Cute as a Cupcake!

Hi friends! Sometimes you make something that is really quick, easy and cute. This is one of those times.

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I don’t like to shop and I don’t want to give gifts that will collect dust either. Mostly, I’m lazy and giving the gift of cash, especially to older kids, goes over really well. See, most kids don’t have jobs and unlike a gift card it can be spent anywhere. Plus, I have to admit, I am a horrible gift giver, sometimes I get it right but mostly I am clueless but I can make cute stuff so I put my effort there:) Buy hey, if you are a steller gift giver you could whip up one of these tins to give your awesome gift in!

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I just realized that now everyone knows that I don’t put that much effort in to the packaging either. Hmmm, I really need to rethink my blog topics. I am giving all of my secrets away. I guess it’s good that not many people I know in real life read my blog LOL! Hey, just because it is fun and easy doesn’t mean it’s not worthwhile and made with love. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Supplies:
Oval Tin (also available in round, square & heart shapes)
PomPom Trim
Chalk paint in white and teal
Stamps (Sweet Cupcake-Stampin Up)
Dye Ink (Memento, Stampin Up, Altenew)
White Cardstock
Sequins (Micheals)

Directions:
1. Paint tin with chalk or acrylic paint, let dry.
2. Stamp cupcake and cut out.
3. Glue cupcake to lid of tin and glue pom-pom trim on the edges of the tin lid. Accent with sequins.

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I want to thank Papermart for sponsoring this post, they have so many cute things for packaging gifts and goodies and you can’t beat the prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Gelli Printing on 3-D Objects!

Hi friends! I admit, I am a bit obsessed, I am not sure why I am using my Gelli Arts plates so much lately but I am finding them so addicting! I was looking for a way to dress up some packaging today and though hmmmm, “can I Gelli print on that?” Turns out I can!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

Supplies:
Gelli Arts printing plate 8″x10″ or homemade gelatin plate (recipe below)
Acrylic paint
Soft rubber brayer
Kraft Take out boxes
Kraft Jewelry boxes
Canvas Bags
Other boxes to print on
Other cloth bags to print on
Jewelry Tissue
Deli paper (dry waxed paper)
Other: Stamps, stencils

Directions:
1. Ink printing plate with acrylic paint and a brayer.
2. Press box to plate making sure to make full contact. You can place your hands inside the box to ensure total contact.
3. Clean up excess paint with deli or tissue paper.
4. Add more layers of printing until you are happy with the results.

More info:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes: Temporary, Permanent (see recipe in description)
More printmaking tutorials

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this tutorial, please check them out for loads of plain packaging to print and stamp on, it is so much fun and you can make a truly unique statement! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Trash to Treasure Foil Embellishments!

Hey friends! Just a quick tip for you tonight! Have you noticed when trends come into fashion they affect everything around us even our product packaging?

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Why not die cut cute embellishments from pretty foiled packages like I did from the pink/gold foil box my make-up came in. Watch the video to see how!

You can find beautiful foiled cardboard on everything from tea, skin cream and other consumer goods, heck, I even consider the pretty packaging when I am shopping and I am a bit embarrassed to admit I have bough things because the packaging was cute. If we think about how we can use the packaging as well as the stuff we are buying there will be less trash in the landfill and more treasure for us to craft with! Happy crafting!

I have an embarrasing amount of button stamps…

Hi friends! The other day I showed you how to make a quick crochet cowl. Today I am going to give you an idea for packaging them for sale or gift giving using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

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I love vintage sewing things and I have dozens of vintage button rubber stamps and to tell you the truth I will probably buy more LOL! This project will put them to good use! Look at your stamp collection and see if you can fashion something similar. Watch the video to see how I did it!

I make sheets of printed price and description tags for the items I sell a lot like watercolors,  cards, jewelry and handmade journals. It really saves time when I have to package and price my items for my shop or a craft fair. I simply use the address label feature in Open Office (that is a free word processing software similar to Microsoft Word, but MS Word has the same feature if you prefer that) and print sheets at a time. Then I can use a paper trimmer or craft punch to make my labels to slip in clear bags or attach to the pretty display tags like I did here.

