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Tuesday 13 December 2011

Dragon's Dream of Christmas

Hi there, I've been a bit quiet lately, I'm back at work and we've been so busy I don't seem to have a minute but I really wanted to dream along with Frankie and the lovely team at Dragon's Dream Tag it on so I sneaked a couple of hours in my craft room and had loads of inky fun making this tag for their latest challenge where the theme is 'Time Changer'

I was thinking about the 'Time changer' theme for this challenge when i remembered a funny story from years ago when I was nursing. We used to have a Christmas party every year for the staff and patients children and grandchildren - the usual party games, buffet and of course a visit from Santa. This particular year our usual 'Santa' was ill so we persuaded one of the male nurses to dress up in a Santa costume and give out the presents to the children. He wasn't a happy bunny about it and got his revenge by telling all the children that they were first on his list  and he'd be visiting their house at midnight so they could get up as early as they wanted on Christmas day!!!! It still makes me giggle as the children were so excited at being first on Santa's list and we couldn't very well say Santa was lying lol. Needless to say we didn't ask him to be Santa ever again LOL

Anyway back to my tag. I've used distress inks (Wild honey, Festive Berries and Aged Mahogony) for the background and stamped with a music stamp before flicking drops of water on the background. The cogs are from Chocolate Baroque Steampunk Christmas themeplate. I've used part of one of Tims' weathered clocks, embossed with black sparkly EP as a frame for my Santa (stamped with one of my favourite stamps from Crafty Secrets). The flower is also from Steampunk Christmas, embossed with black sparkle EP on some card inked with the same distress inks. I've added some Marianne die cuts foliage coloured with evergreen bough distress ink)  and some holly berries made with red stickles and glass glintz. Here's another pic to show the sparkle.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges:
Crafty Emma's Challenge: traditional Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's : Traditional Christmas
Crafty Ribbons: Traditional Colours for Christmas
Creative Belli: christmas or winter
I brake for challenges: I brake for vintage
Marianne Design Diva's : sparkle and shine
My Mum's Craft Shop: Traditional Christmas
OOh La La: Anything but a card
Pan Pastels: gift tags
Sugar Creek Hollow: Vintage Christmas Tags

Thanks for calling by today
Claire xx


  1. Hi Claire, hope you are ok and your tag is great! Wishing you fine and warm Christmas days, warm greetz Mirandax

  2. Wow! this is beautiful - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 50 - hope to see you again soon. x

  3. this is brilliant - I love the warm colours & that flower (which I just happen to be using). I had to smile at your story especially when I saw what time you'd set the hands to & the mischievous grin on Santa's Face!
    Thanks for enlightening too - Dragonsdream is a new one for me - very apt in mind of the CB Alphatags for 2012.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. A beautiful tag, thanks for joining in with the PanPastel challenge xxx

  5. WOW! What a stunning tag, love the background you have created and the clock face is just stunning, it really looks like rusted metal. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  6. This is one truly STUNNING tag!!!! Love the techniques you have used. Thanks for sharing with us at Marianne`s Design Divas. Hugs...Mona

  7. Really stunning tag you can really see the texture you have added thanks for joining us for the last challenge of 2011 at PanPastel UK.


  8. Oh wow Claire, this is stunning, I love every detail. TFS Hugs Suzanne

  9. love this vintage tag-thanks for playing along with the christmas challenge at creative belli

  10. Gorgeous tag, thanks for sharing your fab creation with us at CRAFTY RIBBONS, good luck, x carol

  11. What a clever way to incorporate the challenge into your creation. Thanks for sharing on the Belli Challenge.

  12. Wow this is gorgeous I adore vintage
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week
    Happy Christmas and New Year

  13. OMGosh this is so very pretty, the image is adorable and its beautifully coloured, its just perfect for our Tag your it Challenges this week,

    Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Your Passion, I hope you will come and join the fun next week,

    Have a lovely day,
    Hugs Bridget CYP GDT

  14. Gorgeous vintage design and I absolutely love the sprigs! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.

  15. Hi Claire hunni,
    Wow this is fantastic. Love the rich colours you've used. Thanks for sharing with us at OLL in our Anything But a Card challenge this time. Good luck.
    Dawn xx

  16. Wow, that's a wonderful tag, love the elements, texture and colors. Thanks for dreaming with us on TIO.

  17. Absolutley stunning. I could look at it over and over. I knew a male nurse just like your Santa, didn't know you were an ex-nurse like myself. hugs from Caz at TIOT.

  18. What a fabulous tag. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this time. luv gina xx

  19. Beautiful tag Claire, thanks so much for joining us at CES this week, Karenx

  20. Wow.A fabulous creation.So beautitfully detailed.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  21. This is gorgeous.

    Thank you for joining us over at CES Challenges, hope to see you again.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  22. wow ~ that is fabulous scrappy happy tag! all those textures..and so vintage looking...absolutely love it chickie!

  23. This is an utterly stunning tag! Thanks for sharing it at Try it on Tuesday xx Janet

  24. What a wonderful tag- and I love your Santa story too... Hope you have a great Christmas this year. thanks for dreaming with us at TIO.

  25. this is just LUSH!!!! I love it!!! Hugs Juls

  26. Gorgeous tag. Love the colors you used. Thank you for sharing.


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