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12 Tags of Christmas 2020 – Day 11 with Kelly Griglione

Welcome to Day 11 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2020!

Today we’re joined by Kelly Griglione, sharing loads of clever ideas inspired by “Deck the Halls.”

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Hello Friends! It’s Kelly here to kick off Day 11 of our 12 Tags of Christmas with the carol “Deck the Halls.” When I picked this carol, I was thinking you could either:

1) be inspired by the title of the song and “deck” out your tags with pine branches, holly, berries, etc; 


2) go for the verse and draw from the “Fa-la-la-la-la La-la-la-la.”

I took the latter approach and drew inspiration from all the “Fa-la-la-la-la La-la-la-la’s” in two different ways for my tags. 

The first interpretation is quite literal, as you can see. I cut a tag with the Altenew Holiday Tag Die Set and then cut letters with the new Altenew Linear Pathway Alpha Die Set from several different colors of green cardstock. This is a great time to use your scraps! 

Funny story: Originaly I only had three “La’s” on my tag, until I figured I better double check that. Even after singing it a few times I had to slow the song way down and count the actual “La’s” on my fingers. Wouldn’t you know … there are FOUR “La’s” hahahahaha

The second interpretation is to feature the actual caroler who sings the Fa-la-la’s. But I don’t have any caroler stamps. What to do?

Modify! I used the elf from Essentials by Ellen Holiday Characters (on the left) and made three easy changes to turn him into the caroler on the right:

1) made the ball on his hat larger so his hat isn’t as pointy (used the snowflake from Altenew Holiday Tag Sentiments);
2) cut his pointy elf ears down to size; and
3) connected the lines from his nose and smile to create an open-mouthed (singing) oval

Now we’ve got an honest-to-goodness caroler!

There are so many different sentiments that work with your new caroler. All the sentiments I’ve used for these tags, including this one, are from the Altenew Holiday Tag Die companion set, the Altenew Holiday Tag Sentiments. Love the mix of open font that you can color in, and the scripty font. I’ve used one of the tiny branch images to fill out the sentiment. The wonky circle background is from my favorite Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops

Any time I use a sentiment like “from all of us,” I feel compelled to represent everyone in our family. Naturally I had to make 4 more carolers. It took me awhile to figure out a pattern to color the stripes in their hat, but once I got a pattern I was happy with, I was able to repeat it for the other color families. 

I didn’t have any musical stamps handy, and since I was being too lazy to go look for them, I just grabbed a felt-tip pen and drew in a few notes. Don’t always feel constrained by your stamps, you can always just fake it if you need to, especially for small and simple things like this.

I had two carolers left over from my hat-coloring attempts, so instead of tossing them, I cut another tag. This particular tag die set comes with several different edges for you to cut, like this zigzag. I think it’s a great place to add the sentiment. Often I like to cut a second tag with a coordinating pattern so I can write on that layer instead of the front of the tag.

This tag is a combination of interpretations … we’ve got two singing carolers WITH the Fa-la-la’s between them. Obviously I needed a much smaller set of alpha dies to fit them all, so I turned to the Essentials by Ellen Letterboard Dies (which are nice because not only do you get a set of dies, but you get the whole letterboard to put them on.)

One more leftover, the elf. All I needed to add for him were some presents and holly. I used the edge die to cut the tag itself shorter so the background shows through.

With all of these carolers, don’t the tags seem so joyous and festive?

Now it’s over to you – what direction will you go with the Deck the Halls carol? I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope you’re having a happy holiday season!

Kelly isn’t the only one decking the halls! Check out what these designers have created …

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

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  • Reply Linda BL December 11, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Your elves turned carolers are so cute! Love all the tags.

  • Reply Michele F December 11, 2020 at 6:25 am

    well. actually there are 8! but you gave me a giggle, and always a smile, this morning, Kelly! Darling tags, wonderful job making these guys sing! xx

  • Reply Cheryl December 11, 2020 at 6:29 am

    These tags just made me smile. I love them. They are so cute!

  • Reply cmayne December 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Look at those elves, singing out their Fa-la-la-las and spreading joy! Adorable and most definitely festive! Fabulous array; Christmas spirit soaring in seeing these!

  • Reply Lori Lehnen December 11, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Very creative to make the elves carolers by using what you have on hand!
    All of your tags are cute and colorful!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Andre M. December 11, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Your tags are really fun and festive, love the little elves.

