Colorful Rainbow Notecards, Bookmarks and Tags!

Hi Friends! This project is quick and fun and looking at it just makes me happy!

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Best of all it needs only a few supplies. I made all of these with 2 sheets of cardstock (cutting diagram below) and a few stamps and shades of ink. Look in your stash and find a sentiment, background/shadow and a filler stamp (like the butterfly) and try this fun technique. sometimes all it takes is changing the size in which you work or limiting your supply choices to bring back your creative sparkle!

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Watch the video to see how I made these and learn lots of tips and tricks!

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Directions:
You can get 3 card, 3 tags and 2 bookmarks from each piece of 8 1/5″ x 11″ cardstock. First cut it 6″x11″ and cut that piece into three 3″ wide pieces for cards and you will have a 2″ piece left for the bookmark. cut the remaining strip into 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles for tags or ATCs. (See cutting diagram above.)

Simply stamp each stamp in the same color of ink, overlapping the images as needed on the tags and cards and work on the bookmark each time you change ink color.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post today! Thank you for dropping by, please share this with anyone you think would enjoy it and til next time happy crafting!

 

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Glitter and Stencils! You’ve Got Them so USE Them!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this super sparkly glitter stenciled card!

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It is super frugal too using supplies from out sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how.

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Supplies:
Shipping tags
Glitter
Double sided tape or adhesive sheet
Stencil (mine was from Stencil Girl)
Washi Tape
Organza Ribbon
Tulle

Directions:
1. Cover tag with double-sided tape.
2. Coat stencil with embossing ink or glycerin.
3. Remove liner from tape and place stencil ink side down on the adhesive.
4. Carefully add glitter filling in the stencil holes with the colors you want.
5. Press glitter in to the stencil and shake off the excess then wipe off the excess with a baby wipe.
6. Remove the stencil and cover the rest of the adhesive with clear glitter. Tap off excess and burnish glitter in.
7. Hear with a heat tool (optional) to be sure the glitter is secure.
8. Finish by adding a washi tape border and ribbon/tulle.

Just make sure (and I can’t stress this enough) that you coat your stencil with glycerin or embossing ink before you place it on the adhesive. Think of all the stencils you have and the colors of glitter out there, the possibilities are endless! I think I need to use this technique on a scrapbook page. What project would YOU use it on? Let me know in the comments below and while you are there please share this post with your crafty friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Odd shaped gift? No problem!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to wrap an odd-shaped gift using supplies from our sponsor Papermart!

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Watch the video to see how I did it.

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I thought the gift idea of some “tween magazines” was super fun, and adding nail polish and lip balm was perfect because I remember my younger days of reading Teen Beat and Bop with my girlfriends and painting our nails while we giggled over the quizzes in the magazines and swooned over the latest heartthrobs (It was New Kids on The Block and Corey Feldman for me LOL!) I think a gift of a couple of hours of carefree enjoyment is good at any age in fact! I just wish there were more crafty magazines being published these days!

You don’t have to be wrapping a magazine to do this though, you can roll a sheet of poster board into a cylinder or use a mailing tube if your items to gift are small enough.

Supplies:
Brown Kraft Paper
Organza Fabric (brown & fuchsia)
Kraft Paper Tags
Paper Ribbon
Washi Tape

Directions:
1. Since I was wrapping magazines I rolled them up to make the gift tube, you could use a mailing tube or poster board to make a custom tube for your gift. Wrap your tube with brown kraft paper and secure with washi tape.
2. Fold in the brown paper at one end to close the tube and fill with your gifts, then fold the other end in to close the tube.
3. Wrap with several layers of organza fabric and tie a strip of fabric around the excess at each end.
4. Make a gift tag and tie it on one of the ends with ribbon.

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I hope this idea helps you forgo the traditional gift bag for your oddly shaped presents. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Thoughtful Gift for Dad!

Hi friends! I heard recently that the best thing you can give someone is time. What better way to make Father’s Day more special than giving dad back some time by doing one of his chores. This is a thoughtful gift for a child to make and they will also learn to appreciate all the things dad does for them after tackling one of his chores (and what kids doesn’t like to wash a car?)

