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November 10, 2015

Loll's Mixed Media Tag Event!

Hello! Happy Toozday!

I'm honored to be here today as one of the special Guest Designers taking part in my friend Loll's inspirational Twelve Tags of Christmas event! There are awesome prizes to be had and the gallery will remain open until November 22!

Loll is showcasing "mixed media" art for this tag event. I thought at first this would be out of my artistic range, but I was happily wrong about that. If you are primarily a CAS card artist and think you might not manage mixed media, check out the definition below my tag.

In the proverbial words of Babe Ruth, if I can do it, you can do it!
Here is Loll's definition of "mixed media" for this event and my compliance:
  1. Make a tag with stamps + ink: my snowflake is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink.
  2. Add two other elements which add texture or dimension: 
    • the die-cut JOY; 
    • the snowflake e/f embossed on glossy paper.
That's it! How EZPZ was that?! In addition to the requirements, I added a lovely soft-grained Lost Lagoon ribbon from SU and I backed my tag with another layer of the shiny metallic paper I used to die-cut the sediment word. 

Tags are on fire right now all over Blogland! We all love them, we all make them, and I'd love to see your tag(s) entered in this fun event of Loll's. You can link up here!
Twelve Tags of Christmas
I'm also entering these Challenges:
Pixies Crafty Workshop
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We were thrilled to get LOTS of much-needed rain here, even thunder, lightening, hail, and rainbows! At one point I looked out and saw my little hummingbird, thus:
The smart boy figured out he would be out of the rain a little bit if he perched on top of the swing!

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New Friends Corner

Please help me welcome these five new talented friends to the Playhouse!

Juhi of Juhi's Handmade Cards. Juhi is originally from Bangladore, India, but she now resides in Singapore. She has been blogging since 2009. Her cards are truly works of art, worthy of framing. You may have seen them in the winner's circle at challenges. You will be inspired by her vibrant colors, her video tutorials, and by how impactful her CAS designs are!

Ruth of Crafting While the Baby Naps. I just love that blog name and admire any mothers who manage to mother AND blog! Ruth began her blog just this past February so she is brand new to our community! Please do make a special effort to visit Ruth and introduce yourself! Her cards are not only clean and simple, they go the extra mile with her excellent crisp execution and brilliant coloring!

Rita of Cards by Rita. Rita has been blogging since she became a Stampin Up demonstrator in June of 2010. She is a SAHM who lives in Texas. Rita enjoys making her beautiful cards to send to friends all over the world. Her expertise with Copics is apparent in her cards which are radiant and fun! Plus, she often shares adorable family photos with us!

Shirley of Glittered Paws. Shirley lives in Missouri and she started her blog in 2009. She is a retired nurse who is now a hopelessly addicted papercrafter. As her blog name suggests, Shirley and her husband have plenty of beloved pets underfoot gathering glitter from Shirley's art studio! Shirley is another Copic Certified Designer whose cards are simply gorgeous!

Maureen Wong of My C.A.S.E. Studies. Maureen started blogging in 2008! She is the mother of two humans and two furballs. Maureen loves blogging and visiting other crafty blogs for inspiration. She has served on many design teams and she was a Stamping Royalty winner in 2014! Needless to say, you will find oodles of design ideas on Maureen's blog!

Thank you for joining, ladies, and welcome to the Playhouse!

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83 comments:

Kathyk said...

Fab tag for Loll's 12 tags of Christmas event, Darnell, lovely pic too

Kathyk

Susan said...

Love your tag, Darnell! Especially the way you made it two layers - great effect! Wonderful embossed background too!

Loll said...

LOVE your tag Dolly!! The two layers with that beautiful metallic paper for the back one and the joy sentiment is such a great design ... and the colour is gorgeous. Love the added texture from the embossing folder, and your pretty stamped snowflakes. Thanks so much for being a Guest Designer at my Twelve Tags of Christmas event!! Lolly xx

Lee-Anne said...

Loving this two layer tag, Darnell! What a stunning color!

