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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 gioperu December 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Gorgeous tag! The colors are spot on!!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 2, 2020 at 11:52 am

    purple is one of my favorite colors for the holiday

  • Reply Didi Irwin December 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    So lovely Sandy! The colours are gorgeous (as is your wrapping paper, and your hair!!) and I really like how you layered the two parts of the die(s) to create that sweet little village scene. No recipient will be throwing out this tag, that’s for sure! This is a great start to the Twelve Tags of Christmas!!

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  • Reply Nina S December 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Such a pretty color combo! Always love Sandy’s work! This is a good reminder for me to pull out my ABS!

  • Reply Debbie Anderson December 2, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Pretty Tag! I have used Christmas paper for birthdays when I was out of birthday paper so why not? Purple is one of the colors of advent too!

  • Reply Carlos C. December 2, 2020 at 2:09 pm

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

  • Reply Linda DeVore December 2, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Brrr, Sandy… purple seems the perfect color for a cold, snowy scene. Love the little shaker snow globe.

  • Reply Kathy K December 2, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Cute tag, great die & colors!

  • Reply Darci Powers December 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Sandy, you just amaze me! Its simple and beautiful!

  • Reply Greta H December 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Adorable little scene!

  • Reply Marcy bennett December 3, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Creative! I know these 12 days will be song worms. I’ll be singing silver bells all day!

  • Reply cmayne December 3, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I love Silver Bells; the imagery in the song transports me to the city lights every time. Your tag captures this essence beautifully!

  • Reply gigi1754 December 3, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I really like your tag, it is so sweet! That airbrush is so cool! I’ve never seen one like it.

  • Reply Ruth Gauss December 3, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    You are so masterful at creating wonderfilled scenes! I love the softness that the airbrush adds – it’s like looking at this scene on a dark, snowy night!
    Thanks so much for sharing and for being a portal of positivity in this pandemic! (And I think your fabulous handmade tag made with TLC is the perfect choice to make this purple paper as festive as it can be!)

  • Reply donna mikasa December 3, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Such a charming little tag! Love the unexpected colors, too.

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    How pretty! I love the colors and the shape!

  • Reply Lacey Gasper December 3, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Oh this is so beautiful! Love the purple!!

  • Reply barbara lassiter December 3, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful and it matches the beautiful package as well. Love the idea of the Christmas carols for the tag themes!

  • Reply Cami Krier December 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Gorgeous! So much fun! Purple and blue are my favorite Christmas colors. You are so much fun to watch. Love you art. Thanks for sharing yourself with the world.

  • Reply runpaperscissors December 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Ooh, I love your color way here, Sandy! Such a pretty tag.

  • Reply Leanne S December 4, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Gorgeous tag!

  • Reply Suellen Rowe December 4, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Your airbrushing is spectacular!! Love your color choices on this tag … but I’m surprised there’s no yellow! 😉

  • Reply Daria Z. December 4, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Such a sweet tag, Sandy! And the inspiration paper is gorgeous – who says it can’t be Christmas paper?!

  • Reply Marianne December 4, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    So pretty. Love the little scene as well as the colours.

  • Reply Wendi J December 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Love the color combination. Air brushing does look easier than ink blending.

  • Reply lee December 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    What a pretty little scene in that snowglobe tag!

  • Reply Bri Kay December 5, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Beautiful tag.

  • Reply Cy Lee December 5, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Love the colors.

  • Reply Karen Walker December 5, 2020 at 5:09 am

    So soft and lovely! The colors are gorgeous—as is the watercolor, of course!

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  • Reply Joyce December 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I love this beautiful tag. What a fun snow globe!

  • Reply Pai December 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    throw on some snowflakes and purple is the best color for christmas!

  • Reply Miriam Prantner December 6, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Love this calm purpley scene, such a cure tag!

  • Reply photomommn December 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful! I always love your painting!

  • Reply Vicki Kroll December 6, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Cute snow globe design and soft hues. Pretty.

  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart December 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I loved the layering of the globe elements. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply richandmich71 December 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    love that air brush! wow- I didn’t know that tool existed! The way it lays down the color is amazing and so much easier than ink blending! My mind is blown

  • Reply Yvonne W December 7, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Absolutely love it and all the colors! Looks so clean and beautiful!

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 7, 2020 at 8:00 am

    The purple and blue are so pretty. I have never made anything like this but would really like to try it. Thanks for the idea…

  • Reply tina z December 7, 2020 at 10:27 am

    The colors are gorgeous!!

  • Reply Irene December 7, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Adorable little snow globe tag Sandy

  • Reply Maxine M December 8, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Love this idea. AND it gave me an idea to make one of the cards I made, to make it a tag design too.

  • Reply Kelly G December 8, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Love Sandy’s colors, Ardyth’s embossed holographic paper and Lisa’s graphic simplicity!

  • Reply Lagene December 10, 2020 at 6:57 am

    I love your snowglobe winter scene and I can almost hear those Silver Bells!

  • Reply Sherry W December 10, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Sandy always goes for the non-obvious and has the creativity and skills to pull it off. Such a pretty tag!

  • Reply denisegutshall December 12, 2020 at 5:03 am

    First, I have to say the purple wrapping paper is perfect for any present— including Christmas! I am a big fan of snowglobes and purple/blue ink combinations so this is my kind of tag. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Kim December 12, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I really love purple and pinks for winter projects. What a great little scene on that cute little globe.

  • Reply karenladd December 13, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I always love Sandy’s projects, and this adorable little tag with the winter town scene is so beautiful!

  • Reply Marilyn December 14, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Love the colors! This definitely feels like Christmas time in the city.

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