Under The Sea Hidden Gift Packaging!

Hi friends! Do you want a clever way to wrap up a small gift or cash? Here’s a fun packaging idea that serves as a decoration after the gift is unwrapped and best of all it takes no longer than a card to make!


Watch the video to see how!



  • Clear oval tin
  • Tulle
  • Flat back marbles
  • Nautical Stamps (Creative vision, CTMH, ArtNeko)
  • Watercolor markers (Zig real brush markers)
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
  • White cardstock
  • Foil anchor Die-cut (Amy’s Magic)
  • Spray ink (recipe here)

1. Cut cardstock to fit your pail, mine was 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″, and stamp your design.

2. Roll up the paper and insert into pail, add tulle, marbles and anchor.

3. Place a secret gift in the center of the pail and pop on the lid.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post, thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Coloring Book Winners & A Quick Tip for Leftover Gift Wrap!

Hi Friends! It was a cold rainy day up here in Maine (no white Christmas for us, I guess mother nature though the 5 months of snow we had last year was enough LOL!) and I have been tired and achy all darn day. I am on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a heating pad blogging trying to stave off any potential illness. It’s gonna be an early night for me I think:) I wanted to make sure I announced the winners of the Color It coloring book giveaway. The randomly chosen winners are:

Ann Roberts

Nancy (from California)


In case there are more than 3 people with these names I have replied to the winners comments with my email addy, I like to email the winner directly but my email was not letting me, probably because I had the words “you won the giveaway” in the email and yahoo thought I was trying to send spam. Good grief.  Some days everything is a struggle and today was one of those LOL! Thanks to all who entered, there were almost 700 entries, I think it is so cute that more people signed up for a chance to win inexpensive coloring books then other expensive art materials in the past. Just goes to show you we are all young at heart!

Today’s tip is a quick and frugal one, how to make a pretty bow from leftover wrapping paper!

I have been putting these on gifts left and right, I think they are so pretty and it is better than throwing those scraps away! Well, I am going to go to bed early tonight so I can have a productive day tomorrow (I still have one more Christmas gift to finish!) so thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Faux-saic Box!

Hi friends! Grab your stencils and embossing paste and let’s make Faux Mosaics!


Kraft Jewelry Box 5″x6″:
Acrylic paint (grout color, I used white)
Glass Paint (Transparent)
Copper Tape
Stencil (Patti Tolley Parrish from istencil)
Stencil Embossing Paste (pearl-Dreamweaver)
paint brush, palette knife, scraper

Papermart supplies used in the card set
Jewelry Tissue on a roll
bulk envelopes
Baker’s Twine

Let me know if you want a demo on making the card set!

Mosaic box directions:
1. Paint box white, let dry.
2. Tape stencil to box lid and spread stencil paste on top. Remove and clean stencil, let dry.
3. Paint raised squares and bottom edges of box. Let dry.
4. Add copper tape to edges of the box lid if desired.

I put handmade cards in my box, what will you put in yours? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

Groovy Gift Wrap! {Brown paper + Stencils!}

Hi friends! I have a fun idea for you tonight, DIY wrapping paper using paint and stencils!


I must confess, ever since I got a big roll of kraft paper from Papermart I have been making all of my own gift wrap! You can use it as-is or try stenciling it like I did tonight! Papermart also carries the kraft paper in white if you want a brighter look too. I think I need a big roll or white paper after now knowing how much I use the brown stuff. Watch the video to see how I make this paper and matching gift tag:

60# Kraft paper
Large Shipping Tag
Rainbow Ribbon
Paper ribbon
Acrylic Paint
Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
Stencil brushes and make-up sponges

1. Stencil design on kraft paper using acrylic paint.
2. Stamp tag using leftover paint and make up sponges. Wash stamps immediately after use.
3. Wrap gift. Add ribbon and tag.

Try this idea using any stencil for different looks, you can make any theme paper just by changing the colors and stencil patterns. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

Today’s the Day! Craft Fair Time!

Howdy folks! I was so busy yesterday making a few more things for my craft fair table that I didn’t get a chance to post (I did make sure to snap pics of all of my ideas so I could share them with you later though!)  I went to the school and got my booth all set up last night. I thought I would get set up and realize that I did not have enough stuff and then come home and stay up all night crafting but that was not the case. In fact my table and 3 racks were insufficient to hold all of my wares and I had to run home and grab a cart from my studio! One thing I did do yesterday was fold a bunch of origami pouches that I can put my customers’ purchases in:

DCF 1.0

These are quick and would make cute and easy gift wrap, this quick 2 minute video how I made them:

I think they are adorable and they sure beat using plastic shopping bags! Well, I better get going, the craft fair starts just over an hour! I’ll share pics of my booth and let you know how it went. I am soooo excited! I just hope I sell something and don’t have to tote all that stuff back home LOL! Wish me luck and til next time happy crafting!