Friday, July 26, 2013

Make a Rainbow with Washi

Hey there, friends!  Missy here with you today to share a page I created using lots of LMT washi tapes.  I'm a huge sucker for rainbows, and they're fun to create...especially when your photos are black and white.

I started off with white cardstock and an arrow stencil.  I used black ink to lightly brush on the arrows.  I then used a small circle mask that I created myself and cut on my Cameo.  I used a rainbow selection of spray inks to create "rainbow ombre" effect across the page.   Next came the washi strips!  Easy peasy...just peel and stick to add to each color block.  I added some stamps and some of those tiny little glass beads.

I don't use flowers a lot, but I loved the colors and wanted to add these in.

One of my favorite things to do now is add twine, floss or cord to my pages like this...just wind it up and glue it down.  I like the whimsical look it it just randomly landed there or something :)

I hope this inspires you to create something bright and fun today!

In other news, this will be my last post as a DT Member for LMT.  Certain circumstances have come up and I have decided to step down from the team.  I have enjoyed sharing pages and ideas with you over the last four months!

Thank you so much for all of your comments, and I hope you will continue to create and be inspired!  Have a wonderful day, and thank you for visiting us!

Missy :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Striped Card

Hello Love My Tapes readers! I have a card to share with y'all today using just some plain "airmail" striped washi tape. I used the teal striped washi tape from the LMT shop and staggered the stripes from strip to strip. My sister totally thought it was patterned paper. :) Since the design was so BOLD, I went minimal on embellishing… kinda new for me! 

In case you're wondering, the sunshine paper is a free printable from the Two Peas in a Bucket shop. I thought it looked nice and summer-y.

In other news, this is my last post for Love My Tapes. Certain circumstances have come up and I have decided to leave this team. I hope you have enjoyed my posts here on the blog, because I sure have enjoyed coming up with new ways to use washi tape! 
Thanks for stopping by on this nice and HOT Monday! Stay cool! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Using Washi Tapes 3 Ways on 1 Layout

Hey there, friends!  Missy here with you today to share a page I created using some of my fun LMT washi tapes.  I've been wanting to scrap these photos of my little one on her 2nd Birthday.  I found an Imaginisce birthday party paper pack on clearance at Hobby Lobby a LONG time ago and had never used it.  So, I pulled it out and went to work.  I didn't have any embellishments that coordinated with these papers, so I relied on washi tapes, stamps, buttons, and fussy cutting from patterned papers.

I decided to use my washi tapes three different ways on this one page:

1.  To help build my corner clusters.  I also used some old ribbon, an arrow stamp, a button with a bow and a few elements that I cut from patterned paper.

2.  As actual can see where I "taped" some of the photo edges.

3.  As a the bottom of the big brown piece of paper housing my photos, I used the red & white stripes and the yellow stars as big strips to bring in more color.

You can see more of the tape underneath my little pop-dotted piece here.

A close-up of a washi cluster..

And another close-up.

I just love how washi tape an add so much to a layout, and all you need it just a little bit of it.  I don't know how long I scrapped without it!  I hope this inspires you to get your hands on some and start taping!

Have a wonderful day, friends!

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Simple Tip

Hi LMT readers! It's Heather here today to share with you just a quick tip to inspire you to get that washi tape out of your stash and use it! I have a lot of fun adding bits of washi tape here and there and I know you will too! 

For this week's project, I used washi tape in a very simple way. I added strips of washi tape and lace tape to the top and bottom edges of my page to kind of keep the eye from drifting off the page. I had the main focus of my page in the upper right corner of the page and I didn't want to just leave the edges blank. It's not very eye-appealing. So I added some washi along with some patterned paper strips (from the bottom piece that you cut off of some papers… I love it when it has an extra bit I can use!).

