Snowdrop and Valentine Tag

Today over at A Vintage Journey is Tag Friday, where any tag goes; it’s all about creating something you love so there is no particular theme, it’s time to play, experiment and have fun – it would be great to see you there!

I had fun creating another double-sided tag for my Tag Journal using lots of Tim Holtz products, one side features snowdrops as this January I’ve been surprised by them flowering so early and the other side is a Valentine heart design as it’s nearly February.

To start, I used a large Poster Card by Tim Holtz to create the tag by cutting off two of the corners to make a tag shape and punching a hole using my Crop-A-Dile machine. I added some stickers from a Crowded Attic sticker book from Tim Holtz to alternate the designs and tie the tags together; the stickers are edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and outlined with a black Uni Pin marker. I also used some the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to colour around the edges of both sides of the tag.

For the snowdrop design I stencilled some frosty snowflakes using a Dyan Reaveley stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste and when dry I intensified the colour using a white Uni Posca pen. I used Alphanumeric Label Thinlets for the wording, Funky Florals #2 Thinlets for the flowers and foliage which I coloured using Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters and Twisted Citron Distress inks.

For the Valentine design I used the texture paste again, this time using a heart stencil that I made from a Falling Hearts Thinlet set from Tim Holtz. The wording is Alphanumeric Label Thinlets and I used the Funky Florals #2 Thinlets for the flower stems which are coloured using Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters and Twisted Citron Distress inks. All the hearts are from the Falling Hearts Thinlet set and are coloured using Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. To finish, I doodled a stitched border around the edges of the large heart flowers using a white Uniball gel pen.

To finish, I added an eyelet with my Crop-A-Dile machine which reinforced the hole as I’m using a book ring to secure all of my double-sided tags together when they are finished in my Tag Journal.

For more Tag Friday inspiration, please pop over to A Vintage Journey where you’ll find some fabulous tags created by my fellow Creative Guides. I hope you are inspired to join us as I’m so looking forward to seeing your tag designs!

We were surprised to see snowdrops out already as it’s only January …

… especially whilst walking around Lytham Hall, this will be what they look like in full bloom – don’t they look beautiful (grin!).

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.


I’m joining in the fun at Country View Challenges and their Love Challenge with my Valentine tag.

I’m pleased to join the All Loved Up challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my Valentine tag.

I’m also happy to join Paperbabe Stamps and their #111- Picture Inspiration challenge with the colour palette of browns, reds and white that I used for my Valentine tag.

I’m joining in the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge too.

Over at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog their theme is #33 – Anything Goes + optional twist of Paper Piecing, so I’m pleased to be able to join this challenge too.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this double-sided tag:     

  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Pocket Cards #TH93208, Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers #TH92898)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry)
  • Ranger Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stencil (Snowflake – Large DYS63742)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets (Falling Hearts 664415, Alphanumeric Label 664177, Funky Florals #2 662701)
  • Ranger Texture Paste (Opaque Matte)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pen (White)
  • Craft Sensations Luxury Cardstock with Linen Texture (White CRO240/GE)
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)
  • Stix2 Glue Dots
  • Uniball Signo Gel Pen (White)
  • American Crafts We r Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile and Standard Eyelets 41582-4)

16 thoughts on “Snowdrop and Valentine Tag

  1. Wow, these are truly stunning! You´re so creative, they are beautiful
    Cool, I googled Ranger Texture Paste, that´s a great “tool”!
    In my family´s garden we also had snowdrops back then, here I don´t see any.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful art, hugs, x

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  2. What lovey designs for Jan and Feb on your tags Jo – I can’t believe the snowdrops are already blooming there – they are so pretty on your tag with the measuring stick background and snowflake – your heart blooms are so sweet on the February side! what a pretty tag journal you are creating! xx

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  3. What lovely tags Jo, so happy, and with a promise of Spring! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

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  4. Utterly beautiful Jo, you’ve spoilt us with more than one and your inventive way of using the hearts. How lovely to see snowdrops early what a beautiful carpet they make.
    It’s a super way to keep your tags all in one place, what a fabulous reference it will be at the end of the year. I’m so glad you’ve shared over at PBS always a pleasure to see you join in with the challenge. Thank you.
    Sending creative Hugs your way Tracey xx

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  5. Love your tags. They are certainly spring teases. And wow, you have early spring flowers! I am jealous. We still have snow on the ground. Happy February if I didn’t say that in my other comment. (Or even if I did.) Hugs-Erika

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  6. What a treat of a tag, front and back. The snowdrops are adorable, and look perfectly wintry against that earthy dark background. The whimsical heart flowers are just right in the run up to Valentines. I love how you’ve “reversed” the papers, with rulers decorating the number side and numbers decorating the ruler side. Really clever. And the snowdrops at Lytham Hall are breathtaking – thanks for sharing that.
    Alison x

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  7. Wow, what a wonderful addition to your tag book Jo, the two sides express the passing of one month to the next to perfection. I cannot say which one I like best, they are both so lovely!
    The photo of the snowdroms is astounding, nature provides such beauty for ys to enjoy…
    Anyway, hope you are having a fab weekend! xxx

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  8. These are very beautiful tags,both of them.
    I love the snowdrop one and who doesn’t love snowdrops. They do seem to be early this year, you are right, such a pleasure to see everywhere, in people’s front gardens and in the woods, such valiant little flowers.
    I very much admire the heart-flowers tag too, so colourful. Love all the little jolly hearts jumping about around the old wooden rulers.

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  9. What a great tag! I love that you are decorating both sides, and how clever to reverse your background elements on each side! I love snowdrops, but I don’t think they do too well here. Wonderful herald of spring, and our groundhog promises an early one this year! We’ve only had a handful of cold days this winter, and my daffodils are blooming early, as well. Have a great week! Hugs!

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  10. Jo, your double-sided tag is adorable! I love to see someone else who does this. You do need both sides decorated in a tag journal! The snowdrops are so lovely. The ruled background is too. Everything is, really. Also like all the elements on the Valentine tag. Such eye candy! xoxo

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