12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas – Rockin’ Around the Xmas Tree with Ellen

Modern embroidery stitches are perfect for creating holiday paper embroidered tags! These Christmas tags can be a gift in and of themselves! Creating a personalized tag will not only bring joy to the recipient but it will also provide you as the artist, the opportunity to escape the every day stressors! This simple modern design creates an elegant tag. If tags aren’t your thing then create it a little differently and frame this piece for a one-of-a-kind Christmas season art print!

I am honored to share that we are starting our 12 Tags of Christmas series tomorrow! I’m thrilled to be sharing the first tag I have made in a number of years inspired by a holiday themed song! My inspiration is the song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” I love the sparkling lights and pretty baubles that are placed on our tree each year. Each one holds a story and it is a festive way for our family to recall trips and special events from our past. By using Piercing Plate 2, together with the Holly Jolly Christmas tree I followed my passion for all things stamped and stitched!

Begin by planning out the pattern. To simplify the process it helps to poke the holes front to back where the needle will be threaded. This also helps minimize errors and keeps the tiny holes intact, allowing for a cleaner look.

Beads require a special needle designed with a very small head. Stitch the pattern with 2-strands of embroidery thread first. Follow up with a single strand of metallic embroidery floss and a single bead. There are SO many different ways you can change up this design, but the simplest is to add a variety of different color or shaped beads.

Hot foil the Essentials by Ellen Star Background on Neenah Solar White. Stamp FaLaLa using Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink. Dry and then add a layer of color using a blending brush and Catherine Pooler’s Juniper Ink.

Tomorrow we announce this special event in greater details so I hope you will return each day between now and December 12th to join in the fun, leave some love for the designers and guests, and use their inspiration to join in our challenge!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Much love,


Check out these designers that were inspired by Ellen…

Other supplies used listed below:

Essentials by Ellen Dies – A2 Piercing Plate 2, Farmhouse Tags, Holly Jolly Christmas, and Essential Stars

DMC Floss colors – White Gold (E677), Fern (561), and Medium Jade (562)

Embroidery Needle and Beading Hand Needle

Mill Hill Glass Beads – Sea Mist, Sea Blue, and Gun Metal

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  • Reply Tami B November 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    I always look so forward to the 12 Tags event. Excited for this year’s line-up!

  • Reply drobe9102gmailcom November 30, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    That looks like so much fun!

  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 November 30, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Gorgeous Ellen!

  • Reply Amanda Wilcox November 30, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I absolutely love this! So excited for tomorrow!

  • Reply SmilynStef November 30, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Can’t wait … my favorite creative event of the year.

  • Reply Lindsey M-P November 30, 2021 at 6:07 pm


  • Reply Denise Bryant November 30, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    LOVE this! So fun with the stitching and beads!
    Looking forward to your 12 Tags event!

  • Reply Lucy E. November 30, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful tag! So excited to see more!

  • Reply cmayneCarol November 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm


  • Reply Marie Miller December 1, 2021 at 10:33 am

    What a fun way to create a Christmas tree. It looks stunning

  • Reply runpaperscissors December 1, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my gawsh, Ellen, this tag is beautiful! It would look lovely gracing a Christmas tree, I love your color palette! It’s got all the thing! I have Piercing Plate 1, and I didn’t think I needed Piercing Plate 2. You are proving me wrong! Dang it! I love how versatile these piercing dies are–and you really can make it into anything with other dies! You are so ding dang creative! <3

  • Reply Megan N December 1, 2021 at 5:22 pm


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  • Reply Linda BL December 2, 2021 at 6:20 am

    What a great tag! As a former cross stitcher I have had it under the “microscope” to see how this was created. So creative!

  • Reply Diane Hover December 3, 2021 at 3:31 am

    Now this is a beautifully created and unique tag, one surely to treasure!!

  • Reply lindal December 3, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    beautiful!! I’m so glad your/my tag tradition is continuing.

  • Reply NWFlamingo December 6, 2021 at 9:33 am

    So pretty. Wouldn’t a tree full of these be beautiful?!

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