Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hints & Tips and Nov. Challenge Winner!

Hi friends! It's Mary Ann here today with a card to share, and a hint for storing your washi tape.

First up, here's a fun little card where I used fabric tape to make the cute arrow embellishments.

Since the fabric tape has a paper backing, I actually drew my arrow on the back, then cut out.

And now for my washi tape storage hint...

I love using washi tape on my projects, but I don't like when I can't find the end of the roll, or struggle with peeling up the end of the tape. For those of you with acrylic nails, it's even harder to do. Here's a handy solution...

Add a Bread Twist Tag to the end of the roll! It makes it easy to spot the end of the roll, and easy to unroll the tape too.

Thank you to all the participants for our November Challenge - Sketches!  We loved seeing your creations!

The winner of the November Challenge is:

Julie Thibodeau!!

Please send an email to with your shipping details!

Thanks so much for stopping by Love My Tapes today!


Monday, November 26, 2012

November Guest Designer - Ashli Oliver, Part Two

Hello and Happy Monday!  Today we have a treat for you as we share Part Two of shares from our November Guest Designer, Ashli Oliver.  Without further adieu....

Hi! Yep, you guessed it... Ashli here again. I have some more of that beautiful fabric tape and I am loving the "body" it has before the backing is peeled off. And, backed with some more washi wonderfulness and twirled up... we have a fun and unexpected embellishment for a layout.

Dear washi... I am SO crazy about you!

You do make a page so very special!

And combined with some scraps, we have a fun little page full of washi twirlies:

I have one more project up my sleeve!

For my last layout, I went to town ruffling and pleating this fun math washi. No extra adhesive needed, just unroll and stick.

Easy peasy! So easy that I went a little crazy and even made a Thank You card! ( I never make cards).

See, all this washi has gone to my head, I tell you! But, it's been so fun.

Thanks so very much for having me :)

No, THANK YOU Ashli for joining us this month.  We have completely enjoyed your creativity and passion for washi and decorative tape.  Please be sure and stop by Ashli's blog, PURPLEMAILBOX, and continue to be inspired.

Thank you for taking the time today!  Have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

November Sketch Challenge

Hi friends!! We're almost to the end of November and have just a few days left for you to enter the November Sketch Challenge.  The sketch this month was made by our very own Design Team member Ashley, and can be used to for a layout or card : )  I really struggle with making cards, so I used the sketch to help me along.
I followed the basic design, keeping the square shape and adding the washi tape to the top left and bottom right corners.
I used the diagonal stripe paper instead of the paper strips, and replaced the arrows with some machine sewing. I love how my card turned out, and have an envelope all ready to send it off in today's mail!!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to share your Sketch Challenge projects HERE. You could win some Love My Tapes goodies!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Digging on Diagonal!

Have you noticed that Diagonal lines have become really popular lately.  The "visual triangle" used to be the "in thing" on layouts, but watch out for the Diagonal design, because it's setting up it's own territory!!  And Love My Tapes is definitely on board with the Diagonal trend, with the awesome Teal Diagonal is one of my favorites!!!  I think it might just be showing up on about 99.9% of my layouts recently...and today is no exception.  I used it at the bottom of my page to create a doubled up Diagonal.  

I drew a line across the page using a pencil and ruler and then added my first piece of tape on a Diagonal line, to match up with the pencil mark.  I continued added the other pieces and just eye-balled the space in between each piece of tape.  It helped having the lines on the tape, because I was able to keep them lined up, to help with the look of the pattern.  I also used another of my favorite tapes on this one.  The With Love tape made a great border at the top of my page and I love that it comes in Gray, which is also a really popular color right now.

Make sure you give this a try on your next layout or project and it will work with any of your Love My Tape pattern designs!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Washi Twist Ties

Good day washi worshipers! ;) Kathy Martin here with a Pin-spiring tape project for you. Oh how I love Pinterest, let me count the ways.....

