Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Vintage-feel thank you - using Tiny Tags

Tiny Tags is one of the stamp sets on special offer this month. When this set came out I snapped it up at once because I loved the idea of being able to attach elegant looking tags to cards like this:

or to little gifts like this:

But of course there's plenty more you can do with it and I don't mind telling you I've become very excited by this beautiful little set. Today's card has more than a hint of vintage about it. For some reason the tag set reminds me of the servant bells you get in stately homes and it was this that inspired this card.

A 3 1/2" square Whisper White card blank was stamped with a leafy image from the set using Chocolate Chip ink. The panel on top of this is a piece of Sahara Sand designer series paper with its corners punched out with the 1/4" circle punch. It is matted onto Night of Navy card stock, then onto Whisper White card stock decorated with the paper piercing tool. The focal image is made from two pieces of Chocolate Chip card stock punched out with the word window punch and glued together to make a bar. The letters are stamped in Night of Navy ink,  punched out with a variety of punches and adhered to other punched circles or to punched tags, some of which have been stamped. The decorative letters are attached to the bar with brads or glue or dimensionals. One of the tags is threaded with linen thread tied in a bow.

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Square Serif Mini Alphabet
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel (to sponge the edges of the card stock)
Card stock: Whisper White, Night of Navy
Other: Designer Series paper (from level 1 hostess gift), paper piercer, linen thread, 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches, 1/4" square punch

We had a mini heatwave yesterday so we decided to spend some time tidying up our garden. I gave my nine-year-old youngest son the job of harvesting the lavender - I love scenting a room with bowls of it. He set to with enthusiasm and it wasn't long before his container was full. He then asked if he could use some of it to make a lavender pouch. I was surprised but dutifully helped him find some muslin, needle and thread. And some time later, with much heavy breathing and tongue out in an effort of concentration, this is what he came up with  - a little cushion that smells heavenly! What a resourceful child he is!

Thank you for looking - I do appreciate you spending your time here with me.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more two-step stamping inspiration.
Hope you can join me then!


  1. So cute! What temperature is a "mini heatwave" for you? Tomorrow here is meant to be strong winds and heavy rain. Sounds like good stamping weather to me!!

  2. This is fantastic Vicky. I love visiting your blog as I find your cards so inspirational. You are really inspiring me to have a go at making some clean & simple cards. I can feel a shopping trip for more craft supplies coming on!

  3. Just discovered your blog and it is lovely.
    I will be back very soon I think. Thank you for your inspiration.
    Love this one in particular, would you mind if I cased and linked back to you some time?

  4. The little tags really are cute. I especially like how you used them to spell out your greeting on the thanks card.

  5. That is a really good idea, think I might do the same one day =)

    Greetings Janna

  6. Mmmm definetly an `upstairs` card. And what a clever son you have, must take after his mum!!!
    Lynne xxx

  7. Love this idea for spelling out the greeting.

  8. Love this Vicky, absolutely stunning use of that lovely set.


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