Nancy Stislow said...

Darnell, this is gorgeous! The color and design are outstanding. I particularly love the double tag and the beautiful ribbon you used on this. The sheen on your cardstock enhances the beauty of this one too1 LOVE this!

Valerie Nolan said...

Beautiful tag Darnell, love the embossing!
Val x

Marianne said...

Fab tag, Darnell. love the pretty colours and sheen. I think it's high time to get my snowflake embossing folder out of hiding. Also loved Loll's tag using this same EF.
Marianne x

Linda said...

Fabulous tag Darnell .... the texture looks great, love the hint of colour on the embossing. Speaking of the colour I love that icy shade of blue .... stunning!!
Thanks for playing along with the HLS Mixed Media challenge too xx

Tina Z. said...

I love your tag and perhaps I will try with mixed media (I've never done this - it's too difficult for me ;)

Bonnie said...

Loll is amazing at convincing us that we can do, and often do, mixed media! Love that hint of color around the embossing and the double tag with the pretty ribbon! You sure have a smart hummer. Ours would perch in the tree over the air conditioner when the fan was running. They've gone to warmer places now and the Winter birds are starting to come back.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful creation

Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful card with these two panels and the embossing!So lovely!
The photo of the little bird that is taking a bath is very cute... :D

Ruth said...

This is a gorgeous tag - maybe I could try mixed media after all! And thank you for putting me in your new friends corner this week - I'm flattered you by your description! And I only manage to mother and blog because I ignore the housework ;) xx

OH Babs said...

This tag is a beauty. I really like your color choices. Guess I should give it a try.

Brenda said...

Your tag is gorgeous Auntie! I love the colors you used and love how you embossed the snowflake pattern on glossy paper, the ink wipe looks fabulous. I love that "joy" as well. Glad you enjoyed making a tag for Loll's 12 days of tags! Love too that you are getting much needed rain, we are getting rain too. How cute is the hummer staying out the rain as best he can?!! Hugs, Brenda

Linda said...

Darnell, that tag is absolutely gorgeous. Love it...

nancy littrell said...

Love your beautiful snowflake double tag Darnell. Mixed media done simply and creatively. :-) I am thrilled to be sharing the Guest Designer spot with you today on Loll's fabulous 12 Tags of Christmas Event :-) Aren't we special my friend. Hugs, e

rachel said...

stunning tag Darnell - I love it - I thought it was the funkie junkie challenge you were doing but i see there's another 12 tags!!!! You live and learn! Hugs rachel x

Pat said...

I adore that tag Darnell and the colours are beautiful. The background embossing with the stamped snowflakes and then the sentiment and ribbon to finish are just perfect. x

cm said...

Gasp...gorgeous, Darnell! I have Lost Lagoon ink which, until seeing your tag here, I've had zippo clue what to do with it..and now, I am stoked! Hope you don't mind a bit o'casing! Swooning...mega swooning!
Hugs~c

conil said...

My, my mixed media...and you've aced it. This tag is really gorgeous. I'm so impressed with the embossed color. It's definitely a WOW!

Lisa said...

Gorgeous tag, Darnell!! I love the texture and the colors!! The little hummer is adorable!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Nora N. said...

Oh I love this tag Darnell!! The color that you used is divine. I also like the embossed background and the way you used two tags on top of each other. LOVE the photo!!

Carol said...

A simply gorgeous tag Darnell,love the colour. Thanks for joining us at HLS Christmas and Mixed Media challenges too. Carol x

Cat Craig said...

Such a pretty tag Darnell, love the matching ribbon as well. So nicely constructed and designed.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING the snowflakes!!!!!!!!!1

laurie said...

Pretty tag, Darnell! I think you have mixed media down pat!

Lisa said...

What an elegant tag Darnell, my goodness!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Your shimmering Mixed Media tag looks fabulous! Way to go!

Julia Aston said...

Love your sweet double tag with the greens, the embossing and lovely shine!

Carol L said...

