Sunday, 16 September 2012

Tags for free and other stuff....

Hi you all. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  It's quiet here - as always, so I've been trying to liven things up by holding conversations with myself, but somehow couldn't find the right it's quiet here, as I already said.

Here are my free craft tags. I got them with a double packet of deep frozen pizza. Really! All you need to do is to open up the package, and start cutting. It made 2 large tags:

6 medium ones:

And a whole load of book plates.

The Pizza wasn't bad either!

By the way, the dark spot on the left hand side was something on my camera, sorry!

Over at 'Artful Times'  the theme is to have a tree as the focal point. I made a tag using one of my  new craft tags. I stamped the background using the whole stamp pad to make squares in rusty hinge, wild honey, forest moss and crushed olive. Then I dusted the squares with  perfect peals in green, bronze and gold, and heated it to fix it. It gave a lovely shimmer, which you can see better in the second picture.

The tree on the left has been sponged through the waste after cutting the other tree. The die-cut tree has been inked with perfect pearls medium, brushed with perfect pearls, and then clear embossed. I added some berries for a spot of colour. And the hedgehog fitted just nicely into the picture.

At 'Out of a Hat' the theme this week is oriental. I altered biscuit box number two, using a dragon image. The box had first been sprayed with gold, then toned down with spray mist in dark red before cutting the paper to size and gluing it down. I gave it all a couple of coats of clear varnish. The paper is from 7 Gypsies.

And I made two tags. I wasn't satisfied with the first one, hence the second attempt. This one has been distressed and stamped using wild honey and spun sugar, and then overstamped with my Japanese plant, which has also been decorated with some berries.

On the second tag I stamped a yellow sun over a pink square, and then used the same stamp as before, once again with black archival ink. The lady came out of my stash, as did the button. I like this one better than the first one.

And that was all for today. Here's wishing you a all a pleasant day. Take care, and thanks for coming by!


  1. Lovely work, as always. I had to laugh at your tags for free from the pizza packet! The dish is beautiful,m and I like both the tags, but the tree is my fave - love the autumn colours and shine! Hugs, Sarah

  2. You have been so busy Valerie and all wonderful makes for sure. Love the tree shape and all of the Oriental projects. Thank you for joining in with us at Out of a Hat this week.

    Fancy getting so many things from a pizza box--more useful than the pizza:)

    Have a lovely day

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

  3. I love your artwork. Thank you for the tipp about the Pizza Box

  4. I talk to myself all the time Valerie, especially when I'm wandering round the supermarket - I'll be worse now - cause I'll be sussing out pizza packaging to see what's the best! Your tags and tray are beautiful, I of course love the oriental ones and I love those berries on the tree. Have a nice Sunday. Take care. xx

  5. Beautiful tags, love the shimmery tree. Love the biscuit box as well, the dragon is fab x

  6. Hi Valerie, Stunning makes all of them. I just love that little hedgehog. The oriental tray is amazing and the Oriental tags so pretty. Thanks for the tip re the pizza package, a good excuse to eat pizza.Thanks for joining us at Out of A Hat. Hugs Sandra XXX

  7. I especially love the first tag, wonderful theme, trees.

  8. Great use for a pizza box!! I also talk to myself (or the cat) and I believe it's quite a widespread thing!!
    I love the tags - my favourite is the tree tag. I like how you've inked one and die cut another and I'm rather partial to your bling on there too!
    Your oriental makes are beautiful too, in particular the box - that paper is gorgeous.
    Enjoy your Sunday and remember: talking to yourself is perfectly normal and good for the soul!

  9. That was all for today!! Holy Moly, you created so much gorgeous pieces, Valerie! I can't believe the beautiful box you have your biscuits in :)

  10. Love all the tags you got out of the pizza box. They must be nice and sturdy. Being the Queen of Tags that you are, they are once again top of the heap. LOVE the dragon tray. Very cool. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. hugs, Donna

  11. You must have different pizza boxes! What a great collection of recycled free tags and what fabulous use you put them to! Love all the tags and you reminded me to pull out my tree die! Now the biscuit box is amazing and I love that dragon! Very cool! Hugs!

