Pretty Packaging

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Hi and welcome!! Today I have a few very easy and simple gift wrapping ideas for you. All I used was kraft wrapping paper, paper doilies, natural twine, and gift tags made out of pattern paper and cardstock. Here are the photos:

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I mixed and matched cutout tags (tip: save the negatives and adhere them to tags as well for even more variety). Alternate between tying the twine into bows and knots, using one string or multiple wraps of string as well. And don’t be afraid to use your stamps! I stamped the “j” above but you can use any stamp! You could even make a pattern all over your kraft wrapping paper on smaller gifts to get even more out of your gift wrap. Another fun fact about these ideas? They can easily be stacked without damaging ribbons! Take a peek:

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These ideas are just the beginning. You can do almost anything with your kraft wrapping paper and it looks so festive! The best part? These ideas are SIMPLE, easy, and super cheap! Give it a try this holiday season if you have any gifts left to wrap (like me!).

Have a Merry Christmas and I will be back on the 31st! 🙂

Happy Wrapping!

Stephanie

***Cut designs from the Blue Note kit from Studio Calico.

Operation Write Home

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have 3 special cards for you, because they are all set to be shipped off to Operation Write Home! For those of you who don’t know this organization, they support our armed forces by collecting handmade cards and shipping them to our troops to write letters home on. It was initially started up in 2007 but has grown immensely and thousands of cardmakers now share their cards with OWH. Isn’t that such a wonderful idea??

So today I whipped out multiple past Studio Calico card kit stamp sets to make 3 cards that will follow the OWH guidelines and once properly “tucked” in an envelope, will be ready to ship! Here is number one >>

As part of the OWH guidelines, you can’t use foam dots and you want your cards to be pretty flat because they try to package as many as they can into each box that gets shipped off. So for each of my cards, I tried to make them as “one layer” as I could.

For this card, I stamped the heart background using Hero Arts Red Royal ink and the heart stamp from their November card kit, Cuppa, to create a pattern. Then I stamped the sentiment stamp (from Studio Calico) on a separate piece of kraft cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the card. Here is the next one >>

Now this is a true one layer card and it’s as simple as it gets! This card is a kraft card base, with a stamped floral design in three spots, in three different inks, and 2 sentiment stamps in one other ink. And… done. 😉 This card is completely flat and very simple. So shipping will be as easy as can be! Here is my final card >>

For this last card, I used the same heart and sentiment stamp as my first card, and the same floral design stamp as my middle card! For this card I started by stamping the floral design in Versafine Smokey Gray ink onto my kraft card base. Next, I trimmed and adhered 2 strips of pattern paper (both from the Cuppa SC card kit). I stamped my sentiment on a separate piece of kraft cardstock, cut it out and adhered it to the card. I finished my card off with a stamped and cut out heart adhered next to my sentiment. That’s it!

I had so much fun creating cards for OWH and I hope you will join in and make some yourself! Make sure to check out the deadlines and guidelines from their web site first because there are strict “no-no’s” that won’t be admitted (like NO glitter!).

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next week! 🙂

Stephanie

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Thank You

Hello again! You will have to forgive me, but I am still battling small illnesses and my craft time has been effected! I tried my best to get in there and make at least one this week so here it is!

I made this thank you card mainly using the November Studio Calico card kit, Cuppa. I trimmed and adhered a strip of pattern paper to the lower part of my kraft card base and then attached a piece of Studio Calico gold glitter tape above it (how amazing is this glitter tape?!?!). I then stamped the sentiment in worn jeans and the hearts in vintage pink on a trimmed piece of white cardstock. I attached the cardstock on top of my gold tape and paper strip with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with an adorable gold bow from Studio Calico! Here is a close up:

Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting 🙂

Stephanie

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Sympathy Cards

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Hello all! I am still recovering from what feels like the longest cold of all time but I managed to sneak into the craft for a bit of cardmaking. So today I have a couple of sympathy cards to share with you. Let’s get started!

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For this card I made a pattern paper out of yellow cardstock and a heart stamp and stamped the sentiment on top with black ink. I kept things simple with a piece of grey cardstock underneath and attached it to the PTI kraft cardstock with dimensional adhesive. I finished the card off with a wrap and a bow of hemp twine.

For this next card I went for more of a masculine feel using blues as accent colors.

I started this card by embossing the woodgrain with white embossing powder on white cardstock. Then I adhered it to the light blue cardstock and attached that to the PTI kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in a darker blue ink on another piece of white cardstock and attached that on top of the woodgrain with dimensional adhesive. I finished the simple card off with a small bow in hemp twine.

Thanks for joining me today and happy creating!

Stephanie

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Short Break

My oh my!! I have been suffering from one heck of a sinus infection for a couple weeks now. 🙁 Sorry I missed last week and I will be back as soon as I can! In the meantime, have fun crafting up some beautiful cards!

-Stephanie