What a great tag! I'm scratching my head now wondering why I never warmed up to that lost lagoon color! You may have pushed me over the edge! Thanks :)

TK Watson said...

Congrats on being able to include the "mixed media"! I love your tag, it's gorgeous and inspiring.

Cheryl W. said...

Your tag is super lovely and will add some elegance to any Christmas package. Nice work on mixing your media!

Joyce said...

Love your mixed media tag. Darnell, you are making it look too easy, when I know it is not.

Marilyn said...

Wowsa... that is a fabulous tag! Gorgeous!

Pawsitively Creative said...

Wonderful mixed media tag! Those colors are beautiful and the shimmer on the part is splendid! Awesome sauce design! Hugz.

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous tag, love you animated raindrops too.xx
 { aNNie}

Sue said...

Darnell, your tag is beautiful. The colour is really striking and I adore your embossing with a touch of that beautiful turquoise.
Sue...xxx

SARN said...

What a pretty mixed media tag you've made Darnell. Love that colour blue.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue said...

What a pretty tag.

You are so lucky to have Hummingbirds visit you.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Marilyn said...

Love your double tag!! Love the embossing also

Bananastamper said...

Your tag is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the texture!!!
Shanna :)

Marcia HIll said...

Loved seeing your tag over at Loll's Darnell...it's a beauty! Really liked all your Autumn cards the other day too, and of course the photo of Mister on his feet and looking so dapper! So glad to hear things are improving and that your nursing duties are lightening up! And more time to play...yeah!! :0)

Jeanne said...

Wonderful tag...so glad you were able to participate! I like the texture of the embossing and the sparkle. Can't have too much sparkle. So happy you are getting some rain (and hopefully not too much all at once). That poor little hummingbird is probably thinking...what the heck is this stuff?!

Colleen said...

Whenever I see "mixed medium" I get a little scared...but I love the definition and think I can give this a try!! Your tag is awesome, so shiny and shimmery!! Have a great day...poor little hummer, looks like he founds a fairly dry place...still....

Leslee said...

Your tag is wonderful and beautiful! Job well done! At least you're having rain and not rain followed by snow like us! Makes for slippy driving!

Di said...

Stunning tag(s) Darnell! I adore the colours you used - and the ribbon is so luscious - a perfect foil for the wonderful embossing die cut and so on. LOVE it!

And bless your little hummer, hiding from the rain! So sweet.

Hugs

Di xx

Tanja said...

love that fabulous color combo - thanks for sharing your creation at the HLS November Mixed Media Challenge

Petra Swart said...

WOW, that metallic paper is really beautiful, Darnell - love the wonderful colour!!!! Your tag is stunning - the embossed snowflakes with the subtle colouring are lovely!!! The ribbon is beautiful!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Buttons said...

So much to see in this beautiful little tag Darnell! LOVE the way you've enhanced that relief detail. Jenny x

Team Clark said...

So pretty, love the inking around the embossed snowflakes. :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the dual tag use, embossed bg and that lovely joy die! Great multi tag :)

Damchy said...

Such a beautiful tags. They look so real. Wonderful work.

Donna said...

Gorgeous colour scheme, Darnell :)

JoAnn said...

So pretty. Love your 2 layerd tag and the pretty color. The shiny metallic paper looks great.

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous tag Miss Darnell...love those pretty blues.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A wonderful tag Darnell, loving the colour.
Lorraine

oldpunca said...

Gorgeous tag, dear Darnell. Your attempt of mixed media gave a great result. :-) I hope you will create more cards in this technique.
Hugs, Sonja

Jean said...

Just gorgeous!

Anita in France said...

Wow, Darnell ... how gorgeously you do mixed media ... this is a stunner! Lovely texture and shimmer and shine ... and such a wonderful, elegant colour! Hugs & bisous, bisous, Anita :)

Birgit said...

Love your tag! The colour is unique and I like how you stamped the snowflake in the embossed area

Geri said...

Smart bird! And cute too!

ADORE your tag! The SU ribbon steals the show and seems to be a perfect match for the glitzy background paper! Nice touch with the 'cabochon' looking centers on the two large snowflakes!

