Tags And More Tags

 

Taped up

Taped up

 

First, the “Trash Can Chronicles”…it is still hanging from the side of my table.  Slapped that piece of metal tape on it yesterday mid morning and it was still hanging there this morning.  End of that saga….until I have to peel the tape off to dump the basket after I’ve missed the bag insert several times.  Oh well, that is something to be worried about much later and not now. :o)

Time is ticking away.  There are only three days left in this month.  Can you believe it?  That also means there are only three days left to the Sale-A-Bration opportunity.

Yesterday, I had one of those days that was not conducive in getting things done.  My mind would not stay on any one thing for very long and everything I did to poor Reilee’s wooden box had to be taken off again.  My fingers weren’t working right and my heart was just not in it.  The time for my leaving for back out on the road is fast approaching and there is a lot of things yet to do.

When I have days like this, depression niggling at the corners of my brain, I do some “rogue experimenting”.  Kind of like guerrilla warfare on my thoughts and feelings.  Days like this I have to attack the “Whining” and annihilate it.

 

Artistic Etchings #120573

Artistic Etchings #120573

Artistic Etchings tags

Artistic Etchings tags

 

Who doesn’t love the look of Tim Holtz tags?

Since I have a box full of these merchandise tags I figured it was time to get that box out and see what I could come up with.  A “love” stamp from the Tiny Tags stamp set was used on the right hand tag.  The other two images are from the Artistic Etchings set.  The left tag is using the key and flourish like stamp from the Artistic Etchings set.  I’ve used Basic Black for the right tag and Creamy Caramel on the left tag.  The key has been embossed with non SU gold powder.  The backgrounds of both of these tags were sprayed or blobbed on with my “brew” of SU ink refill sprays.

Lots of Tags Label 1 #114508

Lots of Tags Label 1 #114508

Word Window Punch #119857, Modern Label Punch #119849

Word Window Punch #119857, Modern Label Punch #119849

I’ve had this set of four (4) Sizzlits from SU for quite a while.  This is the number 1 label die in the set.  I’ve used the Word Window Punch on the rectangular tag and the Modern Label Punch on the fancy die in the set.  I’m thinking of using rub-ons to give the tags their “names”.

The papers are really old and discontinued SU paper that I’ve had in scraps.

Lots of Tags Number 2 - #114508

Lots of Tags Number 2 - #114508

Extra Large Oval Punch #119859

Extra Large Ovan Punch #119859

This die in the set has a perforation around the inside if you want to use it as a frame.  I’ve used the Extra Large Oval Punch (the old black style is known as the “Wide Oval”) on another scrap piece of discontinued paper.  The die, itself, is cut from a piece of Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock – another scrap piece I had.

I have a mini I’m working on and it is in desperate need of some pops of interest.

Lots of Tags Label #3 - #114508

Lots of Tags Label #3 - #114508

Glitter and lots of it - #102023

Glitter and lots of it - #102023

This is the third die in the set of four.  I’ve used it on another piece of discontinued paper scrap.

Using a glue pen (my stash) to the print and adding Dazzling Diamonds makes for a pretty spot of shine and texture.

This little die cut would be really cute with a button or small flower attached.

Lots of Tags Label #4 - #114508

Lots of Tags Label #4 - #114508

1-1/4" Square Large Punch #119865

1-1/4" Square Large Punch #119865

This die has a perforated top edge that can be folded over for a tiny pocket tag.

Using the white Gel Pen #105021, faux stitching lines have been added around the outer area of the Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock scrap piece then an inset of another piece of discontinued scrap paper punched out with the Large Square Punch.  The orange bit at the top is a sticker from a discontinued scrapbook SU set.

Lots of Tags Label #2 - #114508 - Artistic Etchings #120573

Lots of Tags Label #2 - #114508 - Artistic Etchings #120573

The three flower punch has been discontinued.  Using more scraps of discontinued paper for the three flowers and the Extra Large Oval punch, a stamped image from Artistic Etchings stamp set and some Basic Rhinestones #119246 make this die cut look really good.

This one set of Sizzlit dies, along with your store of punches, can be a “multi-tasker” in your card making arsenal.  Use up your scraps of paper with these dies to create something fresh and new.  These die cuts are just the right size for mini albums also.

And last, but not least is a flower I’ve made.  Yes.  As you can see I did work on my “Glitter Phobia” and pressed on ahead to my “Flower Phobia”.

Blossom Party Original Die #115971

Blossom Party Original Die #115971

Layered flower

Layered flower

Using more of my scrap pieces of discontinued SU paper and a square gem from my stash this flower was created.

Stealing a technique I’ve seen on YouTube.  Wetting the pieces with my SU ink refill brews, squishing them and wadding them up then drying them with the heat tool and carefully opening each piece up and layering them together this flower was created.

By the end of the day I felt pretty darn good with my “rouge experiments”.

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First Edition Paper

First Edition Paper

First Edition Paper

Sale-A-Bration begins today and runs through March 31, 2011.  This is the time of year when EVERYONE gets to be the Hostess and receive FREE stuff from Stampin’ Up! when you purchase $50.  Stamp sets and more are available to you during this time.

Get one (1) FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration group with your purchase – before taxes and shipping – of $50.  Get two (2) FREE items with $100 and so on.  With a $150 purchase (before taxes and shipping) you get three (3) FREE items from Sale-A-Bration PLUS you get the Hostess Benefits and $15 to shop.  Remember that I do offer Appreciation Points with every $10 purchase you make from my Stampin’ Up! Website toward more FREE stuff.

First Edition Specialty Paper from Stampin’ Up! is my answer to tearing pages out of books.  Jann Gray-Saulsberry of WhatYouMakeIt on YouTube was the first crafter I’ve watched use pages from books to add in her scrapbook pages and cards.  I don’t like tearing pages out of books but I do like the look of the printed words.  It’s exciting, to me, that she is blogging once again and I can add Jann’s blog to my daily ritual of finding out what is happening outside my door.

I love to pilfer ideas from other people when I see something they do that I want to try.

Flowers made from First Edition Papers

Flowers made from First Edition Papers

Here is an example of my pilfering.  I saw a YouTube video over the weekend of making these flowers and I got so excited I left without writing down the woman’s name nor her YouTube channel and I’m having a difficult time finding her to give proper credit.  Do you have any idea how many videos are posted demonstrating the fan flower?

This all started with Lynn Claridge in the UK when she showed some crafting she had done.  Next was Shelly Makowski’s blog entry with the flowers she made.  Both of these women have made stunning flowers and I wanted to give it a try.

Not having done this before I had some major difficulty in getting the strips of paper joined and made into the flowers.  You can see all the trouble I had in making the first flower by watching this video.  You will also see how I glittered the edge of the blue one, courtesy of that woman I can’t seem to find.

Flower Trials

Top Note Die

Top Note Die

This First Edition Paper is really great to use in die cutting also.  This is the Top Note Die made exclusively for Stampin’ Up!  Spray it with Glimmer Mists or your own home made sprays, apply ink with sponges to give it an aged effect, pile on the flowers and glitter.  Your creativity is the start of great things.

This paper comes in a pack of 16 pages and measures 12 x 12.  There are four different types of printed pages.  The same design is on the front and back of each page.  There are four (4) pages of each type.  I have found that using the paper punches with this paper can be troublesome at times, it doesn’t want to cut properly.  Lynn suggested using repositionable adhesive on another piece of paper and adhering this to it then use the punch to get better results.

Tulip Die

Tulip Die

I’ve used the Tulip Die and edged it with Close To Cocoa ink, placed it on a piece of Close To Cocoa card stock and backed it with Basic Gray card stock.

This First Edition Specialty Paper looks good in all of your projects.

Tags Till Christmas

If you have read my blog entry titled “Tags, Tags, and More Tags” you will read that a punch comes with the stamp set.  That is incorrect.  You will receive only the stamp set.

To get the Thank You items – Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon – you DON’T ORDER THESE ITEMS.  They will come separately from me after you place your order for the items listed on my blog entry of Tags, Tags, and More Tags.

When you place your order you will be asked for an email address to be contacted by me.  I will send you an email requesting your mailing address and the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and 1/8″ Real Red Taffeta Ribbon will be mailed to you from my home.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on my blog and I will answer your questions.

To see what this stamp set looks like when used on gift tags you can watch my video.

Cutting directions for the red and green tags will be uploaded in the  next couple days.  There will also be video of some of the different techniques I used to make some of the tags.

Tags, Tags, and More Tags

Have you started your Christmas shopping or creating?  Or are you still in the “thinking” stages of the gift process?  I am.

I don’t know about  you, but the selection of gift tags in most stores leaves a lot to be desired.  Usually you have to “spruce” them up with items from your stash.

“Have I got a deal for you”.  Yes, this is a quasi INFOMERCIAL.

  • Are your beautifully wrapped Christmas packages missing something?
  • Are you embarrassed by the gift tags available at your local stores?
  • Do you spend time trying to alter the store bought gift tags to coordinate with your wrapping paper?
  • Are you frustrated by the “kiddie” tags so abundant in local stores?

If you are ready to take this matter in your own hands (get it?) and create personalized gift tags for your Christmas gifts this year, then look no further.

For $39.35 ($47.35 for Wood Mount), plus tax and shipping, you will get everything you will need to create your own stunning gift tags.

  1. Tags Till Christmas Clear Mount Stamp Set ($22.95) available in English, French, and Spanish OR
  2. Tags Till ChristmasWood Mount Stamp Set ($30.95) available in English, French, and Spanish
  3. Both of these sets come with coordinating PUNCHES for nearly all the tags.
  4. Naturals White 8-1/2 x 11 Card Stock ($7.50) to create your tags with.
  5. Champagne Glass Glitter($3.95) OR
  6. Silver Glass Glitter($3.95) to make your tags sparkle and shine.
  7. Gold Lame’ Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink($4.95) for a rich, solid gold look on your tags.

BUT WAIT

That’s not all!  Place your order by November 26, 2010 and you will receive these items FREE!  A $13.90 value, absolutely FREE as my Thank You for your order.

  1. 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon – Real Red Use this ribbon on your tags or on any other project AND
  2. Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Use this embossing folder on cards, winter scrapbook pages, as an added bit of texture to your gift tags.

You will have people asking you where you purchased these tags and how they can get them.  These beautiful handmade tags are not just for packages.  Proudly deliver your gifts of baked goods with your special tag.  Hang one around the neck of a bottle of wine or other adult beverage to give to the hostess of a Christmas party you attend.  Attach one of your beautiful tags on the outside of a gift card envelope or a card with money tucked inside.  Hang one of your awesome tags from the handle of a gift bag.  Even use them on your Christmas scrapbook pages.

What are you waiting for?  These items will be shipped directly to your door in plenty of time for your creative genius.  This event ends on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. Central Time.