Supplies:
Shipping Tags (I am using the 2 3/8″x4 3/4″ size)
Bakers Twine
Stamps (Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado)
Ink (Dye Based-Altenew)

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Make sure to check out Papermart for all of your fall craft fair and Christmas packaging/wrapping supplies. They have the highest quality products and the lowest prices. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You spend time on the craft so spend time on showcasing it! {Cute packaging idea!}

Hi friends! It’s getting to be that time of year, whether you are making things to sell at holiday craft fairs or making items to give as gifts you should take a moment to consider how you are displaying them.

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Some pretty paper, a bit of burlap, maybe some ribbon or string and now we’re talking! Pretty packaging tells your customers (and your loved ones) that you really care about your product and them. Your loved ones will appreciate your gifts more and your customers will be willing to pay more, or at least a fair price LOL! Pretty packaging is inexpensive and easy using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how I did this!

One tip is to keep it simple so it does not take you as long to price and package your wares as it did to make them. This should be part of your creative process and also part of your workday so it needs to be sustainable. Also you don’t want the packaging to outshine the craft, it should compliment, not compete.

Supplies:

Directions (earring cards)
1. Fold cardstock in half and cut window from one side. Punch a hanging hole at the top of the card.
2. Cut burlap slightly larger than the window and glue to the inside of the cardstock then glue the card shut.
3. Insert earrings into burlap.

For the journal bags.
1. Place item in a clear bag and seal.
2. Fold cardstock in half and punch hanging hole.
3. Apply double-sided tape to cardstock and place bag inside the cardstock and press to close.

What are your favorite ways to display or gift your handmade good? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make business cards and craft fair packaging!

Hi friends! Next weekend I am exhibiting in a really nice craft show featuring all Maine in Maine artisans. I felt like my business cards and packaging needed an overhaul, this is what I came up with:

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I wanted bright colors but also a streamlined professional look. I decided to use some watercolor images from GraphicStock for my new branding. I know you are probably wondering why I didn’t just use my own paintings for this and that is a great question. I find it extremely hard to simplify my own work, I want to show more than is suitable on a small canvas like a business card and the end result looks amateurish and confusing. I wanted a really clean look with info on how to contact me for future purchases and where to find me online. For the packaging I wanted the price, my name and vendor number so I can use this for craft fair packaging as well as in my retail space which is a rented booth in a multi-vendor antiques mall. I don’t want to have separate packaging at different places. Also I used to hand stamp all of my jewelry cards and I just don’t have time for that anymore. Today I am going to show you how to create a business card from start to finish using an image from GraphicStock (but you can use any JPG or PNG file you want) and the steps are the same for making packaging, signs and tags. Feel free to follow along, take notes and pause the video when needed to follow along. I am using Paint Shop Pro but you can use Photoshop, Gimp or other imaging editing software with similar results.

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You will need:

  • Photo editing software-I am using Paint Shop Pro but you can use the software you prefer like Photoshop or gimp or any image editing software.
  • White Cardstock
  • Graphics/logos you want to use
  • Computer and printer
  • Optional: Clear “cello” bags, laminator, scrapbook paper or kraft paper bags if making “grab bags” and any packaging supplies you normally use

Directions:
1. Download any images and graphics you want to use.
2, For a business card create a new 3.5″x2″ 300dpi document.
3. Copy and Paste in graphics and add text. Arrange elements until satisfied. Save this file in your software’s native format to make editing easier later on, then flatten and save as a JPG to use in the next step.
4. Make a new 8.5:x11″ document and copy/paste in the business card 10 times. Tip: set up a .5″ grid and use the snap to grid feature to help line everything up.
5. Flatten and print your business cards.
6. Cut them apart.

You can repeat these steps in any size to create sheets of tags, labels and signage.

Please visit our sponsor GraphicStock to get a 7 day FREE trial to download anything you want!  If you cancel your subscription within the 7 days you will not be charged but they are pretty sure you will find enough value that you will want to stay, it’s kinda like a Netflix for graphic lovers AND they have lots of lovely things for digital scrapbooking and hybrid crafting!

Next week I’ll show you how to make the cute business card holder! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Faux Cloisonne Trinket Boxes!

Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:

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The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:

Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.

Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.

I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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