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12 Tags of Christmas 2020 – Day 1 with Sandy Allnock

Welcome to Day 1 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2020!

We’re kicking off our annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a bang – please welcome, Sandy Allnock – who’s created a wonderful tag inspired by “Silver Bells”!

Be sure to leave a little love for Sandy – by commenting on this post – for a chance to win $25 to spend at ellenhutson.com, then click over to this post to enter the 12 Tags Challenge!

Hello and MERRY CHRISTMAS! It’s not too early to say that right! It’s December! I’m Sandy and the fact that we’re doing the 12 days series of tags feels so……normal. Nothing in 2020 has felt normal. But this does!

This year the tags are inspired by songs – mine is Silver Bells, with the whole city sidewalks, busy sidewalks idea. I made a tiny little artwork while singing loudly in my studio! Don’t worry, I didn’t sing in the video!

I used the Shaker Globe and Merry Little Christmas dies for most of my tag – cutting them to make a little layered scene. Color was added with an airbrush – note that you’d need to get a compressor to use the ABS-3 and a cord (your compressor may come with one already) to hook the two up. But then you’d be set to airbush your heart out. What a great gift to ask Santa for!

The colors I picked were to match this purple wrapping paper – I am (GASP) out of Christmas papers, can I just use this!?!?! Will I get arrested? The BV08, RV06, and B26 were perfect, and the Queen for a Day ink by Catherine Pooler worked great for the to/from.

I hope you’ll take part in the 12 Days of Christmas linkup – just think, you can do 12 quick tags and be done with them by December 12th! And a BONUS treat from me this month: See my video here for details.

If I don’t see you before then, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukkah, a Happy New Year, and everything else that’s celebrated in this most festive season!


Sandy wasn’t the only one inspired by “Silver Bells”! For more tag inspiration featuring today’s song, visit:

And don’t forget we want to see what kind of tag “Silver Bells” inspires you to make too! Head here to learn more about entering the 12 Tags Challenge!


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  • Reply maureenkmorton December 1, 2020 at 6:19 am

    I am sooo loving this color for Christmas! Who’d have thought? This whole virus thing has sparked new creativity in us all. This is the sweetest little scene. Once again, you rocked it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Chandhini December 1, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Such a beautiful tag, love the choice of colors. That was innovative of you to use coordinating dies to create the look.

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 1, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Oooo Sandy, This is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE your colors!!!

  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 1, 2020 at 7:04 am

    Great Day 1! I enjoy this series every year. Beautiful Tag!

  • Reply Sharon O December 1, 2020 at 7:05 am

    This Silver Bells-inspired tag is gorgeous!

  • Reply Cheryl December 1, 2020 at 7:17 am

    I love the tag and the colors are beautiful!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 1, 2020 at 7:28 am

    What a pretty tag with those gorgeous winter colours.

  • Reply Lucy E. December 1, 2020 at 7:35 am

    This tag is so lovely, with those yummy
    shades of purple, blue and pink!

  • Reply Terri Rizzo December 1, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful tag, you make it look so easy. Thank you so much for the idea. Love your tags, classes etc.

  • Reply GiniK December 1, 2020 at 7:53 am

    I don’t tend to think of purples and pinks for Christmas – but I will now! Beautiful tag, Sandy – thank you!

  • Reply Brenda Jennings December 1, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Gorgeous tag Sandy…and you inspired me to start thinking “outside the box” on colors! Once again, thanks SO much for sharing your amazing talent with us!

  • Reply Kailash December 1, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Gorgeous, love the colors!

  • Reply Ann Tolman December 1, 2020 at 8:29 am

    What a beautiful tag- so creative!

  • Reply Connie Sue Pruitt December 1, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Love the colors and very inspirational. Thanks!

  • Reply amy tsuruta December 1, 2020 at 8:36 am

    How pretty! The colors are gorgeous!!

  • Reply Subhashini S December 1, 2020 at 8:42 am

    That tag looks magical

  • Reply Sheri Kempke December 1, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Lovely tag Sandy! I won a tag from you a couple of years ago and put it on my tree, I just hung the abominable snowman “ornament” on my tree yesterday!

  • Reply Ritu Kedia December 1, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Such a cute tag Sandy! Love the airbrushing.

