Happy New Year From TapeSwell

We would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year, full of happiness, good health, love, family and friends.

And stick with us in the new year, we have many surprises in store. :)

All the best,

The TapeSwell Team

Holiday Ideas from TapeSwell Fans

We get very excited when TapeSwell fans send us photos of their ideas using decorative packing tape and mailing labels. Here's our favorite ones - they will be receiving a holiday gift from TapeSwell. Send your ideas to tackyideas@tapeswell.com for a chance to get TapeSwell gift.
  • These beautiful holiday cards were handmade by Marija, in New Hampshire.

  • And here is how Lara in Texas is using TapeSwell's Holiday Labels and handmade leather ornaments to wrap her presents this year. 

And The TapeSwell Holiday Giveaway Winners are....

First, let us say a big THANKS to all of you who participated. It was amazing to read your ideas and we promise you that some of them will come true, in fact we are already working on a few. We wish we could send everyone some tape, and we decided to give three instead of two this time.
The winners this time around are:
1. Shannon for her comment on TapeSwell: The Blog: "A few things I'd love to see:Craft-themed (scissors, needles, yarn, glue), Fleur de Lis, Vintage letters, More fun graphic flowers, Jingle bells, Robots, Cupcakes, Candy, Birthday cake, Candles, General birthday themed"
2. Jane Eileen for her comment on TapeSwell: The Blog:"I want clear tape with a row of staple, snaps, or hooks and eyes, so it looks like that's what's keeping a package shut. Some sew stitches would be cool, like it were sewn shut. I am also a fan of circle, circles, and more circles. A row of chocolates in their little paper cups? Cupcakes? And Clovers!"
3. Aggeliki Pagrati for her comment on TapeSwell's Fan Page on Facebook: "Some of the patterns I would like to see are: Damask designs in different colours.Anything vintage (maybe from old card postales or magazine ads).Owls (MANY!In many different colours and designs).Handwriting of famous quotes.Patterns of stitching in many different colours. Peacocks & peacock's feathers in a row. More and different lace designs.i think I could go on forever..."

Congratulations to the winners! Please email your address and tape selections of $20 value to info@tapeswell.com.
For those of you who did not win this time, we are planning many more surprises for 2010 and let's just say that it might be worthwhile to be following this blog. 
Next week we will be showcasing holiday ideas from our fans. If  you have a package that you want to share we would love to see it. Please email the images to tackyideas@tapeswell.com
And, yes, the best Tacky Ideas always get a prize! 
Till next week - Stick with us,
The TapeSwell Team 

We Want Your Ideas: A Holiday TapeSwell Giveaway

We are in a festive mood here at TapeSwell and we want to share the joy. We are giving away two prizes of $20.00 in TapeSwell decorative tape, mailing labels or envelope wraparounds of your choice. We also want to get some new ideas for tape patterns you'd like to see in 2010. 

To enter the giveaway, 
  • Post a comment on this blog post and tell us: What kind of TapeSwell patterns you'd like to see in 2010?
  • Also, post your idea on our fan page on Facebook - and it counts for a second entry
  • Re-Tweet about this giveaway and it counts as a third entry. Make sure you mention @TapeSwell so that we can find your tweet. 
The giveaway ends Friday, December 11, 2009 at 5 pm EST. The Winners are going to be selected randomly. Good luck!

Introducing Two New New Fun and Festive Holiday Patterns from TapeSwell

It is right about time to start packaging and wrapping those holiday gifts. Our new holiday patterns have special delivery written all over them, Bird of Peace and Partridge of Joy. They are truly a joyful addition to our existing holiday themed labels and decorative packing tape.

Joom Klangsin, a textile designer from Bangkok, designed these fabulous patterns. We love the nod to 60’s artist Charley Harper, a true originator who’s bird illustrations have found a whole new audience. Harper called his style minimal realism. He described his visions of nature this way: “I don’t try and put everything in, I try and leave everything out... I never count the feathers in the wings; I just count the wings." 

Joom shares his less-is-more philosophy with her clean lined, lovely, yet simple illustrations. We think Harper would approve. 

