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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How to Make Coloring Card Gift Sets

The struggle is real. What in the world do you do with all those coloring books? I love them, the art is beautiful, and they are fun to color, but if I start coloring now, and color till I die, I will never get them done.


When people find out you're crafty, they give you coloring books. I've got soooo many coloring books, I buy them, people give them to me, and I even had a craft company send me an entire box of the SAME coloring book by mistake.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Make a Nautical Inspired Baby Card

I had the privilege of attending a baby shower this week, for a sweet mama who is expecting her second baby boy.


The night before the shower, I realized I didn't have a card, so I pulled out my box of "card kits" to find a suitable envelope. (You can learn about how I make card kits here.)


I found this cute envelope, made from Anna Griffin paper. Inside all my envelopes, I've tucked an assortment of small scraps that match or coordinate with the envelope.


In the box with the envelopes, I also have large "tags" that were made to fit the envelopes with plenty of room for embellishments. I grabbed two of the tags, as well.


Then I dug through my stash of tools to look for things that might work with a nautical themed baby card. I grabbed a set of baby stamps, some dies, and an anchor punch. I rarely use everything I pull out -- I just grab stuff that might work, then edit things out as I work.


I did not end up using the larger die cuts.


A favorite way to do these tag style cards is to score the second tag, near the top, then glue the cards together, putting glue above the score line. This allows the card to stand, and give you a place to write something or tuck in a gift card. After the two tags are glued together, I punch a hole in the top, and add a piece of ribbon or cord.


For the front of the card, I added a strip of washi that reminded me of a mariners compass. Then torn strips of paper (from the card kit) were added, as well as several cute little anchor punches.


After that, I added one of the mixed media flowers that I made in this post, as well as the So Sweet sentiment from the stamp set, and the die cut sail boat.


The finished card was tucked into the envelope and sealed with the washi tape.



To learn how to make these dimensional flowers from book pages, click here.

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~Amanda

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Free Gift Box Printable Coloring Sheet

This is a fun little printable for a purse style gift box. It's perfect for treats and sweets, table favors, advent gifts, and small tokens of appreciation.


Included in the printable coloring sheet are a small gift box, two tags and mats, a flower embellishment, and a sentiment.


You will want to start by printing your template onto goo quality card stock.


Color the elements of the printable that you plan to use. Next, cut the pieces out along the heavy black lines.


There are two tags and one mats, but you might choose to use only one tag, or one matted tag, etc. I wanted you to have plenty of options.


I chose to mat both tags, and glue them together "sandwich board" style.


The same goes for the flowers. You might chose to use no flower, one flower, one double flower, etc.


There is an optional fringe that can be scrunched, rolled up tightly, and glued to the flower center.


The embellishment can be used on the tag or the gift box. You can tuck the sentiment under the flower, if desired. Or you can glue it onto the tag front, Or you can skip the sentiment. Or add your own sentiment.


Score the gift box along the dotted lines, and fold the box together.


Punch a couple of holes in the top of the box, fill with goodies, and secure the top closed with ribbon or cord. Tie the gift tag to the ribbon closure, and you have a lovely gift anyone would be happy to receive!



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For another FREE template, click here.
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Amanda

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How to Create Mixed Media Mail Art

It hurts my heart to throw away a large mailing envelope. Why buy new envelopes, when you can just reuse an old one and save a tree, right?


I wanted to create some mail art to send to my granddaughter. Her seventh birthday was coming up, and I wanted to send her some goodies. She loves Claire's and Dollar Tree, so I was planning to send a handmade card, and a couple of gift certificates (this, on top of the stuff we'd shipped from Amazon, of course).


I had this large envelope that I'd been using under a gluing project, to protect my table, so I decided to give it a third life and use it to create mail art.


I started by cutting the envelope down to a smaller size.


Next, the envelope was covered, front and back, with vintage book pages.


I sketched out where I wanted the addresses to go. (Those sketches got kind of buried by other media before I was finished.)


