May 23, 2011

Endings and Beginnings

Another local scrapbook store, Southern Scrapbooks, closed on Saturday. But this one held a special meaning because through Peggy, the owner and now one of my dear friends, I met so many amazing women. Sunday I went to help Peggy "break down" the store so that Mickey could move gondolas and inventory to what will be her new store in Anderson SC. It was a bittersweet day but it was just good-bye to "stuff. Friendships are the "stuff" that make your life better and that "stuff" didn't have a thing to so with what's no longer in that building. Welcome to your new life, Peggy! And thnks for introducing me to your creativity and friends.

May 22, 2011

Tags in Distress

Love Tim Holtz "in theory" but the altered/distressed style is just not one I have embraced at all although I love "painting" Magnolia stamps and others with his distress inks. That being said, and because Daphne at Family Memories is a great (and patient) teacher who had some gorgeous samples in their window, my buddy Katherine and I decided to become damsels in distress and test those waters one more time! And we loved these! The distress stain on the "bird" tag is a bit dark for the sentiment to show up (a bit of a learning curve on this stain and ink blending) and the verdict's still out on using those stains in any dark colors. The three flowers, green using the new rosette die and "mist and twirl" orange/red flowers sisters using his Tattered Flowers die, lots of ink blending, water and Pearls mist will be showin' up on some scrapbook pages. I still haven't gotten used to the idea of tags for tags' sake but the dressmaker and Memories tags lend themselves to smaller versions for cardmaking especially using the smaller "My Minds Eye" stamps that are so similar to Tim's and with less "dimensional" flowers. A fun, creative girlfriend afternoon, Mickie D's sweet suthern tea and inspiration = a winning Saturday combination.