elements and the added stitching. Love the colour palette from the circular pieces. Lovely home decor piece. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

  4. Ashli...your creativity with layering snippets of this and that never ceases to amaze me. This is such a cute little banner. Very original and very cute idea! <3 Candy

  5. Very fun, love all the layering :D Beautiful, gorgeous & all that!

  6. That is a super fun home dec piece! Love the circle embellishments in the bright fun colors. :)

  7. Thanks for the great techniques - love the stitched tissue!

  8. Ohhh... this is so clever and fun and the result is just GORGEOUS! LOVE it!

  9. gorgeous banner!!! Love the tissue trick!!

  10. Wow ashli, this banner is very pretty! love it! Hugs, Sandra

  11. WHAT? LOOOOVE!!! TOO FABULOUS! Great idea- great execution- so BEAUTIFUL! What did you sue to make the large pinked circles? I have the Martha Stewart punch around the page punch but I would love something bigger so I can layer them in like this.

  12. Uhm- just saw the link to Simon Says- off to shop! :)

  13. Fun! Love the texture that the tissue paper gives the banner! Terrific work as always!

  14. Brilliant! Love that tissue paper effect on the background. Beautiful design!

  15. Stunning banner, Ashli! I love the texture and papers that you used! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  16. Wow!! This is awesome! Great ideas!!

  17. Rejoice Indeed! Beautiful and so Colorful!


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