Monday, September 20, 2010

The Tagmaker

After trying my hand at card-marking with my new Slice, last week I did something that the mother specifically wanted: tags for some Halloween bags.

I had to make nine tags in all. I knew just the paper I could use: Halloween orange with black spiders and webs running throughout. I actually managed to cut 11 out of a 12x12 piece. The only bad thing was that there weren’t enough spiders on the page to allow for one to appear on each tag. The mother noticed this immediately.

“Why don’t some of them have spiders?” was the response I got when I showed her the finished products. I had a few ideas of things to do but it wasn’t happening that night, so I set them aside. On Friday night, during my evening adventure in shopping, I ended up having at least 20 minutes to kill before our carryout dinner was ready. I used part of the time to slink into Michael’s.

At first, I was very disappointed. I thought for sure there would be something in their Halloween selection. But no. Then on an end cap I spied some googly-eyed spiders. They were cute but not necessarily what I was after.

On a whim, I went to the “animals” section. Michael’s recently reordered their scrapbooking inventory, dividing it by theme instead of by type of product. It’s both a blessing and a curse. On this trip though, it proved to be a blessing.

I was just about to give up when I saw these Jolee stickers.
Aren’t they cool? There were three in a pack and there were exactly three packages left, meaning a total of NINE, just enough. And they were 40 percent off! It’s as though they were sitting and waiting for me.

The black spider comes with ornamentation but both the white and tan spiders look really plain. They looked plainer still once they were on the tags.

Suddenly, I remembered that I had removed – and kept – some orange stones from a decorative Halloween paper. (I wanted the area where I was putting photos to be flat and since that space would be covered, I scraped them off.)

I popped them on the tan spiders and voila! Cool. I was very happy.

I still have to find something to finish off the white spiders. I have some tiny rhinestones and some other colored stones to explore before making my decision.

What do you think?

I’m pretty happy with what can be done with two single sheets of paper, a few stickers and a few stones.
Yep. Lovin’ the Slice! I now have 11 design cards and two more on the way. (Both were great deals at 60 and 70 percent off respectively.) I think I’ll be getting to put them to good use. And I swear I will never again kid the MonkeyGirl about her obsession with all things Cricut. I’ve just been bitten by a bug of another size and shape!


MonkeyGirl said...

OMG! She is eating her words??? She is addicted to an electronic scrapbooking device??? WOW!! Ok, so now you get the addiction so now the harassing can cease! Love ya!

Mama Martha said...

NV these are spooktacular!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...