Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green & White Challenge

I participated in a color challenge for TAC demos. The challenge was to use only white & green colors on your card. You could stamp images with black or brown ink. This ended up being a little tougher than I anticipated but the final product turned out ok I think.

Stamps: Butterfly Bits, Flutter By, Friendship Strips
Ink: Landscape, Chartreuse & Noir Palette
Cardstock: Ultrasmooth White, Green 1 & Green 3 DCWV
Other: Crystal Stickles, Pop Dots, Scallop Punches

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

First Fish Layout

Here's a scrapbook page that I just finished today.

I love TAC's Hip Hop paper! It is just perfect for boy's pages and if you cut it up and use just bits and pieces here and there, it doesn't overwhelm the page.

See the swirls on the orange paper? I used my Sizzix machine with a Cuttlebug emobossing folder to emboss the swirl. Then, I took my TAC sanding block and sanded it a little to reveal the white core of the paper. I love the effect!

I used VersaMark ink to stamp the fishing poles and it adds just a slight touch to the finished layout...again, without overwhelming the page. The arrows were made by tracing the shape onto the Hip Hop paper and then cutting it out and gluing it to some chipboard shapes from Hobby Lobby.

Paper: Bazzill (blue), TAC Orange DCWV, TAC Hip Hop (patterned), TAC Kraft
Ink: TAC Palette Jardin Moss, TAC Palette Prussian Blue. VersaMark
Stamps: TAC Simple-Bet Alphabet, TAC Camping LE (full-sized set is on page 87 of current catalogue), TAC Chunky Bet Uppers Alphabet (retired)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dropping Boxes

This is the January Stamp of the Month "Dropping Boxes" and it can be yours for the special price of $9.75 with a $30 order through the end of this month (I'm a little late putting it up)!

For samples of projects made using this set, click here.

dropping boxes TAC-2963 • $9.75 • set of 4

Wonderful Winter Wishes Ends Soon

These sets will NOT be available after February 2nd!! You can purchase them at a discounted price with a $30 order!


• Before shipping/handling and applicable taxes.
• No other special discounts or offers apply.
• Customers may purchase any number of the sets listed at the special price, with a $30 purchase.
• This promotion runs from December 1st, 2008 - February 2, 2009.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Introducing TAC's Serendipity

Here is the cover of the new TAC Magalogue called Serendipity! Some of the new stamp sets are in the previous post below.

New Sets February 1st

Yea!! The new Serendipity Magalogue is here in my hands!! There is something for everyone! These sets will be available on February 1st.

Along with new stamp sets, we are also carrying scalloped 8x8 cardstock and new embellishments! Such fun!!

I scanned a few of my favorite new stamp sets in for you to see. Hope you enjoy!!

Storing Punches

I have a love/hate relationship with punches! I LOVE to use them but HATE to store them! I've seen some cool ideas for ways that other people store them but just don't have the space that they have and so had resorted to storing them in a basket.

Four or five months ago, I purchased a curtain rod to hang my punches on, like I saw on someones blog, but it just didn't work for me. The punches kept falling over and so I went back to the basket method. Then, Laurie told me that she bought the cheap towel rod and that worked wonders for her. So, I went to Walmart, bought the $5 towel rod and haven't looked back since. I took some photos to show you, although they didn't turn out too great. At least you can still get the idea. I love having these punches in my sight and easy to access. If I can see my tools, I tend to use them more--although with the scalloped punches I don't seem to forget about them anyway!! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

4 Days Until 50% Off Sale ENDS!

TACâ„¢ Promotions

Just a quick reminder that this sale will be ending on Monday, January 26th! That is only 4 days away!

• Please note that due to the special nature of this promotion, stamp set packaging type and quantity may vary from typical packaging.
• No other special offers or discounts apply.
• R-Coded stamp sets are not included as part of this promotion.
• Please expect shipping delays during this promotional period.
• ”Spec-TAC-ular Savings” promotional discount does not apply toward SOTM or vintage stamps

Friday, January 16, 2009


You never want to have to use sympathy cards, but unfortunately, it seems that they are needed more often than I'd like. I made a simple card the other day for a friend that I wanted to share. This uses one of my favorite TAC stamp sets, which is unfortunately retired, called "Love & Joy". I paired it up with the sympathy sentiment set that TAC carries called "With Sympathy".

The centers of each flower has purple stickles and the background is stamped with VersaMark.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Quick Valentine's Day Card

Here is a super, simple & quick idea for Valentine's day! I used 3 different sets for this, but the same look could easily be accomplished using only two. The hearts come from the TAC "Linear Sentiments" set. The polka dotted strip was made using the border strip in TAC's "Friendship Strips"--although this could have been made using the dotted border strip in "Linear Sentiments" as well. I used Brilliance Moonlight White to make the polka dots on the black cardstock. And, last but not least, the "love" comes from TAC's "Love Doodles", a set that I really like.

It is a little hard to see, but some of the dots on the hearts (stamped with Palette L'amore Red ink) also have stickles on them. The hearts are attached to the card using TAC's pop dots. I LOVE our pop dots! I have never found any other brand of pop dots that I like as well or better! You certainly get your money's worth when you get these dots (tip: cut up the negative pieces to make your own pop "dots")!!

I used the edge distresser to make the edges of the pink cardstock "frilly". It just adds a nice little extra touch.

Don't forget that all stamps that start with a "T" in their code are 50% off through January 26th! That means that "Linear Sentiments" is only $9.98 for 13 stamps, "Friendship Strips" is only $9.98 for 9 border strips and "Love Doodles" is only $5.48 for 12 stamps! What a bargain!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Scor-Pal Projects

Here are some projects that I made quickly with my Scor-Pal that I haven't posted yet.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas...A Little Late

I entered these cards in a contest that TAC hosts each month. They didn't win and I haven't uploaded them yet so even though Christmas is gone, I thought that I would go ahead and do it now. The sets that I used are "Holiday Magic" and "Simply Christmas". My goal was to use all non-Christmas paper to make Christmas cards.

The card above was my favorite! It uses paper from the Penelope paper pack. I also used the Kraft cardstock which is one of my paper crafting staples! I use this stuff ALL the time on cards and scrapbook pages, for tags, etc. I have never found another Kraft cardstock that I like better. It's wonderful and very high quality 80# cardstock!!

This reindeer card uses one of my favorite cardstock colors from the Hemingway collection. It's just such a beautiful blue/green! The patterned paper comes from the Hemingway paper pack. Not a traditional Christmas paper, but it works! I also pierced some holes around the patterned paper and image meet.

The card above used the Cha Cha paper collection & ribbon. Isn't that ribbon gorgeous? TAC has some of the prettiest ribbon! I also embossed each of the little square/rectangles with sparkle embossing powder and used pop dots to add dimension.
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