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Friday 29 December 2017

Final Tag Friday of 2017

Welcome to Tag Friday! A few times a year we have 5 Fridays in a challenge month, meaning we get to hold our Anything Goes Tag Friday, and December is one of those months this year. It is always popular with the Creative Guides - we do love our tags, and it's always fun to see the different directions we all go in when there's no strict route to follow. Let's take a look at what everyone has created...

I decided to re-acquaint myself with my fabulous collection of dies, some of which I use all the time and others I completely forget about! I also wanted to use this fabulous quote along with some coffee stained papers sitting on my desk.  Do join me over at Live the Dream if you would like to find out more.

Since we're not even halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas yet, I make no apology for offering up a festive tag.  In fact, this tag is doing double duty - it's also my final tag for the Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas challenge... and the closing date is today!  Do come and visit Words and Pictures if you'd like to see all the details of this "leftovers" creation.  

Having kept all my Christmas cards flat for posting, I had great fun adding some embellishments to this wintry Tim Holtz Etc. tag. It's the small size, but still huge... If you want to see how it came together, please come and visit.

I had a set of ice skates left over from another project so I used them, together with one of Alison Bomber's wonderful sentiment stamps, to create a simple wintry tag.  You can see more over on my BLOG.

I was ready to move past the holidays and even the winter season for the moment and created an encouraging tag with a sentiment stamp from one of our own Alison Bomber's stamp sets,  creating my background using the 'Cling Wrap Technique' which you can learn all about on my blog post here!

After making many a Christmas tag, I decided to turn my thoughts towards a New Year's celebratory tag, filled with stars and glittery accents.  Happy New Year to you and thanks for your visits to my blog SewPaperPaint throughout 2017. 

My original design for my tag background didn't quite go as planned and it was destined for only one place - the bin! That is until the white paint and brayer that were sat on my desk caught my eye .......! Thanks to them the 'bin worthy' background was transformed and along with Seth Apters dies, stamps and woodchips  made into the tag I share today over on my blog. Please feel free to pop by for more details.

What started out as a mop up from cleaning my stencil turned into a icy winter scene with the help of some die cuts and a few new Christmas gifts. This tag proves there are two sides to every story. Thank you for all your support  in 2017 both here at A Vintage Journey and at my blog, sarascloset. Happy New Year!

For our last Tag Friday of 2017, I decided to embrace the new Pantone Color Of The Year 2018, Ultra Violet, and created a tag with multiple Distress products in various shades of purple.  Think a touch of the next upcoming holiday, Valentine's Day, may have crept in there too!  Hope you can stop by my blog for my how to and Happy New Year everyone!


That's all from us in 2017 - though you've still got just a few days to join in with Sandy's lovely Winter Wonderland challenge - so we'll wish you a very Happy New Year right now.

We'll see you soon in 2018 for some more challenges on our Vintage Journey.  Greetings and good wishes to all our amazing followers and players from around the world.  We love having you on board for the journey, and enjoying your creative explorations as you play along with the challenges here.  Happy 2018 everybody!

Alison and the Creative Guides xx


  1. Wow wow wow!!!! All amazing!!! Great works of Art!

  2. A stunning display each and everyone! Wishing you all a Happy and Creative New Year... Warm Wishes Tracey xx

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  4. Should have read a fantastic array of tags, which are full of amazing inspiration as always xx Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and creative New Year 2018

    Love Annie xx

  5. Such a wonderful mix of beautiful and inspirational tags! Wishing you all the best for a wonderful 2018! Hugs, Anne xxx

  6. Spectacular tags all round... looking forward to visiting for a closer look at some point soon!
    Alison x

  7. Gorgeous finish to 2017! A blessed New Year to the Design Team and a thank you for all the inspiration provided all year long!

  8. Loving all your tags ladies- such a fantastic gallery of creativity! Looking forward to visiting you all over the next few days . Off now to pin these beauties :) .
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend . Enjoy your New Year celebrations and heres hoping 2018 will be kind to you all . Happy New Year Everyone .

  9. Well done, ladies! You have sent 2017 out with a bang! Happy 2018!!!

  10. Such a wonderful line up of tags all beautifully created and inspirational.
    I hope everyone in the team and all our readers have had a brilliant Christmas and I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful new year..
    hugs Brenda xxx

  11. how awesome all this work is !

  12. A truly wonderful collection of tags!! Off to see all the details! Happy New Year to all my teamies and lovely visitors!

  13. Absolutely wonderful tags! Happy New a Year to all at AVJ! xxxxxxx

  14. You girls absolutely amaze me! These are all fantastic and I can't wait to hop around for the details. Hugs, Autumn

  15. Beautiful and inspiring tags from all of the Creative Guides, what a wonderful way to end 2017! Thank you for sharing them and wishing all of my wonderful teammates and our fabulous followers a very Happy New Year, wishing us all much joy, good health and creativity in 2018! Deb xo

  16. What a lovely collection of tags here! Such a variety of designs and techniques - can't wait to pop over and see each of them! Happy New Year everyone! Julia xx

  17. Sorry to be a bit late visiting all your wonderful creations - so many wonderful colours, designs and techniques. And how wonderful that we ALL love a Tag Friday here at AVJ !! Happy New Year to you all - when it comes!! Jennie x