I love the awesome texture washi tape adds to my layouts. Not only did I include regular washi texture, but I also used lace to accentuate one side of my page. The lace tapes are so fun and easy to use! As you can see from my page, you don't have to use lace on only "elegant" projects. I include it on my fun pages and it softens the mood of the overall page a bit, I think. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Creating Subtle Hints with Washi

Hey there, LMT fans!  It's Missy here with you on this wonderful Friday, and I'm sharing a fun and girly page I created using a few rolls of LMT washi.  I really love using washi for all sorts of effects on my pages.  For this page, I added it in at the end to create subtle hints.  I used the pink polka dot tape here and there to throw in little bits of pink in areas that needed it.  I also used the tiny blue grid tape for the same reason in various places.  That's what I love about washi can make it the center of attention on your layout, or you can tuck it here and there to give small hints of something interesting.

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  I hope this inspires you to create something today :)  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thank You

Hi AJVD fans. This is Annette with a card that uses a small amount of lace tape, but when strategically positioned on the card, it adds balance to the design and elegance to the look. I guess it's like the saying goes, quality, not quantity.

I tried something new and somewhat unique with this card. I centered an oval die onto the front of the card base and die cut it. Then I placed the transparent backing paper that comes with clear stamps onto the back and adhered it with some handy Zip Dry glue. I have a ton of those backing papers just lying around. I hate to throw them away!

Next,  I die cut the black oval slightly smaller than the oval I used on the card base. I then embossed it with a honeycomb embossing folder. To make the hexagons pop, I lightly rubbed white chalk ink on the raised part. Then I tied some embroidery floss around it, placed a button, tag, lace tape and the flowers on the oval before adhering it to the clear backing paper.

Notice how the sentiment curves with the oval? The stamp is actually straight! I curved it and adhered it to my brand new Fiskars Stamp Press. I don't think I could have achieved this with an acrylic block. I love how it wraps around the oval. To finish off the card, I added my signature bling. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Greeting Card Purse Set

Hi, everyone!  Today I have a greeting card purse set that I embellished just a bit with some Love My Tapes lace tape and decorated with Flourishes stamps.  I will be showing you just the bit of the purse that I added the lace tapes to but if you want to see the entire project, check out the Flourishes blog for more details.  :)

We all know that tapes are a great way to add a bit of flair to a project and that is just what I did here.  :)

Here you see the base of my card purse without the tape added.

And, voila!  A couple of rows of lace tape and the base is transformed!

Here are a few other views.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you've been inspired to add just that little bit of fun flair using your tapes! 

Janice :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WISH upon a STARFISH...lace tape

Hi there!  Happy Wednesday to you all!
I have a card to share with you today, that I plan to use as a birthday card!

I love to find new uses and ideas for products that aren't necessarily intended.  
For example, lace might not sound like something that you would associate with a 
piece of sea life.  However, I had seen a photo of a starfish that was gritty & porous 
with color and texture reminding me of this tape! 

I decided to play off a 'Wish Upon a Star' or simply 'Wish' theme and used 
this taupe lace tape from Love My Tapes for my "starfish."  
I added a tiny piece of washi at the top of one of my all time favorite tapes.

This may not be too masculine in feel, which is what our monthly challenge for June is about,
but it was nice to see some little hearts after lots of boyish projects! :)

Hope you check out the challenge on the BLOG and play along HERE!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 17, 2013

A little fancy

Hi, everyone!  Janice here for your third Monday of the month post!  :)  Today I'm taking a break from all our masculine themed projects (hope you've been inspired!) and posting something a little fancy.  ;)  If you haven't had a chance to join in on the masculine challenge, you still have time!  Hop on over HERE to enter.  :)

I used three of my LMT lace tapes to create the bottom portion of my card.  Aren't those lace tapes gorgeous? I adore them.  I simply adhered them directly to the card, laying the widest one first and the narrowest one on top. The flowers were created using Spellbinders dies, and some beautiful flourishy bling.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by for a little washi tape inspiration!

Janice :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Creating embellishments with washi tape + a Dad card

Happy Friday!  Missy here with you today to share a few "manly" projects that I made for Father's Day :)  I'm terrible at making masculine things...mainly because I have two daughters.  I mostly scrap girly things, so it's hard for me to keep things "boyish."  I decided to give it a try for this project, and it turns out it wasn't that hard after all :D

I pulled out some neutral colored washi tapes and made long strips of them on some cardstock.  Then I punched out different sized circles to scatter around my page.  I've had the fun mustache tape for a while, but I've never used it.  This layout was perfect, and I cut out some of the mustaches and used them as cute little embellishments!  Easy!