Happy Thanksgiving to All TapeSwell Friends

We are thankful for everyone involved in the making of this product and everyone who loves TapeSwell. And of course, we are thankful for our families and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving,

The TapeSwell Team

TapeSwell in the Kitchen

Plain kitchen tiles are a canvas for improvisation with lightly sticky materials like TapeSwell's labels. I call this project Sticky Tile Recipes, where I write down the gist of my favorite and most frequently used recipes, so that I don't have to go through cookbooks every time I'm making dinner. I've decided to share my recipes on this blog as I make them.

Sticky Tile Recipe #1: Thursday Night Pizza
Every Thursday night is pizza night at my house! I like making a big batch of pizza dough at once and freezing it in individual bags. Come Thursday morning, I take the dough out of the freezer and by 5 pm I just need to roll it, add toppings and enjoy it. I use a round stone which bakes the pizza evenly in 5 minutes at 500 F. Dough ingredients for one thin-crust pizza (multiply by x for a big batch at once):
Dissolve the dry yeast in the lukewarm water with the sugar. Let it stand for 5 minutes. Then add it to the flour and add salt. Knead the dough until it's no longer sticky. Cut it into fist size pieces and freeze or roll them out into a pizza crust. Roll the dough out so that it's as thin as a kitchen towel, but not see-through. Place it on a pizza paddle and add the toppings. And the best part - you can add any kind of toppings you like. Be creative! Here I added tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni and pineapple. And yeah it was great!

Here's some other ideas for using TapeSwell in the kitchen. 

If you've been inspired feel free to share your sticky ideas.

And the giveaway winners are....

Our first winner is.... Kimba, who became our fan on Facebook. She learned about the giveaway from @TapeSwell by being a Twitter follower, but we are not keeping the other prize.

The second prize goes to Cheryl Lund (bargainmom) who had the most re-tweets and comments during this giveaway.

Congratulations to our winners!!!

Keep reading TapeSwell: The Blog, following @TapeSwell on Twitter and being a fan on Facebook for more giveaways and surprises from the TapeSwell team.

And remember your Tacky Ideas submissions are always welcome and the best ones always get a prize.

Till next time - stick with us,

The TapeSwell Team

TapeSwell Double Giveaway!!!

We'd like to give thanks to all of our fans and followers, and here's a prize for a lucky one or two. 

We are giving out two prizes of $20 value TapeSwell products of your choice:

  1. We will give one prize to a new subscriber to our blog, facebook or twitter account. (You can subscribe on all three to increase your chance of winning); 
  2. We will give another prize to one of our existing subscribers/fans/followers who has referred the winner of prize number 1. So re-post, re-tweet, share and let your friends know.
Also, feel free to leave a comment and tell us which pattern(s) you would choose and what you would use them for.

The countdown starts today, Wednesday, November 11, at 12:30 pm EST and ends Friday, November 13, at 5 pm EST.

Best of luck,

The TapeSwell Team

Tacky Ideas: Decorative Tape Suited for Halloween

There's nothing like the good old tape to turn to for a last minute Halloween costume. In fact, any do-it-yourself costume needs some tape here and there. But it doesn’t have to be blah! A little color and pattern can do wonders.

Welcome To TapeSwell's Blog

It has been an amazing year for TapeSwell: In January 2009 we launched our line of decorative packing tape, labels and accessories. By April we were featured on The Daily Candy, by June we were on the Today Show, Design Sponge and the list keeps growing.

We have learned that there are many of you out there who, just like us, get excited about the little things in life, like packing with style. We would like to stay in touch with you and share our ideas through this blog. So if you are looking for:
  • Stylish ideas for gift wrapping,
  • Do-it-yourself ideas,
  • Scrap-booking ideas,
  • Decorating on a budget for special occasions,
  • Adding a little pizzazz to your everyday life,
  • Or just finding some inspiration,
Subscribe to this blog and stick with us!

We would love to see your ideas as well. Please submit your TapeSwell masterpieces to tackyideas(at)tapeswell(dot)com and feel free to comment on our postings. The best submissions always get a prize.

Looking forward to hearing from you and let your friends know too,

The TapeSwell Team

p.s. Here's our first inspiration photo. Create a fall-inspired centerpiece. You'll need some candles, something brown, orange or yellow from your ceramic dishes and a little bit of lace tape to achieve that warm vintage feel.