  • Reply Patricia H December 1, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I want to visit that little town! Such a great tag … love the colors and, as always, the inspiration you share

  • Reply Christina L. December 1, 2020 at 9:54 am

    This tag is so soft and beautiful, Sandy! I love interesting color combos for Christmas – thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Andre M. December 1, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Great tag for the city sidewalks theme, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply renshawdarlene December 1, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I just may have to get one of those airbrush guns. So cool 🎄

  • Reply Judith December 1, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Lovely tag! Sandy’s talent are a blessing to all of us no matter what the occasion!

  • Reply Lisa Elton December 1, 2020 at 11:40 am

    This is beautiful, love the colors!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 1, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful tag! I love the village scene and the colors! I enjoyed watching the video… who knows, it may have inspired me to get my airbrush out!

  • Reply Julie S December 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I’m so glad the 12 Tags is happening this year! Looking forward to it. Love your tag, Sandy. I know what I’ll be humming the rest of the day…

  • Reply Ashley Cortez December 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    This tag is just too cute and the colors are so beautiful love how you used the airbrush system to color it and I like how you used a white gel pen for all the details on the houses and background, thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration I got from the 12 Tags Of Christmas I’m looking forward to seeing and getting a lot more of these stunning tags

  • Reply Lori Lehnen December 1, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    LOVE the colors you chose, Purple is my favorite color!
    Nice to see non traditional colors used in Christmas projects, very creative tag!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Andrea La Vigne December 1, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Gorgeous tag, Sandy, & I think that wrapping paper is elegant & festive enough for Christmas! 🙂 I love the soft look you got on your tag. Thanks for sharing, & have a fabulous day! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  • Reply susie sonnier December 1, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Great use of color!

  • Reply KarenB December 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Love your color choices – so effective.

  • Reply Mary Collier December 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Beautiful tag reminding us of the wonderful Christmas song “Silver Bells”. Now I have that song playing in my brain!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik December 1, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Love the scene, the colors and the snow globe! Super tag!

    • Reply Carlos C. December 1, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      What a neat tag I like how you made it and I like the dies that you used on it

      • Reply Carlos C. December 1, 2020 at 8:20 pm

        What a neat tag I like how you made it and I like the dies that you used on it

  • Reply Megan N December 1, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!” So you sing your heart out, Sandy! 🙂 Fun tag!

  • Reply Judi Taylor December 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Purple is a year round color in my opinion. Really cute tag.

  • Reply Jean Hawkins December 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I love the colors in this tag! And I really like how you made the town scene layered and fitting into the globe!

  • Reply Margot Ferrera December 1, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    That tag certainly caught my eye 👁! You choose the best combinations!!! Love the tag idea too!

  • Reply renee milner December 1, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    I think the color combo you used on your fun & creative tag is lovely, as is purple wrapping paper for Christmas! I enjoyed your video, thanks!

  • Reply Zlatka K December 1, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Such a beautiful tag! Love the blue and purple. It was interesting to see you use an air brush instead of blending.

  • Reply Tami B December 1, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    I look so forward to your Christmas tag series every year & I was afraid you may not do it this year. Starting things off with a bang…What a sweet tag with such beautiful colors.

  • Reply Sue D December 1, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    So pretty. Love the colors.

  • Reply Constance E Williams December 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Love that you did your own thing with the buildings.

  • Reply Marisela Delgado December 1, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    You had me at purple! 💜 Gorgeous colors!

  • Reply Jen shears December 1, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    This is darling! Love the colors and I’m sure you won’t get arrested for using that gorgeous paper!!😂

  • Reply Melissa Kershes December 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Oh I so love when you use dies in different ways than most of us think to use them. Great tag.

  • Reply Holly Mahoney December 2, 2020 at 5:06 am

    I love the non-traditional colors of this tag!

  • Reply Cardogram December 2, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Wow… What a lovely inspiration and interpretation of the songs.. Just loved it.. Sandy you always mesmerize me with your creations. ❤️

  • Reply Becka December 2, 2020 at 6:17 am

    Very sweet little village. I’ve not seen an alcohol marker spray. It was interesting and with such lovely results.

  • Reply Karen Carlson December 2, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful tag. Love the colors and that it’s a snow globe.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 2, 2020 at 9:37 am

    WOW, just a little bit of ink can sure transform a simple white card stock to a gorgeous village in a snow globe. Great job!

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