12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas 2021 – Day 1 with Adelina Starace and Erica A-B

Welcome to Day 1 of 12 Tags of Christmas 2021! We are delighted to have Guest Designers, Adelina Starace and Erica A-B, joining us today. Their Christmas Carol is Christmas in a Coffee Shop and you’re going to love how they were both inspired.


Be sure to leave a little love for our Guest Designers Adelina + Erica – 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!


My addiction to coffee has made it’s way into my 12 Tags project this year! My tags this year are themed after the song Christmas In A Coffee Shop written and performed by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki. 

I started by stamping several images from the Mama Elephant, Hot Cocoa stamp set. Coloring the images in a variety of Holiday colors helped me spark some ideas of what I wanted to do for my tags. I tried so hard to go with some unique colors, but I ended up back at red. Truth be told, it’s my favorite color.

Once a few of my images were colored I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add some “snow” to the images. I wanted a winter feel and the white Gelly Roll pen is a really great tool for adding white to your images. It’s the only white pen I use because I always get a great result.

I really like the way the red looks with the caramel color of the coffee overflowing on the mugs. The white Gelly Roll pen adds such a nice contrast to the images. I wanted to add some foiling to my project, so I used the EBE Tiny Stars Background to foil some clear plastic with Gemini Berry colored foil.

The EBE Farmhouse Tags are a great size for the large images in the Mama Elephant, Hot Cocoa set. The EBE Cup of Cheer elements pair really well with this set. I added an EBE Red Droplet for the reindeer nose and an EBE Snowball Droplet to the penguin’s Santa hat.

A layer of Lawn Fawn, Pearlescent Vellum with red foiled stars was the perfect finishing touch for this project. I decided to continue the red theme with some Maya Arts red burlap string.

I hope your holidays are filled with a cup of cheer filled with your favorite beverage! Thanks for stopping by today.

We have our friend Erica A-B teamed up with Adelina! Here’s how she was inspired by the Christmas in a Coffee Shop Christmas carol:

For all the details about Erica’s gorgeous tag, please hop over to her blog.

There two aren’t the only ones inspired by the Christmas in a Coffee Shop – Christmas carol! Check out what these designers have created…

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89 Comments

  • Reply Julie Peddicord December 4, 2021 at 10:46 am

    This song is new to me but that’s what makes it fun!

  • Reply Gail Jean December 4, 2021 at 11:26 am

    How adorable are these tags – super duper cute! I will join in on the fun! I am googling that song as well – thanks for the tag challenge!

  • Reply Michele W December 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I don’t know this song but the tags are adorable. Erica’s tags remind me of a dad on Christmas morning. So much fun from both designers.

  • Reply Barbara Heunly December 6, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Cute tags, like the embellishments you used and your attention to detail.

  • Reply Paula Golladay December 6, 2021 at 3:42 am

    Oh thank heaven for coffee – adding Christmas sparkle is the perfect get ready get set let the fun begin.

  • Reply Birgit Norton December 6, 2021 at 4:07 am

    That’s a new song to me too! From one coffee fan to another… Your cards are simply adorable!!!

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 6, 2021 at 5:25 am

    Super cute tags! I love the penguin!

    • Reply ruthg1967 December 13, 2021 at 5:39 am

      Super cute and fun designs today! I’m not familiar with this song, but now I guess I will be looking it up! Thank you so much for the challenge and all the inspiration!

  • Reply Debbie Doctorian December 6, 2021 at 5:36 am

    This set is so cute. It would be perfect for cocoa/ coffee packet gifts.

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 6, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Cute!!!!!

  • Reply Michelle Anderson December 6, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Very cute!! I have not heard this song but I’m sure it’s a winner. Thanks for posting. Love both.

  • Reply NWFlamingo December 6, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I don’t know the song, but the tags are super adorable!

  • Reply Julie Booker December 6, 2021 at 11:49 am

    That little reindeer in the cup is sooooooooo cute! Love!

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one who has never heard this song before! 😂 Adelina, as if that Mama Elephant set weren’t cute enough, I love the foiled stars on the acetate & vellum layers! And really, red was the best choice, it totally pops! & Erica, so cute! I love multi-layered tags & that plaid pattern is the perfect accent to your lovely colored backgrounds!

  • Reply Debbie Eslinger December 6, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Love the little critters popping out of the drinks

  • Reply Monika Davis December 6, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Sweet tags! Love the super cute images… BTW, I love coffee! 🙂

  • Reply Cat L December 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t know that song either, but who DOESN”T love coffee and Christmas mornings? Anywho – love all the tags here. I think the gold and green with the red accent on Adelina’s tags are super cut, and I love the layers and bears on Erica’s tags! Thanks ladies!

  • Reply Carol Gibbs December 7, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Love your coffee themed tags. I especially love the little reindeer in the coffee cup!

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 7, 2021 at 9:42 am

    These mugs are just precious! I LOVE the animals…

  • Reply Julia Aston December 8, 2021 at 8:04 am

    what wonderful tags – great depth of color on the critters in the mugs!

  • Reply stamprgrl December 8, 2021 at 9:52 am

    This is so cute! I love coffee, so this is up my alley!
    — Dalis

  • Reply wdkdesigns December 8, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    These tags are so cute!

  • Reply jen shears December 8, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    I don’t know how I didn’t know this song, but these are fabulous creations inspired by it! Need to check out the farmhouse tag too! love the shape!!

  • Reply Jessica Yoder-Jones December 9, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Such a great tag! I love the wonderful coloring. So fab!!

  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful coloring!! These are all gorgeous!

  • Reply Susan Nelson December 10, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Not many friends who are coffee drinkers so unlikely to use the set, but loved looking. Always something to be taken away from such great examples…beautiful coloring, composition, enhancements. Thanks!

  • Reply Fikreta Posavec December 10, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    super cute tags!

  • Reply Lucy E. December 11, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Both designers’ tags are so adorable! I’m glad that Adelina went with red (I love red) as her main color. I love the layers on Erica’s bear tags-what a handsome guy!

  • Reply Irene R December 11, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Cute Tags and new song

  • Reply Elise Sosa December 12, 2021 at 1:29 am

    These tags are adorable, and I’d never heard of this Christmas song, but definitely inspired! Thank you!

  • Reply amysterywriter December 12, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I’m with many of the others, I’ve never heard this carol but am now going to have to go look it up! These tags are adorable!

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I also have never heard of this song! But I think the tags are soooo cute! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    I love the added details on each of these! Great job!

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    My gosh! These are so cute! I love the use of acetate and vellum!

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 15, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Love the clear tags! How clever and the images are so fun…I’m trying to imagine myself “floating” in hot cocoa or coffee now. 🙂 Not a bad thought! ha-ha

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 16, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Cute mugs and bears…two adorable Christmas icons done so well!

  • Reply stamprgrl December 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    I need those two stamp sets so badly! How cute are these tags! Thanks for the inspiration!

    — Dalis

  • Reply marye342 December 17, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I love the colors!

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