Recently while perusing my beloved Pinterest, I came across this twist tie project that I had to lift! It's easy, it's fun, and it's yummy...if you include chocolate! ;)

All you need are a few basic supplies, scissors, 24 gauge wire, wire cutters, Love My Tapes, and some treat bags. Fabric tape was used for the Pinterest project, but I used washi which worked well too. My wire was thin enough to cut with regular scissors, so if you have a pair you don't mind using on wire, go for it!

I filled glassine bags with chocolate covered raisins.

Making the twist ties is super simple. Take a 12" piece of the 'Merry Christmas' tape and lay it flat, sticky side up. I used a small piece of  transparent tape on both ends to hold it down. Then I took a 12" piece of 24 gauge wire and straightened it the best I could. Lay the wire along the tape and then with a second strip of washi, tape over the first piece and sandwhich them together. My 12" piece was long enough for both goody bags. These would be perfect for homemade cookies, wouldn't they! I'm sure you can think of a lot of  treats to fill them with and lots of ways to decorate them.

Have fun and thanks for dropping in!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Flags and banners!

 Hey bloggers! Rita Barakat here!
How easy is to bring a little color and fun into your projects?
I made this really cute baner but it still needed a little something!

So I added these cute little flags using Love My Tapes!
 Simply take a little strip of tape fold it in half (over the jute on the top)
and cut out the triangle, So easy AND cute!
 I used fabric tapes and washi tapes!

I hope you try this!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Designer Spotlight - Ashley Horton

Hello and Happy Thursday!

I hope November has been good, thus far and you have been able to get some crafting in!

Today, we would like to feature one of newest Design Team members, Ashley Horton.  Ashley joined the LMT DT back in September and has shared in our passion (some call it obsession) of all things washi.  :)

She brings so much enthusasium and creativity to the DT and we just love having her on board.

Let's get to know Ashley a little better.

How long have you been crafty?  What got you started in creating ART?
I started Scrapbooking in 2006.  A friend invited me to a Creative Memories Crop, that one of the Ladies at our Church hosted.  We had our first daughter around that time and I thought it might be a fun way to preserve some of her photos.  I was hooked from the very minute I got there!!

What is a craft tool you can’t live without?
I would have to say my Laptop…even though it’s not technically a Craft Tool.  I use it for editing and printing my photos.  I like to type a lot of my journaling.  And I also use it along with my Cricut Expression, to create custom die cuts and titles for my pages.

 What is your favorite Love My Tapes product?
There is so much great variety with the Fabric, Lace and Washi Tape, so it makes it hard to choose just one!!  But I really LOVE the Teal Diagonal Striped Washi Tape!  I use it on almost all of my layouts lately!!

 If you could create your own LMT product, what would it be?
I know that Love My Tapes has a Wood Grain pattern, but it would be really cool to have an actual thin Wood veneer Washi Tape.

What ‘old school’ product would you like to bring back?
Hmmm, this is a tough one, because when I first started, I mostly used patterned paper and created my own embellishments, so I didn’t use a lot of different product or tools.  And starting so recently, I either find something I like and keep it or if it’s something that doesn’t work for me, I usually sell it in consignment and hope that someone else finds enjoyment in using it.

Please share a quirky fact about yourself.
This is probably one of my most well known quirky facts among family and friends:  I don’t like any of my food to touch on my plate and I usually don’t like food items that have a lot of ingredients mixed in together (especially casseroles)!!  And most of the time I have to eat all of one thing one my plate, before moving on to the next thing.
Wood Veneer Washi - how cool would that be?  Love that idea!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ashley a little better.  Thank you Ashley for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November Guest Designer, Ashli Oliver - Part One

Welcome Love My Tapes friends!  We are so excited today to announce our Guest Designer for November - Ashli Oliver, aka soapHOUSEmama.  We just love Ashli's design style and she shares our obsession with washi tape.  :) 

Let's get to know Ashli a little better..