Then I went to town, using acrylic paints, markers, pens, and washi tape.


I decorated both the front and the back of the envelope.


When I'd reached a point where I was happy with the envelope... I kept going.


I found a card with the number seven from a vintage kid's game, and decided to add it to the front.


Then, I decided to add some vintage rickrack and some fabric tape. I will unapologetically cover the envelope with packing tape before I mail it, so the rickrack and fabric tape won't cause problems with the postal machines.


I love how it turned out, and when my granddaughter receives it, she will know something special is inside. Right now, her Daddy is in Afghanistan, and we're trying extra hard to keep her cheered.


She's also got a new little brother, to keep her mind occupied, but he probably won't care too much about mail art.


He was born two days after his Daddy deployed. Poor Daddy -- he was in Afghanistan when both his kids were born. He missed his daughter's first year, and now he will miss his son's first year. Maybe he needs some mail art, too!


If you like this post, you might also enjoy this post about how to make your own card stock.




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~Amanda

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Make Pretty Cards {from materials that don't go together}

Have you ever wondered how to pull together lots of different components that don't seem to go together, to create something pretty?


Sometimes you just need to let go of preconceived notions of what "goes" and what doesn't go.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

How to Pull Supplies Together For a Pretty Card

One thing I've noticed, when my friends are making cards, is that they often feel a little paralyzed by the thought of creating a card without a set of instructions and a materials list.


It's okay to make cards that way, but it's very freeing to know that you can go through supplies you already own, and pull out the things you need to create one of a kind pieces.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pulling Together a Color Coordinated Card

When you're pulling together an assortment of elements to create a card, it's a good idea to choose the elements based on a theme.


A favorite theme I like to use is color. Sometimes I do a "one color" card, like I shared in this post.

Today, I will share how I choose color coordinated card elements.


I start with one main color -- in this case, the apple green background in the floral printed die cut, above. Then, I choose a second print, with the same apple green. This is the turquoise die cut, with the apple green embossed flourishes. From there, I began grabbing elements that went with that pairing, including pink washi tape, yarn, pink paper, and a scrap of embossed paper, which I distressed with an apple green stamp pad.


I also chose a gold polka dot washi tape. Gold goes with just about everything, and the white part of the thin washi tape "disappears" when you use it in your projects. The dots in the washi, referenced the dots on the pink paper.

The pale turquoise color of the yarn repeated the background color of the second print. By repeated and referencing colors or patterns, you can achieve a cohesive look.

I don't worry too much about things matching. Instead I focus on coordinating, or finding things that look great together. Do you have any tricks or tips for creating coordinated cards?

You might also enjoy this tutorial about making a filigree card.

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~Amanda

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This Abbot Kinney Welding Shop is a Piece of Authentic Venice

We've been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, lately. For a couple of years, we need to travel between Venice and Seattle for my husband's job. We have fallen in love with Venice.


Venice is amazing. Venice is crazy. Venice has heart. Venice has crime. Venice has very high end homes, and Venice has homeless encampments. Lots of movies and TV shows are filmed in Venice. In fact, I can see The Today Show filming down by the graffiti wall as I type. When we first came here, I made my husband spend an afternoon with Linda Blair and me, watching Roller Boogie. The two star film was shot in Venice, and it's fun to locate the old Venice landmarks and to see how things have changed. You can see the exterior of our apartment in some of the scenes. You can still find roller skaters on the Venice Boardwalk, though roller skating has been eclipsed by skate boarding, with the addition of a new skate park.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

To Make the Impossible Card....

Have you seen these "impossible" cards? I'm not sure whose brainchild they are, but they are super fun.


If you receive one, you will be left scratching your head, wondering how in the world it was made.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Cassette Tape Shelf to Gorgeous Tray!

When I brought an old cassette storage shelf home from the Goodwill Outlet, I think my husband thought I'd lost my mind. What in the world did we need that for?


Well, I love trays, and I was pretty sure this little shelf could be transformed into a unique and useful decor piece.