  12. Love your free tags and the art on them is wonderful :) Denise

  13. Yes, I would love to do a swap with you-no theme necessary-whatever we love to do :) My E- Mail is-

  14. Wow! All those great tag blanks and book plates from a pizza box! I have look twice at what I am throwing away!

    Your tags are lovely as always. Happy Sunday!

  15. Love the pizza box tags!!
    Love the biscuit box.
    Love the Oriental tags...

    You've been busy this weekend!
    Hugs xx
    p.s. I end up talking to the dog...but he doesn't have much to say..I may as well talk to myself! xx

  16. What ingenious thinking to use your PIZZZZZA box, and the tags look great tooooo!! Hope you had a good weekend!

  17. That's all? - I would be happy to get that much done in a week!!! LOL Beautiful work - The tag with the tree is fantastic - love the tray with the dragon image.

  18. Wonderful makes and great recycling, glad you enjoyed the Pizza first.
    Yvonne x

  19. Love them all!!! The trees are probably my favorite . Great work as always!

  20. WOW What a fantastic post, all your work is gorgeous.

    Love how you've done the trees on the tag and love your oriental tray.

    Thanks for playing along with Artful Times this week.

    Sam xxx

  21. LOL so its pizza boxes for us both today.....Loving your craftings, xx

  22. Hi Val
    love all the tags and the FREE ones are sensational. I say you are very good at recycling and why not use up packaging, much sturdier as well than some papers.
    Can't believe the weekend is gone already, where did it go.
    Take care and happy creating.

  23. Wow, Valerie, that was a fabulous post--so many wonderful things!!

    The altered biscuit tin, that's my favorite . . .

    Thank you for stopping by to comment on my quilted inchie, I appreciate it!


  24. Thanks for all the info on the pizza boxes, amazing how much you got out of one.
    Great tags you made - I think you used some of my favourite Distress Inks too.
    Thanks for joining us at Artful Times, Hug, Neet x

  25. Wow you've been busy! Your tags are brill. Love the tree with the berries. Another super tray. x

  26. What a wondeful idea of entwining beads around the die cut tree :) your sure got your money's worth from your pizza box :) gorgeouse oriental tag too
    Thank you for sharing your tree with us at Artful times
    Von ♥

  27. I really love the folder and fabulous tags. :)

  28. Oh my goodness, Valerie! you have been busy. I can't believe how much you cut from the pizza box. I love those book plates. Did you use a die for those and if so which one? Beautiful tags. The hedgehog is adorable. Absolutely stunning altered biscuit box. Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing this with the Hatters this week.
    Regards Florence x

  29. My oh my Valerie, you must have been busy today! All of these are fabulous! I love the pizza box tags and plates, very clever and the biscuit tray is lovely. Your tags are all gorgeous, love all the glimmer on the tree and the lady is gorgeous too!

  30. You sure have been busy! Love your recycling of the cardboard and the tag with cut and sponged trees. But the biscuit box transformation is my favorite! What a beautiful transformation... I just love what you do with those.

  31. Hi Valerie! Love your altered biscuit box, but your tags are always my favorite!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and wishing you a great week ahead! ((hugs)) ~tina

  32. Valerie I love your oriental biscuit've surpised me aswell how many tags you got out of a pizza box
    Thanks for sharing with us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

  33. Your so creative, free tags... who knew. Gorgeous makes too.
    hugs Lynn

  34. BUZY, BUZY... Gal!!
    Love all the creativity & inspiration here, Valerie. :]
    You are so creative... you work wonders with embellishments!
    I will admit, the last tag,is my favorite too!! BEAUTIFUL. ~xx

  35. These are all fabulous Valerie, I love your shadowy tree, great idea to sponge through the waste x

  36. There are so many wonderful project here. You are one talented lady..



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