My projects are usually not called complete unless I have some sort of ink, paint or mist under my fingernails at the end. Hi, I am Ashli Oliver, a recovering graphic designer, a homeschooling mother, wife, daughter, coffee addict, knitter and gardener with an extreme passion for mixed media paper crafting and memory keeping. I find great joy in both the creative process and the final piece. Most of my craft time is in the wee hours of the evening when all of the kiddos are in dream land. Although, I am certainly known to grab every snippet available during the day to shuffle some paper around or glue a bit here and there.

I have been an artist my entire life. I followed my dreams and attended art school here in my home state of Georgia. While I mostly wanted to play with paint and glue, I chose a more sensible major of Digital Multi-Media and Photography. After working in that industry on and off, I put my computer and brushes aside to start my family. Never in a million years did I think that scrapbooking and the paper craft industry would re-awaken the artist in me that I had put away so many years ago. Thanks to a good friend who showed me the ropes just one short year ago, I have jumped into a pile of pretty paper and I am never looking back.I am not afraid to play, experiment, and make mistakes. Today's mistake might just be tomorrow's masterpiece. Armed with my beloved pens, mists and patterned paper, I anxiously await my next crafty adventure!  

Ashli went a little crazy with the LMT product and created some amazing layouts.  Let's check them out and here what she had to say about them.

Hello, hello! Ashli Oliver here, aka soapHOUSEmama from I am thrilled to be joining you at Love My Tapes this month!

I was sent the most beautiful tapes to work with and I can't wait to show you what I came up with. First up, we have a little fabric tape action. This was my first time to work with fabric tape and it did not disappoint! My favorite thing about it is the texture you get when it is torn lengthwise. So, I did a bunch of tearing...

Then rolling into flowers:

And die cutting into tags:

Such beautiful texture!

You like my fashion?

I hope so! I am just getting started with this washi goodness :)

Here is another fun project. One of the best things about washi is how much you get on one little roll. Enough to do fun things like cover an entire background with it!

Oh yes, you have complete permission to get carried up, up and away...

And, as you can see... you can even stamp and doodle on top! Gotta love it :)
I am having too much fun here. In fact, I hope to see you again as I show you what else this washi wonderland is doing in my craft room. 
Thank you Ashli.  We really enjoyed your creative use of washi and love how it looks on your layouts.  We can't wait to see what else you create! 
Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winner - Part Deux!

Hi Love My Tapes friends...

Just a quick post today...

Our winner from the Love My Tapes/Authentique Project Inspiration Blog Hop has never contacted us, so we are picking another winner - Part Deux!

The winner is Kathy W!

Please send an email to with your shipping details!

Thanks again for hopping along with us!

Monday, November 12, 2012

November Challenge - Sketches!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Tina here today with our November Challenge, Sketches!

We all love sketches.  They are so versatile and can be used for inspiration in many ways.  You can use them exactly as the sketch outlines, or you can use bits and pieces of the sketch to make it all your own. 

This months challenges is to create a layout or card that uses this sketch as inspiration.  Please let us know how you used the sketch and what inspired you.  (Sketch created by our very own Ashley Horton)

You must use washi, lace, and/or fabric tape on your layout/card (preferably from Love My Tapes - but not required), and use the sketch as your jumping off point!

To get you started, here's a layout I created using the sketch as inspiration!

I was inspired by the section behind the photos, so I die-cut a design and layered washi tape behind the open sections to add a subtle hint of color.

The following washi tapes were used:
Red/White Dot
Teal Diagonal
Yellow Stripe

Also, in place of the second photo, I added an area of embellishments. 

I also loved the arrow accents, so I incorporated arrows throughout my layout.

 Here are the details for the November Challenge.

1. Create a Layout or Card that used washi/lace/fabric tape in the above sketch.  Please let us know how you were inspired.
2. The challenge is open until November 25, 2012.
3. A randomly chosen winner will win some LMT goodies.

4. Link up your projects below.

Make sure and participate as I am continually looking for future Love My Tape Guest Designers. Link up your Challenge projects here and share your other LMT projects on our Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!