  • Reply Darlene Renshaw December 11, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Such a wonderful set of tags. Very festive 🥰🎄

  • Reply Yvonne W December 11, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Very fun! You got me singing the “Las” too! ha!

  • Reply maureen k morton December 11, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Kelly has started my day with a big chuckle! Love those huge letters and how she had to sing the song to herself and count1 Also, the surgery she did on the elf…….perfecto and so creative. Called stretching your stamps, for sure. Love the bright colors and the pure fun of these tags.

  • Reply Ritu Kedia December 11, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Love the monochrome tags!

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 11, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Fun tags for this song today! The carolers are just adorable, and I love the colors you used for the Fa La Las!

  • Reply Sheri Kempke December 11, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for sharing all of these adorable tags!

  • Reply Vicki Kroll December 11, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Clever to turn the little elves into carolers. They are the cutest and the Fa La Las tags are so colorful.

  • Reply Wendi J December 11, 2020 at 11:00 am

    What a cute and festive set of tags.

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

    These caroling elves, and smiling elf, are some of the cutest designs I have seen this Christmas season! The way you put the tags together, the colors…LOVE THESE!!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam December 11, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Adorable tags! Love the elves…
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Debbie Anderson December 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Wonderful tags, you can’t help but smile! Love the idea of a second tag that you write on!

  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 11, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    These elves are ADORABLE! I love the FA LA LA!!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik December 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Love those elves! They make me want to sing, too!

  • Reply Megan Niergarth December 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Love how you modified the elf stamps! Perfect carolers!

  • Reply Kelly G December 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    These are great, Kelly! This stamp set is now on my radar :). And I love the patterns you mixed in–and behind.

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    What a fun bunch of tags. I love those elves singing!

  • Reply Greta H December 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Super duper cute–all of them, Kelly! I absolutely adore the one with the 4 carolers! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Miriam Prantner December 11, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    So fun, love the monochromatic fa la la tags, and so clever how you created your carolers!

  • Reply Lisa Elton December 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    There is a whole lot of CUTE happening here!!

  • Reply Marisela Delgado December 11, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    What beautiful tags! So beautiful! 💜

  • Reply Ashley Cortez December 11, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    I just love what you done for these adorable tags and how you turned the elfs into carolers it’s a great idea thanks for sharing

  • Reply Tami B December 11, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    How clever and cute to turn the elves into carolers.

  • Reply SmilynStef December 11, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    So much fa la la la la fun

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  • Reply Carlos C. December 11, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    These tags are cute and festive I like that you figured out how to change up those stamped images and make them into something different

  • Reply Carla Hundley December 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Oh these tags are
    adorable! Love how
    you created the elf
    into carolers.
    Carla from Utah

  • Reply denisegutshall December 12, 2020 at 4:29 am

    What a delightful collection of tags! The elf carolers are adorable and the FA LA
    LA is so festive and fun!

  • Reply pai December 12, 2020 at 6:09 am

    music is one of my fav things about the holidays! these are so cute!

  • Reply Karen Walker December 12, 2020 at 6:10 am

    What a great collection of tags!

  • Reply Donna Wakefield December 12, 2020 at 6:32 am

    These are all adorable. How creative to make you own carolers.

  • Reply Brenda Jennings December 12, 2020 at 7:18 am

    l love that you used what you had on hand to make your carolers. Great inspiration!

  • Reply Connie Sue Pruitt December 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Love these little guys.

  • Reply Kim December 12, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Ohmygoodness, these are amazing! I love the festive colors and all the lettering you did for the falalas…and how genius turning your elves into carolers.

  • Reply Lucy E. December 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Such fun and festive tags!
    Those carolers are so adorable!

  • Reply Chark December 13, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Cuteness! Love the double tag idea!

  • Reply jen shears December 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    What cute carolers you created! Love the tags you shared with us!!

  • Reply On My Desk or In My Heart December 13, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I love how you changed those smilers to singers!

  • Reply Kelly Morrissey December 13, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Your tags are adorable!

  • Reply Jen F December 13, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    These are great! Love the retro vibe with your colors and style.

  • Reply karenladd December 13, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    What an adorable set of tags that practically sing out with joy! Love the non-traditional colors and cute images.

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Jolly and fun tags! I especially love the FA LA LA tags!

  • Reply Cristina December 15, 2020 at 6:30 am

    This is so clever! I love them!

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Wow! Fantastic designs and colors! I love them all!

  • Reply Sandi Pressley December 15, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Love your tags and the somewhat non-traditional colors.

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