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I also like that the tags can be used as bookmarks too. You could even give a book to go along with it, there is some good “dad humor” in Jim Gaffigan’s book Food-A Love Story but if you have any other suggestions leave them in the comments. My hubby was laughing out loud at Food so I read it too and it was super funny and clean so no worries if your kids pick it up:)

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Watch the video to see how easy and affordable these IOU chore coupons are to make using supplies from Papermart!

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Supplies:
Kraft tags
Kraft Jewelry Boxes (I used 5 1/8″x6 1/8″)
Washi Tape
Baker’s Twine
Pattern Paper (I used a 6″x6″ paper pad by Teresa Collins)
Dies: (Darice, Spellbinders)
Glue Sticks and Wet glue
Stamp (IOU ticket from Inkadinkado)
Ink
Cream card stock
Small office hole punch

Directions:
1. Cut shapes out of kraft tags and adhere tag over patterned paper. Die cut or punch complimentary shapes from paper scraps.

2. Stamp IOU ticket with brown ink on cream cardstock and cut out. Adhere to tag with washi tape. Add extra die cuts with wet glue.

3. Re-punch hole in tag and add bakers twine.

4. Write what the “coupon” tag is good for (such as a car wash, raking the yard, sweeping the driveway etc.) on the ticket and package in a kraft jewelry box that you can decorate with paper and tie with string.

Think of other ways YOU can adapt this idea to your needs, maybe make a set of bookmarks to give someone with a gift card to a local bookstore or a booklet of “free babysitting” coupons for a friend or sister. What you are giving someone is time to do something they enjoy and time, like all the best things in life, is free and priceless. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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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!

It’s Almost Library Appreciation Week!

Hi Friends! Can I get a cheer for the library? I have always loved libraries. I love that anyone can take any book home for free! I am not one to read a book more than once unless it is a reference book so it cuts down on the clutter in my home not to mention the way my kids devour books, I would go broke without my library. The library is the heart of a community but often people take it for granted because it is “free” well really, it is not. It is free for you to use and enjoy but it costs money to operate so if it is not used funds might be cut SO go to the library, it won’t cost you a dime (unless you have overdue fees and my library does not charge them) but it will keep the lights on. And if you are planning a trip to the library this month why not whip up a batch of these goodies to give yo your librarians…

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…and if my librarian is reading (Hi Audrey!) you will find these in a box over overdue library books next week. Backstory, we borrow a lot of books out at a time and when it gets a little crazy I ask the librarian to email me a list of all the books we have out and we do a scavenger hunt and the kid that finds the most books wins. We call this “Library book scavenger hunt time!!!!” Feel free to copy this idea, we moms need all the help we can get. Plus this game is way more fun than “missing lunchbox scavenger hunt” and way less stinky…unless an overdue book is found in a missing lunchbox and well, then we need to buy the library a new book. 🙂  Are you ready to make some groovy bookmarks? Watch the video to see how:

Supplies:
Shipping tags (I used 3″x6″ manila tags)
Crochet lace
Baker’s twine
Paper ribbon
Mesh ribbon
Stamps (Glitz)
Ink Pads in black and shades of plum
scrap fabric, hot glue

Directions:
1. Stamp background design and ink edges of tag with plum ink.
2. Stamp lace and postmarks in black ink.
3. Glue on mesh, fabric and lace using hot glue.
4. Thread paper ribbon through the hole and knot it.
5. Tie bakers twin around paper ribbon.
6. Give to your librarian!

You can find many of the supplies I used at our sponsor Papermart! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a cute place card and display easel!

Hi friends! I know it isn’t even Halloween yet but I wanted to share a fun idea for your Thanksgiving table today:

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These place cards and display easels are fun and inexpensive to make using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how it is done:

You will need:

And here is the tutorial for making the spray inks

Directions:

  1. Glue 3 straws together to make the letter “A” then glue another straw on for the easel back.
  2. Decorate a shipping tag with doilies, lace trim and die cuts. Stamp a name on a strip of paper and adhere.
  3. Place the tag on the easel on your holiday table!

I hope you enjoyed this early Thanksgiving craft and til next time happy crafting!

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