Washi tapes are so fun, fast and easy...and those circle embellishments took me no time at all.  

I also threw together a card...and I don't particularly excel at making cards.  Especially "Dad" ones.  I went through my stash of old papers and found this red, white and blue striped piece.  I've been wanting to use this navy patterned tape for a while now, and it looked great against my paper.  I also added strips of the red & white striped tape to pull out some of the reds, and then topped it off with a strip of the mustache tape.  Easy and quick, and my dad will love it!

If I've learned anything from these projects, it's that venturing out and trying something new is okay.  And even if you're out of your comfort zone, it's nice to try something out of the ordinary for you.  I wound up liking both of these projects, even though they were intimidating at first.  You never know what you might come up with :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Using Gender Neutral Tapes on a Masculine Card

This is Annette with a confession: I don't have a lot of masculine tapes. I'm a girly girl and, like most card makers, I like the glitter, bling, flowers, pretty colors ... It is a bit of a challenge for me to make a masculine-themed card with very few masculine tapes from which to choose, but if you know me, then you know I'm up for a good challenge.

While the tapes I chose aren't exactly "masculine," they're not feminine either. They are pretty gender neutral. When paired with other masculine-themed design elements, they can add that extra punch and still maintain the manliness that our men prefer. LOL!!

Here is my birthday card for "Pop." The red, white, black and beige color scheme are gender neutral. Add the one word - Pop - and you instantly have a masculine card!

Now, let's see your masculine card! You don't have to have "manly" tapes to enter. Use something gender neutral and pair it with other masculine design elements like a sentiment or an image of something the man your life might like such as golf, fishing, computers, sports, etc. When you're done, enter it into the June challenge. You have until the end of the month. The winner receives a prize package from Love My Tapes.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Masculine Tapes: Fabric Tape and Woodgrain Tape

It's Heather here! Today I have yet another "manly" project to share with you LMT readers! I haven't made a 2-page layout in a while, so I thought I would use some washi on a 2- pager this time. I had these photos of my dad and his old truck laying around for who knows how long and I thought this challenge was the perfect chance to get them scrapped! I already had a sketch ready for the photos (I have to print my photos to my page design or I go crazy). The sketch is from Scrapbook Generations a while back. I used washi tape as the little border strips on the bottom. The blue dot one is actually fabric tape from the Love My Tapes shop. Fabric tape is awesome! It's so easy to use. I almost like it better than the regular washi! Anyway, I used the blue dot tape and then layered some border stickers and patterned paper on top and then I added some woodgrain washi tape to the mix. Washi tape is so easy to use on a 2-pager because you don't have to really worry about it being crooked. Once you put all the other stuff down on the page, you just stick it on (I used the other papers' edges as a guide to make the washi straight) and then you're done! 

So, I hope you are even MORE inspired to participate in the challenge we have going on right now! Just create a masculine project using washi tape in an awesome way (inspire US with your ideas!!) and link it up on this post HERE by the end of this month. 
Thanks for stopping the LMT blog today! 
-Heather Adams, DT member 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy Father's Day - June Challenge!

Happy Wednesday from Jenni!  

For the month of June, Love My Tapes has a Masculine-themed challenge and it 
motivated me to get busy on all the Father's Day/Grandfather's Day cards I needed to do!  

I used some of the green soda bubbles washi tape and laid it in a diagonal pattern 
on some plain cardstock.  I cut that paper in half and rotated one half to make my 
chevron pattern line up.  After layering it on some more patterned paper,
 I used my all time favorite wood grain washi to tape a die cut banner to the cardstock!
 Done!  Easy Peasee!

Our challenge is perfect motivation, so check it out and get busy!! :)
Be on the look out for more DT members projects to come!  And be sure to see
those previously posted by Annette & Janice on our blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for checking it out and have a great day!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Cheeky Masculine Card

Hi, everyone! Janice here today with a fun and quirky card to go along with our Masculine-themed challenge for the month of June.  :)

I created this card with a fun and "cheeky" guy in mind!  :)  I used one of the rolls of the Love My Tapes Camellia fabric tape set to create my striped background.

