Paper Crafting

Paper Source Holiday Contest Card Entry


Today’s the big day! Today’s the last day you can enter Paper Source’s Holiday Contest for a chance to win one of several prizes. Of course, I’m entering right at the last minute because this year’s crafty season has been BUSY.


For the contest, all the card-making supplies need to have been purchased at Paper Source. Considering my craft studio looks like a mini Paper Source these days, that was no problem for me! My entry has a holiday paper chain theme. I made small, individual paper chains to mimic the wrapping paper design. While I wouldn’t mail this card, given the dimensional chains, I would put it an oversized envelope to present to the recipient in person, which is what I did. I made an envelope one size larger (A7 for and A6 card) so as not to crush the decorations.


Here’s what I used to construct my card.

You’ve got until 11:59 pm CST this evening to enter your masterpiece. Look for #PaperSourceHolidayContest to see this year’s entries online. And don’t forget to keep an eye on upcoming workshops at your local Paper Source. Why? BECAUSE VALENTINE’S DAY IS ON THE WAY!

OliveBox Cat Lovers Box Giveaway and Glitzy Cat Card How-To


Over the years I’ve signed up for a variety of subscription boxes, from nail polish samples to monthly sock deliveries. The boxes that always make me the happiest, and feel like the best fit for me, are the crafty boxes. At the top of that list is OliveBox.

Not only do I receive the monthly lifestyle box, which features a variety of paper and lifestyle goods, I’m a proud recipient of the card-only boxes that ship several times a year. I appreciate that each OliveBox comes with a list describing that month’s products and makers. I’ve been turned onto some amazing crafters, makers and artists thanks to OliveBox. (more…)

Paper Source Workshop: Sugar Skull Rosettes


Thanks to the awesome team at Paper Source Birmingham, I’m now the proud creator of several beautiful paper rosettes, complete with a fantastic sugar skull! The awesome gals at the store had no problem coming up with a special workshop for us this month to celebrate Halloween.


For the workshop, we went over the basics of making a paper rosette. Biggest thing to remember? Your width of the rosette needs to be two times its length when cutting it out. Using some beautiful specialty papers we focused on Halloween-ready colors, from rich orange with a touch of gold to classic black-and-white stripes.


Thanks to the store’s Silhouette Cameo, we each decorated an oversized sugar skull to add to one of our rosettes.


I loved decorating my rosette – it was so calming!


With some paper rosette tactics down, we’re already thinking about how to make a set for the next holiday – Thanksgiving!

Here’s to a happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Sacks


Here’s a quick way to wrap a collection of Halloween trinkets for your special trick-or-treater! I found these great Up and Up orange stripe lunch bags at Target. Once your gifts are placed in the bag, fold the top over twice and crease. Secure the top with two pieces of washi tape in different colors and patterns. I used several rolls of Scotch Expressions Washi Tape for these bags as well as the tags.

To identify the bag I pinned a white clothespin to the top of the bag that held an orange-and-black jute twine bow, a Paper Source letterpress Halloween finding and gift tag. The tag was covered in washi tape before a plain circle sticker was added to the front for the recipient’s first initial.

It doesn’t long at all to give holiday gifts an extra dose of cheer!

A “Witching” Halloween Card


Here it is, my offering for this year’s Halloween card!


During our visit to Chicago earlier this month I got to visit the very first Paper Source. Such a cute location! I found a few pieces of this witch wrapping paper that I knew had to come home with me. It’s a few years old and was in their sale section, but it was just enough for a set of Halloween cards. I had one plan for a card I was working on, but as soon as I saw the paper, my whole approach changed.


Using an A7 foldover card, I rounded the corners on paper used. For the “witching” greeting, I put my Prima Press to use and stamped the message.


Inside I printed the Halloween message and added a separate blank area to write a message to the recipients. Paired with a rhubarb envelope, the card had a warmer, more autumnal color scheme than Halloween cards I’ve made in the past. All in all, I loved the finished product. It’s great when you stumble across a craft supply that changes the whole direction of your project in a good way!