12 Tags of Christmas

12 Tags of Christmas 2021 – Day 9 with Carly Tee Minner and Jess McAfee

Welcome to day 9 of the 12 Tags of Christmas! We are delighted to have Carly Tee Minner and Guest Designer, Jess McAfee, joining us today. Their Christmas Carol is Deck the Halls and you’re going to love how they were both inspired.

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I have to admit that I have been decking the halls at my house since early November, LOL! And so it seemed like “Deck The Halls” was the perfect holiday song to inspire my tag for this year’s 12 Tags of Christmas…

I wanted my little tree to feel warm & cozy so I went with felt and I made my own wrapping paper with the Fa La La stamp to cover the lid of a small box. Here are a few of my crafty tips from this project…

I think “dry adhesives” like tape are so much easier to use with felt then “wet adhesives” like liquid glue. So for this I layered two of the rectangle tags from the Essentials by Ellen Farmhouse Tags set together and before die cutting the “back” tag, I applied double-sided adhesive to the cardstock. The adhesive not only holds the tags together but makes it super easy to inlay the felt tree.

And have you tried coloring pom-poms? I love to use my tweezers to hold the pom-pom while I give it a quick color with a Copic marker.

To create the wrapping paper, I used a brayer to add pink ink to lightweight printer paper. Then I stamped the Fa La La stamp coral red ink. The lightweight paper was super easy to fold and adhere around the box lid.

Would you believe I have bunches of these boxes left over from my wedding 14 years ago? Haha! This year I’m filling them with treats and sending them out into the world!

I might have gone overboard with the giant red pom-pom but it’s happy!

We have our friend Jess McAfee teamed up with Carly! Here’s how she was inspired by the Deck the Halls – Christmas carol:

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

There two aren’t the only ones inspired by the I’ll Be Home For Christmas carol! Check out what these designers have created…


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  • Reply Meghan Kennihan December 9, 2021 at 6:25 am

    OMG! These are sooo cute! I LOVE the tree!

  • Reply Sharon Gullikson December 9, 2021 at 7:04 am

    The pom poms and felt look SO CUTE. What a great idea.

  • Reply Gayle December 9, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Both tags are so joyous! Love the “Falala” background coupled with the pom poms, and the stocking tag is very sweet.

  • Reply Greta H December 9, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Love the tags! I love to diecut felt, but never inlaid an image. Such fun!

  • Reply Gail Jean December 9, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Wonderful stocking and felt tree tags – beautiful work – Deck the Halls!!

  • Reply Jessica Yoder-Jones December 9, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Wow! What a fab idea to color the pom pom! Your tag is so wonderful

  • Reply Denise Bryant December 9, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Adorable tree with the pom-poms, and the stocking is so sweet! Love the tags!

  • Reply Mary-Anne V December 9, 2021 at 8:41 am

    These tags are so fun and I especially appreciate the tips with the first tag.

  • Reply wdkdesigns December 9, 2021 at 9:01 am

    These tags are so much fun! I had never though of coloring white pom-poms.. so clever!

  • Reply cmayne December 9, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Duo of festive delight! Love the felt tree and the stocking filled with sweets and treats!

  • Reply Julia Aston December 9, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Great tips on adhering your felt tree on the inlay and coloring white pompoms! How lovely that you even made your own paper to wrap your gift box, the big red pompom really makes your tag pop!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam December 9, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Such fantastic tags! Love both of them…

  • Reply Tami B December 9, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I love the idea of making custom colored pom-poms, and the tags are so cute today.

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  • Reply Cristina December 9, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the tip on the dry glue!! I have been struggling majorly with pom poms lately, so this is something I need to try!

  • Reply Carol Gibbs December 9, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I never think about using felt on my tags. This tree is just adorable!

  • Reply maria f. December 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    These projects just make me smile! Must be the pom poms. Have never colored them but so good to know that trick. Thanks Carly.

  • Reply Cat L December 9, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    I love how Carly added the poms to the tree AND the overall tag! I just picked some up at the craft store today, but had no idea how to use them – they just look fun!

  • Reply Megan N December 9, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, Carly! SO Cute!

  • Reply Emma Sleppy December 9, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Like the idea about how you did the tag. And kudos, for the Pom Pom idea, I would have never thought of that!

  • Reply SmilynStef December 9, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    That felt pom pom tree is fantabulous!

  • Reply Kathy Camasso December 9, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Coloring your own pom poms???? That is way to stinking cute! I love this little tree tag so much!

  • Reply Julie Steed December 9, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Loving the bright colors on the tree!

  • Reply Debbie Doctorian December 10, 2021 at 5:04 am

    so creative!

  • Reply Lauryne Cunningham December 10, 2021 at 5:23 am

    Wow! Such cute ideas! I love the felt tree and the way you colored the pom poms with Copics!

  • Reply sentsue December 10, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Such fun!!

  • Reply Bonnie T. December 10, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Carly, I love the inlaid felt tree! I’ve never really thought to inlay felt before, but it looks great! Jess, I just love that set & how you used it! It’s nice to see the stocking in something other than red! 😂😉

  • Reply Kinjal Trivedi December 10, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Oh never thought of using markers to color the pom poms. Loving the use of felt too. Thank you.

  • Reply Julie Peddicord December 10, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I never would have thought to color my poms!

  • Reply Lorene December 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Adorable tags! I never would have thought to color pom poms.

  • Reply Tracy S. December 11, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Very cute tags ladies, who wouldn’t like pom poms?

  • Reply Pai Meng December 11, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    never would have thought to copic pom poms!

  • Reply Andrea D. La Vigne December 12, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Love the fuzzy pompoms on the felt tree, & all the goodies popping out of the stocking! 🙂

  • Reply linda December 12, 2021 at 11:10 am

    oh, how fun, pom poms! and a dimensional stocking full of gifts.

  • Reply Karen B. December 12, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Carly and Jess are so innovative with their festive tags! What great ideas for both of these.

  • Reply Margaret Mckernan December 12, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Those Pom-poms are the cutest!

  • Reply cmszekeres December 13, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    I’d never thought to color a pom-pom with a Copic! Going to have to give that a try! These tags are so cute!

  • Reply Irene R December 14, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Adorable tags

  • Reply Beverly Sizemore December 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Each tag is so pretty and unique. Love the felt tree and pom poms….and then the stocking colored in yellows. Fa la la indeed!

  • Reply Carol McFarland December 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Felt tree and pom poms! Love! And Fa La La means fun!!!!!

  • Reply tina Z December 16, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    so creative, I love pom poms!

  • Reply marye342 December 17, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    I love the pom pons

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