I've been dabbling a bit in video tutorials and have been loving them, so I thought I'd make one for this project. This video shows you how I made this card step by step, so be sure to check it out!

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for masculine cards!  Don't forget to play along with us this month for a chance at winning some fun tape, too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Monday!!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

They're Baaaaack!

Some of you may have noticed that we didn't post a challenge last month. Well, never fear, they are back, my friends. The new design team has transitioned into their new positions. We are ready to inspire you and challenge you to embrace your creativity to make a project that fits our monthly theme. A lucky winner will be announced at the end of the month. Let's not forget the best part. PRIZES!!! 

Who's ready for this month's challenge!?! Here it is: 

Create a masculine-themed project

Father's Day is this month. Why not make a card or tag for dear old dad? If that's not your thing, create a card or layout for a little boy. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it fits the theme and uses washi tape in an innovative way. Are you ready? I think you are! Let's see what you got!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quick & Easy Treats!

Hi there!  Jenni here to share a quick idea and perfect use for washi tape!
I had to come up with some end of the year treats for my kids classmates...
I had a few ideas, but then I realized it was for 45 KIDS!  

I needed something fast, cheap and preferably something I could put my kids to work on!
Nothing sharp or complicated :)  We needed an assembly line!

I saw lots of similar ideas on Pinterest, but used Washi with mine!
I bought several boxes of cheap ice pops and had my kids make groups of three...times 45!

I had already printed out a little tag on cardstock to sign their name on
and we picked out washi in rolls of bright red, green, and yellow.

My son grouped the popsicles together and put the tags on top of each group.
Then my daughter and I came back with the tape, wrapped it around the popsicles 
and the label, adhering them all together and sticking the label to it as well!

This is the PERFECT activity for kids, because washi tape is so forgiving and re-workable...
And there is nothing dangerous, no scissors needed!
 { I thought this would be a cute pool party favor too! }

You can see all the Love My Tapes washi available on the website HERE
and check out the LMT BLOG for more tips & tricks from the rest of the DT Members
and a complete list of places where Love My Tapes can be purchased!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great last week of May!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day-- Layering and Washi Tape

Happy Memorial Day! How has your holiday weekend been? I hope you've gotten some scrappy time in. I have! It's Heather here today with a washi-licious page! I have a very simple idea for adding some pizazz to your layering in your scrapbooking. I love layering and the thought came to me that I could use my washi collection in my everyday scrapping. All you have to do is line up a piece of wash tape on the edge of a piece of paper and then just repeat that on all sides of the piece of paper. I think it helps accentuate unnoticed patterns! 

This could also be used to make a frame around your photo if you don't layer a lot. But if you do layer, then this is the perfect technique for you to use up some of your awesome washi tape that you've been hoarding! 

I mean, how cute is this little woodgrain washi here?

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Enhancing Your Projects with Washi

Happy Friday, LMT fans!  Missy here with you today to show how you can use a variety of colored washi tapes to enhance your projects and add some interest to them.  I just love rainbows, and I was in the mood to create something from scratch and not use any specific lines or collections.  I pulled out a rainbow selection of LMT washi tapes and my trusty paints :)  I took a sponge brush and watered down a squirt or two of each color and just washed it over a heart I hand-cut from cardstock.

I then took the coordinating washi tapes and added strips to each color section.  Then I added in some black chevron and striped tape to match my stamps and title.  I love the look and texture the tape gives.  You can see them better in my close-ups.

I just love the yellow striped tape!  I love how each one I used has a different shape on it...from stripes to dots to diagonals...such a great variety.

Another close up...

I taped over punched out hearts here and just traced around the edges.  I then just dipped my finger into each paint color and smudged some on.  Easy!

I hope this inspires you to take a little break from all the patterned papers and just create something from scratch...and pull out that washi tape to give it a little extra "oomph"!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend :)