Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tag Inspirations

We all know how tags 'HOT' right now, okay still! I too love to check them out and get inspired.

These two sites are ones I follow regularly as they has many great ideas and great inspiration. The links I am providing is for 'tags' (site labels) but there are a ton of other ideas there as well....enjoy!

And of course the no post would be complete when talking about tags - if one didn't mention the master of it all...Tim Holtz! His 12 Tags of Christmas are legendary. He has four years of them on his blog!

So people always ask me - 'ya, but what do i do with them?' My answer is always - 'Whatever you want!' Put them in your scrapbooks as a page embellishment, mount on the Small Easel, use as a card front, make into a mini book, make a calendar, create a wall display....

Wall displays -
use vintage straight pins to pin tags onto a bulletin board, adhere to 7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder and Photo Trays...

....oh, and what about using the 7 Gypsies Mini Library Drawer to display your creations. In the past I have used the Library Drawer (larger one) and put in horizontal decorated tags as dividers...very cool!

the list could go on forever - let your imagination go wild - you never know what will come out of it...have fun!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer is slowing showing her face...

...and with that comes that desire to be outside! So with that in mind...I am going to do things a bit differently this summer.

The shop will only be 'open' (aka - I'm in the office) four days a week - Mondays through Thursdays.

The new hours will be in effect starting the week of June 13. So that means shipping will only be the days I am IN the office.

Don't forget that since I am mainly a 'mail order' store - shipping follows Canada Post's schedule. In other words - if there is a holiday on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday....shipping will be the next available shipping day. For those local shoppers - appointments will only be taken Monday - Thursday (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

**It is probable that if the weather is crappy - I will be in the office and then of course will no doubt process any orders that come in on that Friday. **

I will resume my five day a week schedule September 12. Summers are so short here in Alberta - I would really like to take advantage of any 'nice' days we may have (I'm sure many of you can totally relate)!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I actually got to play this week!

I had a chance to do a bit of playing this week. I had been wanting to do more with the Color Wash Sprays and Paints and was behind on my Mother-in-Laws calendar...so these are the results!

...couldn't find a circle stamp to use - so got creative and simply used the lid off the Color Wash, perfect don't you think?!

Do you have Distress Crackle Paint in your box of goodies? Is it a little bit dry for your liking? Did you know you can just add water to thin it out? Listen here!

Don't you just love the look of texture?!

I used Tim Holtz's Adirondack Color Wash Sprays, Distress Crackle Paints, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps, Distress Inks.

This one is kind of cool...I used Tim Holtz Alterations Dies - Moments Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die & Scrollwork On the Edge Die and inked up the edges using what else but Tim Holtz's Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The cardstocks are misc ones from my stash...I am guessing it is probably Stampin' Up.

Well I am off the load up the site with yet another new shipment (didn't I say it was going to slow down soon?) and then off to the grocery store to stock up for the long weekend. I have a house full coming and am so looking forward to having the family around - with the forecast being HOT, it couldn't get much better!

See you next week!

**Reminder that there will be no mail outs on Monday due to the holiday.**

Thursday, May 19, 2011

finally getting around to it...part 3!

Alcohol Ink Technique Tags:

Products used - Tim Holtz Alchohol Inks; Tim Holtz Alteration dies - Steampunk on the Edge, Mini Rosettes Decorative Strip, Tag & Bookplate and Ticket Strip Decorative Strip; Pen Nibs, Steampunk Stamp Set, Grunge Paper and Hinge Clips, Distress Stains & Inks; Ranger's Gloss White Paper.

Distress Stain & Inks Tags:

Products used - Tim Holtz's Alteration Dies Tag & Bookplate, Sewing Room, Caged Bird, Lavish Trimmings, Trinket Pins, Hanger Clips, Ruler Ribbon, Jump Rings, Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy, Distress Stains & Inks; Ranger Sticky Back Canvas; Jenni Bowlin Pearl & Rhinestone Pins and Pearl & Rhinestone Charms; Divine Twine Brown Sugar.

These were a lot of fun to make - the color possibilities are endless as are the variations in which you can make these tags.. Thank You Mr Tim Holtz for all the inspiration!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

finally getting around to it...part 2!

Here is my (somewhat) finished Graphic 45 Le Cirque Mini Album.....

This was a lot of fun to make, had to improvise somewhat as I was missing a couple sheets of papers that were supposed to be in the kit. Must stay I am digging it though. I want to make more of this style (using the door plate & knob). All the words/letters are made using the Times Nouveau die Cut Alphabet sheet. I once again used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap (my new fav)!

off for now...will try to do the last of it tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

...finally getting around to it!

I'm going to do this over a couple of posts since it is going to be loaded with pictures. Here is one of the first projects I worked on during the recent retreat in Tomahawk.

It was inspired by a blog here and of course ran with it to make it my own. I only wish I took pictures of the one Melissa did as she of course ran with it again and made it her own!

I used Cosmo Cricket papers Circa 1934 (can be purchased at the store).

This one is made using a Pinecone Press Flap Book (Kraft) that I once again used some of the Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934

...as usual - no pictures in anything yet. One day I may surprise you and have them completely done (you can stop laughing any time)!

This next one is another Pinecone Press one - this time the 6x6" Fold Out Tag Pocket Album. Loads of fun to play with...not sure if I am happy with the results - will no doubt do some more changes or at least add ons!

The paper pack is Crate Paper's Portrait 6x6 Paper Pad. I used a lot of the pack, but still have about a third left to finish it up. The flower on the front is made using Stampin' Ups Build a Flower Die (could be wrong on the name here - can't remember)! Wasn't liking it at first - but once I creased, inked and curled it...LOVE it! The buttons in the center of the flowers are from their Eclectic Button Collection. The flower used on the inside is a Petaloo Color Me Crazy Flower that I have colored using Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Fired Brick & Antique Linen. The ribbons are also from the same Crate Paper line (sorry, sold out)! Ink used in all projects was Tim Holtz Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.

This 6x6 Fold Out Tag kit comes with two fold outs. I would like to try and see if they can be made into one...I'll let you know.

Well that is it for now...will post more soon!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Looks beyond interesting - now...just how do I get my hands on it! Click on the photo to go directly to his blog posting all about it!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Check out the Sale Bin!

Maybe worth your while...I have been adding loads of new items to the sale bin - time to start clearing out some stuff.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Making Memories Blowout!

Just about every Making Memories item on the site in on SALE! Head over now to see what's left!