Diane said...

Wonderful texture and color for your tag design Darnell. Glad to see you little hummingbird is staying dry.

Hugs Diane

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful tag design and I really love the colors of it. Awesome shimmer!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE the double layer to that tag Darnell and the shimmer is fabulous! What a clever little hummingbird staying out of the rain! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx

Deepti said...

Wohoo! I do love the fact that even CAS card makers can work mixed media magic and you did it so awesomely :) love the idea of embossing the shimmery paper. Gorgeous tag!

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous work Miss Darnell, love the techniques on this one and I do love me a blue Christmas so much!
I finally remembered what we all doing jumping in and around the pond at the Playground. Sarn and I were doing a rain dance to try to get you some rain out there in the USA and it worked! Yay do you want us to dance and see if we can get some more?! Make sure you bring the hooch though, it seems I can only do the rain dance if I'm well lubricated!
Big hugs from the UK nutter lol! Karen xx

Barb said...

I love your shimmery tag Darnell with the background tag at the back. What a dear little bird. I get great pleasure from watching the birds too. Barbxx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Darnell, you can impress me! What a beautiful tag! Everything worked out to the smallest detail. And the end result simply dazzles!
Thank you for sharing by HLS CC to see you again,
BozenA DT HLS

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous two layer shimmering textured tag of pure loveliness! Lovely photo too! xxx

Redanne said...

Oh yes! Love the colours, love the textures, love your tag! I don't know why the words 'mixed media' worry so many people... two or more products is really all it is... and I am the latest convert to it and love it! Messy fun - I hope Hammy enjoyed it along with you. Apologies for my lateness, trying to get caught up... Hugs, Annie xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your tag is beautiful, Darnell! The colour is gorgeous and I love the embossing and beautiful ribbon! I looked at Loll's challenge and saw mixed media and decided it wasn't for me. But you make it look so easy, so I might have to give it a second look! If I can find my lost mojo, I will do that! Your little hummingbird is sweet - we won't see ours again until next summer - I find them mesmerizing to watch!

Greta said...

Big congrats on being one of Loll's designers! Seeing the MM definition here, I think I can enter the tag I just posted on flickr--thanks for the info! Your tag is gorgeous with the metallic paper! So fun to see the hummer--glad you had rain & hopefully no damage.

KandA said...

Gorgous tag Darnell. Love the 2 layers and the stencilling on glossy paper - definitely have to try that xx

Sharon Underwood said...

BEAUTIFUL tag, Darnell!

Bobby said...

I wasn't sure about mixed media either, Darnell, but it's rather fun isn't it?
I love the color you used and the sparkle of the blue aorund the snowflakes

Cris G said...

Great double tag, Darnell! Love the real dimension, emphasized by the subtle soft blue. And now I'm thinking of what I could do to enter the challenge... see what you did? :)

Laurie Unger said...

What a wonderful mixed media tag! I also really like fall leaves with rain animation picture - because it reminds me of Seattle. However, it's raining buckets and cats and dogs and the wind is blowing a gale! What fun we are having! Watching the rivers crest, time to stamp!

Gail Townsend said...

lovely tag, I like how you have created the snowflake background. thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge.

nwilliams6 said...

Wonderful mixed media tag. I love that you did two layers and the soft edging around your embossing - beautiful. You do mixed media really well and your tag came out awesome!!!! Hugz

Sue Reynolds said...

Wow, no wonder you have instructions to get to the bottom of your comments, you have a lot of admirers of your work. This tag is so much like the card I wanted to submit to Merry Monday but too late...I have never made tags but you have inspired me to maybe create some this Christmas...just another touch of a personal gift.

shirley-bee said...

This must be the most co-ordinated tag I've seen, Darnell! Love the shimmery paper and the touch of colour around the embossing.

Helen F. said...

Beautiful tag,Darnell. i am a big fan of non-traditional colors for my Christmas cards and this combo is one of my faves ;-)