12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas 2019 – Day 7 with Heather Meeson

Welcome to the 7th day of our 12 Tags of Christmas 2019! We are thrilled you stopped by!

Today Heather is here with a tag inspired by one of her favorite Christmas Carols, Cool Yule!

Make sure to leave a little comment love for Heather here for a chance to win a $25 gift code and head here to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

You’re gonna’ flip when ol’ St. Nick plays a lick on a peppermint stick.

By the time December rolls in, our holiday records have been spinnin’ for a few weeks. Our go-tos are upbeat, jazzy tunes, and I’ve picked a fav to inspire Day 7’s tag: Cool Yule! (If this one isn’t already on your holiday playlist, you can give it a listen below.)

As you might guess from a song originally introduced by Louis Armstrong, it features a big, swingin’ trumpet. I included a nod to that on my tag by using music-playin’ animals from a non-Christmas Lawn Fawn set, and brought the festive with holiday bits and bobs from another. I finished the tag by setting a cool, frosty scene of layered landscape dies, all cut from white.

My favorite part of the tag is the peppermint-stick-colored flute, inspired by a line in the song. It was a “monkey-clap” moment when the simple Copic coloring – with a gel pen stripe – worked. Gotta’ relish the small successes! *wink*

TIP: Use vellum over “snow” dies to create a soft, dreamy effect.

If you’ve been cool, Santa won’t do ya’ wrong.

Sometimes you have time to build a scene with loads of layers and sometimes ya’ need something faster; the Essentials by Ellen Letterboard Die Set works great for speedy, stylish tags, and it’s easy peasy to adapt the frame and the “board” to smaller sizes. I made a few of these to add on to packages alongside the main tag.

TIP: You can simply punch a hole in any shape to turn it into a tag, but if you want a more polished finish, use a small tag die with a loop at the top, and layer it in your base design.

He’ll come a callin’ when the snow’s the most, when all you cats are sleepin’ warm as toast …

As a little “bonus” project, I created a small gift bag (using the chorus of today’s carol) by altering the size of the Letterboard Die Set to match the front of a bag die from My Favorite Things.

TIP: Use an adhesive like “Stick-It” on cardstock before cutting letterboard letters to make placement a breeze.

Heather is not the only one having a cool yule! You can click the links below to see what other crafters have created…

And don’t forget we want to see your Cool Yule tags too! Head here to learn more about entering the 12 Tags Challenge!


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  • Reply Amy Cooley December 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    These little critters are adorable!

  • Reply Heike Carlson December 11, 2019 at 8:07 am

    So cute!

  • Reply Connie Johnson December 12, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Heather 🙂 Your tag is 100% pure sweetness!!! Wonderful that these little guys are making their own harmony! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  • Reply Tiffani Pool December 13, 2019 at 4:27 am

    I love the little stripes in the background you created! Beautiful work. This is a very playful and versatile tag! Love the music theme!

  • Reply Katie Brooks December 13, 2019 at 7:23 am


  • Reply lizbechtel69 December 13, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Love the peppermint stick, from old St. Nick! I like how you put the trees in the background! It is music to my ears!

  • Reply Lisa Bloker December 13, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Love the whole thing.

  • Reply Gina Love December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Aw, I love them!! So cute and original!

  • Reply Gina Love December 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Ok and those letter boards everything! ❤️ Them!!

  • Reply Robyn Ikemoto December 13, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Super cute tag. Love the simple coloring ‘ cause it’s fast!

  • Reply Barb December 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

    So cute

  • Reply Julie S December 14, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Great tag and I’ve never heard this song before!

  • Reply Larissa December 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Ooh, what a great way to use the letterboard dies! Love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Vicki Kroll December 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Laughed at the “Have a cool yule” I never heard that before and loved it. All your tags are cool especially the raccoon playing the peppermint stick. So creative!!

  • Reply Sue D December 15, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    I like this cool yule scene with the critter musicians.

  • Reply maryrose kulczak December 16, 2019 at 5:49 am

    What a sweet little musical scene!

  • Reply Chandhini December 16, 2019 at 9:09 am

    That’s a lovely tag, love the music in the BG.

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